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Deadfall Adventures Review

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The archaeological wise-cracking adventurer has been a staple of the entertainment industry since George Lucas’ vision came to life in Raiders of the Lost Ark. We’ve seen the trend come and go, well in recent years it’s been back with a bang. The Uncharted series making waves over on the Playstation, and Tomb Raider surprisingly rebooting with one of the outright games of the year. Nordic Games decided to have a crack at the genre, and man did they ever fail. Deadfall Adventures just might be one of the worst games this year, even worse than the Activision Walking Dead. Oh, how much I loathed this game, let me count the ways.

You play as James Lee Quatermain, grandson of legendary adventurer Allen Quatermain. Quatermain decides to aid the US government in the retrieval of a powerful artefact.  James spends the majority of the start of the game speaking of his grand pappy’s ‘ridiculous tales’ of mummies and supernatural artefacts. Boy is he about to have a rude awakening. He shortly finds that these tales are in fact not quite as ridiculous as they first seemed. So from being a brash douche that couldn’t care less about the power behind the artefacts he was sent to obtain, he quickly becomes intrigued about such things and decides to carry on with the adventure. What with this being a game set in the 1940’s, it of course includes what has become a staple in this genre, Nazis! As if it wasn’t already a cheap Indiana Jones knockoff. The swastika on the armbands has been replaced with a funky black X, however. Full disclosure here, the story is nothing spectacular. Actually, it’s not even good…like, at all.

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I’ve never heard voice acting as bad I’ve heard on this game. You can see exactly what they are going for with Quatermain. They mean for him to be a wise- cracking, loveable man’s man much like your Indiana Joneses or your Nathan Drakes. But the voice-work is so canned and unlikeable that it make every cut-scene a chore. A special shout-out goes to the hilariously bad and stereotypical Germans in the game, “YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ZIS POWER” is a phrase from ze game…ahem, the game that constantly echoes in my head.

Let’s talk graphics, or lack thereof. We’ve all heard the classic saying ‘you can’t polish a turd’, well they haven’t polished it, it’s just a turd. All the characters have dead eyes and even the shadows have jaggies. Now I have no problem with a game looking cartoony, but not when that is clearly not the intention. The environments aren’t so terrible, they’re not that good either, just not terrible. I’d go as far as to call them adequate.

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Time for gameplay. Deadfall is a first person shooter, so it handles like Call of Duty. If Call of Duty was developed in a war-torn gulag. I need to clarify this, the gameplay itself is not that bad. It’s just that it suffers from horrific frame-rate issues that hinder any kind of fun you could possibly have. Much like Uncharted, there are puzzles that are solved by looking in a notebook that was handed down by the protagonist’s grandfather. These aren’t so much puzzles than they are ‘look at this thing, put it inside there’. There isn’t any kind of challenge whatsoever. There is other equipment that you can access via the d-pad. Such as the compass, that knowingly points towards your destination as if it were handed down by Captain Jack Sparrow himself. There is also a flashlight that you need to beam towards mummies as they cannot be affected by bullet damage without it.

What would a game be without horrific tacked-on multiplayer? Deadfall adventures is no different. It controls just as badly as the single player game. It also features modes such as Classic Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Treasure Hunt Mode, and Co-op Survival Mode. There’s nothing to be said about the online aspect of the game that I haven’t already said about the single player. Of course, the game isn’t out yet so I couldn’t get much playtime due to a lack of players. However, I believe I had enough time to form a valid opinion about the multiplayer, and it’s just as bad as single player.

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To sum up, the story is meh. It’s tolerable but really not worth shouting about. The gameplay is also adequate but not without its problems. It looks pretty bad, there is no emotion in the character’s faces as well as their voice acting. Multiplayer is not a welcome addition to a game that quite frankly is already boring. Deadfall Adventures isn’t worth anyone’s good time, and I’d recommend staying away from it.

At this point in the current generation’s life-cycle, it really is a case of play hard or go home. When even games as big as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Assassin’s Creed aren’t doing as well as they should due to the run-up to the next generation, time fodder like this really has no place on the market. Steer clear of this one folks, it’s a real shit sandwich.

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NBA 2K14 Review

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After having completed a review for an EA Sports game, it’s only right that a 2K Sports game is my next feat of game guru-ism. 2K Sports are a real up and comer in the world of sports. Their realism and the beauty that is engineered in their games is unrivalled. NBA 2K has trumped EA Sports’ NBA Live for years now, and with the acquisition of WWE Games from THQ and WWE 2K14 due out next week, 2K Sports are only going up. Granted WWE 2K14 was basically finished when the assets were acquired, and the finished product is the remnants of a THQ game. Next year we’ll see where WWE will take them on the next generation. Why am I blathering on about wrestling on a review about a basketball game? Because you need to appreciate the quality of this company and where they are going. On with the review!

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Just as I said when I wrote the NHL 14 review, I am not familiar with the NBA. I know a good couple of the big names out there, and I’ve seen Space Jam. But outside of that, my knowledge of the sport and its rules is minimal at best. I’m gonna throw this right out there, the game is brilliant. It is by a the premier basketball simulation experience you will ever find. The majority of everything I say about this game will be positive, so I’m gonna throw my one negative out there. It’s hard to be good at this game, very hard. There is a level of realistic control of each of the player’s arms and their bounce of the ball that takes hours of grinding and hard work to master. After a couple hours of solid practice and tutorials, I finally became moderately competent at the game. But once you’ve done the grinding and got a real feel of the game, man is it good. I found myself becoming so immersed that I attempted several layaway shots with my cans of Pepsi Max while shouting ‘Kobe’.

For the third year in a row, 2K sports have changed their button layout. They have chosen to adopt the old right stick ‘pro stick’ option. Made famous in the EA Sports FIFA series. You can now use the right stick to shoot, as well as do insanely accurate little changes to your dribble. Beware though, a slight accidental knock can send your player into an unwanted alley-oop, NBA Jam style.

The graphics on NBA 2K14 are absolutely beautiful. Each player is handled with the utmost care, and every little imperfection, tattoo, hairstyle, and even character traits are emulated to perfection. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sports game that looks as impressive as this marvel. I’ve never seen sweat and player animation look so real before, and I’ve played every single sports series that has been available on this generation. Every movement is performed with such grace and elegance, and the realism in everything is truly remarkable. I’d quite like the WWE Games guys to use some of this team on next year’s WWE game.

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There is something of a story/career mode in this game. It’s called path to greatness, and features an actual narrative. Something that has rarely been seen in any sports game to date. The only ones that come to mind are Tony Hawk’s Underground and the Skate series. Path to Greatness takes NBA 2K14 cover star on a journey through his final contracted year with Miami Heat. The goal at the end of the mode is to have won seven NBA championships through a choice of two separate paths. You can choose to resign with Miami Heat, or to move elsewhere in the NBA in the search for glory. However, you cannot choose which team this takes you to. This means you could be stuck with gutter trash like the Clippers, making your search for gold that much harder.

Jumping online and testing your skills against real world people works a treat. Menu navigation and connectivity handles like a dream. Believing you have a handle on how to play the game, then coming up against people that have actually learned how to play the game is a tad disheartening. But that’s all down to my own lack of skill.

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Although what I have to say about this game is mostly positive, this isn’t much of a change from last year’s iteration. 2K Sports have come out and said that NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One will be drastically different and improved from the Xbox 360 version. With that being said, I can’t see any reason to purchase this version at all. Unless of course you don’t plan to invest in an Xbox One of course. But even so, if you plan on staying a 360 gamer, keep NBA 2K13 and I can guarantee that you’ll have an equally great time. Having said that, this being similar to last year’s outing doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a brilliantly made, well executed, beautiful game that does the world of basketball proud. I fully recommend this game, unless you plan on getting an Xbox One where the game runs at a smooth 60fps at 1080p resolution. In which case, I recommend it for that. In a sentence,  NBA 2K14 is a game that makes me wish the rest of the 2K Sports series’ would make a triumphant return. Please download the demo now on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and give this a shot for yourself.

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