I received my copy of Assassin's Creed Unity later than the rest of the reviewing world, it seems. I was actually happy about this - it meant that I played the entirety of the game after the Day One patch was released. So, is Ubisoft's most ambitious Assassin's Creed game worthwhile, or does it still smell like a French cliché?
Despite having only two games in the series, Dragon Age has a surprisingly chequered past. Origins was like a gift from The Maker himself, harking back to the RPG eras of old and delivering an all-round stellar experience. Dragon Age II, although not terrible, failed to live up to the first's exceptional standards - an odd thing to say about a BioWare game. Inquisition is not the same Dragon Age as Origins, but it manages to take the best of both previous games and deliver something truly spellbinding.
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.
A good mouse could mean the difference between life and death. Who was that snotty email for – your boss or the company that gave you poor service? Chances are, a bad mouse will result in a missclick, sending it off to your boss, which will inevitably lead to the loss of your job. This is all hypothetical of course, but it could happen! With this in mind, I took the Logitech M280 for a spin. Are its clicks accurate enough to keep you your job?
For console gamers one of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of gaming is the screen where all the 1080p goodness (or 900p goodness for those gamers) appears. But really how much difference does a good TV make?
LittleBigPlanet is one of the PlayStation brand’s darlings. Created by Media Molecule early in the PlayStation 3’s life, it brought about a particular ethos: Play. Create. Share – well before Minecraft even existed. Since then, users have created over 8 million levels using the game’s built-in tools. That’s quite a legacy for new series developer Sumo Digital to live up to with its first stab at the series.
It would be easy to think of Far Cry 4 as little more than a shiny clone of the last game. It does after all, stick rather closely to the foundation Ubisoft cemented in Far Cry 3, with much of the same framework transplanted to a new locale. It would be easy to dismiss it as a new skin, draped over a worn and weathered skeleton – and you’d very probably be right. You would, however, miss out on one of the year’s best games.
Every good gamer needs an arsenal of great tech to see them through their gaming sessions. Sure, a great mouse and keyboard are definitely important, but many people seem to forget that a good headset can go a long way too. The Strix Pro Gaming Headset arrived on my doorstep for review and I took a good listen to it. Is it worth your money and aural time?
Picking out a keyboard used to be easy. Does it have the right keys? Check. Does it look sturdy? Double check. Does it come with some fancy features that make it stand out? Check again. You can still pretty much do that, but gaming keyboards in particular come with more features and buttons than the dashboard on the Starship Enterprise. Or at least Logitech's new G910 does.
The Muppets have been around for years, no… decades. The lovable bunch are known by many, even if they haven’t shown up frequently in recent times. Their latest appearance is in The Muppets Movie Adventures, a Vita exclusive which has the colourful cast acting out various movies in platforming sequences. It’s a decent premise for a game on paper. The problem in execution though is that the only part of this game that is truly Muppets is in the skin it is presented in. Everything else is mediocre or lifeless. Sometimes both.
The last generation console's Assassin's Creed game hasn't been getting as much attention as the shiny new one. This a crying shame. With Assassin's Creed Rogue, Ubisoft has reached the pinnacle of the Assassin's Creed experience, and even made me feel better about previous iterations.
Pinball. The game of kings. It’s the table where you cut your teeth and bash your thumbs, an arena that will have you juggling balls like a dirty euphemism gone rogue. Throughout the years, the core idea of pinball has remained untouched, with the game translating perfectly to the digital side of the industry. If you consider yourself a table jockey, then Pinball FX2 might be right up your alley. Especially if you’re a fan of South Park.
He’s been around for over hundred years he has. That’s our Sherlock Holmes, the World’s Only Consulting Detective. As one of the most beloved characters in fiction, he and his stalwart sidekick, John Watson have been entertaining us through film, TV and this other antiquated medium I believe are called “books” for quite some time. There have even been a few games, though none of them could right be labelled as good. Well, until now.
Nelson Mandela once said “Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.” and how glorious it is, when you are truly free. Freedom Wars’ basic premise is that you, the player, has lost all rights to be free and you either fight to get it back or wither away as a prisoner of society. The choice is yours.
In terms of racing games, my interest lies mainly in those titles that give the player all sorts of tricks and obstacles to get through. It started years ago, way back in 1990 with Stunt Driver. I only got the game a few years after its release, but as a wee lad I spent countless hours doing vertical loops and weaving in and out of various hazards. Many years later saw the creation of TrackMania, a series with a similar premise which gobbled up even more of my time. This particular genre of racing game was translated to mobile devices in the form of Jet Car Stunts in 2009. The title has since been remade into versions for the PC and Xbox 360 which released earlier this year. It’s now available on the Vita and PlayStation 3, and it does a decent enough job of encapsulating the fast paced stunt racing I enjoy - with a bit of its own unique flair too.