Wolfenstein was one of the game's responsible for the first-person shooter, being responsible for spawning a genre that is still alive and kicking (not to mention extremely successful) in the current generation. One thing the original Wolfenstein was lacking was a plot, outside of the bare bones “kill all Nazis that you come across.” It's ironic then that over twenty years later the newest entry in the series, Wolfenstein: The New Order, would be praised for it's tightly woven narrative above all else. You'll come for the gunplay and the action, but stay for the interesting characters, inventive ideas and unique setting.
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In gaming, sequels are an opportunity for a development team to take an established franchise, cling to what works and then shake things up a bit: a new setting, new character, or new features, for example. Call of Duty is one of those franchises that flew in the face of this, offering nearly the same game with every iteration; you'd frequently find the same B-movie military story, the same multiplayer, and even in later games, Activision would frequently bring back old rehashed Call of Duty multiplayer maps. For awhile, sales numbers were through the roof, as gamers flocked to each new iteration regardless of how repetitive they were, but then something changed: Gamers stopped buying. Call of Duty: Ghosts underperformed compared to its predecessor, prompting a change – the biggest change yet for the Call of Duty franchise.
In development for over five years, Destiny was poised to take the gaming world by storm. Bungie, who routinely struck gold with each and every game in the Halo series until their departure from Microsoft, were ready to innovate the first-person shooter world yet again. To that end, they teamed up with Activision to create a game that they claimed was part first-person shooter, part massively multiplayer online game, and part role-playing game. Halo meets Borderlands meets World of Warcraft, if you will. It was truly an ambitious project, with gamers wondering if it would even succeed. Now that Destiny is finally upon us, does it live up to its destiny or is it Bungie's first flop in over a decade?
There are a few constants in life: death, taxes, and Madden. Every year, without fail, brings us another iteration in the classic (and only) football franchise available on the market. This year is no different, and so Madden NFL 15 releases on nearly every console currently available: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4. Sorry, Wii U fans, but you'll have to make due with last year's version, as the game isn't being released on your system. For this review, we're going to mostly concentrate on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions due to these versions being the definitive version of the game.
One of the first publicly shown next generation games, Watch Dogs has had its ups and downs since its grand unveiling. What was once supposed to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 was pushed back into 2014, with the game's once majestic graphics seemingly downgraded for last generation systems. Is the game that was once called a “Grand Theft Auto killer” still worth picking up?
Five years ago, Yoshinori Ono of Capcom once stated that there would only be one version of Street Fighter IV, that Capcom wouldn't succumb to version after version of the game like Street Fighter II did. Fast forward to the present time, and we're now on our fourth iteration of Street Fighter IV, dubbed Ultra Street Fighter IV. Does the game add significant changes to warrant yet another purchase? Should Capcom have stuck to their original promise of just limiting the game to one version?
If you're a fan of baseball, it's a given you own one of Sony's systems (such as the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4), due in part to them being the only company putting out baseball games. When some companies own an exclusive license, it gives them a reason to slack; after all, with no competition, you're buying the next iteration of MLB: The Show whether it's good or not just to get your baseball fix. Luckily, MLB 14: The Show hits a proverbial home run: Its not content to sit on its laurels and provide only a simple roster update but instead, it gives baseball fans the definitive experience they deserve.
Dark Souls infamously advertised itself with the tagline “Prepare To Die,” smartly showcasing the difficulty of the game. While Dark Souls 2 had no official tagline, we'd like to think of it as “Prepare To Throw Your Controller In Anger Because This Game Is That Difficult.” Dark Souls 2 is a third-person role-playing action game that, contrary to the worries of its fans, is just as difficult as previous games in the series.
In 2007, Jason West and Vince Zampella, as part of acclaimed developer Infinity Ward, once changed the first-person shooter genre forever with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The multiplayer mechanics that Modern Warfare brought to the table, including killstreaks, perks and a leveling system akin to an RPG game, would redefine the genre, cementing the legacy of these two creators.
It's not clear where the “Legends” part of Rayman Legends stems from. Is it from the fact that Rayman himself is something of a gaming icon, i.e a legend? Does it stem from the plot? Or the levels themselves? No, our guess is that the word “Legends” is short for legendary, which is exactly what this game is. Rayman Legends, a re-release of a last generation game on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, is one of the best platforming games of all time.
One of the most oft-debated discussions in any comic shop or among friends when discussing the vast DC Comics universe is “Who would win in a fight?” It's a bone that DC throws its fans time and time again, with numerous Batman Vs. Superman match-ups for fans to enjoy; however, the results of these fights may not be what you expected as it's just that one writer's interpretation. Perhaps you truly believe that in a no-holds barred slugfest Superman really could defeat Batman, and what of the fights you may want to see that will most likely never get written? Bane Vs. Flash? Joker Vs. Aquaman? Lex Luthor Vs. Doomsday? If you've ever been the type to assemble DC Comics dream matches in your spare time, Injustice: Gods Among Us is the answer you've been waiting for.
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It’s safe to say that fans are used to seeing Lara Croft by now; since her debut in 1996, she has starred in over nine games, including a remake of her first adventure and a spinoff, been played by Angelina Jolie in two films and had not only a comic book tie-in but also an animated series. She has done battle with enemies ranging from tigers and humans to dinosaurs and mythological creatures and travelled to every continent on the globe. It's safe to say Lara has seen and done it all, so what can Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix possibly do to make this iteration feel different?
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