The Wait is Over!!!

Game, Horror, Upcoming Games

Words could not explain how devastated i was when i heard the announcement of the cancel of Silent Hill P.T. I thought the game was brilliant and it was one of those horror games that had the perfect balance of minimal gameplay but a terrifying and horrific atmosphere to set the game and keep you playing

BUT

Just when i thought all hope was gone. A indie company called Lilith Ltd created an insane looking game called Allison Road. A game that has been stated as the spiritual successor of Silent Hills P.T. When watching the gameplay and trailer for this title, there was no moment that i felt at ease and i feel the potential for this game is incredible and i cant wait for its release.

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This game was initially created by horror game lover Chris Kesler, his love for video games led him to make one of his own and really set the bar for the type of horror games he wanted to see in the industry and he has definitely set a whole new playing field for all games to be released after this title.

I feel with any really intense horror game, playing in first person is always a good shout. You just feel like you are actually presence within the game and things just feel more immersive. Due to the makers of the game using Unreal Engine 4 the graphics are also an element that really had the scary factor to the game.

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I think that is also a reason for why people are comparing this game to the Silent Hill P.T. It seems to follow that perfect formula of minimalistic gameplay alongside a enticing storyline. I also love that is it somewhere that is quite familiar, so everyone can really relate and feel the fear as they explore this old town house.

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This game is set in a British townhouse that was a home to a family that have been the victim of a hideous crime and you play a currently named protagonist exploring the house and trying to learn what has happened to your family and what is the strange presence in the house. The woman that has been pictured in the trailer and gameplay has been suggested to be your deranged wife who has been taken over by some bad sprits.

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Personally, anything to do with possession and ghost is always something that freaks me out, so this game will definitely scare the hell out of me but just purely other factors like the exceptional lighting and ambience within the game is enough to to make the hairs stand on the back of the neck. This game the perfect concoction of an excellent horror game.

FINAL (ish)  VERDICT

Although this is a little review of the game and how i feel before its release, i feel the only way to really summaries this title is to just play it and give it a go. With everyone being devastated by the cancel of the Silent Hill P.T, i feel this is the game to fill that space or even possibly exceed it but only time will tell and there is definitely a never ending line of people who cant wait to get their hands on this and play it. So prepare yourself from now for this insane experience because i am sure after a play through of Allison Road, you won’t be sleeping for days.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE

Rating:

4/5

Developers: Lilith Ltd

Release: TBA 2016

 

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Im In Love!!

Game, Upcoming Games

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!!

Upcoming Games

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!!

Game, Game Reviews, Upcoming Games

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!!

Game, Game Reviews, Upcoming Games

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.

 

FarCry Primal: Behind the Scenes

Game, Game Reviews, Upcoming Games

After my previous post talking about the infinite possibilities FarCry really having brining out a game like Primal. i feel this video gives me more confidence in them potentially pulling off the idea.

Really taking the idea of the primal man and how that can really create a fully immersive game for people to enjoy. The game is all about when man took ownership and started being the hunter rather than the hunted.

The game also provides players with a large variety of ecosystems that can vary based factors like if you are playing during the night and day. This is a feature i found very interesting and realistic.

Another realistic aspects is the way in which they allows players to build and craft their own weapons as they would in the Stone Age. As Jean – Sebastien Decant stated, there is only really things like rocks and bone that gave us some indication on what the world was like back then so that gave them alot of movement throughout the game to really try out new ideas and take a creative spin on how they would present the world in the game. This could come down to different things like the culture and there way in which humans would interact with each other etc.

I feel FarCry could really be on to another great game here and I can’t wait to hear more about this game. I also feel it will be interesting to compare to the upcoming game Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games. Although Horizon is combining that primal feel with a more futuristic feel and the developers will be quite different in terms of playing style, i feel it will just be interesting to see how both games pull of the presenting that era to an audience.

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Hitman E3 2015 Review

Game, Game Reviews, Upcoming Games

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

Beyond Two Souls Coming to the PS4

Game, Game Reviews, Update

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.

EGX!!

Game, Game Reviews, Upcoming Games

After many months of getting my self together and discussing with a friend whether to actually buy the tickets or not. We finally took the leap of faith and brought two tickets to spend a Friday after in Earls Court…….but not everything was how i expected it to be.

Atmosphere

Maybe i was just too excited for EGX but everyone just seemed pretty…….boring. I would of expected people to really be buzzing and looking forward to getting their hands on new games and demos but they just seemed like they were being forced to take part in EGX against their own will.

But i didn’t let that crusty atmosphere get me down. i continued to run around EGX and enjoy all i could of what was on offer.

THE GAMES

FarCry 4

Hmmm…this was an interesting one. I guess i am already not a huge fan on FPS, so already i am not too keen on FarCry but after seeing the trailer and hearing that Troy Baker (the Brad Pitt of video games) was involved in the game, i had to check it out.

The game was really nice and combat was pretty smooth too. You were able to stealthy kill enemies from a decent distance and the enemies were not the usually dumb enemies that would look straight at you buy walk straight past, they actually would fight against you and make their kill and challenge.

Also, i believe this game should just get a 1 up for just allowing you to ride an elephant. That is awesome.

BUT!

That loading screen….

literally, the loading screen was so long that people would walk away from the demo. i honestly don’t know anybody that likes a loading screen and this is honestly something they should consider looking at before the releasing the game.

Rating:

2.8/5

Batman: Arkham Knight

After queuing longer than i should have and hearing “oh, it is just a couple of minutes longer” about a hundred times -.-, i was finally allowed to see the new Batman.

Well, i can say is that i was quite impressed actually. Although the enthusiastic and extremely excited speaker did help bring the awesomeness to the game, i was really impressed with the new features they added to the game.

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That Batmobile was sooooo awesome and had little features that were really thought through in development. The design of the the Bat Mobile really compliments Batman in almost every situation….even combat.  batman could be knocking the brains out of and enemy and Bat Mobile would be happy to perform the final touch on the knockout. The Batmobile can even find you if you are not sure where you last parked it :O

The driving style can also be adjusted depending on the circumstance. For example if you find your self wanting to have more control of your driving in a tight space, you can adjust the wheels and make sure you don’t drop to your death in the Sexy Batmobile.

The Bat Mobile has just become more of an extension to Batman and makes the game even more enjoyable than it already is.

i actually just realised how much there is to say about the new Batman and i will probably have to make a whole new post for it. Don’t worry, i will post it as soon as possible.

BUTTT…back to the point of EGX, it wasn’t bad to be honest. i thought it would be better but maybe i just went at the wrong time or day but i think my next adventure shall be E3!!!

Overall i would recommend attending EGX but don’t expect any amazing and outstanding and don’t dress up or at least if you do, make sure you costume is incredible and there is no doubt you will win the cosplay competition….partly because nobody dressed up -.-

Rating:

4.8/10

Wolf Among Us Review

Game, Game Reviews

What a brilliant little game by Teltale Games.

I wasn’t really sure how this game was going to end and how I was going to feel about this game.
I was already a fan of The Walking Dead and once this started being released almost side by side with The Walking Dead, it became something I thought I could just watch until the releases of The Walking Dead episodes came out and not think anything of it but then I began to anticipate and enjoy every time the new Wolf Among Us episodes came out and I fell in love.

I remember hearing about Wolf Among Us for the first time and thinking it was just going to be a nothing silly remake of a fairy tale story that tries to make Cinderella all modern or” relatable”.

But that first episode.That just pulled me in.

The introduction to every character was unique and fresh and you could just feel an incredible story already unraveling in the first episode.

As your followed the story further on and played as the notorious Bigby Wolf, you begin to ask some many questions and receive so many unclear and misleading answer but that was what made the story so interesting and intriguing.

When you are dealing with any situation that is relating to a murder or unjust activity, decision you make are crucial and once again Teltale really put you in a position where you decision could change another characters life or change completely how other characters perceive and interact with you.

There were some moments that I thought the culprit was one person and then another but there were also some moment that I felt the story was dragging on abit and narrative was going anywhere.

This may just be because I was comparing it to Walking Dead Season 1 (which blew my mind) and compared to Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us came close but not as good.

BUT. THAT ENDING!!

The ending for The Wolf Among Us was brilliant!! I love how they included more action into the game and made your ability to make quick decision a must and priority.

The narrative was very fast paced and allowed all your questions to be answered (even some surprised answers were chucked in).

It was almost like, throughout all the episodes of The Wolf Among Us, you just wanted to see Bigby really let loose and go crazy but he always held back to prevent his health beginning at risk but finally he is allowed to go cray and go manic on all out hates characters and that was a very good feeling to watch in the final episode.

I also love how they have constructed every character. They all seemed quite realistic and logical in all their decision they made. And I really love how they made some characters really loveable some that you really grew to dislike.

Although all the characters are all based on fairy tale, they really were made to fit into the current world and I love how they done it so well and they contributed to my enjoyment of the story.

(There is also a brilliant twist at the end but I can’t review that. You have to play it for yourself)

I hope there is talk of a Season 2. I am not that hyped as I was when there was talk of The Walking Dead but I still want to see abit more of The Wolf Among Us and see what else they have to over.

Overall, it is a incredible game and story and should be played by everybody that enjoy a quality story that revolves around your decision.

Rating:
4/5