FUS RO DAH! More Skyrim! I love Skyrim and have put hundreds of hours into the original release back in November of 2011. So over a year later comes Dragonborn, the third piece of DLC for the mighty Skyrim, sending you off to Morrowind and the isle of Solstheim in search of the first Dragonborn. You didn’t really think you were the only one now did you?
Back in the glory days of video games many of the most popular games didn’t require the reaction speed of Bruce Lee on Speed, in fact with this type of game you could stop playing and have dinner without even the need to have a pause button. The style of game I refer to is the ‘Point and Click’ adventure, and in this modern high speed world even classic remakes aren’t really attracting newcomers and only getting love from us older gamers and our rose tinted glasses. So I was excited to find a new, up to date, take on the good old point and click adventure, but sad to think in this world of twitch gaming that it may just fade away into obscurity…
Everyone secretly loves playing the bad guys. And when it comes to Role Playing Games you can’t get more typically bad than Orcs and Goblins. The festering green skinned hordes who will always be standing in your way, whether you are on a world saving quest or just picking flowers for a local Mage, it’s always the green skins giving you grief. So now thanks to Of Orcs And Men you get to switch it up and become those nasty, pesky creatures and annoy the humans on your terms.
The Fable Franchise is one of the core IP’s for Xbox and I have enjoyed them for many great hours since the first one on the original Xbox, I even took a day off work on launch day to get stuck into it. And even if Peter Molyneux’s grandiose ideas never really came to full fruition, the Fable series has still captured a huge legion of loyal followers and been enjoyed by millions. So why would Mr Molyneux up and leave Lionhead pretty much on the eve of release of his latest ‘Kinect Required’ Fable title. Read on and it may just become clear.
Well, I have been struggling with this review for a few days now. Firstly, it’s Star Wars and all things Star Wars get an instant thumbs up from me but it’s Kinect, and Kinect hasn’t exactly spun my wheels yet. But if all the hype, along with the delay to rework the game, is to believed then Kinect Star Wars could well be the ‘Killer App’ we have all been wanting, waiting for, hoping for on Kinect. So is it the saviour Kinect so desperately needs? As the mighty Yoda would say, “ See, you will….”.
Tower defense games have become pretty staple fare on the XBLA marketplace over recent times. And rightly so, the genre tends to be ideal for the smaller quick fix level based gameplay that downloaded titles should be. Luckily for Anomaly – Warzone Earth it manages to do things a little bit differently to stand out from the crowd. What does it do? Well basically it brings a tower offense game to the table.
If World of Goo and Worms ever had a baby I imagine that the resulting child would be something along the lines of The Splatters. The latest in the line of now popular physics based puzzle games has you detonating little bombs by moving them into an accessible area and then exploding your living blobs of paint over as many as possible. There isn’t too much more to this colourful game but it’s charm will soon have you in the ‘just-one-more-go’ frame of mind.
If there is one thing I like as much as a post-apocalyptic setting, it’s a steampunk setting. And how is this for a tasty sampler of Bethesda’s next release. Being developed by Arkane Studios and due out towards the end of the year. Add it to your list I say.
So far pretty much all of the Kinect only titles have been fairly average at best with Kinect compatible titles like Mass Effect 3 showing more promise. Kinect Rush – A Disney/Pixar Adventure is the latest in the line of family friendly Kinect titles to be released and with all time Pixar greats like Toy Story and Cars in the the mix at least it should market well. But with such great characters and locations at your finger tips you would hope that this is a game that really uses Kinect to it’s full potential. Well, lets see how we go…
After putting 70+ hours into the Kingdom of Amalur and its internal struggles, I decided it might be time to write the review, because I couldn’t even tell you how much more time I am going to take to save this wondrous place from all its problems. Looking at the map tells me I have only explored around half of the available areas, so it could still be a wee while yet. Especially if you look at my outstanding quest log too. Thankfully my time in Amalur is enjoyable and not feeling like a chore or grind-fest.