Forget everything you think you know about Far Cry 3 when starting Blood Dragon. With the exception of the core element of an open-world on a tropical island, there’s hardly anything that has stayed the same. The entire Far Cry 3 experience has been streamlined as there is no longer a need to sell the items looted, sorry, pilfered. Levels are gained and given to you without so much as seeing a skill tree. There are analogues to pistols, shotguns, SMGs, sniper rifles as they all return with new names with futuristic-sounding attachments. Enemies are varied, and are no longer simple pirates. These cyborgs want you deader than a “Where’s the Beef?” commercial.
It’s been three years since Blizzard’s highly anticipated release of StarCraft II and Raynor & company are back in this Zerg infested installment. For those real time strategy (RTS) fans who’ve been living under a rock, Heart of the Swarm is the second of two planned expansion packs for 2010′s StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Each expansion focusing on the other two of the game’s playable factions. Heart of the Swarm focuses on the Zerg race and their human-zerg hybrid leader Sarah Kerrigan; the plot moves forward right were StarCraft II left off. Lucky for players, Blizzard put just as much heart and soul into this expansion as they did with Wings of Liberty. While the game itself hasn’t changed much, there are enough refinements and new units added to improve the overall experience for StarCraft II.
I’m not a tournament level player at all, but I have played my fair share of fighters over the years. I will admit that Mortal Kombat is the game that got me into fighters initially, and the previous installment of Mortal Kombat (2011) is probably one of my favourite fighting games of all time. That being said, I also enjoy Street Fighter games as well. I’ve dabbled in SNK, Tecmo and Namco fighters as well but I’m not much more than a beginner in regards to those games.
The action gets underway quickly when Juan, who narrowly escapes death. He is taken to the Underworld, and escapes, becoming a super-powered Luchador that is the savior of a small town in Mexico. Comparisons can be made to the hybrid genre, “Metroidvania” as this game very much is. You’ll traverse an open-world, wall jump, transform, collect new powers, and even go between planes of the living and dead.
“When is the big twist coming?” is a question I kept asking myself while playing BioShock Infinite. After playing 2007′s BioShock, you undoubtedly have to go into BioShock Infinite with the expectation that there will be a revelatory twist at any moment. Whether that actually comes or not, isn’t what makes Infinite special. It is a surprisingly bloody, yet bold, and incredibly lavish and fully realized world that is aching to have you explore everything to its fullest extent. Even if you question eating that hotdog from the garbage.
Out of few of us here who review games, I was probably the most qualified to put some time into Super Black Bass 3D. Forget the fact I’m pretty much the only one with a 3DS, but I’ve played and enjoyed a variety of fishing games throughout my years of gaming; anyone remember Trophy Bass by Sierra? So I was actually excited to try my hand at a handheld fishing game for the 3DS; I sat there thinking of all the interesting things a developer could do on a powerful system like the 3DS; the gyroscope, the touch screen, the 3D, and yes of course the graphics. Once I powered on the system, I was in awe at what I saw. After I noticed the amount of street passes I received, I inserted Super Black Bass 3D into the 3DS.
For those who haven’t played before, Terraria is similar to games like Minecraft where you’re given the reigns to explore an open world. You embark on a quest to use the environment to create tools, build objects with said tools, dig down deep/build high up into the sky, find interesting areas, and play with your friends online; these are all things that you would expect in this genre of game. Terraria sets itself apart here by having the players explore the world in pixel based 2D. You move from left to right exploring this randomly generated world while avoiding zombies and monsters at night and annoying little slimes during the day. The game starts you off with basic tools to get started, things like an axe, pickaxe, and sword so you can chop down trees, dig dirt, and defend yourself. Pro tip to anyone playing, build a house first and foremost once in the game or you’re going to regret going into that first night without shelter.
Lara Croft is one of gaming’s greatest heroines since she first debuted in 1996. Crystal Dynamics has gone back and given Lara an origin story. What was the catalyst to triggering her curiosity to explore all dangers? What gave her the capacity to kill. Tomb Raider answers those questions in this harrowing tale of survival and growth.
Arcen Games has made a diverse collection of games, including their newest, Shattered Haven. The game is an interesting mix of survival elements with puzzle solving using the environment. Oh, and there’s zombies. But this time, done in a meaningful way and create a sense of fear and tension when they’re around.
After a decade since the last proper SimCity, Maxis returns with the simply titled SIMCITY. In this fifth iteration, a more social and connected experience is engineered for your enjoyment. After a rocky start, Maxis has bulldozed most of the issues and now Mayors are back to building, until they reach the restrictions of the city size.
RedLynx has supervised Ubisoft Shanghai on PC version of Trials Evolution. The game is a bit more than just a port of the extremely successful and highly rated XBLA version. It actually includes the full game of Trials HD as well, the game that first started infuriating players back in 2009. Some technical issues get in the way and not all the content you expect is present.
The appropriately titled “End Game” signals the flame to the final DLC for the multiplayer for Battlefield 3. This is the end of the development cycle for the game. It’s been an incredible journey for this game that launched back at the end of 2011. End Game brings new modes, new vehicles, new maps, and even a secret, unlockable dev-only weapon to close out Battlefield 3.
Mirror of Fate is set after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a title released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game begins with Trevor Belmont setting out on a quest to avenge his mother’s death at the hands of his father, Gabriel Belmont. If you haven’t played through Lords of Shadow, I’m about to spoil something for you so you may want to skip to the next paragraph. During the first set of cut scenes it’s explained that Gabriel Belmont has become Dracula, and his infant son Trevor has been taken under the protection of the Brotherhood of Light. Gabriel is unaware of Trevor’s existence and as Trevor grows, he too has a son of his own, Simon. As with his own father, Simon is also separated from his parents at an early age. The game has you play the roles of several different characters, but you begin with Simon as he enters Dracula’s castle. He’s come to avenge the death of his father many years ago.
In my quest to upgrade the final components of my PC, I had to make the big purchasing decision of what CPU and Motherboard to get. I first settled on the CPU, which I wanted to be an i7. So thanks to OutletPC.com, I grabbed the Intel Core i7 3770k @ 3.5GHz. That’s when the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 caught my eye.
Taiwan developer A4TECH has developed the Bloody brand, a series of mice geared towards first person shooters. While it certainly works for other types of games, it absolutely excels in games where you pull a virtual trigger. This ambidextrous mouse is lightweight and features gilled grips that accommodates claw and palm styles of handling, perfect for anyone given it’s modest price.