When we last saw Kratos delivering the final blow in God of War III nearly three years ago, most of us thought it would be the last time we saw the cursed man as the epic trilogy came to a close. Obviously, this is not the case as SCE Santa Monica Studio has announced God of War: Ascension. However, this game isn't a continuation from God of War III, whose ending left us with no inclination of the series' future (which is a rare thing for games to do these days), but rather a prequel showcasing Kratos before the events of God of War 1.
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Considering the amount of controversy that IO Interactive and Square Enix faced during development, including accusations of being too easy and not using iconic voice actor David Bateson, it is a very welcome surprise to see that Hitman: Absolution returns to its series' roots with this iteration. While the PC game does provide new ways to make the game a little easier for newcomers, it does fully retain its other hardcore aspects to still provide a significant challenge no matter the skill level of the player.
Criterion's latest hit, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is a game that will soar onto gaming platforms from all directions: the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita, the PC, the iOS systems, Android devices, the Wii U and even the Kindle Fire. For a game that intends to speed across every system that one can think of, does it form a solid path to paradise, or has it made a few wrong turns?
It goes without saying that Angry Birds has made a huge impact in both the worlds of casual and hardcore gaming. Developer Rovio didn't just make a successful video game; the title spawned into a huge franchise that has led to sequels, spin-offs and even crossover games. Available on the iOS, Android and PC systems, Angry Birds Star Wars crosses two equally gigantic universes into something truly exciting.
Set for release on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC, BioShock Infinite once again puts the franchise back into the hands of Irrational Games. The premise of this iteration, the third in the series, is that the story occurs prior to the previous games in the series, but it is not a direct prequel in any sense of the word.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is one of those rare sequels that seem to come decades after the previous one. In this case, Global Offensive succeeds the hugely popular Counter-Strike: Source released a whopping eight years prior. It's one of those games that doesn't need to exist, but it's here now—and it seems like Valve, as always, knows what they're doing with this title.
Originally thought to be a game that would fall short of what Resident Evil had been able to do with survival horror, Dead Space quickly grew to become a satisfying series that changed the way gamers looked at the genre. Now Visceral Games is continuing the trend by bringing Dead Space 3 to the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC with some nice improvements.
Tomb Raider is a title that any veteran player has heard of at some point, due in no small part to the long-running series that started with Eidos Interactive in 1996. Now in the hands of Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, the action-adventure platformer will see a reboot on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC, simply titled Tomb Raider just like the original iteration.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
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Despite high reviews and praise from gamers everywhere, Alan Wake failed to light up the sales charts. Unfortunately, Alan Wake’s ending left many questions unanswered and fans all but gave up on a sequel ever being released to answer those questions. Imagine their surprise that not only was an Alan Wake sequel coming, but it was an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive at that. Does Alan Wake: American Nightmare, despite being a digital release, stand up to its predecessor?
In 2000, Sega released Jet Set Radio, known as Jet Grind Radio in the United States, on the Dreamcast. The game’s soundtrack, cell-shaded visuals and fun gameplay involving spray painting, or tagging, surfaces instantly made it a hit. For those gamers without a Dreamcast, Sega is re-releasing Jet Set Radio, now the same name in all countries, as a digital download. Set for release on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC, Jet Set Radio is a high definition port of this classic Sega game. Players select from a wide array of characters, such as Beat, Gum and Corn, is they must take over rival gang’s territories to spray painting their logo everywhere they can in the various districts of Tokyo-To. To reach many of the tagging locations, players must carefully navigate the environment, skating on multiple surfaces to reach their intended destination.
After Resident Evil 5, fans were unsure of what direction the next game could go in; Resident Evil 5 tied up many loose ends that existed since the first Resident Evil, providing finality to much of the series’ plot. While some fans expected a reboot of the series, Resident Evil 6 goes in the opposite direction by starting a new storyline with the same cast of characters. Series’ veterans Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy return in what looks to be a new story arc for the Resident Evil series. When viruses start mutating the population in two different countries, it’s up to both characters to stop the virus and figure out who is spreading it. Fan favorite characters such as Sherry Birkin and Ashley Graham also return, giving all Resident Evil fans a reason to check Resident Evil 6 out when it releases on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.