As a gaming reviewer, I get to play a lot of different types of games. Sports, Puzzle, Adventure, you name it. This year was viewed as a fairly weak one amongst a lot of my peers, but I didn't see it that way. Despite the fact that, yes, there was a lot of disappointment, there were still a few diamonds in the rough, and some absolute gems too. Here's my personal top 10 for the year 2014, starting with Bravely Default (Pictured) and going from there.
You might never have heard the term "Toys to Life" but it's the sub-category of the games your kids are asking you for: The Skylanders, the amiibo and the Disney Infinitys of the world. These games have taken flight over the last 3 years and have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the Skylanders franchise has moved so many games and figures over that period that it's now one of the most profitable video gaming franchises in history. What's behind the appeal of these for not just kids, but adults too? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.
LEGO Batman 2 was an interesting game to me. It wasn't the most polished title, but featured some of my favorite things in the series yet. The first LEGO Batman was the first of the line of games I 100%'d, and I definitely remember the summer I spent (having recently been laid off from my job) disposing of baddies in between my job search. The third game is here now, and I was hoping for a lot of the same. Does it deliver? Let's take a look.
Sackboy is back with a few new friends in LittleBigPlanet 3 for Sony PlayStation 3 and 4. For PS4 users, this is Sackboy's first foray into 1080p, and what a huge foray this is. In addition to the regular story mode and gameplay features, how is it that LBP 3 has over 9 million playable levels already? Read on to find out more and learn about the game.
New console owners had to wait an extra year, but it sounds like it was worth the wait! WWE 2K15 is now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Booker T would be proud to hear that there's now FIVE TIMES (FIVE TIMES! FIVE TIMES!) the character animations and commentary dialogue, along with a new career mode and wrestling engine. Get in here before Sting hits you with the Stinger Splash!
I'll never forget that time in Grade 4 when my friend asked his grandparents for a specific game for his Super Nintendo, and his grandma bought him the Nintendo version of the game instead. He was then told that he had to keep it so not to hurt his grandma's feelings. The story sticks with me because I'll often get asked questions from parents or grandparents about whether they can buy, say, NHL (current year) for PlayStation when the gamer has an Xbox. Or even whether that year's NHL for the Xbox 360 would just play on the Xbox One since it's cheaper to buy that one. This is a pretty quick and easy guide to understanding backwards (and even cross-platform) compatibility between gaming consoles to hopefully help you decide which versions are the right ones, and which ones should be avoided when you're out buying for your gamer.
The PlayStation TV has finally arrived in North America, and brings with a solid lineup of features, including video streaming, an extender option from the PlayStation 4, and the arrival of the new PlayStation Now service, offering full versions of games via digital stream rental. It's small, lightweight and packs a lot of power, and it's just getting started.
I'm not going to lie - I have a love/hate relationship with the NBA, and have for the last 15 years. However, if there's one thing consistently that falls into the "love" category, it's the NBA 2K series. With the exception of a glitch that made me rage quit NBA 2K13, I've been a loyal series fan for years now, moreso since NBA 2K11 rocked our worlds and turned the series into the juggernaut it is now. This year's edition promises to be no different. Come take a look.
The Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.
The Toronto Raptors brought their preseason to Vancouver, BC recently, and I had the chance to attend a day of fun featuring NBA 2K15, the Raptors vs. Kings and even attend NBA Fantasy Camp. The only schooling I'll ever have the chance to do is on the virtual basketball court, or so say my sore quads and lack of vert. Still, it was a great time. Click below to check out the festivities and catch my thoughts on NBA 2K15!
Disney Infinity was a runaway success last year, so how do you capitalize while trying to make things even bigger and better for the next gens? How about inviting the Marvel Superheroes along for the party? This year, Disney Interactive brings characters like Spider-Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk into the fray, while introducing more of their own characters and playsets. Disney Infinity 2.0 might be one of the first games you consider grabbing the kids for the Holidays, and lucky for you, it's available on pretty well every console. Come take a look.
Ask gamers about NHL 15 and you'll get one of two answers: "It's great because it's the hockey game we've been waiting for" or "I can't believe it's missing so much." The camps will probably remain pretty divided, but the fact of the matter is, if you're in it for the traditional hockey gaming experience, NHL 15 provides it and more. It is, in fact, a good hockey gamer's game. Read on to find out more.
The term "Goro Lives...as you!" was originally coined back in 1993 when Mortal Kombat came out for the Game Boy and he was a hidden character. With a very limited moveset and possibly the pound for pound worst graphics, it was still the first taste you had of this legendary monster. Well, Goro's back, and he's your bonus if you pre-order Mortal Kombat X! Find out all the details about obtaining him by clicking onward.
I've never been a fan of defensive football in the Madden series. It seems so often, I'd just be doing the same thing over and over again. Madden 15 changes the way we've played defense, both by vantage point and strategy. This is just one of the many big changes in this year's edition of the Madden series. Come get a glimpse of what this year's edition has to offer.
After a long wait, Sacred series fans can rejoice: Sacred 3 is here, and it's the same Action RPG you enjoyed previously! No wait, it's anything but! Sacred 3 is now a hack and slash game drawing inspiration to the Gauntlets and Golden Axes of the world! It's now become a multiplayer teamwork-heavy dungeon crawl free-for-all and is nothing like you got used to in years previous. Sometimes change is good though right? Check it out.
Earlier in the week, we took a look at Sony and Microsoft's press conferences at Gamescom. It's time to do a quick sweep up of the rest of Gamescom. I'll speak about 5 of my favourite and most anticipated titles, from the very close (NHL 15) to the very distant (Mortal Kombat X.) Tell me your favourites too, and why! Check it out.
The long awaited Alien: Isolation drops on October 7th, and with it, the envisioning of a story arc between the first two Alien movies. Alien: Isolation is one tabbed to be more like Ridley Scott's first Alien film than James Cameron's sequel. Not only can you live out this new storyline with a new Ripley, but a familiar face returns with your pre-order. Read on to find out more.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is just weeks away. Featuring many of your favourite Marvel Universe characters (with more to come) and the arrival of Tinker Bell and Stitch, this promises to be a big step forward for the already successful Infinity franchise. What else can you expect, and what can you get for free with your Pre-Order? Click on to find out.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the end of September, but a great limited Pre-Order bonus from Atlus means you should think about Pre-Ordering as soon as possible! In addition to free access to one of the side story (Adachi) episodes, you'll also get some collectibles packaged in too! Read on to find out more.
Nearly 6 years after Sacred 2 blasted onto the scene, the third chapter in this action based RPG series is ready to debut later this summer! Sacred 3 takes you into saving the Heart of Arcania from falling into the hands of the Ashen Empire. With numerous classes, explosive gameplay and multiple class choices, Sacred 3 is already shaping up to be a worthy sequel. However, it's worth it even more to get the jump by Pre-Ordering. You'll get access to a newly announced class that you won't be able to access anywhere else right at release. Read on to find out more!
The longest running EA Sports franchise is back for edition #26! Madden Football is the first to officially kick off EA Sports Game season in August, and this year's edition plans to give you a much more stabilized defensive system, recreated environments (on the next gen consoles) and more! When you Pre-Order Madden 15, you'll also get access to some free Ultimate Team content! Read on to find out more.
This year's going to be a big one for the NHL series. It finally debuts on the next gen consoles utilizing the new IGNITE engine. Not just that, but you'll enjoy a huge boost to in-game physics with some help from one of the engineers involved with the Large Hadron Collider, and a great Ultimate Team Bonus Boost if you Pre-Order the game. Curious about the bonus, or how the Large Hadron Collider ties into the NHL game this year? Read on to find out.
What does EA Sports have in store for those pre-ordering their most popular sports gaming franchise this year? FIFA is back for another year with numerous gaming enhancements bringing you closer to the real game itself. What better time to announce a pre-order bonus than during the World Cup? Click on to see what EA has in store for this year's Pre-Order for both standard and Ultimate Team editions.
It was probably the most anticipated game of E3 2012, and then the most anticipated game of E3 2013. Finally, Watch Dogs is out for pretty well every major console (WiiU coming soon) and promises to be one of the most tense, nail biting thrill ride games in years, stepping you in the shoes of an anti-hero hacker. But was it worth the wait? Click below and find out for yourself.
EA Sports UFC releases for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next week, marking their first major sports title this year. This should be a huge year for next gen sports gamers. NHL will make its next gen debut, NBA has been completely re-envisioned, and the PGA Tour is back, along with presentation enhancements for FIFA and a new playcalling experience with Madden. Want to find out more about what EA is doing this year? Read on to find out.
Oklahoma City Thunder (RIP Seattle Supersonics) superstar Kevin Durant factors heavily into NBA 2K15, and you can get some KD inspired wares, along with a nice headstart for your created superstar if you pre-order the game online now. Want to know what they are? Read on to find out.
With just a few more days until this year's E3, last year's curiously popular title Murdered: Soul Suspect is now out. In this fairly unique twist on investigative detective games, you play a murdered detective who is still out to solve a serial killer mystery from beyond the grave. How can you bring this criminal to justice despite no longer being alive? Click below to find out more about this crafty title.
It's been a really long time since Wolfenstein was a thing, though for many FPS gamers, it was the first. Some 22 years after the original Wolfenstein 3D graced our 286 computers and sound blasters, Bethesda are now the rightsholders and bring it back in Wolfenstein: The New Order. But was it worth the wait, and is this just poorly rehashed nostalgia? Read on to find out.
Coming this October, the survival horror genre gets a little bit more interesting when Bethesda brings us The Evil Within. Nothing good starts at an abandoned mental hospital, and you'll be treated to any number of twists, turns and scares. Pre-Order the Evil Within and get access to the Fighting Chance pack, which may just give you that boost, or just prolong your death.
British company Gioteck has started bringing its line of cost effective and unique products to North America. This will be the first in a three part series reviewing their products. First we'll take a look at some of their different chat sets. With wired and wireless options alike, Gioteck provides some fairly traditional, and some unusual ideas alike for your in-game online XBox 360, Playstation 3 and 4 chatting. Come take a look at some of these sets.
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