Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The Golf Club (PC)

The Golf Club PC ReviewReview by Shaan J. 

Sports games have essentially become synonymous with annual releases, and each new title is often accompanied by buzzwords like “career”, “customisation”, or “social”. Electronic Arts has been a giant in this field, investing heavily into the yearly release cycle for all kinds of sports games, with studios working around the clock to crank out a new release each and every year.

Review: Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PlayStation 4)

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate ReviewReview by Matt S.

You wouldn't think that I'd find myself getting hooked on yet another version of Warriors Orochi 3. After playing the PlayStation 3 original release to death, and again spending an unhealthy amount of time in the Nintendo Wii U port, I found myself with a copy of the "HD" version of in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate on the PlayStation 4. And you know what? I'm hooked all over again. That's how good this game is.

Trailer: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call - a peek at Quest Medley mode

News by Jedediah H.

Have you ever laid on your belly in the middle of a cold afternoon, dreaming of pummelling some of the Final Fantasy universe's most famous creatures and smug bosses with the power of dynamic rhythm-action, earning experience and rewards for every song well performed and foolish adversary bested? Then this trailer will produce an ample grin.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 5: No Going Back (Microsoft Xbox 360)

Review by Nick H.

I thought Season 2 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead started with something of a whimper, with characters that did not interest me much and a scenario that held promise, but failed to deliver. On the whole, this season has been an up and down experience, but by the end, I had found myself again caring about the characters and questioning what's going on around me. The leading lady, Clementine, has grown a great deal as a character, and without giving away anything, there's a specific scene in this episode that reminds us of that. Meanwhile while several other harrowing scenes made me realise that this season's cast of characters has come a long way since the first episode.

Review: Master Reboot (Nintendo WIi U)

Review by Nick H.

I love a good creepy game. They have the ability to engage the senses and mind in ways few other games can. A horror or suspense title is a challenging one to build, however. It needs to keep you intensely immersed in its world, in order to keep the mind focused on the ultimate payoff. Master Reboot comes close a few times and has a handful of quality moments, but it is an uneven package that does not quite come together when it needs to.

Review: Hohokum (Sony Playstation 4)

Hohokum PlayStation 4Review by Jedediah H.

Propelled by the wind, or perhaps by magical liberty, I drift the skies, the caves, the fabulous colours. But it's the night hours in this particular world, and the blackness of the backdrop teases me to explore the apparent emptiness. So I quickly ascend and pierce a skyline overpopulated by tiny stars, pleasant spirits that chirp then cling to my undulating body as I pass through them. Amused and curious as to what can possibly await below, I perform a vertical dive to ground level.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PlayStation Vita)

Danganronpa 2 reviewReview by Matt S.

The first Danganronpa was a masterclass in narrative storytelling. Taking a series of murder mysteries, and wrapping them up in a philosophical framework that covered everything from Schrodinger's Cat to nihilism, game theory to morality, it's the kind of game that you could replay over and over again, looking at it from different perspectives and trying to puzzle through everything that it was throwing at you.

Persona 5, Dead or Alive 5 coming to PlayStation 4 (Oh, and Dragon Quest Warriors too)

News by Matt S. 

A couple of games that I've got a personal interest in have just been confirmed for a PlayStation 4 release.

The Tekken guys are making a VR game about a schoolgirl

News by Matt S.

This was inevitable - some developer in Japan was going to take the Oculus Rift or Sony's Project Morpheus technology for virtual reality, or VR, and use it to create one of those "quirky" games where for reasons unknown you, the player, find yourself in a schoolgirl's bedroom.

Review: CounterSpy (PlayStation Vita)

Review by Sam M.

CounterSpy places itself within the Cold War. Two sides, the Imperialist States and the Socialist Republic are competing in the Space Race. But it’s not the race you’re most likely thinking of. It’s a race to blow up the moon. C.O.U.N.T.E.R. has been tasked with finding the launch plans for both parties, to prevent the destruction of the moon.

Early Access Preview: Crypt of the NecroDancer (PC)

Preview by Chris I.

Roguelikes are a pet favourite genre for many of our team at DDNet. We're also quite fond of the rhythm game genre too. But what, oh what, would possibly happen if these two genres collided? Indie studio Brace Yourself Games has done the unthinkable and tackled this precise question. On paper, this might seem like an epic tragedy just waiting to happen, but this hardcore dungeon crawling (roguelike) rhythm game is shaping up to be awesome. It's not even completed yet and it's awesome.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The big games of September: Wow are you going to be busy

List by Jim S.

Here's  a basic fact: if you enjoy games (any kind of game), then forget about doing anything else in September. You are going to be playing what seems like an endless stream of games.

Here's only a selection of them. There are a whole load that we've either forgotten or simply run out of the energy to write them all out. So apologies if we've left your #1 game off the list!

Be sure to let us know which games are on your list for the next month!