Samurai Warriors 4 (Sony PlayStation 4)

The best Warriors game in years

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Xbox 360)

Rise wants you to buy this game. Do what Rise says.

Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS)

The brawler goes portable

Friday, October 31, 2014

The games of November: To the backlog pile with you!

List by Jim S.

November is traditionally the time where the biggest games of the year are released, so that they can capitalise on the all-important Christmas sales period.

This year is no different. There are so many big games being released in November that there is no possible way that you'll be able to play them all through. So prepare to be adding to that backlog this month... but it's OK, for the Christmas lull is just around the corner!

Review: Shadow Warrior (Sony PlayStation 4)

Review by Matt S.

Whoever was involved in the visual direction of Shadow Warrior deserves a massive raise. There is no game that is more fundamentally beautiful on the PlayStation 4 than Shadow Warrior's remake.

I found myself spamming the "share" button on the PlayStation 4 controller with every new environment I encountered. I've got something like 300 screenshots sitting on my PlayStation 4 hard drive. The sheer attention to detail in the game's environments, from the water and lighting effects through to enemy design and the movement of the game's hero, Lo Wang, makes for an adventure where the joy of discovery is a big part of the drive to progress. Purely on a technical basis this is the game to show off what the PlayStation 4 is capable of.

Review: Skylanders Trap Team (Sony PlayStation 4)

Review by Matt S.

I feel a little sorry for Toys for Bob, the developers of the Skylanders franchise. After coming up with what was nothing short of a brilliant commercial idea (a game that relies on collectible miniatures!) Skylanders proved itself to be too popular.

Review: Jet Car Stunts (Sony PlayStation Vita)

Review by Brad L.

When I was a young lad, I had a Commodore 64. On that Commodore 64 I had about 300 games that my mum and dad had a family friend get (totally legally) for me to play. Of these 300 odd games, I believe I managed to finish about five of them. Games were tough as nails back in those days, and with the cinematic quality of the games of today having spoilt me now, when I go back to these games of yesteryear, I find that I’ve apparently even lost the ability that allowed me to complete those five games.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo Wii U)

Bayonetta 2 analysis Review by Matt S.

A tall, beautiful woman stands in the middle of a circle of angelic beings. With guns in both hands and the heels of her shoes, she is a whirling dervish of death, tearing apart the angels with impunity. The size of these creatures is irrelevant as giants try to swing at her, but she's never where the weapon comes down, so agile is this woman that she's already circled behind them to hit them where it hurts.

This is a bullet ballet in the purest sense; a dance of death between beings of incredible power to determine the fate of the plane. Bright, bubbly renditions of Moon River or Tomorrow Is Mine play in the background and set the mood for the dance. They're fitting themes, because as high as the stakes of these battles are, our hero is a witty woman who has a solid grasp of just how silly the world is, and she takes this in her stride.

This is Bayonetta 2. This game makes the Wii U an essential console if you haven't got one yet.

Anime review: Nisemonogatari (DVD)

Review by Matt S.

Circadas chirp in the background as the camera cuts sharply from one angle to the next, as the scene is set of a typical warm, humid day in suburban Japan.

Review: Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft Xbox One)

Review by Nick H.

If any genre was in need of 'something different', it was the shooter. Sunset Overdrive succeeds in multiple ways, because the team has found a way to fuse several different elements into the gameplay and managed to create something different both in how the game handles, but also in creating the bombastic, over-the-top world of Sunset Overdrive.

Trailer: The nurturing beauty and survivalist melancholia of Shelter 2

News by Jedediah H.

Nature is the most fabulous collection of phenomena. Without the trespass of human influence, she offers every organism within her biosphere a fair chance at life or death. No animal is preferred over another. Even the noblest (and cutest) of creatures perish before they can pass on traits to their offspring. But that will not be you. In Might and Delight's Shelter 2, you will hunt, you will gather, and you will make damn sure, by the passion of your claws, that your children are defended from harm.

Digitally Downloaded has published 5,000 articles!

News by Matt S.

This is an entirely self-indulgent news post, but I thought it was pretty cool to note anyway; Digitally Downloaded today has published its 5,000th article.

Interview: King Dinosaur Games: Reclaiming the World With Smooth Machinations

Interview by Jedediah H.

Other than a water balloon fight in the midst of a drought, there’s nothing quite like playing the ideal good guy/ girl. You get to wear fashion-forward attire, fall in love with a personified version of elegance, morality, and tenacity, and maybe towards the end, before you save the ungrateful existence of everyone on the planet, release a heroic whimper while you resolve a few daddy issues that were rooted during the character’s entitled yet painful childhood. (I bet you can guess which character I’m referencing.)

Trailer: Final Fantasy Type-0: Enter the Fray, prepare for the blood

News by Jedediah H.

Because the Final Fantasy series is responsible for my induction into the world of playful gaming participation (I was mostly an observer, watching my brother play, before FF II for the SNES), I keep an eye on the birth and development of just about anything related to the franchise (yes, even Chocobo Racing, back when it was a "thing"). Like most of you, I have been fortunate enough to witness first-hand the series' evolution, and with Final Fantasy Type-0's new trailer "Enter the Fray," I'm excited to get a hint of how, like Final Fantasy Tactics, Square Enix handles darker themes and a grittier aesthetic.    

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Screen Cheat (PC)

Screen Cheat PC ReviewReview by Matt S.

I want to get this out of the way immediately: I am very disappointed that so little was done between the beta of Screen Cheat and the final version.

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