Much has happened since the end of Wings of Liberty. With old friends buried and Kerrigan missing a great deal of her memories, things aren’t really looking up for Raynor’s Raiders and his allies. Mengsk is out for blood, determined to wipe Kerrigan out in her weakened state.
We all know how it plays out. In five titles Kratos has killed gods, titans, the Fates, his peers, innocents and his own family. He is the ultimate warrior, showing no mercy, weakness or compassion. He is rage incarnate, snuffing out the life of everything around him. But under all that rage, all that shouting and unbridled destruction, there is a man. A human.
Dead Space 3 arrived and I was excited, despite all my groaning about reveals of co-op, a pay to win structure and the fact that the game is about going to a frozen planet instead of being, you know, in space. So with the sound turned up way too high, the lights dimmed and my newly purchased adult diaper firmly in place, I was ready to face the necromorphs and pause to grab the calming meds if needed...
Then I started fighting humans.
Far Cry 3 is everything and nothing you expect it to be. Teased with memories of ecstasy, the game instantly catapults you into distilled fear and anxiety. There’s nothing quite like the abrupt murder of your brother right in front of your eyes to initiate the transmogrification of your very being.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”
Welcome to the battlefield. Earth is at risk, as aliens sow terror across the globe. Outnumbered, outmatched and outmanoeuvred, you are in charge of the XCOM project, the only line of defence against the Extra Terrestrial threat. Can you survive the fight against the unknown?
You might imagine, given the “2” that Nintendo’s added to the end of New Super Mario Bros. that this new game would be a mere plodding sequel, rehashing the famous formula we’ve seen largely unchanged for decades – but you’d be wrong. New Super Mario Bros 2, in fact, turns that formula up on its head, giving you a fresh, revitalised and genuinely unique take on the platforming standard.
If you’ve not played Fatal Frame II - largely considered to be one of the scariest games ever made - you now have the opportunity, but only on Nintendo systems, as the company has brokered a deal to take control of the entire Fatal Frame franchise. The game pretty much made me wet myself nearly ten years ago on the PS2, and has now been re-released as Project Zero 2 for the Wii - including some new content. Does the survival horror still have what it takes to send shivers down your spine?
Aerial dogfights and midair bombing runs isn’t exactly a genre that is thriving right now on consoles, thanks to titles that consist of fancy terrorist-shooting, while slick and polished racing games whizz by.
But can Birds of Steel bring some jolly whiz-bang scraps back to the table, or is it headed for a realistic crash-landing in enemy territory?
Are you into EXTREME sports and want to make your gaming more EXTREME too? Then Motionsports Adrenaline is probably not the title for you! Or anyone else. Ever.
There’s an unwritten rule in game development; if you’re tasked with creating a game that’s tied to a blockbuster movie - particularly a movie aimed at younger audiences - you have to go out of your way to make a game that’s dull, lazy and only loosely tied to your source material. It’s been that way since ET for the Atari 2600, largely believed to be one of the worst games ever created; and it’s a trend that’s unfortunately continued.
Blitz games, behind the THQ published Puss in Boots tie-in have, for the most part, broken those rules. For one, they seem to have actually put some effort in to it.
Hello everyone and welcome to Monday Night Lazygamer, the longest running episodic reviewing site in history. We’ve got a great line-up tonight, and a main event that features the latest WWE game in a no holds barred, last man standing review match.
But can the long-running competitive franchise emerge victorious tonight, or is this match over before it even begins? Ring the bell and let’s find out.
With a movie on the horizon, based on the cult classic books by Belgian artist and writer Herge, the time is finally right for a Tintin game, even if it takes its inspiration more from the film than directly from the original source material.
But can the intrepid young reporter and his faithful canine make a successful leap into another new medium, or are we playing Tintin: The secret of the never-any-good movie adaptation video game?
Nick de Bruyne
Driving games are a very popular genre in gaming and cover everything from sim racers to Hollywood-ispired arcade racers. While console controllers are decent enough, we all know that they pale in comparison to a good racing wheel, preferably attached to a racing seat.
Not everyone has the space, or the money for a racing wheel setup, so Microsoft think that you should use one of these instead. Are they onto something?
Back in 2009, Rocksteady studios released Arkham Asylum, a phenomenal take on the genre that redefined the super-hero game, proving that a quality title was indeed possible when enough attention and hard work was applied.
Two years later, and the Dark Knight is back, in a tale that aims to be grander and larger in scope, building on the foundation that the madhouse laid out for it. But is this a case of the dark knight rising, or will Gotham's guardian fail to live up to the expectations of his fans?