Top 5 Games of 2016

I think it can be safely said that 2016 was a good year for games. While it didn’t have the amazing highs of 2015, like The Witcher 3 or Arkham Knight or Fallout 4, it had more variety, and a more sustained output of good games. And while 2016 had three huge sandboxes, this year had a bit more diversity in its big releases. We had great narrative-driven games (I refuse to use the term ‘walking simulator’), quite a few innovative shooters, and even some big platformers. Anyway, enough babbling, here are my top 5 games of 2016 Continue reading “Top 5 Games of 2016”

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – Not So Much ‘Rising’ As Cautiously Moving Up a Step

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Platforms: PC (reviewed), Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 (not yet released)
Date of play: 29/01/16 – 8/02/16
Play time: 16 hours

As a franchise, Tomb Raider faded from most gamers’ memories in the last console generation. Sure, games released on those consoles, but nobody really cared. And then the 2013 reboot happened and brought Lara Croft back to the forefront of gaming. While controversial for a number of reasons, such as an increased focus on combat over platforming and a grittier story, I liked it. It was pretty, it was fun, it was engaging, and had high production values. Basically Uncharted for those of us who don’t play UnchartedRise of the Tomb Raider is more of the same. While it’s not an outright sophomore slump, I don’t get the feeling Crystal Dynamics are giving it their all after they aced their first year. Continue reading “Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – Not So Much ‘Rising’ As Cautiously Moving Up a Step”

The Franchise and Me – Assassin’s Creed

I plan on looking at Assassin’s Creed: Unity, but since I recall hearing in the Co-Optional Podcast (great podcast, watch it!) that it’s easier to trust someone’s word when you know more about their history with a particular game or genre, I’ve decided that, before reviewing a game in a franchise that I haven’t covered before (read: any franchise, since I just started doing this), that I’ll first give a brief overview of my history with the franchise: what I liked and didn’t like; and my standing on the franchise overall. That way, it’s easier to see if I have a bias I forgot to disclose in any way, or if someone would even find my opinion valuable. If they thought AC3 was bad and I thought it was good, and they vehemently disagree with why, they know they can’t really trust my opinion. I was going to do this at the beginning of the Unity review, but it got pretty out of control, so I decided to make it its own separate thing. With that in mind, I give you my history with Assassin’s Creed. Continue reading “The Franchise and Me – Assassin’s Creed”