We live in the era of Nostalgia As A Marketing Tool. The repackaging of childhood memories, sold back to millennial audiences for a profit, has become the go-to move for film and video game studios looking to make a fast buck. Sometimes these experiments in nostalgia work out. Sometimes they are a hard lesson in learning when to leave the past behind.
Yooka-Laylee, sadly, falls into the latter category. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for
Remember when we were all so excited for the Call of Duty series to leave its well-trodden World War II roots behind? Apparently, after a decade of increasingly futuristic entries in the series, the series is finally ready to return to its roots. Continue reading Call of Duty: World War II goes back to the well
There are two kinds of people in the world – people that will love Paradigm, and people that can’t stand to see perfection. Paradigm is everything that it needs to be – uncomfortably strange, genuinely hilarious, oddly touching and highly memorable, all at once. For a game that stars a deformed, vaguely European mutant and his sentient tumour, that’s no mean feat. Paradigm feels like a sexually-charge love letter to the point-and-click adventure genre, with the game peppered with wonderfully unsubtle references to the classics. Taking inspiration from the Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games, as well as almost everything in between, Perth-based games developer Jacob Janerka crafts a bafflingly original and hilariously charming story in Paradigm. Continue reading Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen
Apparently emboldened by Diablo 3‘s game-redefining 2.0 update, as well as various wild changes introduced to Overwatch in recent months, Blizzard Entertainment have announced their hero-brawler MOBA Heroes of the Storm is getting a 2.0 rework of its own. Where HotS 2.0 differs from Diablo 3 2.0 is that, at this stage, it doesn’t seem the actual gameplay is changing much at all just yet. Continue reading Heroes of the Storm 2.0 launching next month, takes a page from Overwatch‘s book
Though its existence has been something of an open secret for a while now, Electronic Arts have formally announced the follow-up to their 2015 shooter Star Wars Battlefront. Moreover, Star Wars Battlefront II will have its first official showing at Star Wars Celebration 2017. Continue reading EA officially announces Star Wars Battlefront II
Mass Effect has been a series on my personal review Bucket List for quite some time. I wasn’t yet working as a journalist and critic when Mass Effect 3 was released in 2012 and so Bioware’s big post-Shepard return to the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was in my sights. Having finally crossed this particular item off my bucket list, I wish I had nicer things to say about it. I have some nice things to say about it, just not as many as I would like. Mass Effect: Andromeda is uneven in some respects, downright disappointing in others and a real triumph in others still. After a five year wait, it’s hard to admit that it’s merely good, not great. But that’s okay, and I want to talk about why it’s okay. Continue reading Video Games Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, 2016) isn’t great, it’s just good and that’s okay
Telltale Games have released a number of screens from their forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy adventure title, their first in conjunction with Marvel Comics, but acknowledge that their story is entirely separate from the popular Marvel Studios films. Continue reading Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be unrelated to the films, PAX East trailer likely
Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the upcoming sequel to their 2014 surprise hit Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, has given fans their first look at the game in action. Continue reading Middle-earth: Shadow of War releases first gameplay trailer
The era of the team-based multiplayer shooter has well and truly returned. A closed beta for Quake Champions, Bethesda’s revival of the classic id Software franchise, is, according to this morning’s press release, “expected to begin in the coming weeks,” and sign ups are now open. Continue reading Quake Champions closed beta registration is now open
Lets face it. While Telltale’s three-part Michonne series was an enjoyable enough romp, it could be argued that it’s existence served as a means to placate gamers until the main event rolled along. Because for all of Telltale’s impressive takes on pop culture’s most iconic franchises (Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Batman) their Walking Dead games are unequivocally their premier product.
Continue reading Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Ties That Bind: Part I (PS4, 2017)