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Hotline Miami 2 Review

Hotline Miami 2 has made me appreciate the Dark Souls series in a whole new light. I used to stare in disbelief at people throwing themselves at a particularly slow and gruesome meat grinder over and over again, unable to understand the self inflicted punishment. Compress that loop down to seconds instead of quarters of hours, and you get my experience with this sequel to the indie hit from 2012. It’s unfortunate that their ambitious narrative fails to make any sense, as that core hyper-violent gun-toting puzzle-solving loop is still as thrilling as it was before. Just be warned that the difficulty level starts high and ends somewhere in the upper levels of the stratosphere.

Destiny Review

Destiny is the prime reason I’m glad I don’t work in a professional media outlet. Trying to put together a review for this game for the day of release must have been hellish, and also the worst possible way to experience it. I am the first person to admit that Destiny has it’s fair share of flaws, some much bigger than others, but I don’t think it’s entirely fair to throw a low score on the page and put it out to pasture. This is the kind of game I hoped would come with the next generation of consoles. Destiny is a title that’s going to evolve over the coming months and years, and the game you can buy right now is just the platform. The amount of content on the disc sorely lacking, but what is there has managed to get me to pour a large amount of time into gameplay systems and progression mechanics that I normally hate. Destiny is the foundation for things to come, and it’s up to you whether you want to get on board now or wait and see what happens.

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter Review

When the main character of your story goes by a moniker like Paul Prospero, you should expect some strangeness from the time you spend with it. While Vanishing keeps up it’s end of the bargain in this respect, along with an immaculately created environment to explore at (usually) your own pace, it starts to unwind towards the end seemingly not able to keep up with the tale it is weaving.

The Fall Review

There is nothing worse as a person that plays video games to see the credits roll and be sufficiently entertained while at the same time feeling like what you have just witnessed could have been so much more. That nagging feeling that you just witnessed something skirt so close to greatness but never quite sticking the landing.

A Story About My Uncle Review

We all have that member of our family. Whether it be some distant uncle, overzealous cousin or even an elderly grandfather. We all have that member of our family who tells the grand “stories” of their lives. I say “stories” as they are normally filled with inaccuracies, massive flaws in logic, and general boasting. Even with all that, you can`t help but be enthralled as a small child. Hearing of my grandfather’s misadventures was a source of endless enjoyment around the dinner table.  A Story About My Uncle uses this concept and asks What if they weren’t lying? What if when your uncle says he has been to space, he was actually there?

The Wolf Among Us Review

How do you attempt to review a game without giving away the story. Such a problem is doubly so when dealing with a title like Wolf Among Us, where it really is all about it’s story. Luckily in this case it not only amply tells a tale, but does so with maturity and restraint with a collection of characters that create a world it feels like you are being dropped into the middle of. This is Telltale at the peak of their episodic craft that they started on many years ago.

Transistor Review

Transistor is a paradox of a game. I adore almost everything about it. It`s world, the way it sounds and how breath takingly stunning everything looks in it. I also love the way you interact with the world, a smart tactical combat system that encourages experimentation and thought. However, I did say almost everything. There is one flaw I find that almost shatters the beautiful illusion of Transistor’s universe, and it kills me to say but it almost ruins the game for me.

InFamous: Second Son Review

InFamous: Second Son is one of those games you want to show off your shiny new next gen console with. It’s visually one of the most spectacular things yet seen on a console, and just the thing to have people ooing and ahhing around your TV. While it might have been too much to expect at this early stage in the consoles lifetime, it is slightly disappointing that there isn’t as much of a gameplay revolution to match the visual one, with Second Son not trying anything particularly new when compared to it’s predecessors.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

For me, and several other fans of the genre, Diablo 3 was somewhat of a disappointment. Yes, it was fun to run through the new game with friends, and the once again on a higher difficulty to see how bad your gear and character build really was. Past that, it became a terrible slog through obtaining gear that would never drop, and when it did, would have terrible or even non-applicable stats to your class or build in the same areas you have played through a billion times before. If this wasn’t bad enough, there was also the ever present threat of the Auction House, the failed experiment that ruined the very nature playing a Diablo game. With the release of Reaper of Souls, those problems are cast into the flames of hell and replaced by a divine new loot system, interesting new endgame areas to play, an entire new act to the story and a fun new class to see it all with.

The Last of Us: Left Behind Review

Left Behind is an impeccably crafted piece of content, keeping Naughty Dog’s tradition of fantastic voice acting, animation and visuals that could be mistaken for next gen from a distance. It’s unfortunate then that the narrative component of this DLC, the part I expected to truly shine, feels lacklustre and stretched out to cover the already slightly disappointing length of 2-3 hours.

NOTE: This review will contain spoilers for The Last Of Us. You have been warned.