Far Cry 4 Review

Far Cry Primal may have been released recently but it is worth going back to Far Cry 4 to see if it still holds up.

All of the Far Cry games have similarities but have different storylines and characters so they are all worth checking out separately to discover which your favourite is. So to start this review it is worth saying if you didn’t enjoy Far Cry 3 then there is no point giving the fourth instalment a go. But there is a lot more going in and some of the criticisms aimed at 3 have been resolved.

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Top 10 Playstation 3 Games

10 – Dark Souls

One of the most frustrating games and divisive games on this list as some people don’t understand the appeal of the franchise. But if you get into Dark Souls then it certainly is enjoyable in a sadistic way as you better prepare yourself for death after death.

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9 – Portal 2

Some people were unsure on whether Portal deserved a sequel and whether it could be a full length game. However, it proved to be a fantastic decision to bring out a full game and Stephen Merchant’s voice acting is superb. Very few games are funnier than this.

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8 – Little Big Planet 2

The campaign and single player modes for this game are really good but what pushes this on to the next level is the content created by its users. Everything from platformer levels to first person shooters to remakes of old games are available in this.

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7 – Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

This is probably a game that a lot of gamers may have missed out on but if given the chance then you should definitely have a try of it. The game’s animated sequences made by Studio Ghibli also make it impressive.

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6 – Metal Gear Solid 4

Yet another Metal Gear that makes a best of list but this is arguably one of the most debated of the series as it went down a slightly different route. Still a joy for fans of Hideo Kojima and ends the storyline of Solid Snake.

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Top 10 Playstation 2 Games Ever

10 – Okami

Combining Japanese myth, legend and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, who has taken the form of a white wolf. The cel-shaded visual style looked fantastic on the PS2 and deserved to have been played more.

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9 – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

The reboot of the series saw the unnamed prince return to form and with some very entertaining platforming and action sequences it is definitely worth a play. Using the key game mechanic Dagger to rewind time is very well used throughout the game.

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8 – Soul Calibur 2

Originally released in the arcades and then ported over to the Playstation 2 is easily one of the best fighting games on the console. The story mode in the game doesn’t really add anything but that doesn’t matter as it is such a good fighting game.

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7 – Bully

An open world game made by Rockstar will always be entertaining but this one surprised everyone as it was set in a school and focused on the loves of schoolchildren. Obviously there was controversy surrounding the game but it gained positive reviews because of its narrative and characters.

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6 – Shadow of the Colossus

With no other enemies than the 16 colossi, it is a different game to most and it could even be argued that it is more of a puzzle game than an action adventure game. One of the first games that can connect with you emotionally.

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Top 10 Playstation 1 Games

10 – PaRappa the Rapper

This action rhythm game follows the main character, Parappa, make his way through six stages by rapping. It is a very odd game but give it a chance and it is very addictive and you may just find yourself singing along to some of the songs.

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9 – Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

The third game of the series made by Naughty Dog is easily the best after each game built on the last, ironing out problems of the previous entries and adding more and more to each release. The platform game has sold over 7 million copies.

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8 – Street Fighter Alpha 3

If you just care about gameplay on fighting games then it could be argued this game is the perfect game and is yet to be bettered even by modern games. Highly addictive and this has to be in your collection if you love fighting games.

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7 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Despite lower sales than a lot of games on this list, it certainly doesn’t disappoint when you jump into the shoes of protagonist Alucard. The 2D side scrolling style gives it a different feel to a lot of other Playstation games at the time.

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6 – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

Still arguably the best skateboarding game ever released with one of the best soundtracks on any game has made this a favourite among a lot of people. After playing this game a lot of the younger audiences decided to pick up a real skateboard.

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Just Cause 3 Review

Just Cause 3 is a really difficult game to review as there is a lot of fun to be had but frustrates just as much.

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The possibilities seem endless and it is up to your creativity to decide how you are going to blow everything up on screen but the problem is after doing this a few times, you just become bored and want to get it over with. Destroying everything in sight while pulling off death defying stunts sounds incredible so what could be going wrong with the game? Continue reading

GTA IV – The Lost and Damned Review

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The story follows Johnny Klebitz who was seen on several occasions during the original GTA IV and was an interesting character. However, I feel that maybe he was not quite interesting enough to be the main character. He is second in command of the biker gang and the first half of the game is a power struggle between him and the leader Billy. Although it is a fine storyline at times it feels like it was rushed and not developed enough. But it seems like an Oscar worthy entry compared to the horrible subplot between Johnny and on-off girlfriend Ashley which is just very annoying. Continue reading

The game that started it all… Resident Evil (warning spoilers)

Resident Evil is a survival horror action game with the main protagonists being Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. In some of the games there are two scenarios which produce different storylines but ultimately finishing at the same point. Many people believe the Resident Evil series has changed its dynamic over the years to appeal to new players. The first three games although still in the genre of action are more about surviving and conserving ammo for later chapters and bosses whereas the latest games give out a lot of ammo and is mostly focused on the action of the game using more ‘set pieces’ to create drama and suspense.

The game that started the story for Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as well as introducing us to certain other characters such as Albert Wesker, Barry Burton, Rebecca Chambers and Brad Vickers who are all member of the group S.T.A.R.S. To begin the game the player has to decide who to be out of Jill and Chris, (for this review it is going to follow the story of Jill), if you choose Jill you are accompanied by Barry Burton who provides you with extra ammunition and is a story of betrayal and loyalty. If you choose Chris’s story then you are accompanied by Rebecca Chambers who provides you with extra health.

The amazing first cut scene shows members of the team being attacked by mutated dogs and the rest of the team escaping to a thought to be abandoned mansion. The cut scene finishes and we are left with Jill, Wesker and Barry in the front hall of the mansion (Jill’s story) and they decide to split up to find the remaining members of the team including Chris.

Jill investigates round the area and eventually ends up in the dining room with Barry who is looking at a dead body on the floor covered in blood and tells Jill to keep going where she runs into the first zombie of the game as it devours another human who happens to be a member of S.T.A.R.S. Jill runs from this zombie to Barry who shoots it. They question what is happening and return to the location of where Wesker is supposed to be but he is missing and once again split up to investigate, ending the first chapter. Although you have only seen one enemy at this point there is a fear and suspense already built up which is what made the game so famous.

The next few chapters of the game are solving various puzzles and finding other members of the S.T.A.R.S team. The next major point of the game is finding Richard Aiken who is dying of poison from a snake (the next part of the game varies whether controlling Jill or Chris), Jill has to search the mansion for a cure and eventually finds some and gives it to Richard however he tells her to leave him alone in case he turns into ‘one of them’ and gives Jill a radio to contact the helicopter to pick them up. The next scene shows an enlarged snake attacking Jill and after a gun fight the final cut scene of the battle shows Richard push Jill out of the way of the snake and get eaten himself.

There are few zombies around the mansion but jump out at unexpected times and cause the player to be wary at all times and provide moments of genuine fear. After doing a few more puzzles and heart racing moments caused by the attacks the player will find Enrico who tells Jill that there is a traitor in S.T.A.R.S shortly before being shot in the head, Jill turns round quickly but can only hear footsteps in the distance and cannot be sure who it is.

Throughout the game Jill finds many scattered documents which points the finger at Umbrella Corporation as the team who are conducting experiments. The creatures roaming the mansion and surrounding region are the results of these experiments, which have exposed the mansion’s personnel and various animals and insects to a highly contagious and mutagenic biological agent known as the T-virus.

After finding underground passages Jill finds a lab with a large mutant (the giant humanoid has been created through constant exposure from the T-Virus) in a glass casing, this mutant is a Tyrant and is ultimately the main boss of the game. However he is not awake at this moment in time. In this area we are shown who the traitor is as we go down to investigate an area with Barry Burton he says lets split up (yet again) and as we are being chased by a large zombie Barry gets on the elevator leading to the first floor and leaves before you can get there meaning you have to fight the zombie alone. After defeating the zombie you continue to a lab where Wesker is conducting experiments and the Tyrant is in the background. A standoff begins between Wesker and Jill. Barry comes up behind Jill and points the gun at her head and Jill asks why. Wesker explains Barry had no choice as his family would have suffered had he not cooperated with his plans however Barry changes his mind and aims at Wesker.

Wesker releases the Tyrant from its case and gets attacked himself by the creature. Barry and Jill run away and as they do Jill finds Chris has been locked in a cell by Wesker and releases him by setting off the self destruct system in the lab. Jill manages to get in touch with Brad the pilot and arranges to meet with him at the heliport as Jill, Chris and Brad are escaping they get separated and Jill gets attacked once more by the Tyrant who she takes out with a rocket launcher. As the helicopter takes back off the mansion explodes in the background finishing the game and the T-Virus