Imagine three separate worlds, in which all the inhabitants have disappeared; there are crumbling structures and some statuary left, but little remains to tell you about the culture of these people. Most worrisome of all: you are the surviving member of a mission to find out about these worlds.
As a fan of the Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series, I look forward to the annual release of the next chapter in the franchise every year. Some may say that this gives me a bias towards the series – and they would be right. However, I would argue that biases are formed for a reason, and while my love of the series makes me somewhat forgiving when something goes awry, it also makes me very sensitive when odd design choices are made and issues exist within the games that I play. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is an ambitious project; incredibly detailed and absolutely beautiful – the first true next-generation Assassin’s Creed. At times, though, it feels as if Ubisoft places more importance on the tech than the story, so the game spends a little time wandering aimlessly (in a sense), leaving the player to truly guide the experience. I have not finished the game yet, and while I do have some negatives to speak of in my review, I am enjoying the game a lot (thus, I wish to take my time). It is a title that demands some patience and understanding, and as a player, you will have to work for your fun; but the game will constantly reward you for your loyalty and persistence, slowly feeding you the story and bolstering the big picture.
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I love me some Jagged Alliance. It’s not quite up there with X-COM in my personal pantheon of “best games ever” but, as far as turn-based strategy games go, it’s one of the brands that has withstood the test of time and held onto a passionate fan base that is always coming back for more. Problem is, that same fan base has been teased three times already in recent memory; are we in danger of “Jagged Alliance burnout”? After reviewing Jagged Alliance: Flashback, the crowd-funded entry into the series, I’d say burnout is the least of Flashback’s worries. Check the video out for my full review.
It’s hard to say whether Relevant Games’ Fat Chicken is a tower defense game or a tower offense game1. Either way it is a colorful and clever tongue-in-cheek experience that will put you at the helm of a meat-producing farming operation nestled firmly within the organization known as the Fat Chicken Meat Company. Regardless of how you feel about the meat-packing industry, this interesting spin on the process is both hilarious and challenging, and is a totally fun PC gaming experience that contains a covert commentary about the meat-packing industry.
Well, here we are again. Another year, another chance to devote hundreds of hours of gaming time to the singular pursuit of
football soccer1 excellence. How do they do it? How does Sports Interactive manage to create such an addictive product year after year? If modern game trends have taught me anything – and they haven’t – it’s that gamers want flash, sizzle, pulse-pounding action, in-your-face characters and the ability to assert your dominance in a 64-player madhouse. Standing in stark opposition to that line of thinking is Football Manager 2015, a game about managing a soccer team nearly anywhere in the world through spreadsheets, managerial decisions and hands-off tactical control. This isn’t FIFA 15; you won’t be waggling any thumbsticks or memorizing button timings to run up the score. Instead, you’ll be scouring the globe for the top talent, poring over match feedback and fending off greedy AI managers and nosy tabloid journalists – and you’ll love every minute of it.
Have you ever played Operation? Did you ever try guiding a marble through a tilting wooden labyrinth? Well, Feel-A-Maze (Five Archers Corporation) is a devious combination of these two physical games that will test your hand-eye coordination, as well as your patience. This PC title (now available for iOS and Android) is definitely a very challenging game that will help you pass the time – just make sure that you choose your locale carefully, lest you make the game even more challenging for yourself.
Pool is one of those games that summons up images of smoky bars and jazz or blues music – at least it does for those of us who love watching old movies (or for those of us who were born before they banned smoking indoors). While all sports involve physics to some degree, pool is one of those games in which the forces that govern everything are top of mind. Pure Pool, developed by VooFoo Studios, does a fantastic job of emulating all things that encapsulate this fascinating cue sport. So chalk up the stick and watch us break down the Xbox One version that we were sent to evaluate.