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Game Of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords Review

Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords

Developed By Telltale Games

Published By Telltale Games

*Look’s like we weren’t the first to rough up the place*

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*

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Story:

Continuing from where Episode 1 left off; The House Forrester are still coming to terms with the loss of a beloved family member when their worlds are about to be flipped even further upside down when a familiar face returns from the dead. Under the orders of Ethan Forrester, A Messenger from the House Forrester locates Second Born Son; Asher and requests his assistance in protecting Ironrath. Mira once again tries to provide support to her family from King’s Landing however certain events may even put her life in danger. Meanwhile at the Wall; Gared starts his training to become a member of the Night’s Watch and gets some words of advice from a familiar face.

There is a lot more detail to these stories but this is the best way I can describe it without spoiling the story.

Gameplay:

As with the previous review of Game of Thrones here on Ultra Gaming News Network; The gameplay remains pretty much the same with Telltale’s familiar point and click gameplay which helps to get across their excellent storytelling. Other than that though, there is not really much of a change towards the gameplay in this episode. I mean if I were to emphasize on the changes; I’d say this episode captures Game of Thrones perfectly with the perfect balance between Action, Death and Political affairs.

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Sound:

As with the previous episode; The music in The Lost Lords is great with the music once again fitting in with the style of game it is but in addition really helps to make you feel as though you have truly entered Westeros. Once again; The epic Game of Thrones theme tune from the TV show returns and it’s just as awesome as ever. Once again the voice acting is great with the cast including actors from the TV Show once again including Natalie Dormer, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington to name a few.

Graphics:

While Game of Thrones utilises the same cel shaded style visuals that most if not all Telltale titles features; This series perhaps is the best looking from Telltale yet with the characters having a sort of realistic look to them while also having a cartoony styled look to them. It is most noticeable on the characters such as Tyrion and Jon Snow however some of the character models and set pieces do look a bit rough and jagged in places.

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Lasting Appeal:

As with most Telltale titles; There is still quite a bit of replayability in this title however it all depends on if you are interested in playing the episode again. This is in terms thanks to the way Telltale has defined storytelling with the player being able to make some truly life-changing decisions which could determine the overall outcome of the entire game or even other characters as the episodes progress.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, The Lost Lords picked the story up really well from where Iron From Ice left off bringing in multiple new surprises and a nice balance of Action and Politics to still make it feel like you are watching Game of Thrones. All in all, I have a feeling that if the series continues it’s current streak; It could be one of Telltale’s finest works to date.

My Score – 9/10

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The Good:

  • Great Storytelling
  • Familiar Telltale Gameplay
  • Brilliant Music Scores (Including Theme)
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Really Felt like Game of Thrones

The Bad:

  • Graphics seem a bit jagged

Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords is available now for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC and is free for those who purchased the Season Pass. Thanks go out to Telltale for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Review

Developed By Omega Force

Published By Koei Tecmo

This Review is of the Playstation 4 Version

The Story

Dynasty Warriors 8 doesn’t really have a story to it, there are multiple campaigns that you can choose however I can’t think of any real changes to each campaign, apart from the different kingdoms that take part (Yellow Turban Rebellions have Zhang Jiao’s kingdom), to put it simply, you play an officer that can either try to conquer China or to serve another Ruler as an officer, I honestly can’t even say any more to the story as there really isn’t one.

To be honest I’m glad I don’t have to sit through the same story that the DW games ave been repackaging over the years, but this still doesn’t explain why there isn’t any story at all to be experienced here, there isn’t even any cut scenes apart from Marriage, becoming someones Brother or when starting/finishing the game, simply put don’t expect a good story to be had here.

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The Gameplay

Dynasty Warriors has pretty much always had the same style of gameplay, with the Empires games changing it up slightly, the basic gameplay as mentioned is no different from most other games in the series, it’s your basic hack and slash title, which honestly is nothing more than button mashing, it’s okay for the first few missions and then it becomes incredibly dull, no enemy feels any different from the other apart from different amounts of health and attack power, you’re basic goal is to mow down tons of enemy troops, capture bases and eventually defeat the enemy commander, this is incredibly redundant and needs to change, there needs to be different modes, give us another objective to do instead of the same stuff over and over again.

When outside of battle, you can either become a commander for a ruler of a certain part of the kingdom or try to make it on your own and forge your own kingdom, on the side you can get married and even have kids, however again this is all incredibly repetitive, it’s always the same pattern; have a war council, complete side objectives (forging an alliance with another kingdom, build a certain type of facility etc.), then invade a part of the kingdom and take it over, after doing this about 5 times, I was just bored.

I would love to say more about this game, I would, but there really isn’t much else for there to say about it, pretty much the only thing I like about the gameplay is the fact that you can create your own character and it’s pretty well done, but overall the gameplay of this title is absolutely abysmal.

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The Sound

The soundtrack for the Dynasty Warriors series has always been great, of course this game is no exception, all songs are very energetic and get me pumped up, some are even just plain nice to listen to, even hearing the fanfare after winning a battle is great to hear, really there isn’t much to say about this one, other than the music is great, no faults to be had for me.

Voice acting in the games is pretty disappointing, however this is only due to the fact that there is no English dub for the game, I just really prefer hearing voices in my native language as I can’t capture emotions well enough when listening to something I don’t understand, this however is just a personal preference of mine.

The Graphics

The graphics on Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires are honestly pretty dated, models aren’t very good and environments are pretty blocky and dull, the opening cut scene looks okay and there are plenty of customization for created characters, attack animations also look pretty fluent, but overall I think the bar has to be raised on this series visual wise.

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The Lasting Appeal

I’ve played for roughly 20 hours total and I can’t find any reason to return to this title, for hardcore fans of the series, I would imagine this game could keep your attention for quite a while, where as I got pretty bored after finishing the first campaign, there are of course a set of trophies and achievements for people to obtain, which could boost your time up a decent chunk.

Overall it all comes down to whoever picks up this game and whether that person enjoys or doesn’t mind a lot of repetition, then I would say this game is for you, however if you can’t handle doing the same thing over and over again then definitely stay away from this one.

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The Final Thoughts

Overall Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires is a very disappointing entry in the series, I can’t stand the repetitiveness of the gameplay, which in turn caused me to get bored incredibly quickly, while the music is enjoyable, the visuals are pretty dull in general, and beside having no story, admittedly it is pretty nice not having to hear the same story that Dynasty Warriors has been repackaging over the years however if they included some sort of story that would’ve been okay, I would say pass on this one and hope that DW9 can bring new changes to the table, as this series has been too repetitive for too long.

Lasting Appeal

My Score – 5/10

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The Good

  • Enjoyable Soundtrack
  • Character Creation

The Bad

  • Boring Visuals
  • Incredibly Repetitive
  • No Replay Value
  • No English Dub

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires is available now from all good retailers for PS3, PS4, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Tecmo for supplying the Game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

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Shiftlings Review

Shiftlings

Developed by Rock Pocket Games

Published by Sierra

“Welcome back to another groovy episode of Shiftlings”

Please Note: This Review is for the Xbox One Version

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First Thoughts

So from pressing start the game seems very bright and entertaining the story seems funny and well scripted and the humor is on a level that anyone can understand so far Shiftlings has very entertaining gameplay that I am finding very fun and cant wait to see what more the game has to offer.

Story

In Shiftlings, you play a pair of space engineers – Purple Plop and Green Goop – who are the unwitting contestants/test subjects of an intergalactic reality game show. As part of the program, you’ll be sent to over 50 absurdly hazardous levels across five unique worlds to perform maintenance tasks for the amusement of the audience at home.

As I can gather the story isn’t a major deal to the game as the game is focused on the puzzling level design which actually gets tricky as you progress throughout the game especially if you are trying to get all the cola bottles. For what the story explains at the beginning of the game its very funny and anyone can follow it with a very enjoyable view overall I think the story isn’t a big part to the game, that said it doesn’t need to be when I play a puzzle game most of the time I am focused on the puzzle to even think of what’s happening within the story but as I said anyone can enjoy the way this game starts its amusing for everyone and that’s the best part ANYONE CAN ENJOY IT!

Gameplay

The gameplay to Shiftlings is a side scroller puzzle adventure with very easy to understand controls especially when playing alone the way the puzzle are difficult is to be able to wrap your mind around moving each character. bare in mind that one character will stay bloated and one will stay skinny the bloated one cant move fast or jump far but of course has its advantages and disadvantages the skinny one can jump high move fast but again would be nothing without the help of the bloated character which i think is amazing the connection that is in the game you are attached to the other character by a tube pressing Y will change the bloater and B Will change character this may sound simple to you but it can be very difficult when playing alone you have to remember what one you are which is great i was in stitches laughing my head off at this game i was messing around tying the rope around a wall then forgetting i did it (This then took me about a minute or 2 to figure out what i had done) but still even down to the gameplay its difficult but fun AND THAT’S WHAT I LIKE!. Overall the gameplay to this game is Brilliant! and again its fun for everyone also having the opportunity to play a game like this with friends will be so much fun!

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Graphics

The graphics to shiftlings are great and I like them a lot straight away when i see this game i said to myself this has potential and so much to offer as a game even more when i see characters like this is a game i think this could be a great cartoon to watch and this game has it the humour is brilliant and ties in with the graphics its bright and colourful and makes you feel so welcoming to the game. To me i think this games graphics are awesome and as I stated it has so much to offer again FOR EVERYONE this is also the level design is perfect and especially if you want a challenge. Overall the graphics are perfect for what the game is about and what it is offering and they don’t need to be any different because they look great.

Sound

The soundtrack to Shiftlings is amazing and fits the game very well its sounds very sci fi kind of music which is great for the whole alien (Shiftlings or Zorks) Thing the music is also very catchy and at times I was humming along to it so that’s always a good thing because it gets you even more involved in the game. The voice of the person who commentates over the show is hilarious with some of the stuff he says it is great also the sound effects of doors, changing for bloat to skinny is very cool and again very well fitted. Overall the sound to this game is amazing and definitely a strong point to the experience of the game.

Lasting Appeal

This game will last ages for many reasons one of them is that the levels get more difficult as you progress through the game also if you want more of a challenge try and collect all of the Cola bottles as that will take some extra time and add to the length of the game also there is a time attack mode where you can try and beat the best time which will also be fun.

Final Thoughts

Shiftlings is Amazing and a unique side scroller game very enjoyable and a blast to play this game is great for many reasons the gameplay is fun and the levels are difficult adding for a very challenging game but I can feel it getting very repetitive but I also think that’s because I am playing single player overall Shiftlings is an amazing game and blast of fun for everyone. I Recommend picking this game up as its definitely worth a shot and if your a fan of side scrollers and puzzle genre games then this is for you.

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Rating: 9/10

The Good

  • Great Fun For EVERYONE!
  • Brilliant and enjoyable gameplay
  • Very challenging
  • The game will last if you try and get all cola and take your time
  • A Overall funny game for anyone

The Bad

  • Game gets repetitive (The game is still good it just doesn’t vary much)

Shiftlings is available now for Xbox One, PS4 & PC. Thanks go out to Sierra for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

TENACIOUSTLOGO2 Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

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Fifa 15 Review

Fifa 15

Developed by EA Canada

Published by EA Sports

*It’s The Last Match Of The Season*

*Please Note: This Review is of the Xbox One Version*

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The Story:

Like most Sports games; Fifa 15 doesn’t exactly have a story mode instead opting for the more suitably titled; Career mode in which you choose either your own custom made player or a well known professional player and help them rise through the ranks to become some of the world’s best players and to help your team get on top of the leaderboard.

In addition to the regular career mode; There is also the manager mode which allows you to climb into the footsteps of a football manager and take up the many managerial duties such as buying players, playing out a full season and winning either Trophies or Promotion depending on the level of your team. Other than that though; Pretty much like all Sports games with not much of a story.

The Gameplay:

There are a few differences with Fifa 15 compared to the other games and in particular; Fifa 14. For a start, the game plays a hell of a lot smoother than Fifa 14 along with a strong use of Dribbling being implemented into the game to help make the game more technical and easier to play. The AI has improved from the previous titles aswell with the computer being smarter and more technical than the previous games giving players a challenge when they go head to head with the CPU. Considering the Engine is exactly the same as Fifa 14 a lot of things have been altered including Cross headers and corners being toned down and precise and accurate ground through balls which make the game feel slightly overpowered. Truthfully though, there isn’t much to say about Fifa 15, it’s football, and pretty much plays the same as previous installments in the series, there have been some slight tweaks to the series such as the ones I’ve just mentioned but otherwise it’s the same familiar gameplay that Fifa players are used to.

Personally I was more of a fan of manager mode, basically you take on the role of a manager for any team of your choosing and proceed to win trophies, play out games and buy in new players, it’s always worked out in the past Fifa titles and it’s no different here, buying in new player has a bit of an addictive element involved, mixed with a slight bit of strategy.

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The Sound:

Fifa 15 features some of the best sound the series has had in quite some time with the basic sound effects such as Chanting sounding much better than ever before with it giving off the true impression that you are actually in the stadium with the fans and players. The game has a wide variety of football comentators from around the world including Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Andy Townsend to name a few making this a truly authentic football title.

The game also features one hell of a soundtrack to have a boot around to including huge artists including Madeon, Kasabian, The Ting Tings and Avicii to name just a few. When looking back at all the songs available at the players disposal; There is a decent mixture and range of song choices so there is literally a piece of music for everybody.

The Graphics:

The visuals on Fifa 15 look beautiful with the players and stadiums looking the most realistic they have ever been in a football game. The game has a multitude of stadiums and players to choose from which all look as they do in real life with stadiums including Anfield, The Etihad Stadium and my hometown’s stadium; The Stadium of Light to name just a few. The Weather feature on the game also helps to show the beauty and detail put into the game’s graphics with the look of the pitch and players changing with the weather.

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Lasting Appeal:

Like most sports games and pretty much every other Fifa title; Fifa 15 is pretty much never-ending with plenty of things to do at the players disposal. There is both of the career modes of both Player and Manager aswell as the character creator. Then of course you have your online matches and leaderboards to consider since most people strive to be the best online Fifa player and as per usual; there is also the achievements/trophies for you hunters out there.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Fifa 15 is another exceptional entry in the long running Fifa franchise and takes everything great about the previous entries and improves upon it. The gameplay is great but eventually like all Sports games; It just gets a bit repetitive when played for hours and hours on end but it is good when you return to playing it. Other than that and the ground through balls being overpowered; This is a great game and a must play for all football fans.

My Score = 8/10

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The Good:

  • Career mode is the closest to a story a football game can get
  • Gameplay changes are great
  • Game runs smoother
  • Great Soundtrack
  • Brilliant Visuals
  • Manager Mode
  • Plenty of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • Ground Through Balls feel Overpowered
  • Gameplay gets repetitive

Fifa 15 is available now from all good retailers for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS and Wii. Thanks go out to EA for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay Review

Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay

Developed by GSP/ 1st Playable

Published by GSP/ 1st Playable

*Hello, I am Baymax; Your personal Health care companion*

*Please Note: This Review is of the 3DS Version*

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The Story:

Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay takes place after the events of the movie and sees San Fransokyo under threat from a new villain in the form of Gangster and Bot Fighter; Yama who unleashes an army of Battle bots on the city to wreak havoc. With an overwhelming force taking over; Only the Big Hero 6 can take him down for good.

The Gameplay:

Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay plays very similar to a 2.5D side-scrolling Action Platformer with Beat Em’ Up elements which puts you in control of 4 of the heroes in the form of Hiro, Wasabi, Fred & GoGo who each have their own unique attacks. Out of all the heroes you can take control of I found my personal favorite was Wasabi purely for the fact that his plasma blades do extremely heavy damage even when pitted against powerful enemies and is possibly the strongest of the characters. Hiro uses Magnetism to perform powerful attacks that can not only do a lot of damage to his enemies but also allows him to launch them a distance which not only does damage to them but also gives Hiro a chance to recharge his attack, making Hiro in my opinion the more balanced fighter of the 4. GoGo is an interesting choice of character taking speed over powerful attacks which means that while her attacks are lighter and do less damage; You can build up speed to perform a quick flurry of attacks that can incapacitate your enemies. Finally, I come to Fred who while is a great character in general (in the movie) plays as the worst character in the game with Fred being able to double jump and breathe fire; he sounds like the perfect choice however I noticed that his attacks took slightly longer to recharge and thus made him more vulnerable to attacks. All in all however the 4 characters all play great.

For those who find the levels a bit too easy; A Challenge mode version of the levels are available upon completion of each level making the game slightly more difficult by adding more enemies to each mission and making them a bit more resistant to your attacks but overall, the challenge mode is still rather easy. The touch screen also comes into some use on this game with the player being able to collect tiny purple orbs throughout the game that helps build up some of Honey Lemon’s chemical compounds which allows you to temporarily stun enemies or even electrocute them.

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The Sound:

In terms of the sound; Big Hero 6 doesn’t offer much with an OK-ish backing track however it’s pretty much the only piece of music in the entire game and it gets extremely repetitive very quickly. The sound effects used in the game are decent enough with each punch, kick and special ability sounding the same as they would in the movie however due to the overall music and the lack of a voice cast; The Sound in this game is actually pretty poor.

The Graphics:

The visuals in Big Hero 6 are full of bright and vivid colors however the overall graphics are pretty poor with the visuals around both the characters and the environments being extremely grainy and overall rather messy. The character models on the heroes look great as do the actual levels but the enemies look just a bit too generic and to me it’s a real shame as this game could have had a lot more potential than the final product.

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Lasting Appeal:

In terms of Replay Value; Big Hero 6 has an ok amount of stuff to keep you playing with the obvious unlock of the challenge mode levels upon completion of the actual levels aswell as many different collectibles to find in both (Regular and Challenge) levels however some of these can be completed rather quickly and once getting everything; You are pretty much left with a completed game to just keep in your library of titles.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Big Hero 6 is very far from being a good video game adaptation of a movie however it does work well as a platforming beat em’ up however the game does get repetitive very quickly and the sound and visuals aren’t great either. One of the few things that the game does have going for it is that it’s story does take place after the movie and it does kind of make sense who the villain is and like I said the gameplay is good and would be better if not for repetition. All in all, An OK game but it could have been a lot better.

My Score = 6.5/10

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The Good:

  • Story is decent and makes sense
  • Game works well as a Beat Em’ Up Platformer
  • Challenge mode has a little bit of difficulty to it
  • Great Gameplay
  • Great use of the Touch Screen

The Bad:

  • The Gameplay gets Repetitive
  • Not much in terms of replay value
  • Graphics aren’t the greatest
  • The Sound as a whole isn’t great
  • No real use of the 3D

Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay is available now from all good retailers for DS & 3DS. Thanks go out to Avanquest Software for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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Resident Evil HD Remaster Review

Developed By Capcom

Published By Capcom

” That was a close one… A second late, you woulda fit nicely into a sandwich. ”

This Review is of the PS4 Version

The Story

Resident evil takes place in the Arklay mountains on the border of raccoon city, you play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, who are both members of the Special Tactics And Rescue Squad or S.T.A.R.S for short, recently there have been quite a few grisly murders taking place in the Arklay mountains where victims were supposedly eaten, Chris and Jill are sent in with Alpha team to find their comrades Bravo team who went missing while investigating the murders, after Alpha reach the mountains, things go wrong very quickly, the group are attacked by dogs and are forced to retreat to a nearby mansion in which they uncover a conspiracy and a plot to destroy the S.T.A.R.S team.

Overall Resident Evil HD is not very different at all in terms of story when compared to the original, which is good as Resident Evil isn’t a massive story based experience, there are however some different scenes which occur, nothing major of course, but they’re nice to be included.

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The Gameplay

The original Resident Evil was basically the architect for what survival horror games are now based on, low amounts of ammo, powerful enemies and limited healing, Resident Evil HD keeps to this style of gameplay adding in small changes to give you an improved experience compared to the original, for one the game just plain feels better, especially now that it has included a way to change the way you walk, in the older Resident Evil games, you basically felt like a Tank (Press the left directional button to turn you character to his or her left and then Up to make them move forward), this was probably one of the main complaints of the older games, now Capcom have added a much more fluent control style, that gives the game an updated feel and silences all the critiques of the older version. The premise of Resident Evil HD is still the same as the original, you are forced to navigate through a mansion filled with Zombies, Giant Spiders and Zombie Dogs, utilizing the few resources that the game gives you, whether it’s ammo or healing items, your main goal is to solve puzzles, instead in this game the whole area you’re in is one giant puzzle, you have to solve minor puzzles in one room to receive an item (Keys, medallions etc…), this in turn opens up newer parts of an area, in which you have to solve more puzzles and tackle more monsters, it’s a formula that simply doesn’t get old.

Resident Evil also includes an incentive not to kill those zombies that you frequently find shambling around the halls, basically if you decide to take one of them out their body stays down…..for about 30 minutes of real time I believe, then they come back to life as a much more powerful and quick version of themselves, when I first played this game back in 2002, I was terrified that all those zombies that I ” killed ” are now going to basically come back to haunt me, the idea is to burn the zombies that you put down with a lighter and kerosene, again it’s a great concept as you won’t always have enough kerosene to burn everything so you are forced to make a choice, whether it’s trying to avoid the zombies or to put them down and take your chances. Resident Evil also includes 2 characters which admittedly don’t have all that much difference to them, basically Chris takes more damage, gets 6 slots in his inventory, has a lighter on hand at all times and works with Rebecca to escape the mansion, whereas Jill has decreased health, 8 inventory slots, a lockpick and works with Barry to escape, personally even though there is only a few changes, I would still recommend playing through as both characters, mainly because this game is too good to only play once.

So overall Resident Evil HD is pretty much the perfect survival horror game, I would definitely say that this is the best version to own, for gameplay purposes, with the new control scheme, it welcomes new player and old players alike, well done to Capcom on this one.

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The Sound

Resident Evil HD really doesn’t have that much of a soundtrack, which really is a good thing, as it helps build atmosphere, just hearing the sounds of the zombies groaning in the background and hearing the occasional roar of thunder is just a perfect tone setter, however there is one piece of music that is fantastic, and that is the save room theme, which is a very soothing piece of music, and definitely manages to put you at ease. Many people know that the original Resident Evil is one of the worst voice acting performances ever in a game, this game has significantly improved upon that, however despite it being a massive improvement, it still is quite a poor job in general, especially in terms of Barry and Chris, writing is also pretty dumb, but luckily all these flaws don’t bring you out of the game too much as the game isn’t focused on a story telling experience.

The Graphics

This game looks incredible. For a game originally released in 2002, Resident Evil on the Gamecube in my opinion is the best looking game of it’s time and arguably the best looking title on Gamecube, so what happens when you have an already gorgeous game and upscale it for the PS4, you get one of the best looking remasters ever released, they even included the character models from Resident Evil 5 in there, which I used as it gave it a more updated feel, simply put environments have a really enhanced look to them, however the original models don’t look the as good as they could, apart from the monsters, finally I should mention that the CGI cut-scenes look pretty awful they just look so blurred, and I feel they should have had a lot more work put into them.

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The Lasting Appeal

Resident Evil HD is quite a bit longer than the original game, areas have been added to make your journey through the mansion to be a lot longer, really the game can vary on the time it takes to beat it, some people can beat it within 2-3 hours and some people can take up to 10, I feel the average time ranges to around 6-8 which admittedly isn’t a lot, but luckily there are 2 campaigns which I mentioned above really don’t have all that much difference between them but do have some slight changes, plus after beating the game under certain requirements, you unlock some very interesting modes, such as Invisible enemies or Real survival which is Hard mode without the Item Boxes being interconnected, so overall, I believe that there is plenty of content included in this purchase, added on that there are now a set of trophies/achievements included, this is certainly the best version of Resident Evil to own right now.

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Final Thoughts

Overall I feel this is definitely the best version of Resident Evil to own right now, if you were put off originally by the outdated control scheme, Resident Evil HD corrects every single flaw that has been said about it, of course there are still some problems with it, CGI cutscenes and voice acting are both still pretty poor, however the controls and gameplay in general, along with the visuals have had a significant improvement, I honestly think purchasing this game is completely worth every penny and I am very much looking forward to see what Capcom will do in the future (Resident Evil 0 Remastered hopefully).

Final Thoughts

My Score – 9.7/10

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The Good

  • Perfect Survival Horror Gameplay
  • Fantastic Visuals
  • Improved Controls
  • Plenty of Content

The Bad

  • Poor voice acting
  • CGI cutscenes look much worse

Resident Evil HD Remaster is available now for for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Capcom for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

 

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Escape Dead Island Review

Escape Dead Island

Developed by Fatshark

Published by Deep Silver

“We’re not going to Banoi”

Please Note: This Review is for the Xbox 360 Version

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First Thoughts

My first thoughts of this game was that it seems very different to every other dead island for 1 reason its a third person survival mystery horror game where as the the other dead island games are first person anyway’s so far I am actually enjoying the game its very entertaining and I want to know what is going on in the story!

Story

The Story of Escape Dead Island is about uncovering the roots of the outbreak and where it started you play as Cliff Calo who embarks on this epic journey along with his two friends Linda Waterson and Devan Marvopani to uncover the secrets of the outbreak on the island of Narapela while on this journey Cliff encounters some crazy things you will also run in to a familiar which is cool if you have played the other dead island games. if you have played the previous dead island games and enjoyed the stories to them or even if you just want to find out the origins to the outbreak this will give some insight to that overall I think the story to escape dead island wasn’t to bad it will keep you occupied for the duration of the game.

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Gameplay

The gameplay to escape dead island is a third person action game. the gameplay contains very basic action mechanics 2 button attack X For light attack and Y for heavy the game also contains the use of a camera to take pictures of anything that can add to Cliff’s Story but with the camera I kind of found it pointless it gets to the point where you don’t want to take pictures as its just so boring to do so I really did dislike the whole camera plus every time you had to get the camera out it wouldn’t stay equipped so I found this very frustrating. The shooting mechanics are not to bad but again very basic there are only 2 weapons a Pistol and a shotgun you can get upgrades but the firearms still remain as those guns. The melee you come across various melee weapons but you can not upgrade them which is kind of a shame but I understand this is only a short game anyway’s the fighting mechanics are very slow and the execution is just so boring as there are only 2 different executions along with that you can sneak up on the zombies and kill them which in my opinion I think is the best. Overall the gameplay isn’t to bad and as stated seeing this is only meant to be a short game the gameplay and mechanics are pretty good.

Graphics

The graphics to escape dead island are very cartoony but I am a fan of these kind of art styles as I think they bring out a lot of the gore on certain things so to me the graphics are great also the cutscenes are like comic strips which I think is very cool overall the graphics in my opinion are very good as I like how the game looks.

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Sound

The sound to escape dead island is very basic the voice actors are not the best in the world but they are not the worst either also the firearm sounds are ok so as stated a lot of the sound effects are basic but I did not expect to go in and hear loads of great music and stuff so overall the sound is not to bad for the game.

Lasting Appeal

There really isn’t apart from trying to get all the collectibles.

Final Thoughts

Overall the game wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be and I did enjoy it for the first 2 hours then it got very repetitive and couldn’t wait to finish it but this doesn’t make it a bad game and I definitely think fans of the dead island series should check this game out.

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Rating: 6.5/10

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The Good

  • Not A Bad Story
  • Cool Graphics
  • Nice Environment
  • Voice Actors fit each character very well

The Bad

  • Very repetitive
  • Gets Boring Fast
  • No Fast Travel
  • Checkpoints are annoying

Escape Dead Island is available now for PS3, Xbox 360 & PC. Thanks go out to Deep Silver for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 TENACIOUSTLOGO2 Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

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Blue Estate Review

Blue Estate

Developed by Hesaw

Published by Hesaw

“What the hell is this, Monopoly money?!”

Please Note: This Review is for the Xbox One Version

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First Thoughts

So my first thoughts for this game is that it looks great fun and it is great fun either with the kinect or controller its still very enjoyable and the game has loads to offer.

Story

The story follows two characters Tony Luciano, the psychopathic son of Los Angeles godfather and Clarence, an ex-soldier who has been hired as the Don’s hitman. The two characters will have to fight there way through various stages encountering various enemies and bosses. each character has there own missions which I think is great as it switches up between a serious and funny character perspective. Overall the story to Blue Estate is good but I wasn’t really following it that much but I think that’s because I have not read the comics but I will admit I found the story funny which I like but I think people who have read the comic will find themselves more attached and gripped to the story.

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Gameplay

The gameplay is a rail shooter but there is much more than just aiming and shooting in this rail shooter but first I will go over the shooting and aiming. first off using Kinect for this game is great every feature that you need to use is amazing and fits the game very well it will take time to get the hang of the aiming and stuff as I still ain’t got the hang of it on kinect. The game is just as great when using the controller and that’s one of my favorite things about this game is that you can play it with either the kinect or controller so if you cant be bothered to stand up and aim at the TV (Kinect) with your hand then you can sit down and aim with the analogue and shoot with the RT and takes a little less time to get use to other than that there is many other features such as gestures use will have to use the left analogue or your left hand to open doors throw back items and other random things that you will find out in the process of playing the game. Overall the gameplay to blue estate is amazing fun I really enjoyed this game everything about the gameplay seems fresh and is really fun and is definitely the strong point to blue estate.

Graphics

The graphics to blue estate are very detailed and I liked them a lot I liked the comic book look to it which is great each character was very detailed and the surrounding detail of the levels looks amazing as well each level design looked new and fresh for the game which I really liked a lot the graphics are a very strong point to this game and I thought they looked amazing.

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Sound

The sound to this game is great especially the sound effects and voice actors each gun has its own great sound effect that is perfect! also the voice actors are great and everything they say is great and usually very funny. also the music to the game is great but i didn’t notice it as much as i was paying attention to what each character had to say. Overall the sound to the game is great and it is another strong point to the game.

Lasting Appeal

The lasting appeal to this game is going through the arcade mode or replaying the story and try to get all the stars and also beating your own score is always good fun.

Final Thoughts

I Enjoyed every minute of this game, the gameplay is amazing! and I really found it fresh and new to play also the voice actors are brilliant my only issue is I wish there was more missions to play other than that the game is great fun.

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Rating: 8/10

The Good

  • Great Voice Actors
  • Fun Gameplay
  • Awesome Graphics
  • Hilarious Script
  • The choice to play with either kinect or controller
  • Kinect works great with the game and is enjoyable to use

The Bad

  • Very Short (Wish there was more story missions)

Blue Estate is available now for Xbox One & PS4. Thanks go out to Hesaw for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  TENACIOUSTLOGO2 Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

 

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Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand Theft Auto V

Developed by Rockstar North

Published by Rockstar

*You Make Me Want A Labotomy!*

*Please Note: This review is for the PlayStation 4 Version*

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The Story:

Grand Theft Auto V follows 3 protagonists with a huge interlinking story. Nine years after a failed Bank Robbery; Michael Townley, a former bank robber is living with his family under witness protection as Michael De Santa and is suffering from a mid-life crisis. After realizing his wife is cheating on him and that none of his kids respect him; He decides to get back into the business of stealing with his new protege; Franklin Clinton; A young car thief who meets Michael when trying to steal his son’s car. The two pull off a heist in a jewelry shop which catches the attention of Michael’s former partner in crime; Trevor Phillips who realizes his friend isn’t dead and sets out to reunite with him.

Together the 3 of them start committing some of the biggest heists Los Santos has seen in a long time as their personal lives start to spin way out of control leading them towards an ending that is worthy of applause.

The Gameplay:

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world sandbox game with many things to keep you satisfied while you wander around Los Santos. GTA V retains the series classic gameplay of basically Stealing, Racing and Gunning down anything that gets in your way to get to the big league and live the American Dream. The array of weapons and vehicles to choose from is huge and so varied that there is literally something for everyone. When your not running around shooting people or knifing them; There is plenty of activities available to the player including playing golf, watching movies at the cinema and even building a space docker which leads to some fun and time consuming mini-games. The cops in this game have also improved from their previous iterations with the crime being much more harsher and brutal in Los Santos then it was in Liberty City with the cops in this game feeling more like Robocop than Paul Blart.

The ability to switch between the 3 characters at will is simplistic yet enjoyable and can help you out when surrounded by enemies in levels. As a big fan of Dogs in general; I found the parts where you could play as Chop hilarious with some of the attacks that you could perform being great aswell as the fact the dog can get distracted very easily leading to some hilarious dialogue from Franklin and Lamar. Of course the big new feature on show for the PS4, Xbox One and (Eventual) PC releases is the First Person mode which allows you to see things from the character’s perspective which changes the whole way you look at the GTA series and while the first person mode was great; For me it just didn’t feel right with this particular series but it does make the game much better to look at. Another feature I did enjoy was the online aspect which in ways can be treated as a completely separate game featuring your own customizable character in another scenario taking part in Los Santos featuring many different competitive game modes such as deathmatch and racing which is brilliant and one of the best parts about the online is that it has a feature which keeps you safe from campers who think it’s fun to basically just kill you as soon as you respawn; saving both your character and your TV from going out the window.

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The Sound:

The Sound segments of GTA V are brilliant with a phenomenal soundtrack that comprises of some fantastic songs from artists like The Chain Gang of 1974 (Sleepwalking), Queen (Radio GaGa), The Five Stairsteps (O-o-h Child), Kenny Loggins (I’m Free) & many many more from the original soundtrack but with the new generation comes even more new songs featuring artists like Gorillaz, Maroon 5, Creedance Clearwater Revival and of course my personal favorite; Carry on Wayward Son from Kansas. The score for the game echoes the soundtrack with an intense composure that really immerses you in the world of Grand Theft Auto and feels like another staple in the series’ long running continuity for great composed music. The Voice Acting in the game is brilliant aswell with a cast mainly comprising of unknown voice actors with Shawn Fonteno, Ned Luke & Steven Ogg leading the cast as Protagonists; Franklin, Michael & Trevor respectively along with many other brilliant voice actors and actresses who should be proud of being a great part of a great game.

The Graphics:

Grand Theft Auto V if anybody can still remember when it came to the PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2013 had and still has some of the best visuals for both of those consoles so as you can expect the current gen versions look good and very much like The Last of Us: Remastered; This game’s visuals look stunning with their improved upgrade enhancing an already incredible looking game and making Los Santos look like a Murder filled Paradise. The characters looked amazing with a few of the characters reminding me of other media like Michael who reminded me of Dead Rising’s Frank West & Trevor who reminded me of Jack Nicholson. Another thing that can’t be forgotten is the games many visual references including the likes of the Xenomorph from Alien, Bigfoot and even Jesus Christ. All in all, the Visual elements are spot on.

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Lasting Appeal:

As you can imagine; A game of GTA V’s caliber means there is literally hours and hours of fun to be had (and that’s just the campaign) but of course there is more to this game than just the campaign with plenty of activities to take part in plus the plethora of Side Quests available. Then of course you have the pretty much never-ending Grand Theft Auto Online which also has side quests and competitive multiplayer and of course there is trophies/achievements available for trophy/achievement hunters to collect.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Grand Theft Auto V is a fantastic port of an already fantastic game bringing many new things to the table; some things worked while others didn’t. The game rarely has any bad points really for me apart from the first person mode not feeling right with GTA, The Cops pursuing you like Predator, Sometimes the game got a little bit boring now and again aswell as some of the other players on GTA online being absolute douches and camping like crazy  but otherwise yet another fantastic addition to Rockstar’s Resume.

My Score = 9.5/10

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The Good:

  • Brilliant Story
  • Very enjoyable characters
  • Superb Voice Acting
  • Phenomenal Soundtrack
  • Chop
  • Gameplay is great
  • Graphics look stunning
  • GTA Online

The Bad:

  • Game sometimes gets boring
  • Cops pursue you like RoboCop
  • First Person Mode just doesn’t feel right with GTA
  • GTA Online

Grand Theft Auto V is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 & Xbox 360 and will be available on PC in March. Thanks go out to Rockstar for supplying the Game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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The Crew Review

The Crew

Developed by Ivory Tower & Ubisoft Reflections

Published by Ubisoft

“I’ll work my way through the Ranks”

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*

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The Story:

The story begins with the main character Alex Taylor being pursued by local law enforcement near Detroit. During the chase, he receives a call from Harry who wants him to participate in a race in the city. After losing the cops, he finds the Camaro that Harry loans him. Harry explains to him that Alex’s older brother Dayton, the founder of the 5-10 motor club, wants to speak with him. Alex participates and wins the race. After his win, Dayton arrives and orders Alex to drive him to the bridge. Once there, Dayton tells him to keep his head down. A vehicle pulls up, Dayton goes and talks with the driver before walking back to the Camaro; however before he can get there, the driver shoots him and drives off. Alex rushes to Dayton’s side as the police arrive. The police restrain Alex as Dayton dies. Alex is charged and later convicted of Dayton’s murder by FBI Special Agent Coburn and is sent to prison.

5 years later, an FBI agent named Zoe finds Alex and informs him that the new leader of the 5-10 motor club, a man named Shiv was the one who killed Dayton and that Coburn in collaboration with Shiv framed Alex for Dayton’s murder. Zoe offers Alex a chance to get Shiv behind bars if he helps her get evidence against Special Agent Coburn, Alex takes the offer.

The Gameplay:

The game starts off pretty slow as the game is teaching you everything you need to know in the first main mission in which you can finaly buy your first motor and at first you can choose between a selected few cars not great cars but not bad. The game has a few bugs in that can have two outcomes; it can make the game unbearable or in my case makes the game more fun like what happened to me during a race on an open straight road, A car tapped another racer and sent my car flying across the map. The overall controls are really easy to master and the game works perfectly but be careful on who your car bumps into because you could fly across the map or just be attacked by the player you crashed into by accident.

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The Sound

The music in the game is brilliant and sound quality from the cars are near enough perfect I have had no problems with it. Only thing I would say is the game could do with some more songs as after a while the same music is playing from the radio and for most people that would be fine but while I race I love blasting music. Even if they allowed for people to put their own music on their game it would make this game a God.

The Graphics

There is some issues with graphics but its to do with the server not the game as the server needs to individually place the player in each part of the map and different people with different internet speeds can often make the graphics glitch a bit but only for a brief second and then it sorts its self out. Overall the graphics are just like the release trailer and you can see how much detail has gone into the game mapping each individual road and city and put that much care into placing it into the game is brilliant.

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Lasting Appeal:

What keeps me wanting more is that it’s a very addictive game always wanting to be the best like trying to beat freinds personal best like life you always want the best in life and the only way to do so is to try try and try again the three t’s always help.

Final Thoughts:

So overall the game has ups and downs but that’s a game that has had loads of open beta’s which I was apart of only problem for me alone the beta took longer to install then the actual game which I still couldn’t meet my friends online for not installing it completely and the work you done on the beta meant nothing as the game was wiped and you had to start again from the beginning even though it’s not that hard to level up in the game it’s collecting the cash that’s the annoying part.

One thing I would say is when giving the game a go to be open minded. Don’t take other people’s thoughts when having a go because a game is good to you no one else even though I am telling you about it I just tell the truth try to give people an on the fence look at the game so if your into racing games pick up a copy if you are not a fan of them then that’s ok to me also folks don’t forget to comment below if their is something I missed on the game that you think is important and if you want me to try and get a review out of anything please inform the editor and chief thank you and good night.

Score = 6/10

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The Good: 

Great fun
Beautiful landscape
Awesome weather conditions
Missions are decent
Multiplayer
Co-op
Hidden trophies

The Bad:

servers not that full or stable

People on the game are not that friendly to meet

if you leave to do something your kicked from the server

The Crew is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One, PC & Xbox 360. Thanks go to Ubisoft for supplying the assets used in this review. Also folks don’t forget to comment below if their is something I missed on the game that you think is important and if you want me to try and get a review out of anything please inform the editor and chief and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

30000 Review by Connor Cleminson