Thursday, 27 November 2014

Poll Results!

Image from www.dailymail.co.uk *shudder*
Last week, I asked you all what game you were most looking forward to: GTA V on current-gen consoles, for its first-person mode, Far Cry 4, because elephant, or Dragon Age: Inquisition, because the thousands of character-creation sliders are able to create a monstrosity worse than any NBA 2K15 player. 

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Seriously, sign language for that is bleeding out of your eyes...

Well, 100% of you decided that GTA V was the best game of last week, which was pretty unexpected! Still, I can see why, as the opportunity to survey Los Santos in first-person with updated graphics and usually PC-exclusive settings is an enticing one.

Still, my heart lies with Far Cry 4, but then again I'm hugely biased because it's been the only game I've played since the review copy arrived the week before last. If you've read my star-studded review. you'll know that Kyrat is a huge (Yet dense) playground to mess around in, and even though the world is full of organised activities, organic fun is the best kind. 

A new poll is up as I type this, so make sure to vote if you'd like to have your voice heard!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Dark Sales 2

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I've been using a lot of sale-based puns lately. Please, don't leave.

In a press release sent to me by Namco Bandai, it's been announced that Dark Souls 2 will be coming to PS4, Xbox One in a remastered state, packaged with its 3 crown-chasing DLC packs. This is pretty much a new remastered game record, as Dark Souls 2 came out back in March. Eat your heart out, GTA V!

Still, just like it's Rockstar-raised remake brethren, it will come with some extra content in the form of new events and a new character, but the strange thing is that it's also being released for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, all consoles that the game was launched on. If you're a die-hard Dark Souls masochist who wants the extra bits of content, you'll have to buy the game all over again, even if you've already bought it AND its season pass.

So this piece of news raises the question: are remastered editions of games becoming too commonplace? I, for one, don't agree, but I can see why people would: they usually are never discounted or made free to the people that played the original game, and sometimes they don't even look HD: they're just straight ports that have HD slapped on the box. Slap on your tin hats, PS2-Xbox-era gamers, because developers are willing to use their nostalgia-rays for more sales and more money.

Oh, I forgot: developers want your money. How evil!

Still, I don't think that remastered editions are bad, and here's why: they let people who are new to gaming or people that haven't had the chance to play a certain game before (Whether it's Grim Fandango or E.T. I pity the fool that hasn't played the latter) to experience a version of it that's even more polished than before. If you don't agree with HD remakes, don't buy 'em! Natural selection will do its work.

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The average 90s kid.

What do you think? Are you glad to see Dark Souls 2 gracing other platforms? Tell us in the comments!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Anytime Review: Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops

Get 'em! *shoots*...that went rather quick

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is nothing like the war games of today, what with their 'realistic simulations' and 'revolutionary gameplay'. This is a mans game, where you control a squad of mini bobble-head looking soldiers as they shoot and explode their way through different cartoony war-zones. Super manly, right? Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is a combination of the mobile games Tiny Troopers, and Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops, two mobile games that were free-to-play. Taking that fact into consideration, is this port of a free game worthy of its price tag?

Quickie Reviews: Tennis In The Face

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Tennis In The Face is a game about disgraced tennis player Pete Pegassi, who became addicted to an energy drink known as Explodz. Said drink has turned everyone in the city into crazy (Sound familiar?) clowns, and Pete's got to defeat those clowns, along with the clowns at Explodz Inc. All of this is described in 30 seconds, and that's all the story you'll get.

Still, TITF is a mobile port, so I wasn't expecting much in terms narrative, but despite the numerous amount of levels, TITF fails to justify it's price tag and it's listing on the PS4 store. The gameplay consists of a modified Angry-Birds esque system (With less physics)  that requires you to hit balls at the clowns, defeating them in the process. Although it's nothing new, I have to credit 10tons, as it does work, but it's not as addictive as the other games it's created.

There are 100s of levels, but nearer to the end the levels become stale, and that's due to a lack of unlockable abilities. There's nothing to entice you to beat the game other than the fact that you can. It's a predictable ending, and the humor isn't really there, despite what the description says.

Still, the comic-style art is nice to look at, but a lot of it is rehashed. There aren't many different enemies, and eventually, because of the repetitive gameplay, you just won't notice it anymore.

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THE VERDICT
Sure, Tennis In The Face has it's positives: the gameplay is solid, the artstyle pleasing, but the trouble is for every positive, there's a negative cancelling it out. The mundane, repetitive and unvaried nature of the gameplay wears the appeal, and wears away at all other aspects of the game, too. Tennis In The Face is a way to pass the time, but there are far better and far cheaper options available.

3/10
A huge thanks to 10tons for the review code!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Warlords of Salenor

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"So you're telling me that making grotesque Chinese stereotypes and transforming them into pandas DIDN'T help sales?"

Good news for Blizzard today, as three days before World of Warcraft's 10th anniversary, subscriber numbers have shot up over the 10 million mark! (Thanks Eurogamer) That's right, after the news that subscribers had fallen to an all-time-low (Albeit a 6.8 million "low") back in June, the new Warlords of Draenor DLC has "saved" the game's sales after Mists of Pandaria kickstarted a subscriber slump.

According to Blizzard, the new expansion sold 3.3 million copies in 24 hours, which is absolutely insane for an expansion pack. Still, it matches the sales of the Cataclysm pack, meaning that WOW could be on the rise again! Has WOW been saved?

No it hasn't. But that's because it never needed to be saved in the first place. A game that's been released for 10 years and has only been properly expanded 5 times having 10 million subscribers is a crazy statistic. Even at 6.8 million, that's an amount that recent MMOs like The Elder Scrolls Online and (Sadly) WildStar could only dream of. 

Besides, even if the unlikely event of World of Warcraft going under happens, Blizzard will be fine. The near-perfect remastered edition of Diablo III is still selling well after a shaky launch for the original game, Heroes of the Storm is still hugely popular despite the fact that the full game hasn't released yet, and Blizzard are tapping into a big market with Overwatch, their new class-based FPS. Despite recent slumps, the only way WOW is going under is if Blizzard wants it to.

What do you guys think? Are any of you WOW players, and if so, has Draenor improved the game? Tell us in the comments below!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

SWTOR Lowdown: Disciplines- Marauder & Sentinel

Hey guys!

Here is the class changes for Sentinel and Marauder from Swtor.com. Personally, I don't play Marauder or Sentinel so I can't offer much expertise on the class but I hope it is helpful for all of you that do play!