Saturday, 31 October 2015

Top 5 - Creepy Pokémon

For Halloween I thought I would do a creepy top 5. However, I'm not very good at the whole 'terrify yourself for the fun of it' routine so here is my top 5 creepy pastas Pokémon!

First Impressions: Global Candy Cup Halloween Game - Google Doodle

I joined the hot-headed red team first and set out to collect as much candy as possible, while chanting our motto 'Better than the rest'. It didn't take long to get used to the controls (press space to go up, let go to fall down. So the Devil Incarnate, basically) but, even so, it wasn't long before I felt the cool sting of bat claws to the face. Expecting death, I let go of the controls, only to find that hitting an obstacle merely prevented my candy collecting skills for a little while rather than sending me to the great Jack o Lantern in the sky.

Friday, 30 October 2015

(Long) Comments: Golden Joysticks 2015

The annual awards for everything gaming was on today, and while I didn't manage to watch the ceremony live, I did manage to catch the awards. So. Here they are!:

Thursday, 29 October 2015

First Impressions: Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

Being Dragon Quest fans and after first playing Hyrule Warriors and thoroughly enjoying that as well as seeing a 12cm Slime plushie in the rewards, we pre-ordered the Slime Collectors edition. So far, the game has equal charm and frustration in its massive branches and roots.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

First Impressions: Rome: Total War

I got this game on a sale (before EGX) as I have wanted to play a game in the series for a long time. I tried loading it up and... It crashed. Supposedly the game couldn't access the right Directx and refused to run so I turned the game off and moved on, resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be able to play the game. That is, until I went to EGX, played Total War: Warhammer and realised that the games are actually pretty good. With renewed determination I tried to fix this broken game and rebuild it to its former glory (much like Rome itself).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Review No. 115 Alan Wake - PC (16+)

Strong Points
Graphics - Great looking and focused to fit the game's atmosphere
Story - Amazing!
Story-telling - Beautiful combined with great voice-actors, narrating, cut-scenes and more
Voice-Actors and their characters - Fits the characters just perfectly, and the characters themselves are more than likable
Game-play - The game-play is a one-of-a-kind, yet it isn't. When you combine all of these (and more) it gets very addicting and fun.
Light/Darkness - Plays a BIG role in this game and its story! And hey, who doesn't like to use a flashlight as weapon?

Weak Points:
Story - While the story is amazing, it CAN and WILL get confusing at times (not necessarily a bad thing)
Facial-Animations and faces - When it's not one of those "real-looking" cut-scenes the faces look good, don't get me wrong on that, but they do also look a bit... weird, ya know?
Difficulty - Even on the normal difficulty setting it can be hard and you might have to restart from your previous save point a few times.
Lagging - If your computer isn't "good" it most likely will lag a lot just like it did for me, will not destroy the game's top-score, though.
Ammunition - This is one of those games where you'll rarely have only a few shots left in your pistol or shotgun or whatever it might be. At least I myself faced this "problem" myself.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

First Impressions: Total War Warhammer

One of the games that I got a chance to play at EGX was Total War Warhammer. After having played Total War Arena earlier in the day and being slightly familiar with the Warhammer lore (I'm more of 40k fan but, anyways), I knew a bit more of what to expect (and the tutorial helped quite a bit as well). What followed was 17 minutes of flanking, charging and retreating. It was brilliant.

Monday, 19 October 2015

First Impressions: Super Mario Bros. 3 and NES

I got to play on a classic NES console at EGX, which was awesome, along with Super Mario Bros. 3. Sadly, I got on the game quite late on in the day, so most levels were already completed. I was thrown into World 8 and couldn't seem to enter any levels, so, instead I proceeded to traverse from warp pipe to warp pipe, hopelessly alone in the castle. That is until, I found the level I was looking for all along.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Comments: Is a Hybrid NX a Good Thing?

As most of you may well have heard, Nintendo announced their next dedicated home console, codenamed the NX, a few months back, in response to their new partnership with mobile games giant DENA. A few things have already been rumored about the NX...

Saturday, 17 October 2015

First Impressions: Xenoblade Chronicles X

The last game that we played at EGX 2015 was Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U. A sequel to the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and 3DS, this game is massive in all aspects. From the world, and the monsters, to the combos and cut-scenes this game is big. And good. Don't forget good.

Monday, 12 October 2015

First Impressions: Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta

I downloaded the beta on my PS4 due to it being Star Wars. Personally, I thought it was going to be okay, probably a Battlefield clone with a couple of new mechanics and, most importantly, need PS Plus (like the Battlefield Hardline beta). Thankfully, I was wrong. Oh so wrong.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

First Impressions: Sonic Adventures/Sonic & Knuckles

I played two Sonic games in the replay section while at EGX, one of them was fast paced, 2D mania (&Knuckles) while the other was fast-paced, 3D confusion (no Knuckles here). These are my first impressions on the two games.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Rant No. 7: ESL's Hosting - a Big CS:NO!

So CS:GO eSports are now becoming very big things. Tournaments are getting funded by Valve. Millions of views watch on Twitch and in game. But what is actually set by Valve? And what is set by other companies such as ESL, MLG, Cevo, Faceit and Dreamhack to name a few?

Friday, 2 October 2015

First Impressions: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

I got Mario Tennis for the 3DS a while a go and was pleasantly surprised by it and, as such, I have kept tabs on any developments in the Mario Tennis franchise. Ultra Smash for the Wii U is the next installment in this franchise and I was fortunate enough to play some at EGX 2015. Here are my I thoughts on the Mario themed sports game.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Video Game Character of the Month - October 2015 - Inklings - Splatoon

Video Game Character of the Month
October 2015

I walk down a seemingly empty street, brandishing my gun as I look for my next target. The sun shines brilliantly, reflecting off of the multicolored liquid covering the floor and walls. I stand still for a moment, tensing at the sound of movement behind me. Something's here. I readied a grenade and was about to throw it a little ways in front of me, splattering what was left of the enemy over the floor. I heard a cry behind me and turned just in time to see one of my team members roll over another enemy and reclaim yet more territory from those worthless scum. I laughed and changed my form, swimming through the remnants of the battle and humming a tune to myself - "You're a kid now, you're a squid now." Soon enough, I rose from the ground and another five enemies fell to my weapons. My team and I took their land with glee. And, then, when the battle was done and the Cat had announced us victorious, it was time to go leave. And go shopping! Well, we do have to 'Stay fresh', after all! 
And now for a bit of information on the causes of this massacre we call a 'kid-friendly' game - the Inklings (Oh, Nintendo, what have you done?):