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Review: Sniper Elite 3

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Sniper Elite 3 (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360,) Developer: Rebellion Publisher: 505 Games for consoles; Rebellion themselves for the PC Genre(s): Shooter Released:  June 27, 2014 PC   July 1, 2014 consoles ESRB Rating: M – Mature http://vortexeffect.net/2012/05/15/sniper-elite-v2-review/ http://vortexeffect.net/2013/11/03/sniper-elite-zombie-army-2-review/ This really is a continuation of the above reviews for the Sniper Elite V2 and its Zombie spin offs. If I wanted to be super lazy I could simply post those links and say this game is more of the same except in the African theater with larger and better level design, better graphics, and a few more customization choices and call it a day because that's basically it. But I can do better than that … [Read more...]

Review: Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC [Reviewed], PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: MachineGames Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Genre(s): First Person Shooter Released: May 20, 2014 MSRB Rating: M - Mature I am always happy to welcome a new Wolfenstein game.  The previous Wolfenstein game from 2009 was slagged on certain quarters.  I would contend it was a bit underrated and overlooked. I want to state upfront that this is game that merits a strong Mature rating most notably for some grim sequences and at least one very notable torture sequence that in my opinion was excessive and over the top.   You always have the choice to skip cutscenes so it's not worth a federal case but I figured I would mention it as a courtesy heads up for people going into this game. This game pulls no … [Read more...]

Review: Watch_Dogs

Watch_Dogs

Watch Dogs (PC [Reviewed], PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii-U) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre: Open World, Action-Adventure Stealth Released: May 27, 2014 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Ever since E3 2012, Watch Dogs has been one of the most hyped and anticipated titles on any system and for good reason. The now near legendary and certainly controversial video that Ubisoft showed at the E3 was a jaw dropping, gorgeous looking game that teased a slick cyberhack Grand Theft Auto variant with everything “cranked to 11.” To be fair, nothing was going to live up to the hype and imagination gamers used as they waited for the release and any tidbit of news or more footage was eagerly gobbled up.  During that time, some of those morsels provided deflation in the form of the … [Read more...]

Review: Thief

Thief (PC [Reviewed], PS4, XB1, Playstation 3, Xbox 360) Developer: Eidos Montreal   *Nixxes Software BV for the PC. Publisher: Square Enix Genre: First person stealth adventure Release date: February 25, 2014 This is a series that has been on hiatus for too long. Like many other long fans who have held their breath since the mixed bag but IMHO overly hated Dark Shadows, the news of a new Thief game was at first met with jubilation and then as media and details came forth a sense of caution and concerns on certain details. Some of these concerns were well warranted as we have ourselves another mixed bag of a Thief game. I think there's some hate out there that is extremely overblown. I have seen some reviews that also go to another extreme of absolutely gushing although they are in the … [Read more...]

Review: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS4, XB1, Wii-U) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Third person action adventure Released: PS3/360/Wii U - October 29, 2013; PS4 November 15, 2013; PC: November 19, 2013; Xbox One November 22, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature I am a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed games so admittedly I approach these games with a healthy benefit of the doubt and positive bias in place. I hope I'm not an outright fanboy and I don't think I am since I can harp on some quibbles and nitpicks I had from previous games, whether it be the KBM controls on the first one or the utterly ghastly first person platforming that was in Revelations. In complete defiance of the normal trend of sequelitis, this series continues to … [Read more...]

Review: Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 [PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Genre(s): First Person Shooter Released: PC, Xbox 360, PS3: October 29, 2013; PS4: November 12, 2013; Xbox One: November 19, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature EA DICE returns after two years following the release of the very successful Battlefield 3 with this inevitable sequel. I am happy to report that this game is not a quickie BF3 retread with a slicker coat of varnish on it.  They did listen to the fans feedback over the course of the last two years, as the return of Commander Mode easily indicates along with larger levels and more expansiveness in general. The game is not a revolution by any means, but it certainly is a clear evolution across the boards. I can't say the same about its … [Read more...]

Review: Sniper Elite – Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2 (PC) Developer: Rebellion Publisher: Rebellion Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Action Released: Part 1: February 28, 2013; Part 2 October 31, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature If you look over my review of the original game these spins offs came from you can see that I thought very highly of it and even declared it my dark horse game of the year. Since that time the game has found itself the beneficiary of robust support for patches, additional features, and now two quality standalone DLCs. The support has been downright astonishing and has set an example to the rest of the gaming world as far as I'm concerned. Much of what I wrote applies to the Zombie Army spinoffs so this review will be more of an extended “additional thoughts” with the necessary … [Read more...]

Review: Syder Arcade

Syder Arcade (PC [Reviewed], Mac, iPad) Developer: Studio Evil Publisher: Studio Evil Genre(s): “schmup” shooter/shoot 'em up Original release: March 2012 Steam debut: October 24, 2013 ESRB Rating: NA * A Steam code was provided by the publisher for review. As someone who has been videogaming for thirty years or so I cut my teeth on all kinds of games including a healthy batch of what we affectionately refer to as “schmups” which is short hand for “shoot 'em ups.” A shoot 'em up is typically you in a spaceship or some other flying vehicle against hordes of enemies in crazy situations. It's amazing I didn't suffer an embolism or have a pile of broken game controllers playing a lot of those games. I never was a schmup champion by a mile but let's face it: A good schmup is going to make you … [Read more...]

Review: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PC [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U) Developer: Ubisoft Toronto Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Stealth Released: August 20, 2013 Price: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Splinter Cell has finally “come back.” That's my short teaser for the theme of this review and many others reviews out there for that matter. This game brings the best aspects of Splinter Cell Conviction and previous pre Double Agent Splinter Cell games and merges those aspects together in a new and extremely satisfying whole. What Blacklist does it does very well. It feels like Splinter Cell taken to the next level in a lot of ways and I'm pleased enough with it that it will very likely be somewhere on or near my Game of the Year shortlist before the year is … [Read more...]

Review: Metro Last Light (PC)

Metro Last Light (PC [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) Developer: 4A Games Publisher: Deep Silver Genre(s): First person shooter Released: May 14, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature * A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review. In a post apocalyptic not too distant future a year after the events of the first game, protagonist Artyom returns to face the consequences and fallout of the events of that game and it's a more refined but equally as intense, dark, and immersive experience as Metro 2033 ever was. For some reason there were concerns that this game was going to be “dumbed down for the Call of Duty crowd” and I am happy to report that is not the case. If you loved the first game you will absolutely love this and you will also have one of the best looking PC games to … [Read more...]

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