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Dead Space 3’s Combat With a high variety of enemy life to tear your way through, you’ll need to use various cpproaches to combat in Dead Space 3 in order to survive. You’ll be blowing off necromorph limbs in order to bring them down while using the plasma cuter on slashers and wasters and melee attachments like the hydraulic engine in order to bring down swarms of smaller enemies. One thing that Dead Space 3’s combat gets spot on is the sense of brutality. You might be wielding the most ridiculously overpowered weapon you’ve ever seen, but you’ll still be wetting your pants with anxiety. Dead Space 3’s Co-Op The co-op mode is Dead Space 3’s biggest addition to the series. You can play through the entire campaign with a partner. Several changes are made when playing the campaign in co-op. The puzzles, for instance, are tweaked to allow both players to work on them together, and there are always two instances of loot so you don’t need to argue over the goodies. The Read more [...]
Welcome to Dead Space 3, where every step you take is bathed in a drowning sense of dread, where every face you meet wants to tear your heart out. Dead Space 3 Story Overview Caught in a confusing love triangle, Isaac Clarke has been sent to Tau Volantis, an ice planet which is believed to be a marker homeworld. Having come to this title without playing Dead Space 2, I got pretty confused about what the heck this is all about. The storytelling leaves much to be desired and players new to the Dead Space universe will be left scratching their heads. Uncertain as to what the heck was going on with the story, I was only too please to discover that really, the story matters little. What does matter is the growing sense of doom that permeates the game’s atmosphere. There’s a truly chilling feeling about Dead Space 3 that will have you on the edge of your seat. The use of lighting is stunning, making you scared of every shadow. And the audio is perhaps even better. There’s a subtlety Read more [...]
Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series has always been held in high regard by its fans for its characters, the intricacy of its plot and narrative and the challenging gameplay it offers. Fire Emblem Awakening tells the story of Chrom, a young hero joined by a band of followers who are trying to maintain peace in their kingdom. Chrom’s nation falls to ruin, however, after a neighbouring land attacks it. Now, together with the aid of the mysterious figure Marth, Chrom must save the kingdom from ruin. Fire Emblem Awakening’s characters make the story an absolute must-watch. The initial set-up of the story is fairly basic, but thanks to truly excellent character development and an intricate plot that twists and turns with delightful ease, it becomes a gripping tale that will have you hooked from start to finish. The story is broken up with battles. You’re given free reign to create your party member as you see fit and the options your afforded to do so are truly spellbinding, allowing Read more [...]
Medal Wars Keisers Revenge is a funny and enjoyable game with bad controls. But then, as any good video game design school says, controls are tantamount to experience. Is it possible to create video games that are quality without great controls? Medal Wars tries its hardest to do just that. In Medal Wars, your mission is clear: become the greatest soldier who ever lived. It might not be easy though as even fate itself is against you. Keisers Revenge is a comedy action RPG for PC that aims to match its fast paced action with belly aching hilarity. But does it succeed? Yes and no. The action in Medal Wars is solid and there’s more than enough of it to keep you playing, but the game suffers hiccups in the form of controls. You play as a newly recruited member of the Green Army, a battalion which suffers the unfortunate reality of being on the front line in the war versus the Black Army. Worse still, your side is rapidly losing ground. It’s up to you to save the day. Read more [...]
Given that we’re living in an age of epic full-action RPGs like the Elder Scrolls, the fact that JRPGs (Japanese RPGs) are still alive and kicking is something of a miracle—a very great miracle for which we should all be glad. JRPGs are usually reserved for hardcore gamers. Their turn-based gameplay combat and anime-style visuals don’t tend to mesh well with the Western mainstream. One JRPG that can take the leap from “die-hard fans only” to “everyone and their mum” is Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. With graphics that were created by Studio Gibli (of Spirited Away fame), it’s fair to say that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a scintillatingly beautiful game.
With graphics like these, no wonder Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has endeared itself to Western audiences.Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s story will likely thrill as much as its graphics do (ED: for those of us currently enrolled in online animation school -- you know who you are-- theres a lot ot learn from this game!) . It’s a brilliant work of imagination. You play Oliver, a young boy from Motorville whose mother’s life was taken while she tried to save him from drowning. Crying, his tears landed on his most loved soft toy, Mr Drippy, causing a curse to be lifted, turning the toy into Lord High Lord of the Fairies. That’s quite the business promotion for Mr Drippy! Lord High Lord of the Fairies spirits Oliver away to Ni no Kuni, a fantasy land, where the duo set out on a quest to defeat the malevolent Shadar.
In Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, you must put a stop to the evil Shadar's reign.You might be surprised to hear that while this might all sound terribly cutesy, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a sincere and meaningful piece of storytelling. There is an much here for adults as for kids. Helping make the game enjoyable for both kids and adults is Ni no Kuni’s gameplay. Studio Gibli shows they're masters in video gaame design just as much as they're masters in animation. The gameplay here is simple, yet it’s deep and requires tactical skills. You gain an assortment of familiars with different abilities, which you can swap in and out during combat sections. The combat falls between action and turn-based: you’re always moving and collecting orbs for health and magic. At a certain point in the game you will gain a companion. From here on in the battle system grows yet deeper. As well as combat, there’s a healthy amount of puzzles, which you must use spells to solve. You’ll also be buying items and taking on side-quests. It’s the story and graphics that make Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch the miracle it is. It truly is a beautiful game and a game that you will remember long after completing. This is one of those titles which will go down in the annals of gaming as one of the best JRPGs ever.
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Many months before its release, Devil May Cry had the gaming world in uproar. Disgruntled fans revolted at Ninja Theory’s reinvention of Dante and Devil May Cry. But it turns out that Ninja Theory may have been right after all, as this look at the gaming world’s response to DMC reveals. DMC Devil May Cry's Combat is Sublime, say EGM Perhaps the highest reputable score DMC Devil May Cry has received came from John Harmon over at EGM, who scored the game 9.5 out of 10 and comments, ‘Devil May Cry is a stylish, polished, and absurdly entertaining title. This is possibly the best action game released in the past ten years.’ One of the areas of the game that had fans concerned the most was the combat. Ninja Theory have a shaky past with combat gameplay. One major change to the combat system is in the ability to equip melee weapons on the fly. Holding the left trigger causes Dante’s sword to turn into an Angelic weapon that has unique combos and abilities. Holding the right Read more [...]
Rarely if ever do hidden-object adventure games have such a deep and immersive story as that found in Lesta Game and Film’s Nightmare Realm: In The End. It tells the story of Emily, a girl of mystical legacy who is caught up in a mysterious realm that will not let her go. Nightmare Realm: In the End’s story is full of twists and turns that keep you hooked. Towards the beginning of the game, Emily’s mother Kathleen ventures out of her home into a mysterious dark world that acts as a gateway between minds and dreams. It turns out that Kathleen’s entire family is in danger and it’s up to Kathleen to save the day. How on earth is she going to do that? Well, hey presto, here’s a magic board game that wants to help Kathleen through the dark magical world. The game provides you with a map and with details about what to do, as well as providing a ton of backstory. Those who played the original Nightmare Realm game will remember it for its beautiful presentation and its rich Read more [...]
Sharps of light break down on you. At your feet you hear the squelching of the swamp land. Plant life of a rare variety is being choked in your hand as you run through the forest to safety, knowing al the while that a ferocious beast is hunting you. You have a map, but it’s incomplete. You gaze down at your compass and pray for your safety. Welcome to the world of Miasmata, an open-world survival game where you must find precious flora to turn to medicine. Miasmata isn’t like regular games. Not only does it have a unique look, but a unique feel too. Movement is tricky, with even a tiny hill being enough to trip you up. It’s a most unique take on movement, one that makes you far more aware of your environments. You’ll need to watch your step. The creature hunting you is far faster than you. A fall could mean your life. You’re welcomed to the island of Eden with a few brief sentences. You are Robert Hughes, a scientist who has contracted the plague. Your one chance at Read more [...]
Being the kind of guy who finds it morally reprehensible to kill a fly, you might think that my opinion of Shark Attack Deathmatch was a given and that I would, naturally, hate it. But let’s pause for one sec. No real sharks were hurt in the making of Shark Attack Deathmatch. No real sharks get hurt when playing Shark Attack Deatchmach. And while I might be a firm supporter of animal right, I’m not a firm supporter of virtual-animal rights. And the idea that harming animals in a game inspires, motivates or encourages gamers to go and kill animals in real life is just bullshit. I mean really. Given the number of people playing first person shooters, if a game was actually capable of making a person kill stuff, the population would be cut in half by now and we gamers would have all killed one another long ago. So, now that that bullshit is out of the way, let’s take a look at the actual game of Shark Attack Deathmatch. Shark Attack Deathmatch has split an audience Read more [...]
I’m going to put my hands up and admit that the first time I read the title War of the Human Tanks, I wrongly presumed that this was just another, tried and true world war two game (see the rhyme there. . .?) Despite the title only being five words long, I somehow ignore two fifths of them—the “human tanks” part went right over my head. What the fudge is a human tank then? Well, Obi Wan Kenobi would say its “more machine than man. Twisted an evil.” But that’s just Obi Wan Kenobi. . . A human tank is a tank in the sense that. . .uhh . .. well it’s a tank, and human in the sense that it has feelings and emotions. You can probably tell from that description that War of the Human Tanks is a funny game. It’s a comic; an expansive comic with a heck of a lot dialogue. The story consumes most of your play time, meaning War of the Tanks is a real joy for people like me who love a good bit of storytelling with their gaming. When you do actually play the game, Read more [...]
It’s one heck of a challenge making a decent turn-based strategy game. The pacing needs to be just right and its imperative to balance strategy and tactics with enough reward to motivate continued play. For many gamers, turn-based strategy games feel too slow to be enjoyable and this results in a limited market for the games. Blood, Grain and Steel attempts to overcome these hurdles with a game reminiscent of chess and Total War. You’ll be greeted with a comprehensive tutorial when you begin Blood, Grain and Steel. This will guide you through the basics and, in about ten minutes, you’ll know everything you need to know to start playing. The game takes place over two arenas: one is a big campaign map with provinces occupying squares on the grid. You’re given a stronghold and begin to makes new armies and control your resources as well as moving our army to occupy spaces on the grid. There is, naturally, an opposing team to battle against too. The second arena is smaller Read more [...]
Tomorrow Corporation, the team behind World of Goo, brew up a new gem of a game with Little Inferno. In Little Inferno, you find yourself in a little abode with little more than a fireplace to play with. Short messages from a friend give the impression that some sort of plot if adrift and that you ought to start tossing things in the fire. Tossing items in the fire garners you coins and stamps to collect which enable you to buy unlockable items that you then, in turn, burn. You may have noticed from the description that Little Inferno isn’t a typical game. It’s really more of a physics simulation with a plot and some humour. It is a heck of a lot of fun though and you ‘ll find time flying by as you sit there burning things. It’s certainly not wasted time though as Little Inferno is immensely relaxing. It’s the sort of game that allows you to drift away from life, to escape in a dreamy state of mind. As such, it’s a perfect game to play when you’re tired of work Read more [...]
How do you fancy heading off to Mars on an adventure where you’ll jetpack through subterranean environments encountering all manner of alien lifeforms? Sound good? Well, that’s exactly what developer Tiger Style are offering with puzzle / platform / adventure game Waking Mars. In many ways, Waking Mars was a breakthrough success for Tiger Style, having been released as an iOS game before going on to sell 100jk copies and being ported to PC and Steam. But then again, given that Tiger Style founders Randy Smith and David Kalinawhose have a combined resume that includes Thief, Deus Ex: Invisible War and Splinter Cell, was it really that surprising? The Steam release of Waking Mars features all nwe voice acting UI updates and Steam’s cloud sync; so what was a minor release has now turned major. But is this form iOS now STEAm title worthy of your consideration? Waking Mars will have you hooked from the word “Go.” It starts off as a platform adventure but soon shows its Read more [...]
One thing’s for certain with Grimind: you’ll either love it, hate it or both. With a mood and atmosphere as horrific as Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it’s fair to say this isn’t one for the feint of heart. Grimind starts in darkness (and doesn’t get much brighter). You play an unnamed create of an ambiguous species that is somewhat like a hedgehog-type-thingy-magigie-ish-thing. Whatever the creature is, it wakes alone and amnesic in a series of underground tunnels and . As he journey out of the tunnels he comes across all manner of puzzles, monsters and horrors that might leave your pants needing a wash. Grimind’s horror is brought to a high thanks to some excellent level design. Though the visuals could use more detail, the use of colour and the imaginative scenes truly get you absorbed in the game world, helping intensify the fear factor. The first reason you’ll love or hate Grimmind, then, is that it’s freaking scary. But that’s not the only reason. The Read more [...]