When I was growing up, I devoured Japanese role playing games. Games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire and the terribly underrated Secret of Evermore sucked up whatever free time I had that wasn’t spent playing Street Fighter II. At some point though, the gloss was gone.
It’s getting to be that time of the year again where a whole host of eSports events are taking place. The International 5 Dota tournament is up in August, with many League of Legends and Call of Duty competitions littering the spaces between. Webcasting and professional eSports commentary are getting some much-needed limelight as a result. It was only natural that the black and lime green king of PC peripherals was going to join in on all the fun.
It's not the size that counts, it's how you use it. Well, that's what tech companies want us to believe. Phones are getting bigger while tablets are getting smaller as they all strive for that fabulous size that will make that piece of handheld tech a necessity. LG has tried this with the LG G Pad 8.0, but are these the 8" you need?
Bad cops, bad cops, Battlefield Hardline cops are on the take! But what do you expect for the money they make? Whether in a car or on a horse, we don't mind using excessive force! Bad cops, bad cops, Bad cops, bad cops..
You could say that Samsung started the Phablet trend, and it's easy to see why. The company both baffled and intrigued with it's very first Galaxy Note, but since then it's only progressively become better and better. Those who find a use for a big screen on their smartphone truly love it. But there's a lot more to a good Phablet than just a bigger display. It's these challenges that the Galaxy Note 4 tackles, and overcomes with absolute ease in every way.
Revelations 2 has been a fun so far. Perhaps it is still too action orientated, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn't enjoyed it and experienced absolutely no palm sweating. Episode 4, the conclusion, is finally out this week, bringing the tale of Claire, Moire, Barry, and Natalia to an end… or does it? In the review of last week’s episode, I mentioned that the story component is rather weak. I had hoped this week’s offering would patch things up, complimenting the solid gameplay. My hopes were misplaced. As much as I’ve enjoyed everything so far - I hated the ending of Revelations 2. It breaks my heart to say that this final chapter is the weakest of them all.
For a few months in the late 90’s, I was unable to use my right hand for much. Where a young adult bloke might have good cause for a calloused palm, the reason I perpetually looked like I was presenting stigmata was Mario Party on the N64. Some of its mini games, most notably Paddle battle, required rotating the N64 controller’s hard analogue stick – something that was considerably easier and faster using one’s palm than the thumb as intended. Since then, Nintendo’s wisely kept rotating sticks out of its party games instead of crippling its fans – but it hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a new Mario party very nearly every year.
What defines a Final Fantasy game? For years, only the core numbered games garnered much relevance. But with the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on new generation consoles, and the fact that it brings with it the demo for the next major Final Fantasy. But is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD simply a placeholder until you get get your hands on a better Final Fantasy game, or can it go toe to toe with any of the big titles?
Civilization: Beyond Earth promised an enormous gameplay experience filled with revolutionary design. Starships had a much less grandiose promise - you get to embrace your inner space Admiral as you command your fleet of starships through exploration and expansion throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, it isn't quite a universal success.
Nintendo gets a lot of flak for not keeping up with the times. But when it comes to the free to play market, even they’ve dipped their toes into that potentially lucrative world. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steeldiver: Sub Wars are great examples of how to do freemium right. Pokémon Shuffle on the other hand, is a perfect example of how to not go ahead and apply the freemium formula to a mega-hit game franchise.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue was a surprisingly great game last year, launching in the shadow of the far inferior, current-gem exclusive Unity. The previous-gen title struggled to make noise on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and PC players were left out when it came to the concluding chapter of the American saga of the franchise. Rogue has, however, finally made its way onto PC, and it's an equally surprising port to say the least.
There’s maybe a handful of games out there, that can actually make me feel something. Whether it was an idiotic and gleeful grin in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance or a sadistic chuckle when I walled my Sims into a basement that also doubled as a slave labour painting workshop, very few games pack the necessary emotional left hook that can wipe a vacant look of my face. Ori and the Blind Forest however, is one of those rare games. And it’s far, far more than a mere emotional journey, as it dips into a challenging, beautiful and creative pool of design.
It was a dark night, heavier than a broken heart. With a storm bringing rain that fell like dead bullets, it was time to find shelter from the tempest. But like light bleeding through the darkness, there were more lies hidden among the truths. And it was all about a dame.
Previously on Capcom’s Revelations 2: action, pretend survival horror, dialogue, limited ammunition, scarce greenery, MORE action! The first two episodes of Revelations 2 were highly enjoyable, leaving me wanting more. I dived into the penultimate episode of the four-part game with expectations high. Is the series still going strong? Thankfully, yes.
There’s a lot to love about Far Cry 4, from it’s beautiful sweeping mountain vistas, to the fact that you can blast a pursuer in a tense cliff-side vehicle chase with a grenade launcher while pumping some Bollywood in the background. On the other hand, there’s a lot to hate about the initial offering of DLC from the game, Escape From Durgesh as it took the more annoying aspects of Far Cry 4 and amplified them into a time trial nightmare that wasn’t worth the season pass it came with. Far Cry 4’s sophomore effort, Valley Of The Yetis has a lot of lost ground to regain. Which it easily does, and then some.