Let’s Talk About Horizon Zero Dawn

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Going into Horizon Zero Dawn, I had no idea what to expect. Guerrilla Games has always been known as the Killzone team, and Horizon Zero Dawn was the developers first attempt to making an open-world game.

Their pervious title Killzone Shadow Fall, whilst being a gorgeous game to look at, felt like nothing more than a tech demo for the PS4. And any buzz of Horizon Zero Dawn I would hear always seemed to compare it to other Ubisoft open-world titles. At which point, I had to ask myself if we really needed another open-world game in a market that is so oversaturated with them. However, what Guerrilla Games delivered, I believe, is the bar that most basic open-world games should strive for even if it is pushed in for marketing reasons. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Horizon Zero Dawn”

Let’s Talk About Nioh

Let’s Talk About Nioh

It’s difficult to talk about Nioh without talking about Dark Souls. There’s a lot of obvious borrowed mechanics from Dark Souls like shrines being bonfires, losing all your Amrita (souls) when you die and given one last chance to get them back. The creative director has gone on record saying he was greatly inspired by the Dark Souls series.

Yet, I feel giving a game the title souls-like sets a pretty high bar to reach in a game especially in the 3D space. Putting Nioh next to Dark Souls seems a bit unfair in my opinion, and I wonder how many people went in thinking that Niohwas going to replace Dark Souls, because in no way it does. But that’s not to say Nioh isn’t good. From what I played, I can say that I had a kickass time.

There are quite a few things Nioh did that I like a lot that made the game feel more than just a Souls game reskinned. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Nioh”

Transformers Devastation Review

Transformers Devastation Review

A lot of games I played as a kid came from video rental stores. I remember every other week I had the opportunity to pick one videogame to rent for a couple of days, usually between Friday and Sunday. A lot of the games I picked were obscure mediocre gems. At the time, I didn’t go to any gaming website for reviews or information. I simply picked a game and hoped for the best. The end result was always the same, however, no matter what I was just happy playing a new game. Transformers: Devastation strikes my nostalgia chord. It takes me back to a time where I wasn’t so cynical about what I was playing and just had fun. Continue reading “Transformers Devastation Review”

A Love Letter To The Future and Current Generation of Gaming.

If you were to ask me what I think about this generation of gaming, I would say it’s a great time to be a gamer. We have advanced technology that I only dreamed about as a kid available to us in the market.

If I were to time travel back when I was a five-year-old boy, back when I had no worries and a Gameboy, I would tell little ol’ me, “Hey, that Pokémon game you’re playing. Yeah, they will make a 3D version on a Gameboy that allows the images on the screen to pop-out at you. They will add a backlight to the Gameboy, so you can play at night. Just don’t let mom catch you staying up on a school night.

hqdefault“Also, if you think your N64 graphics looks good… pfft… wait till you see the future generation of consoles and the generation after that. Video games that look and feel so real you’ll ask yourself, ‘can it get any better than this?’ and the answer will always be yes.

“There will be so many games you will be overwhelmed by the choices. Right now, you’re in your Nintendo bubble, but you’ll outgrown it and play games that you never knew existed. Continue reading “A Love Letter To The Future and Current Generation of Gaming.”

Is E3 Still Relevant?

E3 is upon us! For those who don’t know, E3 or Electronic Entrainment Expo is an annual trade show where large videogame publishers gather to showcase their upcoming hardware and software.

Back in the heyday of gaming magazines, it was a great way for large videogame publishers to spread the news to the public. They would have the press come in, show them some games, and at the end of the day write about it for their magazine. But with the rise of the Internet age, gaming magazines are few and videogame publishers have new ways to communicate with the public through social media.

Which begs me to ask the question, is E3 necessary and relevant in this Internet age? Continue reading “Is E3 Still Relevant?”