Batman, perfect for video-games, a cultural icon and undoubtedly the fastest thoroughbred in the DC stable. Developers Rocksteady have had a solid run with their Batman franchise, spanning generations of console the games have gone from strength to strength. With this being touted as their last Batman game they have pulled out the stops to deliver the spectacular along with the darkness.
A lot of fans have been hanging out for this particular Bats adventure, I wonder if it’s turned out Keaton or Clooney?
Arkham Knight does deliver exactly what it says on the tin, an open world adventure in a huge chunk of Gotham. Plenty of familiar adversaries and gadgets galore. The game is a visual feast and along with the open spaces Batman has a gigantic vertical playground to swing around. Traversing the city is smooth and effortless as the Bat-grapple is always ready to grab onto something with a quick press of a shoulder button. Swooping around the tall places, gliding from building to building and being moody on rooftops is always good fun.
1993, the year conventional cinema died and the year that dinosaurs ruled the earth once more. Universal studios were surfing a cash cow that was about to change everything. Since then we’ve seen spectacle after overblown spectacle thanks to blue and green screen technology, CGI has become a mainstay and arguably the wow factor has gone. Fast forward to 2015, Jurassic World is a big budget crowd pleaser and opening takings show that the dinosaurs still have pull.
Of course there’s a game along with all the other merchandise you could think of and of course the best people to take up that challenge are Travellers Tales by wrapping the concept up in lots and lots of Lego bricks.
I’ve been back in the world of The Witcher for about a month now and to honest, I’m not sure I want to come back home. After a fantastic outing previous gen we pick up the legend of Geralt the White Wolf and legend absolutely is the right word,
The Wild Hunt is a massive game, CD Projekt Red have delivered a living and breathing medieval world and from the first few steps the game paints a rich tapestry all around you. A tapestry that begs to be explored, most open world games can become repetitive quickly and soon lose their shine, but The Wild Hunt offers variety and side quests full of depth. I’ll come clean, I’m nowhere near as far into the story as my contemporaries, because there’s always something interesting over the horizon, a mysterious windmill, a stranded deserter, a creepy monster cave, the wildlife and Gwent.
I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm right here in New Zealand and I understand all too well the time and energy that goes into making a living off the land. The Farming Simulator games are a new experience for me as a gamer and I must admit, my real-life experiences had made me somewhat dismissive towards the franchise…..but I now get it. The digital land you initially turn sod on to make a quick buck quickly becomes more than just a piece of earth and actually becomes…your farm.
During the set-up, you choose one of the two farm maps. The somewhat hillier topography of the Scandinavian farm, suits more livestock, small cropping and forestry. Where the wide open spaces of the flats in the USA is akin to an Iowa or Indiana farm, far better suited to massive crops of corn and cereals with HUGE machinery used to covers the hectares. But, to be frank, both types can be used and worked in anyway you chose if you are willing to put in the time.
Last year Wolfenstein: The New Order pretty much came out from under the radar and deservedly earn’t it self a whole bunch of accolades. A triumphant return to form for a legacy series that has had it’s fair share of misses, The New Order revitalised old school formula gameplay, wrapped it in some impressive visuals and came close to being my game of the year.
Now, BJ is back, in a standalone adventure cited as a prequel to last year’s game. It’s time to spill some Old Blood.