Christmas Gift Guides!

All the best ways to spend money this holiday season.

Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo Wii U)

Taking Smash to a whole new level.

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash (Anime)

Fun fanservice every which way.

The DDNet Game Of The Year Awards 2014!

All the winners, one announced each day.

Friday, December 19, 2014

DLC Review: Magic 2015 - Garruk's Revenge Expansion (PC)

Review by Nick H.

Magic: The Gathering is still my favourite collectible card game after all of these years. I loved the old hybrid RPG from Microprose years ago, but have found the Planeswalkers games to be a much more pure, Magic: The Gathering experience that has generally improved over the years.

This expansion was released when the core Magic 2015 saw some significant changes from when we first reviewed it. However, does the expansion provide enough content to make it worth playing? Probably not, but it's not terrible for people who are like me.

DDNet Game of the Year Awards 2014! PC Game of the Year

Awards by Matt S.

It is safe to say that 2014 has been a good year for games. It's not just that we've seen spectacular blockbusters released almost from the start of the year, across all game consoles; 2014 has been a spectacular year for game creativity as we've seen indies and arthouse titles find real success courtesy of download platforms.

Our awards this year have been the most popular that we've ever seen on the site, with well over 1,000 people voting for their favourite games across 16 categories. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be listing the two highly commendeds (second and third place) and winner of each category, one per day.

Last but not least we have the PC which, thanks to the likes of Steam, continues to see an endless stream of quality games. Finding the good ones within the mass is becoming more and more difficult, but there were many, many great games released for PC over the last year.

(If you would like to discuss the winners, then why not jump over to our Steam Community, where we have a forum and curator page and the like?)

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #19: Hyrule Warriors

We're counting down to Christmas!

There is a long history in Christmas in counting down the days from the first of December to the big day - after all, who hasn't had an Advent Calendar at some point?

So we're celebrating the silly season with a countdown of our own. One game that has been released this year that makes for the perfect Christmas game, each day, all the way down to Christmas Eve. 

You can see previous games on our own little Advent Calendar on the side of the site. Just click on any date that has passed and you'll be redirected (don't get too excited and jump ahead though - the current page will simply reload). Hopefully it keeps you and your family in the good times for the whole of the best time of year. 

Happy gaming!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Far Cry 4 (Microsoft Xbox One)

Review by Patrick B.

Far Cry 3 helped reinvent the first person shooter franchise by infusing a memorable narrative into open world gameplay. It also happened to feature one of the most fearsome villains in a game to date in Vaas Montenegro. Far Cry 4 aims to build upon this foundation while introducing new characters and setting.

Review: Fat Chicken (PC)

Review by Chris I.

If there's any question whether the gaming industry has lost some of its forward progression momentum into a viable artistic medium, you can point to the debacle now known as 'Gamer Gate,' and the fallout of that across the entire industry.

Thankfully, the appropriately named developer, Relevant Games, is one of many causes for hope yet, with its quirky and entertaining activist title, Fat Chicken, rife with unpleasantness, yet shrouded in playful cartoon whimsy. Underneath its colourful canvas lies a filthy stench and the smell might, in fact, might not be too far from home.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy coming to PS Vita spring 2015

News by Jedediah H.

Greetings, detective. Futuristic Tokyo’s in a bit of a snafu: genetically engineered monsters known as Variants threaten the city. If that weren’t enough of a cluster bomb, portals that lead to a strange dimension called the Abyss are emerging in the most inconvenient of locations. So what the hell is a government agency to do? Establish a Code Physics Agency, of course, whose job is to investigate such intense happenings so that in the spring of 2015, you may grip your PS Vita and obliterate these beasts while solving the mystery of Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. 

DDNet Game of the Year Awards 2014! Sony PlayStation Game of the Year

Awards by Matt S.

It is safe to say that 2014 has been a good year for games. It's not just that we've seen spectacular blockbusters released almost from the start of the year, across all game consoles; 2014 has been a spectacular year for game creativity as we've seen indies and arthouse titles find real success courtesy of download platforms.

Our awards this year have been the most popular that we've ever seen on the site, with well over 1,000 people voting for their favourite games across 16 categories. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be listing the two highly commendeds (second and third place) and winner of each category, one per day.

Sony has had a good time of it with the Playstation 3 and 4 this year, with a steady stream of great games to both consoles through the year. That has, of course, made it very difficult to start picking favourites in what was arguably the toughest category of all.

(If you would like to discuss the winners, then why not jump over to our Steam Community, where we have a forum and curator page and the like?)

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #18: Shovel Knight

We're counting down to Christmas!

There is a long history in Christmas in counting down the days from the first of December to the big day - after all, who hasn't had an Advent Calendar at some point?

So we're celebrating the silly season with a countdown of our own. One game that has been released this year that makes for the perfect Christmas game, each day, all the way down to Christmas Eve. 

You can see previous games on our own little Advent Calendar on the side of the site. Just click on any date that has passed and you'll be redirected (don't get too excited and jump ahead though - the current page will simply reload). Hopefully it keeps you and your family in the good times for the whole of the best time of year. 

Happy gaming!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Assassin’s Creed Unity (Microsoft Xbox One)

Review by Patrick B.

Another year means another Assassion’s Creed game, and this time a new protagonist and setting is introduced. The stage has moved from the sunny Caribbean in last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and this year's cold north in Assassin's Creed: Rogue, taking privateer-turned-pirate Edward Kenway out of the picture. For Assassin’s Creed Unity, the stealth action title relocates to the heart of Europe in the 18th century.

Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Nintendo 3DS)

Review by Nick H.

This holiday season has given me a chance to go back and play some games that I missed the first time around. The Phoenix Wright titles have always been interesting, but just never quite made their way onto my 'must play' list. However, the opportunity to see what they are all about with the neatly packaged Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was too good to pass up, and I am glad I had a chance to sit down and understand just what all of the fuss was about.

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance arriving and ready to deal massive damage in fall of 2015

News by Jedediah H.

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, the sixth home console entry to the series that did for grinding as old-school Raiden did for naked cartwheels (he made them cool again, right?), is coming to show us the nuances of vengeance in fall of 2015, exclusively for the PlayStation 4, via physical and digital distribution. (Are we freakin’ excited yet?)
 

DDNet Game of the Year Awards 2014! Microsoft Xbox Game of the Year

Awards by Matt S.

It is safe to say that 2014 has been a good year for games. It's not just that we've seen spectacular blockbusters released almost from the start of the year, across all game consoles; 2014 has been a spectacular year for game creativity as we've seen indies and arthouse titles find real success courtesy of download platforms.

Our awards this year have been the most popular that we've ever seen on the site, with well over 1,000 people voting for their favourite games across 16 categories. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be listing the two highly commendeds (second and third place) and winner of each category, one per day.

After a slow start for the Xbox One, Microsoft has really started to ramp things up in the blockbuster space, with some amazing games to look foward to over the next year or so. And in the meantime, while we wait, there's already been plenty of smaller and niche games to sick your teeth into.

(If you would like to discuss the winners, then why not jump over to our Steam Community, where we have a forum and curator page and the like?)

 
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