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The Last of Us Remastered

31 Jan

cliker

Released: July 2014

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

Age Certificate: 18+

Real Life Review GirlfriendGirlfriend test:

(The test considers how much the game allows you to play for an indeterminable amount of time while your girlfriend does her make-up. The ability to regularly save and autosave and the ability to pause are brought into question. It also rates how important sound is – will your girlfriend’s hairdryer or music be the matter of life and death for your character?)

This is a game that you want to play in a dark room with no background noise and certainly no distractions.

You can play it with Justin Bieber playing in the background, but you will get your neck bitten many, many more times if you do this. You would also deserve it just for listening to Justin Bieber. Just don’t bother trying to play for a quick ten minutes while your girlfriend messes around. This game deserves and requires your full, undivided attention. Sound is very important in this game, as zombie screams are frequently your queue to go hide somewhere FAST. Realistically, you can use Joel’s listening super power all the time, but the voice acting really is superb and you will want to listen to everything as it adds to the overall atmosphere of the game.

The game is great for saving. It autosaves pretty much every minute or so, and most ordeals are only few minutes long before you are given a break. You can pause whenever you want too! You can exploit the save system and just sprint through hard parts of a level and the respawn with all the bad guys returned to their default position, but you should try to play the game naturally.

Score: 3/10

Girlfriend: “What is that clicking sound?”

Me: “Clickers”

Girlfriend: “Wahhh me no likey” 

This game does well on the sound, quick play and saving aspects of this test, but you should really play this game in a self contained bubble for full effect. You can play the game muted, but you will feel like you are missing out on a big part of the game.

Real Life Review GirlfriendMate test:

(You are playing the game and your housemate walks in. Apart from Fifa they are pretty much uneducated in gaming. This test is a mix of the coolness rating, pick-up-and-play-ability, and most importantly: same console multiplayer. Anything that could be called ‘gayyyyy’ loses points in this test.)

You will let out an exasperated sigh when your mate walks in the room. You wont let them have a go on single player as it will ruin the game for you. Unless you want to start a new game and watch them play… If your mate has a go on multiplayer, they will die loads. The controls are simple yet surprisingly hard to get used to, and the play style is alien to the un-initiated.

There is no same console multiplayer as usual, but many people are happy to sit and watch you play for a bit. Unless they come in after you just cleared a room of zombies and you are just checking drawers for nuts and bolts, the game moves at a pace similar to decent TV series. The ease with which you characters can be ripped apart generates a real sense of suspense for you and your audience.

Score: 2/10

Mate: “What film is this?”

Me: “It’s a game”

Mate: “Wow”

You don’t really want distractions when you play and you wont let your mate play, but your mate might want to watch.

Real life review Parent TestParent test:

(Imagine you have parents that are easily offended – especially by sexual themes and swearing; and at random intervals they invade your room.)

Actually, this game is not too bad for the parent test. Swearing is pretty frequent but it is always necessary given the circumstances. Generally the gore isn’t too bad, unless your character gets munched. If you get caught by a bloater you need to make sure parents are out the room as the cut scene is offensively gruesome.

The Last of Us presents some incredibly creepy shit when you meet Dave. If you had strict parents, this part of the game could easily result in your game CD being split in two if they knew what was going on. Thankfully for you, it is pretty subtle so you should be OK if a parent barges in your room.

Score: 4/10

Parent: “Those mushroom head people don’t seem to like you”

If your parents are used to video game extreme violence and swearing you will be fine. Not a game for the living room.

Real life review inner rageThe Inner Rage Test:

(You have had a bad day and you want to feel a sense of achievement. This section talks about how frustrating them game is.)

You get pretty big kicks every time you make it through a section of the game. These kicks are multiplied if you do it without dying, or even without being detected. When you complete it, you have a sort of feeling of loss, like the feeling you get when you wont see two buddies again.

There were no glitches in my game, which was a first in my book. If you get stuck on a section you blame yourself rather than the game design. I know I played in a run and gun style at the start but I gradually became more stealthy out of necessity. I was sad that the achievements/trophies were incredibly hard to get, but that didn’t really matter.

Score: 9/10

This game left me feeling immensely satisfied. Every time I took down a bad guy I was like ‘hell yeah’. This -1 point is for making the trophies too hard to get.

real life review overallOverall:

(I briefly rate games on a number of factors such as graphics, storyline, entertainment and longevity irrespective of the other tests.)

I loved this game. It really is a once-in-a-generation kind of game. The graphics were clear and crisp and the environments were far more beautiful and varied then I imagined they could be. I was astounded that you would just sprint right through areas people had clearly taken weeks to design.

I story line is pretty breathtaking. If you have yet to play the game, don’t read any spoilers. I really was shocked by the story on several occasions. I haven’t cared about characters in a game this much before.

I for one didn’t feel like giving it a second play through, so longevity wasn’t there for me. It is quite a quick game compared to the likes of Skyrim etc, but in quality was so high in every other aspect that this did not matter to me.

Score: 10/10

Once in a generation perfection.

Far Cry 3: Real Life Review

30 May

Far Cry 3:

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Released: 2012

Age certificate: 18+

the GFGirlfriend test

(This tests how much freedom the game gives you to turn it off and go do the laundry. The test considers how much the game allows you to play for an indeterminable amount of time while your girlfriend does her make-up. It also rates how important sound is – will your girlfriend’s hairdryer or music be the matter of life and death for your character?)

Far Cry 3 is given an OK in the girl friend test. If you are given an indefinite amount of time to play while she gets ready to go out you can fire up your game and complete an activity or two. Most activities such as hunting or assassinations are great fun, highly addictive and can only take about 5 minutes. You can turn it off halfway through any activity without much regret.

Some of the main missions take a long time and they can get pretty tricky and you sure wouldn’t want to have to turn off your console to help with the laundry. It can sometimes take a fair while to travel across the map to get to a mission, and if your girl friend wanted you to turn the game off and pay you attention when you have just got to a mission start, you may consider ignoring her and paying for the consequences. As the game is so pretty you wont really mind repeating tasks.

The game is hard to play if your girlfriend is playing loud music or making too much noise of any kind. You are often relying on hearing a tiger growl or a pirate shout to give you time to react. If you are playing in the wilderness you may struggle without sound. The missions are easy enough as they are usually linear so you can guess where enemies are, and subtitles are accurate so you wont miss out on the script.

Score: 7/10

Girl friend: “Can you help me take the rubbish out?”

Me: “Well, I can now a tiger bit me head off while I was speaking to you.”

Far Cry 3 does OK in the girl friend test. You can pause at any time and save anywhere. It is annoying if you have to turn off half way through a mission but as the game is pretty easy and it is so beautiful you actually want to redo scenes it does not matter too much.

mate emblemMate test

(You are playing the game and your housemate walks in and apart from Fifa they are uneducated in gaming. This test is a mix of the coolness rating, pick-up-and-play-ability, and most importantly: same console multiplayer. Anything that could be called ‘gayyyyy’ loses points in this test.)

 

Far Cry 3 will confuse the classic non-gaming housemate when they see you walking through a jungle. They will ask questions like “is it a hunting game?” and “are you on holiday?” and they may even ask if you are playing Call of Duty. You will find such answers hard to answer, as they are all slightly true. Before your patience gives in and you start playing Fifa you should try out multiplayer.

The co-op multiplayer mode is great. The characters are completely separate from the main story mode (no spoilers) and it forms a fun, co-operative and competitive multiplayer game. A mate can pick up and play as the controls are standard for a first person shooter. One problem for an unseasoned gamer is that enemies are accurate from very long distances so you may find it hard explain that a red pixel on the screen is an enemy sniper. Far Cry 3 tried to make the multiplayer characters a bit too ‘hard’ for my liking so I found the opening video a bit awkward to sit through.

If you do not possess a second controller, your mate has no hands, your mate has no gaming abilities, you do not want to share your game, or for any other reason your mate will  have to sit and watch you play then don’t expect to hold their attention for too long. You mate will initially be impressed with the stunning visuals and the dramatics of the first few melee kills but after that it is actually quite boring to watch. Most of the fun of Far Cry 3 comes from slow, stealthy gameplay and leveling up your character. If you attempt to take it in turns to go on rampages you will get bored fast as enemies will stop spawning and they are pretty easy to kill.

Score: 8/10

Mate: “Cool game, can I play?

Me: “Yes, but only if you promise to play until I have all the achievements.”

A solid co-op mode leads to hours of fun providing your mate has some skills in first person shooters.

 The Parent TestParent test

(Imagine you have parents that are easily offended – especially by sexual themes and swearing; and at random intervals they invade your room.)

Drugs, drug induced hallucinations, a brief bit of nudity and a shed load of swearing. It actually doesn’t do too badly in the parent test if they have a tolerance for the words fuck and shit. An average moment will see you shooting pirates, driving a pleasant jeep with a bobble head hula girl on the dashboard, stabbing pirates, trampling through some ferns and falling into a stream, and shooting pirates.

There are some really messed up scenes that shouldn’t really be in a game. Make sure no family member unfamiliar with games is in the house when you play the final mission. I mean it –one of the options is really psychologically messed up. Any of the scenes involving Vaas are unsettling, particularly the pile of corpses moment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them, but they could freak out your granny big time.  There are some whacky moments involving ‘shrooms and weed but they are more weird than inoffensive.

If you muted the sound to block swearing you could probably get away with playing the majority of the game in front of your grandparents as long as they are OK with witnessing you constantly murdering pirates or skinning innocent animals. Some missions get pretty freak but they are not really a problem.

Score: 6/10

“Your computer man needs to have his mouth washed out.”

There is a lot of foul mouthing and some dark themes running through the game, but if anyone walks in you can pretend you are playing a ‘holiday game’.

inner rage emblemThe Inner Rage Test

(You have had a bad day and you want to feel a sense of achievement. This section talks about how frustrating them game is.)

 

Far Cry 3 is nice and easy for anyone familiar with first person shooters. Weapons you get later on make short work of the higher-level enemies. You should bare in mind the game is much easier if you use stealth and cover occasionally, otherwise the enemies can make short work of you. If you do end up dying on a mission you will be frustrated as the checkpoints are unnecessarily few and far between. There are several missions where there are infinitely respawning enemies, so if you are used to taking out enemies one at a time you will soon have to get used to breaking cover and running for it.

There were a few missions where you must remain undetected or where there is a time limit, which I always find very frustrating. Luckily for me I just ran straight through such missions and happened to not get spotted, or I died and somehow spawned further ahead, but I somehow don’t think that is how you are supposed to play.

If you are a hardcore FPS fan you will get annoyed when a tiger sneaks up on you and one hit kills you but generally the wildlife does not play such a large part in the main missions.

There were a few drug related scenes which I did not have the patience for where you have to walk along looking at the pretty colours. You had to continually be walking forward in these scenes which to me just made them passive-aggressive videos. If I was not killing pirates then I did not feel I was achieving anything.

Score: 7/10

If players can adapt their strategy to fight different types of enemy, then Far Cry 3 is a pretty easy game to play. A few missions towards the end get unnecessarily hard, but luckily you can counteract the difficulty by sprinting towards a checkpoint so enemies stop spawning.

scale emblemOverall

(I briefly rate games on a number of factors such as graphics, storyline, entertainment and longevity irrespective of the other tests.)

Far Cry 3 is  the best game I have played in the last year. I am fed up of brown games like COD, Gear of War, Skyrim, etc and I love the lush, exotic environments of Far Cry 3 where you feel everything is alive and ready to eat you. Part of you wants to escape the island and the other part wants to set up beach resort. The environments are repetitive, sure there are plenty of trees and rock but you never notice the same twin rock elsewhere. The storyline is fantastic and Vaas is the best character I have seen in a game for a long while. You gradually connect with the main character as he starts to love the island more than his selfish friends. The gameplay is solid and surprisingly void of bugs.

Score: 10/10

When the game ends you are just left wanting more.