Infamous Second Son Review

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I’ll throw this out there right away. The original Infamous is one of my favorite games of all time. It was a perfect superhero origin story that blended action, drama, and compelling gameplay into one heroic package. Infamous 2 was also a great game but it didn’t reach the heights of its predecessor.

When Infamous Second Son was announced I was hoping to experience the same euphoric rush the first game gave me.

What I got was… almost there… again.

To start with the positives – Infamous Second Son is a gorgeous looking game. It was the first game I got for my new PS4 and it really showcased how powerful Sony’s new system is. Aside from the outstanding graphics, the controls were fluid and responsive; as one would expect from an Infamous game.

The main culprit here is the story. Infamous one had an amazingly simple story of a guy being bestowed with super powers he didn’t want. The duration of the game involved him fending off villains, handling relationships and the entire thing came to a head at the end with an extremely clever twist. Infamous 2 had great gameplay but the story wasn’t all there; in fact, it kind of disappointed me.

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That’s the same reaction I felt with Second Son’s story. The game stars Delson Rowe, a 24-year-old hooligan with nothing better to do then spray paint walls. He has an older brother, Reggie, who is a cop and constantly telling Delson how he doesn’t contribute to society. These two brothers are so polar opposite it’s corny.

Anyway, Delson discovers he has latent powers and uses them to go after the main antagonist of the game, Augustine. She brings arm to his family at the beginning of the game.

Once it’s established what kind of person Delson is and what kind of powers he has, Infamous Second Son kind of takes a backseat to the story. Delson meets other people with powers, he continues to hunt Augustine and that’s pretty much it. There’s no big revelation or any surprising moments in the game’s narrative that makes for an awe moment.

The main reason to play Infamous Second Son is for the incredible gameplay. With it’s lighting fast action, responsive controls, and sheer excitement, you’ll find many reasons to procrastinate and play this game.

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Watch_Dogs Review

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Remember back in the late 1980s – early 90s when BetaMax and VHS tapes battled? I’m sure that was the high point of technology at the time; say for everything the military has secretly covered up.

Watch_Dogs makes all of that look pale in comparison. It’s a very fun, technological romp of a good time. It has guns, hand-to-hand combat, and a whole lot of computer hacking.

The game stars batman-wanna-be Aiden Pearce. At the very beginning of the game his wife and daughter die by the hands of hit men who were trying to kill Aiden. From that point on he vows revenge against the people who killed them.

Honestly, I found the story extremely hard to pay attention to because of how bland it was. When something is about as interesting as mowing a lawn my mind tends to wander elsewhere. Basically, Aiden meets up with a fellow hacker named Clara. She’s also an extremely good hacker who looks like a Slipknot fan with a sexy accent.

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Anyway, Clara and Aiden team up to take down these gang dudes who killed Aidens family all while his sister and nephew get kidnapped by some lunatic. It just wasn’t his week.

But as you can tell, the story is a very typical affair. What really shines in Watch_Dogs is the gameplay. With Aidens cell phone you can hack into just about anything; from other cell phones, to laptops, to ATMs. The city of Chicago is yours to own with your small hand-held device. This makes for interesting online gameplay as players from all over the world can jump into your game and hack your device effectively stealing your stuff.

I’m not much of an online gamer and got my ass handed to me by some hacker (I’ll find you!) but it was a very different way of playing an online game that I can see people getting the hang of and having fun with.

Though very fun, Watch_Dogs isn’t without its problems. The main problem stems from a key component in the game, the driving. Driving around the massive city of Chicago feels like you’re driving a very slippery boat. All the vehicles (even motorcycles) feel top-heavy and very stiff. It’s nearly impossible to round a corner without sliding into an oncoming car or pedestrian. This makes for some VERY frustrating segments. You’d need to have the patients of a Buddhist Monk to not throw a fit.

All in all Watch_Dogs is a fun game but it’s not without its flaws. It has very promising elements; the hacking and gunplay/combat are top notch. Though the driving and story are sub par. It feels like a game that a sequel would greatly improve upon.

@JayGreen89

Lego: Marvel Superheroes Review

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Remember how dark and grim Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel movie was? With its dull color pallet, zero humor and zero chemistry in its cast? Yeah? Well Lego: Marvel Superheroes is the exact opposite of that.

With its fun, bright, colorful and light hearted game play Lego: MS is sure to be enjoyed by all.

It’s quite the comical affair as an unknown villain (probably Thanos) along with Doctor Doom and Loki are out to find these magical “Cosmic Bricks”. They’re really just big lego pieces but hey, it goes with the theme of a Lego game. Now it’s up to the entire Marvel universe to stop this oncoming threat.

There are dozens and dozens of super heroes to choose from. At the beginning of a level you’re assigned two heroes to team up and take on that task, which makes for some great co-op fun and in the level there are certain things only certain heroes can do. This adds tremendously to the replay value and perfectionists who want to go back and replay levels.

 

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The gameplay itself is very basic with just one attack button and one action button. Each level has a specific puzzle to it that only the heroes you’re assigned can figure out. For example: One level has Captain America and Mr. Fantastic teaming up to take down Dr. Octopus who has taken over the Fantastic 4’s base. After defeating his minions, the player can use Mr. Fantastic to squeeze through a grate and pull down a lever which Captain America will throw his shield at, unlocking a door.

It’s the little fun things like that, which make this game worthwhile. There are a TON of unlockables, too. From unlocking new superheroes, to finding power ups, to PLAYING AS STAN LEE and making him Hulk out. There’s even character creation, incase you ever wanted to be a Lego superhero.

If you have a few hours to kill want some good, clean fun. Look no further. Lego: Marvel Superheroes is an extremely fun side step from all those gritty, bland and boring games on the market. Yeah, I’m looking at YOU Call Of Duty.

And don’t think the game is strictly for kids. I’m 25 and I’m enjoying it… though I am a big kid.

 

@JayGreen89

Happy Video Game Day!

So apparently every July 8th is national video games day. Here here! What’ll you be playing? For myself, I’ll be diving into some more of Wolfenstein: The New Order and Watch Dogs.

 

So in other news, it seems that Beyond: Two Souls is getting a remastered version a la The Last of Us. The full story can be found here

Now, I personally hated Beyond: Two Souls. It had poor gameplay, a laughable story, was full of inconsistencies and most of all it was flat out boring. Also, I didn’t even think it warrants enough sales for a remastered edition like The Last of Us does. Anyway, what a way to celebrate Video Game day.

Which of these is the most Underrated?

Poll.

 

Let me know why!

 

@JayGreen89

Blasts from the Past

I found these old gems the other day.

 

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Pretty random list, I know, but for the sake of your enjoyment I will go over each of these games in detail in no particular order.

Spider-Man 2 – I remember back in the day, 14 years ago, when the original Sam Rami Spidey movie came out I rented the game that coincided with it. It was a dastardly linear affair that wasn’t much fun. That all changed with the sequel. The open world environment of New York City was able to be viewed through the fast-paced web slinging of Spider-Man. I sunk hours into that game.

Superman: Shadows of Apokolips: Superman games have a god damn terrible reputation. Though, Shadows of Apokolips was… okay… It took place in the same universe as the amazing animated series’, utilizing the art style and voice actors. Though it suffered from stiff controls and was extremely repetitive, it was still the best Superman game out there. Quite frankly, it still is. I’m still waiting on the sequel they promised…

Burnout 3 & Revenge: Now, I’ve never been a big racing fan. But those two Burnout games are fun as hell. The racing is extremely amped up with glorious crashes and explosions.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis: The only PS1 game I have on this list and it’s by far the scariest game. I have vivid memories from my childhood where I’m playing this game than BAM that big hulking monster Nemesis breaks through a door and chases me. I lost many nights of sleep during that time.

The Suffering: Ties That Bind: The original Suffering game is a personal favorite of mine. It was a scary, immersive and a fun horror game that my friends and I talked about all the time in High School. The sequel, Ties That Bind, picks up right where the first one ended but the game itself was pale in comparison to the first. It was good, just not as good.

Rayman 3 & Raving Rabbids: I always found the Rayman games to be kind of underrated. Rayman 2, the pinnacle of the series, is a timeless platformer classic. Rayman 3 didn’t reach the heights of its predecessor but it’s still a great game nonetheless. I spent years waiting for a Rayman 4 and the next game to come out was this Raving Rabbids crap. I bought it out of sheer excitement that there was finally a new Rayman game out but it was not the type of game I wanted.

Indigo Prophecy: Indigo Prophecy will go down as one of my top five favorite games of all time. This game is a masterpiece. I don’t think I’ve ever been as immersed into a story as I was with Indigo. You really feel for Lucas has he battles his world crashing around him, questioning what’s real and what’s not. I highly recommend everybody to play this game.

E3 2014 – A Week Later

It’s that time of year again! Christmas for gamers – E3!

This was the first E3 (in a long time) that I actually sat down and watched extensively. Even the Nintendo one. In fact, I was so into it I ignored my girlfriend while the Sony one was on – much to her dismay.

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This was a complete turn around from last years Press Conference. I’ll sum it up for you in one short word – TV.

A year ago Microsoft seemed to have lost its way, solely focusing on the added features the new Xbox has instead of its gaming power. Well, after a year of bad press, changes in hardware, and a price drop, Microsoft came out swinging in their conference. Phil Spencer, the new head of the Xbox division came on stage and immediately stated the entire show will be devoted to games. A roaring cheer followed.

First up was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now, unless you’ve been living in space for the last 10 years you’ve definitely heard of Call of Duty. COD 4, which debuted in 2007, shot the franchise to super stardom. After yearly releases, multiple development studios, and stiff competition, COD still remains on top of the First Person Shoot genre. Its newest entry, Advanced Warfare, makes the debut of a new studio’s helm on the franchise, Sledgehammer games. They claim they’re really changing things up so people don’t get tired of the franchise (though that’s settled in years ago) and from what was shown it seems to be at a half way point.

Yes, there’s still big scripted – big explosive scenes going on but with the addition of the new Exosuit (a robotic exoskeleton that the soldiers wear for added power) new tricks are being added that are totally new to the series. Regardless, it’s Call of Duty so it’ll sell like grandmas hot cakes.

 

Another big game that was shown was Halo 5: Guardians.

Like Call of Duty, Halo is an extremely popular shooter with a massive fan base. Bungie games made the first 3 Halo games, which solidified the Xbox as a definitive home console. Since their departure, 343 industries made Halo 4 and now the upcoming fifth game. Judging by the fan reaction I’m sure this game will sell in the millions extremely quickly. Now, story details seemed scarce in this trailer but Master Chief is blowing stuff up with ease so it’s great eye candy. Not to mention, Keith David’s sexy voice narrates it.

 

Another standout game was Sunset Overdrive:

Nothing screams entertainment more than a game that doesn’t take itself seriously and has fun while doing so. Sunset Overdrive looks to be that game, with its bright colors and intense action, this is a game that made its way onto everyones radar.

The rest was a hodgepodge of just game after game after game. I’m sure Xbox fans are looking forward to all of this.

 

 

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Sony also came out swinging, with Destiny as their first game.

Developed by the former Halo makers, Bungie,  Destiny aims to be this generations BIG shooter. It aims to blow Call of Duty and other games like that out of the water. Shortly after this awesome gameplay video, it was announced that the multiplayer beta would only come to PS4.

Seems that Bungie is making up loss time for all those years they had exclusivity to Microsoft.

So, much to everyone’s surprised, Dead Island 2 was announced.

This trailer makes the game look really upbeat, fun, and gorgeous. I mean, JUST LOOK AT THOSE GRAPHICS. Yes, those aren’t real actors. However, if you look at the first Dead Island trailer, and even the spin off one, Riptide, you’ll notice a complete change in tone. This my be either very good or bad for the Dead Island sequel.

And finally, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid has always been a personal favorite. The fifth entry looks to excel on the franchises already established quality.

The icing on the was definitely the announcement of a remastered version of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and the footage of the already known Last of Us for PS4. Two games I’m sure people will buy a second time.

Uncharted is back with their final entry. It looks beautiful.

NINTENDO

Nintendo didn’t have a real press conference. Just like last year, they had a “digital event”, which is like a press conference except all on the internet.  They did, however, open with the single greatest opening in internet history.  If you don’t believe me, watch up to 3:30.

There are some notable highlights there. One being the inclusion of Mii’s as fighters in the new Super Smash Bros. This opens the doors to people who were reluctant to play the originals, or maybe didn’t go around to it. It’s also good for people who just love themselves.

Even though Nintendo said there’d be no new Mario games. They announce Mario Maker. Not only is it a new Mario game, it’s a Mario game where you can make as many Mario games as you like. It’s Mario-ception.

The last game they showed as Splatoon. Splatoon is a co-op team shooter where two opposing squads face off in a battle of ink and colors. Whichever team colors the map with more of their ink color they are declared the winner. This is a great change of pace from the bland, colorless shooters that are on the market now.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The 2014 E3 was one based on nostalgia and multiplayer. Meaning, almost all of the games that were shown where said to have competitive or co-op multiplayer involved in the game. Some forced and some optional. There are some gamers out there who like their single player only adventures. There’s a great atmosphere games provide when it’s just you, and people are really hard to rely on.

On the nostalgia factor, Xbox announced a new Halo collection of all four games, in preparation for the 5th. In it includes remastered Halo 2 online maps and the originals from 10 years ago. Not only that, an old but very popular game, Grim Fandango, is being remastered for the Playstation 4.

Other than that, it was a pretty standard affair. Although, where is The Last Guardian? People really thought this was the year it would FINALLY be re-announced after six years. Sadly, it wasn’t and neither was Fallout 4.

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