Mafia 3 Review

“Race plays a central role in this title but it would be a disservice to present or paint this as a game entirely devoted to tackling or being a representation of racism alone, to hold as the pinnacle measure of this issue” Continue reading Mafia 3 Review

12 Months, 12 Games: September – Never Alone

“We live in a world where so often when we come together our communal exchanges are formed around sharing stories amongst each other, factual accounts of our recent history for example, to use this mechanic in a gaming structure was a novel and pleasing change from the usual artificially contrived perils and menace encountered typically in video games.” Continue reading 12 Months, 12 Games: September – Never Alone

12 Months, 12 Games: August – Valiant Hearts

“Utilising a living comic book presentation style with an artistry and aesthetic more akin to the printed page, Valiant Hearts plays unlike a normal traditional Ubisoft studios title you might expect, narrative is key and at the heart of this expansive and encompassing tale that encapsulates many of the great battles and conflicts of this period from the declaration of war with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand of the Austrian-Hungarian empire to the Battle of the Somme and across the Western Front.” Continue reading 12 Months, 12 Games: August – Valiant Hearts

Sick Day Saviour

“I decided to tackle this challenge in the form of a personal log completed by Commander Shepherd following the spread of a virus aboard the Normandy and the conflict felt by the hero of the Mass Effect saga as his love and paramor Ashley Williams is inflicted to find a cure and save the day. I’ll concede there was a temptation to draw on some of the beats or emotions expressed during the sequence of events where Ashley was injured in the third game however I wanted to attempt something original and so created a fictional virus spread aboard the ship drawing parallels to some of the fervent nationalism in politics and the division between the human and alien species in this fictional universe. I look forward to checking out my competitors entry and if this my only participation in this event it was fun to flex my fictional writing skills.” Continue reading Sick Day Saviour

The Art of Watchdogs – Book Review

“From Titan Books, publisher of The Art of Dead Space we reviewed last year and author Andy McVittie comes another video game art book, The Art of Watch Dogs a compendium text exploring the world and mythology of this near future, open world presentation of the Windy City and a review of the art work and character development that brought this new franchise to life over the generational console divide. As with the game of its namesake the tone and presentation alludes to a complex technological narrative, the limited text and information presented in an almost coded binary fashion with the various subsections and chapters broken down into a functional manner” Continue reading The Art of Watchdogs – Book Review

Watchdogs: 5th Anniversary Retrospective

“Released in May 2014 from Ubisoft’s Montreal Studio, a game’s house that has become synonymous with games of this genre and style, assisting, perhaps even instrumental in the formation of some notable and expansive open world franchises including the Assassin’s Creed series and the Far Cry games following the first title from Crytek, Watch Dogs was an original Intellectual Property, IP, that attempted to shift the studios traditional focus from historic or environmental open world titles and establish a new series of games in a modern urban location. ” Continue reading Watchdogs: 5th Anniversary Retrospective

The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition – Book Review

“From Dark Horse Comics and Bioware, the accompanying book to the title, The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition is a rich and thorough collection of art and developmental work released to allow the user and gaming enthusiasts in general a look inside the world of Thedas and the journey of the Inquisitor from survivor to leader and the many challenges and threats faced along the way. We’ve long championed the worlds and lore of the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchise from Bioware, indeed going further back to the Forgotten Realms titles Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale and the various releases and iterations available ever since” Continue reading The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition – Book Review

Ubisoft E3: Watch Dogs Legion

“Looking at the reveal trailer and gameplay walkthrough, taking these with a certain amount of trepidation of course as early release videos and trailers can often mislead of mask a broken or unfinished product, they suggest a faithful interpretation of the city. Starting in the instantly familiar haunt of Piccadilly Circus my first mental note was the abundance of traffic and population in the surrounding areas as you explore the heart of Westminster” Continue reading Ubisoft E3: Watch Dogs Legion

12 Months, 12 Games: May – Sleeping Dogs

“Having enjoyed its predecessor True Crime  on the Gamecube a generation prior, for a Nintendo devotee my one true immersion into the open world action adventure titles missing out on the grandeur of the Grand Theft Auto series, I was intrigued about the possibility of following up both its style and gameplay with the added resources and power of the seventh generation of hardware.” Continue reading 12 Months, 12 Games: May – Sleeping Dogs

Weaponry of Resident Evil

“Barry Burton, Resident Evil

One of the fundamental aspects of the Resident Evil series has been its reliance and portrayal of weaponry, principally guns over the course of its history. As a structural mechanic, their inclusion and prevalence has worked to both serve as a defensive measure against the hordes of the undead but in equal measure has fundamentally shifted the narrative tone from that of survival to onslaught especially in the seventh generation titles with the release of Resident Evil 4 and 5. My experience of both these titles in my first play through a taught and menacing experience but as you came to unlock and upgrade your weapons the experience changed, gone the fear and dread of facing the larger monsters and demons, now replaced with a cavalier and brazen attitude of defiance and might.” Continue reading Weaponry of Resident Evil