Twenty-Fifteen’s 2014 GOTY.

One of my favourite things about the Christmas period are the annual Game of the Year’ awards. Some people love ’em, others would rather see the concept of thrown into a fiery furnace for the rest of eternity. As someone who loves a good list, I embrace them. The more the merrier in My book, bring them on. (more…)

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These Games Deserve Your Attention…

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past three weeks, you’ll have noticed that THE NEXT GENERATION IS UPON US!. And whilst this is obviously a very exciting time for gamers and the industry in general; I’d like to turn your attention to a few games coming out in the next few days that are very much worthy of your attention.

  • SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD

Super Mario 3D World is the best platformer I’ve played this generation.  Danielle Riendeau – @Polygon

Nintendo might finally have given the Wii U the game it deserves. 3D World is the home console follow up to Super Mario 3D Land, which debuted on 3DS a few years ago. At this point, the Wii U is in desperate need of something, anything to create some buzz going into Christmas, and Nintendo might have hit a home run on this one. I certainly hope so at least.

More on this game next week, when Nintendo lets us in the UK play it #nooceans

  • TEARAWAY

From cover to cover, Tearway is an engrossing, spellbinding experience. – Griffen Mcleroy @ Polygon

Remember the Vita? That Sony Handheld that promised so much yet delivered so little? Despite its poor showing in terms of sales, Sony’s handheld has had a nice year, an influx of Indie support and the upcoming PS4 have helped the machine build interest if nothing else, but it’s still lacking in a title that can push hardware; Tearaway could be that title.

It’s from the guys behind the Little Big Planet franchise; Media Molecule and they bring with it their unique sense of style, and humour. The game looks like nothing i’ve ever played before, and like LBP Vita, it looks set to use the Vita’s features to their maximum. This has been on my list for a long time; and its finally here.

My copy is on route as we speak, and I’ll probably write something about it in the coming weeks.

  • LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS

Nintendo has been shockingly cavalier with one of the most beloved games ever. The result is the sequel I never knew I wanted — and one of my favorite games of 2013. – Arthur Gies @ Polygon

Another game from the big N, this time on the 3DS (Which has had a fantastic year by the way). A Link Between Worlds is a follow up/ Sequel to A Link to the Past.. I think. It’s a return to a style of Zelda game we’ve not seen in a while, and the series first new release on 3DS. Again like the above two games, it’s reviewing very well, and looks to be another fine addition to the LoZ franchise.

Simply put, if you’ve got a 3DS, you need to own this game.

Games Guys!

At the time of writing, only Tearaway and LoZ are available in the UK (Thanks Nintendo); but 3D World makes it’s UK entrance this time next week. So whilst it’s great that new consoles are finally with us, don’t forget that there are some fantastic games still to play on current generation hardware.

My Month in Games: August

Gone Home

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You should probably play this.

I’ve got to be a little careful about what i say about Gone Home, after all the game’s success hinges on its story, and how engrossed you become in it. I will say that it’s a fairly simple game, at least in terms of mechanics; you spend the vast majority of your time wandering around the house picking up items, reading letters and trying to work out whats going on.

If you enjoy good storytelling in games, and don’t mind Gone Home’s fairly simplistic mechanics, you should certainly take a look at this. Its a fairly short game, i completed my story inside 3 hours, which is obviously not very long. Well yes, its a bit short; and whilst i think the current price of  £12.39 might be a little steep for some, i came away from Gone Home very impressed indeed.

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Demo Time: Puppeteer, Killzone Mercenary, The Wonderful 101

I figured i’d take a look at a few Video Game ‘Demo’s’. This week, Puppeteer and NHL 14 for the Playstation 3, Killzone Mercenary for the Vita and The Wonderful 101 for Wii U.

None of the games are currently available, but they’ll all be arriving in stores sometime in the next few weeks. And i’m not reviewing the games here, simply giving some fairly amateurish views on the demo’s.

Puppeteer

Why is No One Talking About This Game?

Based on the demo this game could become one of my favourites of the year. Not only does it offer a unique, beautiful world for you to run around in, the voice acting is top-notch too. The game demo itself takes a few minutes before it kicks into gear, but that didn’t bother me as you’ll be too busy marvelling at the stunning visual’s.

Once you get into the game, its a fairly simple platformer, albeit with some fairly charming mechanics.

This game might be my next pre-order.

*The demo isn’t too long, although you will be required to download the full game (its a trial, not a ‘demo’).

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My 2012 Game of the Year

Everyone loves a Game of the Year list. Here’s mine. 8 months later than planned, but hey, better late than never right? I should say before you go in, this is a list of my favourite games from 2012. Favourite doesn’t always mean best.

Before We Begin

 

FTL

FTL wouldn’t have been near this list had i typed it up at the end of ’12. It took me an awful long time before I got over the fact that no matter how hard i tried, i was never going to ‘complete’ this game. Its punishing, soul crushingly so. Your ‘story’ can turn on a dime. You’ll be floating happily through space one minute, and watching your ship explode 20 seconds later. The killer though, is that there’s almost nothing you can do about it. Just start again and hope for the best..  I eventually realised that the journey was a reward in itself. After coming to that revelation, i’ve given the game a second game and had a much better time. The game itself is fantastically designed,  and annoyingly addictive. You don’t really do too much, but you’ll still find yourself wasting 30 minutes at a time. And thats all it’ll take to get you hooked. Provided you’re okay with being systematically crushed over and over again.

Spec Ops: The Line

Another game that didn’t immediately grab me. Spec Ops: The Line has, arguably, the best story to feature in a video game in the last decade. However, its hidden under a fairly by-the-numbers 3rd person shooter, a third person shooter, that has a pretty crappy shooting mechanic. That being said, it looks great and has an interesting local, but its the games story that makes it one of my top 7 games of last year. Its unlike almost anything i’ve ever played in a Video Game. And without wanting to give too much away, it may yet make me go back in for a second play-through.

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Gaming Wishlist: ALL THE GAMES!!!!

Gaming takes a sort of hiatus in the summer months. I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason, publishers stop trying to take our money. As someone who acrews a fairly large backlog throughout the year, i’m usually greatful for a few weeks to catch up on my games; it gives me a chance to throw myself into games that i might have missed in the last 6 months….

……and then all hell breaks loose and we lose the ability to control our wallets until December. Below you’ll find my top 5 soon-to-be-released games. All of them will be demanding my money. All of them will no doubt get it. Pray for me.

Honourable Mentions

Puppeteer (PS3)

Killzone Mercenaries (PS Vita)

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

GTAV (PC?)

Batman: Arkham City Origins – Blackgate (PS Vita)

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