Video Games sure have come a long way. At one point in time Lara Croft's fully clenched block of a fist was considered the pinnacle of 3D graphics. Now, not even Crysis is realistic enough, but alas, that is the natural evolution of technology.
The original Tales of Xillia stands as one of my favourite entries into the long running JRPG franchise. Don't get me wrong, the game was flawed, plagued with odd story pacing and bland environments, but none of that deterred me from falling in love with the loveable cast and awesome battle system. Fast forward a year and the sequel is looking to carry on its predecessor's legacy, flaws and all.
Life can be very boring sometimes. But between those bouts of procrastination and embarking on the daily grind, there can be some magnificent moments. Whether they be fun, sad or crazy, that’s what life is all about. Because if you focus too much on the mundane, you’ll wonder where all your time went, and why you swapped your hair for a spare layer of fat on your waist. And that’s something that The Sims 4 captures perfectly.
There are some times where having to play games for a living becomes a chore. It usually starts with a game, one that makes me regret every waking moment I spend with it. I want to stop playing, but I can't, because I have to finish it to see if there's any shred of value that someone like you can find in it.
We’re days away from FIFA 15 but as part of our welcome pack into the Xbox One we also received a copy of FIFA 14 for the console so we have slapped together a mini review for you.
Ryse was a launch title for the Xbox One when it was released in certain territories last year; there was a lot of expectation placed on Ryse’s shoulders and in the end the critics were pretty harsh on the Roman warrior title from Crytek.
With the long wait until the RPGs I'm really excited to play, Risen 3 could have been the perfect filler game. It boasts large environments, nuanced character upgrades and plenty of side and story missions. Unfortunately, it simply doesn't work as a game.
I’ve never been much of a pool hustler. My skill for pocketing balls is laughable at best. I might as well just close my eyes and take a lucky shot, because something is bound to go in! Pure Pool is, yes as the name implies, a game all about pool. I polished my wooden shaft and took to the virtual pub to see what it’s all about.
As the final piece of Sony tech that I brought with me to Germany, the Sony Smart Band seemed like something right up my alley. Do you have weird OCD? Do you want to track more than just the number of steps you take? Then does Sony have something for you... maybe.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is the flagship phone for the latest Xperia range - it's the Ferrari of Sony phones at the moment. I used it exclusively during Gamescom. As an Android virgin and iOS fan, I was sort of expecting to hate it. Instead, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the thing, and how sad I was to see it go.
As a died-in-the-wool hard Apple fan, I did the unimaginable: I left my iPad and iPhone behind when I went to Germany for Gamescom, using only the Sony Xperia range of products. I not only survived, I might be slightly in love.
Geoff strode into my office, dressed in his Sunday best and enjoying a glass of 9AM Vodka Daniels. “I got a job for you,” he shouted, clearly hoping that by raising his voice he would frighten out any leftover interns who had escaped our previous purges. “We got some new hardware in, and I want you to review the Asus G750J laptop”. “But Geoff,” I started blubbering, “I can’t do it. You know I can’t do hardware. Not after the war. Not after what happened at…Macho Grande”.
When it comes to specific gaming PC peripherals, there are two camps; those who think that the regular, non-fancy hardware gets the job done, and those who need the absolute best. This year’s version on Razer’s Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard is definitely for the latter, but it would be hard to call it an innovation.
For two hours, I moved a line across and around a screen, without any real idea of what on earth I was doing. And somehow, I loved it. Interesting images, eclectic accompanying audio punctuated the whimsy. This strange game, one that turns the very expectations one has of a videogame on its head, thrusts you in to a world with no explicit instruction or direction. That ended up being its very undoing.
With so many games centered around War, it's nice to see CounterSpy take a much more lighthearted approach to the subject matter. With a fantastic aesthetic and cool conceptualization, CounterSpy seemed like an impressive little indie. It's quirky and fun, but ultimately a flawed experience.