‘Madden’ leads video games coming out in August

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It’s really no surprise that the latest edition of Madden is going to be the top game coming out this month. The game, which features New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski on the cover, is usually the highlight of every year and this year is going to be no different. The game continues to strive to be as close to what the real game is like as possible. And looking at the pictures, it does come close. They pay more detail to the finer details with this one. They enhanced the running game with new moves that will allow a single play impact a game. For more features, you can go here. The game is set to come out on August 23rd.

Other big name games coming out this month is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This one is also set to come out August 23rd, but won’t have the midnight party celebration like Madden will. It is a sequel to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution and picks up right where that one left off. It’s a futuristic game and combines both first and third person point of view as you try and stop the mechanically augmented humans from killing everything in their sight. It’s an exciting survival game and should be one of the top selling games this month.

The other game you are going to want to keep your eye on is the indie survival game, No Man’s Sky. This game, that is only for Playstation 4 and PC, is a sand-box like game where you try and survive on the 65 planets in the game. This game is set to come out August 9th.

For the rest of the list of games coming out, you can go here.

What game are you most excited to buy?

 

Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper’ Add on – a grotesque look at a piece of history

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Developer(s): Ubisoft
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Series: Assassin’s Creed
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: 12/15/2015
Genre(s): Historic Action-Adventure
Mode(s): Single-player
Rating: M for Mature

Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous characters to ever take place in history. During his reign in London, he killed countless women and men and did it without ever being caught. He is one of the most notorious serial killers because his crimes were so grotesque and disturbing that it’s hard to stomach.

The game takes place 20 years after the events of the main game. Jacob is helping the police try and find the man who is going around killing people and he finds a link to someone from his past. Jack can’t have loose ends so he makes sure to cut out Jacob while trying to lure Evie so he can do the same. Evie has to race against time to try and take out Jack before he takes her out.

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You play as Evie in this DLC and you get some new weapons with it. Two of the new features are fear induced-weapons. The first one is a smoke/fire bomb that scares people into thinking it’s Jack and the other is a spike that is also Jack’s choice of weapon.

What is intriguing about this DLC is that not only do you play the good guy, but also the bad guy. A few times throughout the storyline you play Jack as he tries to clean up his track and not leave any evidence for Evie to find. Using the detective skills that you learned if you got the Murder Mystery DLC to try and find Jack and solve who he is and why he is doing what he is doing.

Like the Kenway trilogy, we dive into real historical facts. While their definition of what happened is fictional, there are parts that are fact, like his reign of terror and a possible explanation to why he started murdering people. Of course, there is no 100% proof, but if you have studied Jack’s reign, there are many theories to try and explain why. Because that’s always the biggest question when it comes to a string of killings. Why did they do it?

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This game is perhaps the most graphic and deadliest of all the Assassin’s Creed games. It starts right off with Jacob and Jack in a very bloody battle that is stretching that M rating to the max. It was a bit surprising at first, but it shouldn’t really be considering who the game is about. I did enjoy diving into historical events because that’s what made me fall in love with the series in the first place.

While it’s not necessary to finish Syndicate to play this DLC, it’s advised that you reach at least level 10 in your character. It will make it a lot easier for you to beat the game. This is a great add on to the series and it really shows the type of games that they can make for the future.

What did you think of the game?

Video Games coming out in July

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It’s not a big month for video games but there is a few that is going to be worth getting. Playstation 4 has the most games coming out this month but there is still some for the Xbox One and PC. Kids have a few games that they are going to want to play during the rainy days of summer.

Top game of the month: Batman: Return to Arkham

Here we thought the last Batman video game, but it’s not the case. The Batman video games that we fell in love with on the last generation systems is getting revamped for the next generation systems. The Batman video games are considered the best superhero video games ever created. I would definitely be one of those people that think that. With it’s in depth story line and twists around every corner, it’s hard not to feel immersed into the world and it’s going to be fun to replay and fall in love with the story all over again.

 

Here is the full list of video games coming out this month:

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (PC, PS4) – July 5

Rocket League: Collector’s Edition retail (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – July 5

Song of the Deep – (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – July 12

Monster Hunter Generations – (3DS) – July 15

ARK: Survival of the Fittest – (PS4) – July 19

I Am Setsuna (Project Setsuna) – (PC, PS4) – July 19

The Banner Saga 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – July 26

Valentino Rossi The Game (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – July 26

Obduction (PC) – July 26

Batman: Return to Arkham (PS4, Xbox One) – July 26

What game are you most excited to play?

Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’ – a look into the revolution in England

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Developer(s): Ubisoft Quebec

Publisher(s): Ubisoft

Writer(s): Jeffrey Yohalem

Series: Assassin’s Creed

Platform(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: 10/23/2015

Genre(s): Action-adventure, Stealth

Mode(s): single-player, multiplayer

In the latest Assassin’s Creed game to come out, we follow a dual point of view of brother and sister, Jacob and Evie Frye. They go to London to try and finish their father’s mission but find that there is more to the story then they knew. You go to London to take down a gang that took over the city by creating a gang of your own and taking down areas one by one.

This game is not like any other game that was played in the Assassin’s Creed world. You play as both Jacob and Evie throughout the story depending on where you are in the storyline. There are strengths that each of the sibling has. For example, Evie is better at stealth-like missions, while Jacob is better when it comes to fighting.

I found that out of all the games in the series, that this one had the best controls. You get a zipline that helps you climb buildings more efficiently and there is a new button that allows you to climb down buildings faster. This is a plus when you have to chase after someone. But that annoying time when you are running and just randomly start climbing a building is still there. Hopefully there is a time in the future where that gets fixed.

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The storyline is one of my favorites that has been done. It’s not as complex as the Kenway trilogy story line but it is interesting enough to keep you intrigued with playing. I like how complex the world is and the many different levels of missions that we get to play. If you were able to pre-order the game, then you got access to the Penny Dreadful crime. It combined my two favorite types of games, action and a mystery. You got to solve crimes as you tried to find a killer with each crime. Another expansion that is available is the WWI addition. You play as Evie who tries to help Winston Churchill try and take out the spies in London. It’s an intriguing storyline that I wonder what it would be like if Ubisoft went down the road to covering the wars. We have seen how successful it is when they cover other major history events (the American Revolution in Assassin’s Creed III).

The graphics are better than the other games of the series as well. The glitches are still there, but they are less than there were with Unity. Ubisoft is amazing when it comes to paying attention to detail and this one goes above and beyond that call. You get to go into more buildings than before and explore more that the world has to offer.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is available now and can be purchased at major retailers.

What do you think of the game?

‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ – a look into the history of France that doesn’t quite grab you

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If you haven’t finished Assassin’s Creed Rogue, you might want to do that because this game is a sequel of sorts for that game. With that in mind, let’s dive right into the review.

In the first Assassin’s Creed game for the next generation system, we follow Arno Jeannotte as he tries to find out the people responsible for killing his adoptive father. Arno goes to live with a family that is high up in the Templar Order but his future is decided when his adoptive father gets murdered. Things get complicated when the adoptive father’s daughter and the girl that he fell in love with as kid, Elise, is also doing the same thing. They are on different sides of the war between Templars and Assassins but have a common goal: to catch a thief.

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I knew it was only a matter of time before we had a love story that had the couple on different sides of the war. It is something that comes up many times throughout the storyline and makes problems for both Arno and Elise. Arno is still in love with Elise and sometimes makes decisions she doesn’t believe in. Elise is obsessed with finding her father’s killer and sometimes that comes at the expense of Arno. As far as storylines go, it is a beautiful story but storyline is only a third of what makes a game.

The graphics were a step up from the last generation system graphics but still not as good as they are now. There were times when it was glitchy, which I was expected there to be none considering it’s been out for a little bit of time. The layout of the country was beautiful and it had a lot of mini missions that made the play through more enjoyable as you get to dive deeper into the world.

There were still some issues when it came to running and climbing. Those who are fans of the original Assassin’s Creed series, you probably had a problem where you wanted the character to run but it would just randomly start climbing up walls. This problem still exists in this game. There are times when it got frustrating and I wanted to throw my control against the wall, but I was able to work through that.

It is not one of the best Assassin’s Creed games, but it is worth the play. It’s going to be hard to top the Kenway trilogy on the last generation. This game is an introduction to the types of games we can expect for Assassin Creed games considering now they can create a large universe for the fans to dive right into.

What did you think of the game?

 

‘Uncharted 4: Thief’s End’ Review

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In one of the best games to come from Playstation, we get a new chapter in the Nathan Drake series. In this story, we meet up with Nathan as he tries to move on to a life without being a treasure hunter. It has been three years since the last installment, and he is married (to Elena) and working at a good job and everything seems to be going well until **POSSIBLE BUT NOT REALLY** his brother returns from the dead. Now he is saddled with return to his own ways as he helps his brother try and find Captain Henry Avery’s treasure.

Now before we dive right into this review, let’s take a step back and look at the history of Nathan Drake. We first meet him as he teams up with Sully and Elena. They are working together to try and find the Drake treasure. They do, but obviously not without creating enemies. They get a big one in the name of Rafe Adler. He returns and is once again the villain of the story (though after reading this review, you might think he’s not the only one).

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Back to the story. I have always been a big fan of Nathan. Love him. Rooted for him from the beginning. I loved his backstory and I loved that this story dove into his past and how he got into the world of treasure hunting. Surprise, surprise, it was because of his brother. I had a lot of problems with Sam and most of the time, I spent playing the game highly annoyed with Sam. Sam makes very stupid and dangerous decisions that often times risk Nathan’s life. It didn’t help that this game felt very ‘final’ as I was playing it so I knew that anything can happen.

For gameplay, it’s top notch. There were times in the previous games that I would get annoyed with the controls, especially when it came to climbing up and climbing down. There were still times when it happened. There were times that I would jump and miss and then do the exact same thing and it would work. I am going to chalk that up to glitches that weren’t fixed yet. The controls are relatively the same as they were in the other games so there is not much of an adjustment there. The only difference is how to change guns, but you pick that up quickly.

The graphics were better than any other game of the series, but that could be with the help of the new system. It is a lot more lifelike and when you get to the cut scenes, you find yourself invested into the story line that you are not trying to skip through them (you can if you don’t care). I personally like the storyline when I play. It makes me feel more immersed in the world and when you get to the twists of the game, you are not completely thrown off.

Uncharted 4 is available now.

What did you think of Uncharted 4?