When I attended the Canadian Videogame Awards back in November, I kept seeing Frima Studio’s Chariot during the nomination announcements for a number of different categories1. I was intrigued by this interesting-looking platformer. Frima was nice enough to send me a copy (PS4) to review, and I can safely say that it deserved every nomination that it received. Smallest Thumbs also joined in on the fun to help me test out the couch-cooperative mode – and she was quite happy about that.
There seems to be a lot of grumbling about Ready at Dawn’s fantasy-laced, historically-set adventure, The Order: 1886 for the Playstation 4. I suspect that to many “hardcore” players, it’s not quite “gamey” enough; I, on the other hand, see it differently. To me, The Order: 1886 is a great blend of passive and active, mixing gorgeous sequences of storytelling with challenging game-play (that is scalable) to give players of all stripes a worthwhile experience, provided that expectations are set properly at the outset – and no, this is not about lowering one’s standards so much as it is about having an open mind as to what a game can be.
When I read about Evan’s recent foray into the wilds of Toronto to participate in the Evolve event, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on Turtle Rock Studios’ hunt-or-be-hunted game, Evolve. Besides being a tightly-designed (and fun) game, this title managed to do something that most multi-player shooters fail to do: get me to look forward to playing the game with other people.
LEGO Batman is back in his biggest adventure yet in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In Traveller’s Tales’ most ambitious to date, Batman (and the Justice League along with the Lantern Corps) have to take on Brainiac, attempting to foil his attack on the planet Earth. Familiar controls and characters combine with some new mechanics, suits and schtick to create a great experience. If you don’t care for the LEGO game formula, you probably won’t care for this one, either. However, fans of the series won’t be, and should enjoy this game, even if the focus isn’t entirely on Batman.
Skylanders has been a fan favourite for a number of years. This latest iteration, co-developed by Beenox (Québec City) and California-based Toys For Bob (PS4, Xbox One and Wii U versions; Beenox developed the 3DS version on their own), is a bit of a departure as it seems to be far more interactive than previous versions that I have had the chance to observe. This differentiation is present in more than just the software (the NFC-enabled “Traptanium Portal” is part of the fun as well), and creates an interesting dynamic with the audience – especially the younger crowd. Overall, the game is actually fun and features many hours of entertainment. Of course, to harvest the full potential of this title you may need to reach for your wallet.
Aladdin has been out for Disney Infinity 2.0 for a while now, and we have enjoyed his antics for quite some time. He is an agile character, whose long stint as a “street rat” has given him experience with acrobatic moves and skill with a scimitar. Of course, when all else fails, there is always the Genie’s lamp, which holds considerable magical power. Recently, he has finally been joined by his gal, Jasmine, who is the perfect partner-in-crime for the apple of her eye1.
Recently, I reviewed the SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headset, and found them to be a decent pair of headphones. While they sounded good, they didn’t blow me away, and the lack of in-line control caused me to scratch my head in puzzlement. SteelSeries also sent along another pair for review: the V3’s big sister, the Siberia Elite Prism. Let me tell you, even after spending a small amount of time with it, my experience with that headset was a lot different. Comfortable, easy to use, and great-sounding, there is a reason why these headphones are named “Elite”.