Ratchet & Clank has been in a weird limbo for a few years now. A Crack in Time was intended to be the final chapter in the duo’s story but we kept on getting games. All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault were spin-off games, Into the Nexus was a shorter game that felt more like an epilogue than a full game and they have been in cameos and characters in several other games. To help promote the upcoming movie at the end of April, the original Ratchet & Clank has been remade and it is the team’s first game on the PlayStation 4. With a few changes to the game’s plot and structure, does Ratchet & Clank stand tall in this next generation of gaming?
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?
Have you had your fill of Fallout 4 yet? Probably not but Bethesda finally announced the first run of DLC for our favorite wasteland game. Automatron will retail for $9.99 on March, 2016. Wasteland Workshop will retail for $4.99 on April, 2016 and the largest DLC, Far Harbour will retail for $24.99 on May 2016. Bethesda has expanded on their original plans for their DLC therefore their Season Pass will increase in price. However if you buy the Season Pass before March 1 you will receive the announced and future DLC planned for release in 2016. If you’re at all interested in getting more Fallout then it’s in your best interest to buy the Season Pass to save yourself a lot of money, or you could wait for a Game of the Year Edition, whenever that will come out.
King of Fighters XIV has gone back to the 3D visual style, not seen since Maximum Impact. The series has always been known for its 2D graphics and the hand drawn look from XII and XIII stood out from the top fighting games. The 3D graphics have been coming under some backlash but they have been slowly refining the visuals. When this game is released, hopefully it becomes visually appealing and more approachable gameplay wise.
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.
With Fallout 4 releasing in a few days and this game is looking big and better than ever. Not much more needs to be said. Fallout is a great series and I have high hopes that Fallout 4’s ambition will have it stand alongside its peers as a game of the year contender.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but since Paris Game Week just past, now was a good time for new trailers.
Shadow of the Beast looks like God of War with aliens. It looks to be a 2D sidescroller beat-em-up with a brutal looking main character and a ton of violence. We’ll see how this turns out. Continue reading →
Ubisoft is an interesting developer. They are one of the most hit or miss triple A developers and their failures often overshadows the great games they produce. Far Cry is one of their triple A titles that hasn’t been run into the ground nor has it over promised and under delivered. It has been nearly a year since it was released and is a cheaper title to get but is Far Cry 4 something worth adding to your collection?