Assassins Creed Origins Review (Xbox One)

The Assassins Creed franchise has been around for a while now and is well known by anyone that considers themselves a gamer.

Admittedly there have been a couple of questionable releases in recent years but what does number 10, Assassins Creed Origins bring? Does visiting the birth time of the Creed return the franchise back to its golden age?

Or is Ubisoft just flogging a dead camel?

For the bulk of Origins you play Bayek, a Medjay living in 48BC Ptolemaic Egypt, the age of Cleopatra, Pyramids, and the Sphinx with a nose. Long before The Brotherhood and Templars, Origins has you tied up in, well, the origins of these groups through a life of justice and revenge.

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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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Forza Motorsport 7 Review (Xbox One)

Wow! Number seven already.

It only seems like yesterday I was enjoying the pleasure of the first Forza Motorsport release on the original Xbox. Skip forward almost three hardware generations, three spin off titles in the form of the Horizon series, and here we are Forza Motorsport 7.

Conduit for the announcement of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and one of the flagship release titles for the Xbox One X due out in November. Nothing like aiming high. But based on the standards set by its predecessors why not. The Forza stable is definitely entrenched as the premier racing title on Xbox.  OK,so right off the bat let us hit up the elephant in the room. Loot Crates. Every game seems to have them in some form these days with the developers trying to squeeze every cent out of the gamer via micro transactions. So games are purely cosmetic while others can let you pay your way to the top.

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NBA 2K18 Review (Xbox One)

So here we are, the latest instalment of the almighty NBA 2K series, and this years cover star is Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics. More importantly Steve Adams is as prominent as anyone in game, especially if you follow the Oklahoma City Thunder as your team.

As usual fans of NBA 2K will already be all over this and enjoying the premier basketball title available today. As for new comers to gaming or basketball games prepare to be overwhelmed with options, game modes, terminology and shoes.

Overwhelmed in a good way that is.

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Ark: Survival Evolved Review (Xbox One)

It seems like Ark has been around for ages thanks to the ‘Game Preview’ phase it has been through on the Xbox. I gave it a go several months ago but thanks to its early build issues didn’t give it much of a fair go.

Now with the release candidate version up and running it is time to see what being dropped on a beach in your undies is actually like. Just make sure you have plenty of time to sink into Ark.

It is huge and needs considerable time invested to really enjoy, and remember until you have got some footwear watch out for dinosaur poop.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Review (Xbox One)

Although TESO: Morrowind is being marketed as a new standalone release it is actually only an add-on, a very big add-on, for the existing Elder Scrolls Online experience bundled with the original game. And for those who have yet to jump back into the land of Tamriel with a few friends, now is the time to do it.

Not only has the whole online experience been tweaked, refined, and smoothed out since my review of the initial release of TESO, but now with the inclusion of Morrowind it will bring an immediate smile to anyone who played the original Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind game, and fans of giant mushrooms.

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Wargaming Transports Kiwi Players Back To WW1

June 13, 2017 – Wargaming recently held its inaugural New Zealand Player Gathering in Wellington, in an effort to bring the local Wargaming player community together, through an insightful historical event.

Over 35 players from Wargaming’s Wellington player community were given the exclusive chance to attend the event which was held at the Dominion Museum.

Focusing on The Great War Exhibition created by master film-maker, Sir Peter Jackson, players were given insight into the historic events and were able to commemorate the role played by New Zealand in the First World War.

ANZ Country Manager, Travis Plane, said he was thrilled that players were able to see a piece of history brought to life. 

“Video games often allow historical moments to gain new life by transporting players into interactive virtual worlds, and at Wargaming we pride ourselves on bringing history to life in our free-to-play games.

“We hope that by hosting these community events we can build greater relationships with our Kiwi players and continue to bring them more of what they want,” said Travis.

Greater involvement with the New Zealand player community has become an important focus for Wargaming.

“We value our player community and this is the first of many events, we are planning in future. For each community interaction, we hope to make it fun, interactive and educational, just like our games,” concluded Head of Player Experience APAC, Michael Mucci.

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Dreamfall Chapters Review (Xbox One)

Following up on 1999’s The Longest Journey and 2006’s Dreamfall – The Longest Journey, Dreamfall Chapters is the collection of five ‘books’ released episodically on the PC between October 2014 and June 2016. Effectively a series of point and click adventures, the Dreamfall games have been very well received right from the release of the original, The Longest Journey, well, on PC at least.

Back in the golden era of point and click, Lucas Arts reigned supreme and I was a huge fan of the genre on my PC. Unfortunately I’m am far from convinced that these games work well on consoles. Or maybe these games are now too mundane and slow paced for our hectic, need everything now, style of living.

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