The Division is a game that I’ve been hearing about for years and it still has yet to release. I had little interest in the game prior to the open beta that appeared on the PlayStation Store earlier this week but I decided to give it a try. I did all of the story missions available to me and I leveled up enough to get into the Dark Zone, online portion of the game and my big questions is, what’s everyone so excited about?
The physical version of Life is Strange was released this week. It comes with the game, 32 page art book and soundtrack, featuring 22 tracks. The art book is done with the same artistic personality as Max’s diary in the game. It’s very much like a scrapbook. The concept art are displayed as photographs taped into the book and the negative space is filled with great doodles and artwork that you may recognize from Max’s diary. The soundtrack has the fantastic indie songs from the game plus the original score. Many of the songs are fantastic but a couple of the original songs are just incidental music. They’re songs that suit the mood of the game rather than being on your music player but that’s the case with most video game soundtracks. There is a commentary that will be available for everyone who purchased either version of the game. Unfortunately, the commentary is absent from the physical version and of the time of writing should be available within the week of release.
The Life is Strange Limited Edition is one of the better standard collections editions I’ve bought; and by standard I really just mean one’s that really don’t raise the price of the game, (though more expensive than the digital and what Telltale sells at retail). There several special editions that I’ve gotten in the past that really feel like cheap pre-order bonuses with the amount of content is skimped on in the art books and soundtracks. Kirby’s Dream Collection is really the only standard special edition that I have that really matches the quality of this because it has 20 years of history to pull from. There’s so much personality put into this and other companies should strive to put more into these bundles. If you still haven’t played Life is Strange you should. It’s a powerful story and if you can find the limited edition then you’re in for an extra treat.
2015 has been a great year in gaming. There have been a strong showing from long awaited sequels, anticipated games that lived up to their hype and some surprise breakouts from new IP’s. While I haven’t reviewed all of these games throughout the year and the last few months of 2015 have been busy for me in the writing department, I have played and thoroughly enjoyed these games.
The first Humble Monthly Bundle has finally been released and the games list is confirmed as:
Saints Row IV
SanctuaryRPG: Black Edtion
Legend of Grimrock 2
So for $12 a month Humble Monthly will grant you a specifically chosen selection of seven games, though I don’t know if the amount of games is set and Legend of Grimrock 2 was an incentive for subscribing. The bundle is composed of popular and/or well received games in their respective genres. The age, visual styles and target audience vary wildly and good chance that not everything will be your cup of tea.
Humble Bundle has come a long way from the indie bundles. They expanded to books and mobiles and even to Triple A publishers. Their newest endeavor is Humble Monthly, a subscription service featuring a handpicked collection of games by their staff. The games are kept secret until release and the monthly subscription is $12/month with the first bundle released November 6th.
I play a lot of video games and I have the bad habit of buying more games before finishing the ones I have. I decided to take a honest look at my uncompleted collection and had to shake my head a bit. One of my new year’s resolutions is to finish as many of these games as I can and try not to be so distracted by trophy hunting.
For those of you curious of what games these might be I’ve compiled some lists.
Nintendo in its need to innovate has been promoting their Amiibo figurines for the past couple of months. Amiibo are miniature statues that can unlock content and interact with games on the Wii U and the New Nintendo 3DS (currently out only in Japan and Australia). It’s similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures but instead of unlocking characters it unlocks additional features on multiple games.
Where I live, we have had a Super Smash Bros Universe previews in a few of our Best Buys. Unfortunately I missed out on them. Fortunately for me Club Nintendo has sent me early access codes for being a Platinum member (which they failed to mention on their website) and I’ve been playing that for a few days. I’ve been avoiding news on the games so what I might says my be old news already but here’s what I felt.
The Warner Bros booth showed off a new zombie horror game Dying Light. Developed by Techland the developers of Dead Island created a new game similar yet separate to the series. Dying Light introduces new mechanics to the zombie survival genre.
Have you ever wanted to play a boss character? When you have, were you disappointed that they wouldn’t be as strong as they are when you play them. Evolve is a game lets a player be a real boss with the power to strike fear into the other players.