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Rumor: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess set for 3DS port

A Recent rumor has appeared online that may suggest that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess may be making its way to the Nintendo 3DS.

The recent rumor which recently appeared on website; Nintendo Enthusiast seems to suggest that the well loved Zelda title could be making it’s way to the 3DS after a 3DS user received a weird streetpass which showcases the title as “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 3D”. Check out the image of the odd streetpass below.

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While it would certainly be surprising; It’s also worth mentioning that should this rumor be true, this will not be the only Wii title to be ported to Nintendo’s 3D handheld with successful Wii RPG title; Xenoblade Chronicles recently making the jump exclusively to the New Nintendo 3DS and so far it has been receiving rave reviews.

For those that do not know; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released with the Wii in November 2006 as a launch title and followed Link one century after the events of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask in which he gets pulled by a Shadow Beast into Twilight where he becomes a Wolf and is imprisoned. Here he meets Midna; An imp like creature with whom he sets out to save the day by restoring the light spirits.

As of right now; All of this is merely a rumor so you must take it with a grain of salt however we will reach out to Nintendo for clarification and see if they can comment however until they announce anything officially this is nothing but a rumor. In the meantime check out a trailer for Twilight Princess below.

So what do you think? Would you like to see Twilight Princess on 3DS? What other Wii games would you like to see in 3D? Have you played Xenoblade Chronicles 3D yet? Be sure to let us know your thoughts and opinions 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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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Review

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Developed by CyberConnect 2

Published by Bandai Namco

*I Won’t Let Them Kill Him*

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

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The Story:

The first of three original animated stories, “Creation of the Akatsuki”, reveals the origins of the new group’s membership. After the events that lead to Yahiko’s death, Obito appears in his Tobi guise before Pain and Konan after the former killed Hanzo and gain control of the Hidden Rain Village. Obito tells them to rebuild the Akatsuki’s ranks with a membership of ten as he instructs Pain and Zetsu to recruit Kakuzu while Konan drafts Sasori. At that time, Obito personally recruits Itachi and then Kisame. Later, Orochimaru manages to attract the Akatsuki’s attention to join their ranks for his own purposes. After the recruitment of Deidara by Itachi and Hidan by Kakuzu and Orochimaru, the Akatsuki’s ranks are complete as they begin their mission to find and capture the tailed Beasts. The second story tells of Shisui Uchiha at the time of his death. It begins with Shisui and Itachi fighting which Shisui wins. They later start talking about the Uchiha’s coup. while the third, “The Far Reaches of Hope”, depicts Kushina Uzumaki interacting with a young Obito and the rest of Team Minato.

In addition there is the Mecha-Naruto  story mode which is detailed below:

Set not long before an upcoming tournament to determine the world’s greatest ninja, Naruto and Hinata discover a robot mech on the island the tournament is set to take place. Upon further inspection they both realize that the mech has been designed to look like Naruto in every single way when the mech awakens and is taken back to Naruto’s hometown. Going under the alias Mecha-Naruto; He soon realizes that every person in the village is judging him causing him to do a role reversal with Naruto (Ginyu Style) turning Naruto into Mecha-Naruto while the robot wreaks havoc in Naruto’s human body. Leaving him with no other choice; Naruto as the robot must win over his friends and family once again to enter the tournament and teach the robot a lesson while also taking back what is rightfully his leading to a climax that nobody (Unless they are fans of the show) will be expecting.

The Gameplay:

Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution plays like an all out free for all fighting game that plays similar to previous entries in the series with each stage featuring a huge open space in which players can plan out attacks using tactics or do what I primarily do and run straight in and kick the living snot out of your opponent. Instantly from picking the game up for the first time, It was noticeable that the game is very easy for newcomers to the series to access and control with very simplistic controls which while good for newcomers to fighting games makes the game just a bit too easy for veteran fighting game players. The combo’s at the players disposal are great with a decent range on how to perform certain combo’s with each combo being different from the last and not being too easy yet not being too hard.

The amount of characters for players to choose from is great with a huge variety of characters from the Naruto universe at the players disposal allowing fans and players to experiment each moveset and experience the power behind some of Anime’s most well known characters. The game also features Guard Breaks and Counter Attacks which work extremely well especially when being attacked from multiple positions and certainly helps when trying to get out of a tight situation. Finally each team/character has 3 different styles that you can choose from to help give you advantages in battle; The Ultimate Jutsu type allows players to unleash extremely powerful super attacks on their opponents which can often result in deadly blows while the drive type which locks the battles with a sealed barrier which always activates the support drives which also help to provide assistance in which you can call other members of your team into the fight to either assist in attacking the opponent or defending you depending on the situation in which the character is called forth and then there is the Awakening type which can use Instant Awakening from the beginning of the match. Instant Awakening is accessed by tilting the right analog stick. It lowers your maximum chakra rapidly but powers you up. When the Storm Gauge is full by having full chakra you can enter True Awakening. You gain a huge power up and become OP in True Awakenings, some characters completely change into something else. But True Awakenings have a time limit and can’t be used for a while once it wears off.

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The Sound:

The composed music in Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is beautiful and truly sounds like it has come straight out of an anime with the game featuring a nice combination of both peaceful and action filled music. Considering the Naruto series follows Ninja’s and Martial Arts; it is worth noting that said music also feels authentic to that style of media. The voice cast is also on top form featuring many of the voice actors/actresses from the anime series including Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins, Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey, Quinton Flynn and many more aswell as the Japanese voice cast for those who prefer the original Japanese cast. All in all, the music is top notch.

The Graphics:

The overall visual look of Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is what brings some of the best appeal to the game for me with the worlds, characters and attacks going for the cel-shaded route  which in turn makes the game look more like the actual anime which to me makes the game bright and colorful and genuinely a pleasant game world to look at. Each character looks exactly as they do in the show and look as though they have literally been hand drawn in game. Overall, the visuals are perfect on this game.

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Lasting Appeal:

In terms of lasting appeal; Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is a fighting game and so remains pretty much an endless title with the multiplayer and online modes available to those who just want a game in which they can beat the living crap out of each other however the gameplay does get repetitive after a while and starts to feel like a generic button masher fighting game. Obviously for Trophy/Achievement hunters; They return to add a little bit more challenge to the game however these are pretty easy to achieve 100% but should pretty much give you a few extra hours.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is a decent title and granted while it may not be the best title out there; It sure does give you a fun ride when you are playing it with beautiful visuals, great music and vocals, An enjoyable story and some decent gameplay however as I mentioned under the lasting appeal section; there is times when the gameplay starts to feel more like a generic button masher and that unfortunately brings down my opinions but overall a decent game.

My Score = 8.5/10

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The Good:

  • Decent Stories
  • Simplistic yet Technical Gameplay
  • Lush and vibrant visuals
  • Well composed music
  • Great Voice Work from the cast

The Bad:

  • Sometimes feels like a generic button masher
  • Trophies/Achievements are too easy to achieve

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Thanks go out to Bandai Namco who supplied 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

*Please Note: This Review May Contain Spoilers for Saints Row IV*

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

Developed by Voliton and High Voltage Software

Published by Deep Silver

*Huh, It’s like I’m in a Video Game, Wink*

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

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The Story:

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected sees the leader of notorious gang; The Third Street Saints (The Player) annihilating a threat posed by long time enemy Cyrus Temple which after saving the planet gains the leader the right to rule as President of the United States of America however these celebrations are short lived as 3 months later, the planet gets invaded by an alien race known as the Zin who with their leader Zinyak destroys the earth after abducting all the humans who they deem worthy of keeping. After escaping from the Alien spaceship, The President with the help of Kinzie, Keith David and the rest of the Third Street Saints set out to get revenge for the planet and maybe even reunite with long lost friends.

The Gameplay:

As with the previous version of the game on PlayStation 3; Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is an open world third person shooter/action game that takes the wackiness of the highly successful Saints Row The Third and cranks it up about 10 notches. One highly notable new addition to the game is Superpowers which inside the reality matrix created by the zin grants the player numerous different elements such as Fire, Ice, Electricity, etc… which they can unleash in multiple ways. There is the Blast power which allows the player to shoot different energies from their hands to attack or even stun multiple enemies. The Telepath ability allows the player to move objects, enemies and more with their mind using the power of telekinesis which can lead to some rather fun outcomes. The stomp ability is probably by far my favorite since the player can stomp the ground with an element of their choice and wipe out numerous enemies and vehicles in the wake of the move. Finally, there is the aura ability in which the player bursts with elemental energy causing said energy to catch on to enemies and shields upon close contact. Other superpowers at the characters disposal is of course super jumping, flight and even super speed.

The game once again features all of the staples of the Saints Row games including side activities involving Tanks, Insurance Fraud, Mayhem and of course, that twisted cat; Professor Genki who returns with Mind Over Murder and Superpowered Fight Club. In addition to this; All the stores require the player to hack into the store’s mainframe which involves a pretty fun pipe mini-game. One thing I will say about this Port of what I considered a great game on PS3 is that it runs a lot smoother than the PlayStation 3 version of the game which at times did have a tendency to lag, unfortunately however I did encounter some similar glitches to the PlayStation 3 version of the game which I encountered such as my character falling through the ground into a never-ending abyss (Until I restarted from the checkpoint by pausing), My character’s hair disappearing randomly at times in cutscenes and the worst of the 3 which I was hoping wouldn’t happen with Re-Elected; My PlayStation 4 crashing at least twice while running the game however it did only happpen a few times and the game has run perfectly fine since however as this is a review; I must make note of everything.

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The Sound:

As with the PlayStation 3 version of the game; Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has one of the best voice casts I’ve seen in a video game in a very long time with the game featuring the heavy hitters Troy Baker, Laura Bailey and Nolan North all being voices for the player character (Once again customization is available) aswell as Yuri Lowenthal, JB Blanc and even some big name celebrities such as Keith David, Terry Crewes, Neil Patrick Harris and Roddy Piper. The game also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve seen in a game in a long time with songs from big name artists such as Aerosmith, Nero, Thin Lizzy, Ludwig Van Beethoven and a lot more. The sound section of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is truly one of my favorite aspects of the game.

The Graphics:

While Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is a port; The visuals are still not quite as up to scratch as they could be considering the game’s competition in the port market (In particular; Grand Theft Auto V) however the visuals on the game have been upscaled so even though the game is not as good looking as it could be, you can definitely see the difference between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions. As I mentioned under the gameplay section, There is a recurring glitch from the original PlayStation 3 version in which my characters hair decides to vanish during cutscenes and even when the character has his/her hair coming out of the simulation; The model on the character looks a little bit jagged. As I said, I wasn’t expecting visuals like The Last of Us or even Grand Theft Auto V for that matter however I do think they could have been altered a lot better.

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Lasting Appeal:

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has so much replay value with the many collectibles in the game’s open world of Virtual Steelport plus add in the insane amount of side activities and missions, mini-games, the actual story missions and then of course the trophies/achievements for the hunters out there and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has well over 4o+ hours of content for you to enjoy. Even then, if you were to finish up anyway, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is just an insanely fun game to run around in anyway making it an enjoyable experience you won’t really want to put down plus the DLC missions help to enhance the enjoyment; especially since 1 mission involves riding a raptor that sings Walk The Dinosaur in a Gollum voice.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is just as enjoyable as it was on the PlayStation 3 with the fun and familiar gameplay; the plethora of content to divulge in and of course, the music and it all runs smoother to boot however the game really should have got rid of the glitches and problems that it had on the PlayStation 3 and so unfortunately brings the game down but otherwise a great port and a fun game which Saints Row fans can be happy about.

My Score = 7.5/10

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The Good:

  • Hilarious Story
  • Great Gameplay
  • Phenomenal Voice Cast and Soundtrack
  • Plenty of Replay Value
  • Game runs a lot smoother

The Bad:

  • Glitches
  • Graphics sometimes appear jagged
  • Insurance Fraud

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is available now for PS4, Xbox One and PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Deep Silver for supplying us with 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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Evolve Review

Evolve

Developed by Turtle Rock Studios

Published by 2K Games

“The Hunt is On”

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

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The Story:

Evolve is set in the future on the planet known as “Shear” in which humanity has moved to and started colonizing. The most established colonies on the planet Shear (The Most Valuable ones) start to get attacked by gigantic malevolent extra-terrestrial Monsters. Leaving Humanity with no other choice; Former planet tamer, William Cabot is brought out of retirement to wipe out the threat and evacuate the remaining colonists. In response, Cabot assembles a small army of Psychopaths, Professionals, War Veterans and Expendables to fight back against the enemy.

The Gameplay:

Evolve is a team based shooter with a difference. While the game at first may seem similar to games like Left 4 Dead; Evolve brings in it’s primary selling point which is the 4 v 1 Multiplayer in which 4 players take on the role of a different class of soldier while 1 player takes to the arena in the form of the very overpowered Monster which deals some pretty big amounts of damage depending on how hard you strike. Each class has 3 different characters/Monsters to choose from with the 4 different classes being Trapper, Support, Medic and Assault. I will go into better detail about that shortly along with the modes but before I talk about these elements to the gameplay; I’m better off mentioning that the game does have offline gameplay in which the computer controls either the Hunters or the Monster depending on your choice of character however trying on every difficulty; it doesn’t really matter which you choose since the CPU is pretty overpowered. After playing both offline and online, I have to say that the Online mode is a lot more enjoyable than the Offline mode.

As I said a little while ago; The game does have different classes in terms of the hunters with the Trapper being the tactical member of the group setting traps to catch the Beast aswell as tracking the monster to find out a location to attack which as I said adds tactical elements to the game and really makes you  think carefully about your attacks. As you can probably guess the Medic class is used to help heal and revive fellow hunters in the midst of combat while also being able to take out opponents from a far range with the Sniper Rifle. The Support works like Demolition with the support heavily utilizing Explosives and from my personal experience seems to deal some of the heaviest damage among the hunters. Finally out of the hunters, The Assault class is possibly the most OP of the Hunters being the primary hunter to choose if you want to go at the monsters all guns a blazing. Personally out of the hunters, My personal favourite was the Trapper since while the game still felt like a generic fps; The Trapper class added something different to the familiar and generic gameplay and really made me think about the way I would progress towards taking the monster down. There was also 3 different styles of Monster to choose from in which each different Monster (Goliath, Wraith and Krakken) has 4 different abilities to choose from however you can make the already monsters more powerful by killing the many creatures in your environment to feast on to help your monster evolve into a bigger and deadlier badass. This also helps the monster to rebuild it’s armour after taking damage aswell as restoring all of it’s health. While this was certainly one of my favourite aspects of the game I also really enjoyed the fact that the monster gameplay was in the Third Person however after a while both the FPS and Monster gameplay got extremely repetitive.

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The Sound:

The Soundtrack for Evolve has an eerie and dark science fiction type feel to it which suits the game perfectly with it’s Giger(ish) environments and dark eerie settings but you can hear the futuristic influence in the music aswell making Evolve’s Soundtrack one of the best things about the game. The voice acting is great aswell in terms of the hunters with the game featuring some big names including JB Blanc (Saints Row IV), Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6) and Courtney Taylor (StarCraft 2) to name just a few aswell as loads of great work from more lesser known voice actors. The Sound effects on the monsters are also great and help to give off the effect that they are menacing beasts that will stop at nothing until everything is destroyed. All in all, The sound is one of the best aspects of the game.

The Graphics:

The visuals in Evolve are not the greatest considering some of the titles out there these days however the visuals help Evolve to get its point across that mankind is in a dark situation in terms of it’s Monster problem. The environments and maps are highly detailed and look both beautiful and gritty at the same time however at times the whole look of the game is sometimes to dark and bleak for its own good. The models on the monsters are brilliant and make them truly look menacing and some of the parts of the environment really have a H.R.Giger type feel to them. Overall the visuals are decent but as I said not the greatest considering some of the games out there on the consoles but the environments and Monsters are truly visually appetising enough.

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Lasting Appeal:

Considering all the online multiplayer modes and the fact that Evolve is a First Person Shooter (With third person elements); The game is pretty much never-ending however it would all depend on your personal thoughts towards the game and if you find it to repetitive otherwise it is a great game to play. The Trophies/Achievements add a lot more replay value to the title but once again it depends if you want to go for the full set. All in all, Evolve has a decent amount of replay value depending on your feelings towards the game.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Evolve is a great shooter and has brought a fresh new idea to the table with the 4 v 1 idea behind the hunters and monster with an ok story, good visuals and an eerie futuristic soundtrack and great voice cast which help to show off the type of world that the developers were aiming to create in terms of effect however at times, the game does seem slightly OP and at times the gameplay does get repetitive.

Score = 7.5/10

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The Good:

  • Story is OK
  • Gameplay is unique
  • Voice Cast are great
  • Fantastic Soundtrack
  • Dark and Gritty Visuals

The Bad:

  • Gameplay gets repetitive
  • Game can be Overpowered at times
  • Graphics aren’t the best

Evolve is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to 2K Games 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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Hands on with Block N Load



Block N Load

Developed by Jagex Game Studios & Artplant

Published by Jagex Game Studios

*Please Note: This Preview is on PC Beta Version*

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The Story:

Well the game is a Block placing game/defence game which I see as a good mixture to a perfect game I only had a limited time on the game as it was in Beta stage and only a weekend beta trial

The Gameplay:

The game ran really smooth I had no problem with the game I was on the game with other users and a couple said they were having lag but my internet isn’t really that good and I had a great experience I didn’t win but had fun playing and my team worked really well together.

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The Sound:

The music on the game was really peaceful when building defence but when the wall came down the music turned into badass mode which I loved really got me in the mood to complete my mission wish I had full communication with team but I was too busy placing defences and trying to stay alive.

The Graphics:

The graphics where grate considering that its a block related game the only other block related game that I have been on was Mine Craft and the graphics isn’t that good but not bad. The characters that you could chose from was well designed as well as the map’s there where more detail in the characters as they weren’t blocky more normal looking and the terrain of the maps were brilliant.

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Lasting Appeal:

My mind really has been made up that this game will drag me back when its fully released as I had fun for the amount of time I had and all I can give the makers is my blessing that they have given us a one of a kind game keep it up guys really loving the game.

Final Thoughts:

My only downside to this otherwise brilliant game is that the character needed to be tweaked a bit as most of the time my guy was completely useless trying to kill people as my match shows how bad I was I nearly got close to killing one person then I get hit once and be waiting to respawn for ages.

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My Score = 7/10

Block N Load will be available for PC on April 30th. Thanks go out to Jagex for supplying this preview version of the title for us to cover. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this preview 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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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