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Resistance: Retribution

Resistance: Retribution Sony PSP

I'm a big fan of the Resistance franchise and seeing it on the small screen was something I missed during its release. I was skeptical of trying a PSP version of the game but its developers did not disappoint. Story - We follow the story of a British guy named Grayson whose brother wounds up in a conversion center. Grayson has no choice but to mercy kill his own brother and that ends up affecting him big time. We end up with a revenge tale for the memory of his fallen brother. This could easily turn into a blood lust throughout the campaign but there is some character development through the introduction and motivations of its supporting characters. What was fascinating was to see the story unfold through the eyes of someone defending their homeland instead of an American being deployed to Europe. It did have bigger stakes since this is...

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 Xbox One

The first entry in this franchise was skipped due to a lack of single player campaign but they made up for that in this second visit into the Titan universe. Titanfall 2 was able to keep me riveted in my seat even if it was for a short amount of time. Story - You take control of a forgettable character who is given authorization to handle a Titan robot due to extreme circumstances. From then on, this games becomes more of a quest to survival rather than building a legacy which both due occur as the story progresses. Survival turns into purpose when this pair resumes a mission previously designated to an ally and it just keeps getting bigger. The most impressive aspect about the story is the relationship between the man and the titan as they traverse diverse areas with several gimmicks in each one. In one level, you're...

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Mac

The Witcher provides a fresh look at the RPG genre for a gamer who's only been exposed to the Elder Scrolls franchise. This was a fresh take the main character because we actually have a character as the main protagonist and we are the witness to his development through the story. Graphics - There's nothing to say about a game that is more than a decade old. The character models are blocky and it looks like they were not even trying with the dialogue animation. This is not a pretty game by any means but makes up for it greatly with the story and gameplay. Gameplay - The Wticher is all about strategy. You're about to enter a crypt? It might be a good idea to have some potions. The current boss level is too difficult? Go and level up by completing side quests. It's a matter of seeing what...

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PlayStation 4

Story: This brief continuation of the Metal Gear saga places us back in the shoes of Big Boss. It is a direct sequel to Peace Walker and deals with many of the loose ends it had at the end. The story is told through an interesting introduction followed by a series of tapes you can listen. These are not ordinary tapes since the developers went to great length to add talented dialogue and a soundtrack to instill the desired tone. This gave further character development to personalities we already knew and gave a better insight as to their actions before and during the game. The ending to the game plays particularly tense thanks to its perfect execution and its a masterpiece in terms of setting the tone. Graphics: The game takes place at night during a rain storm and the water effects are amazing. The lighting effects also play with the...

Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse: Son of Rome Xbox One

Story: The story is one of the strongest aspect of the game because there's not many like it. You play a Roman soldier during the ancient Roman times and go through an impressive story that really picks up steam in the third act of the game. The lore and motivations behind characters in intriguing and the intensity behind following orders and doing what is right brings a fresh take on what it was to be loyal. There was a plot twist at the end of the game that really took me by surprise and made the game even more interesting in terms of story. Graphics: The facial expressions and lighting effects on armor showcased the capabilities of the new generation of consoles. We need to remember that this was a launch title for the Xbox One and it shows how powerful the system could really be. The most jaw-dropping...

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Call of Duty: Black Ops III PlayStation 4

Story - The story takes place around 50 years after Black Ops 2 so it only keeps a connection with basic premises. You're a soldier composed with robotic limbs that has the ability to perform super human achievements and it is your task to chase after previous squad mates turned rogue. The idea of showing the antagonist as a friend in the beginning of the campaign is not new for the Call of Duty franchise and it continues to feel recycled as they run out of of ideas. It was difficult to keep track of the story even if the ending was supposed to be a monumental plot twist. Graphics - The game feels like it's being pulled from two directions as Activision wanted to cash in on the previous generation as well as the current. We see the graphics stay somewhere in between both so that they can mass...

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii

Story: Mario is back at it again trying to save Princess Peach from the claws of Bowser. We have a return to the Super Mario Galaxy formula and they add several gimmicks to make it a sequel. We see Yoshi and Luigi join the supporting ensamble and each have their time on the spotlight as the game progresses. There's nothing much of story when it comes to Mario games but there's a connection to the first game that proves a little under utilized. Graphics: The galaxy games are all about showcasing light and the use of gravity in their levels. Mario manages to continue raising those standards in its levels. We see plenty of classic enemy models we haven't seen since the SNES days and play a key role in various levels. Gameplay: This is where the game shined. The first galaxy was already a blast to play but this...

Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition

Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition PlayStation 4

Story: You are Kyle Crane, an agent who is dropped off in a city that has been ravaged by a zombie outbreak and has his own agenda. Crane begins a facade of helping the survivors but he's attempting to grab a sample of the virus for his bosses. However, he soon realizes there's something more sinister going on and his loyalty is questioned as he is playing for multiple factions in the game. The story begins with a solid and intriguing foundation but ends up coming short in the end. They did a good job at setting up the characters and the situations are unique to the zombie situation. Graphics: The lighting effects are some of the best I've seen so far. I wouldn't accept anything less from a game with light in the title. The game plays tricks with our mind as the environment constantly changes from day and night...

Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart

Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart Xbox 360

Story: The game takes place one week after the main campaign. You actually begin the game as Bruce Wayne and and takes you throughout the Wayne Manor as you become the Batman. It was a good experience to witness the transition from one persona to the other. It was also a captivating and saddening story due to the antagonist Victor Fries. We know he's doing the best for his wife but his methods label him a villain. As such, it is Batman's duty to put a stop to his ways while avoid fatalities along the process. Graphics: The ice effects were superb and it really adds another layer of depth. The new batman suit also increase its aesthetic as Batman deals with another issue besides goons with goons. This game was already pretty to watch which makes the environmental effects a sweet piece of the pie. Gameplay: The sad part...

Infamous First Light

Infamous First Light PlayStation 4

Story - We see Fetch return as a prequel to the original InFamous game. The game is presented in a series of flashbacks to set the story while placing you in an arena for you to play a series of challenges. Even though the challenges are fun, they do feel forced as filler for the game and make it worth its $15 price tag. The flashbacks take place in the first section of Seattle and has several activities to stay busy. Unlike Delsin's side missions, the activities for Fetch also seem like filler rather than a clear objective. Delsin went for these missions to bring down the DUP while we only feel inclined to seek out these side missions to upgrade our powers. Graphics - The graphics remain the same as the main game. It's still an impressive feat and the water effects are top notch. I was always impressed...

Life is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized

Life is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized PC

Graphics - The graphics did not change from each episodes. It is still cartnoonish and lacks emotional facial expressions. However, this episode deals more with weather elements that emphasize the lack of texture when interacting with the characters of the game. Gameplay - The gameplay had more of a life or death consequences in this episodes. I enjoyed reversing time to find the optimal way to let our characters triumph over evil. It was truly a challenge to test our resourcefulness and quick wit when it came to the final moments of a major character in peril. Story - This was the conclusion of the 5 episode series. I was disappointed in missed opportunities between victims of the antagonist. I felt there were instances were broken relationships could've been mended or worked together to surpass the enemy. I had also hoped the same level of detail had gone to...


LocoRoco Sony PSP

Graphics - We're talking about the original game in the PSP era so HD was not much of an option. However, the colors are vibrant and the music is top notch. I keep taking music for granted in platforming games but it really adds depth to a level. The music kept me entertained and actually encouraged me to continue looking for every secret the level had to offer. Gameplay - The game relies on the two shoulder buttons and gravity to move forward. These little blobs are able to jump and roll according to these buttons and gravity only results in a higher jump or faster role. Precision is the name of the game and there are various environmental tools that can boost your jump or speed at certain moments. Story - It's as simple as any other platforming game. There's evil floating things called Moja's who have come to...

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Nintendo 3DS

Here is another Mario & Luigi game the capitalizes on the success of their RPG franchise. One of the greatest ideas Nintendo ever made was the use of their lore to implement a simple yet fun game that uses nostalgia to hit those unique feelings of happiness. Graphics - Even though they're still rather shaded, the game has plenty of color and wonderful art direction. That is something you can always count on when it comes to Nintendo. Gameplay - The gameplay was what stole the show. The one thing that I've never been able to do in other turn-based RPGs is being able to counter an opponents attack. I'm able to evade the enemy's attack if I properly time my defense and that's something I've never experienced anywhere else. I loved this aspect because it always seemed silly that someone would just sit there and take all that damage....

The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 PlayStation 4

The Order: 1886 could have been a hell of a game. It's still great, in my opinion, but there are things that bring it down for the mainstream audience. A troubled release date and negative reviews prevented many gamers from enjoying an amazing world that set the foundation for amazing sequels. Graphics - This is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. The setting tends to be darker but the shadows and particle effects create an aura of mystery and suspense. IT is truly remarkable what Ready at Dawn has done with its character models as they appear to be actors instead of polygons being shown in my screen. Gameplay - Even though there are standard weapons, the armory of the Knights is astounding. It reminded me of all the creative weponry provided by Insomniac in the Ratchet & Clank franchise. Advanced weapons are provided by none...

Assassin's Creed Rogue

Assassin's Creed Rogue Xbox 360

Assassin's Creed has been building a world based on history and was very popular in the beginning. However, their annual releases have saturated their platform and have created an "Assassin's Creed" fatigue that is slowly catching up to every consumer. The year Assassin's Creed Rogue was released, they also released Assassin's Creed Unity for the next-gen consoles. This was the pinnacle of greed and it showed on the quality of the games. Graphics - These were standards and did not change from those in Assassin's Creed Black Flag. In fact, the shadow effects appeared more distorted in this game than the previous game. This could've been the result of a rushed product. The game still maintains a beautiful aesthetic but does not carry anything new to the game. Gameplay - The air soft rifle brings a new weapon to Shay's arsenal but it behaves exactly as the dart blow. It...

Infamous Second Son

Infamous Second Son PlayStation 4

Infamous Second Son was a successful revamp of the franchise as we move forward with a more humanizing teen who has to choose between good and evil in a world where discrimination against those with powers runs rampant. Graphics - The graphics were out of this world as the lighting effects created a ambiance every time it showcase sunsets, or neon powers. The facial expressions were also impressive and gave us more reason to care for the characters due to its realistic feel. Gameplay - Gameplay was great because it did not make the character feel overpowered. When I heard you would be able to control four powers, I was thinking the character would be too overpowered for its own good. However, the fact that you can only absorb one at a time made it a genius move. The game became more of a strategic planning especially in the harder...

Dead Rising

Dead Rising PlayStation 4

Dead Rising finally comes to the PS4 and it brings an impressive array of specs along with it. Never would I believe this game was more than ten years old when you can put that many zombies in one screen. However, the game did feel dates with some of its AI counterparts. Graphics - Dead Rising goes for quantity by shoving as many zombies in our faces and it works. Seeing that many zombies feeds our need for kills and also sets the foundation for future games. Gameplay - This is where the game really shows its age. The zombies are meant to be slow and dumb but the same can not be said about the survivors. You're trying to help these people but they wander off to fight zombies off in the distance or even get stuck with each other as they all try to scale the same pillar. It...

Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins Xbox 360

Batman: Arkham Origins is another letter to fans on how to make a Batman Game. It continues the Rocksteady tradition without trying anything new. Playing it safe does not always guarantee a success but we can give a free pass to WB Games until the next release. Graphics - The graphic were okay but a little bland. Some of the lighting would be off. Character speech was also difficult to watch. The overall package does not push the franchise forward in terms of graphics but keeps it well oiled to keep the train running. Gameplay - Gameplay does not change whatsoever. WB Games Montreal does not change much and keeps the mechanics that made previous games successful. The gameplay was great if not repetitive from previous versions. It's fun but the technique may be getting old. Story - The story will satisfy any Batman fan since it brings an origin...

Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room

Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room PC

Wow this episode drove a plot twist like no other. I really want to finish the game now! Story - You continue your way on the search for Rachel. Surprisingly, many story arcs are completed even though there is still an episode to go. The story unfolds into the biggest setup ever! Episode 5 will be the the final showdown! Graphics - Graphics remain the same. They're okay but you can tell the game is not aging well. Everything would be fine if the expressions of character models had been a priority. This is more dialogue than gameplay and the facial expressions really add to the experience. Gameplay - Once again, puzzles involving time travel are really unique and add another layer of depth when solving problems in the world of Max....

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Nintendo Wii U

Story - In true Zelda fashion, you must once again save Princess Zelda along with Hyrule. However, the new antagonist is unique and interesting. Vaati tells a story about betrayal and greed taking a toll due to the caring and trusting people. This is a very good story about redemption and the consequences for turning a blind eye. Graphics - The artwork is interesting although pixelated. Zelda always manages to give a creative talent regardless of the GBA's limitations. The enemies were varied and the colors showcased different strength levels. Gameplay - The Minish Cap throws a nod to hardcore gamers with the nostalgia items and techniques used in the game. Every dungeon presented a new ability and this ability was necessary to defeat the boss of each temple. It was always exhilarating to take down a boss with a new weapon or ability due to its recent discovery. This game...

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Killzone: Shadow Fall PlayStation 4

Killzone: Shadow Fall continues with the franchise with a Cold War inspired Vekta. As the ISA and Helghast live in a tense face off across borders, all hell breaks loose when an independent terrorist group attacks the ISA and we are now at the brink of war once again. Graphics - As my first game on the PS4, I can say we are headed on the right direction. The environment is beautiful with contrasting colors and the explosions showcase the power of the console. However, the character animations are a little blocky and its facial features are not up to par with its counterparts. It's clear this game is one of the newest released on the PS4. Gameplay - A vast array of inventory and bullets everywhere. This was meant to be a run and gun with little tactical maneuvers. It is only when played in the harder difficulties where...

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One

Great game with intense gore and high-paced action. I can tell why it was a big deal a few years ago. Looking forward to playing the rest. Graphics - This felt like an Xbox 1 title with the remaster it received. The level of detail to the environment was so good it gave me chills playing through some of the tense moments. Lighting was certainly a main component of interest in this game. Gameplay - Pretty basic but set the standard for cover based shooter. You take cover, calculate a strategy and pray it works. The harder difficulties really made you pay the price of ineptitude. Those chainsaw just made me crave to close in on an enemy at the expense of my health. The only downside are the ridiculous dumb AI who ignored my orders to come back and try to go Rambo on everyone before crying for help....

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