Category Archives: PC
Publisher: Capcom Developer: Iron Galaxy
Genre: Beat ‘em Up Platform Played: PlayStation 3
[Reviewers Note: The multiplayer portion of this gave is currently being reviewed and will be updated into the review in the next few days, as will the pros and cons.]
Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is two games within one, two classic arcade titles in D & D: Tower of Doom and D & D: Shadow over Mystara which have been re-released with HD graphics. Both games are available from the beginning and it is easy to switch between the two in the home screen, both games can be played single-payer or with 3 other players in local and online multiplayer. This game is available via Steam, PSN and XBLA.
Platform: PC//Xbox 360//PlayStation 3
Genre: Racing Platform Played: Xbox 360
There are two main types of racing game fans, simulation and arcade. Arcade racers provide an over-the-top racing experience, one that just wouldn’t realistically occur. While simulation is for the car enthusiast, providing an experience that is grounded within the confides of reality. GRID 2 ultimately satisfies both racing game fans, providing intense racing arcade racers will enjoy, with a focus on driving realistically to earn the chequered flag. Pulling off arcade style passes might be a key to success, but without driving with awareness of your surrounding this could ultimately send you into the wall. Being able to ride the line of both racing genres is something GRID 2 does significantly well, offering both types of racing fans thrilling racing experience. Read the rest of this entry
Developer//Publisher: Facepalm Games
Genre: Puzzle Platformer
From the very first moment of The Swapper the world captivates, I was thrust into a research centre that has seen better days, without any context. It is this delightful sense of mystery that kept me intrigued throughout the entire adventure. What happened here? What event could have taken place? These questions rippled through my mind, but The Swapper also made me question my own morality. What is considered murder? What is considered right and wrong? What makes The Swapper so strong, is this constant walk within the morally grey confides of the games main mechanic – The Swapper device. Read the rest of this entry
Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Developer/ Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre: Card Game Platform Played: PlayStation 3
Including the flop you are one card away from a straight, but you currently have a pair of 6’s in your hand. Ash has raised $2,500, so the pot stands at $6,000, so he must really like his hand. He’s probably got a hand better than a your pair but do you gamble and stay in hoping for that card which gives you your straight or do you fold and consolidate your money.
Picking your battles and making decisions like this are what happen in poker in real life and the game, you’ve got to read your opponents, what do they have. This is something Poker Night 2 does well.
This balls-to-the-wall spinoff mostly succeeds at what it sets out to do… mostly…
Platform: Windows/Xbox 360/PS3
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal & Shanghai Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: First-Person Shooter/Action-Adventure Platform Played: Xbox 360
Macho bulging muscles, cheesy b-movie dialogue and more explosive action than John McTiernan’s wet dreams. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon takes many of the best elements of last year’s Far Cry 3 and satirically coats them in an 80s sci-fi sheen – delivering a full-throttle, homage-laden experience, that contains as many laughs as it does adrenaline-fuelled shootouts. Get ready to enter the DANGER ZONE!
Genre: Action/Adventure RPG Platforms: PC
Developer: NeocoreGames Publisher: NeocoreGames
It has a few annoyances here and there, and while it won’t revolutionise the genre, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an enjoyable, elegant, and beautiful RPG, with a charming cast of protagonists.
Genre: First-Person Shooter Platforms: XBLA, PSN, PC
Platform Played: PC
Developer: Techland Publisher: Ubisoft
Yes, the Call of Juarez franchise may have been tainted with a pretty poor sequel, but Techland came back better than ever, and delivered the best entry in the series yet. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger really puts the wild into the wild west, and shows that you don’t need a full-blown sequel to right all the wrongs of your predecessor.
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC // Genre: First Person Shooter
Platform Played: PlayStation 3
Developer: 4A Games // Publisher: Deep Silver
The Metro series is inspired by the critically acclaimed novel series of the same name, written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhousky, in 2002. Metro: Last Light is the sequel to the original 2010 released game Metro 2033, which was based entirely on the first novel in Glukhousky’s series. Last Light is different from the original game, as it takes inspiration from the book series and even Glukhousky himself helped with the game’s narrative, but it has no relation to the second novelisation. Developed by 4A Games, Last Light improves on many of the original’s shortcomings, providing an excellent experience that fans will enjoy. Metro: Last Light is a first person shooter that dares to be different. Although it doesn’t succeed 100% of the time, when it does these moments make Last Light stand out amongst its competition. Read the rest of this entry
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC // Genre: Action Role-Playing
Platform Played: PlayStation 3
Developer: Techland // Publisher: Deep Silver
Dead Island: Riptide doesn’t feel like a fully fledged sequel to the original 2011 release; it feels more like an expansion on what the first game offered. With that being said, if you didn’t enjoy the original for whatever reason, chances are Riptide won’t sweeten you on the franchise. The original Dead Island had its problems, but above all, it offered a fun RPG experience, emphasising brutal melee combat and weapon customization. All of that is present Riptide, but the problem is that most of those original flaws are also here, alongside the fun that was originally provided. Techland has offered some new additions to the formula throughout, though nothing feels significant enough to separate Riptide from the original. What we have left, is something that feels very much the same as the franchises first outing. Techland missed their chance to really improve an enjoyable formula, instead choosing to ship Dead Island 1.5. Read the rest of this entry
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC // Genre: Third Person Shooter
Platform Played: Xbox 360
Developer: Digital Extremes // Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Star Trek: The Game is a movie tie-in, which usually means that the game has suffered its quality, in order to release the game in-line with its movie counterpart. Developed by Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, The Darkness II), this entry gives us a brand new journey in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek universe. The voice actors from the films are here, the likeness of characters are here as well, and the game makes itself aware of events that occurred in the original 2009 film. Yet this movie tie-in doesn’t recount the plot of Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and, in-turn, isn’t held back by the events of its movie equivalent. With this in-mind, one would think that it had a chance to provide an excellent experience and be the exception to the movie tie-in rule. However, Star Trek: The Game feels like a rushed product filled with many technical problems that shows sparks of quality in an otherwise forgettable and frustrating experience. Read the rest of this entry