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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition Review

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Diablo III is the third in a series of iconic PC cooperative dungeon crawler RPG’s. The franchise is well known and respected in PC gaming circles; it ranks high up there with other RPG’s and dungeon crawlers like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate.  It is quite literally one of the industry’s most popular franchises, a battle between Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell, and now Blizzard have released Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion and a bunch of other features in the all new Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One (amongst  other systems).

To date Over 13 million players have battled the demonic hordes of Diablo III. That’s an outstanding achievement considering a third are console players. The Ultimate Evil Edition contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set together in one definitive volume with some tweaks and patches added in for good measure. The main storyline is still intact with an expansion that includes a fifth act based in Westmarch, but now additionally added is an open world Adventure Mode in which players will revisit locations from the story and hunt bounties on the elder evils that lurk throughout the mortal realms. Players can also complete boss battles and enter Rifts to fight for rare loot and heaps of gold. Adventure Mode is only available to players who complete the main story; whether solo or with other players in CO-OP Mode.

Like its predecessors, this iteration is a diabolically (like what I did there?) hellish, cooperative dungeon crawler that isn’t afraid to ratchet up its toughness from time to time. Diablo III, while featured completely in 3D with a 3D environment, follows closely in Diablo II’s track by using the classic isometric view, fast gameplay, and randomized » Continue Reading.

Flockers Review

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Team 17, who are better known for creating highly addictive puzzle games with a sinister undertone that inflicts excruciating slaughter methods on sweet innocent looking creatures such as Lemmings and Worms are back at it again!  This time it is all about Sheep in their newest IP – Flockers. This new brain-teasing, often mind-boggling title is another fantastically designed puzzler that closely resembles Lemmings in terms of gameplay, but with a Worms style design for the environments. It is difficult not to compare Flockers to Lemmings because each level is filled with dangerous obstacles in your path whilst controlling a herd of sheep from one start location to their final destination as you would with Lemmings.

Flockers is just incredible in the way its complex puzzles can leave you determined with a will to succeed when you do not want the level to have beaten you, and at times it can really make yew frustrated. In the beginning, you get led into the traps and puzzles with baby steps as the first few levels are simplistic with prompts in place to point you in the right direction. This is just a teaser to give you awareness of how the game functions because a few more levels down the line and those prompts have vanished, the Sheep count increased; they then start coming out from more than one direction all heading for a buzz-saw to their death unless you can save them in time. It very soon becomes a fast frantic “what-must-I-do-next” situation leaving you no choice but to think quickly about your next move.

Unlike Lemmings there is less creativity in how you travel from your A to B destinations, but I’d say Flockers has far more difficult obstacles in your path with far more larger sinister environments » Continue Reading.

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate Review

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When Warriors Orochi 3 fell into my path I’ll admit to not knowing what to expect, I tend to have a fairly good gaming knowledge but I’m always on the lookout to expand it where possible, I knew I’d heard of the game from somewhere and after some research my original thoughts we confirmed. Warriors Orochi was released 3 years ago across the last generation of consoles, it brought together two game series, Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors and now it is time for the Next generation treatment.

To those of you who are fans of the two games you’ll know all about which characters have come from which series, who is missing and who is new, for me however it’s a whole new world of awesome looking characters with some brilliant looking moves, so I’ll apologise in advance to the hardcore fans!

Once you start the game you are greeted with a whole host of modes, I naturally started with the story mode to try and get a better understanding of what was going on. Time and space has been warped by the Serpent King known as Orochi, forcing china and Japan together to defeat a huge beast known as the Hydra. This beast was far too powerful for the warriors and defeated them one by one, but hope was not lost thanks to a Mystic known as Kaguya who was able to travel through time and change the past giving the two sets of heroes to change the course of time and defeat the Hydra. Now hopefully that made sense and you are still with me!

The first thing you’ll notice is the huge amount of enemies you go into battle with, the draw distances aren’t as impressive as I’d hope but when you have what feels » Continue Reading.

Metro Redux Review

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Deep Silver has released two completely spruced up last-gen titles as one fantastic package for the Xbox One with Metro Redux. Having been enhanced both visually and packed with extra content, this is a fully remastered collection all in fast fluid 60FPS! Metro Redux as one complete disc features Metro 2033 Redux and its sequel Metro Last Light Redux; where Metro 2033 has been rebuilt from scratch in the new updated 4A engine, Metro Last Light has its own visual enhancements and also contains all previous Season Pass content released on Xbox 360. Not only is this the best looking Metro to date, but in terms of gameplay it is certainly the best value considering it’s a budget price at retail. Two separate games, but together they form the show-piece for one colossal adventure.

Primarily both Metro titles are survival first person shooter game’s based on fear that focuses on comradeship and determination amongst the darkest days Russia could face in the midst of a post-apocalyptic Moscow following a nuclear war. Survivors and military factions live deep down in the Metro tunnels where they are safe from toxic fumes and the demons that have formed and lurk above ground. Inspired by the events of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s best-selling novel Metro 2033, Metro Redux is a heart-pounding thriller set against the toxic ruins where law and order still forms the governing army that allows survivors to coexist in a city devastated and infested with mutants. It is advisable to play Metro 2033 first before Last Light to understand how Last Light continues the story in an even darker way as thought-provoking tale of survival against all odds following the events of 2033.

Your adventure begins to save yourself and the world around you as you brave a deadly evil known » Continue Reading.

The Golf Club Review

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The first real golf simulation game for Xbox One is now available from the Games Store as The Golf Club. Developed by HB Studio’s, The Golf Club is serious business for golf gaming fans complete with its own course designer allowing you to set challenging holes for players on Xbox LIVE. With some features that rival the PGA Tour series, virtual golfing with this simulator can be a satisfying experience. It may lack the licensed players and courses based on their real-world counter-parts, but The Golf Club is a raw, stripped bare title where it’s one man and his 7-Iron with potentially unlimited courses so long as you have plenty of free time to explore them all!

Straight from the main menu that itself resembles a modern Windows Metro application, you can choose from a variety of options that include playing just a round, a whole Tour or even a full-on Tournament. For new gaming golfer’s or just to get you back in full swing again (if it’s been awhile) it’s worth practising out on just a Round to get used to the controls and the thinking process behind the accuracy of your shots. Unless you have extra controllers and more friends or family who want to challenge you, you will be limited to just Stroke Play mode (solo) because the game doesn’t allow for online gameplay with multiple players. If you’ve just dropped what you’re holding or even spat out something you’re drinking and thinking WTF no online multiplayer! The Golf Club is community focussed on course building and sharing as well as statistics and competitive scoring against your Xbox LIVE friends and other members of the community. I wasn’t all that bothered about the lack of online multiplayer lobbies because it was generally quite refreshing not having » Continue Reading.

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Review

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Not so long ago we were saying our goodbyes to the loss of Zombie Driver HD on the Xbox 360 marketplace due to the publisher’s going tits-up bust. In a past press release, developer’s EXOR Studios announced the liquidation process of Cyberfront Corporation and began to give away the game for free for many months thereafter by code drops on their Facebook page. Now as part of the ID@Xbox program for Xbox One and a complimentary Dev Kit from Microsoft – EXOR Studio’s in their own words “decided to go ahead and make a valid Xbox One version of the game.”  They also spent a lot of time on the upgrades, and bumped the game up to 60 FPS! If that wasn’t enough they also confirmed that the amount of Zombies featured in the game has doubled compared to last-gen!

If you haven’t played or heard of Zombie Driver before, the game is a top down vehicular combat game where you’re bang in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Think Dead Rising meet’s Grand Theft Auto 2, and the more Zombies you kill by running them over, the more you get to unlock and upgrade your vehicles. It has been released on PC  during 2009 and sold particularly well on Xbox 360 in 2012 as a HD Version, so it’s landing on the Xbox One marketplace as Ultimate Edition is welcomed because it’s a really fun game and I wish it to be a success for the developer’s. It deserves it.

Primarily, despite all the bells and whistles the gameplay is just the same as the Xbox 360 HD version, but the visual impact and challenges have increased by the shit-load. To even the odds of survival with the Xbox One version having now doubled the Zombie count » Continue Reading.

Sacred 3 Review Xbox 360

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Sacred 3 tells the story of five heroes working together to stop the evil Lord Zane from retrieving the “Heart of Ancaria” and opening the gates of the Underworld and unleash its armies on the world of Ancaria. This is the third game in the series but the first under developer Deep silver who acquired the license from the original developer Ascaron Entertainment. This is my first time with the series so can it do justice to the popular series?

Sacred 3 is a top down Hack n Slash game that uses RPG elements in order for players to customise the combat style of their chosen fighter by using XP to level up abilities, weapons and armour as you progress through the game. From the start of the game you can pick from any of five cultures, each represented by a hero from the Seraphim, Safari, Ancarian. Khukuri and new to the series, the Malakhim. This culture will be included in the First Edition version of the game available on release day as DLC along with the ‘Underworld’ Mission pack which adds four missions which will see you fight your way to the top of a sinister tower where the Black Seraphim will be waiting, an evil not seen such Sacred 2.

Once you have selected your hero it is time to step into the world of Ancaria. I chose the newest Culture of Malakhim due to his dual blades combat style. You will have a guide throughout the game in the form of Aria who will provide tips on what needs to be accomplished and where to go during story missions. What struck me straight away is how the dialogue in the game does away with the cheesy ‘ye olde’ style of fantasy speaking and » Continue Reading.

Murdered: Soul Suspect Review

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Having seen the trailer and read through the original concept for Murdered: Soul Suspect, I was immediately excited. It reminded me of the old school point and click adventures I grew up with; just grown up and matured. Most gamers (and I still use the term loosely) think a modern title needs bullets flying, robots stomping, half naked female characters and enough swearing to even turn the cast of Channel 4’s Shameless red in the face. But the truth is, gaming is still more than that to some of us, and little gems like this are breaths of fresh air.

The story of Murdered: Soul Suspect centres on Ronan O’Connor, a detective from Salem; Massachusetts. His past was a rough one filled with crime and prison time but was able to turn things around with the help from his wife and brother-in-law. The story starts as Ronan is confronting who seems to be an intruder and after a small scuffle falls from a second-story window to the ground. Just as he begins he’s shoot multiple times in the chest. After the final curtain goes down, so to speak, Ronan comes round and realises he’s a ghost and after a short sequence resolves to solve his own murder.

Investigations are the central point within the game itself as it is split between investigating different crime scenes and locations and exploration using existing police skills and new found abilities that come with being a ghost. When you first start out as Ronan you only have a few ghostly abilities, walking through walls is one of them but as the game progresses you’ll quickly learn how to possess animals, people, read minds, influence conversations and thoughts, interfere and cause disruptions with electrical equipment, and teleport around certain locations.  Using these new » Continue Reading.

Valiant Hearts Review

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During E3 then one presentation I was looking forward to was Ubisoft’s, there were some great games revealed and as ever the show ended leaving me feeling very excited about my game collection growing, little did I know that Valiant Hearts would be one of those games that would hold a special place on my virtual gaming shelf.

Valiant Hearts is a side-scrolling adventure that tells the tale of five characters journey through World War One. You begin the game playing as Karl, a German national living in France with his family, only to be deported from France to serve for the German Army. You’ll also play as Karl’s father-law, Emile, who is also enlisted by the French army. Both men have a shared aim of getting back to their family as quickly as possible. As the story unfolds you’ll also play as an American called Freddie, who just reminded me constantly of Mr T and Anna who is a medic helping those in need. There is also a dog who acts a loyal member to everyone and is on hand to help out when needed, he is able to get through small gaps, distract guards and collect items out of reach from humans.

Throughout the game you’ll meet up with certain characters only to be separated again, sometimes geographically while other times you’ll need to solve a puzzle to reunite. I found the puzzles to be well thought out and fun to work out, some were easier than others and there times where you may have retrace your steps to find missing items such as a key or a brick to throw to re-connect a gas pipe. Some puzzles have time limits on them but the majority of them allow you to solve then in your own good » Continue Reading.

Sniper Elite 3 Xbox One Review

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Rebellion and 505 Games deliver the third instalment in the Sniper Elite series that puts a greater emphasis now on the gore-fest slow motion bullet kills than anything else you’ll see in-game. As a prequel to Sniper Elite V2 from 2012 which in itself was a remake, the mind-set of maybe being third-time-lucky in an attempt to produce a decent solid and satisfying shooter has failed. Sniper Elite 3 is the all dancing, brighter, shinier version of the other Sniper Elite’s with continued distinguishing shit AI and visual pop-ins the franchise could be famous for. You may not be able to polish a turd, but Rebellion has proved you can at least roll it in glitter!

For next-gen consoles the bar was raised in terms of expectations, but unfortunately the game falls flat in its face in being anything remotely exciting as far as WWII shooters are concerned. Starting out with the positives that are most noticeable from the graphical improvements – Sniper Elite III on Xbox One now appears to look exactly how you would have expected it on Xbox 360. With Sniper Elite V2 being completely basic in its visual capacity it is nice to see a more developed and fancier version of Sniper Elite on Xbox One, but still not “all-that” in the way of what you might be expecting. If anything, the best visual display is in the slow motion bullet kills with a much more refined impression of internal body parts that come crashing and smashing out as you perform perfectly timed and aligned shots to head, lungs, heart and other organs. If you are not familiar with Sniper Elite, in slow motion the bullet tears through the air before forcefully impounding itself into the body, and you get to see organs tear and » Continue Reading.