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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

Tag: Game Reviews, Sony

High Moon Studio's have created the best Transformers game in recent history and provided fantastic fan service. Fall of Cybertron is the true experience fans have been asking for taking inspiration from the lore of the cartoon, rather than Michael Bay's cinema adaptation. Following the events of the last game the Autobots want to leave Cybertron but the Decepticons would rather destroy them.

Every mission focuses on a different character and is tailored towards their abilities in terms of level design. This ensures a varied experience with environments constantly changing and little room for a dull moment. During Optimus Prime's level you have the ability to call mortar strikes (or Metroplex for assistance) when your pinned down. Giving the player control of strikes makes you feel powerful and gives you an idea of the battles scale. Other levels have characters who can zipline and another that transforms into a dinosaur breathing out fire.

Darksiders II Review

Tag: Game Reviews

The horseman known as Death is the protagonist in this epic adventure, voyaging to prove his brothers (War) innocence. In the first game War was accused of prematurely starting the apocalypse, resulting in a wipe-out of humanity. Death is certain there are other forces at hand here and War has been framed.

Darksiders II is an open world, third person, hack and slash adventure with RPG (role playing game) features. The map is split up into many areas containing dungeons to explore. You can travel on foot or by horse and attack enemies while riding. There's an assortment of enemies you'll find inhabiting the world, who all drop loot. 

This is an exciting feature of the game, which always keeps you guessing and feels highly rewarding. Loot dropped from reoccurring enemies usually ranges from reasonably damaging swords, currency and clothing for Death. By clothing I mean boots and armour for different parts of the body. The exceptionally ravishing loot is always found in chests and dropped after boss fights.

Speaking of boss fights did I mention how big they are? The height differentiation definitely makes you feel small but once you find their weakness you feel like an unstoppable force. Especially when Death transforms into his reaper form for the final kill.

Guild Wars 2 Review

Tag: Game Reviews, MMORPG, PC Gaming


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Guild Wars 2

Its finally here! After a 5 year wait the biggest, best, most popular F2P MMORPG has made a return. Guild Wars 2, after a lot of first looks, is ready to blow away all of the competition like RIFT and WoW (Which are both p2p after a certain point). The Graphics have changed, they’re more of an art style now whereas before GW went for the more realistic approach. I think that this is a better way to go with it though, it still looks beautiful and it makes it easier for everything to flow together. The combat is revolutionary with the skills. There just isn’t another game out there where the in-combat skills are this immersive and true to the description of the skill. It’s no longer imagining what the skill should look like, the development team have thought of it and made the animation and physics of the combat superb and unmatched. Playing Guild Wars 2 feels completely different to any of its rivals, but still relatable to the previous instalment of the series. The main story is different to each individual character; depending on the back story that you choose. This is similar to what Bioware done in the Mass Effect series, which I can say was a brilliant way of making your character different to others. I look forward to playing this game some more, the updated magic and combat skills are brilliant and it really is a very enjoyable experience, 5/5.

 

Prototype 2 Review

Tag: Age Verify, Game Reviews, Microsoft, PC Gaming, Sony

Sergeant James Heller is one angry super soldier, mourning his families death due to the Blacklight Virus (AKA Mercer Virus). The virus has spread across New York and it's been 2 years since the last event. With a blaze of fury against Alex Mercer, his beloveds passing will be avenged at any cost.

Right from the get go you can run up buildings and glide across the city like a flying squirrel. NYZ has been split into three zones, each one being progressively worse. The scale of each zone is reasonably large and mainly differentiated by environment effects or destroyed buildings.

Radical Entertainment has perfectly captured the feeling of being invincible. Heller is literally immortal compared to the inhabitants of NYZ, bullets and missiles barely scratch his jacket. Especially when you start upgrading his abilities, strength and health with experience points. Upgrades are frequent and measured by experience points, which are easily obtained after any skirmish.

This is a great way to reward players for their efforts and progressively get stronger. It's not long though, before your path of destruction becomes effortless and the challenge is minimal. Nonetheless your abilities are far too entertaining to get bored.

Sleeping Dogs Demo Review

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Sleeping Dogs Cover Art

Sleeping Dogs was originally going to be named True Crime: Hong Kong, but to a change in development and a handover in the rights to the game, Sleeping Dogs was made, thanks to the efforts of Square Enix and United Front Games.

The demo itself is brilliant. Most of us have watched snippets of gameplay from other companies but mainly from the gaming conventions such as E3. In the demo you need to chase down a rival triad member Ming through a beautifully designed Hong Kong alleyway. This is the perfect way of showing off the free running element this game proudly possesses. After being caught by the HK police and sharing that you’re an undercover cop, you are thrown into a warehouse, where you are to infiltrate and capture a man behind an attack on the triad leaders family. There are a lot of chances to show off the combat in this game, you are able to use the environment; this includes a furnace, roof vents, boxes full of glass and so many other objects around you to completely destroy your opponent. Using the counter feature I felt like I was playing Assassins Creed, simply because the combat is so well put together. I thoroughly enjoy playing the demo, I would recommend you play it before you buy the game because the character movement didn’t feel as warm as I would have liked. But the game itself is the perfect combination of Saints Row and GTA. Exactly what sandbox fans have been waiting for. 4/5 stars overall for the demo alone.

Sleeping Dogs Demo Review

Tag: Game Reviews

Sleeping Dogs Cover Art

Sleeping Dogs was originally going to be named True Crime: Hong Kong, but to a change in development and a handover in the rights to the game, Sleeping Dogs was made, thanks to the efforts of Square Enix and United Front Games.

The demo itself is brilliant. Most of us have watched snippets of gameplay from other companies but mainly from the gaming conventions such as E3. In the demo you need to chase down a rival triad member Ming through a beautifully designed Hong Kong alleyway. This is the perfect way of showing off the free running element this game proudly possesses. After being caught by the HK police and sharing that you’re an undercover cop, you are thrown into a warehouse, where you are to infiltrate and capture a man behind an attack on the triad leaders family. There are a lot of chances to show off the combat in this game, you are able to use the environment; this includes a furnace, roof vents, boxes full of glass and so many other objects around you to completely destroy your opponent. Using the counter feature I felt like I was playing Assassins Creed, simply because the combat is so well put together. I thoroughly enjoy playing the demo, I would recommend you play it before you buy the game because the character movement didn’t feel as warm as I would have liked. But the game itself is the perfect combination of Saints Row and GTA. Exactly what sandbox fans have been waiting for. 4/5 stars overall for the demo alone.

The Secret World Review

Tag: Game Reviews, PC Gaming

The Secret World Gameplay
The Secret World

A new take on the MMO genre. Funcom have risked a new idea by mixing both magic and modern weaponry in, you guessed it, a magic and modern world. The first release of The Secret World is buggy, monthly updates have been promised, but at £11.49 per month, you hope the updates will be pretty big but at the same time not too long to download. It’s a rich game. It offers a good single player experience whilst everyone else gets on with their own game, much like Guild Wars or WoW.
I’d like to say this game was perfect, simply because of the premise, but the engine offers little assistance in the combat; giving you lag and slow, unrealistic animations.
Looking at the game, the quest system is interesting. The dialogue is good, with above average voice acting, apart from your character who unfortunately stays silent throughout. Some quests appear dragged out or as if there is an attempt to include too much content in a single quest, but these factors do not counter the entertainment which each one possesses.
It sticks to the traditional MMO protocol and requirements with the attempt of revolutionizing it with its own story and world. Has it worked? I’m not too sure, but it’s certainly worth the 1 month free trial.

Lollipop Chainsaw Review

Tag: Game Reviews, Microsoft, Sony

Juliet has just turned 18 and arrives at school to discover a zombie invasion. Instead of running away like any other cheerleader, she's slices her former classmates with a chainsaw. Get ready to embrace  the mindset of Suda 51, who brought us No More Heroes , Killer 7 and most recently Shadows of the Damned.

After performing black magic on her boyfriends (Nick) decapitated head, he discovers Juliet's a zombie hunter in this hack and slash adventure. Lollipop Chainsaw doesn't take itself seriously and will humour you from beginning to end, with cheesy, profanity filled dialogue.

Wielding a chainsaw Juliet can either decapitate heads and arms or slice a zombies leg. To add insult to injury players can also use pom poms to stun enemies. It's quite fun to slice zombies limb by limb which disappear into a rainbow. You'll want new moves sooner than later to freshen the combat and tackle more challenging zombies with ease.

killing zombies gives you currency which can be utilized at pop up shops throughout the game. There is a selection of items to purchase from new clothes, songs, concept art and upgrades to Juliet's health and combat.

Risen 2 Trailer reviewed

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Deep Silver has been getting publicity over the latest project; Risen 2: Dark Waters, even more so now with the release of the ‘Hope Emerges’ trailer. The game looks to have taken the hugely desired pirate style RPG and mixed it with the world featured in the previous title. I’m trying so hard to keep an open mind and objective personality towards this sequel, but the first game was just so bad it’s very difficult. From the trailer you can see that the graphics have been improved drastically, and there is now some form of variation in the voice acting and one or two of them actually have emotion too! That’s always a good start for an RPG. The main focus seems to be that there is a Kraken plaguing the ocean ways and you are tasked with finding a way of putting an end to it. The game is moving away from the standard knight/archer/mage combo and giving the player the chance of being a pirate. Travelling from island to island, base to base, you will be attempting to convince or destroy other pirate bands and settlements in a quest to find the answer to slaying the Kraken. The trailer certainly shows a decent game in the making, but unfortunately I fell for that with the first one, it received pretty decent customer reviews upon release and I wasted £20 on an
on-sale item. Hopefully this game will prove me wrong and turn the Risen name in the right direction with a new story and approach to the physics of the game.

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Demo

Tag: EA Games, Game Reviews

Mass Effect 3 Shotgun mod
The Mass Effect 3 demo offers both a single and multiplayer section to its offered gameplay. The single player I covered last week and now after playing the multiplayer demo all week long, I am more than satisfied. Bioware have given the player the opportunity of customizing the appearance and abilities of your character, just like you can in the single player mode. As a big fan of third person shooters and RTS being able to customize appearance was a good instalment. The armour and weapons available to your character differ with the class that you select. You can choose Adept, Soldier, Engineer, Sentinel, Infiltrator and Vanguard classes. They range from close combat with use of the omni-blade to biotic based powers from range. The multiplayer also features a store which offers you a choice of three packs to purchase. The first pack you get for three and the other two cost some credits. But after just one game I was able to buy a veteran pack and improve the equipment I could take into a match with me. So it doesn’t take long until you can buy packs which come with medi-gel, weapon mods and instant addition thermal clips. At the start you are capable of carrying two weapons into the match with you. You can have two primary weapons or one primary and one secondary; secondary being sub-machine gun, shotgun or hand cannon. The heavier the weapons are however, the longer your powers take to recharge, which is a very clever addition to an already thorough multiplayer system.

Mass Effect 3 Demo Review Single Player

Tag: EA Games, Game Reviews

Sheppard and Joker 
The Mass Effect 3 demo is finally here and it comes with 1.8gb of Single and Multiplayer gameplay. This is a review of the single player mode. Just like anyone who has fallen in love with the previous two Mass Effect titles I was eager to get this underway and play it over and over again until my Xbox burns out.  I could not be more pleased with what Bioware has crammed into this demo. There is a good amount of customisation for your character for a demo and it shows the predicted features of final product. After deciding with the appearance of your Male or Female Sheppard you get to chose your preferred class and way of play as well as the psychological profile of the character. You get to choose from the following:

Soldier – Pure combat, focus on weapons and heavy armour

Infiltrator – Tech and combat balance, favours the sniper and is capable of cloaking.

Vanguard – Close quarter combat, use of powers such as pull and shockwave to move and stun enemies and allowing for the close fighting

Sentinel – Tech and biotics. Equips an advanced shield and can detonate armour when near enemies and explode for splash damage.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Preview

Tag: EA Games, Game Reviews, Preview

Video is coutesy of IGN.com and the company's Youtube channel: IGNentertainment

So the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning video game has been released in the United States and has received unbelievably high praise. Due to the involvement of Ken Rolsten, and the fact that it's an RPG, the game is being compared to the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was awarded Game of the Year status. The simple connection is Ken Rolsten but both video games offer an expansive database full of lore and history. Reckoning offers a simple world for you to travel in however as well as a better constructed quest system. The flow of the game is more linear than the Elder Scrolls series which gave you the freedom to basically wreak havoc. In Reckoning you have such a strong range of spells to cast, as well as a list of skills and attributes which become even more impressive with the new equipment that you find throughout the game. The power of your skills and talents are on a larger scale in comparison to almost any other video game out there. Until it's released here on the 10th however there's not a lot I can tell you, just passing on IGN's well respected words.

Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning: The Demo review.

Tag: EA Games, Game Reviews, Other Games Companies

The universe of Amalur has been around for a while now and with the release of the demo for the new game; Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, there has been an even larger interest in the work put into it's world. As a massive fan of RPG's I thought that this would be the best place for me to start.

The first thing you notice about a game when you start it up is the menu. It's design and interactivity are the beginning and in this demo I was pleased. The colours blended well and even though it is only a demo I could see what was what.

The demo began with a somewhat lengthy cutscense with you playing a dead character. After a few sections of dialogue you create your character and name them. Your dead body is dumped on top of a pile of other dead guys and then you awake, restored by the Well of Souls. As soon as I took control of my character I looked around the cave that I was in and was impressed with the graphics and feel of the character. The environment is of a cartoon style but still vibrant and full of life. Think of a cross between Fable and Dragon Age. The character itself moves in a decent way, it's easy to control and you get where you want to go.

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