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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

metal gear solid, ground zeroes, box art, reviewSurrounded in controversy, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a short prologue to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Before launching, players were split on the high price and low duration of the title, resulting in Konami reducing the recommended retail price and in a lot of claims that Ground Zeroes was likely nothing more than a purchasable demo.

It’s worth prefacing this review with a note that the cost of the title will not factor into the review. Instead, readers will be expected to make their own judgement as to whether the game described here matches the value that they would be expected to pay for it, regardless of this reviewer’s opinion on the matter.  Continue reading

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes BAFTAs Impressions

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is the 10th canon instalment of the popular, genre-defining franchise. Clouded with controversy amid speculations of game length, retail pricing, and the direction of this particular game in general, Ground Zeroes rises above it all and delivers another fresh perspective on the stealth-action genre granting the player a completely new way to control Big Boss’ actions more precisely.  Continue reading

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metal Gear Solid, 2, sons of liberty, box art, gaming advanceWe recently looked at the original Metal Gear Solid title. With Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes still to come, there are plenty more releases to explore. Today, we’ll be looking at Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, released on PlayStation 2 back in 2001. Metal Gear Solid 2 is a particularly interesting entry in the series. Surrounded in controversy, Metal Gear Solid 2 dared to replace Solid Snake as the lead protagonist. Meanwhile, the upcoming Ground Zeroes has also been subject to similar criticism, this time for replacing the iconic Solid Snake’s voice actor. It’s an interesting parallel, but I’d be deceiving you if I lead you to believe we’d be exploring any of Ground Zeroes’ controversies here.   Continue reading

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Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid, box art, reviewLaunching in 1998 and developed by Konami, Metal Gear Solid is one of the best selling PlayStation titles on the system. While not the first in the series, with both Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake preceding it, Metal Gear Solid was somewhat revolutionary. It married cinematic storytelling with gameplay to a level not yet seen on the system, and offered a unique and innovative experience for players to enjoy. With Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes coming out in March, we’re going to take a look through the Metal Gear Solid series.   Continue reading

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

dragon ball z, box art, battle of z, playstation vitaAlmost every year sees a brand new videogame release in the Dragon Ball Z series. While typically focusing on the fighting aspect of both the manga and the show, the games often change after two or three sequels. However, after a disappointing release with Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, it’s no surprise that the developer has attempted another relatively new approach. This time, the team fighting, arcade titles are seeing a console release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.   Continue reading

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Ys: Memories of Celceta

Ys_Memories_of_Celceta-Box_ArtYs: Memories of Celceta is the first of the many Ys IV action-role playing games in the Ys series, and is developed by Nihon Falcom, Even though this Ys is only a reboot of a remake of two older Ys games, only the basic premise is shared as both the game play and some of the plot points have been changed. Due to this being Falcom’s first attempt at Ys IV, this is the most significant of the Ys IV titles and is already considered canon.  

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