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POKÉMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! | Nintendo Switch Review

“Gotta catch ’em all!”

RELEASED: November 16th 2018
DEVELOPED BY: Game Freak
PUBLISHED BY: The Pokémon Company & Nintendo

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee! are remakes of the first generation of Pokémon games, specifically the special edition Pokémon: Yellow, where, instead of getting to choose from a Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle as your starter Pokémon at the beginning of your journey, you are instead given a Pikachu (or Eevee, depending on the version you buy). Similarly, rather than being a straight-up remake, Let’s Go! meshes in some of the gameplay mechanics of the popular Pokémon GO! mobile game, to create a new-user friendly variant of the classic Pokémon games that hoped to capitalise on GO!‘s huge success.

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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Pokémon

 

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POKÉMON: ULTRA SUN | Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Detective Pikachu is in cinemas now, so it’s time to dive back into the Pokémon universe!

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

After playing Pokémon: Omega Ruby and Pokémon: X, I moved on to the most recent core series game in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon: Ultra Sun.

Set in the new region of Alola, Ultra Sun sees a young kid from Kanto move to the Hawaii-esque paradise, where they are given their first Pokémon and sent to test him or herself in the island trials. As the player treks across the four magical islands, meeting various friends, rivals and Pokémon along the way, a sinister beast tries to plunge the world into darkness, while a new species of Pokémon known as ‘Ultra Beasts’ make their presence known from other dimensions.

There is a lot of new stuff going on this game, and as someone who’s now played through six out of the seven (soon to be eight) Pokémon regions, I can say the set-up of Alola is a welcome refresher. Gone are the Pokémon gyms and linear paths, gone are the cumbersome HMs, gone are the various previous generations starter Pokémon’s exclusivity.

Instead, Alola treats you to a whole new area to explore in any way you want, with a horde of different Pokémon from across the seven generations, all presented yet again in fabulous 3D format.

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Posted by on May 11, 2019 in Pokémon

 

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Console Wars: A Layman’s Perspective, Part II

I’ve been a bit quiet over the past week, and while I will return to my readthrough of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers series, at the moment, I’m feeling a bit of an Avengers burnout, due to the fact the cinema I work at has been crazy hectic with all the people turning out to watch Endgame.

So, as a bit of a change of pace, and due to the upcoming release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, I’m turning my attention back to video-games – as my busy week drove me to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while…

I bought a Nintendo Switch.

I’ve been wanting to try out the Switch for some time. I’ve played a couple of rounds of Mario Kart on my step-nephew’s console at a family get-together, but that was the extent of my experience with it. However, after being paid, I traded in a few things and picked up a second-hand console for a very reasonable price. Very very reasonable, in fact, as it looks like it’s basically brand new – apart from the fact that the box looked like it had been mauled by a feral child.

So, with the Switch now in-hand, I figured it’s time to return to that age-old debate of which company’s putting out the best console? Once again, I’ll be looking at it from a ‘layman’s perspective’, as someone (as I said in part I) who “doesn’t know all the technical mumbo-jumbo or gamer-speak”.

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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 Pokémon, 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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