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Lego Jurassic World Review

Lego Jurassic World

Developed by Traveller’s Tales

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive

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

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First Thoughts
So straight away from playing this game it is very easy to get the hang of and very enjoyable and that’s just within the first 5 mins. I’m looking forward to see what more the game has to offer.

Story
The story to Lego Jurassic World follows the story of the 4 films in the jurassic park franchise but as you can already guess in lego form with the normal lego humour to change things up a bit from what you would expect even though this game follows the films story certain scenes are changed and lego have added there humour which is very enjoyable and at times will make you laugh esspecially if you have seen the jurassic park films. The game’s story is great and its also amazing to see the old jurassic park films in lego form, the story is definitely a strong point to the game and if your a fan of the jurassic park films i would definitely check this out just so you can see it again but in LEGO!!!.
Here is a summary of what i thought of each Jurassic park story in the game and how long each lasted and general thoughts on each one

Jurassic Park : So starting off the game we have the first movie in the series and it was amazing to see this in lego as the jurassic park movie was amazing this story has a lot of humour with the dinosaurs and it will have you laughing no matter what age you are the story for this one last from 60 mins to 90 mins and can possible be completed in less than that depending on how fast you play it but overall its amazing to play and very enjoyable for everyone

Jurassic Park The Lost Worlds (Jurassic Park 2) : The lost worlds as many of the fans will recall is the sequel to the first Jurassic park movie but does not contain all the main characters in it never the less this is still a very enjoyable story in Lego form and has loads of humour with it and is very fun i would say that this story lasts 30 mins to 60 mins and probably can be completed quicker depending on how fast you run through it overall it is good but I personally preferred the first campaign over this one.
Jurassic Park 3 : So Jurassic park 3 as many of you will remember follows the story of the Kirby’s i wont give you to much of the story as I am sure many people who will play this game have either seen the movies or will watch them sooner or later and the game does explain what you need to know to be able to follow it. This story lasted for 60 mins to 90 mins depending on how fast you play I found this story very funny and i also enjoyed this story the most out of 1 & 2.
Jurassic World : This story follows the new theme park Jurassic World and this story is great there is many funny parts and its also amazing to see this awesome instalment into the Jurassic franchise in Lego form and humour the story roughly lasts 60 to 90 mins depending on how quick you run through it, I enjoyed this story the most out of the other 3.
Overall the game story is amazing and it is great to see each of these stories and films in lego form so it is definitely worth checking out if your a fan.

Gameplay
The gameplay to Lego Jurassic park is very similar to the older Lego games there is a a bit of a free roam element which really brings out the amazement of Jurassic park being able to explore the island. as with previous Lego games each level has various of objectives such as the main objective build something to progress onto the next part as well as that you can also explore these various levels and collect studs to get true survivor and also find everything else that the levels have to offer. as well as doing objectives the main thing with Lego games is being able to swap characters at any time this adds more obstacles to the game as certain characters can do certain things such as jump higher or build certain things. I personally enjoy the way that the game is made having levels for the story and also a free roam part where you can go and explore the island and Jurassic park this adds much more enjoyment to the game and also brings out the best of what the game has to offer. One of my favourite parts to the gameplay is the chase sections where you have to run away from Dinosaurs I found these parts very enjoyable. I also like the fact that you can play as the dinosaurs and that you will need certain dinosaurs to get pass certain objects this again adds more of a challenge to the levels and is also very fun to run around as various dinosaurs.

The gameplay is definitely one of the strongest points to Lego Jurassic park it is an overall enjoyable gameplay experience.

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Graphics
The graphics to Lego Jurassic park look great its very colourful and the scenery is amazing the Lego dinosaurs look awesome along with ever Lego character you can tell who they are its great and to see these characters from the film in Lego form and look so great is good to see everything looks amazing. The graphics are very similar to previous lego games but I don’t think that’s a issue as the graphics for Lego games have always look good. The graphics is definitely another strong point to this wonderful Lego adventure.

Sound
The soundtrack to Lego Jurassic World is amazing the game has great music and great sound effects, The game has the original Jurassic Park theme which is amazing to hear again. Everything in the sound for the game sounds perfect from the characters talking to the sounds of the dinosaurs. The sound to the game is amazing and is definitely another strong point to such an amazing game.

Lasting Appeal
With Lego games there is so much of a lasting appeal from playing the game again but in free play mode to try and get all those collectibles, to trying to unlock every single character, or trying to get true survivor on every level this game has loads to do and I am sure you will enjoy every second doing it.

Final thoughts
Lego Jurassic World is AMAZING and its a perfect and it really does justice to the Jurassic park franchise and to see all those moments from the films in Lego form is just brilliant and is worth every second. I will admit at times the game does get very repetitive but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a very enjoyable game for everyone. Lego games are always fun and this one is no different.If your a fan of Lego games or a fan of the Movies then you need to check this game out as its great and is definitely worth the time. Overall the game is great and I think its a perfect game for everyone.

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Rating: 9/10

The Good

  • Great Resemblance to the movies
  • Funny Lego Humour
  • Very Enjoyable
  • You get to explore the islands
  • Game will last long especially if you want to 100%

The Bad

  • Can get very repetitive
  • Minor glitches

Lego Jurassic World is available now for PC, 3DS, OS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Warner Bros. Interactive 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.

 

TENACIOUSTLOGO2Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

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Spy Chameleon Review

Spy Chameleon

Developed by Unfinished Pixel

Published by Unfinished Pixel

Please Note: This Review is for the Xbox One Version

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First Thoughts
So straight away from playing this game you can tell its going to get more challenging and it does this game is very amusing so far I am really enjoying it A LOT! I cant wait to see what more this game has to offer.

Story
There isn’t much of a story to the game. The basically consists of missions that you will need to progress through the further you progress the more challenging the game gets. Even though there is not really much of a story to spy chameleon I personally think there doesn’t need to be a story as the game sticks to what it is meant to be, a challenging puzzle game.

Gameplay
The gameplay is a stealth puzzle game. Through out the game you come across various levels and various of ways you will need to progress through these, being a chameleon you have the ability to change colour to certain things in the environment (Red,Green,Yellow,Blue) this sounds simple at first but while you have guards watching the areas you need to be quick and not get caught in the line of sight, changing from one colour to another colour rug can be very difficult also further on in the game you come across panels that change colour automatically adding even more to a challenge which is good as this game is very challenging also while progressing through the game you encounter different enemy types from ones that move really fast to ones that have a bigger line of sight and also Fish guards which are guards in a fish bowls these enemies will need to be nudged to distract them and work your way around, There is also enemies that you will need to change the size of this will change there view from where you can be caught. Also some levels involve collecting keys to open doors. Amongst all this there are various challenges on every level from collecting all flies to collecting all lady bugs and completing the level in the required time. Overall the gameplay to this game is very fun and very challenging and is definitely a great game for everyone.

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Graphics
The graphics to the game are very colourful and actually very decent I like the graphics a lot as it suits the game very well. This game is not meant to be played to admire the graphics the main thing that matters when you play this game is the challenging gameplay.

Sound
The music to the game is great its very catchy and sounds great through out the game. The music seems perfect for the genre of the game and is a great addition.

Lasting Appeal
This game has a huge lasting appeal from trying to collect every fly and lady bug to completing every level in the required time I think that this will take some time as the levels get very challenging.

Final Thoughts
Spy Chameleon is a GREAT Game it is amazingly fun and is very amusing and CHALLENGING this game will also last a while and will definitely get your brain working on how to progress through the levels. I’ve enjoyed this game a lot and it truly is an amazing game and I personally think if you are a fan of puzzle games or any type of game that will take some thinking to progress in anyway then this game is definitely worth checking out. I recommend this game to everyone it truly is an amazing game to play.

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Rating: 8.5/10

The Good

  • Great Gameplay
  • Amusing Game
  • Very Challenging

The Bad

  • Very repetitive soundtrack
  • Minor glitches

Spy Chameleon is available now for Xbox One, PC & Wii U. Thanks go out to Stage 2 Studios 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.

 

TENACIOUSTLOGO2Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

 

 

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Whispering Willows Review

Whispering Willows

Developed by Night Light Interactive

Published by Night Light Interactive

*Foolish Girl,  He’s Mine now*

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

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The Story:

Whispering Willows focuses on a young girl called Elena Elkhorn who travels to the mysterious old Willows Mansion in search of her missing father who vanished while trying to discover the secrets the house holds. When she falls into the grounds’ catacombs; Her descent into the dark horrors that lie there begin as she discovers from A Native American spirit that she is his ancestor and is the heir to a mysterious medallion that allows her to shift between human and spirit form. Using this new-found ability; She sets out to uncover the secrets of the mansion and to rescue her father from the evil spirits within.

The Gameplay:

Whispering Willows has some simplistic yet enjoyable gameplay in which you explore different sections of a haunted mansion in search of your father. One of the skills that comes in handy when your exploring this map is the ability to become a spirit which I really enjoyed when playing the game as it allows you to find things which can’t be seen by the living eye such as Spirits who will talk to you or give you helpful advice aswell as the ability to go through gaps in the ceilings and floors to explore rooms which Elena can’t access  in her living body. I also really liked the puzzle aspects of this game since it allowed me to use my head to try and solve them with some focusing on finding clues/items in a garden maze to rotating swords on still Knight Armors. I’d probably have to say one of my biggest problems with this game is that you cannot confront the enemies in this game since they kill you upon touch and you don’t have any attacks and even then there isn’t really that many enemies in the entire game.

Overall, The gameplay in Whispering Willows is enjoyable and somewhat a refreshing return to the 2D video game however the lack of attacks and enemies makes it slightly disappointing.

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The Sound:

Whispering Willows had a fantastic score that combined ominous sounds with numerous styles of composed music which really helped to portray the feel that you were in a haunted compound and listening to the music was a real throwback to games in haunted settings such as Luigi’s Mansion and Grabbed by the Ghoulies. Some of the sound effects used were also pretty eerie from the scuttling sounds of the Arachnids (Spider/Scorpion) to the sounds of  arms coming out the walls to grab you. This game is pretty damn eerie however the bad side of all this is there is very little voice acting however the few bits of voice acting actually in this game is pretty enjoyable.

The Graphics:

Whispering Willows utilizes a stylized 2D visual direction that really lets this game shine in a world of dark and gritty horror games and looks in my personal opinion like it is an animated horror movie idea drawn by Disney. The environments in the game are highly detailed and add to the affect that the mansion grounds are haunted.

All in all, Whispering Willows has a great visual style unlike anything I have seen in a while.

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Lasting Appeal:

While Whispering Willows has collectibles hidden throughout the world, Once all of those are gathered there is pretty much no reason to return to this game which is pretty bad however if you like the story then more than likely you will play this game again. There is of course trophies for the collector’s out there however these are pretty much obtained as you progress through the game.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Whispering Willows is an enjoyable title with a decent story and beautiful visuals aswell as a fully immersive and in my honest opinion pretty eerie sound score however the lack of any real combat or survival element aswell as the fact that there isn’t too much replay value really lets the game down.

My Score = 7/10

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The Good:

  • Great and Simplistic Story Premise
  • Simplistic and Enjoyable Gameplay
  • Puzzles to Solve
  • Eerie and well composed Soundtrack
  • Beautiful “Walt Disney” style visuals

The Bad:

  • No way to combat enemies
  • No real Survival element
  • Not much Replay Value

Whispering Willows is available now digitally for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Ouya, PC, Linux & OS X and will be coming soon to Wii U. Thanks go out to Night Light Interactive and Loot Interactive 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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Koei Tecmo working on Attack on Titan game

This week at Gamescom; Koei Tecmo officially announced that they are currently making a video game based on highly popular anime and manga; Attack on Titan.

Hisashi Koinuma, President of Koei Tecmo Games and head of the “Attack on Titan” game project comments:

“I am very happy to reveal we have started developing a new action game based on the phenomenally successful “Attack on Titan”! Having evolved from a manga/anime series to an internationally recognised brand, we were enchanted by the opportunity to create our own take on humanity’s last stand against these overwhelmingly powerful beings, the Titans.

Although there is still a long wait until this game is released in 2016, our studios are already pouring all of their passion and excitement into it and we hope to reveal more information soon!

In the meantime, prepare for battle! The Titans are coming.”

The yet-to-be named game will be an action title being developed by Omega Force with more information on the game to be made public in the coming weeks.

Attack on Titan (Title TBD) is currently set to be released in 2016 in the West.

So what do you think? Are you excited for an Attack on Titan video game? What other anime’s would you like to see Video Game adaptations? Who would you rather play as Eren, Mikasa or Levi? Be sure to let me 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. In the meantime, Check out the trailer for Attack on Titan below.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Article by Matt McNamee

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ZombiU is coming to PS4, Xbox One & PC as Zombi

One of the best Survival Horror games of recent years and one of the best experiences on the Wii U is finally coming to PS4, Xbox One & PC.

When the Wii U launched in 2012; There was a distinct lack of titles for the most recent Nintendo console however one of the launch titles became the most talked about for it’s horrifying experiences and was even seen as a return to true survival horror. That game was ZombiU and now gamers who own PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC can now experience this terrifying title in the form of Zombi.

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Zombi returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death. Thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death. Once again, this fear-fueled first-person shooter invites all players to dive into the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the genre. The game utilizes the new consoles’ technology to bring about an all new horror experience.

Players will experience the original oppressive and intense elements that made ZombiU so innovative. The bug-out bag is a necessary component for survival for each player as it contains all the player’s tools, inventory, first aid kits, maps and more. With permadeath, players are faced with a death mechanic which puts them in the body of a different survivor each time they die. In order to retain the equipment they previously gathered in their bug-out bag, they are forced to track down their old, infected character. Should players risk it all to get their bag back or start scavenging anew?

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Zombi will be officially released digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC on August 18th 2015 or it’s available right now on store shelves as ZombiU for all you Wii U Owners out there.

So what do you think? Are you glad ZombiU is coming to Sony and Microsoft  consoles/hardware? Have you played the original game? What is your favorite horror game? Be sure to let me 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. In the meantime, Check out the trailer for Zombi below.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Article by Matt McNamee

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New Releases: Week ending 17th July 2015

Hello Everyone and welcome to New Releases where we take a look at what retailers will be stocking on there shelves this week.

This week’s line-up includes EA’s return to Golf, A Remaster on Epic Proportions, The King of Monsters, An RPG, A Simulator, A Port (Of a Digital title to a Retail title) and A Cat riding a Unicorn. Let’s check out this week’s line-up:

  • Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour – PS4, Xbox One – EA
  • God of War III: Remastered – PS4 –  Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Godzilla – PS4, PS3 – Bandai Namco
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess – PS4 – Tecmo Koei
  • Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition – PS4, Xbox One – Ubisoft
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – Xbox 360 – Rockstar
  • Iceland & Keflavik Scenery Pack – PC – Aerosoft

So what do you think? Will you be hitting the golf course with Rory Mcllroy? Are you going to take on the Gods of Olympus? Are you going to fight Mothra as Godzilla? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this week’s releases 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. In the meantime check out the trailer for our game of the week; Godzilla.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Article by Matt McNamee

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UK Top 40 Chart: Week ending 11th July 2015

TOP 40 ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE (ALL PRICES), WEEK ENDING 11 July 2015

  1. F1 2015 – Codemasters Birmingham – Codemasters
  2. Batman Arkham Knight – Rocksteady – Warner Bros. Interactive
  3. Lego Jurassic World – Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  4. The Elder Scrolls Online – Zenimax Online – Bethesda
  5. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North – Rockstar
  6. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt Red – Bandai Namco
  7. Minecraft: Xbox Edition – 4J Studios – Microsoft
  8. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition – 4J Studios – Sony Computer Entertainment
  9. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games – Activision
  10. Destiny – Bungie – Activision
  11. Fifa 15 – EA Canada – EA
  12. Dying Light – Techland – Warner Bros. Interactive
  13. Disney Infinity 2.0 – Avalanche Software – Disney Interactive Studios
  14. Farming Simulator 15 – Giants Software – Focus Home Interactive
  15. Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 343 Industries – Microsoft
  16. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition – Overkill Software – 505 Games
  17. Splatoon – Nintendo – Nintendo
  18. Yoshi’s Woolly World – Good Feel – Nintendo 
  19. WWE 2K15 – Yuke’s/Visual Concepts – 2K
  20. Terraria – Engine Software – 505 Games
  21. Mortal Kombat X – NetherRealm Studios – Warner Bros. Interactive
  22. Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Montreal – Ubisoft
  23. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  24. Watch Dogs – Ubisoft Montreal –  Ubisoft
  25. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Machinegames – Bethesda
  26. Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  27. Project Cars – Slightly Mad Studios – Bandai Namco
  28. Battlefield Hardline – Visceral Games/DICE – EA
  29. Skylanders Trap Team – Toys for Bob – Activision
  30. The Sims 4 – The Sims Studio – EA
  31. MotoGP 15 – Milestone Studios – Pqube
  32. Call of Duty: Ghosts – Infinity Ward – Activision
  33. Super Smash Bros. – Sora Ltd. – Nintendo
  34. Batman Arkham Origins – WB Games Montreal – Warner Bros. Interactive
  35. The Evil Within – Tango Gameworks – Bethesda
  36. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo – Nintendo
  37. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Capcom – Capcom
  38. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Beenox – Activision
  39. Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Ubisoft Montreal – Ubisoft
  40. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith – Warner Bros. Interactive
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UK Top 40 Chart: Week ending 4th July 2015

TOP 40 ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE (ALL PRICES), WEEK ENDING 4 July 2015

  1. Batman Arkham Knight – Rocksteady Studios – Warner Bros. Interactive
  2. Lego Jurassic World – Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  3. The Elder Scrolls Online – Zenimax Online – Bethesda
  4. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt Red – Bandai Namco
  5. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North – Rockstar
  6. Yoshi’s Woolly World – Good Feel – Nintendo
  7. Minecraft: Xbox Edition – 4J Studios – Microsoft
  8. Fifa 15 – EA Canada – EA
  9. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games – Activision
  10. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition – 4J Studios – Sony Computer Entertainment
  11. Destiny – Bungie – Activision
  12. Dying Light – Techland – Warner Bros. Interactive
  13. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition – Overkill Software – 505 Games
  14. Farming Simulator 15 – Giants Software – Focus Home Interactive
  15. Splatoon – Nintendo – Nintendo
  16. Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 343 Industries – Microsoft
  17. Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Montreal – Ubisoft
  18. MotoGP 15 – Milestone Studios – Pqube
  19. Terraria – Engine Software – 505 Games
  20. Mortal Kombat X – NetherRealm Studios – Warner Bros. Interactive
  21. Project Cars – Slightly Mad Studios – Bandai Namco 
  22. WWE 2K15 – Yuke’s/Visual Concepts – 2K
  23. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Machinegames – Bethesda
  24. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  25. Watch Dogs – Ubisoft Montreal – Ubisoft
  26. Disney Infinity 2.0 – Avalanche Software – Disney Interactive Studios
  27. Lego Marvel Super Heroes –  Traveller’s Tales – Warner Bros. Interactive
  28. Battlefield: Hardline – Visceral Games/DICE – EA
  29. The Sims 4 – The Sims Studio – EA
  30. Super Smash Bros. – Sora Ltd. – Nintendo
  31. J-Stars Victory Vs + – Spike Chunsoft – Bandai Namco
  32. Batman Arkham Origins – WB Games Montreal – Warner Bros. Interactive
  33. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo – Nintendo
  34. Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Ubisoft Montreal – Ubisoft
  35. Skylanders: Trap Team – Toys For Bob – Activision
  36. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Beenox – Activision
  37. Pokemon White Version 2 – Game Freak – Nintendo
  38. Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – Konami Digital Entertainment – Konami
  39. Call of Duty: Ghosts – Infinity Ward – Activision
  40. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith – Warner Bros. Interactive
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New Releases: Week ending 10th July 2015

Hello Everyone and welcome to New Releases where we take a look at what retailers will be stocking on there shelves this week.

This week’s line-up includes a Triple pack of RPG titles, A Fat Cat who hates Mondays  (Like Me), Some Hidden Object games (One based off a TV Show) and a Simulator. Let’s check out this weeks line-up:

  • The Disgaea Triple Play Collection – PS3 – NIS America
  • Garfield Kart – 3DS – Koch Media
  • Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan – PC – Avanquest Software
  • Psych – PC – Avanquest Software
  • OMSI 2 Add-On: Chicago Downtown – PC – Aerosoft

So what do you think? Will you be picking up the Disgaea games and going on adventures with Prinny? Are you going to be racing it up with Garfield? Are you a fan of the TV Show; Psych? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this week’s releases 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. In the meantime check out the trailer for one of the entries in this week’s game of the week; The Disgaea Triple Play Collection.

The Trailer above is for Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Article by Matt McNamee

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Batman Arkham Knight Review

Batman: Arkham Knight

Developed by Rocksteady Studios

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive

*This is how it happened, This is how the Batman died*

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

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The Story:

Batman: Arkham Knight takes place 1 year after the events of Batman Arkham City with Batman still coming to terms with the events of what happened at Arkham City. Elsewhere in the city; Scarecrow unleashes a new dose of his infamous fear toxin which causes death and insane rioting in a small diner before he threatens to detonate a bomb that will cover Gotham City in the fear toxin in less than 24 hours. The city immediately gets evacuated leaving only the police, the criminals, rioters and unlucky civilians left in the city. In Gotham City’s most desperate time yet; Batman is Gotham’s last hope as the remaining living villains make a plan to finally wipe out the Bat once and for all while a new Mysterious Militia General going only by “The Arkham Knight” comes to Gotham with a personal grudge against The Batman.

All in all, Arkham knight has a phenomenal story that bases itself off of one of the most iconic Batman Story Arcs of all time which I will not mention due to spoilers.

The Gameplay:

Batman Arkham Knight has phenomenal gameplay which builds on the mechanics set in place in the previous entries. For a start the combat in Arkham Knight feels a lot more fluent than in the previous entries with each hit looking a lot more brutal in every single way. This comes thanks to the game’s new suit which allows Batman to be a faster, stronger and much more brutal fighter. The game like all the other Batman games has a really heavy reliance on Stealth aswell with there being multiple ways to take out your opponents including Silent Takedowns in which you suppress your enemies quietly so as not to bring attention, Inverted Takedowns which allows you to take out criminals from a high vantage point and of course; the brand new addition to these special takedowns; The Multi-Fear Takedown which is only achievable through the use of the new outfit. These special takedowns allow Batman to utilize the speed of his new suit to quickly neutralize multiple targets at once (Which is commenced by pressing the square button and then using the analogue sticks to select targets).

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As you can expect for Batman; There is also a wide variety of gadgets on offer in this game including many fan favorites from the previous entries such as the Batarang, Batclaw and Explosive Gel however with a new game comes new gadgets at the players disposal with 2 new additions including the Voice Synthesizer that allows Batman to impersonate the voice of another to fool criminals and computer systems (Voices include Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight & Simon Stagg to name a few) and of course the remote controlling of the Batmobile (Which I will go into more detail about shortly). Another feature that has since been improved is the detective mode which has since become a lot more detailed when examining crime scenes since it allows you to scan skin, muscle tissue and bones for clues and evidence towards Identifying Dead Bodies. Before I talk about the Batmobile; I also feel like I should mention a new feature that I adored which was the Tag Team Takedown in which you go into certain fights with Batman and other Heroes will assist you in battle with the CPU taking over the other character, While fighting you build up a meter/combo to the point where you can press the L1 Button to takedown an enemy using both characters and upon finishing the move you take over as the assist character. In the game there is 3 instances of this (Robin, Nightwing & Catwoman) and when you combine this with the Fluidity of the combat; It just works well to the point where you actually feel as though you are viewing a live demonstration of Martial Arts. I also feel I should mention that the flight controls of the glide are a lot better in this game and feel much easier to steer and control as compared to the previous games where flight has felt pretty clunky.

The Final focus of the Gameplay that I will talk about is of course the newest and biggest feature to Arkham Knight; The Batmobile. The Batmobile is of course Batman’s Vehicle which allows him to propel around Gotham at full throttle speeds. In Arkham Knight; The Batmobile certainly is a welcome addition to the game’s many gadgets and in many cases can be extremely fun to use and comes in useful when it comes to taking the big criminals back to the GCPD however it seems like Rocksteady have put quite a heavy emphasis on the Batmobile with it being used for nearly everything in the game (It is even used for 4 Boss Fights) which after a while becomes slightly frustrating and takes the fun away from driving the Batmobile. The steering controls on the car are actually pretty decent and while they may feel slightly uncomfortable at the start; You get used to the controls pretty quickly. The combat mode on the car is certainly interesting and just show’s exactly why Batman is a one man army since the car essentially changes into a Tank complete with Weapons and Dodge capabilities. The Car combat once you really get into it becomes just as fluent as the actual freeflow combat plus the ability to eject yourself out of the car by propelling yourself sky high is pretty damn cool. The Upgrade system in Arkham Knight is pretty easy to use aswell with you earning Wayne Tech points for every mission or segment of a mission completed which you can then spend on upgrades for your suits, gadgets or car.

All in all, The Gameplay in Arkham Knight is phenomenal however I really disliked the overall emphasis on the Batmobile and how much it actually had to be used in the game.

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The Sound:

Batman Arkham Knight like the previous games has an incredible music score that really puts you once again into the world of Batman with the overall dark and gritty style music in the background while during fights the music speeds up and gets pretty intense. The score is composed by David Buckley (Call of Duty: Ghosts) & Nick Arundel (Batman Arkham City) and has a unique combination of the music from the Burton Movies and the Nolan Movies yet also keeps a tone of it’s own. As has come to be expected from the Arkham series; Knight has some incredible vocal talent led by Kevin Conroy (Batman Arkham Asylum) who once again voices the caped crusader. Joining him in this games voice talent are Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil), Troy Baker (The Last of Us), Nolan North (Uncharted), Tara Strong (The Fairly Odd Parents) and of course; Mark Hamill (Batman Arkham City).

The sound segment of Arkham knight is (Batman) beyond incredible apart from a few moments in which the game went slightly out of sync however this only lasted through certain segments however I still felt it was worth mentioning.

The Graphics:

The Visuals in Arkham Knight are stunning and make the final Rocksteady Batman game look even more like a cinematic blockbuster than the previous games. The visuals look sharper with every fine little detail including the battle damage that Batman’s Suit & The Batmobile take aswell as the opening which of course involves flesh being burnt (Not spoiling the surprise). The visual appeal of Gotham City is beautiful and looks a spitting double of the Gotham City we saw in the Tim Burton Batman Movies while each of the characters had a great visual style with Harley Quinn looking like a Naughty Nurse meeting a Jester and of course; Scarecrow who’s actual face is reminiscent of his original mask after being mauled by Killer Croc in Arkham Asylum. The weather dynamics in Arkham Knight are beyond spectacular with the game featuring near constant rain which is so detailed to the point where it actually bounces off you and you can see every little teardrop plus the lightning effects make it look phenomenal when you are driving, gliding and divebombing through the city.

I did encounter a few visual glitches in which the characters went through the floor after knocking them out but otherwise the visuals on Arkham knight are spectacular.

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Lasting Appeal:

Batman Arkham Knight has  plenty of replayability since the game features numerous side missions in which you have to save the city and defeat the villains and these missions are broken up into smaller and more manageable segments which you must achieve 100% on in order to fully complete the mission. In addition to this; There is of course the Riddler challenges to complete which on a personal level I started to despise about halfway through collecting because while I like to scan in and solve riddles; I’m still not a fan of searching all over the city for the trophies. It was while collecting the Riddler trophies that I encountered another glitch aswell when one of the riddles that required the voice synthesizer didn’t recognize and so I was stuck trying to get the puzzle completed without success until I rebooted the game.

There is of course the obligatory trophies/achievements out there for the hunters to collect and plenty of upgrades to gear Batman up with however this is the first entry in the series in which you literally need to get 100% in order to witness the true ending to the game and so if you are a real completionist; There will be plenty of time in the long haul for you  and then of course there is the New Game + mode which automatically makes the game a lot harder than your previous run-through.

All in all, Plenty of Replay Value.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Arkham Knight is a phenomenal title with a brilliant story, stunning graphics, Great new gameplay and combat aswell as a phenomenal soundtrack and voice cast however it does have it’s fair share of problems which unfortunately does let it down. Still though; Arkham Knight is a thoroughly enjoyable title and one of the best Batman games made making the true and authentic experience of being the Batman a reality. This is certainly a game for fans of Batman, Action and Comic Books aswell as the perfect sendoff to Rocksteady’s now Iconic Video game Franchise.

My Score = 9.1/10

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The Good:

  • Dark and brutal story that sticks very closely to Batman Story Arcs
  • Combat is a lot more fluent
  • A lot more stealth mechanics in play
  • More detailed Scanner
  • Flight Controls are much better
  • Batmobile is fun and action packed
  • Score is stunning
  • Perfect Voice Cast
  • Graphics are stunning
  • Plenty of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • Multiple Glitches encountered
  • Heavy Emphasis on the Batmobile
  • Sound sometimes goes out of Sync
  • Too Many Riddler Collectibles

Batman Arkham Knight is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One & PC (Available Digitally in the UK) and is coming to OS X & Linux later this year. Thanks go out to Warner Bros. Interactive 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