Reviews

Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Watch_Dogs review

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It's too often that hype can ruin a game, always making gamers anticipate a grand event rather than what's really in store, and begin hating it as soon as it launches. When it was announced years ago, the world was in awe at the scale and magnificence of what Watch_Dogs could be. Now that it has finally arrived, gamers are mixed. Does it live up to our expectations, or has the hype train derailed once again?

Additional Info

  • Publisher Ubisoft
  • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Category Action/Adventure
  • ESRB M
  • Price $59.99
  • Release date Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 05:00

Infamous: Second Son Review by Ry Raccooon

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Sucker Punch has an interesting track record. Opening with Rocket: Robot on Wheels in a partnership with Ubisoft in 1999 on the N64, the studio had a rocky start. The game was impressive and well regarded by critics, although it didn’t sell well due to poor marketing and a late arrival in the console’s life cycle. Now here we are fifteen years later, and Sucker Punch has grown into a triple-A studio with the first major post-launch release on the PS4. 

Infamous: Second Son is the third installment of Sucker Punch’s choice driven superhero sandbox series (say that five times fast). Taking place seven years after the events of Infamous 2, Second Son finds our protagonist Delsin Rowe, a good hearted trouble-maker, caught in a world of political uncertainty and terrorism. Conduits have been labeled bio-terrorists and a threat to mankind, making anyone with supernatural abilities an enemy of the D.U.P. (Department of Unified Protection). Delsin, unaware of the conduit gene within him, lives in a Native American reservation in Washington, causing general mischief. That is, until everything changes.

Additional Info

  • ESRB T
  • Release date Friday, 21 March 2014
Monday, 31 March 2014 05:00

Bears vs Art Review

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From the people that brought you Fruit Ninja and all of it’s variations, Halfbrick Studios presents Bears vs Art; A cute little puzzle game that really makes you think before you act. Currently the game is only available in Australia and Canada, but a world-wide release is planned to happen “soon”. As the site’s resident Canadian I have been entrusted with the delicate task of reviewing this little gem, so without further ado let’s dive into Halfbrick Studios’ Bears vs Art.

Additional Info

  • ESRB E
  • Release date Monday, 03 March 2014
Sunday, 30 March 2014 05:00

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is the prequel game to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Released for both the current generation and the next generation consoles, this new, gritty direction is what the series has needed for some time. The new title has dramatically improved the way the game plays in a general sense.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 05:00

Titanfall Review

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Titanfall comes in at a strange time for shooters. Call of Duty is declining in sales and popularity after 10 consecutive games, Battlefield has mostly failed to gain any new people who aren’t already dedicated to the series, and free to play has taken over most every other FPS release in recent memory. For lack of a better word, the shooter genre as a whole has gotten pretty stagnant, or at the very least the triple A titles have. Titanfall’s desire to break the mundane, along with the extreme amount of love and polish developer Respawn gave, makes it one of the best shooters to come our way in quite a long time.

Additional Info

  • Format Multiconsole
  • ESRB M
  • Online Players 8
  • Offline Players N/A
  • Price $59.99
  • Release date Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014 03:10

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Review

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LoSCover

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

 

> 3 / 5 <

Format

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Bottom Line: 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has some good potential and replay value. It's just a shame that only half of the game is fun to play, while the other half forces you to plod through boring urban environments, sluggish stealth, and tedious lever pulling.

Publisher

Konami

Developer

Mercury Steam

Category

Third Person Action

  

ESRB

M

Gameplay

3/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

3/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

5/5

Price

$59.99

Value Factor

3/5

Release Date

2/2/2014

Final Score

3/5

     There were a good number of critics and skeptics who didn’t think Castlevania: Lords of Shadow lived up to the long running series, or just wasn’t that great on its own. Me personally, I really loved the original Lords of Shadow. I even enjoyed what the developers did with its follow up, Mirror of Fate, (which I only played on consoles, not the 3DS). Considering how ridiculous the original Castlevania timeline was getting, I didn’t think a reboot was a bad idea. Especially since the writers at Mercury Steam actually had the balls to make some bold choices with established characters. Now, Konami and Mercury Steam give us the final chapter in the Lords of Shadow story arc. Is Lords of Shadow 2 a worthwhile conclusion? Or does it simply fall flat?

Papers, Please as a lot of you may know was a fantastic hit of 2013, nearly winnning many awards and selling quite the truckload of copies. However developer Lucas Pope has stated: "Leaving Naughty Dog was like, 'I want to work on small experimental games'. I've already worked on it for a year and four months, so it's already to me like I'm kind of sick to death of Papers, Please."

He has stated that his next project will have almost nothing to do with Papers, Please saying that: "My plan is to make a quick, short, free game. And then once I've gotten a little distance from Papers, Please, come back to it and do the iPad port, but I don't have any plans for a sequel or DLC or anything like that, at least not right now."

For those of us that enjoy the game very much, we are a little sad to hear this news, but after working on one small game for a year and four months who wouldn't be almost totally sick of it. Look out for a new game from Lucas Pope sometime in the near future. Glory to Astotzka!

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:54

Gabe Newell AMA

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Yes that's right, the lord and master Gabe newell, he who controls the magical spice of Steam and the Source engine broke the stone-walled silence of silence after a long awaited AMA request. He is not the most talkative of sorts, but he gets his point across. He even goes as far as responding to a question about Source Engine 2 saying: 

“The biggest improvements [out of Source Engine 2] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see user-generated content having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won’t work if users themselves have to create content.”

 

Yes, as you might have guessed a question was asked about Half-Life 3. He surprisingly answered it saying: “When we announced our products years in advance in the past and then were really late delivering them, it was pretty painful for both us and the community. We’d rather not repeat that.

You can read the full AMA thread here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1zkfmv/wearea_videogame_developer_aua/

Sunday, 23 February 2014 20:54

Super Mario 3D World Review - by Shirodoragon

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

Super Mario 3D World box art

› 5  / 5 ‹

Format

Wii U

Bottom Line: 

This game is an all-around winner and if you have a
Wii U is a must buy!

Publisher

Nintendo

Developer

Nintendo, 1-UP Studio

Category

Platformer

 

 

ESRB

E

Gameplay

4.5/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

5/5

Offline Players

5

Sound

5/5

Price

$59.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

11/22/2013

Final Score

5/5

Thursday, 30 January 2014 06:56

The Novelist Review by Baruti

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

box

› 3.5  / 5 ‹

Format

PC/Mac

Bottom Line: 

The Novelist, despite its flaws, offers players a thoughtful experience in a market filled with generic shooters and cookie cutter characters. Play it after it’s on sale, as its flaws do hide some of the appeal to an otherwise great, original game.

Publisher

Orthogonal Games

Developer

Orthogonal Games

Category

Puzzle

 

 

ESRB

N/A

Gameplay

3/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

4.0/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

3.5/5

Price

$14.99

Value Factor

4/5

Release Date

December 10, 2013

Final Score

3.5/5

Friday, 29 November 2013 05:41

Killzone Shadow Fall Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

 1371040862-killzone-shadow-fall

› 4 / 5 ‹

Format

PS4

Bottom Line: 

Killzone Shadow Fall is a fantastic launch title for the PS4! While the narative suffers due to a poor ending, the new game mechanics and multiplayer make up for it!

Publisher

Sony

Developer

Guerrilla Games

 

Category

First Person Shooter

 

 

ESRB

M

Gameplay

3.5/5

Online Players

25

Graphics

5/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

4/5

Price

59.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

11/15/2013

Final Score

4/5

When a console is launched, people look at what games come out with the system. To some, the initial game releases are the driving force behind a day one purchase. Although I tend to get consoles based off hardware and not the launch titles, people do want to know if the launch titles are worth the investment. After playing though Killzone: Shadow Fall, I will have to say that this game is definitely worth it.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 07:22

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Ep. 1 Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

Bioshock-Infinite-Burial-at-Sea-Box-Art

› 4  / 5 ‹

Format

PC

Bottom Line: 

 

A beautiful welcome back to Rapture, its strong story is only marred by its flip-flop gameplay.

 

Publisher

2K Games

Developer

Irrational Games

Category

Action-Adventure

 

 

ESRB

M

Gameplay

3/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

5/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

5/5

Price

$14.99

Value Factor

4/5

Release Date

11/13/2013

Final Score

4/5

Friday, 08 November 2013 20:48

The Stanley Parable Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

Stanley parable cover

› 5/ 5 ‹

Format

PC

Bottom Line: 

Logic, storytelling and everything you know about video games will be put into question. You have to play it

Publisher

Galactic Cafe

Developer

Galactic Cafe

Category

Adventure, Indie

 

 

ESRB

N/A

Gameplay

2/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

4/5

Offline Players

N/A

Sound

5/5

Price

$14.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

October 17, 2013

Final Score

5/5 

It’s a game, but it isn’t a game. It’s a choice, but it isn’t a choice. It’s about a man named Stanley, but it isn’t about him. There is a story, but there isn’t a story. It’s an enigma in a paradox, hidden in a riddle, gift wrapped in a mystery. It's chaos and confusion personified, and I love it.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 21:38

Pokémon X & Pokemon Y Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

XYCase

5 / 5 ‹

Format

3DS

Bottom Line: 

The first 3D entry to the core Pokémon series is not to be missed. Breathing fresh life into the series and to listening to what veteran fans have been asking for is the aim of this hit title.

Publisher

Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

Developer

Game Freak

Category

RPG

 

 

ESRB

E

Gameplay

5/5

Online Players

4

Graphics

4/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

4/5

Price

$39.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

Oct 12th, 2013

Final Score

5/5

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:10

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

Amnesiaamachineforpigscoverart

› 4 / 5 ‹

Format

PC, Mac

Bottom Line: 

You should pick this game up on a sale and play it with headphones. The best gaming experiences are the ones when you are truly immersed in the game, which is very possible with MfP.

Publisher

Frictional games

Developer

The Chinese Room

Category

Survival Horror

 

 

ESRB

M

Gameplay

4/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

4/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

4.5/5

Price

$19.99

Value Factor

3/5

Release Date

Sept. 10, 2013

Final Score

4/5

Thursday, 03 October 2013 15:51

Fable II Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

Fable II Artwork

3 / 5 ‹

Format

Xbox 360

Bottom Line: 

It’s definitely a good game by itself, fun, rewarding, and a good time sink in which to lose yourself, but ultimately rather disappointing when compared to its predecessor.

Publisher

Microsoft

Developer

Lionhead Studios

Category

Action RPG

 

 

ESRB

M

Gameplay

3.5/5

Online Players

2

Graphics

2.5/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

4/5

Price

$19.99

Value Factor

3/5

Release Date

10/21/2008

Final Score

3/5

Sunday, 29 September 2013 17:53

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

KHHDlogosmall

4.5 / 5 ‹

Format

Playstation 3

Bottom Line: 

The great story and gameplay of Kingdom hearts, and three games for the price of one. Fans of the series or first-timers who want a grand intro to the series should definitely pick this up.

Publisher

Disney Interactice & Square Enix

Developer

Disney Interactive & Square Enix

Category

Action/RPG

 

ESRB

E10+

Gameplay

4.5/5

Online Players

0

Graphics

4.5/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

5/5

Price

$39.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

Sept/10/2013

Final Score

4.5/5

Friday, 27 September 2013 22:44

Cloud Spin Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

cloud-spinLogo

2 / 5 ‹

Format

iOS (iPad 2 and up)

Bottom Line: 

Take to the skies with Gaming Furever reviewer Kdbolitho as he sets Cloud Spin in his sights. Should this app fly to the top of your wish list, or crash into the sea of subpar apps?

Publisher

Skytrain Studios

Developer

Skytrain Studios

Category

Tournament Racing

 

ESRB

4+

Gameplay

2/5

Online Players

N/A

Graphics

3/5

Offline Players

1

Sound

4/5

Price

$1.99

Value Factor

3/5

Release Date

August 16, 2013

Final Score

2/5

Monday, 23 September 2013 18:28

Charlie Murder Review

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Game Details

Gaming Furever Scoring

cm-box

› 4.5  / 5 ‹

Format

XBLA

Bottom Line: 

Charlie Murder delivers in every possible way, featuring fun and exciting beat’ em up combat, an original and amusing story, and a slew of wonderfully created tracks to listen to, all wrapped up in a beautiful punk exterior. At $10 bucks, this game is a must own, and for added enjoyment, play this game with friends.

Publisher

Microsoft Studios

Developer

Ska Studios, LLC

Category

Arcade

 

ESRB

M

Gameplay

5/5

Online Players

4

Graphics

4.5/5

Offline Players

4

Sound

4.5/5

Price

$9.99

Value Factor

5/5

Release Date

August 14, 2013

Final Score

4.5/5

Monday, 16 September 2013 17:54

Castle of Illusion Review

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Game Details
Gaming Furever Scoring

castle of illusion boxart digital 

Castle of Illusion
› 4.5 / 5 ‹
Format
XBLA, PC, PSN

Bottom Line: 

 This game is for both fans and newcomers alike. The game is rewarding and challenging. However, those who have mastered the Genesis Original may not find challenge in this remake.

Publisher Sega of Austraila
Developer
Sega of Austraila
Category
Platformer  
ESRB
E Gameplay 5/5
Online Players
0 Graphics 5/5
Offline Players
1 Sound 4.5/5
Price
$14.99 Value Factor 4.5/5
Release Date
September 3, 2013 Final Score 4.5/5

Once upon a mouse, there was a couple in love. Mickey and Minnie Mouse were on vacation in Vera City. The two were happily having a picnic on the edge of the forest, giggling and smiling, sure that everyone was happy for their love and that all would be well. But there was one person who was jealous of the relationship they shared, the evil witch Mizrabel. Mizrabel wanted to be most beautiful person of all the land, but Minnie stood in her way. That’s when the old hag had an evil, twisted idea. Soon the skies over the forest darkened, and storm clouds began to spring to life. What was to be a perfect day soon turned sour.  Mickey soon closed his eyes as a great bolt of lightning danced through the darkened sky. When he opened his eyes, he was startled to see that Minnie had been kidnapped!

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