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A Look At: Secret Ponchos

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It’s the cartoon spaghetti-western third-person shooter you never knew you needed, until now. Secret Ponchos. “Secret Ponchos takes place in a dramatic Wild West setting, full of tension, stylization and attitude reflective of a graphic-novel. In a town crawling with bandits, murderers and bounty hunters you are an outlaw with a bounty on your head and everyone is gunning for you. In order to survive you must be the best and to gain notoriety you must defeat your opponents–claiming their achievements as your own. How many you kill and the rewards you collect define your legacy.” – secretponchos.com.The first thing that strikes you about the game is the art style. Put shortly it’s awesome, and Switchblade Monkeys have definitely got this right as it fits the setting and makes Secret Ponchos very nice to look at.

But how does it play? The answer is quite good, actually. You play as an outlaw of your choosing, each with their own style, which you can customise to some extent as you then se…

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin Announced

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A remake of Dark Souls 2 is on the way in the form of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, and will arrive in 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will include numerous changes such as improved graphics on PS4 and Xbox One thanks to the hardware, and will feature additional content, as well as all of the previously released DLC. All versions will include:•         Additional NPCs for an improved story experience. •         Parameter adjustments for improved game balance. •         Improved Online matchmaking. •         Augmented item descriptions.
PS3 and Xbox 360 players will receive these changes as part of a patch, so if you already own the game there isn't much of a case for buying it again, especially if you have purchased the Crowns DLC like me.
One of the flaws of the game I thought was the lack of NPCs, prominent in the DLC. The story is still compelling, however if the addition of more NPCs can bring with them more clarity and a better overall st…

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

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This year’s instalment of Call of Duty is a breath of fresh air into a series that has been slowly going stale.Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Price: From £40 (Amazon UK) – $60 (Amazon US)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare borrows from both Ghosts and Black Ops 2 in that the guns, gameplay and setting all feel familiar whilst adding completely new features to the series. Fans will agree that the games, that have been following a very similar pattern for years now, needed something just to spice the mix up a little bit. The Next-Gen SoldierThe most notable change to me in Advanced Warfare is obviously the inclusion of Exo suits. These suits are what the game is really built on as they bring a completely new element to combat in both the campaign and online multiplayer. Mechanics-wise they allow the player to ‘boost jump’, ‘boost dodge’ and ‘boost slam’, so as you can imagine fire-fights can become very chaotic,…

FIFA 15 Review

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The closest you can get to being Lionel Messi, without actually being Lionel Messi.
FIFA is back and includes a whole host of new features, as well as some fan favourites that have returned for EA Sports’ most recent football simulation.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii Developer: EA Canada Publisher: Electronic Arts Price: £42.00 (Amazon.co.uk) $59.96 (Amazon.com) What I ThinkI’ve played every game since FIFA 06 so I’m nine years in and I can safely say that FIFA 15 is the most realistic football game that I’ve played, though it’s far from perfect. The most notable changes are the visuals and the impact engine.
Playing on the PS4 I instantly noticed that players look almost life-like, weather affects playing conditions on the pitch, and even the stadiums are more vibrant, though they can be a little over-exaggerated; for instance a low-league team having 50,000 supporters. Speaking of stadiums however, a deal has resulted in all 20 Barclays Pr…

Destiny Post-Release Impressions

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The good, the bad, and the brilliant Destiny has been out about a week and I want to share some of my opinions about what makes the game great, but also what holds it back.
Become LegendStarting with what makes the game brilliant; co-op. Its the games' main strength, as exploring the solar system with friends while shooting aliens and gaining glimmer and gear is not only the main point of the game, but its so much fun. Your DestinyYou play as a revived Guardian and must aid in pushing back 'The Darkness' with help from other players. "Many generations ago (shortly after present day), the emergence of a gargantuan construct known only as "the Traveler" ignited a Golden Age of technology and exploration for humanity. Initially the Traveler settled on Mars, where it shared its knowledge and technology with humanity, and a city grew around it. With the assistance of the Traveler and its enigmatic technology, humanity tripled its lifespan, terraformed planets and moo…

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Preview

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This year's Call of Duty has been announced, and it looks like its time for some Advanced Warfare. Advanced WarfareThe year is 2054 and war has changed. Now private military companies (PMC's) control most of the combat around the world, working simply for the highest bidder. Actor Kevin Spacey plays Jonathan Irons, the CEO of PMC 'Atlas' who recruits former U.S Marine Mitchell, and starts his war over his beliefs that America has failed numerous times to bring democracy to developing countries. This is an interesting story idea as it will leave the player not really knowing if they are working for the 'bad-guys' or not. Advanced GameplayWorking for one of the world's richest companies, the player has access an advanced arsenal of weaponry, including energy guns and exo-suits which allow the player to jump higher, have increased strength and other numerous smart abilities. In a recent interview Sledgehammer Games' co-founder Michael Condrey said that alt…

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review (PS4)

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Loving Father. Caring Husband. Secret Octopus.Nobody suspects a thing, and you have to keep it that way. The sequel to Octodad (2010), Octodad: Dadliest Catch delivers a fun, unique experience to the player through its hard to navigate controls and its overall charm.
Regular price: USD 14.99/EUR 13.99/GBP 11.99 Release date:January 30th, 2014 (PC/Mac/Linux), April 22nd, 2014 (PS4) Developer: Young Horses Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC 
Coming into the series with no previous Octodad experience, apart from what I had seen before the games’ release, I was unsure about what I’d make of the game, however I was soon drawn in. Indie developers Young Horses have succeeded in making one of the funniest, quirkiest games I have played to date; I mean you’re an octopus in a suit! What’s not to like? The Story of OctodadThe plot of the story is that basically you’re an octopus, and a father, but your family can never know the truth for the fear that they might reject you.The game opens with Octodad getti…

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation

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Call of Duty: Ghosts gets its second instalment of DLC on PS3 and PS4 with the 'Devastation' map pack. Devastation DLC price: $14.99/£11.59 Season Pass: $49.99/£40 The Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass, which will get you all four of the planned map packs is worth a purchase if you plan on playing all that this shooter has to offer, however if you’re not a die-hard fan of the series then you may just want to consider purchasing them separately according to what takes your fancy. The downloadable content includes: 4 new multiplayer mapsBehemoth (Columbia)“Situated on a massive excavation vehicle, Behemoth is a narrow multi-level map, giving players flanking opportunities with danger around every corner. Complete the map’s Field Order and take control of an attack helicopter able to rain down destruction from above with devastating grenade launchers.” Ruins (Mexico)“A mountaintop Mayan ruin overrun by the jungle, Ruins’ skyline is dominated by an ominous volcano on the brink of eruptio…

Dark Souls 2 Post-Release Impressions

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Dark Souls 2is brutally hard, punishes those who make mistakes, and constantly robs you of your humanity; but it’s one of the best RPGs I've ever played.It’s the sense of overwhelming challenge, that you and thousands of others like you are experiencing the same thing, and dying together. However, the feeling of overcoming adversity in this game is larger than that of any other, as you actually feel as though you have accomplished something by beating an area boss, and this is something that has carried over from the previous Souls titles.

The game retains what made Dark Souls such a great experience in the first place and improves upon it, adding even more bosses for you to struggle through, for instance one is simply named ‘The Rotten’, sound terrifying? Good.

Price£40/$60 Developer: From Software Publisher: Namco Bandai Platforms: PS3/Xbox 360/PC Plot/Getting StartedThe game is what you make it, through the general plot of the story is that you are an un-dead, you have lost everyth…

Batman: Arkham Knight Revealed

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Warner Bros. have announced that the fourth and final game in the Arkham series; Batman: Arkham Knight will be coming out sometime this year. The reveal was somewhat spoiled by an early GAME UK leak, nevertheless fans of theArkham saga will be treated to a brand new, next-gen Batman experience, and yes, you will be able to drive the Batmobile. WB have also brought back English game developers Rocksteady who made the first two Batman: Arkham games, which were arguably the best in the series. It will be interesting to see where the game falls in terms of time-line as last year's Batman: Arkham Origins was a prequel to the previous Arkham Asylum and Arkham City titles, however the trailer indicates that the game could be a follow on from Arkham City as it shows Gotham in chaos, and does not include a certain nemesis of the Caped Crusader. The previous games have featured a dynamic 'open world' map, in which Bats can glide around taking out bad guys as he goes about cleaning up t…