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Review – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

March 17th, 2014 by

maxresdefaultIn 2010, I returned to Castlevania, a series of video games I enjoyed from my youth. The legacy and history of the long running series was being updated and brought to the Playstaion 3 and Xbox 360 by game studio Mecurysteam, with input from legendary game designer Hideo Kojima. That game was Castlevania Lords of Shadow, and it was an epic tale that told the origin of the Belmont curse and the birth of the Dragon, Dracula.  Now, four years later, the sequel arrived and I could not wait to sink my teeth into it. (more…)

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Review – South Park: The Stick Of Truth

March 4th, 2014 by

south_park_thumbEver since day one of its announcement, I have been excited for South Park: The Stick of Truth. However, it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride ever since.  The original publisher, THQ, was met with unfortunate circumstances and had to file for bankruptcy, leaving the fate of the cartoon RPG in limbo.  Luckily for South Park fans everywhere, Ubisoft saw promise in the game, and decided to take on the project.  After months of public uncertainty as to the release date, it was finally announced that the title would launch for the 2013 holiday season!  I even got to preview some of the gameplay footage at FanExpo in August, which made me even more anxious for the game.  Disappointment struck again when a trailer was released stating the title’s launch would now be delayed until March 2014.  Despite several setbacks, I hadn’t lost faith that a stellar product would be the end result, and all I can say is, it was definitely worth the wait. (more…)

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Review – The Last of Us: Left Behind

February 18th, 2014 by

the-last-of-us-left-behind-dlc-logoNaughty Dog released the first single-player DLC for The Last of Us on February 14, and I had been looking forward to it since its announcement. I hadn’t played the game in a while, and when I put the disk in, it informed me update 1.06 was required, but at only 131MB I wasn’t vexed. Then when I heard that forlorn start screen music, all those memories from the game came flooding back. And it’s a very good thing I enjoyed listening to that start screen music because the DLC is 5321MB. I had time to relive almost the whole game while waiting for download and installation. (more…)

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Review – Tearaway

February 7th, 2014 by

PSVita_Tearaway_Packfront_iota_1382972041Tearaway is the latest Vita offering from the creators of LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule.  This game is a brilliant example of how to fully utilize the available functionality of the handheld system, and use them in interesting and innovative ways.  Tearaway is an adventure puzzle game where you must navigate the main character through colourful settings filled with obstacles and pesky, yet adorable, baddies.  The gameplay itself is simple, but challenges can be…well…challenging.  Add in the ridiculous premises and dialogue that you’ll encounter along your travels and you’re in for a sure-fire good time. (more…)

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Gets An Announce Trailer

January 31st, 2014 by

sherlock-holmes-crimes-and-punishment-logoOne of the world’s greatest (fictional) detectives has a new game coming out this year, and just yesterday, developers Frogwares gave us the first official full length trailer to prove it.  Not that it needed proof, but it did need a trailer!  Looking darker than one might expect for the character, it also seems to retain the wit that one would expect as well.  Crimes & Punishments is the seventh installment in the series, but is the first to be built on Unreal Engine 3 technology, allowing for a vastly upgraded experience in almost every possible way.  It is also a previous generation (Xbox 360 / PS3) and PC exclusive, so don’t unplug those paperweights we use to call consoles just yet. (more…)

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Review – AC4: Freedom Cry DLC

January 7th, 2014 by

Assassins-Creed-4-Freedom-Cry-DLC-LogoAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gave us one of the franchise’s most charismatic protagonists to date in the form of Edward Kenway.  However, Kenway wasn’t the only hero we were introduced to – we also got to meet Kenway’s right-hand man, Adewale.  Throughout the on-disc campaign, Adewale could be counted on to be the voice of reason when Kenway’s motives may have become less than ethical.  Well, in the game’s first campaign-based DLC, Freedom Cry, Adewale is the star, telling his story of the events that followed his time with Edward Kenway. (more…)

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Review – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

November 5th, 2013 by

black-flagSince I dove into the Assassin’s Creed franchise several years ago, whenever I finished one the games, I couldn’t wait for the next one to come out.  The elaborate Ezio trilogy and how his experiences impacted Desmond’s present day life was a form of story telling that completely drew me in.  A year later we were introduced to Connor, and how he joined the assassins to defend his native land.  Now, in AC4, we get the chance to play as the charming, yet ruthless pirate, Captain Edward Kenway.  AC3 introduced us to naval combat in the series, and with Black Flag focusing on pirates, you can guess that open-sea combat would be a big factor. (more…)

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Launch Delayed & Giggling Donkey Gameplay Trailer

October 31st, 2013 by

south_park_stick_of_truth_logoThe latest trailer for the anticipated South Park: The Stick of Truth game was released today, which shows our heroes entering the Giggling Donkey pub seeking the Bard.  In classic South Park fashion, Butters is timid, Kenny plays along, and Cartman is needlessly but hilariously vulgar.  The team finally finds the Bard, played by Jimmy, in the pub’s basement, when they are thrown into battle against the Bard’s elves.  The animations looked just as if they had come from the show, and the combat options and dialogue were riddled with comedy.  If you’re a long-time fan of the series, then there are some gems in there that you’ll definitely appreciate.  Perhaps what’s more interesting, though, is that at the end of the trailer, a delayed release date for the game is shown. (more…)

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Review – Batman: Arkham Origins

October 29th, 2013 by

Batman_Arkham_Origins_ArtBatman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in the ‘Arkham’ series of games and the first game to be developed by Warner Brothers Montreal, not the original creators Rocksteady Studios. It is usually a very touch-and-go process when a licensed game is handed off to a new development team, and this game proves to be no different. While it does contain all of the elements that made the first two games in the series a success, it fails to innovate on them in any major way. (more…)

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Event Coverage – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Launch Party

October 25th, 2013 by

ac4_logoWith Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag just around the corner, Ubisoft celebrated the upcoming release by throwing a public party, inviting the AC community to give the game a shot before its debut.  Droves of people met at the Amsterdam BrewHouse in downtown Toronto to get a sneak peek at Captain Edward Kenway, and to test out all the new functionality the adventure game had to offer.  I managed to get a little game-time in myself, and I must say, I was very impressed with what I saw. (more…)

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