Vacation from hell- part 2
When there’s no more room in hell the dead will ruin your holiday. Well, at least that is what Dead Island: Riptide developers Techland would have us believe in their gore-fueled follow-up to the zombie-fest Dead Island. My Dead Island: Riptide PC review was originally published on the pages of Shanethegame.com the other week. I thought it would be the perfect review to eXtend and reprint here.
Two years ago Techland’s co-op first-person zombie slasher, Dead Island, surprised us all. Coming seemingly out of nowhere the game garnered a sizable amount of praise, in spite of arriving with more than its fair share of bugs. View full article »
VicBStard.com special guest contributor Judalene Cheetham returns with another game review. Jude has traveled all the way back to ancient Greece to bring us the secret origin of the PlayStation’s iconic anti-hero, Kratos.
God of War: Ascension is a PlayStation 3 exclusive third-person action-adventure game that is brutally fun and takes you into a world of Greek mythology and madness. Being the fourth entry into the hugely popular series, God of War: Ascension has a lot to live up to but does the game ascend Mount Olympus or should it be sent to the depths of the Underworld.
For any one unfamiliar with the God of War series, Ascension is as good a place as any to start. It begins one cut scene into the first game. So all you need to know is you are Kratos, a Spartan super-soldier, who sells his soul to Ares, the God of War. After much deliberation Kratos decides to ditch the son of a bitch. And it is on this premise you set out acquiring trinkets, solving puzzles and last, but sure as hell not least, killing all manner of absurd creatures. View full article »
Time for a short week in review
It’s been almost a year since my move from New Zealand to Australia and honestly say that my feet have hardly touched the ground. It all a blur; a whirlwind of games, events and previews. I’ve never written as much as I’ve done in the past year and things show on signs of abating.
On the review pile at the moment I’ve the DC Comics inspired beat ‘em up Injustice: God Among Us, Namco Bandai’s Star Trek and Techland’s Dead Island: Riptide.
I’ve also a few bits of DLC that I need to talk about at some point, namely The Tyranny of King Washington DLC for Assassin’s Creed 3 and all those lovely bits of DLC for the most excellent Need for Speed: Most Wanted. I also need to drop some words about the Fuse and Grid 2 hands-on previews that I attended last week.
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I’ve been flat out playing the last knockings of the Q4 games releases and nutting out reviews for the last few weeks, leaving no time to write any sort of missives on this here website.
I held back on my SimCity review for a while, as I didn’t want to give the game a bad review score only for EA to suddenly pull their finger out and sort the bloody thing out. Well I waited, and I waited. You can read the review on Shanethegamer.com here. View full article »
Blake’s 7 Returns!
I’ve just been forwarded this interesting press release from my brother relating to a remake of that other 1970s BBC sci-fi show Blake’s 7.
Whilst a Blake’s 7 remake has been mooted for some time, the fact that it is now being marketed to buyers and with director Martin Campbell named at the helm suggests that it is actually moving forward.
The original series which ran from 1978-1981 followed a group of escaped convicts on the run from the Federation. As with Doctor Who, the show was made on a shoestring budget by today’s standards. I recommend that anyone seeking a bit of nostalgia looks elsewhere, as the original TV show really shows it’s age and is best left as a memory.
It seems as if the remake is, thankfully, exactly that; going down the Battlestar Galactica re-imagining route rather than a continuation like Doctor Who. That being said it would be very difficult to continue the 70s show considering they all die in the last episode. View full article »
PS3 exclusive JRPG
As a massive fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibi, it pains me to say that I never had the time to play Namco Bandai’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The game’s art style will be totally familiar to anyone that has enjoyed Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke or the delightful Kiki’s Delivery Service. After reading guest reviewer Judalene Cheetham’s review below, it only makes me want to play it even more.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a PS3 exclusive third person Japanese RPG developed by Level 5 Inc. It’s a fresh and fun take on the genre. It takes many different elements and makes them work together harmoniously.
You start off as a normal boy in a normal town, getting up to mischief as normal. Powers beyond your world bring about a sad event which leads to you discovering that you’re a wizard and destined to save not only your world but that of your weird lantern nosed doll. View full article »
That’s right Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is on it’s way. And no, you won’t need to shell out on a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox Whatever.
Hideo Kojima’s new game is coming out on current gen consoles. Not only have Konami released this great new, but they’ve also released a trailer from the game…and it’s great. It’s a shame that the definitive voice of Snake, David Hayter, isn’t voicing this one. That being said it should be hard to find someone with a suitably raspy voice capable of muttering Kojima’s incoherently babbling dialogue. View full article »
More bit-sized bits of news from the mail bag!
After another trawl through my virtual mailbag to see what is being games are being punted this week, I’ve found a few interesting morsels that I thought I’d share with you.
Again, rather than be professional about it and scrub them up into some sort of self-indulgent twaddle like I usually do, I’m offering the information just as it was passed to me.
Up this week we’ve a load of Aussies that are off to Hollywood to play Call of Duty, some Tomb Raider multiplayer maps, Activision’s The Walking Dead game, a Bioshock Infinite video, the second Assassin’s Creed 3 single-player DLC pack, Trials Evolution on the PC and DC Comics’ Injustice Gods Among Us.
Off we go, then.
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