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Alien: Isolation Review

Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game based on Ridley Scott's Alien. It is a direct sequel to the movie taking place 15 years later. You play as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley, and she wants answers. Is the trip worth the risk or did Amanda get a lot more than she bargained for? Find out for the full review after the jump. What We Liked Alien: Isolation starts you off on your own ship the Torrens. However right away you take a leap of faith and head to the Sevastopol. From the beginning things go awry. In the beginning you don't have to worry about the Alien. The "Working Joes", androids on the ship, and fellow survivors are much more dangerous. This is because throughout the main campaign there is just one Alien chasing you the whole time. This Alien is very dangerous but it really is just one. Let me tell you though, if you don't sneak almost everywhere, that one Alien will hear you, find you, and brutally murde...

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The Last of Us Review

  What We Liked The Last of Us takes on an epic journey through the country in which we see a relationship evolve between Joel and Ellie. This relationship plays a huge part in the role of the game and makes it that much more emotional. Without spoiling too much the basic premise is that Joel is tasked with getting smuggling Ellie and at first he is not happy about it. You find out why early one and right after you find out the game just is non-stop on the action and sneaking and tension. This is what makes it so much fun. The gameplay is very well balanced from sequence to sequence and while shooting is not a large mechanic, (you don't have much ammo unless you search all over for it) it feels very real with a natural sway. Some can't stand the sway but in my opinion it helps sell the realism and tension that this game delivers. In most cases you have the option to shoot or sneak by everyone. One way will help you save ammo for th...

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God of War: Ascension Review

Kratos has become one of the more iconic characters of playstation present. The franchise has had a total of 5 games on multiple video game consoles yet it remains to be exclusive to Sony because it is in fact done by a 1st party studio. Sony Santa Monica are the geniuses behind this very popular and successful franchise known as God of War. Heavily based off of Greek Mythology this series has taken us to hell and back multiple times, literally. This entry, God of War: Ascension, in the franchise is in fact a prequel helping explain what Kratos had to go through in order to be rid of the imprisonment by “The Furies”. The question is, has Kratos overstayed his welcome or is this entry helping keep the franchise alive? Read on for the full review after the jump. What We Liked In past God of War games we have learned that this is a hack n’ slash game with some puzzles thrown in for good measure and pacing. God of War: Ascension is no ...

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Killzone 3 Review

*Note this is the old type of review with criteria Killzone 3 came out this past Tuesday for most of the world. A few other regions are waiting until today actually. Regardless most of us who wanted to get our hands on this game have done so. This review may seem a bit late but being a gamer like you, I don't get the game any earlier so it took me a couple of sessions to actually beat the game. I have only played through it once and just on the normal difficulty but already I can tell some large differences from Killzone 2 to Killzone 3. Some I like and others I am not too fond of. I will be breaking down the review in terms of Graphics, Gameplay, Story, and Controls alike. Mutliplayer will have a completely separate review as it is HUGE! Graphics The graphics in Killzone 3 are nothing short from amazing. However, as much as graphics are nice to look at, the gameplay and pacing is what really makes a game but we will talk ab...

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Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure platform video game. Published by Square Enix, Tomb Raider is the fifth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise. As the first entry in a new Tomb Raider continuity, the game is a reboot that emphasizes the reconstructed origins of the lead character Lara Croft. This Tomb Raider takes us places we haven't been before but is this tomb really worth raiding? Check out the full review after the jump.   What We Liked Having been a fan of the original Tomb  Raider franchise back during the playstation era, I can honestly say that this game really helped give a semi-believable back story as to how Lara Croft became, Lara Croft Tomb Raider. This new Tomb Raider from Square Enix is one of my favorite Tomb Raiders to date. That is due to the fact that the combat, traversal of the environments, and just the overall gameplay is fun and entertaining. One really nice feature was ...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Gameplay Call of Duty Black Ops 2 plays very similar to other games within the franchise however as always when new weapons and abilities are added it affects the gameplay ever so slightly. Keep in mind that the speed of the gameplay is what truly makes COD so popular and such an innovator as a franchise. Something else to note is that this is the first game to allow the player to make choices in which case some of them will affect the story line. Essentially this is less linear then any other COD campaign and that is a welcomed change in my opinion. One other thing to point out is that even though the story can change the campaign has you playing both sides similar to the original Black Ops. That is, you get to play as the villain for a chapter (a short one at that) but even still you get to kind of experience both sides which is always a fun aspect of things.  One of the biggest...

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Battlefield 3 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Battlefield 3 was released on October 25th for the PC, 360, and PS3. EA and DICE have been boasting about this game for some time now. The marketing of the game has been big and has hyped up many gamers alike. Now that the game is out the reviews are proving to be pretty high overall showing that this game can stand on it's own two legs without the marketing needing to push it forward. The game has amazing graphics and overall appeal but tends to fall a little short in the Single Player campaign aspect. However this isn't a large deal considering most gamers won't even touch the campaign since Battlefield 3 is all about the multiplayer. In that regards, it really delivers. Gameplay For the most part the game feels pretty good. You can run with your gun but you can't sprint all that fast so it gives the illusion that you are carrying a heavy weapon. In fact when you have heavie...

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Resistance 3 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Resistance 3 is the third installment in the Resistance franchise that seemingly promised a better experience then Resistance 2. Right away this can be seen with the improved visuals and overall story line not playing as Nathan Hale but instead we take the role of Joe Capelli (Nathan's killer at the end of R2). This is a fresh view on the whole Chimeran attack and it is a nice one. While the story still wasn't amazing, it did have more emotion and more drive then Resistance 2. Read on to see the full review of Resistance 3, exclusively for PS3.   Gameplay From Resistance 2 to Resistance the gameplay changed pretty drastically, especially when Nathan Hale got "super powers". The aiming felt different and more fast paced in R2. For Resistance 3 the aiming felt like a mix between R2 and R1. Truthfully it was pretty well balanced and the guns felt heavier and more realistic...

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Twisted Metal Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Twisted Metal was originally created in 1995 by SingleTrac for the Playstation. In 1996 a PC version came out and allowed multiplayer over a modem line or internet.  Twisted Metal 3 and 4, which came out in 1998 and 1999 respectively, were handed over to 989 studios (Sony's in-house development studio at the time). This provided a challenge as SingleTrac had rights to the engine they created so 989 had to build a new one from scratch and in doing so they added advanced physics and AI which really pushed the series over the edge. This was the time that David Jaffe himself began working on the game. In speaking about the first two games in the series, Jaffe reportedly  said, "....[in and of themselves] they're good games, they're just not good Twisted Metal games." In 2001 Twisted Metal: Black was released for the PS2. What a lot of people didn't know was that a bunch of SingleTrac...