In revenge of Japan news, the nation that was home to Sony PlayStation and the last to get their hands on the new PS4 console has had a chance to play Dark Souls 2 before anyone of you lot have. Naturally, there’s a score attached to the end of the rope that said reviewer was going to use to help forget about the crushing difficulty of the cult hit RPG.
Garden Warfare was a tough one for me. I had never played any of the other games in the series, and this one is totally different gameplay wise from the others in the series. It also brought up the question of reviewing a game that is almost solely an online experience, and whether or not day one server problems should affect the score. Luckily for Popcap, the newest entry into the popular franchise is a solid experience with lots of fun to be had.
It’s offensive. It’s crude. It pushes the boundaries of taste and is more offensive than finding presidential used condoms outside of an abortion clinic. And that’s just the regular South Park cartoon which has been on TV since the 1990s. The game? It’s all that, but amplified to a new degree of vicious and intelligent comedy. And dammit, it’s given me the best laugh in ages.
What is this game, but a miserable pile of ramshackle ideas pilfered from better games? That damning statement about Lords of Shadow 2 is unfortunately true. While I, along with many of you, retained hope for Gabriel Belmont and his introspective battle of self and his quest to destroy Satan, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Earlier today, Gavin asked you wonderful lot if you’d like to throw some cash at him so that he can kick ass in a court case. Once again, you guys haven’t just been radical, you’ve smashed any and all our expectations. On Twitter, a donation was promised if I reviewed a game while dressed up as Batman. Never one to disappoint (Unless you ask certain ladies), I duly obliged. Here’s that review.
Ozone is a rather new face in the world of eSports and gaming peripherals. They have a lot of endorsements from professional gamers, but not much brand recognition and trust. Luckily for them, I’ve had a play with their new Neon range of mice and I’m happy to say that it’s very good for the price point. Not many online stockists are selling it right now, but the price point is $49 (AUD) so about R480. For that price, you don’t really expect too much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s been a while since I’ve played any Plants vs Zombies, and I’m not talking about that free-to-play sequel which has failed to grab my attention. Garden Warfare is a more visceral take on the franchise, that swaps strategy for action. I’ve got my gardening gear on, and have waded into that mess of reviews, to find out if it’s any good. Here’s what other gardening blogs have to say.
After a decade of hiding, Garrett is finally out of the shadows in a brand new Thief game. The thing is, it isn’t all that great, as my own review pointed out this afternoon. And I’m not the only critic who feels that way. Here’s what the rest of the industry had to say about Thief.
Before Batman was hanging upside down from gargoyles and Sam Fisher was strapping custom night vision goggles to his head, the king of the shadows was a thief in the night. It’s been a decade since we last saw Garrett and his City, but this year he finally steps out of the shadows. It might have been better if he had just remained in the darkness, and in fonder memories of a classic series.
Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 were very different. They featured differing combat styles, gameplay mechanics and even changes to open world approaches. Lightning Returns, the final installment in the trilogy, carries on the tradition of changing everything. Unfortunately, these changes are not improvements.
Last year’s Rayman Legends has been re-released for the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, a curious decision seeing that that game already runs at 1080p at 60frames per second on all available platforms. We take a look to see what’s different.
Donkey Kong’s return to gaming in 2010’s aptly named Donkey Kong Country Returns proved that the big ape could not just rub shoulders with the best platformers, but was in fact their King. Yes, back in 2010 before Rayman Origins and its exquisite follow-up existed, I proclaimed that Donkey Kong Country was perhaps the finest 2D platformer available. It’s one reason I’ve been confused by fan reaction to the news that developer Retro studios would be working on another Donkey Kong Country game. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the Metroid game you were hoping for…because it’s rather good.
Another year, another franchise or two that releases an annual game into the market. NarutoShippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst Edition is an example of this marketplace ethos, but to an extreme degree that targets fans with too much cash and a burning desire for anything hidden in the leaves.
Ever since Crystal Dynamics got their hands on the Tomb Raider franchise back in the mid-2000s, they’ve been cranking out some solid games in that franchise. Solid, but hardly legendary. 2013 however, resulted in a total reboot of the series that got the formula down perfectly, creating a new foundation for the franchise that was enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated.
As great as Pokémon X and Y is, the game does have one drawback. Namely, that it doesn’t exactly have space for several generations of Pokémon to fit inside the in-game PC. That’s where Pokémon Bank comes in, as it allows players to cloud-save their beloved monsters. And it’s worth a few bucks once a year.