Rocket League: My Latest Addiction

Rocket League

So today marks 150 hours of my life spent playing Rocket League. Only a couple of weeks after the game’s launch on the 7th of July, I was fortunate enough to try it at a friend’s place. After just half an hour of play, I was hooked. The moment I got home that night, I hopped online and paid the £15 asking price with absolutely no hesitation. No waiting for Steam sales or deep discounts, I knew I would get my money’s worth on this purchase (and boy did I). Since then I’ve played Rocket League almost every day, and I’m still loving every second of it. Not bad for a game that’s basically football with rocket-powered cars. Read the rest of this entry »

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Persona 4 Golden: The shining star of the JRPG genre!

Persona 4 Golden

You know a story has had a meaningful impact on you when you immediately feel sad that it’s over. You know you really enjoyed a game when the first thing you do after completing it (over the course of sixty hours of play, no less), is to start playing it again from the beginning. These are both things that happened to me in playing Persona 4 Golden on the PlayStation Vita. To put that statement into perspective, I’ve not gone back and immediately replayed a game since Half-Life 2 came out back in 2004, and that was a considerably shorter game!

Over the course of the past five years, I’ve developed a deep appreciation of Japan and its culture, particularly the geek culture of anime, manga, and of course, video games. Japan has birthed some of the most iconic video game franchises and characters that continue to be hugely popular even up to this day. The case being that I’ve always been primarily a PC gamer, I can’t help but feel I missed out on some truly amazing experiences during the PlayStation 2’s reign as most popular console. I certainly had never played a Persona game before, so I didn’t really have any idea what I was in for when I started playing Persona 4 Golden for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Journey: One well worth taking…

Journey

PS3 gamers who have played previous titles from Thatgamecompany know them to be an incredibly talented group that create some truly beautiful games. The first of their titles that I was fortunate enough to play was Flower, which was released exclusively on the PSN in early 2009. The title made waves through the games community for its gorgeous aesthetics (both visual and aural) and its simple, yet compelling gameplay. In that continued spirit established with Flower, Thatgamecompany has just released a new title called Journey.
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Batman Arkham City: It’s the freakin’ Bat!

Batman brings the hurt!

After spending a good couple of weeks blasting through the main campaign, completing all the side missions and collecting every last Riddler trophy, I’m finally ready to talk about Batman: Arkham City, the latest title from Rocksteady Studios. I realize I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I’ve been steadily working through my back catalogue of 2011 holiday releases and I felt a game of this caliber deserved at least some mention. So where to begin?
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Crysis 2: Maximum Action

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 is a game for which many held high expectations, myself included. Going in I was expecting a game that would look excellent visually, and that would provide a more distinctive take on the first person shooter, especially when compared to the multitude of war-shooters in the market today. I had particularly enjoyed the first Crysis for its sense of freedom in play, where I could actively switch between all-guns-blazing and sneaky-bastard play styles, so I was looking forward to a similar degree of freedom in the sequel, and in that regard it does not disappoint. Read the rest of this entry »

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