Wizards of the Coast returns with an expansion for Magic 2015, after the lacklustre response it received from fans. The Garruk’s Revenge expansion looks to write the many wrongs players complained about from the original annual iteration, most notably the lack of full access to cards and removal of key features from previous year’s release. Can Garruk’s Revenge appease the player base and restore Magic‘s unrestricted creative freedom?
Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 takes the competition to EA’s FIFA 15 and this year, may be on the verge of snatching away FIFA‘s long-standing mantle as the premier football (soccer) simulator. With a lukewarm reception from FIFA 15 this year, PES 2015 have delivered their strongest contender to date.
Visually, PES 2015 is head and shoulders ahead of FIFA 15 in this department. While FIFA 15 visuals look starkly similar to last years offering, PES 2015 have upped the ante once again producing a beautifully realistic experience. View the full article »
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Note: Never Alone throws a major curveball at around the midpoint of the story. As such, light spoilers will be discussed (though not in any detail) due to its influence over the story, as well as the gameplay itself.
Rarely does a game with such potential fail to deliver on the same level as Never Alone. The concept – or at the least one that’s initially presented to you – is fantastic, highlighting the side-scrolling adventure of a little girl in the icy tundra with only an arctic fox for company. It’s an appealing premise, and one that you’ve probably never considered before. Sadly, the game is far better on paper than it is in execution thanks to a number of unwanted factors. View the full article »
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When Borderlands first burst on to the scene back in 2009, many critics wrote the series off before it was even released. Gearbox Software “loot and shoot” first-person shooter launched at a highly competitive period against the likes of Uncharted 2, Demon’s Souls, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 the following month.
Despite the odds, Borderlands not only survived; but thrived thanks largely to its addictive looting system, tight gameplay controls, and lush cel-shaded graphics.
Naturally Borderlands 2 followed not too long after, but before the series takes a step forward, Gearbox Software along with our very own home-grown 2K Australia will be taking things half a step back with a 1.5 release in the story arc – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is what my younger self has been waiting for. As an impressionable youth, I stumbled upon Alpha Centauri which captivated my mind and stole many hours of my life. I was enamoured with Alpha Centauri and once the credits rolled, Firaxis took a piece of my heart with them.
More than a decade on, Firaxis returns with the spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri in Beyond Earth. Can Beyond Earth weave the same magic?
Sleeping Dogs was a revelation when it launched back in 2012. Beginning life as True Crimes: Hong Kong, the game was rebranded to Sleeping Dogs and resurrected by Square Enix after being abandoned by Activision.
A sleeper hit in a sense, gamers were pleasantly surprised with its open-world and tight combat system. For those that missed out the first time, Square Enix has released Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for a new generation of consoles.
Coming off the success of their first soiree into the next-generation marketplace, NBA 2K14 set a high benchmark as arguably the greatest basketball simulator experience ever created. The distinction between the previous-gen and now current-gen consoles was pretty much night and day, leaving many fans to ask the obvious question of Visual Concepts – Where can the 2K franchise go from here?
Although the improvements aren’t as drastic or immediately distinguishable from tip-off, NBA 2K15 adds further refinement to a series that needed very little improvement to captivate its audience.
Fans of Nickelodeon’s sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender rejoiced upon hearing the news that Platinum Games – renowned for titles such as Bayonetta, Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising – would be taking on the challenge of a true The Legend of Korra videogame. Licensed games typically have a reputation of failing to meet expectations, and while this may still hold weight with this year’s tie-in, fans will be pleased to know that they can still dive in and experience the power of bending for themselves. View the full article »
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When you think Kickstarter success stories in video games, Wasteland 2 would rank among the top of the pile. Funded back in 2012 and racking in almost three million dollars, Wasteland 2 is a true test of whether Kickstarter funding can be worthwhile or not, and it’s going to divide opinions.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Jam-packed with more characters, story, special jutsu and new features, this title feels more like a continuation than a proper revolution as the name may suggest. As the fifth title (and possibly last title) for last gen consoles, Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is a welcome inclusion to the long-running franchise.