FIFA 17 Review

With over thirty hours played, FIFA 17 entertained as expected for my first console experience of a FIFA game on the XBOX ONE.

In my review, I will rate the game’s four aspects, story, gameplay, graphics, and player experience, out of ten points. One point means total failure while ten points is absolutely mind blowing, and six points is average. Please note, I enjoy playing football/soccer games, so my opinion will be biased.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Initial Thoughts

It's about time we got to play a bad ass female assassin. I like that there are two choices, one for the subtle, one for the “more confrontational” as the game phrases it. I'm a long time player of Assassin's Creed and I think Syndicate fits in nicely with the forerunners. Based in Victorian England, Jacob and Evie Frye are out to defeat Crawford Starrick, the boss of London, and take back the city for the people who built it. London itself is split into boroughs, like the games before, where each zone is part of the progression, but this time there are actual level numbers involved.

Paper Mario Color Splash Review

The Paper Mario series is a venerated series of games reaching back towards the Nintendo 64, and has been consistently released on every Nintendo home console since then. Developed by Intelligent Systems, the same developers responsible for the Fire Emblem series, these games have kept gamers entertained for years with amazing charm, hilarious writing, fun gameplay, and engaging story. However, many fans feel as though they’ve been on a rollercoaster in regards to this series, especially when it comes to gameplay.

WATCH_DOGS First Impression

On a Friday afternoon, I sat down on the couch and played Ubisoft’s WATCH_DOGS on my roommate’s XBOX ONE. For over four hours, I played this open world game.

In my review, I will rate the game’s four aspects, which are story, gameplay, graphics, and player experience, out of ten points. One point means total failure while ten points is absolutely mind blowing, and six points is average. Please note, I am not a hardcore gamer, so in the eyes of experienced critics, my opinion may be quite forgiving.

Shadowverse

Shadowverse

Introduction

Much of the PC gaming scene is made up of games made by American companies. Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, and Bethesda to name a few popular companies are all based in America. With games like League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Counter-strike dominating the live-streaming spotlight, it is a pleasure to discover hidden gems developed by companies overseas.

Hearthstone and Comparing Games to Hearthstone

Hearthstone and Comparing Games to Hearthstone

If you haven’t yet heard of the most popular online card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is an free-to-play collectible card game created by Blizzard Entertainment. By The Numbers: Most Popular Online Games Right Now, an article by Jeremiah Paul places Hearthstone as the second most popular online game with over 50 million players logging in every month and the most popular E-sport to watch.

Initial Thoughts: SUPERHOT

SUPERHOT is a first person puzzle shooter with simple graphics, a type of time travel mechanic, and a cryptic storyline. The player plays a character that’s playing a cracked video game from a friend on an old, 80’s-90’s computer. The player experiences the menu and between-level narrative in this computer, which simulates the bubble of a CRT and the constrained ASCII character interface (don’t worry, you can use your mouse). Narrative advance occurs primarily via the computer interface via a chat program that runs in the background.

Initial Thoughts: Hyrule Warriors Legends (Not for the Faint of Thumb)

Hyrule Warriors Legends is a third person hack and slash in the style of Dynasty Warriors and in the universe of The Legend Of Zelda. The combat style is signature to the Dynasty Warriors franchise. The player may choose certain characters to fight as from the start, depending on the mission, and can live switch during battle to another, depending on whether the character is available to play. The story components are essentially a fanfic-remix of the original story, since it does not actually fit in with any part of Nintendo’s official timeline for The Legend Of Zelda franchise.

Why I Finally Dumped Sam Fisher and Fell in Love with Big Boss (Splinter Cell: Blacklist / Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review)

     Call it an asset or call it a vice, but I have always considered myself doggedly loyal to the series I enjoy. Once I hop on a bandwagon, it takes nothing short of a kick to the teeth to knock me off. That may explain why I’ve always been so faithful to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series, which, although has been a regular fixture of third-person espionage games for nearly two decades now, has always played second-fiddle to the big brother of all espionage games: Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid.

Actual Sunlight

Actual Sunlight is a short interactive story developed by Will O’Neill that was originally released in 2013 but after a successful indiegogo campaign the game gained new life with original art and music. It offers a glimpse into the life of Evan Winter and his struggle with depression. It’s a different type of game,if one at all, that plays more like a short story that deals with mature topics such as loneliness, debt and suicide. Actual Sunlight isn’t a ‘fun’ game but rather a linear story the player unfortunately cannot deviate from.

The Witness

Puzzles are something nearly everyone can get behind. Some are good at them, some are not so good at them, but completing a puzzle has this universal thrill to it, and the 2016 release The Witness taps into that by creating an entire island that is effectively a single puzzle for the player to solve. From the mind of Jonathan Blow, The Witness is an open world puzzle game reminiscent of Myst. The central game mechanic is simple in and of itself: draw the correct solution to a maze.

Review: The Beginner's Guide

The Beginner’s Guide is the sophomore title from developer Davey Wreden, who previously found success as the co-creator of the award-winning Stanley Parable (2011). Those who have played Stanley will remember its quirky philosophy and biting sense of humor. When Wreden announced that he was going to release a second title in October 2015, fans expected something of the same style.

Shovel Knight

First Impressions

Shovel Knight is a 2-D platformer with a strong retro aesthetic. The player plays as the titular shovel-wielding hero who sets out to stop an evil enchantress, with some subplot about Shovel Knight’s missing friend, Shield Knight.

SUPERHOT

First Impressions

I played the original, game-jam prototype of SUPERHOT a while ago and was really impressed by it. After seeing it at GDC and playing a short demo of it on the expo floor, I decided to buy it from Steam. The released game is exactly what I wanted it to be - an even more in-depth exploration of the game’s clever central mechanic:

Firewatch

Release date: February 9, 2016

Genre: Adventure

Rating: M

Developed by: Campo Santo

Publisher: Panic