Whosoever reads this article, be they worthy, shall possess the power of mighty D! Well, it’s not that mighty, and you’ll actually find your physical strength greatly diminished, your height shortened and your costume a disappointing blend of rubber and super-glue. But what you will gain, is an encyclopaedic knowledge of Batman, skin thick enough to shrug off a nuclear insult and the ability to summon cats. Not that bad, right?
Rico Rodriguez: He’s a man’s man. He doesn’t look at explosions. Explosions don’t look at him. The previous Just Cause game was all kinds of guilty pleasure fun, a wild romp of flammable substances, buildings and henchmen. And by the sound of things, developer Avalanche wants to run with that theme and own it in Just Cause 3. A game which will be their ultimate sandbox experience.
There’s a Batman out there for every generation. For your dad, that may be Adam West. For others, it might be the rugged square-jawed version who set our TV screens ablaze with animated antics. For me, its always going to be Michael Keaton’s stealthy but firm approach to portrayal of the caped crusader. But I might change my mind soon, for this awesomely crazy version of the world’s greatest detective, who looks like he’s about to hand out the mother of all ass-whuppings to a team of Power Rangers.
The darker the secret, the deeper you have to dig. The truth always lies right at the bottom where it is no longer covered by all the lies and deceit, but as you slowly wipe away the darkness in search of the light, you’ll sometimes find that the very light which you were hoping would illuminate your way to the truth is much darker than you could ever have imagined. Things are slowly starting to fall into place in Arcadia Bay, and our protagonist Max is right in there, in the middle of it all.
Square Enix can be a funny company. While I still have a soft place for Square thanks to supplying my childhood self with some incredible RPG experiences, things have not always been great for Squeenix. At least they can laugh at some of their foibles as evidenced in this new video for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster.
Final Fantasy XV is highly anticipated, and with good reason. I played the demo earlier this year and mostly enjoyed it, although there were some areas I found lacking. Apparently, others also found those things lacking, and Square Enix is updating it to make it better. Wait, they're updating a demo? Yes, yes they are.
E3 is a crazy experience. Make no mistake it is fun, but when tackled in a manner where news comes first and gawking comes second, the convention is a special kind of monster. The biggest challenge though? Press conference day. There’s a reason why I’ve named it “The Gauntlet”. Traditionally, attendees had four press events to work through. That meant racing from Microsoft and Xbox to EA, hitting Ubisoft at the Morpheus theater and finishing the day off with Sony, leaving you completely drained. And it’s about to get even tougher.
Final Fantasy IV is easily one of my favourite entries in Square Enix’s long running franchise. It originally released way back in 1991, but has since seen multiple re-releases and even a 3D remake. It spawned a sequel many, many years later (in 2008), called The After Years, which went on to be ported to multiple platforms and received the 3D treatment too. It’s now coming to Steam, giving PC users around the world the chance to experience its mediocre, grind-fest, episodic tales.
Sleeping Dogs was a fantastic experience. With a compelling protagonist, a unique world to play in and plenty of Kung Fu fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Triad Wars is meant to continue that wonderful experience in a new form, but I'm not convinced.
Hilariously derailing and obligatory “I asked for this” one-liner.
Square Enix is doing possibly the weirdest game reveal in the history of gaming. Instead of just biting the bullet and letting the world know at once, they’re forcing us to sit through a three-day reveal which is magnitudes more disorganised than any Twitch Plays Pokémon game ever. Thankfully, the internet is impatient – which is why the game we’ve been waiting for has leaked. And it’s not at all surprising.
Tomb Raider is a popular franchise. It even spawned awful movie spin offs that I love because of Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler. The latest game caused a bunch of controversy with the way it rebooted the franchise, but apparently it's exactly what we needed - it has sold tons of units and become the most successful game in the franchise.
Life is Strange episode 1 introduced us to the supernatural tale of Max Caulfield, who despite her seemingly normal appearance, has the ability to rewind time. After 5 years of being away from her hometown she returns to see that while things seem fine on the surface, the town of Arcadia Bay has many secrets, and Max is the only one that has the power to uncover the truth and stop an impending disaster. Episode 1 was a great introduction into the world of Life is Strange and it did a fantastic job of establishing its characters and their everyday interactions. Episode 2 looks to build on top of that great foundation, and for the most part, it succeeds in doing that.
…If you’re in Japan that is.
Hey, I love Star Wars as much as the next guy who happens to have his hair tailored in a Leia Organa cinnamon bun style from Episode IV: A New Hope, but that franchise has been around for a while. It’s starting to look quite old, even though said antiquity is in a way timeless. Still, I’m keen to see what an updated Star Wars would look like. And Square Enix has done just that. And then some!