Are we entering an era of good licensed games? After Rocksteady’s triumphant (so far) Arkham series, publishers are (hopefully) waking up to the fact that if you give good developers enough time with a license they genuinely have affection for, they’ll come up with a game worth your money. South Park: The Stick Of Truth is proof of that, it says here…
New community member David Rodoy dons his battered armour; bids farewell to the sun and enters the forboding world of Drangleic for his Dark Souls II review. Dark Souls II: Dark Harder…
This article will contain very minor spoilers and will cover both episodes.
Burial at Sea is Irrational Games’ last project. That’s quite a lot of pressure to live up to – Irrational Games has quite the legacy. Is it a worthy tribute to the acclaimed series, or does it fall flat on its face? Read on, dear reader, as I explain.
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It’s time for a review from our lively community! LFG reader Martin Conmy puts run away success Dota 2 through its paces. Is it worth the download? Read on and find out… Continue reading
There is often a case made for XBLA games being better than full priced releases, from Braid to Trials HD by way of Shadow Complex. We love XBLA games, but wouldn’t necessarily agree that they consistently outshine retail. However, on occasion a small game will come along that smashes through our preconceptions and provides us with a stunning, profoundly moving experience to rival the best of the big leagues. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one such game. Continue reading
Let’s cast our minds back to 2010, Civilisation V is released and hardcore Civ fans are in uproar. It was a bitter-sweet moment for Firaxis. The studio urgently had to modernise the rapidly aging mechanics of the game, and as a result controversially refined the core game and tore out much of the content fans had come to expect (which sceptical fans saw as a crude attempt by Firaxis to milk the game for additional profit). It was somewhat overrated title, but still quite enjoyable. We have had Gods and Kings expansion set and little DLC (for example the Viking collection) packs flesh out the game with new mechanics and civilisations, but now we finally have gotten the ALL of the complexity and depth we have been seeking with the Brave New World set. Continue reading
The Resident Evil series is in a weird place. Resident Evil 6 released last year to polarising reviews, scoring as low as 2/10 and as high 9/10 in various websites and magazines. Commercially, the game performed strongly but nowhere near expectations. The title was a mish-mash of styles leading many to believe Capcom no longer knew just what Resident Evil was – is it action, survival-horror, both? Or something else completely? Resident Evil Revelations, a HD port of 2012’s 3DS game is an attempt to meld the old with the new and is the strongest entry in the franchise since the genre-defining Resident Evil 4. Continue reading
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The streets of Gotham and Metropolis are in chaos. Batman faces off against protege Nightwing, Joker squares up to Lex Luthor while firm friends Green Lantern and The Flash try to break the other. The fighting is brutal, old friendships are forgotten as the cities are literally demolished in the wake of these super-battles. Bombast and entertainment are at the top of the menu in Injustice; if you’re a fan of the DC heroes then you’re bound to be drawn in. Hardcore fighting fans might want to look elsewhere.
Injustice is from the same team as Mortal Kombat and boy does it show. If you have played any of the MK titles in the last 5 years, you’ll be immediately at home here – the mechanics, moves and looks are practically the same. Fans of “hardcore” fighting games like Street Fighter or Blazblue won’t find much to like here, honestly though this game isn’t meant for them. First and foremost it’s a love letter to comic books and the rich universe of DC characters; the story-mode is front and centre and the game is accessible for newcomers to the fighting genre.
It’s a good job the story is strong and works. Not wanting to go into spoiler territory here, but the writers deal with the problem of “How can the Joker beat Superman” question well. While the narrative stays loyal to its comic book roots, it also brings in some interesting ideas and twists on beloved characters that fans will no doubt get a kick out of. Similar to the last MK title, Injustice’s story-mode switches from character to character over a 5 hour campaign – giving you a good feel of which super-hero (or villain) you prefer. While you do spend more time with the “A Team” of the DC scene (Batman especially) characters such as Ares, Aquaman and Cyborg all get their chances to shine. Being a Warner Brothers Interactive title, there are some great cameos too – keep an eye out for some popular moments from the Arkham series in particular.
Away from the story, there is a wealth of modes to keep you coming back. Classic Battle does exactly what it says on the tin, though you can choose to fight villains or heroes only and unlock other scenarios, and there are the standard challenge and multiplayer modes. Most interesting though is S.T.A.R.S. Nothing to do with Resident Evil, this is an objective based “mission-mode” for each of the main characters; you fight through various stages as a various character in different scenarios – Superman may be fighting enemies with Kryptonite rings and must stay in the sun-rays to recharge, for example. While some of the objectives can be annoyingly hit-and-miss, we found this mode to be surprisingly addictive.
Unfortunately, as entertaining and polished as Injustice is – the animation, voice-acting and sound are all outstanding – it is only an average fighter. Some combo’s just don’t work in the way they should which can lead to frustration and button-mashing whilst the characters are horribly unbalanced. It is an issue that has plagued MK for years and it hasn’t changed with Injustice. However, if you ARE a fan of the DC comics and are put off by the lightning-quick reflexes needed for Street Fighter (and have enjoyed MK) in the past, then this is recommended. Entertaining, over-the-top fun, though not for the hardcore.
– Dave Green. He’s on Twitter @davidpgreen83