Tearaway

It’s difficult not to be immediately charmed by Tearaway. It’s colourful, vibrant visuals and pleasing, tuneful soundtrack is enough to appeal to the child in all of us. It reminds you of a time when gaming was a simpler joy, before achievements and trophies and the annualised generic FPS, there existed the humble platformer that gave us happiness from simply completing the journey from A to B, defeating obstacles along the way.

Not only does Tearaway therefore appeal to our inner child, but it More >

Watch Dogs

When I saw Watch Dogs’ first trailer back in 2012 it was a welcome change after Assassin’s Creed games: while obviously sharing similarities with the AC series, the contemporary environment of Chicago and the hacking features seemed intriguing. Lots of hype preceded the postponed release of Watch Dogs. Was it worth waiting? Maybe…

In this reality Chicago is connected utilizing the ctOS system which is claimed to eliminate crime by prediction of human behaviour (but is being secretly used for More >

The Wolf Among Us (Episode Five)

The Wolf Among Us presents as a cel-shaded Law and Order episode, with a lot less law. You play Bigby Wolf, the sheriff of Fabletown—a neighborhood in New York for the inhabitants of fairy tales. There are murders to solve, and justice to dispense as you see fit. While I’ve played through the whole series, the focus of this review is on its closing chapter. (A review of Episode One is available here.)

Episode Five picks up right where Episode Four left off, with Bigby facing the game’s More >

Killzone: Mercenary

To my great shame, I’ve not played any console based Killzone games, so I’m unsure of how the Vita’s first in the franchise stacks up. As an FPS in general though, particularly as handheld shooters go, it’s a great first shot delivering the console quality Sony always promised for Vita.

Mercenary’s graphics are undeniably gorgeous, particularly for a handheld game. Using the same engine as Killzone 3 for PS3, the various mission environments and multiplayer maps on Vekta and Helghan are More >

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a fun game that continues the humor seen in past Plants vs. Zombies games. The game focuses mainly on online multiplayer with many competitive modes and one co-op mode. Exclusive to the Xbox one is the ability to have local split-screen of just two people, and what is called “Boss mode.”

The only co-op mode, Garden Ops, lets up to four people online play as the plant classes to protect their garden from ten waves of zombies, with the fifth and tenth waves More >

Blackguards

Do you remember the days when video games were sprawling with complexity and slightly confusing level-up options? Blackguards is a turn-based RPG that seeks to evoke the deep strategy and intricacy of games such as Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age: Origins. Unfortunately, Blackguards is in some ways a study in why video games have moved on.

Blackguards starts with the main character in prison, falsely accused of murder. There are some hints of an interesting antihero story, but the people who put More >

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Well, what can I say about the much-needed breath of fresh air that is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? Finally, Ubisoft has released the next installment that gives the series a fresh new feel. Black Flag sees new protagonist Edward Kenway on a journey to become the most feared pirate on the Caribbean seas in this highly entertaining adventure.

You will see Captain Kenway accepted into the Assassins Guild, and trained along the way by the likes of the feisty, yet mysterious James Kidd, AKA More >

Forza Motorsport 5

Forza Motorsport 5 is a racing simulator game that puts you in the seat of a professional driver. There isn’t really a set story or anything to the game, you just go to race after race trying to get gold in every event. Not every event is a strict race though. There are head to head races with or without traffic, knocking down giant bowling pins, passing as many cars as possible in two laps, and plain races.

Personally I have played and enjoyed the Forza Motorsport 2, 3, and 4 games, so I was More >

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