Posts Tagged ‘review’

Wot I Think: Black Desert Online

I had the hardest time getting into Black Desert Online [official site]. Learning to enjoy it feels like systematically dismantling every instinct MMORPGs have taught me. Black Desert, a sandbox MMO that launched in Korea last year, is the Invasion of the Body Snatchers of online RPGs; underneath its familiar skin is a refreshingly subversive experience. But the result is a game that can be confusing, frustrating, and captivating—often at the same time. Even as I continue to sometimes struggle against it, Black Desert Online has me locked in its grip.

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Wot I Think: Hitman Episode One

Hitman [official site] lands tomorrow. Agent 47’s first stop, as he prepares to take in a whole World of Assassination, is Paris. Review code landed yesterday but I’d already played this initial sandbox episode at a preview event and walked away disappointed. Would more time to explore alleviate my concerns or bring them into sharper focus? Here’s wot I think.

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The Culling Impressions: Battle Royale For The Masses

Coming in 2017: The Culling Of Battle Royale Games. 16 last man standing survival games fight to the death to be the only one allowed to briefly top the Steam charts. Yessir, as the glut of DayZ-inspired games perhaps come to the end of their time in the sun, the Zeitgeist has moved onto their more frantic and openly murderous offspring, the battle royale game. The film-inspired concept was popularised by another Arma mod (much as DayZ was), which did well enough that Daybreak scooped up the creator to build something similar into the DayZ rival H1Z1. There are going to be bloody dozens of these things doing the rounds before the year’s out, you mark my words.

For now though, The Culling (from Lichdom: Battlemage devs Xaviant Games) gets the cachet – and the rocket-powered ride up the Steam charts – that results from being the first brand new game built around the Battle Royale/Hunger Games/Running Man concept. It’s got the gleeful showman sadism of a Verhoeven movie, it’s got a whole lot of sights lifted directly from those Jennifer Lawrence films, it’s got silly haircuts and it’s got a whole lot of crafting. This latter is a big part of why it’s doing so well, and also what sets it somewhat apart from its big-studio antecedents.

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Impressions: Need For Speed

None can know the minds of EA. We were sent review code for Need For Speed [official site] yesterday, plenty ahead of its release… and told that the review embargo for this online-enhanced game would be 8am the next day. The game’s not out until the 17th. A very strange situation indeed, to be given less than 24 hours to review a large, involved driving game, over a week before the servers would be populated. Keeps us on our toes, I suppose. But obviously we’ve not rushed anything. Below are some extensive impressions of this year’s reboot of the franchise based on my first 12 hours with the game. We’ll update this into a full review for you once the game is out, and we can actually play all its aspects.

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Wot I Think: Shardlight

The latest adventure from top producers Wadjet Eye, Shardlight [official site], is out today. When I played the first half or so earlier this year I was pretty taken with what was on offer. Does the post-apocalyptic tale of oligarchies, underground rebellions and deadly plagues manage to maintain momentum? Here’s wot I think:

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Wot I Think: Stardew Valley

After my second nearly sleepless night, I think it’s safe to say that I’m hooked. Only this isn’t the “just one more turn” of Sid Meier’s Civilization, it’s the “just one more day” of Stardew Valley [official site], a honkey-tonk love letter to the Harvest Moon series. But Stardew Valley isn’t trapped by its obvious affections for Harvest Moon. It uses them as a foundation to expand from, to create something that is as rewarding as stepping foot outside your door to see a crop of bulbous melons ready to harvest. Here’s wot I think:

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