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Recently I was thinking about the lack of horror games that have been out lately. I remember a massive surge of games last year or the year before ( who even knows) where loads of titles were being released like Until Dawn, Evil Within, Outlast, Silent Hill P.T, Remasters of Resident Evil 2 and Alien Isolation (and many many more).

I feel  there must always be a good horror game that will be released each year but this year i haven’t really seen any to be honest but fear not people…there are some awesome titles on the way which are going to blow previous titles out the water!!

Speaking of a good horror game on its way, i will have to mention this incredible new game called Perception!!

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It is a narrative driven horror games focusing on a protagonist, who is a blind woman named Cassie. She navigates her way around this very old and haunted house using echolocation (WHICH IS BRILLIANT). I cant believe this is a concept no one had attempted before (and if it has been attempted, why haven’t more people done it). What makes a horror games successful in my eyes, is really keeping that element of surprise and making the player fear the unknown and not know what could be lurking around the corner.

The echolocation features add more fear and that excellent bit of restriction that you need in a horror game to keep you on your toes and alert at all times.

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It is also a big break from the norm in most narratives that seem to just go for the completely fit male who is just running around trying to run away from some made haunted character in a strange house. This small change to the protagonist makes perception a whole different game changer in the survival horror world and is definitely something i cant wait to see implemented in other games.

I feel the echolocation will opens your eyes in a strange way when playing the game, it makes you realise how many things around can make a sound and shows sound in a form that we don’t really acknowledge, compared to other games that is purely just added for abit of effect here and there.

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With Bill Gardner (Bioshock,Bioshock Infinite) being Lead Designer on this game, I just have a good feeling they are really going to master the creepy element of this game and also a very in depth narrative that will have our heads twisting and turning whilst playing the game.

From what i have heard about the game, Cassie travels through the house and is almost exploring it through time and learning different things about this house as she goes along but what she soon discovers, is that there is a big baddie called presence i believe (or something along those lines) which is more or less an urban myth or legend with in the town but she soon learns very differently.

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The antagonist comes across as more of a haunted house rather than a specific human character, the house seems to react to Cassie as she explores it further and the more she makes noise, the more the house will go mad and react to her in different way, like making noises or sending certain entity type things after her.

FINAL (ish) VERDICT

Although this isn’t a complete review because i haven’t seen the final game yet, i am so excited for this game and feel the right people are behind it to really bring out the full potential of this concept and idea. Not only will it really set a high bar for just the creativity in survival horror games, i feel it will be one of those games that people will differently remember and enjoy time and time again. I look forward to the final release of the game and hope it does incredible well!!

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE

Rating:

3.5/5

Developers:The Deep End Games

Release: 2016

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Im In Love!!

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One of the cutest games i have seen in a while would have to be this lovely little title here!! With such a cute little story and meaning behind it, it is hard not to fall in love with the little character and just explore the game!!

I remember seeing Unravel being dropped here and there but i didn’t know that much about it but it is definitely a title people should check out!!

This title is made by a independent game developer based in Sweden called Coldwood Interactive. They have previously made games that are mostly sport dominated and very different to this genre of game. Unravel is more of a puzzle game that is quite similar to games like Little Big Planet (well that is what is reminded me of as soon as i saw it).

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It is set in a realistic looking world that i feel adds to the whole meaning of narrative. When watching an interview the Creator and Director of the game (Martin Sahlin) he spoke about making the game in a realistic setting in order to make the physics of the game as realistic as possible and allow the character to react to the environment as it would in the real world.

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Not only does the realistic scenery make the game even more lovelier than it is already is, it also compliments the story behind the game.

The story behind the game is all about looking at the idea of love, and thinking about love as a physical object ( in this case a ball of wool called Yarny) and what would happen if love was supposedly to unravel or run out. The main aim of the game is to not unravel although moving further and further away from the source of love that you started with.

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Just hearing that concept of the game made me personally fall in love with it straight away. Just a simple concept represented in such a beautiful way. The game takes you on a journey that allows you to explore so many different worlds and environments but also stimulates your mind to work out different puzzles and just different ways in which you can move from one area to the other.

I am also a great lover for the soundtrack of this game. From the gameplay i have seen the soundtrack just compliments the game so beautifully and this was definitely something i was expecting from such a gentle and sensitive concept. It just shows that it is not only a visually stunning game but also something that is pleasing on the ears and just becomes and all rounded experience to enjoy and become immerse in.

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With the release date of this game very near, i recommend everyone who really appreciates those simple but powerful games to really take a look at this title and give it a chance. Definitely a game that i feel everyone can relate to and really open their hearts to and possibly learn something from and i cant wait to see the whole game when it is released and find out what more it can offer.

 

Rating: 

4/5

Trailer

Ubisoft On A Roll!!

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Ubisoft seem to be unstoppable these last few months and it is making me super excited to see the release of their upcoming games. With such an excellent reception on the Beta for The Division recently, i wasn’t really sure what to expect from the new FarCry, with the previous instalment being a success and with such a big jump from all the other games i wasn’t sure if this was something Ubisoft could pull off.

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With such an interesting concept to work with, i cant imagine they could go wrong with the idea but the main focus would be on how creative they could be with the concept and what things they could bring to the table to help the game go that extra mile but still stay within the style of the Far Cry that we know.

And they have definitely taken this game by the horns and produced features that i didn’t even expect but really enhanced the gameplay for the player. From the way in which you interact with the other animals within the game and also how you interact with other tribes and humans. The game definitely shows they have done their research and worked hard to try and replicate what life would be like during the Stone Age.

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Hunting

Although this has been a part of many of the previous Far Cry games, this is something that really dominates Primal. A feature that lies between you progressing successfully in the game or becoming a character that is against every living thing within the game. Although you interact with animals within the others games, the animals in Primal are on a completely different level. For example, if you come across a dead animal that is a clear indication that a predator is in the area and you should be ready for an attack or if you kill and animal, the carcass will attract near by predators where as before these elements of the game would not impact you as a player.

Hunting enables your character to gain resources and upgrades weapons and items within your inventory. You are now able to set up traps and even use other animals to assist you in your hunting. Similarly to the other games, hunting enables you to gain resources that allow you to upgrade weapons and other items within your inventory but you can now do other things like set up traps to capture animals and other prey.

 

Beast

This is definitely an aspect of the game i am really excited about!! Becoming a Beast Master. Of course the game is set in the Stone Age, when humans were not at the top of the food chain and had to work alongside the animals in order to survive, so having certain beasts as your allies is something that would work in your favour and enable you to go through the game with more ease than being against anything with a pulse.

For example, lets say you come across a village with a leader that has destroyed your village and you want a bit of revenge or want to retaliate and take their village, this is an aspect of the game that enables you to use a beast at your will to help you accomplish a mission.

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Along your travels, you could tame a cute little wolf that you could then command and use as an extra aid on top of the weapons you already have to assist you on any take downs and mission you would get involved with. The wolf would also growl to warn you of near by enemies and just almost be an extra pair of eyes through your time in Oros (the world in which you live in).

Another feature that i love about this game is the fact that you can almost pick and choose  your beast in the same way that you would pick and choose a gun you may use for a specific mission. For example, lets say you wanted to hunt a fairly large animal like a Yak or something like that, you may choose to pick a animal that falls on the cat family. These animals are more agile and quick but still carry a big punch compared to if you may want to attack a large village and want an animal that has high resistance and can take a lot of hits, you may choose to pick a bear to assist you on that mission. This feature also works with if you want to go in all guns blazing or if you want a more stealthy approach with you attack.

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Also another feature to add to the never ending list of awesome features is the Owl within this game. In the previous Far Cry game you would personally have to use another pieces of equipment or get close to the animal you wanted to take in order to put it on the map and this could either cause you to get seen by the enemies or cause you to miss certain enemies and your in a situation where you are over run by all these enemies but with the new feature of the owl, you can get a clear birds eye view of the area and all the enemies and threats for the mission. This really prevents you being limited to what you can purely see at eye level and allow you to really gage what you are really walking in to.

You can also use the Owl to either command your other beast or you can literally use the Owl to go in and attack enemies or drop bombs on villages without being detected. I feel this is such great selling point for the game for me and a feature will really be game changer for the Far Cry franchise.

FINAL VERDICT!!

Although this isn’t really the final verdict for the completed game, from what i have seen i feel this game is definitely on track for setting an even higher standard for the Far Cry Franchise when released. With a concept that has proven very popular recently, i feel the survival aspect of this game has really been thought through and been in favour of the player. It really causes you to think and live in that era almost evolve as a character that is able to master any problem that comes their way.

Overall, i am very impressed with this game and cant wait to see the final product and any other surprised to come. I feel the only let down for this game could be the narrative not being rounded and complete and allowing the game to be dominated mostly by the side missions and “random” events within the game.

 

Rating:

3.5/5

I would recommend this to anyone who loves the Far Cry series. I feel the style is still the same and you can still feel the Far Cry vibe of the game but i feel that have definitely take a good jump and taken all successful aspects of all the other previous games and implemented them with in Far Cry Primal

RELEASE:

CONSOLE: FEBURAY 23RD 2016

PC: 1ST MARCH 2016

 

 

One to Watch!!

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I think this game has definitely been on my radar ever since i knew Olly Moss was one of the artist on the game. I mean I’m not being biased now because i really love Olly Moss’s work but this game actually looks pretty decent to be honest!

 

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To see a game as beautiful as this and with such a beautiful colour palette, it is hard not to be drawn to this game. Set in such a beautiful place, it gives the player such a beautiful experience visually to just sit back and play this game. It kind of reminds me abit of Journey (another great PlayStation exclusive, that everyone should definitely check out), they are quite different games in terms of narrative but in terms of the pure idilic scenery and simplistic gameplay i could definitely see a similarity in the types of players the may choose to explore this game.

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A game set in the summer of 1989, you play a middle age man named Henry who befriends a woman over a walkie talkie called Delilah. You see their relationship blossom over the period of the game and you are given the choice in how this conversations go and how far your relationships will grow over time.

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Although quite a simple concept, i feel it is a very clever one. To be honest, i feel most games now a days are really exploring the simple but effective ways in which we can all engage with a game and allowing players to really have freedom of choice rather than following a very restriction narrative path.

When watching the commentated video featuring Sean Vanaman (Writer) and Jake Rodkin (Director), they spoke about the game being set in a real place with a realistic character and i feel they done this to really give it that relatable feel and just make the dialogue and connection between the characters something to really considered and think about as you progress through the game.

Campo Santo are just a small little development company is San Francisco but i believe after this game they will definitely become a name to the remember in the industry!

With the release of this game coming out in just a few days (February 9th 2016), i cant wait to see what comes of this game. I believe it is exclusive to Playstation but will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux. So definitely look out for this title and give it ago!!

Hopefully it lives up to the great footage is has been showing up to its release!

 

Rating:

3.5/5

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone to isn’t looking for a really intense game that involves combat and fighting and is more about the laid back side of gaming that merely just stimulates the mind and encourages you to dive into the narrative and really explore the characters you work with along the way.

Check out the trailer here:

 

 

Beta on Point!!

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After being MEGA excited about this game when the trailer game out last year, i couldn’t  wait to see what other footage and information Ubisoft would release along the way and here we are, the good old beta!! The big test for any game before it comes out and all i can say is…

What a great job you have done Ubisoft

definitely a step up from the Assassins Creeds and Watchdog

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Set in a time when no one can be trusted and the world is just a big old corrupted place (not much different to now a days), this game really tests the pure instinct to survive in a destroyed and empty city. With customisable features (that weren’t fully up and running during the beta but will be on release) you are able to really get in the nooks and crannies of your character and build the ideal solider for you. Whether you want to be the solider with the stylish hair and hipster beard or the woman that still looks flawlessss despite the circumstances, this is all possible.

 

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What i also loved about this beta or just the game in general to be honest was the amount of detail in the scenery. It really set the scale and size for the game and really gave that free roaming experience that extra bonus to just make you want to go out there any explore and the small touch of adding such realistic weather conditions was brilliant. I mean i am already impressed with the small things in the beta, so i can only just imagine what the final product should look like.

 

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There is also a section called the Dark Zone that is the multiplayer part of the game, that just involves you surviving to be honest and trying not to go rogue. It has a whole different levelling up system and contains different areas like the contaminated zone which i am not too sure what that is yet but this type of game is loads of fun when you have a good little team with you to help you through against any mad rogue players.

Talking about combat, this beta definitely showed what The Division has to offered and i am super excited, despite the glitches (which is understandable in a beta) the games combat style is pretty nice actually! It plays pretty smooth and the futuristic style to the game definitely gives it that edge when playing (kind of reminds abit of Watchdogs in that sense but don’t worry, it isn’t like it in any way to be honest)

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I think overall they did quite well with this beta and it has definitely made me even more excited for the final release of this game. This is definitely something people should be investing in this spring!! Hopefully it the final release just wows me even more!!

Rating:

4/5

Recommended for anyone who really enjoy a good RPG, with endless gameplay and a big open space to explore and gain valuable loot and surprises.

 

Hitman E3 2015 Review

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Hmm watching this trailer was quite interesting during the Playstation conference. I was not expecting it at all but when i saw the first few moments of it, i just somehow knew it was Hitman. I like the new feel it has to it, almost like Hitman has had a upgrade or some sort for the next gen console but you can still get that original Hitman feeling…if that makes any sense haha

Sooo lets get down to business…

The Goodies

I am a sucker for a really good cinematic and this was definitely a good cinematic for the game. I like that it has that sort of movie film to it and there was no cliche voice over to talk you through the trailer, it just allowed you as the viewer to embrace and learn about the game as the time goes on. Almost as if the game will just speak for its self and no words are required.

The trailer actually reminded me of how one of the early Watchdog trailers came across but that isnt necessarily a good thing because the game didn’t really resemble that trailer BUT otherwise the trailer looked good!!

I did have a look at the gameplay trailer but wasn’t too impressed in terms of graphics but i was impressed with the idea of having your own style when performing your assassinations and being given the room to improvise when playing the game. I also thought It was super awesome that they gave players the option to explore the world and access time limited missions that will only surface once. This just scream massive replay value and suggest that the game will also be relevant in providing new a fresh content compared to other games that already have programmed missions.

As I have said in previous reviews, next generation console are taking the open world to a whole new level and really challenging the player to really play how they would like to play and make the game all about them. Especially with a game like Hitman that is all about being that solo top assassin, the style of an open world game is something that would compliment Hitman perfectly and everything it is all about. Every assassin has their own style and the new game is all about bring that out of the player

Rating

3.5/5

Uncharted 4 E3 Gameplay Review

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I would have to say that Playstation conference was pretty good. I wasn’t blown away but it was good. It was almost like they thought more about what the fans were looking for and wanted and not necessarily trying to chuck out a massive line of games coming out this year.

BUT

Just when you thought the conference was over, they suddenly state that there is just a bit more time for one more title and you just knew what it was going to be.

As the black screen loaded and you saw the infamous Naughty Dog logo, you knew what was coming. All I could think was, “How are they going to top the last release of gameplay for Uncharted”

New Features – Well the ones loved anyway

  • No interruption when in cover

This is something that could be consider so small and i guess i noticed more when playing online but it something i really appreciate. To be able to be in cover and flawless move around the other person whilst in combat especially is something very important and I am happy they added that in.

  • More of an open world feel

When playing Uncharted in the past, I have also noticed that the game is very linear and always encouraged you to go in the right direction when playing the game. There was no real room to really explore the area or go off track somewhere and explore another mission but when watching gameplay at E3 it seems that Uncharted are really making full use of the next generation consoles.

To be honest it feel like most games now a days are creating that open world feel and it is nice to see a classic like Uncharted is taking this idea forward.

I think the explorative feel is all about giving the player more power and control and giving them the options to really make the game their game and create their own style when playing.

  • DRIVING!!!!

This was something loads of people noticed and was a big step for the Uncharted series. I am honestly not the best driver in any video game but I was crazy excited that you can drive and will be definitely giving that a go. I love that you can drive off road too and once again really take full use of the open world feel of the game.

I also enjoy the little feature of being able to use the grapple hook and change from driving into control the aim of the grapple. For some reason i just loved it and i can’t wait for those kind of surprises in the final edition of the game.

So to conclude…

I feel  Uncharted will still be the game we all know but it has just been taken to a whole new level. Beautiful graphics, incredibly flawless combat and of coursing driving are all things that are going to make Uncharted one of the best games to be released next year. Staying up at 2 in the morning was definitely worth it to watch the whole Playstation conference but also see a bit more Uncharted

Beyond Two Souls Coming to the PS4

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After having a pretty decent conference at E3, i then hear news of PS4 planning to bring games like Beyond Two Souls on the next gen console with a deleted scene to come along with it.

Quantic Dream (The developers) are all about the interactive story that really engages you as a player and gets you to make conscious decisions as you play throughout the game in order to get the prefer ending to the story.

Brief Outline of the Plot

You play as a young woman called Jodie at different and key moments throughout her life. You could go from being 8 year old Jodie to 18 year old Jodie in two different missions but it is like massive puzzle of her life and you as a player are putting all these parts of her life together and trying to make sense and a conclusion of the whole thing.

Will it work on the PS4

Personally i believe this game will be perfect for the PS4. I think they could of even waited to just release it solely on the PS4 because i feel like a game of that nature will really use all the features available on the next ten console like the touchpad on the controller.

Hope in the future I will do a few walkthroughs on my channel for you guys out there that have never experience Beyond Two Souls!! Definitely a game to check out!! I will also be considering to play another Quantic Dream called Heavy Rain.

Heavy Rain has a similar gameplay style and narrative but a larger variety in characters and situation and more of  narrative that puts you in very pressurise situation and circumstances.

BUT YES back to what we were saying!!! I can’t wait for Beyond Two Souls to come to PS4 and look forward to how they really use the facilities available on next gen to make the game even better.

Walking Dead Season 2: In Harms Way Review

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WELLLLLL….

After what felt like such a long time, the day to become fully indulge in the Walking Dead world finally came.

With such a brilliant cliff-hanger left in the previous episode, i wasn’t really sure what direction they were really going to take with the story. I knew that “In Harms Way” was going to be a good story but honestly i didn’t think it would be that good.

We are introduced to several new characters who are part of William Carvers camp and we begin the get a deeper understanding of how others characters know each other and really want a type of monster Carver is.

We also see Clementine taking more of the reins in situations and having a the upper hands when deciding what plan they should go forward for. Clementine is no longer the little girl from Season 1 and we definitely see the badass Clem come forward in this episode.

Apart from being the best instalment to season 2, i also believe it was the darkness. Throughout the episode you really gain an insight into what people become during times like this and were your loyalties will lie. Throughout most of the episode in both season 1 + 2, we see many loved characters die or just go through some gruesome deaths but this episode. Well i would say it is most graphic one (Well,  depending on what decision you make at a a certain point) but death are just happening one after the other in this game. I think there was about 4 deaths in this episode and they were all lovely characters, apart from the last two deaths.

I don’t want to give out too much information without giving spoilers so this is why my review isn’t as detail as i want it to be but Walking Dead is such a personal experience it is really something you should watch yourself. With all the options to choose different answers and decisions, your story could be completely different to mine and i having your own personal story it what makes the game what it is.

Overall this episode is awesome!! Next to come is “Amid The Ruins” and i am looking forward to that. Amid The Ruins seems to be how the group is coping after In Harms Way. In Harms Way we meet a character called Jane who keeps herself to herself but knows her stuff and seems that she will take Clem under her wing in Amid The Ruins but we also see that Clem could be in danger if she sticks with the group and she could be deciding between staying with Jane or going with her group.

I am not so excited for the next episode based on the brief information i was given after playing episode 3 but who knows what will happen. I think In Harms Way is a difficult episode to follow with and it will be difficult to match but Telltale Games also seem to pull out something amazing.

 

 

Rating:

4/5

The Evil Within

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Now. I am a big chicken when it comes to anything remotely scary. So this game isn’t already my cup of tea but i thought why not check it out, a game is a game at the end of the day and regardless of whether it is a horror game or an adventure game, the quality and potential of the game will still show through.

But in this case, i don’t think it did.
I tried to put my fear of horror games a side and watched the trailer for The Evil Dead Within and to be honest the trailer doesn’t really do a good job.

First of all, I really disliked the fact that they used actors in the trailer. For some reason that is a big dislike of mine when it comes to game trailers.

The use of actors made the trailer look like a really bad 80s horror film and really just made it difficult for me to stay interested in the trailer.

BUT

The one thing that i did gather from the trailer is that it was basically going to be a sickly game. Seems like the creators wanted to give the impression that their game will be filled with blood and mutant being that are going to creep the hell out of you.

I am not sure about the success of this game just based on the purely created trailer that i have seen but i know gameplay is available but i don’t even want to watch that to be honest.