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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition Review

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition

Developed by Blizzard Entertainment

Published by Blizzard Entertainment

*You Were Defeated The Moment You Surrendered To This Madness*

*Please Note: This is a Review of the Xbox One version of the game*

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The Story:

Set 20 Years after the events of Diablo II in the world of Sanctuary; Deckard Cain & Leah are in Tristram Cathedral investigating ancient texts about an ancient prophecy when suddenly the Cathedral is hit by a Mysterious Shooting Star that creates a deep crater which Deckard Cain disappears into. Shortly after; The Protagonist (Names are custom) enters the town of New Tristram to investigate the shooting star however when they get there, they soon realize that something evil has been unleashed on the world of Sanctuary and that only they can stop it.

Reaper of Souls takes place after The Protagonist has defeated Diablo with the Black Soul stone containing the souls of all seven of the great evils being retrieved by Tyrael who knowing it cannot be trusted in the hands of mortals or angels takes it back to Sanctuary in an attempt to seal it away for good however Tyrael and his accomplices are ambushed by Malthael, former Archangel of Wisdom who now calls himself the Angel of Death and takes the Black Soul Stone leaving it up to The Protagonist to stop evil from spreading once again.

The Gameplay:

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is a Top Down Dungeon Crawler/Action Adventure/Hack & Slash title that brings a little bit of everything to the mix. The game features many RPG elements to it starting of course with the big one which is customization of the character. Straight from the get go; Players can choose their class of character from A Barbarian, Crusader, Monk, Wizard, Witch Doctor & Demon Hunter to which they can then customize the look of the characters appearance from multiple options such as Gender, Face, Hair and even more. Once you have done all of that the gameplay really gets good combining elements of a top down RPG with that of a hack and slash game with each of the buttons on the Xbox Controller being able to be assigned to numerous different objects such as potions, melee weapons, ranged weapons and even equipment such as shields. The button layout on the controller also makes it much easier to handle the game with the face buttons and right back buttons being used for skills and attacks, the LT button for Target locking and LB for potions aswell as the directional buttons being used to open a town portal, open your map and to quickly equip an item in need however the easiest aspect of these controls is the analogue sticks since the left stick is used to move your character and the right stick is used for evasion making it easier to dodge enemy attacks. The enemies in the game provide not only fun but challenging gameplay since some enemies have a tendency to go down easy whilst other enemies require skill and tactic to take down. In addition to this; Diablo III also feels a lot like Legend of Zelda in the fact that not only is there fun puzzles and challenges in the dungeons but it’s also worth smashing every breakable in sight since you never know what you will find. All in all, the gameplay is fantastic. In addition to this, the co-op play is also a fantastic feature since the game not only feels more fun but also more challenging with friends adding to the idea that you are sort of leading your own little army on hell.

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The Sound:

The Soundtrack in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is incredible with a fantastic score put together by lead composer Russell Brower and many other talented composers and performed with an extremely talented Orchestra. The soundtrack to me does what the game intends to do and that is to take you on this dark journey into a world consumed by evil and the soundtrack not only portrays that well but also has times where it sounds as though the music is leading towards a heaven vs. hell style battle with an epic climax. In addition to this, Diablo III has a hell (no pun intended) of a voice cast with many talented voice actors including Dorian Harewood, Anna Graves, Robin Atkin Dowes, Jennifer Hale, Troy Baker & Simon Templeman to name just a few. In my honest opinion; the sound in this game cannot be faulted.

The Graphics:

The Visuals in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition are fantastic and shows where the game has been upscaled for the current gen. The lighting techniques used in the game are brilliant combining the dark and gritty world of Sanctuary with the light of the heavens; especially when that light appears at every entrance and exit. In ways the light is also handy since it is used to help guide the player to their next objective which when traversing the large dungeons in the game can become extremely helpful. In addition to this the game runs a lot smoother on the Xbox One compared to the Xbox 360 version which I reviewed back in 2013 and the visuals look better with the characters even having a realistic sort of feel to them. In addition to this; The cutscenes look stunning running at 1080p and look as though they have been ripped straight from a movie.

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Lasting Appeal:

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has plenty of replay value thanks to the huge maps for the player to explore and the numerous collectibles and challenges to collect and complete throughout the game. Levelling your character up to the maximum level will also more than likely take you a lot of time to achieve and when you add on the fact that there is plenty of secrets to be found in these huge worlds and all the achievements/trophies to collect. This game is truly going to last you a while.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is a phenomenal Action RPG title with many different elements and genres and with this improved port has truly left the game faultless in my honest opinion with plenty to do, a decent story, an amazing soundtrack and gorgeous visuals aswell as fun and challenging gameplay. This game truly shows that Blizzard can indeed produce a high quality title for consoles and just begs the question what can Blizzard do next for consoles (Who knows maybe the success might get World of Warcraft on consoles). But all in all, A fantastic game that needs to be played.

My Score = 10/10

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The Good:

  • Brilliant Storyline’s for both the main game and DLC
  • Fantastic gameplay that blends multiple genres together with ease
  • Well Composed Score
  • Stunning Visuals
  • Brilliant Voice Cast
  • Plenty of Replay Value
  • Fun & Challenging Gameplay
  • Great Co-Op

The Bad:

  • N/A

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Blizzard 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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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Review

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

Developed by Voliton and High Voltage Software

Published by Deep Silver

*So whatever I destroy in the simulation get’s repaired, nice. Wait that always seems to be the case.*

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

First Thoughts

Straight away with starting to play Saints Row IV I couldnt wait as I had not played Saints Row IV yet so it was all new to me and straight of the back the game looks amazing it sounds amazing and the humour is great this is such a fun game within the first 5 mins and couldnt wait to see what else the game had in store for me.

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Story

Saints Row IV is based 5 Years after saints row 3 this time Aliens have invaded steelport and you are in a virtual reality version of steelport where you will have to encounter various aliens , police , gang members and also enemies from the past. I enjoy the story to saints row games as I like that they dont take it seriously and because of that it always makes the story to the game great also the same characters are back with the funny dialouge making you want to hear more of the humor the game has in store. Personally I think that the story is a very strong part of the game as you want to know whats going on and it does keep you very occupied so i really think if you want a funny story then this game is definitely worth it.

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Gameplay

The gameplay of Saints Row IV is very similar to Saints Row The Third but it has changed a lot seeing this time we are in a virtual reality version of steelport anything can happen such as you have powers you can sprint at un believable speed jump incredible height and also use many other powers such as Stomp , Telekenisis , Blast. The gameplay of saints row iv is great it is so enjoyable everytime you play this game it feels new and fresh and i think that the gameplay is a really strong point to this game.

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Graphics

The graphics to Saints Row IV are great they look very similar to Saints Row The Third’s kind of graphics but I dont think this is a bad thing as I really like the graphics to the game there is so much detail in many things such as the surrounding (steelport) vehicles (Alien vehicles and normal vehicles) weapons (Alien weapons and normal weapons) and also the graphics on the clothing/customisation also looks great and every piece of clothing on the game looks much different from the other all in all i think the graphics to Saints Row IV look amazing.

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Sound

With a game like Saints Row you need a great soundtrack and this game has it every song is amazing and I think every song in the game fits very well but not only the soundtrack in the game is great even the sound effects such as the noise of explosions and the sound of guns are great and each gun has there own sound and none of the guns sound a like so i personally think this is great. Another great thing about Saints Row IV is the voice actors each voice actor in this game is amazing so the sound to saints row is another VERY STRONG POINT to the game as every thing sounds great!.

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Lasting Appeal

There is loads of lasting appeal to this game such as side quests , collectibles, upgrading, and various mini games to keep you occupied for a while so there is so much for you to do on this game to keep you enjoying it which is great because I think this game is amazing.

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Final Thoughts

Saints Row IV is amazing this game has everything ACTION PACKED , Decent story line , Awesome characters , great music , and much more this game will keep you occupied for hour’s , day’s , week’s as there is so much to do and even when you finish the main campaign the game is still really fun to play which I like a lot. even just running around the town collecting all the collectibles is enjoyable!. This is a game that you need to play and own.

 

Rating 9/10

The Good

  • Great Voice Actors
  • Amazing Music
  • Awesome Story
  • Brilliant Characters
  • Decent Graphics
  • Loads Of Things To Do Including Side Quests, Challenges , Mini Games, And Collectibles
  • Hilarious Game

The Bad

  • Missions don’t really vary the objective’s so it feels like your doing the same mission over and over again

 

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is available now on Xbox One And PS4. Thanks go to Deep Silver for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

 

Review By Tenacious Tea

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Developed by Sledgehammer Games

Published by Activision

*What you are looking at is the first stage of Advanced Warfare*

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

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The Story:

In the year 2054; Private Jack Mitchell of the United States Marines participates in his first battle against North Koreans in Seoul however things go horribly wrong and his best friend and fellow Marine; Will Irons is killed in action aswell as losing his own arm in a devastating bomb blast which results in his dismissal from the military. Shortly after attending Will’s funeral; Jack is offered a position at powerful military contractor; Atlus by Will’s father, Jonathan Irons and offers Jack a prosthetic arm to fill in for his missing one. After working for Atlus for a while though, Jack starts to doubt whether or not he is gunning for the right side.

The Gameplay:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a First Person Shooter like the other entries in the series however it takes the rinse and repeat style of Call of Duty and turns it on it’s head adding new gameplay styles to the series. Most of the new abilities in game come from the brand new Exo Suits which allow you to do many new things such as the ability to double jump, wall climb, hover and even the ability to spawn a shield from your arm. These can also be enhanced due to something new to the Call of Duty series which is an upgrade system which allows for faster recharge times and many other features such as faster reload times which to me seems very reminiscent of the Crysis series. The array of both classic weaponry and futuristic weaponry is great with each weapon dealing different amounts of damage aswell as the fact that when you acquire a new weapon; You get the feeling that you want to try and master that weapon. The Multiplayer also works perfectly well and in all the times I have taken to it have not encountered a single problem; With multiple modes including the familiar Team Deathmatch and Infection in which if you are the infected player; you must kill members of the opposing team to convert them to your allies. The customization options available to players in the multiplayer menus are great with players being able to choose their outfit, weapons, Exo-Skeleton and even, their gender and appearance (You can even choose a Zombie). There is also the co-op mode called Exo-Survival which is not only fun to take part in but if you put enough effort in to get to the end; You even get a teaser of the upcoming Zombie mode.

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The Sound:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a great score which works well with its futuristic setting but the Score is not the best part of the sound section with that going to the Sound Effects and Voice Acting. The Sound effects sound brilliant with each guns particular ammunition sounding as though it is actually getting tested out in a real life shooting range and the laser sounds also help to give off the effect that the game is set in the future. The Voice acting in this game is top notch with Troy Baker once again taking the reigns as the protagonist character of Private Jack Mitchell while the supporting role of the game and truly the best performance in the game belongs to Kevin Spacey who puts in a fantastic performance as Jonathan Irons; The CEO of the Atlus Corporation with Spacey’s role not only containing elements of integrity and trust while also balancing it with Antagonism and a sinister agenda. There is also a fantastic supporting cast including Khary Payton (Starhawk) who portrays Knox, Paul Telfer (The Vampire Diaries) who portrays your best friend; Will Irons and many many more.

The Graphics:

This is the section where Advanced Warfare truly shines through with the title having by far the best visuals in a Call of Duty title since the franchise started and I would even go as far as to say that they are some of the best visuals I have seen on the current gen so far blurring the lines between Realistic and Animated. The details put into the maps are great with each map having its own distinctive style and it’s own unique layout.

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Lasting Appeal:

For obvious reasons with Advanced Warfare being a Call of Duty title; There is plenty of replay value to this game with the multiplayer obviously being the big replay factor for this title and with the upcoming DLC on the way giving players more reason to hold onto there games. The Single Player campaign can last quite some time if played in moderation plus the amount of collectibles and trophies to get just build on time but to be fair with the multitude of modes available at the players disposal. It’s pretty much a never ending game.

Final Thoughts:

In Recent Years; Call of Duty has been taking a nose dive becoming the same old copy and paste shooter however Advanced Warfare has truly saved it from that breathing fresh air into what was becoming a pretty stale franchise. Everything about this game for me has been pretty spot on apart from the game obviously getting pretty repetitive at times and while it doesn’t really affect my score of it, I am still disappointed at the lack of a good old WWII or Vietnam period instead of the Future all the time but all in all, I have to say that this game has truly got me excited for the future of this series in the many years to come.

My Score = 9/10

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The Good:

  • Impressive Story
  • Gameplay feels great
  • Upgrade System similar to Crysis
  • Phenomenal Voice Cast (Especially Kevin Spacey)
  • Stunning Visuals
  • Fun Multiplayer Modes
  • Customization options
  • Plenty of Replay Value
  • Exo-Skeletons

The Bad:

  • Can get easily repetitive
  • Set in the Future (again)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Activision 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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Top 10 Favorite Video Games – Jonnie

Hey guys, Jonnie from UGNN here doing something a little different to what I usually do, I’m gonna be listing what my favorite games of all time are and ordering them from 1-10, so without further ado, lets get started.

10.

Metro Last Light

If you’re looking for a FPS game oozing with atmosphere, that also has a wonderful world and story, then look no further than Metro Last Light, with the Redux release now on PS4 and XBONE, there is no better time than now to experience this work of art.

9.

Dark Souls

Dark Souls has become one of those games that has received a bit of video game infamy for it’s relentless difficulty, however if you can overcome this difficulty curve, you’ll find one of the most deep and fantastic RPG’s ever to be released.

8.

Devil May Cry 3

Before there was God of War or Bayonetta, there was Devil May Cry, and the 3rd installment is by far the best in the series, it takes the fast and challenging gameplay of the first and triples it, adding in new styles to allow you to choose new fighting choices and telling a tale of brothers at war, this game really should be experienced for fans of the Hack n Slash genre.

7.

Kingdom Hearts

Before the ridiculous amount of sequels, there was Kingdom Hearts, a story about a boy trying to find his friends while battling the forces of the heartless, Kingdom Hearts made a huge impact, despite the huge skepticism of Disney combined with Final Fantasy, of course surprising everyone by showing how well those series went together, Kingdom Hearts is a pretty hard series to invest into now, however this game on it’s own is one of the finest RPG’s around.

6.

Metal Gear Solid 3

Very few series tell a story like Metal Gear, the 3rd game in the series seems to pay tribute to James Bond, adding in a camouflage system for the first time in the series, also having to survive the wilderness and hunting for food, personally this is the best game in the series, however all of them can be considered perfect games.

5.

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog has become one of the best companies for storytelling and making you feel like you are on an adventure, taking a different approach from the charismatic and charming Uncharted series, The Last of Us is set in a bleak future where a viral fungus infection has taken over, there isn’t much to say about this game that would be any different to what anyone else has said, it simply is a must play.

4.

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil is known as the series what defined the term ” survival horror ” now of course it has become a parody of itself, turning into pretty ridiculous action adventures, but before they were overblown there was Resident Evil 4, a perfect blend of Horror and Action, improved controls and visuals, now of course there are an unbelievable amount of ports of this game, but there’s good reason for that as this is simply one of the best games ever made.

3.

Fallout 3

If someone asked me ” what game would you love to experience for the first time again? ” Fallout 3 would always be my choice, originally I played this game not knowing anything about the Fallout series and I ended up playing this game for 2 weeks straight, it’s that good, exploring the post apocalyptic world of Washington DC is one of the most engrossing experiences I’ve ever had, whether it’s exploring the ruins of DC or even a small abandoned town on the outskirts, Fallout 3 is simply always entertaining.

2.

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played and over the years I’ve since played every main game in the series, now of course I don’t see this as the best Final Fantasy game (that would be IV) however as an RPG on it’s own, it was my favorite game ever until 2013, but with the HD remaster out on PS3 and coming to PS4, this game simply needs to be played.

Honorable Mentions

CastleVania: Symphony of The Night

Telltale Games The Walking Dead

Pokemon Crystal

Chrono Trigger

Darksiders

1.

Persona 4 Golden

No game has ever made me Laugh and Cry as much as Persona 4, the first time I ever played this game was April 2013 for the PS2, immediately after playing, I was hooked, I played this game every day, and every day I grew more and more attached to the characters such as Kanji, Naoto and Yosuke, then in December 2013 I played Persona 4 Golden, and I couldn’t believe that it was actually better and had more content. I should stop here, there isn’t really much to say, if you have a Vita then Buy this game, it’s worth buying a Vita for this game.

Well that’s all folks! So what did you think, do you agree with any of my choices? What are your favorite games? Be sure to let us know your thoughts 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.

Article By Jonnie Dixon

 

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Game Of Thrones Walkthrough By Tenacious Tea Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to the Video Walkthrough of Telltale Games ‘Game Of Thrones The story focuses on the new founded house. The house of forrester and there story within the game of thrones universe ‘. This video was uploaded by our friend and UGNN editor; Tenacious Tea Gaming who kindly lets us use his walkthroughs so we may help him get realized more by gamers who wish to see walkthroughs for all the big hits. Anyway getting back to the title at hand, This is a 5 Part Walkthrough that will be updated as the episodes are released from Game Of Thrones including all cutscenes. Anyway I hope you enjoy this walkthrough and any feedback regarding this walkthrough would be most appreciated by both me and Tenacious Tea. I will include a link to our facebook page & Tenacious Tea Gaming’s YouTube channel at the bottom of this post so you can be up to date on the most recent news, reviews and walkthroughs.

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Ori & The Blind Forest gets Official Release Date

Today, Microsoft and Moon Studios have revealed when Players will be able to get there hands on Platformer; Ori & The Blind Forest.

In an official announcement, Microsoft and Moon Studios have revealed that their upcoming (and beautiful looking) platformer; Ori and the Blind Forest has an official release date of March 11th 2015 Worldwide for the Xbox One and PC with an Xbox 360 version to follow later this year.

In addition to the official release date; the pricing information has also been revealed with the game costing 19.99 in either dollars or euros depending on your location regardless of which platform you purchase it for. The game was officially revealed at E3 2014 at Microsoft’s Xbox Conference and took the gaming community by surprise with its luscious art style and classic platforming gameplay which looked like it had taken many elements from classic and modern platforming games such as Rayman and Child of Light.

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Ori & The Blind Forest will be available on Xbox One & PC from March 11th 2014 and the Xbox 360 Version will be available later this year. Check out the brand new trailer below:

So what do you think? Are you excited for Ori & The Blind Forest? What do you think of the art style? Do you think 19.99 is worth the price? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this news 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 Article by Matt McNamee

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Review

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Developed by Capcom

Published by Capcom & Nintendo Australia

*OBJECTION!*

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

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The Story:

In the first three games, the main playable character is Phoenix Wright. He is a rookie lawyer fresh out of law school in the first game, taking a position at Fey & Co. Law Offices run by Mia Fey, a defense attorney that helped to acquit Wright of murder several years prior to the events of the first game. When Mia is murdered, Wright takes over the offices with the assistance of Maya Fey, Mia’s younger sister, and renames the office “Wright & Co. Law Offices”. The women of the Fey family have the ability to channel spirits, which sometimes allows Maya or her much younger cousin Pearl Fey to channel Mia’s spirit to help Wright in court. Wright develops a rivalry with prosecuting attorney Miles Edgeworth as they oppose each other in court. Wright’s victories over Edgeworth (along with Wright’s victory over prosecutor Manfred Von Karma) introduces a third prosecutor to combat Phoenix in court, Franziska von Karma, who sees Edgeworth as a younger brother (despite actually being several years younger than he is). She is determined to succeed where her father and Edgeworth failed by winning against Phoenix in court. In the third game, Phoenix’s main rival in court is Godot, a mysterious prosecutor who holds some kind of grudge against him. Also more info related to Phoenix, Mia and other members of the Fey family is unveiled, intertwining with the events from the previous games until the last case, which closes the Phoenix Wright chapters of the Ace Attorney series.

The Gameplay:

The Ace Attorney Trilogy plays like an Interactive Novel in which you take control as Phoenix Wright and make tough choices and decisions in court to try and win your court case. The first game features two phases to each case in the form of Investigation; Which allows the player to find evidence in multiple locations to present to the courtroom in order to side the jury with you and stun both the client and your rival lawyer. The second phase is the Courtroom where most of your action takes place with players being able to decide the choices that Phoenix will make such as his dialogue choices and which evidence you present to the course is all controlled through the touch screen. The Microphone on the 3DS also adds to the fun with the ability to shout some of Phoenix’s Iconic Catchphrases such as “Objection!” & “Take That!” to name a few at the right times to add to the fun. In addition to this, there is parts in the Courtroom segments which requires you to cross reference a witnesses statements with the evidence to make sure that they are not trying to pull a fast one on you which can lead to some well done and funny situations. The 2nd game introduced a new mode to the series with the Psyche-Locke mode which allows the defending attorney to break the mental barriers of uncooperative witnesses to seek out the truth. All in all, the gameplay for all 3 games is incredible.

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The Sound:

The Ace Attorney Trilogy does not feature much in terms of the voice acting with the occasional bit of voice acting popping up here and there “Including all of the Attorneys Phrases” however this is not a problem considering the game is more in the style of a visual/interactive novel and essentially just adds to the feel that you are reading a story. The Trilogy also has an incredible score which when I was playing the game; Due to the music had me hanging on the edge of my seat due to the fact that the music changed it’s tone and pitch to match the tenseness of the courtroom giving the same impression off to me as a player.

The Graphics:

The Visuals on the Ace Attorney Trilogy are beautiful opting out from using 3D models and instead going for a more traditional Japanese Style 2D Anime look which makes the game look a lot neater in terms of it’s visuals. The enhancement on the original visuals for the game are definitely noticeable with the images looking and feeling a lot more sharper than ever before. The 3D feature that the 3DS provides is also interesting for this series and brings the interactive storytelling to life in a way that the series had never done before on it’s own merit.

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Lasting Appeal:

The Ace Attorney Trilogy is a pretty decent chunk of time when you obviously take into account that it is essentially 3 games in 1 however they are already games of a decent length and should give gamers hours of courtroom fun and even when you complete all 3 titles; The stories and cases are just that enjoyable and tense that you just can’t help yourself but to play again.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, The Ace Attorney Trilogy is by far one of the best ports and series’ that I have ever had the pleasure of playing and the game lasted me quite some time to play through the whole thing. This series proves that Capcom despite some of their flaws in recent years (Lost Planet 2) have still got some really, really good franchises at their disposal and these 3 games are truly some of Capcom’s best and for the price for the main 3 games, It is worth every single penny.

My Score = 10/10

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The Good:

  • Fantastic Storylines
  • Great Gameplay Mechanics
  • Very Funny Situations
  • Enjoyable and Relatable Characters
  • Tense and Gripping Soundtrack
  • Stunning Visuals
  • Voice Acting (Even in it’s Small Doses)
  • Tons of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • N/A

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is available now exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS only on the Nintendo eShop. 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.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

XMAS 2014

Seasons Greetings from the UGNN Team (2014)

Hello Everyone, Hope you all had an awesome Christmas and New Year; It’s been a really busy Christmas Period for all of us here at UGNN HQ which is why our Seasons Greetings post has been so late at getting put up. It’s been 1 year since the site was first created and thanks to you (Our Readers) we are thriving more than ever in this industry with many new editors and partnerships with the site, More attention from the gaming companies and a whole lot more with our site viewings going through the roof. We know there has been a lack of content at times but we are still aiming to bring you the latest news and reviews as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime here is the belated Christmas Card.

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In the card you can see each character represents a game coming out this year which you can find below (Prepare Yourselves; It’s a Long List):

  • Mario – Mario Maker
  • No. 9 – Mighty No. 9
  • Yoshi – Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Atoi – Tearaway: Unfolded
  • Kirby – Kirby & The Rainbow Curse
  • Journeyer – Journey PS4
  • Inkling – Splatoon
  • Link – The Legend of Zelda Wii U
  • Fox McCloud – Star Fox Wii U
  • Galahaad – The Order: 1886
  • Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy VII PS4
  • Steve – Minecraft: Story Mode
  • Manny Calavera – Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Godzilla – Godzilla: The Game
  • Max – Mad Max
  • Jill Valentine – Resident Evil: Remastered HD
  • Barry Burton – Resident Evil: Revelations 2
  • Bowser – Mario Party 10
  • Rico Rodriguez – Just Cause 3
  • Skull Kid – The Legend of Zelda: The Majora’s Mask 3D
  • Nero – Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
  • Goku – Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  • Tidus – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster PS4
  • Lara Croft – Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Big Boss – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Naruto – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Nathan Drake – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Batman – Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Stormtrooper – Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Dante – DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
  • Scavenger – Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Fat Princess – Fat Princess Adventures
  • Ryu – Ultra Street Fighter IV: Ultimate Edition
  • Duke Nukem – Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
  • Ratchet & Clank – Ratchet & Clank (Reboot)
  • Shulk – Xenoblade Chronicles for 3DS & Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Ace – Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD
  • Scorpion – Mortal Kombat X
  • Donkey Kong – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
  • Shovel Knight – Shovel Knight PS4
  • Johnny Gat – Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • Master Chief – Halo 5: Guardians
  • Geralt – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Thanks so much for supporting all of us and here is hoping this year is better than last year. Until Next Time, Happy Gaming. (Also please feel free to use the card as a computer desktop background)

Belated and Warmest Regards

The UGNN Team

Article by Matt McNamee, Jonnie Dixon, Connor Cleminson, Tenacious Tea Gaming, Captured Flag Gaming, SuperTrenchy & Stab in the Dark Gaming

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Risen 3: Titan Lords Review

Risen 3: Titan Lords

Developed by Piranha Bytes

Published by Deep Silver

*I’m A Walking Corpse*

*Please Note: This review is of the PlayStation 3 Version*

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The Story:

Abandoned by all the gods and suffering from the Titan Wars, a new threat rises from the soil. A young warrior is attacked from the shadows and deprived of his soul. He sets off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. On his adventure; He will make allies in a bid to save the world and his soul from the darkness taking over the world.

The Gameplay:

Risen 3: Titan Lords is an Action Role Playing Game that features some pretty decent Role-Playing Mechanics. The game features a huge barrage of missions for the player to undertake for pretty much each island you visit with each island being home to many dangerous enemies and like most action RPG titles (I’m looking at you Skyrim) more missions spawn from your current mission. In addition to this you can utilize many usual RPG Mechanics such as: The Ability to gather points to equip to multiple attributes such as Magic, Melee and Toughness to name a few giving it the feel of an authentic Role-Playing Game aswell as the ability to customize your character’s clothing, weapons and equipment. Unfortunately, the combat gameplay feels extremely clunky and hard to control with the counter/block move only working properly on occasion and the amount of time it takes to hit the enemy usually results in the death of your character. When you eventually get to the point where you can hit your enemies; The gameplay feels like a repetitive button masher and unfortunately lets the game down. Another point which let the game down was the controls when playing as a parrot which felt extremely awkward and landed me in some pretty bad situations (Like ending up in an area surrounded by powerful enemies).

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The Sound:

In terms of Sound; Risen 3: Titan Lords is 50/50 at best. On the plus side, the score is great with some really good music that connects with the feel of the game however the side of the sound section that lets this game down is it’s voice acting which feels really generic and creates uninteresting characters that I sometimes think don’t even care about the situation they are in. The voices sound boring and dull and just adds to the fading appeal of this game.

The Graphics:

Risen 3: Titan Lords is actually pretty poor in terms of the visuals with the locations and environments looking great for the most part however the characters and creatures that you battle and interact with all look like they have been ripped straight out of a game from the previous generation (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube) which in today’s standards of visuals which has had some great looking games is extremely poor and is one of the main factors that unfortunately lets the game down.

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Lasting Appeal:

Risen 3: Titan Lords has plenty to do in the game, So much so that even though the trophy/achievement list is actually pretty easy; the game has plenty of missions available to offer hours of countless gameplay which if you can wade through all the troubles the game has could be enjoyable to you.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Risen 3: Titan Lords had such a great concept and some really good Role-Playing elements however the clunky controls (Both Melee and Flight), Poor Visuals and boring voice actors really bring the game down and make it a truly disappointing sequel to play.

My Score = 5/10

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The Good:

  • Really Good Story Concept
  • Brilliant RPG Elements
  • Environmental Visuals are great
  • Score is Decent
  • Plenty of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • Extremely Clunky Controls
  • Flight Controls are Awkward
  • Melee Combat Feels Repetitive
  • Voice Acting is Terrible
  • Uninteresting Characters
  • PS2 Graphics (Characters and Enemies)

Risen 3: Titan Lords is available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC from all good retailers. 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.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

ISOLATION

Alien: Isolation Review

Alien: Isolation

Developed by The Creative Assembly

Published by Sega

*This Is Ripley, Last Survivor Of The Nostromo, Signing Off.*

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

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The Story:

The events of Alien: Isolation takes place in the year 2137; Fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s Alien and see’s Ellen Ripley’s Daughter; Amanda approached by Weyland Yutani after it’s revealed that the Nostromo Flight Recorder has been found by a ship called the Anesidora and may offer some insight into the whereabouts of her mother. Ripley finds out that the recorder has been taken to Sevastopol Station; A Space station under the ownership of the Seegson Corporation. With a small team consisting of Ripley, An Android & A Weyland Yutani Employee; They head towards the Sevastopol however things go horribly wrong and the team get separated. Once getting on board the ship, Ripley soon realizes that not everything is at it seems and that on an empty derelict ship, she may not be alone after all.

The Gameplay:

Alien: Isolation is a first person survival horror title that heavily relies on using stealth and quick thinking to your advantage. The game changes out the regular first person shooter gameplay familiar in recent Alien titles like Aliens: Colonial Marines & Aliens vs. Predator for a more tactical survival gameplay with Ripley finding many items aboard the Sevastopol to use to her advantage such as Bonding Gel, Sensor Modules and more to create Medkits, Noise Grenades and more to use in her battle for survival against the Alien. One of the best things about the game is of course The Alien itself which has been programmed by developers Creative Assembly to actively hunt out Ripley by Sight, Sound and Smell making it a deadly hunter and what’s more it cannot be killed which makes the fear of your encounters with it all the more terrifying with The Alien even being able to get you from pretty much anywhere whether it’s by dragging you from under a bed, in a locker, from an air vent; Once it is in your sight (Unless you are lucky enough to have a Flamethrower) you are pretty much as good as dead. Like with Outlast’s Night Vision Camera; Alien: Isolation has a Flashlight which allows you to see in the many dim lit areas aboard the derelict space station and very much like Outlast; The game requires you to find batteries to keep the light on otherwise you are left wandering into a deathtrap blindly. You can also use iconic Alien series gadget; The Motion Tracker which allows you to detect nearby enemies or allies however this cannot be used within the Air Vents which makes it difficult to judge your next move if you hide in one during an enemy pursuit; In addition to this, The Motion Tracker is also more of a burden than a helper since the beeping of the tracker helps enemies and more importantly; The Alien detect your location within a matter of seconds so it’s recommended like most supplies in the game that you use it wisely. One final thing that I will say about Isolation in gameplay terms is that the difficulty of the game is very blurred with the easy, normal and hard modes not having that much of a difference in terms of enemy damage and the works however the novice mode made the game much easier with there being access to more supplies and enemies being easier to sneak by (Including the alien) but the Nightmare mode makes the game so much harder than it already is; Especially considering that there is even less objects, Enemies are more aware and your motion tracker is cracked so that whatever pops up on it isn’t always reliable. It is also worth noting that this game can be done in a similar fashion to Dishonored by being completed without Dying or Killing anybody which makes the game all the more harder.

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The Sound:

In terms of a soundtrack; Alien: Isolation has very little to no Soundtrack and for once, this is one of the very few games which really benefits from this since the games quiet and ambient sounds add to the games eeriness aswell as the feeling you are trapped up in space alone with no assistance to guide you to safety. The sound effects that have been used in the game are incredible and actually feel authentic as you hear them in the game. The Flamethrower feels as though you are actually starting a real life fire and the sound effects that came off The Alien and The Motion Tracker both sounded exactly as you would expect them to hear from the good old movies (Excluding Resurrection).

The Graphics:

The visuals on Alien: Isolation are superb with the environments and Alien looking like they were ripped straight out of the Ridley Scott Alien movie adding to the games authenticity and the characters look and feel like actual human beings which are relateable on most levels. The look of space from inside the space station was truly magnificent while the dark corridors, Air Vents and even the blood soaked floors and doors added to the element of fear only achievable by not being able to predict your next move. Overall, the visuals on this game are perfect.

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Lasting Appeal:

Alien: Isolation has many different collectibles to find aboard the Sevastopol which adds some decent length to the games replay value however the main winner for this game’s replay value is definitely if you are a trophy/achievement hunter since the game requires you to take on many challenging tasks to get your 100% Gamerscore or Platinum Trophy since you need to do things like go through the game without killing any humans or more difficult; Not dying once in the entire game which more than likely will have you playing for hours on end to complete. In addition to this, Alien: Isolation has plenty more to offer if you happened to get the Crew Expendable or/& Last Survivor DLC which lets you play as iconic characters such as Ellen Ripley, Dallas & Parker with most of the original actors from Alien 1 returning to voice their characters (Yes that includes Sigourney Weaver aswell).

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Alien: Isolation is a truly terrifying experience for a video game which after a long time of disappointment has not only brought about a fresh Survival Horror experience but also rejuvenated a dying franchise with a breathe of fresh air. The game has a very enjoyable story and characters; The lack of sound makes the game even more tense and the visuals are incredible. The main memorable experience as mentioned under gameplay is the fact that the Alien has a mind of its own however that is the only problem with the game in my honest opinion since it does make the game frustratingly difficult at times. All in all, This is a great game and the Alien game we have all been waiting for. Good Job Creative Assembly.

My Score = 9.5/10

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The Good:

  • The Story is great
  • Characters are Relatable
  • Gameplay feels fresh
  • No Sound = Tense Feel
  • Fantastic Visuals
  • Plenty of Replay Value
  • Decent Voice Cast
  • Intelligent Alien A.I.

The Bad:

  • Story takes a little while before it kicks in
  • The game gets Frustratingly Difficult at times
  • (Not affecting the score) I still have nightmares from a death scene that caught me by surprise

Alien: Isolation is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Sega 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