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Darkout Review (PC)

Darkout Review (PC)

There’s a lot of ambition tied into the somewhat humble package that is Darkout. It’s a mixture of crafting and survival–something in which 2013 has seen a rise–all set within a science fiction world. Placed into the boots of a shipwrecked astronaut on an alien planet, players must search for resources in order to protect themselves from the hostile nature of the world. Thus digging, scavenging, and confusion begin. There are a number of important factors at the heart of Darkout, with one of the key factors being the game’s day/night cycle. In the dark, the world is full of dangers, which puts huge importance on utilizing the relative safety...

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing – Review

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing – Review

Release Date: 22/05/2013 Developed by: NeocoreGames Published by: NeocoreGames Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PC The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing is an action-roleplaying game that feels similar to games like Diablo, and the Torchlight series in which you control a character named Van Helsing and explore dungeons, and other fantastic environments while slaying monsters, leveling up, and gathering loot. The game is loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula which centers around the son of Abraham Van Helsing whom is a legendary vampire hunter. It takes place in the fictional land of Borgova which is some kind of gothic-capitol city of the kindgom, Borgovia. Monsters created from some type...

Killzone: Shadow Fall Review (PS4)

Killzone: Shadow Fall Review (PS4)

Killzone: Shadow Fall has a lot of responsibility on its shoulders. It’s the biggest title in the small window of launch exclusives, and it’s also been given the job of demonstrating the power of the Playstation 4. It could arguably be the most impressive console game on the market, but is it simply a pretty face or is it a showcase for the future of first-person shooters? The plot picks up 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, with the Vektan ISA rendering the home planet of the Helghast uninhabitable. As a means to make up for their planet’s destruction, the Helghast are invited to settle in one of...

SoulCalibur II HD Online – Review

SoulCalibur II HD Online – Review

I have fond memories of playing SoulCalibur II back in the day on my Nintendo Gamecube, and having it really be the fighting game I sunk multiple hours into (other than a little foray with MK2 on Sega Genesis, and Primal Rage also on the Genesis). I loved everything about SoulCalibur II, having it be the first game in the series I had played and upon popping the disc into my console I was instantly hooked, and would soon waste multiple hours with the game, and try and learn how to play every character. You can probably imagine my excitement when I saw that the game was getting an HD/Online...

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Review

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Review

It could be a safe thing to say that the franchise has been dipping as a whole in the past couple of years, and ultimately many people were let-down with Assassin’s Creed III, myself included. And, that let-down led me to be extremely skeptical of where Assassin’s Creed IV was going, and what it was going to be in general. I lost faith in the developer, and ultimately had the mind-set that the game was going to be a pile of wank from day one. It’s a really uplifting feeling to be wrong about a game, and especially for a game to smash the stereotype/stigma that yearly releases are complete...

Review: Avatars In Grave Danger — Xbox Live Indie Game

Review: Avatars In Grave Danger — Xbox Live Indie Game

I was browsing the Indie Games section on Xbox Live today and came across a game that piqued my interest. The first being my love for zombies, and the second being my curiosity in avatar games where I can play as my Xbox Live Avatar. Sadly, the latter always seems to lure me into play poorly designed games, which is what this game is. Grave Danger is an odd type of waved-based survival game developed by Pixel Psyche. You’re essentially on a fixed point, in a cemetery and can only strafe from side to side to shoot the zombies and prevent them from crossing the cemetery gates. So, in essence...

Rise of The Triad Review

Rise of The Triad Review

Some games want to challenge the player, to make them feel emotional. Some games want to answer the question of “can video games be art?” And some games, like Rise Of The Triad, say “f**k that, let’s have some fun.” Rise Of The Triad is a remake of the ’90s cult hit of the same name. At its very core, the game is a ’90s-esque first-person shooter in both its gameplay and attitude, and this isn’t a bad thing by any definition. Fancy cinematic sequences, quick-time events, and a grounded story are all thrown out in favor of fast-paced action, big guns, and cheesy one-liners, bringing the genre back to...

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