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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 4:

25 Jan

far_cry_4

Released: November 2014

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

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?)

There are many moments where Far Cry requires your full concentration, and very few moments where you can leave the game unattended. Even when you stand on top of a desolate mountain to admire the view, there is a chance an eagle is going to have a go at making a dinner out of your eyeballs.

Thankfully the ability to pause and/or save is with you pretty much all the time, apart from on some missions. You cannot pause or skip mission cut scenes, so I missed out on a bit of the story line when I got phoned during a cut scene then it autosaved straight after. I had to watch one long cut scene three times as I couldn’t save during the mission and I had to come off to attend to real life. Thankfully, you usually respawn pretty much right next to where you died or quit.

This is a game that is great to play for a quick ten minutes or for hours on end. If your girlfriend says you have to go in a minute but you clearly see her without makeup you can casually play and find a few collectibles and secret locations and save and turn off without any fear of having to redo anything.

As for sound… well, you are going to need it if you are aiming to go into the wilderness at any point. You don’t need it that much when you fight humans as they are well and truly screen prompted and mapped out (apart from the fairly rare hunters). When in a car, you will want to turn sound off to blank out the insanely repetitive radio show. However, when you are walking around in the wilderness after jamming your vehicle in a tree, you really need sound. Chances are that you’ll hear animals before you see them, as they must get super excited and let out an almighty roar/bellow/howl/growl before they charge. If you don’t have sound, chances are that a large portion of your game will be the button bashing screen associated with a predator biting your forearm. Your forearms really take a beating in this game, believe me.

When I played, animal sound effects were oddly broken. Elephants would let out loud trumpets which would suddenly cut out mid trumpet…

Score: 7/10

Girlfriend: “If I hear that game radio show one more time I am turning that TV off”

Me: “Yeah, OK put some music on”

*Series of animations of forearm being bitten by stealthy predators*

Pretty good game to play for short stints with the ability to save progress at pretty much any time. Sound in the game is both annoying and sometimes crucial.

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.)

No same console multiplayer. Why is this such a rare thing these days? This would be so fun together on one console… At least online gameplay is OK.

The game looks so awesome to the uninitiated. The graphics probably the second most beautiful (after The Last of Us) I have seen and one of the most realistic. When you play for a while you get obsessed with collectables and missions, but when you first start you just look around in awe. It is great to watch a mate play, you can relax as it doesn’t really matter if you die or use all your ammo as resources are plentiful. It’s also pretty priceless to watch someone crap their pants when a croc bites their forearm.

It’s initially easy to pick up and play as aim and shoot controls are standard. Driving controls are clumsy but half the fun of the game is when you drive over cliffs and end up in the middle of nowhere. Non-gamer mates will struggle with the concept of healing and changing weapon with the wheel, so it can get super frustrating to watch…

Your mate might think the game is lame if they walk in and watch you just walking around caves. You can play for ten minutes with absolutely nothing happening.

The fun will wear off after a while though and you will end up getting out a same console game.

Score: 6/10

Mate: “Can I play your jungle game?”

Me: “Sure, but watch out for tigers, bears, wolves and crocodiles”

Mate: “Nah I am getting on this hanglider”

Me: “OK, just don’t press square when you are on”

Mate: “Too late”

It’s pretty fun to watch someone else play for a bit just to see what terrible things happen to them, but it will get boring after a bit.

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.)

Far Cry 4 is surprisingly tame most of the time, but of course parents only walk in at the bad moments. You get to see ‘real’ CGI boobies in this game… which would be super awkward for your parents to see, may be even more awkward than real ones. Then there are the super trippy scenes, then there are drugs, drugs and more drugs and syringes festooned every where. I didn’t find the swearing that bad most of the time, but it gets pretty fruity.

Score: 4/10

Parent: “Why are you injecting yourself every ten seconds?”

Me: “To heal gun shot wounds and to see animals through walls”

Parent: “… Don’t do drugs”

As long as your parents don’t suspect you are a drug addict you should be alright. Most of the time the game is just you walking in a Himalayan paradise. The boobs can take you by surprise though.

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.)

Far Cry 4 is great for that feeling of achievement, as there are so many collectables that sometimes give you a reward. The game is easy most of the time, but just challenging enough in some of the missions to make you feel like true gamer. If you do happen to die you don’t get punished for it as you respawn in close proximity to your fresh grave.

I got really fed up with eagles. My forearm got attacked at least once every couple of hours and they are suprisingly hard to shoot down.

I really like the main part of the game, but for me the drug/demon quests are a bit of an unnecessary ordeal. This is a big part of Far Cry though so I guess I signed up for it from the start.

My main cause of death has been jumping out a buzzer mid flight. This was mainly because I had been playing another game with different driving controls and, well… I stopped that eventually.

Overall, the physics and controls are great and it is pretty fun to blow up bad guys. The difficulty curve is actually very smooth too.

Score: 8/10

Pretty satisfying, and the bits I didn’t like are relatively short.

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.)

Far Cry games are amazing value, as there is so much detail and so much to do. I have a feeling that many people don’t get to the end as it is such a big game. I feel like people in the game should have been given more attention. There are very few character models or phrases. Most homes you arrive at have no one in them, despite having a well tended garden. If you do find people, they know who you are, even if they are in the absolute middle of no where. I flew to a nomadic camp at the top of a mountain, and I was greeted with “hey Ahjay!”

Another main selling point of the game is the pretty sizable armoury. I have a feeling many like me choose a few guns and stick to them and wonder what the point is in the bulk of the underpowered weapons.

I love the way the game tests your moral convictions. The choice between Amita and Sabal is pretty hard… what is worse, underage marriage or drugs? I think drugs are worse but I don’t feel certain about it.

Score: 8/10

Very good graphics, OK realism, good storyline, very fun gameplay.

Shadow of Mordor:

28 Dec

shadow of mordor orc

Released: September 2014

Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Age Certificate: 15+

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?)

Shadow of Mordor performs pretty well on the girlfriend test. I wasn’t a massive fan of the voice acting (seriously, how posh and well-spoken were the slaves?) so I could cope with resorting to subtitle mode. On screen prompts flash up if an Uruk is about to brain you from behind, so you don’t require surround sound, or any sound really to play the game well. The game lets you pause whenever you want, so you can stop and help your girlfriend make dinner at any point!

The ability to save can sometimes be a minor issue, as you don’t have full control over this. The game only lets you autosave, so there in no ability to save and redo things without dying. Having said that, dying is actually a main feature of the game and it is required for the achievements/trophies; your death causes Uruk captains to level up as part of the nemsis system, and dying can be advantageous. I sometimes found it hard to trigger an autosave during a captain fight, and they could sometimes go on for a bit which made it hard to pull away from the game.

Score: 9/10

Girlfriend: “The taxis here, are you ready?”

*Generic decapitation sound effects*

Me: “Yup”

You can basically turn off whenever you want knowing it has saved pretty recently, and playing this game with dance music in the background doesn’t take much away from the experience – unless it a Gollum scene.

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.)

This game looks pretty badass at a glance. By the time you finish the game you must have made about one kill per minute. There is not an option for same console multiplayer, but that’s not a problem really, as that would be really annoying. I remember how much fun it was in 2 player on the old PS2 LOTR games, but I am not too sad about that as this game is so much better.

If you are nice enough to let your mate have a go, they will probably fare well as the controls are pretty simple. The problem is that you probably wont want them to play at all as you wont want to risk them messing up your Uruk social scene, and the freeplay mode just feels a little… empty. This is one of those games that your mates watch you play, for about half an hour.

Score: 5/10

Mate: “What button is dodge?”

*Blarg the destroyer arrives*

Mate: “Why does he hit me every time I hit him?”

*Blarg embeds a throwing axe in Talion’s chest.*

*Blarg levels up and becomes immune to everything except fire.*

*Blarg become your mission objective.*

Mate: “Lol

Looks cool, and it is fun to rampage around on while mates watch, but there is a large chance playing with mates will wreck your game!

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.)

It’s a 15, but I think it’s a pretty soft 15+. For some reason I think it’s fine when an Uruk swears, as it suits them, like a bad uncle. There are no sexual scenes – although there is a bit of sexual tension near the end, and I swear I even saw a ladies ankle *gasp*. If parents walk in your room the worse thing they will see is a decapitation, which is fine, because it’s an Uruk and not a human… They are most likely to hear an Uruk say “those globs”… appalling language.

Score: 7/10

Parent: “Did you just behead that man?!”

Me: “It’s an orc.”

Parent: “Oh, that’s OK then”.

Don’t play it in the front room with your Granny, but otherwise you’re fine.

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.)

I found this game easy – when in doubt, dodge and shoot arrows. Dodge, dodge, dodge. I died once from a Carragor within the first 2 minutes, and then a second time from a 5 captain zurg rush. 5! I got smashed by a Graug and the Black Hand when I pressed Xbox X instead of Playstation X. Then that was it. I felt like a wraith lord. Part of me regrets the lack of death as it adds depth to the game. Oh well.

The game is very easy overall, you can stealth attack orcs very easily as they have no peripheral vision whatsoever, and can’t see you if you crouch, even if you are framed in a window right in front of them… you crouch, you are OK. So the ease annoyed me. As did the inconsistencies in climbing. Some sections of walls resisted you at all costs for no apparent reason. Other things which annoyed me included mighty Graugs which disappeared randomly while walking or fighting me, well spoken slaves and the boringness of the main character. I did not give a poop about his family who I saw for about 5 seconds at the start, or their loading screen bitching about how shit Mordor is.

The ease also made it very satisfying in a way, and the trophies were nice and simple to attain. Nothing really brought out any rage at any point. It was just a bit boring.

Score: 7/10

I attained no rage due to the difficulty. I also did not feel very satisfied due to the difficulty.

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.)

Beautiful graphics, especially up close. The weather effects were top class and I felt like I was playing two areas of ultra HD World of Warcraft. Fighting was fun and fluid, most of the time, like the best bit of Assassins Creed and Batman. The variability in orc/Uruk design (of captains) was amazing and would have me playing again and again if i was 12 years old. I learnt a lot about the Middle Earth, which was great.

Immersion was broken by the presence of identical male slaves (why no women) and the presence of Carragor cages, fires and fly nests EVERYWHERE makes you realise you are definitely in a game. Too easy for me and I didn’t like the main character. The lore was great but i didn’t really dig the story and I guess that good stories in games are too important for me.

Score: 7/10

The lore, graphics and gameplay was great but I didn’t really dig the story and I guess that good stories in games are too important for me.

The return 2

28 Dec

Real life had once again got in the way of Real Life Game Reviews.

I have moved from the UK to Australia, which is awesome. I have spent much of my time driving around and looking at kangaroos, but now Christmas has arrived I have bought myself a TV and a PS4.

I have said goodbye to my Xbox 360 and to be honest, I am happier with the PS4. I think the main reason for this is the nostalgia. i grew up with a PlayStation and a PlayStation 2 and I always sort of felt like a traitor.

The timing has been bad due to the online service hacks, but thankfully there are some great single player games knocking about

Let the reviews commence.