When I was a kid, one of my favourite movies was Tron. It was so different from anything that was out there – and yet, there was something very familiar about it. Of course, shortly after I saw the film, I would play Tron: Deadly Discs and Tron Maze-a-Tron on my Intellivision at home, reliving the exploits of my electronic hero. Fast forward to the future, when Tron: Legacy hit the scene. I was pretty excited about it, and enjoyed the movie a lot (a lot more than most of my friends, anyway). So, it was a pleasant surprise when Disney Infinity included some Tron-based Power Discs. Now, in an interesting move, characters from Tron are available to play in Disney infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes – but they aren’t your typical Disney Infinity figures. In fact, they aren’t physical figures at all – they are completely DLC for iOS.
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.
Grow Home, developed by Ubisoft Reflections, is a neat little PC title with a basic story – but with an excellent hook. This third-person adventure game will have you controlling a robot who has been assigned the daunting task of growing a massive plant in the hopes of saving the planet. It’s not a long game, and it is definitely a very different title from Ubisoft’s normal fare – but it is entertaining and charming, and the open world is fun to explore.
I never played the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, so to be able to review the 20th Anniversary Edition (Phoenix Online Studios, Pinkerton Road Studio) was like opening up a time capsule. It is quite clear that this title was created for the fans, since the story and characters are somewhat dated – but with updated puzzles and improvements in the aesthetics, this point-and-click game is enjoyable, if one has an open mind (and some patience).
Let’s start off this article with a note: I’m not very good at horror games. I have played only a few of them, but the few that I have played are genuinely creepy to me, no matter what the topic: zombies, psychological, physical violence or genetic experiments. But animatronics? I wasn’t traumatized by the Chuck E. Cheese’s when I was a kid. So why am I scared, and yet, fascinated, by Five Nights at Freddy’s?
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”.
With the release of both Forza Horizon 2 and Driveclub at the end of last year, one would think that everyone’s racing needs were met – but this is not the case. While both of those proved themselves to be great videogames, one would be remiss if they did not try out Ubisoft’s The Crew. While perhaps not as pretty as Forza or as technical as Driveclub, The Crew brings new meaning to the term “open world”. Sure, it’s not perfect; the game occasionally suffers from repetition and a silly story – but if you love arcade driving games it is probably one of the most fun titles out there in the genre – and the social aspect makes for some really great experiences.