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The Valley review

Now if you think The Valley is a simulator where you run through the Welsh countryside, dodging sheep and going to places with unpronounceable names, well sorry to disappoint you but there is no sheep. However The Valley is a vast game where you can run and explore in a super exoskeleton suit and have the ability to grant life and death to all things around you. Intrigued? Then let me tell you more.

Developed and published by Blue Isle Studios, The Valley plunges you deep into the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to a secret Valley where you attempt to find the “Lifeseed”, the ultimate seed of unwieldly power. However, I have to say that the initial intro seemed somewhat disjointed and came across as an afterthought. You could in fact remove it, as it doesn’t add anything to the story, but once the answering machine intro is over what you are left with is a first person adventure with a truly immersive story for those that want to investigate it.

Arriving in the Valley you soon start to unpeel the story and discover that you weren’t the first person here. Scattered audio recordings and notes located throughout the game tell of how the Valley has been part of a large government research project investigating the lifeseed with the aim to build the ultimate super weapon to assist them in the war (WWII). The notes and recordings fit nicely into the game and appear as clear floating text on the screen or are played through your L.E.A.F suit (I will get to this in a moment) and don’t appear as big pop ups distracting you from the game. It’s a little thing I know but really does add to the smoothness and beauty of the game. Along with these discoveries as mentioned comes the L.E.A.F suit (Leap Effortlessly through Air Functionality), a super exoskeleton developed by the army that allows you to run very fast and jump extreme distances.

Valley LEAF Suit

Starting off very cautiously at first I soon found myself tearing around the Valley at extreme speeds and leaping distances by the simple push of the A button. This brings an exhilarating but controlled aspect to the game that is truly satisfying, but add to this the suit’s ability to give and take life to anything in the Valley. This is where things really do start to get interesting. Your life is the Valleys life, when you die part of the Valley dies. Health can be replenished to the Valley by granting life to dead trees, animals etc. but this drains your own power supply. Conversely, taking life from the Valley replenishes you. Like in the real world there is a real balance that needs to be found. Orbs and other pickups can be collected throughout the game so don’t worry if you think you are going to have to spend half the game stressing over this choice, it just sits in the background and reminds you that every action has a consequence. Word of warning though when the Valley dies you die, game over.

The Valley Life Giver

During the game you uncover army supply crates that include upgrades to your L.E.A.F suit, allowing you to double jump, jump further, and one of my favorite has to be the Viper Coil. In simple terms, this is a grappling hook that allows you to reach those higher, hard to reach places but also allows you to swing from one point to another. So not only can I run like Flash, jump like Superman but also swing through the air like Spiderman. Seriously, ignore the bad comparisons, these extra add-ons and boosts allow you to explore more of the game, unlocking some truly great places.

The main story moves you through various areas and even though you have an expanse of environment to search and explore, certain places can seem a little linear. If you do go off the beaten track you can discover several hidden areas that are unlockable using medallions. These can be found and picked up in crates throughout the Valley and unlock further information regarding the storyline and potential L.E.A.F upgrades. This brings a mixture of exploration and adventure to the game and can give you something to do if you fancy going off the storyline for a bit.

The Valley Enemy

The Valley though isn’t all fluffy bunnies and deer. It contains lots of things that will try and kill you. However with your L.E.A.F suit you can pacify these by firing your energy orbs at them, whilst dodging frantically from side to side so as to not get hit. By this point you should be at home in the L.E.A.F suit and should be able to handle this with ease. This does take time though and also depletes your energy store so its a good idea to look for alternative ways to deal with them. I’m not going to tell you how though, that’s for you to work out.

The Valley is a real credit to Blue Isle Studios. It has smooth gameplay and graphics that you can get lost in and really does excel in the fluid movement around the environment. It’s on a par with what you would expect in the likes of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. If you fancy getting lost in a stunning story with so many hidden secrets, where your actions have consequences and can be the difference between life and death, then don your L.E.A.F suit and come explore The Valley.

Thanks to Blue Isle Studios and Xbox for supporting TiX

Blue Isle invite you into the Valley

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There seems to have been something of an influx of first person futuristic survival games recently. Blue Isle Studios, being something of an expert studio at survivalist horror, have now re-entered the fray. Valley is a first-person adventure unlike any other.

Using the power of the L.E.A.F (Leap Effortlessly through Air Functionality) suit, you can showcase your exceptional speed and agility in Valley, as well as the phenominal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things.

The developer of Slender: The Arrival have taken some elements of the popular series to include in the new game, it would seem. Hidden deep within the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewilderedand alone within a secluded valley. Run and jump through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments using the abilities of the L.E.A.F suit. Harness the power of life and death to uncover the startling secrets of this mysterious place.

These new abilities come with some startling repercussions though. The more you experience death around the valley, the more the valley will die around you.

The game will also give you the option to add to the suit’s abilities through upgrades.

CEO of Blue Isle Studios, Alex Tintor;

After the success of Slender: The Arrival, we wanted to do something completely unique that offered players an amazing amount of freedom, and Valley is just that. This is an incredibly exciting project for us – something totally new and distinct, that we expect will intrigue players.

Valley will be heading to Xbox One in the summer of 2016 and you can find out a little more about it here.

The announcement trailer below will give you an idea of the game and it’s themes.

Horror redefined – Slender: The Arrival lands on Xbox One

The chilling Slender: The Arrival, is available now on Xbox One – Dave was the only one man enough to step up for the review, so expect his screams thoughts soon. In the meantime, check out the launch trailer below.

Slender: The Arrival is the official re-imagining and expansion of the original game created by Mark Hadley, teamed up with the writers behind the Marble Hornets series and the development team at Blue Isle Studios. The Arrival features a brand new storyline, improved visuals, great replay value, and most importantly, survival horror at its best.

 

Slender man to arrive on Xbox One

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Back in 2013, a gaming phenomenon arose from the depths, based on an urban legend that has no basis in fact, no matter how much YouTube would try to make you believe otherwise.

You’ve probably seen PewDiePie being scared witless at Slender: The Arrival and Xbox 360 owners have had this dubious opportunity for a little while now. Off the back of what the studio describes as ‘big sales’ on all current platforms, Blue Isle Studios has announced that Slender: The Arrival will be making it’s debut on the Xbox One on the 25th of March via the ID@Xbox program.

I’m sure you all know the story, eye-witness accounts describe a thin, tall man dressed in black, with a featureless face roaming around the countryside. A friend of the main character sets off in search of the elusive Slender man and disappears. It’s up to you to go and find her and find out if Slender is the culprit.

Here’s the release trailer and remember, you’re not always alone in the woods.