So this week is biggie number 1 for us in the UK with the release of the Xbox One, and there are a ton of games out!! So again we’re not going to go much in depth, and there are a fair few repeats… But we will try our best!!
First up is, Ashes Cricket 2013 (Xbox 360/PS3/PC/Wii U), now I thought I’d seen this ages ago on the releases! turns out I was right! Pushed back and back, so much so it missed this year ashes, it’s safe to say fans are not impressed…
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PC/Wii U/PS4/Xbox One) comes out for the next gen, and Ubisoft have continued working on it up to this point, so bug fixes and new anti aliasing software included, means more amazing pirates for us!
Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii /DS /3DS/Wii U), very pink, dressing up, party games all in a sims Barbie house, and more pink!!
Battlefield 4 (Xbox One) again, already available on the current gen, but shinier!
Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/3DS/Wii U) nice cell shaded, children’s action adventure game… Although I totally know a 26 yr old who will be loving this!
Crimson Dragon (Xbox One)…. Nobody told me there was going to be dragons!?! (Personal obsession here…) just like Lair from the early 3rd gen days, this is a kinetic motion sensor driven dragon game, with free flying bosses etc etc… Shame the graphics don’t look amazing… But I’ll probably give it a play when it’s cheap, simply on the basis it has dragons!
Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One) is going to be a firm favourite out there, a meaty zombie-slaying game, with more zombies than you’ve every seen on screen, and un-ending, plus you have some crazy weapons to dispense them with. Shame about the 720p up scaling, making it not the prettiest next gen game, but still probably one of the most fun!
Fighter Within (Xbox One) making full use of the Kinect, brings us the promise of a motion fighting game. Compete against your friends, kick some ass…. Probably be absolutely exhausted!
Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One) was showcased at the Xbox One announcement earlier this year, and it still looks crazy beautiful, not only that, it is an essential buy for car lovers out there, look under the hood, alter, tinker and race…
Just Dance 2014 (PS4/Xbox One) one of the most active games of the year, with more hit songs, wider genres… This will def keep yours kids busy on Xmas day morning.
Killer Instinct (Xbox One) is a classic made modern, working just like Street Fighter 4, this by all accounts is an enjoyable fighting game, but probably isn’t going to come away with any awards. You also only get one free character, the rest you have to pay for with real money… No thanks.
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) gives us a master class in 2D & 3D hand held gaming, taking Zelda to this new dimension for the first time, with multiple camera views it’s been designed around the 3DS…. It apparently lives up to its franchise heritage.
Monster High 13 Wishes (Wii/DS/3DS/Wii U) fairly certain we had this one a few weeks back.
NBA Live 14 (PS4/Xbox One) seemingly no advancement from the previous game, plagued with issues and sub par graphics… Disappointing.
Need for Speed Rivals (Xbox 360/PS3/PC/PS4/Xbox One) is in the hands of new developers, seamlessly making online and single player blend together, it’s pretty and a good instalment, just lacking on imagination.
Ratchet and Clank Nexus (PS3) is the epilogue to the PS3 trilogy, giving you more of the classic adventure exploration , good fun as always, but I don’t think it’s anything to be truly excited about…
Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One) is a definite spectacle for release day games, it does look rather pretty, but despite the high production values, word on the street is that it can get a bit dull and repetitive… If you can stop looking at the power and prettiness that your new console has to show off to you!
Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers (PS3) “A fan-service 3D brawler one-vs-one based upon the Saint Seiya franchise. Fun but limited and not very original.”
Tearaway (Vita) now this looks amazing! Made by the people who brought us Little Big Planet, this beautiful torn paper world, fresh, different and completely magical it is a total must own for Vita owners.
Young Justice: Legacy (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/3DS/Wii U) comes out long after the tv series has ended to cash in on the fans. In all honesty it sounds poor, with sub par graphics… There is far better on offer this week.
Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One), now I loved this type of games a kid, and the idea of been able to walk around your park at ground level would excite me too, but with only 9 animals that can be in full enclosures, it does sound like the novelty would wear thin rather fast, but a good launch game for the younger members of the family.
And then lastly, Zumba World Party (Xbox 360/Wii/Wii U/Xbox One), as a fitness game I think these are great, so much so I took up Zumba for real for a while… If you want a fitness game, and haven’t tried this series yet, please do, it’s tons of fun and you’ll break a sweat too.
Phewwww…. That was a slog, sorry I wasn’t as in depth as usual (and my iPad posting this increments!), it was a marathon this week… And next week another one to go!
So ‘Coming Up’ this week, we have a fairly quiet one after the last couple of weeks bit hitters…. I am also a day late with this one…. you can blame the booze… so we’ll be short n’ sweet!
First up, on our only day of game releases is Angry Birds Star Wars II (PC) makes its way to the PC, just one easy download from Rovio’s website for a tiny price of $4.95 and comes with pretty much everything the mobile version had, except the telepod apparently… I’ll be honest, I have no idea if this makes a difference or not, but at least your favourite birds will be home to roost…
Another one for Assassin’s Creed – Heritage Edition (Xbox 360/PS3/PC), this includes the first 5 Assassin’s Creed games including Assassin’s Creed I, II and III, Revelations and Brotherhood… Now you should own/played all of these games, but like me probably a copy or two has been “lent” to a friend never to return, or you traded them in, if thats a case, and you love this franchise as much as I do, this is amazing value for money. 5 Games for the price of 1, £40 gets you all of it, so you can play from start to finish to your hearts content!
For the rest of this week we are heading over to the handhelds, first up Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) a scaled down companion game to its recently released bigger brother; is a 2.5D side scroller, with seemingly slower clunkier moves, puzzle solving adventure that we’ve come to see on the 3DS fairly often… Basically its not a scratch on its bigger brother, so unless you have a particular fondness for 2.5D side-scrollers, this isn’t going to be knocking your socks off.
Next up, we have Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games (3DS/Wii U), their biannual olympic series is back, same format as always, with 18 different sports to play, and even online multiplayer and challenges. Unfortunately all I’ve heard from reviewers who have played the WiiU version have said, that the motion controls are horrible, barely giving you any control of your character, and for that reason alone, avoid…
And then last for this week, we have Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS), the 6th instalment of this series of, puzzle solving, mathematical, IQ testing game play, all wrapped round a nice story, with nicely drawn 2D graphics and 3D cutscenes. The only downsides I have heard about this, is that it can get a little math heavy, and for the story to matter, you need to start with an earlier game first.
Anyways, thats all for this week! Don’t forget to tune into the podcast this week, we talk about Thor 2, and a review of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (so far) and why no good story starts with a salad…. Oh and Jon rants… a lot!
Cya later alligators!
This month in Coming Up, the sun is starting to have its effect as the amount of game releases slows down, but there are still some stonking good reasons coming out this month to stay inside and nurse that sunburn!! So I’ve got my cocktail, my spot in the sun… let’s get started!!
This month starts us off with the retail boxed release Journey: Collectors Edition (PS3); now Arran has talked a lot about this game on the show, and we quite simply haven’t gotten round to playing it! Shame on us! But maybe now is the time to purchase it, with Flower and flOw (Also developed by ThatGameCompany) included as well, its a deal! It will also feature a 30-minute making of documentary for Journey, director’s commentary for all three games, soundtracks, concept arts, PS3 themes, developer diaries and three new mini-games from the studio…. Phewww now THAT’s a packed Collectors Edition!
Set in future Paris Remember Me (XBox360/PS3/PC) is an action-adventure stealth game, in which the world has uploaded all of their memories to the net, this is social media gone super evil corporation big brother style…. And of cause the criminals/goverment that want to alter them / destroy them for personal gain…. Infact reading about this game reminds me of William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, and clearly takes an influence from this astounding book; it’s therefore a shame that it sounds like this won’t live up to the hype. Rumoured to be extremely linear in gameplay, it’s only 6 hours long, in a world that has the potential to be so much more, its said to have no sense of exploration, and it has mixed reviews about its combat system… I’m hesitant, but I do love this genre and the architecture is supposed to be astounding, it may be worth a punt….
And the third release for this week is yet another re-release as a collectors edition Eldar Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition (XBox360/PS3/PC), including all 3 of the DLC, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn; its also includes some patches to the combat systems, and a new ‘Legendary’ difficulty and ‘Legendary’ skills so that you can master all perks and level up skills indefinitely. So if you are not yet an owner of this game, this is the edition to get.
First up for this week is Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS), now I have heard nothing but praise for this game, and if what they are saying is true, say goodbye to your real-life, and hello to your new addiction. You are now major of your own little town, build it from scratch, explore, make friends… you’ll fall in love with your own little town, and you wont be able to put it down. It also has fun/family friendly multiplayer, so you can visit your friends game, or even someone random you pass in the street… All and all this game sounds like a whole load of addictive fun, and even possibly a game to buy the 3DS for.
Next up is Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour (XBox360/PS3), now I don’t have too much to say on this one, its got 110+ teams, over 50+ teams, with customisable players and teams… A good buy probably to the big rugby fan gamers out there, but not a lot of interest for the rest of us.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (PC) is a real-time space strategy game, the third expansion for Sins of a Solar Empire; not a looker as the original game is from 2008, and for some unknown reason doesn’t have a single-player mode, this only an online multiplayer… but as years go on, with less players logging in… I’m not sure this is worth the investment.
And finally for this week, undoubtedly the biggest release of the month, even possibly of the year (Some have even gone as far as saying EVER) is Playstation’s exclusive Last Of Us (PS3)… This game has been hyped up for months, especially when we got the first screen shots featuring Ellen Page as one of our lead characters, we’ve been clamouring at the bit to get this game, and its coming out just in time for my birthday and week off work (Hint hint!)… The excitement is most definitely reaching fever pitch. Reviews are restricted still, but for this from OPM UK “A work of art in which amazing sights and sounds fuel an emotionally draining, constantly compelling end of days adventure. This is Naughty Dog pushing the PS3 to its absolute limit.” but every other review is under a strict embargo until Sony give the green light. But for those who haven’t heard anything about this game yet, here’s the basic outline…. Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl, must work together if they hope to survive their journey across the post-apocalypse US, through abandoned nature reclaimed cities where your biggest enemies, are the other survivors…. This is going to be the PS3 swan-song, and I think its going to blow us all away….
For the week of June 21st, we start with Ashes Cricket 2013 (XBox360/PS3/PC/WiiU), there hasn’t been a cricket based game since 2010 so fans will be looking forward to this. New features include 360-degree batting control, a new line and length bowling system, changing weather conditions and a new game engine that will see pitches deteriorate over the course of several days…. Coming from a cricket family, I think the cricket fans out there will like these features, is the game any good though? Only the cricketers out there will be able to tell us.
Next up is the latest game in the Lego franchise, a 3DS and PSVita exclusive LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey (3DS/Vita). Now all LEGO games are a lot of good fun, and I have no doubt that this game will live up to its franchises reputation, but I’ll be honest I have no real interest in Legends of Chima as a Lego brand (And we own vast amounts of Lego in our house!); it is set in a world inhabited by different magical animal tribes. Overall it sounds like a solid, good vs evil fantasy adventure game…
Moving over to PC gaming, Magrunner (PC) is next up; a first-person action puzzle game set in a cyberpunk reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The video for this instantly made me think of Portal, but with magnetic guns, and not as good looking… Unsurprisingly you are in a training facility for Magrunner’s, when things start going wrong, and you need to find a way out…. it sounds all too familiar, and all rather boring to me….
And then lastly for this week we have Moto GP 13 (XBox360/PS3/PC/Vita), from watching gameplay trailers two things instantly game to mind… poor graphics…. glitchy…. The riders seemed to pop around in his seat, even parts of the bike looked to be moving (And not parts that should be)…. I may not be a biker, but I think even they wont be wowed by this game…
A rare mid-week release for Company of Heroes 2 (PC) a real-time strategy game set in WW2 on the eastern front. Not from watching the gameplay, I must admit the explosions and effects etc look pretty good, and I like the interactive environments, and it all has a rather cinematic feel. I would like to see this engine used to make another RTS game, in another genre for example, as WW2 themed games don’t appeal to me very much… But if this tickles your fancy, I think this looks alright.
For the last week of June, we’ll start off with Marvel’s Deadpool (XBox360/PS3); now this character is either loved or hated within the comic community, and I have friends firmly in both camps, some wont even touch this game, others will love it. This game is simply Deadpool through and through, raunchy jokes, over the top silly action, and so stupid that its hilarious. The action is pretty much hack, slash and kill as many enemies as possible, do not search for depth, but definitely easter eggs, cameos and breaking of the fourth wall…. I think it all really depends on which camp you sit in for this ‘marmite’ character as to weather this game is for you!
Next a rare WiiU exclusive in the form of Game & Wario (WiiU), made up of 12 mini games that can be played single-player and an additional 4 in multi-player, all which sound very child and family friendly, none of which sound particularly exciting if you are over the age of 8…. But if you have a WiiU in your family household, this should keep the kids entertained for a few days at least.
Our last re-release of the month is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (XBox360), as it finally gets its physical retail release, but apart form a free 48hour trail of Xbox Live Gold it will be no different to its downloadable brother. Just further proof of the best selling XBLA game ever’s success, and oh how we love this amazing game here on the sofa (I even have a cuddly creeper toy on our bed…. He’s called Gavin lol)…. Never played it? Why the hell not and please let me disown you now 😛
And lastly this month, its Time & Eternity (PS3)…. Now what is this about, well Time and Eternity is a hand-drawn animation RPG where you will witness your own death at your wedding before traveling back in time with your wife-to-be in order to track down your killer….. Right….. But its combination of traditional Manga 2D hand-drawn animation with 3D game play will make for an interesting mix (I’ve even heard something about having a pet dragon!)… But weather this style mix works, we will have to wait and see.
Anyways thats it for this month from the 3 Legged Sofa camp…. Girl out!!
So to deviate from today’s original plan, today we’re going to take a look back over Bioshock Infinite.
The third title in this series, and definitely highly anticipated, and we simply HAD to pick it up after Joe’s review on the podcast a while back. And he was right, the environment in this game is simply amazing, and in the opening scenes had us spell bound, the detail put into as simple things as posters had me looking at everything, the whole way through… It is quite a shame the Vox burnt it all down! The sound track was also brilliant, finding myself singing along to songs, only to realise I knew them, such as an amazing barbershop quartet singing “God Only Knows” and a phonograph playing “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun” to name only a few.
Its a shame though that this pleasure didn’t transfer to the game play. It felt clunky, and slow at times, that I was controlling nothing more than a gun stuck to a tripod, and the action happening in front of me was in a scrolling window… Certainly didn’t feel very immersive for me. And then there was the repetitive killing, now don’t get me wrong, I expected the shooting, and the killing, and the cool vigors combo’s…. But it felt like thats all there was to this game at times; Kill all the baddies in this section; move to the next section; Kill all the baddies in this one; Move to the next section….. Over and over, hell even Elizabeth did the lock picking for you!! (They had the hacking mini puzzle games in Bioshock before, so why not in this one?)
(( I did like Elizabeth though, it did feel like she was in for the ride with you, and right in there helping you during the fights…. When she was kidnapped, I really felt the lack of her presence, and not just there to throw you a health kit when you needed it. ))
Quite simply, it got boring after a while, but all the bits that I enjoyed encouraged me to slog on through to the end, with the weird twists and turns along the way which kept me interested (May I add though, I did stop playing for a whole 2 weeks at one point, quite simply, cause I wasn’t in love with this game enough).
The story ending though… You know what, made it all worth it! The twists, tying it all back in with the start of this game, and then the first Bioshock as well, “But thats another story…” As Elizabeth points out…. I won’t spoil it, but I was glued to my screen with glee, with “Oh wow that’s…” and “Wait that’s…!” (Much to James’ annoyance, as I was under instruction to keep quiet and not spoil the story for him!)
All in all, this is a very good game… And you should play it if you haven’t already, it does after all have such a high review rating for a reason, just don’t be surprised if you feel that your battles are stuck on repeat.
Yup that’s right, I stole the 3 Legged Sofa away from the guys, to bring you a totally rad (I miss you guys!) new way of getting your 3 Legged Sofa fix!
Here at Girl on the Sofa Blog, I’ll be bringing you all the news from all 4+ corners of geekdom, from reviews, articles, youtube videos to this months release list so you never miss a thing!! Oh an of cause all of those embarrassing photos the guys don’t realising I’m taking every show, muahahaha!! And probably far far more……
So… Shall we begin?