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.
After a two week delay the second episode of Life is Strange is out. I had some worries about this game because it didn’t show you any real consequences of your decisions. Does Episode 2 show off the potential of the game’s writing.
The sequel to the most fun and interesting skateboarding game in years has come back ready for more. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is bigger, better and more challenging/punishing than ever. Are you ready for the challenge? Continue reading →
I recently caught word of Blizzard’s upcoming new game, Overwatch. It’s a first person shooter with a Big Hero 6 feel in terms of animation and how it’s cinematic trail has presented its world. It’s appears to be aiming for a less “serious” tone of shoot that Team Fortress 2 has been doing for years but with more variety.
Not knowing beforehand what the game was, I wondered if this was a game or a movie trailer. I was very surprised that this is a Blizzard game because it’s so far outside of their wheelhouse. The thing that bugged me after watching the trailer is that the game is probably going to be a first person shooter. Blizzard seemed to be aiming for a youth and super hero enamored audience that it seems strange that they would attach it to a game about shooting and killing. The game is just cartoon violence and nothing gratuitous but it established itself so well as a would be superhero show or movie. But who knows, maybe if Overwatch does well Blizzard will take advantage of this thriving market. And if we’re especially lucky we will see Overwatch on cans and bottles of Mountain Dew.
Our favorite Sarah Palin look-alike makes her triumphant return as a Wii U exclusive. The over-the-top action brawler with one of most unique characters from the last generations is ready to take down even more angels and demons. Is was the long wait worth it?.
It has been four years since the first game of the Castlevania Reboot was released. After a 3DS tie-in bridging the two games, we finally get answers to the first game’s final scenes. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow received lots of mixed opinions. There was little doubt in my mind that Lords of Shadow 2 would be mixed as well. Does the Lords of Shadows series still have any fangs?
It’s hard to believe that Bayonetta 2 is right around the corner. A lot of buzz was generated around this sequel when it was first announced. Even if you didn’t play it or had issues with the character herself you knew what this game was and now it’s a Wii U exclusive. I have to applaud Nintendo for helping to get this game developed.
It’s funny that my only experience with Bayonetta is with the demo of the first game and my second experience is with the demo of the sequel.
The demo is short but straight to the point. After a short tutorial you’re killing angels on fighter jets, a train moving on a collapsing bridge and flying in the sky above skyscrapers. The combat controls feel great and the animations are fluid and awesome.
I’ve been playing a bunch of triple A action games in the past few months and Bayonetta 2 is better than most if not all of them. Bayonetta is strong, fast and completely in control. You never feel that the controls betray you and you know the reason why you got hit. The dodging gives you enough invincibility so you can attack as hard as you want with only your reactions to blame if you missed a dodge. Most importantly this game has a lot of style. Hitting enemies with giant high heeled feet and fists of hair is incredibly satisfying.
Bayonetta 2 looks to be a fantastic action game that stands out from all the hard core violent action games that surround it, hopefully the story won’t be so cheesy. This is a big win for Wii U owners and it’s another game to add to the short list of must haves on the console.