Thursday, 31 July 2014

Assassin's Creed III - Completed

Another Assassin's Creed game completed. Though the game was still enjoyable, there was something that didn't quite feel right about this. 

Maybe it was the fact that a quarter of the way through you swap playing who you think is the main character and move onto someone new, I'm not sure. There didn't seem to have that sneaky assassin's feel that the other games gave you either. Very little need to go running across roof tops or hiding in back alleys.

The actual game play is all the same as the previous, probably a little bit easier to be honest. I actually managed to get right up until Chapter 10 with the original weapons you get from the start without having to upgrade. There is no real need to craft anything if you just want to complete the story, you can complete all the chapters with the bare minimum effort being put in. 

The length of the game is very good, I only finished the main story and this took me twenty four hours. My actual completion rate is about 30% according to the statistics page, so you can probably ramp up about fifty hours of game play in total if you wanted to do all the side missions and challenges. 

Graphics wise, looks really nice. Playing it on my big screen TV with the Xbox controller really shows off the power that PC gaming has over consoles. 

This is in no way a bad game, it's just not as good as the previous titles in the series in my opinion. I would still recommend this game for anyone who classes them selves as a gamer at heart especially for the price that it's at now, even when not on sale, you are getting a bargain at £14,99.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Scribblenauts Unmasked - Completed

There isn't much to say about this game. It is very much more of the same from the previous Scribblenauts game. The only thing different this time is story line now includes super-heroes.

You can "draw" your favorite heroes and have them join in on the action whenever you want. Each hero has multiple different costumes from their own comics which adds to the variety in the gameplay.

I couldn't quite get into this game very easily however, the story seemed very bland and not interesting. The side quests which were available were also all very samey. I suppose I am probably in the wrong age bracket for this sort of game, the younger audience may appreciate this more.

The graphics keep to the same colorful playful style as with the other games in the series. Plenty of customization is available through creating your own heroes and sharing them through Steam Works.

If you are a fan of the series or want to try something a little bit quirky and different, definitely check this out. However at full price, I wouldn't purchase this title, Scribblenauts Unmasked is for sure the better of the two on Steam.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sniper Elite V2 - Completed

A quick one today, having played the original Sniper game I was already expecting a pleasant playthrough. There is just something about watching a bullet explode a man's nut-sack that makes any game that little bit more enjoyable.

The slick graphics makes you actually feel like you are wading the streets of Berlin. Some excellent visuals throughout the playthrough. I only hit the single player as multiplayer seemed a little dead, so the run was a little short at three and a half hours, but I wasn't too fussed about that as Steam actually released this game for free for a day a couple of weeks back, so hopefully most people will have it already. 

Story-wise, it is very much like a pre-cold war setting, so anyone who likes stories set in that era will certainly enjoy following the plot. I on the other hand, was more focused on the gameplay. Being able to snipe through hoards of enemies from your chosen hidden location is so satisfying, you can often take on ten or twenty enemies at the same time, you feel bad-ass by the end of it all. 

If you haven't already got the game in your library from the free event a few weeks ago, this is certainly one you should be playing. Sadly it is still fairly expensive at £22,99 so you may be best waiting for it to go on sale

Saturday, 19 July 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth - Completed

Being a huge fan of the South Park TV show I was hugely excited to hear when there was a game being released. Sadly I was always put off by the full price of £40. I waited until this years Summer sale and picked it up for £20 and was not disappointed.

The game takes the style of a turn based combat title, much like Final Fantasy, but it is a much more mellowed down version. I was able to breeze through most combat situations without much attention being paid. The parts of the game which got me scratching my head were trying to work out how to proceed through each puzzle, often at times I had to refer to a walkthrough as I was starting to get a brain hemorrhage.

The graphics and sound throughout the game are exactly the same as in the TV series, so if you enjoy that, you will certainly feel at home here. The ever so crass South Park esk jokes and one liners are here for the world to marvel at.

Story wise, again, very much a South Park episode, you will almost feel like you are watching the show while playing. The length of the main story is about ten hours long, some may disagree but I think that is a little short for a game at full price of £40, but there are plenty of side missions and achievements to go hunting for if that is your thing.

If you are lucky enough to find this game on sale for anything under £20. I would certainly recommend you give it a try if you have ever enjoyed the TV show, however you may not fully appreciate it. Certainly is not worth full price. But for the price I have paid, I still really enjoyed my playthrough.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Assassin's Creed Revelations - Completed

After not playing an Assassin's Creed game for a fair few months I was looking forward to getting stuck into another. There isn't much I can say about Revelations which hasn't already been said before.

It carries the same weight as the previous games in the serious, the combat mechanics are almost identical. You can pull off some real fancy counters with some even more satisfying sounds.

You have to have played some of the previous games to understand much of the story but you can try and pick it up as you go. I only finished the main story and that lasted me about 15 hours, and there is still opportunity to play the side missions, do all the optional stuff afterwards to, I would expect you can wrack up 20 hours+ in Revelations if you wanted to span it out as far as possible.

Can't go wrong with this title.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Wolf Among Us - Completed

I had been holding out playing this game until the final chapter was released yesterday. The game style is very much like the Walking Dead series. Five chapters, and your choices help build a unique story.

Although the game style is the same as Walking Dead, there are a few differences. There certainly isn't many, if any at all, puzzles in The Wolf Among Us. It all seems to be very dialog based, which isn't a bad thing!

I found it a very enjoyable play through, you could sit back with a glass of wine and watch it like a film. The QTE that popup when you least expect them keep you quick on your feet as well.

I won't go too much into the story as I wouldn't want to spoil the plot, but it keeps you on edge the whole time, keeps you guessing as to what comes next. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition - Completed

This was probably one of the most epic games I have ever played. The little boy inside me was excited the whole way through to see all of the super heroes in one story. The story was perfect. Good vs Evil.

All be it a bit short, there is plenty of replay ability here in the form of multiplayer action and arcade fun after the story has ended. 

Throughout the story you play as each superhero and follow their story for three or four "stages". Each level has its own small story but all in a round about way, come back to the main plot. I would not change a single thing about this game. It was for me, absolutely perfect. 

The graphics were amazing, sound effects are spot on and controls were easy to grasp, yet not so simple that you resorted to button bashing. I would recommend you play this with a controller however, can't imagine it being a breeze to play on keyboard.