Valiant Hearts Review (Xbox One)

VH_packNext year it will be 100 years since the horrors of The Great War took place across Europe. Over 9 million combatants dead. And did the world learn from this? Nope, 20 years later we organised a sequel! Bloody mankind, you have to wonder sometimes.

Anyway, after the slew of games based on the horrific events of war comes Valiant Hearts. A side scrolling puzzler with a leaning to actually teach players historically accurate facts, while enjoying a great game in the freedom and safety given to you by the men and women who were killed in the war.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, PS4 review

Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has had a new movie released, so prepare yourselves gamers, for the inevitable video game tie in.

ASM_pack1The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Video Game, has only minor narrative connections to its theatrical counterpart, so Canadian developer Beenox was in a great position to make their seventh ‘Web Slinger’ game very much their own. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been released on pretty much every platform on the market, from the 3DS to the next-gen consoles like PS4, which is the platform this review is based on. Continue reading

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Watchdogs, PS4 review

Chicago, a city full of people on mobile phones and the hacker with the best phone doesn’t even have a camera built in.

WD_packWatchdogs wowed us at E3 2012 with jaw dropping visuals and its innovative environment hacking gameplay. Two years and a delay later you have to look at all the expectation and wonder if it delivered.

My Watchdogs was late, later than most being delayed by glorious Aus Post, so I was doubly on the back foot to start with.

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Destiny Alpha First Look, PS4

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Until last weekend I had let Destiny slip from my radar, then amid the blitz of info from E3 came the news there was a limited Alpha and it was very, very soon.

So, here are a few in game shots I grabbed.

As for the experience; Destiny is a very polished product, beautiful and atmospheric environments in a well developed world. The combat while showing off its Halo roots is nicely paced and lends it self to the open nature of the game. Character models are well realised, the weapons handle differently and look superb and the always online drop-in drop-out is incredibly fluid. Not forgetting the crisp, clean nature of the user interface, menus are minimal and functional with a very modern design palette.

Overall if the Bungie minions are still working hard on this product it’s going to be a doozy once October rolls around. There’s a pile of screen grabs on the next page, with some youtube gameplay below.

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Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, release date and trailer

As Mick Dundee would say: That’s not a collectors edition. This is a collectors edition.

Witcher3_packThe Witcher 3 is shaping up to promise a hell of a ride now it’s official Feb 24th 2015 release date has been confirmed. The latest cinematic trailer shows the White Wolf back in full swing along with a buffet of stunning graphics to swing your swords through.

Not only is the game looking fantastic, but there is quite an astounding collectors edition on offer for those that don’t enjoy hoarding their treasure. Check out the full details of the special edition after the break, but first here’s the picture to dribble over and the latest trailer.

“Behold, the Collector’s Edition of The Witcher–over two kilograms of the most badass monster slayer, ready to bring your desktop figure collection to a whole new level,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED.


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Wolfenstein: The New Order, PS4 review

Far and away the best Wolfenstein yet, far and away the most enjoyable single player shooter since the PS4.

WOLF_packshotA long time ago in a world without broadband a genre was taking shape, the first person shooter had humble beginnings in the guise of Wolfenstein. Taking the role of super commando BJ Blacowitz the player was given a gaudy castle to infiltrate, using all manner of weapons to despatch all manner of Nazi bad guys and find all manner of secrets.

It might have been ugly by today’s standards, but it had bags of playability and as rose tinted gamers know those bags have survived the passing years. As a franchise the series has popped up regularly in various incarnations, the last it has to be said was both ambitious and perhaps a little disappointing when stacked up against other juggernaut shooters of the time.

This time it’s different. Continue reading

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