Ryse: Son of Rome puts the red color of the Praetorian Guard to an erratically fun hack and slash adventure which sheds blood and carnage in all the right places some of the times. Ryse: Son of Rome suffers from a lack of depth in terms of the combat elements, repetitive gameplay, and somewhat losing the Roman solidarity as the gameplay carries on into the 5 hour mark of the 10 hour campaign. While Microsoft and Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome is a beautifully stunning glorification of the time period of Roman rule, the dominating conquest greys out in comparison to actual substance and leaves much more to be desired.
Fire Emblem: Awakening is all about strategy at an undeniable sense of cataclysmic activity which leaves gamers in a sense of wanting more. Strategy/RPG is so hard to get correctly with some games that it has become an art form on its own, one which Fire Emblem: Awakening takes into a refined level of old-school meeting new-school thought. The combat is tactful, the A.I. is smart, the vengeance of battle is swift and the unrelenting force of it is even greater.
Mario Party: Island Tour reinvigorates the Mario Party franchise on the 3DS but has lackluster gameplay which leaves more to be desired. The gameplay takes the traditional elements which made Mario Party so fun, and adds a newer overlay and more games for any gamer that is looking for their board-game digital adventure. Unfortunately, the adventure does get cut short with this title.
The rustles rise beneath while the sea splash slowly rises, giving room to the protruding smell of fish and the wafts of seabreeze air against the half-open nostrils of Edward Kenway, the most ruthless assassin first and pirate second of the early 18th century. The gameplay covers many elements in the beautiful vistas of the jungles and desolate island shrubbery scattered across the world, with equally dangerous and fiery parts of the world with the smell of the burning mast of another pirate ship. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag lets you learn the Davy Jones locker combination of fun even if it fails to create something truly memorable in some areas.
A winged dark-robed figure approaches a thug at night and swoops down and rampages him to the ground. This is Batman: Arkham Origins, crafted by Warner Bros. Montreal, which takes The Dark Knight to a familiar territory of gameplay and invigorates it with a brand new larger environment and multiplayer predator mode. Batman: Arkham Origins sticks very closely to the old formula that its predecessor Batman: Arkham City has, which is both a wise choice and one that lacks the notion that further creativity may proof useful.
Beyond: Two Souls has to be the cleverest and cinematic pieces we have ever played, but one that resembles a beautiful expensive candy wrapper inside of a trashcan, muddled with stains of things best left untasted and forgotten. The journey is disappointing and fails to have any gameplay value for most players, other than mere button-pressing excitement similar to Heavy Rain, but with even lesser input.
NBA 2K14 does very little to earn its money other than updating rosters to August 3rd, 2013 and adding some minor improvements over NBA 2K13, all of which insurmountably accounts to very little. 2K Sports have quite possibly outdone their previous installment’s mediocrity in this new title and created a basketball game that has essentially convinced a gullible audience to keep shelving out money for its money-maker staple like a bad oil salesman at a carnival convention. While NBA 2K14 improves on things, it is very little to deserve the MSRP of $60.
Sam Fisher is reborn in Splinter Cell: Blacklist – invigorating a new birth to the stealth franchise. The action is rampant, the dialogue and scenery are at a high, and the game mechanics remain nostalgic to the fun of pre-Conviction days. While the action is certainly up on a high scale in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the elements of the Blacklist threat in terms of the mission structure remains loosely segmented and follows a more structured mission that delivers story that is afraid of breaking the formulated element.
Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion pack is not worth your money. Rather it is the equivalent of flushing your money down a toilet and tossing in lighter fluid with a candle-lit emulsion. Firaxis has made significant upgrades to the combat mechanics and beautifully welcomed additions to Civilization V’s diplomacy and victory options, however, they have completely forgotten a large portion of one type of game mode: multiplayer.
This year, we sampled a lot of games at E3 and attended the major conferences for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo – but who won and what games are undeniably the best in their field? Find out in our list below.
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Pandemic has swept the lands of the United States. People are killing each other for what limited resources remain. There is no gaming generation; there are only the grim realities of the world struck by the outbreak of a spore-like virus which has devastated countless victims. The Last of Us is Naughty Dog’s introduction into the survival genre where the stakes and limits of human perseverance are tested. The Uncharted series did amazing for part survival undertones mixed with the eclectic danger of an adventurer. The Last of Us symbolizes everything Uncharted has with a revolutionary shift into something parapsychological and exciting at every turn.