Alucard’s part in the Lords of Shadow 2 mythos takes centre stage in Revelations, the two-to-three hour DLC available now for February’s divisive adventure. Those who found the tale’s ending to be abrupt and unsatisfying will no doubt be disappointed given this download’s nature as a prequel, but at least they can take solace in the ability to play as someone other than Dracula since Mirror of Fate HD. Although a welcome change from the LoS norm, it’s worth noting that those unimpressed with the series so far will find little here to warrant a second glance.
Dark Souls has a reputation for being brutally difficult, but in all the right way. It left a firm impression on its loyal player base for the frustration and satisfaction it delivered, through its rage-inducing but oddly fair difficulty curve. From Software returns with Dark Souls II with even more addictive gameplay that will leave you pushing the boundaries of your gaming ability, well beyond what you ever thought you were capable of achieving. View the full article »
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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a spin-off of the Ninja Gaiden series, replacing Ryu Hayabusa with a new protagonist and stripping away almost all its ninja ways. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z may have the Ninja Gaiden name, but none of the legacy from the franchise. If you were hoping Yaiba would be the game to write all the wrongs after the dismal Ninja Gaiden 3, you could be in for an extended wait.
In an era of reboots and series revivals, it isn’t much of a surprise to see Thief given the same treatment. Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Human Revolution have both received glowing success and dare I say, been restored to their former glory. After a decade long hiatus, Master Thief Garrett returns with familiar stealth gameplay mechanics, along with a few new surprises in his bag of tricks. Thief does well to repeat the same fortunes of its precursors, but has a few stumbles along the way.
NBA 2K14 makes a return as the dominating force in basketball simulation for another year. After the uncontested dominance of the NBA 2K franchise over the last four years and the near perfection of NBA 2K12 onwards, is there enough improvements and features in NBA 2K14 to justify purchasing the series for another year? View the full article »
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The latest battle in soccer video game rivalry is back for another year as Konami launches Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 against EA’s FIFA 14. The competition gets more and more heated each year as each chase down the coveted title of best soccer simulation of “the beautiful game”. Has Konami done enough with PES 2014 to shoot past the competition? View the full article »
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The legendary Sam Fisher is back and the stakes have never been higher. With America under attack from a terrorist group called the Engineers, it’s up to the grizzled hero and his band of Fourth Echelon pros to bring them in or take them down. Fans will instantly notice that Sam has undergone something of a facelift, with his youthful and muscular appearance only bolstered by the change in voice actor. Despite looking like a battle-worn Commander Shepard, our hero still has all the skills needed to bust some heads and ultimately save the world.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified has suffered from a development hell of sorts and the fact it made it to release is a test of perseverance. Originally announced back in 2006 as a spiritual sequel to the original XCOM of the late 90s, the working title was apparently in the capable hands of BioShock developer Irrational Games. Years later at the 2010 E3 Expo, the title was revealed to be a first-person shooter and now under development by 2K Marin. Given XCOM‘s strategic heritage, the change in genre didn’t go down well with fans and as a result was again overhauled in 2011 to feature more strategic elements but at its core remained a first-person shooter.
Resurrecting a cult classic is never an easy task, and one that is likely to be met with a series of cheers from its fans. What people tend to forget, however, is that just because a game can be brought hurtling into the modern era with a shiny new paintjob, doesn’t always mean that it should. Case in point is Flashback; a rotoscoped adventure hailing from 1992 that, without a good deal of tinkering, would prove too frustrating and unwieldy to stand alongside the side-scrollers of today.
Payday 2 as the title suggests is the sequel to Payday: The Heist, released back in 2011 for the PlayStation Network. The original Payday allows players to live out their fantasies as a member of a highly-skilled and well-oiled crime unit engaging in carefully orchestrated hits, complete with custom latex mask and all. Developer Overkill Software had a sound concept, although could have been executed better. Payday 2 steps things up for a fuller, more complete experience with added features and beefed-up content to eliminate all the problems of the original. Still not perfect, but certainly speeding away in the right direction.