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Ori And The Blind Forest: Review

With a seemingly never-ending flock of “retro” platformers hitting the Steam store these days, Ori and the Blind Foresttakes the opposite route: a story-driven adventure with stunning visuals, a bewitching atmosphere and some pretty mad feels. The first thing that will captivate you is the sheer beauty of the game. The art, the characters and their animations, the lighting and the splendid instrumental music score will instantaneously create a deep feeling of immersion. The storytelling, most of which occurs in-game, will also be supported by small doses of narration and beautiful cutscenes, just enough to give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. The gameplay is everything you could possibly wish for: tight and responsive, with top-notch level design and an increasing nu...

Killer Instinct Season 3 Review

Originally released in 2013, Killer Instinct was made by Double Helix, and then taken over by Iron Galaxy Studios a year later. Killer Instinct has received an annual stream of content since its release back in 2013 alongside the Xbox One launch. With the arrival of Season 3, the fighting game is now getting an number of returning fighters from the Rare-developed SNES games as well as some fan-favorites from Microsoft’s own franchises, with the latter being a first for the series. But that’s not all; much like last year’s Season 2, there are new stages to play in and new modes to try out. Additionally, with the arrival of a Windows 10 version, Killer Instinct: Season 3 now supports cross-platform multiplayer between the latter and Xbox One. For the uninitiated, developer Iron Galaxy Studio...

Quantum Break Review: Remedial Masterpiece

Quantum Break is an excellent game. Yeah, I didn’t want to drag that out. If you’re a PC or an Xbox One owner, this is one of the few games that you absolutely must play. It’s one of those rare times I have felt that any happiness in owning an Xbox One, because no, Ori And The Blind Forest was not enough. Though it’s also clear that the game is held back visually, and technically on the Xbox One, but more on that later. The game is refreshing, visually impressive, has a great narrative, and plays fantastically. It’s not without its issues, but none of them keep Remedy’s time-altering-narrative-driven-tv-show-included-filled with-Max-Payne-and-Alan-Wake-references-shooter a blast to play. (Quantum Break is the Max Payne for this generation of Video Games)...

Dying Light: Enhanced Edition Re-View

Dying Light is an open world adventure horror game, developed by Techland and published by Warner Brothers, released in January 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This game sort of came out of nowhere, it didn’t have very much hype behind it prior to release and it came as a welcome surprise to a usually quite month of the year for big game releases. The game play in Dying Light reminded me so closely of Dead Island. You play in first person view as you explore the world. Of course, the world has been overrun by zombies. One of the changes to the “Dead Island” gameplay style is the parkour system. We have seen parkour systems used in games such as Assassins Creed and Shadow of Mordor, but Dying Light’s version knocks them all out of the park. A third of the gameplay is based around the running...

There Be Mammoths: Far Cry Primal Review

I’ll be honest. I went into Far Cry Primal expecting more of the same, and while I have no gripes with the Far Cry formula, after having invested countless hours into FC3 & FC4, I really wanted something different, something that would reinvent the formula, and feel fresh. Something that would pack a bloody punch. Well, I guess that that was too high an expectation. Not to say that the game isn’t fun, it absolutely is. However, it definitely is more of the same. Oh, wait, before I go the “cool way” of hating on video games, let me talk about the good. And, BTW, I’d recommend this game, it’s enjoyable, and as far as any gamer looking to have some fun is concerned, the game doles that out aplenty. What concerned me was the lack of innovation in the gam...

Hanchu: A Really Useful Game Trading/Selling App

Video games are expensive. Consoles game, even more so. Sure you could trade them with your fiends, but it’s never easy to find games of your choice. Trading on forums do give you better options, but then again, packing, shipping, etc are always a hassle. And there’s always that chance of getting a broken game disc, or no disc at all, if the seller’s a real cheat. Gamers have had it tough for a while now. Well, that’s why we love this new app by Manye Technologies, Hanchu, a P2P platform for online buying and selling if used & pre owned console games. You can easily find new and old games that you might want to buy, and at a really low price. Also if you wish to sell your games, it’s again really easy to do that. At a minimal fee of Rs. 100, you get the fo...

Just Cause 3 Review

In a year dominated by brilliant open-world games, Just Cause 3 still manages to make its mark in style. In a way, it’s the happy-go-lucky sibling of Metal Gear Solid 5, with both games following war-weary, bearded freedom fighters catching up with old friends, revisiting past glories and attempting to save the world just one last time. There’s no stealth, of course – Rico Rodriguez only has one volume setting, which is LOUD – and Just Cause 3 has no pretensions to art or cultural significance. It just wants to p.a.r.t.y. and cause a few big bangs along the way. This is GTA 5 without the clever script and social satire but with the destruction dial turned up to max. It’s the game Saints Row wishes it could be. It’s also the game that has more fun with physics than any game since Portal 2, ...

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a bombastic shooter that perfectly preserves the split-second, hair-trigger gunplay of its predecessors. What’s different this time around is that every aspect of this game – from the techno-babble campaign to the burlesque Zombies mode – is fine-tuned for co-op play. Having a fancy scope or underbarrel attachment is nice, but in the end it’ll be your buddy who pulls your ass out of the fire. With a friend in tow, Black Ops 3 becomes one of the most varied and enjoyable shooters on current-gen hardware. But this emphasis on co-op cuts both ways. Parts that feel great when played together become tedious when tackled alone. And the diverse selection of modes – enjoyable as they are – make the game feel disjointed at times, dimi...

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Review

I am a positive guy. I try to be hopeful, see the best in people. And that’s why, I was truly optimistic for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I had even somehow managed to enjoy Unity, if nothing else, just for how gorgeous Paris looked. And when Ubisoft promised me a better game in London, I almost believed them. Well, fuck. The game looks like a let-down from the very start. The visuals have been toned down big-time when compared to Unity. Sure, that lessens the number of bugs experienced. But when some interesting element of a game causes problems, removing that element instead of fixing it, isn’t much of a solution. And the crowds (when there are any) still behave oddly, performing tele-portations and other unstable activities. The people and the environment seem like they...

Halo 5: Guardians Review

As Halo 5 opens, you’re introduced to two Spartan squads: Blue Team, which is composed of the Master Chief and three surviving Spartan-IIs — Linda, Kelly and Frederic; and Fireteam Osiris, led by former ONI assassin Jameson Locke (if you played last year’s Halo 2 Anniversary, you’ll recognize Locke from the new Blur-produced bookend cutscenes) along with former ODST Edward Buck and new characters Olympia Vale and Holly Tanaka. As Osiris is dispatched on a secret mission to rescue Dr. Halsey, the creator of the Spartan program, Blue Team is assigned to secure a derelict research vessel in danger of being discovered by the Covenant. From there the Chief defies orders and sets off to investigate a mysterious message from a familiar voice, and Locke and Osiris are ordered to ...

My Passport X Review: Expand Your Gaming Storage

If you own an Xbox One, chances are you’re racking up quite a collection of games and getting close to the 500 GB storage limit. There is the option of opening up the console and swapping it out for a larger storage drive, but that takes a lot of time — not to mention that opening up the console could void your warranty. Fortunately, Western Digital made an external hard drive just for the console gamer. The My Passport X features USB 3.0 and a whopping 2 TB of storage. The large amount of space should be ample room for a number of titles; paired with the 500 GB of in-console storage, it gives you a total of 2.5 TB. You can also choose to install your favorite games on the My Passport X, so you can bring it to a friend’s house and play titles on their Xbox One without hav...

Reticent Wasteland: Mad Max Review

Mad Max begins and ends the exact same way: with the eponymous hero behind the wheel of a car, alone, speeding toward some elusive destination. It’s the essence of the character, a man who tells himself he neither needs nor wants the responsibility of looking after other souls. It’s jarring, then, when he spends the 40 hours between those two scenes intertwined in the lives of every single survivor of the apocalypse. It’s fun to see all the obvious references, like Max replenishing his health by eating Dinki-Di dogfood, a nod to Road Warrior’s food of choice. But there are more subtle examples, as well. A notable landmark is a giant statue wearing the same robes and holding the same stance as the briefly seen Dr. Dealgood from Beyond Thunderdome. One warlord dwells in a canopied structure ...


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