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POKÉMON: X | Nintendo 3DS XL Review

As we edge closer to Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, I’ve taken on another Pokémon game. My anticipation for that movie is high, I won’t lie.

RELEASED: October 12th 2013
DEVELOPED BY: Game Freak
PUBLISHED BY: Nintendo & The Pokémon Company

Also, on the basis of ‘not lying’, I should also say that this is actually the fourth Pokémon game I’ve tackled since trading in for my Nintendo 3DS. The first game I played was Omega Ruby. Then I played Ultra Sun. I also dabbled with the re-release of Yellow, before the first trailer for Detective Pikachu urged me to explore the Kalos region in Pokémon X.

As such, there were a few facets of the Pokémon game series introduced in X that I had already experienced in Omega Ruby and Ultra Sun, and so playing those games first may have affected my overall opinion of X.

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Posted by on March 8, 2019 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II | Xbox One Review

I clocked a lot of hours in both Star Wars Battlefront I and II, before finally taking a break when I swapped consoles. But when the Black Friday sales popped up, and with the ‘Clone Wars Season’ imminent, I’ve jumped back on to the Battlefront.

RELEASED: November 17th 2017
DEVELOPED BY: EA DICE
PUBLISHED BY: Electronic Arts

It’s been a year since Star Wars Battlefront II came out, and since then I’ve put a silly amount of hours into playing this game. I remember, back when the game was announced, how excited both I and the community as a whole were for the game. The first Battlefront of the modern era, while fun, was very much lacking when the base game was announced. By the time the four DLCs had been released, the game had been sufficiently bulked up, but it was a bit ridiculous that you had to essentially pay £90 or so for what should have been offered at the original price.

The sequel promised to do away with all of that. It would feature a ton of content from the beginning, and then be treated as a ‘live-service’ game, wherein you would continue to get updates at no extra cost.

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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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THE LAST OF US | PlayStation 4 Review

The Last of Us was one of the main reasons I bought a PlayStation (alongside Spider-Man, obviously). For years, people had raved at me about how good it was and how it was a shame that, as an XBox player, I would never get the chance to try it. Well, times have changed, and I’ve finally played and completed The Last of Us. Does it reach the high expectations set by my friends and gamers around the world?

RELEASED: June 14th 2013
DEVELOPED BY: Naughty Dog
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Computer Entertainment

Yes. Yes it does.

Review over.

5-stars

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Posted by on November 16, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES | PlayStation 4 Review

It took me a bit longer to get through this game, due to various other things going on in my life, but finally, I’ve finished Uncharted 2, and I’m just going to say up top that it’s a heck of a lot better than the first entry.

RELEASED: October 13th 2009
DEVELOPED BY: Naughty Dog
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Computer Entertainment

I had heard the claims that fans wanted Nathan Fillion to play Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie, and while I saw some similarities in Drake’s Fortune, it wasn’t until the opening of this game that I really was struck by how similar they look. It’s uncanny, at times. But Tom Holland will be playing him now so I suppose that’s a moot point.

Anyway, Uncharted: Among Thieves picks up with Nathan Drake stranded in an icy tundra, wounded and close to death. From there, he recalls what lead him to this situation; reuniting with questionable former associates Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer, as they pull him into a quest for the mythical kingdom of Shambhala – where they seek the Cintāmaṇi stone, a gem of great power that is being hunted by the brutal Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarević. His journey takes him to Istanbul, Borneo and Nepal, bringing in old friends such as Sully and Elena Fisher along the way.

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Straight out the gate, this game plays so much better than the first Uncharted. The controls are much more fluid, and the playstyles more varied, meaning that even when you’re running into waves and waves of gun fights, the different ways you can take them out feels more interesting.

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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE | PlayStation 4 Review

Spider-Man is out of the way, so now it’s time to move onto some of the classic PlayStation exclusives. Having picked up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, today’s review focuses on the first game in that trilogy, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

RELEASED: November 19th 2007
DEVELOPED BY: Naughty Dog
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Computer Entertainment

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the first game in the award-winning series, and tells the tale of adventurer Nathan Drake’s quest to find El Dorado. The game plays out not unlike a big blockbuster movie, with Drake seeking riches and adventure, all the while fighting off a gang of armed rogues.

At first, the game is quite fun and exciting, despite it now being over a decade old (although I am playing the remastered edition, so that could have something to do with it). It reminds me of more recent games, like the Tomb Raider series, which no doubt took some inspiration from this game. Throughout the game, you encounter vast open landscapes that look stunning and fill you with hope for what wonders you might encounter. Throughout said landscapes, you find yourself using a range of weapons and tools to navigate Drake’s world, in search of the lost gold of El Dorado. The combat system and controls are fairly simple, meaning the game is easy to get in to and get moving.

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Posted by on October 17, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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SPIDER-MAN | PlayStation 4 Review

With Batman: Arkham Knight being one of the first games I played on my Xbox, I figured that it would make sense, having now made the jump from Xbox One to PlayStation 4, to make Spider-Man my first new game, and as such, have spent the past week playing through it in all it’s glory. So now it’s time for my review!

There will be some spoilers for this game. I won’t go all out, but I may mention certain characters who don’t appear in the trailers, for instance.

RELEASED: September 7th 2018
DEVELOPED BY: Insomniac Games
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Interactive Games

When I was younger, one of my favourite games was Spider-Man 2. The feeling of being able to swing around New York City as Spider-Man was unmatched. Since then, while I haven’t played all the Spider-Man games that have been released, the one’s I have played haven’t quite come close to matching that euphoric feeling of being Spider-Man. Off the top of my head, the open-world aspects of Ultimate Spider-Man and Web of Shadows had similarities, but felt lacking in other regards. Similarly, games like Shattered Dimensions didn’t reach the heights set by that original game. Now, of course, Spider-Man 2 wouldn’t hold up quite as well, but that’s no longer an issue, because Marvel and Sony’s new game, the simplistically titled Spider-Man, is everything Spider-Manwas and more.

Featuring an original story from veteran Spider-Man comic-book writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, alongside Insomniac’s in-house team, Spider-Man sees a twenty-three year old Peter Parker, a college-graduate now working as a laboratory assistant for Otto Octavius, helping him perfect his prosthesis work. Meanwhile, in his ‘other life’ as the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, Peter has finally managed to bring down Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, alongside his police chief ally Yuri Watanabe. But with the Kingpin now locked away, other forces, such as the nefarious Mister Negative, have set their sights on New York, and it’s up to Spider-Man to stop the city from falling into chaos.

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Posted by on September 24, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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POKÉMON: OMEGA RUBY | Nintendo 3DS XL Review

RELEASED: November 28th 2014
DEVELOPED BY: Game Freak
PUBLISHED BY: The Pokémon Company

It’s been a while since I played a Pokémon game. When I was a kid, I started on Pokémon: Yellow – I had the special Pikachu Game Boy Colour and everything. I instantly fell in love with the game, having already become a huge fan of the anime series. Later, I would move on to Pokémon: Crystal, which I also thought was an amazing game. By this point, I was also a bit more savvy about how everything worked. Although I did have the chance to play Pokemon: Ruby, I missed the chance to actually own it myself – instead, I got the remake of Generation I, Pokémon: LeafGreen. Some years later, I would get Pokémon: Pearl on my Nintendo DS. I thought Pearl, which debuted in Generation IV, was a great game, but it would soon be outdone by the Generation II remakes, Pokémon: Heart Gold and Soul Silver. In my mind, that was the apex of Pokémon games, and after playing through them, I fell out of sync with the series, moving on to other things.

More recently, however, after getting back in to Pokémon GO! I decided I wanted to revist the core games. I bought myself a second-hand Nintendo 3DS XL and Pokémon: Omega Ruby alongside it, curious as to how the games had progressed since my youth.

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