The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is Simply Great

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntI’m barely into my first playthrough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, even with more than 15 hours logged, but my initial impressions are very favorable. Not since Grand Theft Auto V has an open world game felt so alive and full of flavor.

And definitely not since Fallout 3 or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has there been an open world game that’s enticed me so many time to stray from the beaten path to investigate a building or bizarre rock formation off in the distance. leading to the possibility of an undiscovered location with booty to loot or a book or manuscript to read — or perhaps an alchemy potion to uncover.

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Fallout 4 Officially Exists, and It’s Glorious

fallout 4War never changes; and it’s a darn good thing too, because when it comes to Fallout, I just want more of the same. I’ve put tons of hours into the series, and I never get sick of it.

Now that the debut trailer for Fallout 4 has been released, I can finally rest easy. The game I’ve been anxiously anticipating is completely real and on the way. Of course, that means many more more sleepless nights await me, since I’ll be busy watching it over and over, mulling over every little detail and trying to soak up as much information that I can.

So far, I’ve been able to glean a few major facts, setting being the biggest one — we’ll be scavenging in the wasteland of Boston. Beefed-up graphics aside, another noticeable difference is the size and density of some of the cities and communities. A few of the locations shown are absolutely massive compared to Megaton.

There’s no indication of plot, aside from the basics: you’re a lone vault dweller taking to the streets with a dog in tow. But right now? That’s all the info I need. I’m more interested to see how V.A.T.S. has been altered, updated or changed.

But even that doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play this goshdarn game!

Ether One Blew My Mind

Ether One BowEther One offers an interesting take on the examination of dementia and the loss of memory. As one of the free games for PlayStation Plus last month, I went into this title without knowing much about it, other than the huge amount of praise heaped on it from the guys over at Outlaw Gamers Society.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Is a Total Blast

wolfenstein the old bloodGrowing up, I was never much of a Wolfenstein fan. I wasn’t really into any of those corridor-type shooters that toss waves of enemies of you while you strafe and move backwards. I heard great things about Wolfenstein: The New Order, but because people kept comparing it to those old-school FPS games, I couldn’t bring myself to give it a chance.

But when Wolfenstein: The Old Blood arrived — along with its discount price of $20 — I decided to try it out. And let me just say, boy, am I glad I did. [Read more…]

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Looks Like Grand Theft Arkham

Assassins Creed SyndicateHot on the heels of the announcement of the brand-new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate came a lengthy gameplay walk through video showcasing all the new title has to offer. Although I have a bit of a checkered past with the franchise — and have yet to even play Unity – I’m pretty excited by what it shows.

The game environment feels more realistic and fleshed out than it did in previous entries. The carriages and open road systems give the game a bit of a GTA feel. Add in the rope traversal, and it feels more like the Arkham Asylum games. However, everything is still rooted in the traditional parkour elements that have anchored the series since its inception.

The graphics, character models, lighting and ambiance are all very impressive, even in pre-alpha stages. Considering this game is due out in a few short months, we won’t have to wait long to see if it can rise above the stink that sullied Unity and offer the next-gen experience so many Assassin’s Creed fans have been clamoring for.

 

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Re-Ignites My Love for the Franchise

RE Rev 2Like every other person alive, I loved Resident Evil 4.

But the 5th mainline installment had somehow managed to become a completely different game, and not for the better. Then it got even worse: I thought I would never play another Resident Evil game after Resident Evil 6.

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Hotline Miami Is off the Hook

Hotline Miami CarI’ve been late to more than a few parties in my life (The Last of Us: Remastered I’m looking at you), and Hotline Miami is only the latest in a long line with many more to come I’m sure. But holy moly, am I glad I showed up, even if I was more than just fashionably late.

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Give Star Wars Battlefront a Chance

Star Wars BattlefrontA new Star Wars Battlefront game has been announced, and I’m actually kind of jazzed to see how it shapes up and shakes out. I have heard some murmurings — some grumblings, if you will — that, although it looks cool, apparently it hasn’t been designed to please everyone.

This strikes me as crazy. In this day and age, when there is such a high volume of people playing games, it seems unfathomable that the game wasn’t designed with every single person’s wants in mind.

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Guitar Hero: Live Looks to Change the Game

Guitar Hero Live

Activision has recently announced Guitar Hero: Live, a new installment in the Guitar Hero series. This, of course, comes on the heels of the announcement of a new Rock Band game by Harmonix.

With comparisons inevitable, Activision has generated a small amount of criticism from vocal naysayers that the the game industry juggernaut is simply jumping on the bandwagon (pun intended?), hoping to cash in on the slow-burning excitement for the revival of peripheral-required rhythm-based games.

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Minecraft on PS4 Is Block-Tastic

Minecraft PS4Like most gamers, I’m a huge Minecraft fan.

Even though I already have the game for the Xbox 360 and PS Vita, I couldn’t resist buying yet another version of the game for my PS4. Thankfully, after buying it for the Vita, I received a $15 discount on the PS4 version, which made the pill a tad bit easier to swallow. I mean, it was going down either way, but I’m not one to pooh-pooh on savings. [Read more…]