While graphics, platforms and the games industry as a whole may have changed, three core principles remain true. One, shooting waves of enemies in the face remains awesome. Two, getting out of a pinch when said enemies become threatening will make you feel like a god. And three, you never stop loving the way your heart beats in your chest when you almost died but you just about lived on to complete the level instead. When a game can do this to perfection then you know you’re onto a winner and lucky for us that twin-stick shooter Iron Fisticle is a very good example of this indeed.
I am not very good at MMOs but through the eyes of Anda I learn what it feels like to be an MMO god. Where I forget to log in regularly or give up on the daily grind, In Real Life‘s young protagonist exceeds, slashing, dashing and powering her way through enemies to hoover up XP, gold and respect from her peers, becoming one of the greatest players that the fictional MMO of Coarsegold Online has ever seen. But while Coarsegold Online may not really exist, the problems within the game are taken from the MMOs of our own world. It’s realistic without being too hard hitting but it’s jovial without being too jolly, which is perhaps why I like In Real Life so much.
So Many Me is exactly the type of game you love to root for. A quirky underdog, the game’s clone gameplay, in which spawned characters follow you and put their various abilities to use, is a bit like Lemmings without the peril of death being quite so funny. The fact it also combines that with physics-based puzzles and a blobby, green protagonist that’s as cute as can be, probably makes So Many Me seem like the Frankenstein’s creature of games on paper (which is likely why the game’s crowdfunding efforts didn’t go so well). But in action there’s a spark and a bright one at that. Read our So Many Me review after the break.
A quick skim of the ‘controversies’ section of The Vatican Bank (less conspicuously ‘The Institute for the Works of Religion’ in official terms)’s Wiki page and you’ll very soon understand that not only does The Vatican make a good, holy chunk of money each year, but that there’s also a reasonable amount of people questioning where that money comes from (mostly from Catholic follower donations and sales of stamps) and how it’s been spent over the years (anti-communist governments and also militias, maybe? Allegedly? I don’t want to go to jail). Common sense tells us that there are aspects of Papal business that are shadier than a 7 kilometre squared gazebo in the Sahara desert and The Da Vinci Code by Robert Langdon is a good, camp-y (if not slightly over the top) yet well-researched fiction book that covers it too, if that’s your bag of chips. Similarly, Shadows on the Vatican – Act 1: Greed is an excellently made point and click mystery and it’s the first episode in a series that points a few accusatory fingers in The Vatican’s direction. But it’s fictional! (Sorta.) And it’s backed up by a book of legitimate Vatican Bank facts, an unavoidable legal disclaimer and some shoddy voice acting. So onwards with the review to find out what else Shadows on the Vatican – Act 1: Greed is all about!
There’s no need to ask ‘does it matter if Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition only boasts better graphics and hair effects that make Lara look like an extra from a Pantene Pro 10 advert?’ Of course it matters. The real question is, how much? I reviewed Tomb Raider Definitive Edition on PS4 to find out for myself and you can read my thoughts after the break.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition isn’t a superhero video game, it’s the superhero video game. While those who’ve focussed on the choice of the word ‘Ultimate’ that this game claims to be (thanks to all of the DLC crammed into the newer edition’s package) may chastise for stating the obvious, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is exactly that superlative not because of the extra offerings but because at a base level, it just fundamentally works.
As a zombie survival title, you could say that How To Survive is a little fish in a pond the size of the Atlantic, something akin to a krill or a prawn. But that’s on the outside looking in and upon playing the EKO Software developed and 505 Games published title you’ll understand that the undead genre could perhaps make room for one more.
Adventure Time Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know is a spin off of Pendleton Ward’s popular Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time. But is the dungeon crawling caper as fun and entertaining as the Emmy-nominated show that it’s based on? We’ve reviewed the game on PS3 so that you can find out.
To call Proteus ‘just’ a game would be almost entirely inaccurate, plain wrong, even. For this indie game from developer and publisher, Curve, is an experience.
After 2013 saw 2K’s meatball sim win a championship ring of its own whilst making a play to take everyone else’s, could this year belong to NBA 2K14 once again?
Becoming the Best is an Uphill Battle
It’s fitting then, that the game initially thrusts the challenge of being The Best upon you, with Started from the Bottom by Drake on a loop in the background as you go about creating your own ‘MyPLAYER’ character to thwart the NBA with your balling skills. You pick a head, choose a body type and customise facial hair tattoos and a name, basic stuff, but 2K seem to have more customisations than you can shake a mirror at. They’ve also included a note about how much voice support a name has which is a nice touch.
“To be the best, you have to work the hardest.” is what LeBron James says in the opening featurette and and anyone who’s played 2K13 can tell you, this game can be a grind. But, with myCAREER, 2K14’s primary game mode, you have a chance to upgrade both you and your player, using VC (Virtual Currency) that can be earned during games or drills, or, in a new feature, bought for real money through the PSN. Before you head to the courts though, you’d better pick a nickname, how does “Mr. Perfect” sound? Good, because fans and commentators will soon be calling you it.
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