They should really call this the HD PVR Pocket, because of its compact size, you can literally store it in your pocket. The Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket then becomes the ultimate in portability and quality. However, “Rocket” is equally as apt, as it is an expeditious way of recording gameplay.
I want you to take a minute and think of the best looking game on the Xbox One. Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute. Waiting… Waiting… Did you come up with one? Ok. Now, move that game down a peg because you’ve just found your new number one.
Abraham Van Helsing, the son of the famous Van Helsing has travelled to Borgovia to investigate the town as some mysterious things are aloft. Van Helsing travels across the land to reach Borgovia battling creatures, villains, and mythical monsters. As he travels, he is aided by his, mostly annoying yet quick witted, ghostly apparition Katarina who will provide back up when Van Helsing runs into spots of troube. Traveling through the forest taking down werewolves and other crazy creatures of forgotten folklore, Van Helsing and Katarina subdue them all to in their quest to reach the town of Mordova, just outside of Borgovia. Mordova is where the end of the intro and the start the “Incrededible Adventure” begins.
In a world of entertainment rapidly shifting from vampires to zombie apocalypses, “The Last of Us” at first seemed like white noise—another shooter, another mindless corpse, another attempt not to have your brains devoured. Still, with the Naughty Dog name and years of “Uncharted” nostalgia, it was a game to buy out of loyalty if nothing else. Like its predecessor, however, the post-apocalyptic tale grabs you from the beginning and refuses to let go, thankfully leaving your brain intact to enjoy the amazing ride. Naughty Dog once again knocks it out of the park in every sense of the phrase, spinning a story and providing a gameplay experience that can only be described as “epic.”
Rush Bros is a music infused Platform Racing Game that blends music with challenging 2d platforming. When I say challenging, think of something along the lines of Super Meat Boy; still with me? Good. The concept isn’t much different than other players in this genre, make your way to the end of the level in the fastest time possible with the least amount of deaths. The game features a brief story that sets the whole tone for the game. Bass and Treble, two big time music DJs, split their successful duo to become independent artists. Both DJs become successful in their own right and of course if there are two of something, we all have to know which is better. So to determine the better DJ, they take the obvious route and decide to race against one another.
Coming into Sacred Citadel, I was unaware that it was actually a spin off of the popular Sacred series. Luckily for me, and those who love a good beat’em up, you don’t have to be familiar with the lore of Sacred Citadel to enjoy this game. It’s a fun RPG progression based beat’em up similar to another modern beat’em up, Castle Crashers. The game is gorgeous, it has a cartoony style with bright colors, and everyone has big exaggerated movements. The art stands out and looking at the different scenery is almost as enjoyable as the game is itself.
11bit Studios’ underrated original, Anomaly: Warzone Earth was a great concept that fulfilled the promise of being on the opposite side of tower defense, called “tower offense”. The anomaly of the game’s namesake that threatened Earth is still at large, and now the conflict has moved to the United States. One of the things I praised from my preview was how well it flows from moment one. The opening throws you right into the action. Then, you get forced into VR Missions which act as a tutorial and cleverly get interrupted. All of it a very meta way as the XBLA version of the original game featured VR Missions as its bonus mode.
Dmitry Glukhovsky’s book, Metro 2033 was the inspiration of the 2010 game of the same name. Also drawing from Metro 2033 is Metro: Last Light, which does not relate to Metro 2034 novel sequel. You again play as Artyom, a Ranger who is trying to find “The Dark One” who may hold answers to their questions. Along the way is tension, action, betrayal, and loyalty. If you didn’t happen to play the first game, the opening cinematic of Last Light does a good job of catching you up.
Eador: Masters of the Broken World is essentially a remake of Eador: Genesis from 2009 by Snowbird Games. A game I have not played. That statement alone may get me drawn & quartered going forward. Snowbird Games is a group of veteran developers from Russia and the Ukraine, responsible for games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword. Masters of the Broken World was also successful of being greenlit on Steam.
The opening cutscene mirrors the events that wrongly accused the main game’s silent protagonist, Corvo Attano of murdering the Empress. Here, Daud is voiced by Michael Madsen and while an assassin, is conflicted by the atrocity he committed, leaving a child without a parent giving you carte blanche to play how you want. He is quickly confronted by The Outsider, and is lectured. He is also given a name to investigate, Delilah.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of FEZ when it first released on Xbox Live Arcade. The gameplay, the visual design, and the soundtrack were like nothing else, and that is what I came for. Unfortunately the performance issues were enough to make me stop playing entirely. Now, just a year later we have the PC version.