PlayStation 3


Reviews
South Park: The Stick of Truth

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 1st, 2014

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Full disclosure: I wasn’t going to review this game at all, as I figured that one of the other staffers would jump at the chance, it being South Park, and all. Interestingly enough, nobody on staff had a PC that was capable of running the copy that was sent to us (and the one person that did have a decent PC was a bit too busy to take on the assignment), so the job fell to me (the guy who hasn’t watched South Park in forever). You know what? I’m glad that fate dictated that the game should be mine to play and discuss, because it is a masterpiece! If you are a fan of South Park, or you want to be, Obsidian’s South Park: The Stick of Truth (published by Ubisoft) should be an essential part of your PC game collection (and it’s also on consoles).

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The Last of Us
Left Behind

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 16th, 2014

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FYI: While I have tried to keep this spoiler-free, it is impossible to talk about Left Behind without referring to parts of the game that occur later on. In fact, the DLC warns you that you should finish the main game before engaging in Left Behind. You have been warned.

The Last of Us was one of my favourite games of 2013. For those that haven’t played it, it is very intense and can be quite emotionally exhausting – in a good way. Naughty Dog did a great job leaving the world of Joel and Ellie open in a few spots, allowing for some extended story-telling goodness. Left Behind is one such story, and is no less emotionally charged. If you enjoyed the main game, you will definitely love this plot extension.

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Tag-Team Review
The LEGO Movie Videogame
Almost Everything is Awesome!

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 27th, 2014

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The LEGO Movie Videogame (developed by TT Games) almost feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s sheer genius when you think about it. First, LEGO makes games based on some of our favourite movies. These games get better and better with each new title in the franchise, giving even more personality to the interesting interlocking toys and allowing us to enjoy the films that they are based on in a whole new light. Is anyone truly surprised that after all this build-up (ha!), that the LEGO movie was made? And is anyone surprised that there would be a videogame based on the movie that is based on the toys? The icing on the cake is that the game is also a lot of fun for the whole family – making it a pretty awesome addition to your library.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Freedom Cry

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 16th, 2014

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Very mild spoilers for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag contained within this article. Probably nothing you couldn’t have figured out anyway.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is one of my all-time favourites. The game follows part of the life of Edward Kenway and his adventures around the Caribbean in his ship (the Jackdaw), as well has his journey to find himself. It is a powerful self-contained story that is both entertaining and moving thanks to fantastic writing and a host of awesome characters. One of those characters that plays a big role is the Jackdaw’s quartermaster (and Edward’s friend), Adéwalé. To me, Adéwalé was Edward’s moral compass, and he guided his friend to become a great Assassin (one who turned the tide against the Templars in that nook of the world) – he also happens to be one of my favourite characters in the whole Assassin’s Creed series, having escaped the chains of slavery to live a better life. Thankfully, Ubisoft has seen fit to give this awesome character his own adventures in the downloadable single-player adventure known as Freedom Cry.

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Reviews
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Premium Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 1st, 2014

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I tried Ninja Theory’s Enslaved at the 2010 Sony Playstation Holiday Preview Event, and I was fairly intrigued. The title had a futuristic science-fiction/adventure vibe that was compelling enough for me to spend more than my fair share of time at the demo display for the game. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to review that title, so you can imagine my surprise and happiness when Namco Bandai announced that a premium version of the game was being released for the Playstation 3 and the PC. So, how is this new version?

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Reviews
Gran Turismo 6

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 26th, 2014

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There is no doubt that I played the hell out of Gran Turismo 5, which is impressive when you consider that I didn’t really like (or play) simulator-style driving games until that point. If you are a car lover, it is hard not to like that game. Fairly realistic physics, a massive number of driveable cars (I own over a thousand), great graphics, night racing and variable weather – it had a lot of things going for it. So it was only natural for everyone to expect great things from Gran Turismo 6. Polyphony Digital’s latest iteration of the franchise is definitely not perfect, and it demonstrates that the Playstation 3 might be at a slight disadvantage with respect to the performance of the latest next-generation consoles; but they sure manage to make do with the limitations, and they deliver an interesting and worthy successor to the Gran Turismo moniker.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Rain

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 4th, 2014

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2013 brought a few titles to the Playstation 3 platform that presented compelling stories in an interesting way. Rain, a platformer and puzzler developed by Acquire and SCE Japan Studio, is a game that tells the story about a hidden world with near-constant rainfall. It is a story of being lost, and searching for meaning all around you. Indeed, you rely on your environment to help guide you along the path of your quest. It is an intriguing game that draws the player along effectively most of the time. Like a reliable old fishing rod, it gets the job done; however, it also tends to get stuck from time to time, giving your entrapped imagination a few moments to take advantage of the slack and get away from being drawn in smoothly.

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