I thought I was done for the year. My review slate finished. Another forty plus games done and dusted, leaving me a blissful week within which to rest my eyeballs before Pokémon arrived. Which also meant a week for you to pray to your respective gods, because you know how I get during Pokémon season. BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE! For I have not one, not two but three games to blitz through and write about. You know what I defiantly say to that obstacle before me? “Not in the face!”.
You’re about to make an important choice. You’re going to decide whether you want to stick to the shadows and leave a dagger present in the back of a guard who has a wife and kids to support, or if you want to raise hell in the middle of an army and go down swinging. Dragon Age Inquisition is all about choice, and who you play as will decide how the game reacts to you. We’ve got a handy guide, to help inform that decision.
Sometimes, all you need is a simple idea in order to create a challenging game. Tower defense games have been kicking around for ages now, finding a particular groove on mobile defenses. At the top of that heap, you’ll find two gems in particular, Kingdom Rush and its sequel, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers. The latest sequel, Kingdom Rush: Origins, doesn’t reinvent the wheel for this franchise. But it polishes up the action for a superb and addictive experience that’ll have you tapping away into the wee hours of the morning.
…But it’s for mobile devices only. Heyoh!
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor may just be our surprise hit game of the year. I tried to take the review sample from Zoe to see what all the fuss was about, and instead walked away with bite marks and scratches after a pair of cats were summoned to attack me. Some people hey? By now, you’ve probably worked your way through the Nemesis system entirely, and need a new diversion to keep your interest in the game. Well how about some free DLC then?
I’ve done videos on them in the past, but here’s the low-down in case you were’'n’t around: Every year, Dragon Con kicks off, and is pretty much the premiere cosplay event to attend. All of the costumes, none of the long lines for a Twilight panel. Dragon Con is one of the purer cosplay events out there, where dressing up isn’t just required, it’s downright mandatory. And every year, BeatdownBoogie is there to make a really long video about it. Enjoy!
I’ve had plenty of consoles over the years. Some were quirky and memorable like my Nintendo GameCube, some existed only in my mind like a Sega Saturn. Still, I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on many consoles as I was growing up, as were the rest of the Lazygamer crew. And that’s the topic today on The Lazygamer Podcast Remastered Definitive GOTY Edition.
Man, patches are HAWT right now. So much so in fact, that we’re debating adding a new award category at the end of the year to celebrate the best patch released in 2014. With that being said, Halo: The Master Chief Collection may just have one of the more highly anticipated patches, which lands tomorrow to finish the fight.
WE ARE VR! If there was anything that Virtual Troopers taught me back in the 1990s, it’s that VR gaming was mere months away! Maybe another year! Ok, a decade! DAMMIT. With the Oculus Rift and a host of other hardware on the way, it looks like my VR dreams are finally coming true. But I’m not expecting to play games such as GTA V in VR yet, because some publishers don’t feel that the market is ready yet for such a hardware shift.
If any console has had a truly blockbuster year, it has to be the Wii U. You look at the games released this year on that device, and Nintendo was batting for a six all the way, klapping hit after hit out of the park. Super Smash Bros brings the Nintendo 2014 release schedule to a close essentially. And that game is ending the year with a bang.
Unlike most games these days, GTA V has genuine, proper cheats. Infinite ammo, instantaneous cars and an option to make your head so big, it’ll look like a tangerine on a toothpick as you cry yourself to sleep on your massive pillow. Last year, GTA V on the older generation featured plenty of these cheats. And they’re making a comeback in the newer version of the game.
As we’ve mentioned before, piracy is a nasty thing. Developers hate it, but some consumers see it as a valid way of ensuring that they aren’t wasting any money on a disappointing release and publishers wish that they could send these freesumers to a special circle within the bowels of hell. There’s very little that can be done to stop piracy. But at least Far Cry 4 is doing a bang-up job on making the game that little bit more difficult for those who don’t want to pay.
I like the current crop of consoles this generation. Each one has their own charm, and you can’t go wrong choosing either device this generation. With the PlayStation 4, Sony has delivered a console that feels like a pure gaming device, and thanks to early marketing, it knew that when it began building up momentum. But the key to long-term survival, is in attracting more casual consumers.
Welcome young trainer, to the world of Pokémon! I’m sure that you have many questions to ask, such as “Which is the best starter?”, “Are the Legendary Pokémon real?” and “Why are my Pokeballs oozing blood?”. But before I can answer any of those questions without incriminating myself any further, we need to take a look at the review scores for the latest Pokémon game, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
By now, most of you are re-cruising through San Andreas, taking advantage of a bump in textures while Trevor takes advantage of a bump of coke inside GTA V. There’s no denying that GTA V looks simply marvellous with some proper horses under the console hood. But more importantly, which console does it look better on? Who gets to take home the bragging rights?