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Games I’ve Played In 2017 (So Far)

Persona 5

Persona 5 is one if the most stylish JRPGs around.  It looks amazing and has an awesome soundtrack.  There’s loads of game mechanics to learn and enjoy and a whole load of interesting characters to get to know. Building relationships between your character and his friends is an important part of the game as it can open up new skills during the palace crawling areas (same thing as dungeon crawling but they’re called palaces}.  If I had one gripe it’s that the talky cut scenes can go on and on and on and on etc.  However it’s a very enjoyable way to spend 90+ hours.

Zelda Breath of the Wild

A new Zelda game is always a big thing for Nintendo fans and this one is no different.  Set in a massive open world you once again take on the role of Link, the hero who has saved Hyrule many times before.  This time he wakes from a very long nap with no little to no direction and is thrown into a beautiful world.  The game revolves around exploring the landscape completing shrines to upgrade your health and stamina, and of course going after the evil Ganon. The first big exclusive on the Nintendo Switch is indeed amazing but in my opinion it is not the awesome game that some thin it is.

Prey

Set aboard a space station orbiting Earths Moon, experiments on an alien life form inevitably go wrong.  Prey is sort of metroidvania meets System Shock, you have go back and forth between different areas of the station unlocking new areas and completing quests.  All this while fending off the evil Typhon, some of which can mimic objects in the world.  This game is pretty awesome, it has an interesting story and some cool game mechanics that kept me hooked till the end.

Mass Effect Andromeda

The fourth game in the Mass Effect series is more of  a spin-off from the main story.  Set somewhere between Mass Effect 2 and 3 it sees Arks full of humans, Turians, Krogan etc sent out to the Andromeda galaxy to find new homes, naturally things go wrong.  A new alien race called the Kett start causing trouble and it is up to the Human pathfinder and his or her team to stop them and at the same time scouting out potential base locations on other planets.  I found ME:A a little disappointing at first, it unfortunately didn’t live up to the original trilogy.  However once I got a good few hours in to the game it really grabbed me and I started enjoying the setting and the new characters and missions.

Resident Evil 7

The 7th main iteration of the Resident Evil series is finally here and it’s a terrifying corker.

You play as Ethan who is searching for his wife who supposedly died 3 years ago. His search takes him to the home of the Baker family which is where the fun begins.

Resi 7 is played entirely in the first person, meaning all the scares are in your face. This is used to terrifying effect during the game since the Bakers like to get up close.

During the game you face each member of the Baker family one at a time. Each attack you in there own unique way. Jack, for example, is a walking tank who relentlessly chases you down. I’ll leave the others as a surprise. 

One of the main concerns before the game was released was people were worried that it would be missing all the things that make a Resident Evil game. Rest assured however that they are pretty much all here. We have herbs, strange doors, weird puzzles, evil experiments, item boxes and very little ammo.

Resident Evil 7 is a brilliant return to form for the series. I’ve already finished the game 6 times and I’m still not bored. Sure the last third or so doesn’t live up to the first two thirds but this is a game that shouldn’t  be missed.

My 5 Most Anticipated Games in 2017

2017 is here and with it a gaggle of new games.  Here are the games I’m most looking forward too.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil is back and so is the horror.Early reports suggest that this is classic Resi although from a first person view point. As a fan of the series I am really looking forward to being scared silly once again.

Horizon Zero Dawn

A brand new PS4 exclusive open world adventure with giant robotic dinosaurs. Don’t know a awful lot about the story or characters but the trailers really got my attention, this game looks amazing.

Mass Effect Andromeda 

The 9riginal Mass Effect trilogy were 3 of the best game during the last generation. This isn’t really a continuation of the the original 3 games, rather it’s a separate story set in a new galaxy with the Human eprace and others looking for a new home.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

A sequel to the surprising awesome South Park: The Stick of Truth. Cartman and co are back in a new adventure, this time they’re all super heroes.

Outlast 2

I love a good horror game and the first Outlast was one of the best in recent years. More horror shenanigans are bound to happen the sequel along with plenty of running away.


Things I Enjoyed In 2016 – Games

There’s a lot of these spread over both Xbox One and Playstation 4 (takes a deep breath). 

Best comeback award –  Final Fantasy XV

The Final Fantasy series is back on top form after many games of being mediocre to bad so yay! 

Best walking simply award –  Firewatch

Not a fan of the walking sims,  I usually find them dull and tedious.  However Firewatch has a interesting story,  great acting and is absolutely beautiful. 

Best FPS award –  Doom

Doom is back and is as gory and action packed as ever.  The single player campaign is the star here.  

Best remake – Ratchet and Clank

An absolutely stunning old school platform adventure that everyone should buy,  play and enjoy. 

Played the longest award –  Skyrim Special Edition

Currently over 100 hours in and still plenty to do. My archer/theif/Elf has plenty more adventuring to do. 

Best bit of time travel award – Quantum Break

Remedy sure like their strange stories,  but when they’re all of such high quality it doesn’t matter.  

Best racer –  Forza Horizon 3

Graphically the best,  it also plays perfectly with tonnes of content. 

Best 3rd person shooter – Gears of War 4

The fourth game in the Gears series succeeded where the Halo games failed. They had a really really great 4th game in the series 😂

My game of the year –  Uncharted 4

Nathan Drakes last adventure and as always it is full of stunning landscapes,  amazing set pieces,  wonderful character moments and loads of shooting. 


Until Dawn – Horror Games 

Until Dawn is one of the best horror games of recent years. Released in 2015 to plenty of praise and became something of a sleeper hit.

Until Dawn is the story of a bunch of teenage friends returning to the lodge were 2 of their friends were killed. The game takes place over the course of one night with the kids fighting for their lives.

Gameplay is similar to Heavy Rain with plenty of quick time events. However these QTEs never drag the game down and actually manage to enhance the experience. 

One of the best things about the game is that any of the kids can die and the story just carries on without them. This allows for a multitude of endings and plenty of tension if you’re trying to keep everyone alive.

I personally finished the game several times upon release and have decided to go back to it since halloween is just around the corner. 

Until Dawn is an awesome game with plenty of scares and well worth a play.

If you have any suggestions for which horror game I should play next let me know in the comments.

No Man’s Sky – PS4

Years in the making, No Man’s Sky is finally here. 

So what do you do in No Man’s Sky? Put simply you explore the universe on your way to the center of the universe.  Of course there is more to it than that. 

Discovering new plant and animal life is a major part of the game. Every planet contains a selection of new life, each of which you can scan and then name. In my experience most animals will pretty much leave you alone, some will run away and a few attack on site.

Mining minerals with your multi-tool allows you to upgrade your ship, exosuit and multi-tool. They can also be sold to the many aliens in the game, this currency can then be used to purchase a new and better ship.

Upgrade and component blueprints are gained from computet terminals and aliens. These blueprints can upgrade your shields, weapons, hyperdrive, your engines among other things.

You can also learn the many alien languages throught the game. Single words can be learnt from alien monoliths and ruins along with the aliens inhabiting the universe.

Space combat in the game is pretty much entirely optional and works well enough. It’s no Wing Commander or Freespace but is fun. Weapon wise i prefer the phase beam over the cannon, I was much more successful with the beam.

Should the worst happen and something kills you it is entirely possible to get your bits and bobs back. Simply head back to where you died to find your grave.

No Man’s Sky is a good looking game and is fun to play. I have yet to reach the center of the universe but am looking forward to seeing what is out there. I’ve made many interesting discoveries and am still finding new things.

The game isn’t perfect however. It has a tendancy to crash, this is always a pain especially if you haven’t saved for a while. I’m also worried about whether the game will still be fun in the long run since the gameplay can get a bit repetitive. 
Best bits

  • A very vast universe to explore
  • Lots to discover
  • Looks great
  • Easy to play


Bad bits

  • Could get repetitive after a while
  • Keeps crashing

Dangerous Golf – PS4 Review

Playing golf inside is dangerous, FACT! If you have ever wanted to cause damage by knocking a golf ball around then the good people at Three Fields Entertainment have your back.

Dangerous Golf is basically the crash junctions from the Burnout games but with golf and inside various buildings. Your only objective is to cause as much damage with your golf ball as possible.

Each hole has around 3 stages, first you aim your ball in what ever direction takes your fancy and hit it causing loads of damage. Next you activate the Smashbreaker which sends your ball flying off with a trail of fire behind it causing even more damage, you have control of the ball direction and bounce during this. Finally you have to putt the ball into the hole, if you fail to get the ball in the hole you lose half of your score.

There are loads of levels in the game. Pretty much every level has targets which you can aim for to receive a bonus, for example knocking over all the paint pots or destroying all the statues. There are also levels with slightly different objectives such as one level with nothing but holes where you have to get a ball in each hole.

The destruction in this game is spectacular, pieces of random objects go flying off in all directions. Normally this would result in long loading times when you restart a level but thanks to some creative jiggery pokery in the latest patch it only rakes a few short seconds.

Dangerous Golf is tonnes of fun. There are lots to enjoy in both single and multiplayer.

Birdie

  • Spectacular destruction
  • Loads of levels
  • Looks great
  • New patch has improved the game

Bogey

  • Some levels are a bit too empty
  • Can get a little repetitive later in the game

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition PS4

Diablo III was released on the PlayStation 4 back in 2014, however the game is a few years older than that since it was previously released on PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2013 and PC way back in 2012. So why am I posting about what is essentially a 4 year old game? It’s because it’s an awesome 4 year old game and I’ve gone back to playing it again recently.

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My Monk kicking some bottom by dropping pillars on Skeletons.

Diablo III is an action RPG set in the world of Sanctuary and beyond.  You can play as either a Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Monk, Crusader, Demon Hunter or Wizard.  Each class offers different skill trees and styles of play and can easily be tailored to your play style.  The Barbarian, Monk and Crusader are primarily melee based characters, the Wizard and Demon Hunter mostly rely on projectile based attacks and the Witch Doctor allows you to summon different creatures to aid you.

The game takes place over 5 act being split up over many different areas complete with their own set of monsters and bosses to battle.  During the game you will pick up various books giving you some back story on the world and progressing the story.

I don’t want to spoil the story but it revolves around Diablo and his fellow evil doers continuing battle against the forces of heaven and the humans who live in Sanctuary.

During the game you will be picking up lots of loot.  This loot will be dropped by enemies and can also be found in chests and various other containers in the world.  You will be picking up weapons, armour, gold, gems and crafting materials. Weapons and armour can be upgraded by attaching gems or enchanting them to alter the magic attributes.  You can of course sell them for extra gold or even salvage them for additional crafting materials.

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This area is literally Pandemonium.

Diablo III can be played by up to 4 players both online and in local co-op.  Having the ability to have 3 of your friends around the same TV to play a game together is rare these days and is an option only available on the console versions.

The console versions of Diablo III have been expertly tailored to the console gamepads.  Each equipped skill is on a different button, you move with the left stick and can roll out of the way with the right stick.  It’s a great system and makes the game simple to play.

Diablo III is one of my favourite games on the PlayStation 4.  I keep coming back to it over and over and am still finding new things do, apparently there are still events that I haven’t come across yet and I have been playing it on and of for 2 years.