Minecraft: Story Mode feels like a bit of a narrative passing of the torch in a lot of respects. Its first two episodes are filled with clever references that kids who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s will pounce on but the bulk of its story is aimed squarely at the next generation of players. Continue reading Video Games Review: Minecraft: Story Mode (Xbox One, 2015)
In many ways, Call of Duty: Black Ops III has to deal with the same design problems that Advanced Warfare, and even Ghosts, had to deal with. What can you do to keep a franchise that ruled the roost in one hardware generation fresh and interesting while still providing new ideas and features that move things forward in a worthwhile way? Continue reading Video Games Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, 2015)
Friends and adventurers, the promised time is at hand. Vault 111 is opening and the Commonwealth awaits.
War. War never changes. Continue reading Video Games Review: Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 2015)
Crystal Dynamics breathed new life into the aging Tomb Raider series with their acclaimed 2013 self-titled reboot. Its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, sees a hardier, more prepared Lara Croft venturing into Siberia to find an artefact said to hold the key to immortality. But does Rise of the Tomb Raider, like it’s heroine, return stronger and wiser from experience?
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The Need for Speed franchise has been a lot of things to a lot of different audiences over the years. But with such a large back catalogue comes bloat and mis-steps as the well of new ideas goes dry. With the back-to-basics reboot Need for Speed, the series is given the chance to head in some much-needed new directions. Sadly, even with a completely clean slate, Need for Speed still doesn’t seem to know which direction to head in first. Continue reading Video Games Review: Need for Speed (PS4, 2015)
With many fans of the series still wary after last year’s disastrous Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft are aware that they need to stick the landing with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The good news is that Syndicate, though it has problems of its own, is never weighed down by them and constitutes a welcome return to form. Continue reading Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, 2015)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the JRPG Tales series, developers Bandai Namco Studios and tri-Crescendo have returned to their bread and butter for the 15th iteration in the series, Tales From Zestiria. Where 2011 and 2012s Tales of Xillia games attempted a one off trip into a modern setting, Zestiria draws the gap on any disparateness by presenting a thematically similar game to many of its predecessors.... Continue Reading
If you’ve played one Just Dance title, you’ve kind of played them all. That’s the vibe I got from Just Dance 2016, despite its many attempts to keep the formula fresh with new modes and a suite of new songs. For the faithful, that may be enough. For everyone else, it may be a different story. Continue reading Video Games Review: Just Dance 2016 (Xbox One, 2015)
There’s been a resurgence in games that trade in the nostalgia surrounding the 8-bit NES-era in the last few years. Where many of the games that seek to capitalise in the look and feel of those games, they rarely capture what really made them special. Shovel Knight isn’t one of those games. Shovel Knight doesn’t just look like a NES game, it plays like a NES game and that’s what makes it so amazing. Continue reading Video Games Review: Shovel Knight (PS4, 2015)
Halo 5: Guardians feels like it has more crosses to bear than is entirely reasonable. 343 Industries still have a lot to prove to fans of the series – Halo 4 was a critical darling but its online player base vanished almost overnight and it can’t be denied that the multiplayer component in last year’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection was a complete fiasco. Can 343 come back from such a devastating blow and restore confidence in the series they inherited from Bungie? Continue reading Video Games Review: Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One, 2015)