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Not An Ordinary Tune: Anthem

Anyone else feel like E3 was a big old load of average this year? For me the whole shebang felt like I was offered the World’s best hot dog and was only given the bun. Bread’s ok, but I think we all want piping hot sausage meat. And yet in the very first, very worst, show this year EA gave us a little glimpse of BioWare’s new IP Anthem. There was nothing in that teaser, but nice visuals and there was a promise of a full trailer the next day, when Microsoft had their turn.

The next day Microsoft rolled out their pitch for our hearts and minds, which was excellent, learning as they obviously have from Sony’s past couple of years in that they showed a lot of trailers and only slowed down to talk when it was a massive title, when they would go more in depth. This left them in the envious position of only making us look at the escher inspired, giant Ikea storage cabinet that made up their set only three or four times during their presentation. The last time they concentrated on a game was Anthem I’m going to link the whole thing below. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it.

Fuck me, right?

I’m going to get the obvious parallels out of the way first. Looks like Destiny if Bungie had a Tony Stark crush, right? Well, there is nothing wrong with that. You know what’s cool? Iron man is cool. Even Iron Man 2 has that fight at the end! Iron Man is so fucking cool that he fucked She-Hulk and she’s a lawyer AND a hulk. Can you do that? Of course you can’t. Anthem won’t let you either, but at least you can wear the suits. It seems like you can have several suits that you can spec out in different ways and that all come with unique abilities. So far, so Warframe. However the fact that this game takes it cues from Destiny, though, is by far the coolest thing about it.

Destiny is my favourite game, I make no bones about it. Until I played Destiny I didn’t even enjoy FPS that much, but I do love an RPG grind and that’s what Destiny is. In many ways the last three years of Destiny have been about Bungie’s struggle to balance that grind between fiendish and machiavellian, but they seem to have the balance right now and a lot of people love it. It’s weekly reset has become an actual hobby for many and is the word used most often by Bungie employees when describing the game. Hell, there are aspects of Destiny, moments I’ve had in it that no other game has come close to. The friends I’ve made there will probably be waiting for me to boot up Anthem and I can’t wait to see them there.

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Did you see how slightly Claymation the bigger creatures are? That reminded me of Ray Harryhausen’s sublime effects for Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. The ease of movement in the clip? The transition from air to water? And above all, the way your fireteam just join you in mission? I know I’m going to soar through those skies, bringing armoured fury to those that stand in our way. I have no doubt that the same hardy Guardians I stood with at the entrance to the Vault of Glass and who cut through two Throne Worlds with me will be there with me, killing shit and earning loot. Because that’s why we’re there, loot and Mayhem. Anthem promises lots of both.

EA Opens E3 With a Lot of Noise, But Little Substance

EA kicked off E3 today with a show that managed to feel both bloated and lacking in content, but which still managed to have one or two surprises.

The show started with yet another E3 drumline because it wouldn’t be E3 without at least thirty confused percussionists at each show. This time they wore Madden themed shirts, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same band of undead troubadours that they always wheel out for this thing. Continue reading “EA Opens E3 With a Lot of Noise, But Little Substance”

Scuf Impact Review

A Scuf Impact is a PS4 controller made by Scuf Gaming that you can customize to fit your own needs and with your own colour scheme. There are not a lot of colour options, but there’s enough that most people will be able to find a colour they like. If there’s none you like, you can always go with the normal black or white versions and save yourself a couple $, €, £, …

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20 Games for Under 20 Euros

The PS store is having a bit of a sale at the moment, with tons of games discounted to under 20 Euro until June 6th. I thought I’d take my pick of 20 games that are well worth shelling out on.

First up is Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which is on sale until June 1st at 12.99, which is an unbelievable price for that amount of Vault Hunting.

You can grab Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, play it before it’s sequel hits and fall in love with it’s amazing Nemesis System (It’s also super easy to Plat, for all you Trophy Hunters).

Fallout 4 is here and it’s a massive game for this price. You should play it if you haven’t before, but If you haven’t played any of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic masterpieces, start with 3 instead.

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder just how much destruction I can cause with 20 Euros and, apart from spending it on acid and freaking out at your own kid’s nativity, I reckon Just Cause 3 is scientifically proven to give you the most bang for your buck.

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Remember just how good Resi 4 is? Fancy playing an insanely hard, disgusting and actually pretty disturbing tale from the genius behind it? The Evil Within is a bit of a curate’s egg, in that the story is great, it looks beautiful and it plays like it should, but there’s something missing from it that I’ve never quite figured out.

Everyone I know agrees that Ubisoft suck all the balls, but everyone I know agrees that the sailing and general piratical nonsense in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is really fun. Try not to love the shanties!

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If you haven’t played the Darksiders games, then Darksiders 2: The Deathinitive Edition will suprise you with it’s great design, fun gameplay and boss fights that are more than your standard bullet-sponges.

You can also get both Batman: Arkham Knight and it’s Definitive Edition in the sale if you too will be able to say ‘Yeah, it’s cool. Wish there’d been less Batmobile’.

EA Sports have a couple in the sale that I’ll mention, although if you’re a football fan and you don’t have the ubiquitous FiFA 17, then that’s kind off odd, bro. So as well as FiFA we have Madden NFL 17, UFC 2, NHL 17 and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, which is currently destroying friendships amongst my buddies quicker than that barmaid from The Barley Mow, back in the day.

The funniest game I played last year was easily LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. It’s everything you expect from LEGO game but with added Stilt Man. What’s not to love?

Anyone like D&D? RPGs? Then, holy S@#*snacks, have I got a game for you. Sword Coast Legends is almost too ambitious to even appear on console. These treats are usually kept for our PC using brethren, but you get to try this. I’m probably going to have to fully review this at some point, simply because I’m so blown away by what they’re trying to do.

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Deponia is a wonderful point and click adventure game in the same vein as Broken Sword or any of the Lucasarts classics. You play Rufus in an incredibly funny (sometimes) adventure that sees him trying to escape his village on a Junkworld. Great game, but sometimes the jokes are so crappy and so ever present that you want to punch through your own head.

Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY edition is also available and remains a superb and inventive RPG.

Rayman Legends is, without a doubt, one of, if not the best 2D platformer of this generation and it’s local Co-OP. Go have fun with your mates in a really, really fun game.

Not many people know this about me, but I adore seeing testicles being shot in slow-mo, x-ray vision, so I couldn’t have been happier with Sniper Elite 3, Rebellion Developments superb junk destroyment simulator. What’s that? You can shoot them other places too? Wtf?

Lastly I would like to point out that Telltale have some of their greatest hits on sale, so instead of picking between them, just look for Telltale if you want an episodic adventure game where decisions actually matter and story is king.

Hope this little list has encouraged you to hit the PS Store’s special offer button today, there’s some great games available at less price than you’re going to spend on a decent pizza. Happy days, folks!

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How Gary Stole the Traveler: A Look at the Destiny 2 Premiere

Bungie showed Destiny 2 off for the first time today and it showed us a Vanguard as shattered as the Tower it was housed in.

The stream opened with the gameplay reveal trailer, which showed The Tower and Guardians looking prettier than we’ve seen them before, the graphics this time round are an obvious upgrade on Destiny, saddled as it was with previous gen hardware constraints at birth. I’m not going to go into the trailer too much as it’s linked above, so just go watch it. I’ll wait. Continue reading “How Gary Stole the Traveler: A Look at the Destiny 2 Premiere”

Digimon World: Next Order Grinds Zaran Down.

When this game was revealed to be a throwback to the original Digimon World, I along with many old Digimon World fans grew excited and were sure that this game would be a good hit and couldn’t wait for it to be released.

On release I quickly picked up the game and immersed myself into it. The feel and even the graphics, which honestly aren’t that amazing for the current day and age, reminded me very much of the old game. The nostalgic characters from the first game and the nearly destroyed Floatia only helped with the familiar feeling. After about half an hour to an hour of the game showing me the ropes, I had trained my Digimon to, an in my eyes, acceptable level. At this point the game already had me hooked because of the nostalgia factor, along with what I had experienced up to now and was a solid ten out of ten for me, personally. Continue reading “Digimon World: Next Order Grinds Zaran Down.”