Surrounded 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
Almost 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
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is the third installment in the Japanese Role-Playing Game series, Hyperdimension Neptunia. Established as a parody franchise, Neptunia goes out of its way to exaggerate and mock popular cliches in Japanese videogames. It’s a sequel to the mildly received Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, which saw a new protagonist. In Victory, the original protagonist, Neptune, returns as the hero for the story.
One Piece Pirate Warriors is an action game based on the Japanese graphic novel. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, who are all trying to search for the One Piece treasure. Pirate Warriors covers the first half of the One Piece series, with the end being of the game taking place at the time-skip. The game however does leave out a few arcs, with one missing major arc being Skypiea. Continue reading
Over the years, I’ve continued to play the large collection of Dragon Ball Z games both because of the entertainment they bring, and that the games allow you to play as your favourite characters and re-live the series at your will. There has been a huge number of games over the years, some have been very weak some very good. The most recent release before Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection, Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi was an annoying game, and I am pleased that Bandai decided to go back and look at what made their DBZ games great. Continue reading
Tomb Raider is latest title of the iconic series. Casting aside the legacy created and starting afresh, with the rebooted and re-imagined Lara Croft, Crystal Dynamics brings a new perspective to the famous and symbolic heroine. This title revives the series with a new Lara and bringing a new insight into how she becomes the well-established bad ass players will be familiar with from the first video game released in 1996. Unlike that of the predecessors’ title, this game brings to light, the journey Lara takes into becoming a legendary tomb raider. Continue reading
DmC: Devil May Cry is the latest entry and reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise, featuring a brand new cast and storyline. The title is so different compared to previous releases that it has spawned massive controversy, revealing the very worst in the games industry. Gaming outlets would insult fans and constantly revel in trying to show them up. Conversely, fans would focus on any minor gripe that they could to project DmC as a failure.
As a fan of Devil May Cry, myself, it’s hard not to be disappointed. The characters that I enjoyed have been replaced, the series has become darker and less crazy, and even the gameplay has been altered to fit Ninja Theory’s artistic designs. Regardless, DmC is a reboot, and such changes are to be expected. I defended the game from some of the sillier criticisms from the start, but does the game actually deserve the criticism it gets? Is it the failure that fans claim?
Developer: Ninja Theory
Genre: Action//Hack-and-Slash, Brawler; Fantasy
Platform: PlayStation 3(Reviewed), Xbox 360, Windows PC
Release Date: 15th January, 2013 (NA/EU); 17th January, 2013 (JP)