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Review: The Walking Dead Episode Five: No Time Left (Multi)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- December 9, 2012 @ 13:42    1 COMMENT
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Genre: Adventure | Developer: Telltale Games | Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform: 360 (Reviewed), PS3, PC, Mac| Players: 1| Rating: ESRB: M  / PEGI: 18

No Time Left’‘ caps off what has been an emotionally draining first season of Telltale Games’ adaptation of Robert Kirkman‘s The Walking Dead graphical novella and does so with the sort of dramatic bombast expected of the source material that it so fervently (and successfully) seeks to emulate.

Following the established blueprint lain thus far by previous episodes, its business as usual in the final episode of the season; you choose your dialogue with the other survivors, make life or death choices and amble about solving trivial logical conundrums which operate as little else than a pacing device for the narrative.

Such a depressingly clinical evaluation of this finale and which is applicable by proxy, to this entire first season of The Walking Dead, does what the developer has achieved here little justice however as Telltale’s latest effort is their finest; a carefully crafted kaleidoscope of emotionally harrowing moral dichotomies, deep characterisation and bleak atmospheric menace.

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Review: Midway Arcade Origins (PS3/360)

Posted by Joe Cammisa- November 11, 2012 @ 15:29    ADD COMMENTS
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Developer: Backbone Entertainment | Publisher: WB Interactive | Players: 1-4
Genre: Retro/Arcade | Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3  | Rating: ESRB – T

I’m a child of the 80′s. I still remember going to the Aladdin’s Castle arcade at the mall, popping tokens into the machines, and playing games until my allowance was all spent. The mere thought of retro game collections gets my immediate interest, so when Midway Arcade Origins was first announced, I was pretty excited about it.

Having spent a nice amount of time with this collection of 31 Midway classics from the years gone by, I’m left with both a game I really adore, as well as some negative feelings, because just knowing what issues there are, and what else could’ve been included, makes me sad we didn’t get something so much better.

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EG Expo 2012: Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Hands-On (PS3)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- October 22, 2012 @ 20:53    2 COMMENTS
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch would seem like a match made in Heaven on first glance.  The combination of relatively tried and tested JRPG mechanics, an eighty plus hour adventure and retina-caressingly sumptuous Studio Ghibli visuals should have fans of the genre (and pretty things in general) giddy with nerdgasmic joy.

Right?

Damn right.  As my twenty minute or so playthrough at the Eurogamer Expo largely affirmed; Ni No Kuni is exactly how you thought it would be; a gorgeously ornate exercise in classic JRPG mechanics being married to timeless Studio Ghibli aesthetics that is every bit as joyful to play as it is to watch.

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EG Expo 2012: Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Hands-On (PS3)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- October 9, 2012 @ 17:03    2 COMMENTS
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During his illuminative BAFTA speech a couple of weeks ago, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima alluded to the fact that characters from the Metal Gear Solid universe would be freely able to star in their own games, if the resource and developmental strategies were right.

And so here we are with Metal Gear Rising Revengeance; a game developed by Bayonetta code-house Platnium Games, whose gleefully nonsensical title is matched only by the jarring removal the game represents from the stealth gameplay style of the core IP that spawned it.

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EG Expo 2012: God of War Ascension Hands-On (PS3)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- October 6, 2012 @ 17:47    Comments Off
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He’s back you know.  Yeah, you know who I mean; Kratos.  The angry, chrome-domed chap with the ash of his kin adorning his flesh and those natty tattoos has returned with a brand new game for the PS3, one which is yet another prequel to the current series, but nevertheless appears to be an extremely solid, if not terribly revolutionary entry for the franchise.

At the Eurogamer Expo this year I got to take a look at both the single and multi-player sides of the game and while the former is little changed yet drenched in familiar bombast, its really the latter that makes this the freshest entry in the series for a long time.

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EG Expo 2012: Dishonored Hands-On (Xbox 360)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- October 3, 2012 @ 22:14    4 COMMENTS
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Sometimes, you see a trailer for a game decked out in some truly pretty CG renders and you think; “Nah.  There’s no way the actual game will be anything like that”, and so you push it to the back of your mind after your retinas have finished digesting their two minute course of pre-rendered candy.

Then sometime later, you see someone actually playing that same game in a developer walkthrough and despite seeing all the cool things that they’re doing, the cynical part of your mind overrides everything else and you cry smoke and mirrors; reasserting your cynicism that the developer is tip-toeing around the game’s many failings to show you it in an improbably flawless light.

Dishonored was like that for me before I got to play it at last weekend’s Eurogamer Expo. The twist however, is that the Arkane Studios product is a staggeringly accomplished exception to the rule and one which as assuredly overwhelms the player with a breathtakingly open remit for accomplishing its mandate of goals as much as it does with the tremendous sense of empowerment it provides. Read the rest of this entry »

EG Expo 2012: DmC – Devil May Cry Hands-On (Xbox 360)

Posted by John-Paul Jones- October 2, 2012 @ 16:03    ADD COMMENTS
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To say I was chomping at the bit to ascertain the quality of Ninja Theory’s take on The Adventures Of Dante, would be somewhat of understatement; doubly so given the ludicrously kneejerk and generally ignorant reactions the game has received since its announcement.

I can happily report then that the more reasonable of you who harbour doubts about the game and have long since gotten over ‘that look’, will have your legitimate worries assuaged; on the evidence of the Eurogamer Expo demo, Ninja Theory appear to be ample custodians of the IP, turning out a seemingly superlative entry in the series.

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