Wednesday, 8 March 2017

No Man's Sky Update 1.2 (The Path Finder Update)

Hey, Internet! No Man's Sky version 1.2 is here!

That game that so many of you love to hate is getting another extensive update. There's so much more for you kids to hate and complain about now. Let's take a look at some of the new features which so many people will choose to never try but still proceed to mock and make fun of because it's the internet and that's the "cool" thing to do.

- Permadeath Mode

For those who want a bit more of a challenge, you can now attempt to reach the center of the universe without dying. 

- Adjusted difficulties

Normal and Survival mode difficulties have been adjusted in order to improve the player's experience in each mode. 

- Damage in Survival mode

If your starship sustains too much damage in space, you will now crash land on the nearest planet.

- New trophies

Survival and Permadeath modes now have their own unique trophies which can be unlocked in addition to the standard trophies.

- Improved lighting

The in-game lighting has also been improved and now features crepuscular rays, ambient occlusion and HDR support.

- PS4 Pro support

For those of you who own a PS4 Pro, you will be able to experience the game in 4K resolution.

- Exocraft

Exocrafts are landed vehicles which can be constructed and summoned at any time. There are 3 vehicle types available to the player. 
1) Roamer - Essentially a space monster truck capable of traversing difficult terrains.  
2) Nomad - A sleek, scouting vessel.
3) Colossus - A harvester which allows the player to mine materials with a vehicle mounted laser.

- Shared Constructions

Anything you construct will now be shared online. This means that other players will be able to visit your home base.

- New construction modules and tech blueprints 

New pieces of technology can now be purchased from traders at space stations or bases.

- Specialization System

A new specialization system has been added which allows the player to set-up their multitool and starship to suit different roles and play styles.

- New base building parts

New parts will be added to the base building menu to enable players to further customize their bases. 

- Photo Mode 

The photo mode will allow players to take still images. Players will now be able to freely control the camera position, time of day and weather, as well as add filters.

So, there it is. A few of the new features which will be added to the game for free in order to improve the player's overall experience. You can view a more detailed list of all the improvements and patch notes on Hello Games' website by clicking here. The question is, how many people will actually give it a chance? I've openly stated that I enjoy No Man's Sky, even more so after the Foundation update which added base building and giant freighters. It's not the greatest game in the world but it isn't utter trash like some people keep insisting it is. There's only been a handful of people who share my feelings towards this game. So, if you've played the game before, here's your chance to play an improved version of it, if you've never played it, maybe it's time to give it a try and if you would rather not try it at all and just keep making jokes, I guess that's fine too.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn - Review Embargo Lifted

First off, let me just say that as an RPG fan, I am extremely excited for this game. I suspect quite a few of you reading this right now feel the same way. Horizon Zero Dawn has been on my list of most anticipated games of 2017 and now it's just a few days away. The first ever open world RPG developed by Guerrilla Games looks absolutely gorgeous. Just watch this gameplay video if you haven't already:

Horizon Zero Dawn - E3 2016 Gameplay Video | Only on PS4

Sony seem quite confident in their new offering as well because they've already lifted the review embargo for the highly anticipated game. At the time of writing, Horizon Zero Dawn has already been reviewed by many reviewers and websites and most of them have decided to award it with very high scores. It just so happens that I've compiled a list of links to some of those reviews for anybody who wishes to delve a bit deeper. 

GameSpot : 9/10
IGN : 9.3/10
GamesRadar : 4.5/5
COGconnected : 100
Easy Allies : 4/5
metacritic : 89
Trusted Reviews : 4.5/5
Polygon : 9.5/10
Destructoid : 7.5/10
Videogamer : 8/10
tweakers : 9.5/10
Digital Trends : 9/10

I'll be honest, it's not easy for me to justify spending the equivalent of $60 on a brand new game so I often opt to wait a bit and buy a used copy but I've decided to make an exception for this game purely because I really like what I've seen so far and I cannot possibly imagine not being able to play it on launch day.

Horizon Zero Dawn will be released on February 28th, unless you're in Europe, then it's the 1st of March for you. Either way, you won't have to wait much longer to experience the beautiful post post apocalyptic world (yes, "post" twice).

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Want To Be A "Cool Kid" Among Gamers? Follow These 5 Simple Rules! #cool

1. Hate Certain Games and Make Sure Everybody Knows It

As any "cool kid" would know, there are games out there which must be hated at all costs. It doesn't matter if you haven't actually played it yourself. It doesn't matter if there are people out there who enjoy it. It doesn't matter if the game has been significantly improved after being updated. If it's trendy to hate it, then hate it, you must. This means finding content regarding these games anywhere on the Internet and leaving mean comments. It doesn't matter if the content was made by individuals simply doing their job reporting what's new in the gaming industry. No! They deserve to be hated as well for releasing content about a game which you dislike! Cool games to hate right now? No Man's Sky and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

2. Proudly State You're Not A Console Peasant

This is a super cool tip! Play games on PC only. Do not game on consoles. This does mean that you will miss out on some amazing exclusive games like The Last of Us, Zelda, Mario, Uncharted, Persona and many, many others BUT you will be able to tell everybody that you're not a console peasant. Surely, everybody including the ones who game on multiple platforms will have no other choice than to simply bask in the turbulence of your magnificence because you're a "cool kid".

3. Hate Fans Of All Game Genres Except The One You Like

A real "cool kid" always has a specific genre of game they like and they dislike fans of every other genre. So, stick to your favourite game genre and if anybody ever dares to like a different genre, loathe them because they're not cool. You can also go the extra mile by reminding them that the games they enjoy suck and that they aren't real gamers. That'll show them who's cool!

4. While Gaming, Let Everybody Know of Your Awesomeness

When gaming online, it's important that all the other players know who they're playing with. You aren't just another lame noob, you're a "cool kid" and should be known as such! The most effective way of doing this is to get a good gaming headset with a high quality microphone and keep telling everybody about your imaginary sexual exploits with the mother of whoever is currently beating you. This is a surefire way of letting them all know that you're not to be messed with. 

5. Never Give Helpful Advice To Other Gamers

If anyone ever comes to you for advice on how to beat a boss or get past a specific section of a game, never be helpful. That's not cool. You must always remain smug and remember that you're the "cool kid' and you shouldn't be bothered by these noobs and their lack of gaming ability. The coolest thing to reply with in these situations is a simple yet extremely cool "Git Gud". They might get angry at you now but someday they'll come back to thank you for making them a better gamer. Nowhere near as good as yourself, obviously. 

I hope you had a few good laughs reading that. At the end of the day, we can't take anything too seriously. As long as we have a sense of humour and mutual respect, we'll be fine.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sony's Insane Amount of Upcoming Exclusives - Good or Bad?

If you've been keeping up with Sony's gaming related announcements, you'll know that Sony has a slew of exclusive games coming to the PlayStation platforms in the near future. So far, Sony has revealed quite a large number of games, some of which are currently being developed, some near completion and some arriving within just a few weeks! However, having this many exclusive titles in development, is it good or bad?

Of course it's good! This article is just an excuse for me to vent my excitement! 

Sony have been doing very well with their exclusive lineup. Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0 have already been released. Now, let's look at some of the other exclusive PlayStation 4 games we can look forward to.

Digimon World: Next Order

The previous entry from the Digimon franchise on PS4 was Digimon Cyber Sleuth which was released back in March 2015. I fell in love with that game and naturally spent a silly amount of time on it. Now look! Another Digimon game for me to sink my teeth into. Excited? Yes, I am.
Digimon World: Next Order - Gameplay Trailer | PS4

Persona 5

The Persona series has been loved by JRPG fans for 2 decades now. Persona 4 Golden is still an amazing game available to all PS Vita owners. Sadly, I'm not one of them which is why I'm incredibly excited to play Persona 5 when it's released on PS4 this year.

Persona 5 - PlayStation Experience 2016: Story Trailer | PS4

Horizon Zero Dawn

A completely new concept brought to life by the ones who gave us the Killzone franchise. Mechanical dinosaurs! Need I say more? 

Horizon Zero Dawn - Story Trailer | PS4


Bloody, brutal, challenging samurai game. Many have compared it to Dark Souls but is it actually harder than Dark Souls? We shall see. 

Nioh - PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer | PS4


Ben's nephew is getting new game! We've been in dire need of a good Spider-man game for quite a while now. The trailer looks amazing. Yet another exclusive to look forward to.

Spider-Man - E3 2016 Trailer | PS4

God of War

Kratos is coming to PS4 and he's bringing his son along with him and it doesn't look like that's the only new addition. He's also been given pretty new-gen graphics, gameplay tweaks, new fighting mechanics and a scruffy beard! 

God of War - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4

Gran Turismo Sport

Sony's driving simulator finally joins the current gen. As a long-time GT fan, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy this one! Even if you aren't a fan of the Gran Turismo series, you cannot deny how beautiful this game is.

Gran Turismo Sport - PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer | PS4

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

That oddly shaped marsupial is finally being remastered and will be coming to PS4. What's there to say? It's Crash Bandicoot!

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy | PSX 2016 Gameplay | PS4

The Last of Us Part II

Ellie seems dead set on finding and killing a certain group of people. It will be quite a while before we get to find out the details for ourselves but I, for one, am willing to wait and just let Naughty Dog work their magic. 

The Last of Us Part II - PlayStation Experience 2016: Reveal Trailer | PS4

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Another one of Naughty Dog's amazing franchises get's a new entry. This time it's a bit different but I seriously doubt it'll be a game you'd want to miss.

UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy - PlayStation Experience 2016: Announce Trailer | PS4

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Ni no Kuni was one of the most beautiful games on PS3 and now, Ni no Kuni II looks like it will be one of the best looking games on PS4. Level-5 has also recently confirmed that Ni no Kuni II will be available on PC. Keep up the good work, Level-5! 

Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM - PlayStation Experience 2016 TRailer | PS4

Detroit: Become Human

A futuristic game in which you have to make decisions in order to reach a desired outcome. Branching paths isn't something new to videogames, we've had them for ages now but this looks like it's taking that concept to a whole new level.  

Detroit: Become Human - E3 2016 Trailer | PS4

Days Gone

Zombies. Lots and lots and lots of zombies. Enjoy!

Days Gone - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4

Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's new project looks interesting to say the least. To be honest, that's pretty much all I'm comfortable saying about it. Even Mads Mikkelsen who has a role in the upcoming game admitted that he doesn't know much about the game either. Well, in Kojima we trust, I guess.  

Death Stranding - Teaser Trailer - PSX 2016: Low Roar Version - 4K

Ace Combat 7 

Ace Combat is finally coming to PS4 and PSVR. Just imagine flying a jet and engaging in aerial dogfights in VR! I'm quite intrigued.

Ace Combat 7 - PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer | PS4, PSVR

These are just a few examples of what's to come. There are so many other great titles coming to PS4 it's hard to keep track of them all. I think it's quite safe to say that we'll have a lot to be excited about in 2017 and beyond. It's a good time to be a PlayStation 4 owner.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Final Fantasy XV Review (No Spoilers)

I realize that I'm a bit late with this review but as a long-time Final Fantasy fan, I wanted to properly immerse myself in the game before giving my final opinions on it. So, after finishing the main story, completing around 100 side quests, collecting all 13 Royal Arms, defeating the Adamantoise, toppling the level 120 superboss Naglfar, receiving all the legendary weapons and in the process unlocking the game's platinum trophy, I'm finally ready to share my thoughts on Final Fantasy XV.

Graphics & Design

Final Fantasy XV is a beautiful game. There's no denying that. I played this game on a regular PlayStation 4 and during my playthrough, I didn't notice any significant graphical issues. There were some texture pop-ins at times especially when flying the Regalia over denser areas but for the most part, the game looks incredible. Besides that, the frame rate never fell to stupidly low numbers. Even in hectic fights against 20 or so enemies with sparks and particle effects going on, it still felt relatively smooth.

Considering the sheer size of the world map, it's amazing how much detail was put into it. Each structure and creature was purposely designed in order to fit the world of Eos. What's even more astonishing is how all the different structures are put together. You get a sense that the map was properly planned out in order to make it feel like a real lived-in world and for the most part it does feel that way. Each area you visit looks and feels a bit different but at no point during the journey from one place to another do you feel a jarring and sudden change in aesthetic design. It all flows together very well. The only complaint I have is that many of the outposts in the game reuse the exact same diner and motel designs with very minor tweeks. It's by no means a big issue but I would have liked to see a bit more variety in that respect.


The music in this game is absolutely amazing most of the time. While you do hear some uninteresting music when you enter certain areas on the map, these instances are few and far between. Adding to the enormous amount of music from past Final Fantasy titles available in this game, most of the new music composed specifically for Final Fantasy XV is brilliant as well. Yoko Shimomura did a truly fantastic job. The original pieces she composed for Final Fantasy XV like Somnus and Gratia Mundi are just beautiful even on their own. Final Fantasy XV's battle theme may have become my favourite battle theme in the series. Even the classic Chocobo theme has been revamped in a way that enhances the musical depth but at the same time preserves the charm of the original. Overall, Final Fantasy XV's music is some of the best I've heard from any game in a long time.


Being a long-time Final Fantasy fan, I was a bit worried about the new active battle system but after spending a few hours with it, my worries faded away and I began to understand why they opted for the active battle system over the classic turn based system. Firstly, what you need to understand is that the active battle system in Final Fantasy XV is not like a typical hack and slash. You do have control over a lot more than just swinging your weapons about. It's hard to explain it in words but if you took some time to get acquainted with this new battle system, it's immensely satisfying even if, like me, you're not very good at it.

(Gladio's epic faceplant!)

The primary complaint everybody seems to share is regarding the camera. The camera does struggle to keep the attention on Noctis during battle. It works fine in open areas but when fighting in denser areas, you will find yourself looking at some leaves or a wall or whatever structure is present at that particular location. This is a bit annoying but I can understand why this hasn't disappeared even after the huge patch. Programming the camera for an open world RPG such as this isn't a simple task. What makes it even more difficult is Noctis' fighting style. Can the camera be improved? Yes, I think it can be slightly improved. Will it ever be perfect? No. Realistically, the real time camera angles could only be significantly improved if the developers also altered Noctis' fighting style and the environment design. That seems very unlikely. That said, the camera issue does not make the game unplayable in any way. It can become annoying at times but it still works quite well for the most part.


Here lies my biggest complaint. It's not the story itself because I love Final Fantasy XV's story. It's an amazing tale which I shall not spoil. The complaint I have is in regards to the pacing of the story. Due to the poor pacing, the game's story just feels rushed. There are many points throughout the story where I felt the plot could have been fleshed out a bit more. Some characters felt as though they weren't as integral to the overall plot as they really were due to their lack of participation in the story being told to the player. Many have expressed their disappointment and outright hatred for Chapter 13 which, again I shall not spoil. All I have to say is that Chapter 13 isn't actually bad. It's actually very appropriate to the plot of the story. However, the way the game is paced makes Chapter 13 feel like such a sudden change and this has caused many players to dislike it. Square Enix have said that they will be addressing this soon. I'm not sure what they plan to do exactly but I just hope they don't change it too much and in the process neglect what that particular section of the game is supposed to be.

Side content

Once you're done with the main story, I'm sure you'll want to do more stuff with your now quite powerful party and thankfully that wont be a problem at all.

Just like many Final Fantasy games before it, Final Fantasy XV has a lot of side content. This includes monster hunts, fetch quests, optional dungeons, secret bosses and mini-games. While not all of Final Fantasy XV's side content is incredibly interesting, there are quite a few that will keep you excited long after you've finished the main story. Some of the optional dungeons are amazingly well designed and are extremely fun to attempt even if you aren't quite able to reach the end. The secret bosses provide a welcomed challenge besides just looking incredible. Fighting them takes quite a bit of skill and quite a lot of patience. Overall, despite some quests being overly simplistic, the side content in this game is abundant and enjoyable.


This is what I believe to be the most important aspect of any game. A game can be very well designed and developed but if it doesn't charm you into loving it as more than just a game then a good game is all it will be. I'm very glad to say that Final Fantasy XV has become more than just a game to me. Throughout my time playing this game I've grown to love the world of Eos along with all its quirks. It's a game that is truly worth more than the sum of its parts. 

Score : 8.7/10

This game is incredibly enjoyable. I love it but as a reviewer I have to be objective so I simply cannot overlook its flaws. All things considered, 8.7 just sums it all up nicely in my opinion. Hopefully the game will become even better after all the updates and DLC have been added to it. 

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

The Last Guardian - Do People Still Care?

I'm sure most of us are aware of The Last Guardian's extended development time. It was announced at the 2009 E3 event but had been in development since 2007. It was believed to be canceled on more than one occasion. It was supposed to be released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive but plans changed and it was then announced as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Now, after all those setbacks, the game has finally been released and we can finally go to a shop and get our hands on in. This begs the question, "Do people still care about this game?".

Even the game's director, Fumito Euda, was worried that the long development time might affect the game's sales numbers but it turns out that The Last Guardian has been doing very well in terms of pre-order sales. In a recent interview with MCV, Sony's product manager, Joe Palmer, revealed that pre-orders for the game was exceeding expectations.  He went on to say, "We've seen a really positive response to the Collector's Edition in particular, which despite its higher price point proves there's a huge appetite for the game."

The Last Guardian - PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer | PS4

The new trailer shown at PSX 2016 looks amazing. It has obviously gone through a significant graphical upgrade since its initial reveal. So far the game has been very well received by reviewers, receiving high scores from several parties. Gamespot gave it a 9, Metacritic has it at an 83 and Destructoid gave it an 8.5. We'll have to wait for the game's sales figures in order to determine if it has suffered from the long development cycle but as we've recently seen from Final Fantasy XV's incredible sales numbers, the fans are willing to support a well developed game despite its long development time.

So, to answer the question, do people still care? Yes, I believe they do.

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Monday, 5 December 2016

The Last of Us Part II - What We Know So Far

As I'm sure you all know, Naughty Dog recently announced The Last of Us Part II at PSX 2016. If anybody still hasn't seen the trailer, please do so by clicking here. Later on, there was a panel discussion regarding The Last of Us Part II involving Neil Druckmann, the writer and directer for the franchise, Ashley Johnson, the voice of Ellie and Troy Baker, the voice of Joel.

The Last of Us Part 2 - PlayStation Experience 2016: Panel Discussion | PS4

The entire discussion is almost 40 minutes long and includes bits about the voice acting process for Joel and Ellie as well as how the dialogue in the game is developed. Among the various topics being discussed were a few details regarding their upcoming sequel to The Last of Us. So, here are a few things we now know about on The Last of Us Part II.

Play As Ellie

Joel was the leading role and the main playable character in The Last of Us but in Part II, it will be Ellie. We will be in control of her throughout most of, if not the entire game. It goes without saying that Ellie will feel quite different to control compared to Joel. We've been able to play as the younger Ellie for a short period during the first game as well as in the Left Behind DLC but I'm sure she will be quite different this time around. 

Hate, Not Love

Game director Neil Druckmann has made it clear that the new game will be a continuation of the story in the first game and will also be focusing on the same two characters we've grown to love. However, he said that while the first game was about love, Part II will be about hate. The Last of Us had its story based around the relationship between Joel and Ellie which started out as a business arrangement but became something much more by the end of the game. The first game highlights how Joel and Ellie progressively become more trusting and loving towards each other but we can expect this new game to go in a completely different direction. 

Ellie is now 19

This game will be set about 5 years after the events of the first game. Ellie was just 14 when we got to know her in The Last of Us and soon we will be able to get to know a more mature and also more hateful version of her in Part II. I'm sure we can all remember how strong and independent Ellie was even at the tender age of 14. Now just imagine how a 19 year old hate fueled Ellie will be. 

New Music by Gustavo Santaolalla

If you're wondering who this is, Gustavo Santaolalla composed the theme for the first game. Yes, he's the one responsible for that chilling acoustic piece that plays during the first game and he's also been working on new material for the sequel including a revamped version of the original The Last of Us theme song. There will also be completely new compositions in The Last of Us Part II which I expect will be just as beautiful.

New Engine

Naughty Dog always tries to produce games which don't just have great stories and characters but great graphics as well. Naughty Dog worked hard in order to make Uncharted and The Last of Us some of the most graphically impressive games when they were released and The Last of Us Part II will be no different. Naughty Dog is using a new graphics engine for The Last of Us Part II in order to achieve a higher degree of fidelity. Neil Druckmann said that with the new engine they will finally be able to zoom in on a character's eyes, something they couldn't properly do before. Judging by the trailer, there is no doubt in my mind that The Last of Us Part II will look absolutely amazing.

There is still no release date or even a release window for The Last of Us Part II so we'll just have to wait a bit longer. I, for one, have no problem waiting so if anybody from Naughty Dog is reading this, please take your time on this project and deliver another wonderful game for us to enjoy.

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