Skyrim VR, PS4 Review

Skyrim never dies, having graced the PS4 already in HD goodness its back and in a VR wrapped package of goodness.

Rivalling perhaps Minecraft for platform releases most people will know of Skyrim whether or not they have walked its paths.

It’s a game that has also been around a long time, so it might not be the prettiest of adventures, especially up close in the VR headset, but that soon washes away when you look into the distance and start to marvel at the world building around you.

It is fair to say that Bethesda have put some effort into the launch, the move controllers have had time and effort put into their mapping, almost to the point of being overworked and borderline confusing. It makes sense with practice, but can be a handful in the heat of battle. You can play with the standard controller setup, which makes for a smoother play, but takes away some of the intent. Wandering a dungeon casting spells in virtual freedom is a pleasant experience and all the more fun because of the Move controls.

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Stars Wars Battlefront II, PS4 Review

Star Wars, you can’t pass it by, especially when you get the chance to live out those schoolyard fantasies in First Person. Or so you think.

Going into Battlefront II feels okay, its shiny and Star Wars enough, however for all the polish attempting to outdo the previous game the UI feels cluttered and overdone.

The old game was crisp and clean, lots of white space complementing the personalised greeting it gave you. This time round you get smacked in the face with “Come here and open today’s loot box!”

I have a bad feeling…

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MudRunner: A Spintires Games, PS4 Video Review

I no longer have the time, patience or money to have a good Gaming PC. So even though the original Spintires has been out on PC for a couple of years, I have been waiting patiently for it to finally hit Console.

Frankly, MudRunner has been a pleasant surprise but it has to viewed as the niche Sim title that it is. Sure, it has some similarities to the Euro-Truck or Farm Simulator games, however the pure off-road setting and the impact the terrain has on the moment to moment gameplay makes it unique.  MudRunner still has a bit of jank here and there and the UI still hints to some ‘mouse-n-keyboard’ control options having to be shoe-horned into the PS4 controller. But overall it is my sleeper hit of 2017. There is just no other game like it and in a overcrowded world of Shooters, RPGs and Racing games, and that makes it a bit special in my book.

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Need for Speed Payback, PS4 Review

You wait years for some serious racers, then three come along at once. Only to get grit sprayed in their grills by the latest in the arcade style hi-speed hi-jinks crashathon Need for Speed franchise instalment.

NFS has been divisive at times, but has mostly done a good job at delivering entertainment. The franchise has been around for a very long time and the reveal of a new instalment can often reduce serious gamers to jelly when they see shiny screens and screeching tyres.

Now in Payback its time to get your Fast and Furious on, joining the underworld of high speed car crime in an alternate Nevada alike (aka Fortune Valley) landscape. The game is billed as delivering blockbuster moments interspersed with hi-octane thrills, this happens by cutting in plenty of well designed cutscene moments. Often triggered at a narrative point or when something exceptionally cool happens around you.

It works at the outset, hopping between three main characters and one supporting role its good to see how their story starts to flesh out, a story of revenge by the way as they fight their way to the top of a massive race in the hope of bringing down mysterious antagonist The House. the narrative may be a little clumsy, but the cutscenes dovetail well with the action and pull the scripted sequence along.

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WWE 2K18 Review (Xbox One)

Here we are with another annual 2K release. This time round it is the mighty wrestlers of the WWE, or WWF, as I fondly remember it, and to be honest I haven’t followed the show since it was known as WWF so the cover Superstar, Seth Rollins, is a bit of an unknown to me.

But have no fear, all the good old favourites are all there, at a cost. Yep time to be nickel and dimed again with extra purchases. Sigh…

So off the bat you get a fair selection of modern Superstars but if ,like me, you are more of a fan of the golden age of wrestling then you will need to unlock your favourites with virtual currency.

Now this currency can be earned in game  at a fairly slow rate so getting enough to unlock all the 80’s Superstars can be a lengthy process. You do start with some currency so make the most of it. I realise that most games are now going down this god awful path of paying to unlock content but at $100 a game I expect to be able to access what I want, when I want.

I am very quickly going off games that have me grinding or paying just to access features I want included.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (DLC), PS4 Review

I reviewed Horizon Zero Dawn back at the start of the year and even though 2017 has seen some of the best games in years being released, HZD is still currently sitting in my GOTY slot. I have sunk 50-60 hours into it, as well as being a good way into a fresh New Game+ run through. It has been a loooooong wait for November to roll around and some DLC. But finally I can sink my teeth into the one and only HZD content expansion, The Frozen Wilds.

Thankfully Guerilla games have delivered in spades. A large edition to the game world targeted at level 30+ characters has dropped, and the developers have snuck in some cool new weapons and lore. Unfortunately, the much anticipated new skill tree has failed to impress me, essentially the shining up of some ‘quality of life’ changes, that could have easily been done as a ‘patch’, have been given their own skill tree. Sadly the skills are far from revolutionary when it comes to moment to moment gameplay.

That all said, the quality of the world created, its characters and the gameplay mechanics were all sublime in Zero Dawn and its pleasing to say, Guerilla haven’t gone and ballsed it up.

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, PS4 Review

“They don’t advertise for Nazi Killers in a newspaper, but that’s what I was ex BJ, ex soldier, ex Nazi Killer…”, okay, my dodgy gravelly voiceover aside it’s Wolfenstein Time!

Three years ago Wolfenstein: The New Order was a huge breath of fresh air, an old school style shooter with big brass balls. It was fully loaded with gore and ridiculous weapons, didn’t take itself too seriously and finished on something of a cliffhanger.

Our review went along with: Far and away the best Wolfenstein yet, far and away the most enjoyable single player shooter since the PS4.

Having had a further dalliance with BJ in the shorter top-up adventure The Old Blood, we were taken back to an earlier part of the story that built on some of the strengths of The New Order.

Now we return to the boots of William J. Blazkowicz, finding how exactly how he escaped the nuclear explosion at the end of New Order, and more importantly what happened to the world in the weeks after. Queue The New Colossus, pump up the music and fill those shotguns troopers.

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Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Switch

Well, Mario is back with his fully fledged Switch appearance. Hot on the heels of battling Rabbids and power sliding Mario Karts the fan favourite returns once again to save Peach from the clutches of Bowser. It’s a good time to be a Switch owner, because this game deserves the plaudits and superlatives that it is leaving in its wake.

Nintendo have nailed it, pure, sweet and simple – this is the title that every Switch owner will play.

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Rogue Trooper Redux, (PS4 Review)

There was a time in life, like many of my generation when you hung out for Saturday and the latest copy of 2000AD to hit the shelves.

For years the wild sci-fi characters and irreverent stories where mainstay conversation starters around the school yard. Everybody (mostly) knows Judge Dredd thanks to Hollywood, but the comic had many stablemates for Joe that drew their own legions of fans.

Strontium Dog, Hammerstein and the ABC Warriors, Slaine, Nemesis the Warlock, Halo Jones and her robo-dog Toby, not forgetting ACE Garp. Those stories and many more were etched into history week by week, while Marvel and DC ran amok with costumed characters 2000AD delivered a hefty dose of darkness.

For me, one of the favourites and one of my all time eternal heroes was Rogue Trooper, the renegade Genetic infantryman.

Briefly, Rogue was a lone wolf character – the survivor of a botched incursion into the infamous Quartz Zone where his comrades were decimated. Rogue took it on himself to seek out the mysterious traitor that sent his men to their deaths, while fighting his way through an onslaught of enemies.

It was boys own stuff, especially when he was backed up by his three mates Helm, Gunnar and Bagman. All reduced to Bio-Chips inserted into slots on his equipment and they were fortunately quite aptly named for their roles. Being reduced to a chip was a second chance for a G.I., their subplot was to get back to the labs on Milicom (read home base) and get themselves rebuilt.

That’s the gist in a nutshell, along with a couple of minor game spoilers.

Oh, yeah, the game.

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