Horizon: Zero Dawn – PS4 Video Review

Horizon: Zero Dawn is only days away from hitting PS4 hard drives. After spending the better part of 15-20 hrs with it, I can say with confidence and frankly some surprise….it is fantastic. A studio solely famous for  First Person Shooters has made a clever and very unique game-world.  Somehow they have created a game with the best bits of the open world and beast hunting in The Witcher 3, the tried and true ‘RPG lite’ fun of the FarCry games and also the slick, visceral combat of the recent Tomb Raider reboots.

You will play as ‘Aloy’, who has been an outcast all her life. But when the world is under threat her tribal leaders reluctantly turn to her to for help. This open world 3rd person, action adventure is beautiful, detailed and engrossing. Sony could have easily put Guerrilla Games back on the FPS treadmill, making them churn out another Killzone…..but thankfully they didn’t and we got Horizon! Enjoy the full review!

Resident Evil 7– Biohazard Review (Xbox One)

OK, so here goes. A SPOILER FREE review of the latest chapter in the venerable Resident Evil franchise….

Everyone likes a trip to the countryside, especially if it is to see a long lost loved one. But one look at the Bakers lovely Plantation house in Dulvey, Louisiana would cause a pretty quick change of heart. After all, we have all seen scary movies, and we all know nothing good can be going on in this kind of setting. Well the love Ethan Winters has for his wife is strong, so strong that he doesn’t even hesitate on heading in.

I guess this is going to be a really boring game if the Baker residence turns out to be just a lovely old B&B….

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Yakuza Zer0, PS4 Review

The latest entry into a long running and respected franchise from Sega has turned back the clock and dropped players into a prequel of sorts. It’s a clever move and one that makes the experience more attractive to Yakuza virgins like myself.

That clock in question has been turned back to 1988 and you get to ‘kind of’ free roam about in Kamurocho, something of a Red Light district in Tokyo. So, its time to dust off your knuckles, slip on a sharp suit and experience some exotic Japanese culture.

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Review: Nacon “Revolution” Pro PS4 Controller

After spending a good week with the Nacon “Revolution” playing Destiny, Uncharted 4, Steep, Inside and Call of Duty, I have got around to putting my thoughts into a Video Review.

The Nacon “Revolution” is around the $170-$180 mark in Aus and NZ, which for a wired controller is a bit steep. However its suite of features and overall quality is worth the price of entry and makes it a solid alternative to the PS4s Dualshock 4.

Me and My Trico, PS4 thoughts on The Last Guardian

An awful lot has happened in the last nine years, especially to me.

Moved country (again), gained three kids, lost animals, gained animals, lost jobs, gained jobs, kept my kindred spirit happy, movies came and went, games came and went, I self-published books, wrote 4 screenplays that never won anything, fought off the daily black shadow of fear from the Big C and gave birth to this site.

Its been a ball, and in the middle of it all there was something I had to experience, something I yearned for year after year. Every Sony E3 presser I would sit and watch the internet like Batman waiting for Joker to pop up somewhere, I needed news, a whisper or even just a sign of life that Trico was still coming.

Trico, a legend amongst gamers – the product of Japan Studio and Team Ico, the powerhouse combo behind two of the most endearing Playstation experiences ever created and it was attached to the mysteriously titled The Last Guardian. Here are the 2009 and 2016 trailers.

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Nacon ‘Revolution’ Controller (PS4) – Unboxing

Xbox One owners have been enjoying a high calibre controller for some months now, with the release of the first party Xbox Elite Controller from Microsoft. Sony have finally met their user base halfway with two ‘Pro’ controllers, which are officially licensed for Playstation, but are made by third parties. Nacon and Razor have just released two controllers and I have got my hands on the Nacon ‘Revolution’ to put through its paces.

A full review will follow in a few days once I have spent some time with it, but to start with, here are some unboxing pics.

Nice molded box that says: Yep – you have bought quality.

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Watchdogs 2 Review (Xbox One)

Watchdogs was one of the early titles in the life of the Xbox One and was alright I guess. I enjoyed it, even if it was a bit tedious. Others weren’t so forgiving. So how does the second title in Ubisoft’s hacker title fare?

Well, with its new main protagonist it takes itself far less serious this time around but still has its fair share if ‘interesting’ quirks. So grab your smart phone, make sure you have a decent firewall and lets go exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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Steep: PS4 Review

I have been an avid Skier longer than I have been a gamer, which is really saying something considering I owned an Atari 7800! So when a snow-sports video game is released, you better believe it peeks my interest. Fortunately, it turns out Steep is brilliant fun. It breathes life into a niche genre that has been waning in quality for well over a decade.

To pigeonhole Steep as just a skiing/snowboarding game sells it short. It’s probably better described as an alpine extreme sports game, as also included are Wingsuiting and Paragliding. Set in the French Alps, there is an almost limitless range of snow covered mountains to explore. The loose premise is that as a budding extreme sports star, I’m trying to get noticed by Red Bull or Salomon and get epic action videos trending. After an initial guided intro, which explains how to choose an event, score points and customise my rider, I was left to my own devices.

Flagged across a beautiful 3D visualisation of the French Alps region are markers. These allowed me to choose from various events and immediately fast travel to them. Each marker is an event for one of the four disciplines- Skiing, Snowboarding, Wingsuiting and Paragliding. The interface looks great but is a bit clunky to use once there are a dozens of events to choose from.

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The Last Guardian, PS4 Review

tlg_packFew games in recent memory have suffered such a beleaguered development, whilst still managing to capture the hearts and minds of impatient gamers. The Last Guardian has massive stable mates in ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, and under the weight of that pedigree and 10 years of anticipation, it was never going to live up to all that hyped expectation…but I gotta say, it has come pretty damn close.

The Last Guardian is very simple at heart and in fact that’s where its strength lies. Aside from the odd Japanese voice over (with subtitles), there is no proper dialogue. The game manages to tell a story of trust between a child and a feathered beast though subtle story telling techniques. In the opening “the Boy” wakes up covered in strange tattoos, lying amidst the ruins of a lost city. Sleeping nearby is a huge beast…. bird, dog thing.

His name is ‘Trico’. Amazingly, Trico is completely A.I controlled and is an impressive piece of video game design. Aside from his unusual outward appearance, deep down in both movement and emotions, he is a faithful dog. A really, really, big dog. The developers have captured in computer code, ‘Mans best friend’ to a tee.

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