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Two years ago, we saw the birth of a brand-new franchise by Ubisoft. Watch Dogs was announced back in June 2012, and would be the start of a phenomenon, and what would become the most successful launch of a brand-new IP title. It launched with critical acclaim, and launched in May 2014, a few months after the launch of Xbox One.
2 years later, we are seeing the 2nd instalment of the franchise in the form of Watch Dogs 2. I had very high hopes for this after the first one which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it was a game that really got me going and interested into the franchise. So, when news of a 2nd game was announced earlier this year, I was very excited for it. Is it a game though that is going to live up to what its predecessor would be? Or, the latter and more fearful, would it be a mistake? Well, it`s certainly not a mistake, and I believe that we could be in for one of the best games of 2016.
It could have been a fantastic moment for Activision. Announcing arguably the best game in the Call of Duty series – Modern Warfare, was getting remastered and released on current generation consoles. Unfortunately, it turned soured, and as such they have (understandably) received a lot of negativity for their decision to make it only available for those who buy a ‘Legacy’ edition of their new entry into the series Infinite Warfare. It screamed of desperation in the eyes of a lot of people, as it seemed like an acknowledgment that their latest effort wouldn’t shift the amount of copies they’d usually expect, so in an effort to combat that, they force fans who want to play Modern Warfare on their current consoles to pay an increased fee for both games. Well the dust has settled a little now since the release, and I’ve been debating as to how to review and score this collection. Whether I give the games separate scores, or combined. And I think it is only fair to do the latter, due to you being unable to play the one without the other. So the it’s time for the question ‘Is the Legacy Edition worth the money?’ let’s take a look.
Bomberman is a classics couch multiplayer game bar none. It's simple premise and even simpler controls means it's often been cloned but never beaten. Bombing Busters is the latest pretender to the throne but can it succeed where multiple other games have failed?
Back in 2012 developers Arkane Studios brought out one of my favourite games of the last generation of consoles – Dishonored. Putting you in the shoes of Corvo Attano as he is framed for the murder of the Empress he was sworn to protect. It gave you a freedom games seldom do, and while it was billed as a stealth action-adventure game, it was up to you how you approach each level, and how you wanted to achieve your objective. Be it through the aforementioned stealthy route, or going into it loud and leaving a trail of blood in your wake. And while it received positive reviews and won a number of awards, I still feel that it was an underappreciated game amongst gamers themselves. Thankfully this has not deterred Arkane in bringing out a sequel. Dishonored 2 was released on November 11th, and what a fantastic game it is.
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Top down shooting games have been around since the dawn of video gaming, thrilling players long before a lot of today’s gamers were even born. in the wake of games like Space Invaders, Galaga and Asteroids. Xenoraid follows on that honoured tradition but that doesn’t mean 10tons have made a game that looks and feels old-fashioned, far from it.
The game is set in the year 2032, and you’re defending the earth from wave after wave on enemy spaceships intent on destruction. The story however is mere background fodder and what we’re really here for is the action. You control your ship shooting enemies as they come at you from the top of the screen. In the main you can only shoot up, although as you move from side to side your ship will sway enabling you to shoot up at an angle with good timing, something that becomes vital to your survival. If things are difficult enough getting shot by aliens, some levels involve avoiding asteroid fields that can smash your ship to pieces after one too many collisions. The gimmick on Xenoraid that elevates it above your average shooter is that you control one of 4 ships, and you switch between any of them at the press of a button. They can be equipped with slightly different weapons, so you learn which guns or missiles work best against each type of enemy and switch ships accordingly. A good trick is if you time your ship switching right it can be used as a good tactic to avoid a barrage of incoming missiles.
Over the last week and half, I`ve had the chance and opportunity to get my hands on something a bit different for me. A few weeks back, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released on the Xbox One as a re-mastered game, and is the latest game to join on the bandwagon of remastering games. We`ve seen games re-mastered this year such as Dead Rising, Bioshock and recently, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, and more and more companies seem to be open to doing it. But, when one of the most critically acclaimed games and one of the highest rated in the Xbox 360 community was being released as a re-mastered with all the DLC in a special edition, is it a game that has warranted the re-master treatment? Yes, it certainly has, and is a great throwback to those who lots endless hours of their time into the original.
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