Star Wars Battlefront II Review

Star Wars Battlefront II is a massive leap forward from Battlefront 2015 and is a fun and entertaining Star Wars game. 2017 was a good year for gamers and 2018 is looking even better! Let’s take a look back at one of the most under rated hits of 2017!

Synopsis:

Star Wars Battlefront II has many new unique modes. It has 14 characters and more vehicles and locations. It’s a massive leap forward for Battlefront II adding characters such as Kylo RenYodaDarth Maul and Rey. Adding locations such as NabooJakkuStarkiller BaseKamino and a new and improved Tattooine. The new modes consist of arcade mode, online multiplayer and the new campaign featuring Iden Versio in the tale bridging Return of The Jedi and Force Awakens. The new online modes are starfighter assault and my favourite of the lot, Heroes vs VillainsStar Wars Battlefront II definetly has a lot to improve but is a fantastic improvement from the first installment and has many new and unique additions to the game.

Positives:

  • Many more characters from all 3 trilogies, new locations and vehicles too.
  • A great new Campaign story
  • Better gameplay and graphics

 

Negatives:

  • Loot crates and battle points delay the fun
  • Still missing characters such as Obi Wan Kenobi
  • The campaign was still short and could have been longer

 

My Rating & Review

SWBII is undeniably an underrated game of 2017 and is a great improvement and addition but still needs improvement.

 

 

8/10 – A Solid Star Wars game with many improvements from 2015 – IzzyLFC

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s Top 5 Weapons

Epic games have created a masterpiece in gaming culture, Fortnite. If you haven’t heard of today’s hottest new game you have been living under a rock! If there is one word to describe this game it’s ‘FUN’!.

The mode that Fortnite perfects is the Battle Royale feature. This is so popular for many reasons such as the charming cartoony graphics comparing to the likes of ‘PlayerUnkownBattleGrounds’, Crafting and building system, looting and weaponry feature and the fact that it doesn’t cost a penny.

Today I will be looking at the top 5 weapons you can collect in the glorious map of Fortnite. Whether it’s Loot Lake, Pleasant Park or the new Tilted Towers, this loot has a glow that will surely light up your eyes.

5. M16 Assault Rifle (Rare)

 

 

Damage per second – 192

Damage per shot – 35

Magazine size – 30

 

4. Rocket Launcher (Legendary)

 

Damage per second – 90

Damage per shot – 121

Magazine size – 1

 

3. Tactical Shotgun (Epic)

 

 

Damage per second – 111

Damage per shot – 74

Magazine size – 8

 

2. Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (Legendary)

 

Damage per second – 38

Damage per shot – 116

Magazine size – 10

 

1 . Scar Assault Rifle (Legendary)

 

Damage per second – 214

Damage per shot – 39

Magazine size – 30

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Konami scores with PES 2017

PES 2017 set to build on critically acclaimed 2016 version.

The latest installment of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise hit the shelves worldwide to yet more critical acclaim, with many industry reviews describing the football game as the best ever.

Konami’s move to the Fox engine has proved a sound move for the Japanese based game maker with long term (and some would say long suffering) fans decsribing the latest iteration as a return to the glory days for PES.

But will it beat arch rivals FIFA as the best football game of 2017? Well it depends on the criterion used to judge both games. Based on sales alone FIFA will surely wipe the floor with PES and EA Sports has done well to continue to add “whistles and bells” to it’s format with a new Career Mode charting the rise of a young hopeful, Alex Hunter recieving rave reviews. Along with it’s usual domination of official licences, FIFA will continue to appeal to the mass market.

 

 

 

But for those football fans looking for an immersive gameplay experience, PES has according to almost all reputable reviews universally beaten FIFA with it’s perfect balance of simulation and arcade creating an unparralleled footballing experience. Yes, playing with Merseyside Blue when you should be Everton is annoying but one click from an option file and official teams and player names become a problem of the past. Add to that PES’ clutch of exclusive licenses such as like Liverpool FC, Barcelona and Dortmund and most notably the Champions League and pretty soon FIFA’s stranglehold on the “whistles and bells” of the game start to diminish.

 

The gameplay is smooth and crisp and the AI is truly amazing. Passes go where they are supposed to go and unlike FIFA, you can get away with the odd crunching tackle without a straight red. The goalkeepers have improved infinitely which was an area that recieved some criticism in 2016.

Online mode, so often a huge let down on PES, has improved dramatically alhough whether or not it beats FIFA in this area is debateable.

 

 

 

 

Master League has always been a fan favourite and it doesn’t dissappoint this year. Having said that, ML doesn’t need much fixing and does exactly what it says on the tin.

The commentary is not much to write home about with Peter Dury and Jim Beglin offering a better string of commentary than 2016 but is still not up to FIFA standards. We still get the comic commentary moments when Kun Aguero has rifled a thunderbolt volley from all of 40 yards, only for it to hit the underside of the crossbar in spectacular fashion. The deadpan response of an unimpressed Jim Beglin “a player of his quality really has to do better.” only adds to the game’s charm. That said, it’s almost as if Konami revel in PES’ cult like status as do it’s fans. The pre-option file devotees often look back with fondness, reminiscing a great bit of wing trickery by Greggs (Giggs), a thunderbolt free kick by Brazilian Roberto Larcos (Roberto Calros) onlt to be saved miraculously by Dutch goalkeeping great Edwin Farzel Haar.

All in all, PES 2017 is a quite stunning football game. Will FIFA die-hards be converted? Probably not. But there is room for two great football games. So instead of endlessly arguing over who is better, Ronaldo or Messi…why not just enjoy the fact that they are both around at the same time.

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Top 10 Video Games to Get Excited for in 2017

Regular contributor Emma Crematant runs the rule over the hottest games to look forward to in 2017. Buckle up!

 

10. For Honor

 

Coming in at number ten is For HonorFor Honor is an online action hack and slash video game developed by Ubisoft. In the game, players get to play as historical soldiers from different eras, such as medieval knights, samurai, and Vikings, within a Medieval fantasy setting.

For Honor is set to release February 14, 2017 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

9. Tekken 7

 

Although Tekken 7 has been out in Japanese arcades since 2015, the game is finally coming to home consoles around the world. Tekken 7 is the ninth instalment of the Tekken series and the first to make use of the Unreal Engine. Two new mechanisms have been introduced in this new iteration. The first, Rage Art, allows players to perform critical attacks that deal roughly 30% damage depending on the which character you’re using, once their health bar is critical, in exchange for inactivating the normal attack power increase. The second, Power Crush, lets players continue their attacks even while being hit by the enemy, although they would still receive the damage dealt by the enemy’s attacks. As far as the game’s plot goes, game producer, Katsuhiro Harada said the game’s story will be much darker than ever before, akin to the tone of Tekken 4. It will also serve as the conclusion to the Mishima clan saga. Also, Tekken 7 will have a bit out a cross over with Street Fighter, as Akuma from the Street Fighter series will play a vital role in the story.

Tekken 7 is set to release June 2, 2017.

8. Prey

 

Prey is a first-person shooter with role-playing game elements and strong narrative. Originally in development by Human Head Studios as a sequel to the 2006 game Prey, the game fell into development hell and was eventually canceled by Bethesda in 2014.

In the game, the player takes the role of Morgan Yu, a human aboard a space station with numerous hostile aliens. The player will be able to select certain attributes of Yu, including gender, and decisions made by the player will affect elements of the game’s story. To survive, the player controls Yu to collect and use weapons and resources aboard the station to fend off and defeat the aliens.

Prey takes place in an alternate timeline where United States President John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt in 1963. As President, Kennedy directed more funding into the space program, allowing it to flourish. Drawn by humans’ activity in space, an alien force made up of many different species, collectively called the Typhon, appeared and started attacking Earth. The United States and the U.S.S.R. banded together to fight off and capture the Typhon. Together, they crafted the space station Talos I in orbit around Earth’s moon as a prison for the Typhon. Over time the station grew out by various groups, several different decors across the station ranging from retrofuturism to Art Deco. The United States eventually took full ownership and created research labs atop the prison spaces to study the Typhon. After a fatal incident between the scientists aboard the station and the Typhon, the United States shuttered the project.

Some years later, the TranStar corporation acquired the station. With advances in neuroscience, they were able to harness and control the Typhon, and then studied their physiology to create Neuromods that can restructure a human’s brain to give them new abilities including super-human ones. TranStar grew financially successful from sales of Neuromods on Earth. At the time of the game’s setting, about 2032, TranStar has further expanded the station to make for suitable living quarters for its staff that spend up to two years on the station between regular shuttles to Earth.

Prey releases May 5, 2017.

7. Marvel v. Capcom: Infinite

 

Marvel v. Capcom: Infinite will be the 6th entry in the Marvel v. Capcom series. Little is known at the moment about the story and specifics of the game, but we do know, like its predecessors, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be a fighting game in which players compete against each other in tag team combat using characters from both the Marvel Comics Universe and the Capcom video game franchises. Infinite will feature two-on-to partner battles, similar to that of Marvel vs.Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and earlier instalments of the franchise. Unlike past entries, Infinite does not allow players to call in assist attacks from off-screen, instead, Infinite utilizes a “free-form” combo system that allows characters to be immediately swapped to facilitate the string of combos, akin to Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s “Team Aerial Combos”. For the first time ever, Captain Marvel and Mega Man X will be included in the franchise. Only 6 characters have been confirmed for the series so far.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite doesn’t have a set release date, just a 2017 projection.

6. Horizon: Zero Dawn

 

 

Horizon:Zero Dawn is an action/adventure role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games (Killzone series) and published by Sony. The plot revolves around Aloy, a hunter and archer who lives in a world that has been overrun by robots. (Sort of like Planet of the Apes… but with Robots) Humans now live in separate tribes, as robots roam the earth. Having been sheltered her entire life, and her tribe shunning her, Aloy sets out on a journey to discover the dangers that kept her shelter for so long. The graphics on this game look ah-mazing, with an option to play in 4K. The gameplay looks absolutely incredible with the use of ‘ranged, melee weapons and stealth tactics.’ And the game itself flows beautifully.

Horizon:Zero Dawn is set to release February 28, 2017 for PlayStation only.

5. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

 

Resident Evil 7 is the eleventh entry in the popular Resident Evil franchise. In this game, you play from a first-person point of view as civilian Ethan Winters. Not to give too much of the plot away, but your main objective is to survive and fight your way out of the clutches of the ‘Baker’ family, and off Dulvey plantation, while finding clues and information behind the disappearance of your wife. The game focuses more on horror than action, opting for a more traditional survival horror experience, very similar to that of Outlast, than its Resident Evil predecessors. Resident Evil staples like puzzle solving, resource management, healing herbs, and item boxes have remained intact for this sequel. PlayStation 4 users can play the game start to finish via VR by utilizing the PS VR headset.

Resident Evil 7 was released on January 24, 2017.

4. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is will be the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise. Uniquely, it will be the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment! It’s said that the game will move away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and will instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. Ubisoft has described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats. A closed beta will be open for the game on February 3, so head over to Ubisoft’s website RIGHT NOW if you want to try to get squeezed in. And you will want to get squeezed in. Much hype is surrounding this game, and Ubisoft is building it up to be one of the best games released this year.

As far as the plot is concerned, “The game is set in Bolivia, which has become increasingly unstable as the Santa Blanca drug cartel gains more power and influence to the point where Bolivia has become the world’s largest producer of cocaine. The rise in power of these drug cartels concerns the United States Government, as Santa Blanca’s influence has begun to spread beyond Bolivia. As a result, the United States Army dispatches an elite special operations unit called “the Ghosts” to destroy the cartel and reveal the connection between Santa Blanca and the local government.”

Ghost Recon Wildlands releases across all consoles March 7, 2017.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is another open-world action-adventure video game on our list. Developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U, it is the 19th main instalment in the The Legend of Zelda series and the first original game in the series developed with an HD resolution. That’s right, Nintendo is finally starting to step up their graphics game. The story is set in Hyrule (of course) and follows amnesiac protagonist Link, who awakens from a 100-year slumber to a mysterious voice that guides him to defeat Calamity Ganon. For the first time in a main Zelda game, voice acting is going to be a staple in a Legend of Zelda game, with many voice acting roles present throughout.

It appears as if Hyrule is now in a ruined state, and you, as Link, have to survive off of the land while on your journey to defeat Calamity Ganon from awakening and destroying the world. You can find various items in the world, including weapons, shields, clothing, and food that can be eaten or cooked to restore health. Weapons break after excessive use, but many have multiple uses; for example, tree branches can be used to light fires, and shields can be used as makeshift snowboards. This installment will have an open-world environment much larger than the overworld in Twilight Princess, with less emphasis on defined entrances and exits to areas. Similar to the original The Legend of Zelda, the player is placed into the game’s over world with very little instruction, and is allowed to explore freely at their own pace. I’m super excited for this game because I’ve always been a Nintendo and Zelda fan, and I really can’t wait to try the New Nintendo Switch out!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release March 3, 2017.

2. Injustice 2

 

Injustice 2 is the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. Developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Injustice 2 retains numerous gameplay mechanics from Gods Among Us, including environment interaction, stage transitions, clashes, and character traits. The trait system, like before, provides a temporary buff or ability that compliments each character’s playstyle. The super meter, which allows players to execute enhanced special moves and unlock powerful “super moves” when fully charged, also returns. New to the series, players can now expend meter to perform an evasive roll maneuver or escape an enemy’s combo early.

Also new to the series, Injustice 2 introduces a loot-dropping system, known as the “Gear System”, which offers character-specific costume pieces and equipment with status-altering effects. According to NetherRealm Studios, the Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward players with loot after every match. With each loot drop, players earn gear that allows them to customize the look of their characters and strengthen their abilities, such as increasing their strength, speed, defense, health, or unlocking new moves. I personally think that this is a welcome addition to the franchise. Who doesn’t love to customize and put their own touch on the characters they’re playing with? Players can swap out various costume pieces, such as gloves, greaves, chest armor, capes, and shields, with over 1,000 options for each category. Each character will have five gear slots for equipping different costume pieces; two ability slots for equipping new special moves, super moves, or character traits; and one shader slot for altering the color scheme of their gear. The game will also include five separate gear loadouts for players, allowing them to switch between their setups at the beginning of each match.

As for the plot, it’s set “Five years after the defeat of the High Councilor, Batman and his insurgency attempt to piece society back together while struggling against the remnants of Superman’s regime who seek to restore his rule. Meanwhile, a shady new group, known as “The Society”, emerges and makes plans for world domination, eliminating any heroes that stand in their way. With several of his allies either victims of, or collaborators with, Superman’s failed regime, Batman is forced to form a new team of superheroes to combat an invading Brainiac, who puts Earth’s entire existence at risk.”

Injustice 2 releases May 16, 2017.

1. Mass Effect: Andromeda

 

 

When writing such list as these, one must try to look at all aspects of a game, and not just form an assessment from your own opinion, but from others as well. You must be impartial to a certain degree and not let your own opinions overtake that of the vast majority. And to that I say… F*** It! I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Mass Effect: Andromeda is taking the number one spot purely because I have been waiting for this game ever since the credits rolled on Commander Shepard’s final mission. Through the push backs and delays, I’ve been eagerly waiting on the edge of my seat, feaming for any news of a new Mass Effect game like a drug addict waiting for his next fix. (Hey Bioware! Y’all got any more of that Mass Effect?) So here we go.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is the successor to 2012’s Mass Effect 3. Andromeda will be the first Mass Effect game to bring the series to an open world environment. The player takes control of either Sara or Scott Ryder, both Pathfinders exploring a new galaxy (Andromeda) for new planets for humanity to colonize. Both Ryders’ appearances and first names can be determined by the player. Unlike previous installments in the Mass Effect series, where players begin each new game by choosing from six different character classes that each have their own unique set of skills, players instead have free rein to assign any skills that they want and build towards a specialty over the course of the game. For example, if the player chooses to invest solely in biotic skills, Ryder will unlock the Adept profile, which grants bonuses tailored to that play style. Points assigned to each skill can be constantly reallocated so that players can experiment with multiple gameplay approaches without having to restart their games and build up their skills from scratch again. Upon beating the game, a New Game is unlocked, which allows the player to restart the game with certain bonuses and switch to using the other Ryder, if interested.

Upon landing on a planet, the player will usually encounter quests to complete, such as taking out hostile enemy bases or hideouts, scanning for objects with useful data, or completing loyalty missions for Ryder’s squadmates. Each planet has a boss that the player may not be able to defeat at first and may need to revisit later once Ryder has sufficiently leveled up. Planets have open world elements and can be traversed using the Nomad, a six-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle. While driving the Nomad, the player has the ability to scan the planet’s terrain for resources and then deploy mining drones to collect them.

Very little is known about Andromeda’s plot other than what BioWare has released and what we can infer from the trailers. “The game takes place 600 years after the events of the first three Mass Effect games, in the Andromeda Galaxy. The player character’s intergalactic journey began during the time in which Mass Effect 2 takes place, separating the new setting from the events of the third game. The main characters are a brother and sister both embarking on the journey to the Andromeda Galaxy. The player chooses which of the two to play, but the other sibling continues to be an important part of the plot as a significant non-player character. They are the children of Alec Ryder – an N7 special forces soldier – and are designated as Pathfinders, operatives tasked with discovering new planets for the Human species to colonize. They explore an open world galaxy aboard the starship Tempest.

Mass Effect: Andromeda releases March 21, 2017.

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Undisputed – PES 2018 kicks FIFA 18 into touch

The biggest battle in football kicks off as Konami and EA do battle for gaming supremacy.

The eternal battle between Konami and EA over who can best bring to gamers the “beautiful game” brings us the 2018 versions of their respective franchises.

 

EA has reigned supreme since 2008 with it’s innovation in game modes, simulation game play and a lockdown on most official licenses. But 2016 marked the release of what many considered as the best ever football game. Sadly for EA, it was Konami’s PES 2016.

 

 

Pro Evolution Soccer was undisputed king of the football gaming world with a series of breathtaking releases from 2000 up until about 2008, when it’s crowned started to slip and was eventually knocked off and stolen by EA and its juggernaut franchise FIFA. But ever since PES 2016, fans have been slowly looking beyond the issue of official licenses and focusinhg on PES’ historical strength – gameplay.

 

And the 2018 iteration builds further on the last few years’ advances. PES’ apparent flaws are beginning to look like strengths. Whilst FIFA’s gameplay is often formulaic and robotic, PES brings to the screen all the madness and mayhem of real football. Do the goalkeepers make shocking howlers when under no pressure? Yes. Do referees make inexplicable decisions that make you want to put your foot through your 50″ screen? Yep. Just like in real football.

 

 

While FIFA builds on its career mode to such an extent that you forget its actually a football game, PES builds on its core modes such as Master League with little tweaks that brings the experience of managing a top flight club to life. PES has also added a Random Selection mode where the computer randomly selects players for your team based on a criteria such as National teams or Leagues. It’s great fun in two player mode and you can even take the battle online.

 

The biggest downside to the PES franchise for most gamers has been the lack of official licenses. On FIFA you can take the field as Manchester United whereas on PES you’re turning out as Man Red. But PES has made great strides in tying up individual licenses so that the 2018 version has official licenses for Liverpool FC, Barcelone, Dortmund and Inter to name a few. Liverpool’s famous home Anfield is  a stunning experience. But what about the other teams you ask? A simple option file available on most community gamer forums such as PESuniverse.com fixes that problem in 5 minutes. When you add to that PES’s lockdown on the UEFA Champions League and its South American equivalent, the licenses argument soon disappears and we are left with what should really seperate the men from the boys…gameplay!

 

It’s here where PES 2018 puts in a two footed tackle to put FIFA out for the rest of the season. The ball physics are amazing. The touch and feel of every pass is pitch perfect and the physicality of the game really makes you think about team selection. FIFA may have all the whistles and bells and marketing behind it, it will bring all the glitz and glamour of modern day football. But if footbal is still about 11 v 11 on green grass, then PES is still the purests choice.

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Top 5 Hardest Super Mario Galaxy Stars

Nintendo’s 2007 Wii classic “Super Mario Galaxy” was actually in fact, Super! Rated a perfect 10/10 by IGN this classic had it all, graphics, soundtrack, creativity, challenge and loads and loads of fun! Today I will be looking at the hardest stars for me to earn in a nostalgic trip through memory lane! By the way I will not be including green stars or green star levels.

 

5. “Purple coins in the bone pen” – Ghostly Galaxy

 

 

Purple coins, purple coins! We will be hearing that term a lot. The first star on my list is the Purple coins in the bone pen. This star requires skill, accuracy and a lot of patience. To collect 100 purple coins using the Wii remote sensor in not 2, not 1 and a half but 60 seconds…Insane!

4.”Plunder the purple coins” – Deep Dark Galaxy

 

Again, with the purple coins! This star however, isn’t timed, on the other hand there are coins in the trickiest positions that require multiple efforts, precision and accuracy. What makes it even harder is that coins are underwater, giving you limited time to breath.

3.”Lava spire Daredevil run” – Melty Molten Galaxy

 

The first star on the list that aren’t purple coins…finally! Going the whole level without getting hit once, completing this makes you an expert of the cosmos. With multiple small enemies, falling platforms, and the rush to the top of the mountain this definitely ranks as one of my hardest levels.

2.”Dreadnought’s Garbage dump” – Dreadnaught Galaxy

 

 

30 seconds! You have 30 seconds to blow up every piece of rubbish and if you fail by one second apparently, it’s not good enough! You need to get the position and timings of the bombs perfect. Trust me, this one will take you a while.

1.”Luigi’s purple coins” – Toy Time Galaxy

 

 

…Where to start? This level took me triple the time to complete than it took me to finish the rest of the game, I actually cried in joy when completing it. With flipping and disappearing tiles, poison water and 100 purple coins to collect in 2 minutes, this level tops the others by a mile and a half!

 

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Top 5 Anticipated Games Before 2018

It’s nearly 2018, but we still have highly anticipated games yet to be released this year. Here are my top 5 anticipated PS4 games of the remaining few months of 2017

 

5.”Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2″

 

 

I loved the first Lego Marvel Superheroes game. It was funny, had a good story and was fun in the free roaming element. I nearly completed all of the game, give or take a couple of golden bricks here and there. I’m sure that the second installment of the franchise will also be a brilliant addition to the Lego games on PS4.

 

 

 

 

4.”Call of Duty WWII”

 

The last few COD games other than Black Ops III have been nothing but disappointment with futuristic styles, however finally Sledgehammer games have changed that. Going back to its roots, COD goes to the second world war bringing us Battlefield like gameplay, crisp graphics and the return of the much missed Nazi Zombies game mode.

 

 

 

 

 

3.”Star Wars Battlefront II”

The first SWB was really enjoyable, but it was missing many iconic characters and a campaign mode. EA have changed that this year, using the engine of FIFA 18 “Frostbite” the new game listened to its fans and has given us what we want. Characters such as Kylo Ren, Yoda and Darth maul are now available to play as and a new campaign is also ready to join the list of game modes.

 

 

 

 

 

2.”Super Mario Odyssey”

Man have I been excited for this one. The first single player 3D Mario game to hit the switch is here. Similar to the loved Super Mario Galaxy this game gives new abilities such as the hat, new worlds and a brand new storyline too. Super Mario Odyssey is a guaranteed success.

 

 

 

 

1.”Assassin’s Creed Origins”

That’s right, you guessed it. Ubisoft’s most recognised franchise is back with a bang! Origins takes us back to the beginning in Ancient Egypt delivering realistic graphics, new storylines, new features such as “Eagle Vision” and the game mode we all love free roam. Surely already confirmed as a triumph.

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Super Mario Odyssey Review

Get your Switch out, enter the Odyssey and travel the Mario world! Mario and Cappy embark on an adventurous journey to save Peach and stop Bowser and his Wedding Planners. Our teen blogger Izzy LFC gives you the low down on the latest (and greatest?) in the Super Mario franchise!

 

 

Summary –

After Bowser reveals his plans to marry Peach, Mario and his new friend Cappy who can transform into nearly everything embarks on an adventurous journey chasing his ship and stopping the wedding planners. Going to kingdoms such as Wood, Snow, Seaside, Luncheon, Metro and of course Bowser Castle, Mario ends up defeating Bowser and leaving with Peach on his Odyssey.

Positives –                                               

  • Power Moons require completion of Campaign and exploration in the free roaming element
  • “Cappy” replaces the power-ups with more variety, you can even play as Bowser himself
  • The game is never really over

Negatives –

  • Easy and repetitive Boss levels
  • Power Moons can be too easy to find
  • Motion controls and Camera angles need fixing

My Rating and Review

 

This is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played, and the greatest Mario game after Galaxy of course. There were so many positives like the kingdom variation, my favourite being New Donk city and The Crazy Cap stores allowing you to customise your character. Exploration is the key element thqt gives SMO its charm and it is already and essential for the Nintendo Switch!

9/10 – “A near perfect” 

 

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CALL OF DUTY – WORLD WAR II REVIEW

The kids are loose on Geek Genie as resident teen blogger IzzyLFC gives his verdict on the latest COD! No, we’re not talking fish!

 

After a disappointing run of releases in the series, Call of Duty has returned to claim the crown for shoot em’ ups with the release of COD:WWII. Sledgehammer Games, Raven and Activison have taken COD back to its roots with three game modes adding to tons of fun! Here is my take on COD:WWII.

Campaign

 

The campaign mode has been truly terrible in every COD after Black Ops 2; however, COD:WWII finally delivers a bearable and even enjoyable campaign mode with good characters, missions and plotlines. Each mission is different and offers a balanced level of challenge and fun. The first-person shooter delivers an accurate storyline in the historic battles of WWII. Definitely the best campaign in years!

Multiplayer

 

Finally! Feet on the ground is working and the players love it! New game modes such as War are extremely fun to play and working as a team with your friends or random online players is essential to ensure victory. The divisions are brilliant as are the weapons and the HQ. The maps are accurate and perfect for Sniping. COD delivers yet again in the Multiplayer aspect of the game!

Zombies

 

Nazi Zombies! It doesn’t get more evil than that! Nazi Zombies is a lot harder than previous zombies and is a lot more terrifying. You are guaranteed to jump out of your seat or throw your controller during the prologue. Nazi Zombies has an all-star cast featuring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Elodie Yung (The Defenders). Nazi Zombies isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the survival mode then this one’s for you!

My Review and Rating

COD:WWII is the best COD game in the last 5 years, even better than Black Ops 3. This game is realistic, deep and fun…loads of fun!

9/10 – “Best COD game in years!” – IzzyLFC

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GOTG Telltale Series Review

Resident teen blogger IzzyLFC is back to run the rule over the GOTG Telltale Series on PS4!

 

After their massive hit with DC’s Batman Telltale series, the unique game creating incorporation decided to go with Marvel’s GOTG to create a fun and enjoyable 5-episode game series!

Synopsis:

 

 

The Guardians of the Galaxy are called back into action after Thanos has caused chaos killing dozens of Nova Corps officers. After defeating him they encounter an artifact with immense power, similar to an infinity gem. They must guard the artifact and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. The Guardians are at it once again in a new adventure!

Positives:

  • Character backgrounds are detailed and unique
  • Good variety of important decisions
  • Fun and enjoyable storyline

 

Negatives:

  • Movement and flying is poor
  • Graphics can be improved
  • Bugs and glitches need fixing

My rating & review

 

Telltale games took a lighter touch with Guardians of the Galaxy after Batman. It was fun, enjoyable and even intense at times. Cliff hangers left us always excited for the next episode and character backgrounds gave us insights into their personalities.

 

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