Abdul is our Editor-at-Large, and while his reviews were minimal, it didn’t stop him from playing this year’s biggest and brightest hits. If it weren’t for this year’s games, he’d be playing something retro like a classic Mortal Kombat release. Now he has Mortal Kombat 11 to look forward to next year.
I enjoyed NHL 18 and was looking for NHL 19 to bring back online leagues, add more depth to the Be a Pro and Franchise modes along the lines of story lines, fake social media, etc. Instead, the focus, at least from the marketing side this year is on gameplay tweaks and World of Chel.
Watch Dogs was an interesting new IP that came out in 2014. It took the Assassin’s Creed molded Ubisoft open-world formula, and set it in a modern day world with hacking as your tool in place of a hidden blade. It wasn’t perfect, the characters kind of sucked, but I enjoyed it.
With the Xbox One going into its third year, and the addition of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, a lot of Xbox gamers are likely running into hard drives that are running out of space. Fear not, the Xbox One supports External Hard Drives. This makes it quite painless to add storage to your Xbox with very little effort. Enter the Seagate 2TB Game Drive for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
I was not as negative on Assassin’s Creed Unity as others were — It was flawed, but I thought the Assassinations were closer to something out of the Hitman series and were a little more elaborate than in past games, and the changes to the control scheme were welcome. As time marches on, so does the Assassin’s Creed series it seems. The 8th Assassin’s Creed game (9th if you count Liberation) in the last 6 years is upon us with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. This time, the game takes place in 1860’s London, and you play as the brother-sister combination of Jacob and Evie Frye.
Rock Band 4 is my first time playing a game in the plastics instruments genre. I’ve watched at the periphery but just never had a chance to play these games because I was never in a living situation that could accommodate big and loud plastic instruments. But now that I live in my own house, I was finally able to play a Rock Band game. In preparation for this review, I also purchased Rock Band 1-3 as well as Rock Band: Beatles to be able to play them and have some context about the series.
The Phantom Pain takes place in 1984 and continues the story of Big Boss following the events of Metal Gear Solid 3, Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes (other games in the series are set in the future beyond Phantom Pain). Will you get more out of the game’s story had you played the aforementioned games? Of course. But do you need to play those games to play Phantom Pain? Absolutely not. And I say this as a huge fan of Metal Gear who has played all of the mainline games of the series.
After I played a bunch of 2011’s Mortal Kombat 9, I had wondered where NetherRealm Studios could go next. Mortal Kombat 9 had successfully used through the beloved characters and story from the original trilogy as the base for that game, so it was hard to see where they could go given that the games after the original trilogy were not as well received.
The Assassin’s Creed series is in a weird spot entering into this year’s installment. The last game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag downplayed the modern day plot and pretty much avoided the mission design issues of Assassin’s Creed III by staying mainly in ships. This year, ships and piracy has been reserved for previous generation consoles with Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and current generation consoles got Unity.
I was excited when I heard that GOG.com was releasing X-Wing and Tie Fighter, and spent last night putting together the Tie Fighter Reconstructed mod for this new GOG.com edition of Tie Fighter!
The guide in general has also been cleaned up a little so if you just want to see how to setup your 360/XB1/PS4 controller, just look at the “Controller Setup” section for each game:
NHL 15 is EA’s first foray into Hockey on the current generation. Last year’s game was not earth shattering, but thats okay, it was still an amazing package, was filled to the brim with modes and features. Had they just brought that experience over to the current generation with some improved graphics, I knew I would have been pretty happy with it. And that was not unreasonable since Madden and FIFA came to current generation systems mostly unscathed. EA even told us they would wait a year to get NHL on current generation systems so that they could do it right.
It’s been over a decade since the last proper Star Wars flight sim was released from LucasArts, and many of us who were fans of the original series have been patiently waiting for a new installment for quite some time now. With the new Star Wars movies on the horizon, what else would be better than revisiting these games?
When Watch Dogs debuted at E3 2012 and was shown off again at E3 2013, there was a ton of excitement about this game. It did a good job of showcasing all of the systems at work in the game, and how they seemingly were a step above previous generation games. Not only that, but Watch Dogs (along with the defunct Star Wars 1313) was the first current generation game we actually saw.
Super Time Force came out at a perfect time in the release schedule for many like myself who have been absolutely dying to play something on their shiny new current generation systems. Even if it is a game that could run on previous generation hardware, it’s nice to have a big name indie game come to Xbox One finally.