If you’re feeling nostalgic for some retro 80’s action movies, filled with cheesy one-liners and over-the-top action, then you’re in luck. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now available on PC, XBLA and PSN and is the first downloadable content to the highly successful Far Cry 3. With a punchy soundtrack, futuristic weapons and mutant dragons which shoot lasers, what’s not to love?
The Resident Evil series is one of the forefathers of the Survival Horror genre, spanning back to the release of the original game in 1996. For the first time many players were thrust into an atmosphere where ammunition was precious and save points were few and far between. These games have changed a lot over the years, most notably with the switch in play style seen in Resident Evil 4 with the over-the-shoulder precision aiming, but the franchise is still going strong with the release of Resident Evil 6 last year. Younger fans of the series may be unfamiliar with the style of the original Resident Evil games, but thanks to the HD release of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X on the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network they can now be introduced to the origins of one of the most successful horror series ever made.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since Bethesda’s epic adventure graced our homes and sent us on a journey through the mountainous lands of Skyrim. With impressive graphics, a generous helping of spells and dragon shouts, plus a seemingly endless list of quests, it came as no surprise that the title gained enormous praise, topping many a ‘game of the year’ list in the process. 360 players have already been treated to the decent if unremarkable Dawnguard, but this latest effort, entitled Dragonborn, seeks to be altogether more interesting and sizeable. You’ll have new areas to explore and new foes to encounter, but is it worth the 1600 point asking price?
Guardians of Middle-earth ties together J.R.R. Tolkien characters from The Lord of the Rings with the strategic gameplay of a MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena) style competitive game. Monolith Productions has carried the concept from the traditional PC environment to home consoles, producing an addictive multi-player experience that is not only challenging to learn, but ridiculously difficult to put down.
Few games are as immediately striking as The Unfinished Swan, a downloadable title on sale via the Playstation Network courtesy of the aptly named development studio, Giant Sparrow. Without a doubt, it’s the sparse environments and abundance of white that will make the biggest impact on the casual viewer.
It’s fair to assume that the developers had a particular goal in mind, pulling together an adventure that is original yet at the same time familiar. It may have a graphical style of its very own and some creative ideas, but is this a storybook quest that’s best left on the Playstation store shelf?
Naughty Bear returns with the downloadable sequel to teddy bear mayhem in Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise. The original Naughty Bear was poorly received, chastised for its repetitive gameplay and less than perfect controls. Can Panic in Paradise redeem the franchise and establish itself as a solid franchise?
It’s been months since Commander Shepard’s story came to a close, but now Bioware is offering up another slice of interstellar action with Leviathan; a downloadable add-on that hopes to coax players back into Shep’s capable boots in a tale set before the full game’s controversial climax. Mass Effect 2’s Lair of the Shadow Broker proved to everyone that episodic releases can make an impact as long as the quality is high, and now all eyes are on Leviathan to mimic its predecessor’s success. View the full article »
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It takes a brave developer to shy away from the zombie killing or intense shooting antics that typically succeed at retail. It’s even more courageous to do away with multiplayer altogether, focusing on a strong puzzle element to test a player’s brain power as well as their patience. In such a case, there’s no one better to attempt this most difficult of feats than Kim Swift, former Valve employee and lead designer of the acclaimed Portal. The influence of its spiritual predecessor will be instantly apparent to fans, but does it do enough to stand on its own dimension hopping feet? View the full article »
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In my experience, I have found that downloadable games that aren’t HD remakes, on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live Arcade have generally been split into 2 categories, either an arcade type game with endless amounts of replay value or a game that akin to a short story in literature. Having experienced a different array of what the downloadable scene has to offer, I have to say Mad Riders is a game people looking for fun should be checking out. View the full article »
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