This definitive, essential review of a 6 month old game was conducted on the PS4
If you were inclined to count the number of ‘homages’ The Evil Within pays to the past of Shinji Mikami, you might start to wonder if you accidently bought a HD remake of any of the Resident Evils. The guttural revs of a chainsaw, the looming mansion and, of course, disfigured monsters who routinely try to discover what your insides look like. For horror fans, it’s like stepping through the front door at Christmas and having childhood memories flood back. But this isn’t a mere greatest hits throwback, The Evil Within is an attempt to drag the survival horror genre into the future.
Hmm, don’t suppose you know a Mr. Pyramid Head, do you?
What is true horror? Is it the heart palpitations as the Alien breaths into the locker you’re sinking into? How about the the sweaty palms and laboured breathing that accompanies any trip to Outlast’s Asylum? Some purists might even argue true terror is the roar of a chainsaw as it gobbles up Leon Kennedy’s neck. All those are incorrect. You’re yet to know true mind-destroying terror until you have tumbled into the twisted evil that is Peggle 2.
Yes, the bright and cheery puzzler with unicorns, primary colours and Ode To Joy. Book a trip into a nice padded room, because a trip through Peggle’s madness will alter your soul.
Shadows of Mordor is the latest — and surprisingly decent — attempt to keep milking Tolkien’s estate for all it’s worth. Fortunately, there’s nary a Hobbit in sight as the action is firmly focused on invented character Talion and he’s journey to personally examine the inside of every orc — sorry WB legal department, Uruk — by introducing them to his excessive amount of weaponry. More specifically, the pointy ends of said weaponry.
The game’s main talking point is the nemesis system, which you’ve probably heard far too much about, so I won’t add to the hand-clapping for it. If you haven’t heard of it — how?– well here’s a lovely link for you to find out more. Instead, today I’m giving the games actual best feature some overdue praise. The photo mode. Yes, I’m aware that this Shadow of Mordor and not DriveClub I’m talking about. Death has rarely looked this good and I’ve gathered a few photos that I think get across some of the awesome shots you can get in the game. I suggest you get up the Lord of the Rings theme as mood appropriate music.
Wolfenstein: The New Order and Valiant Hearts share a (tenuous) connection which is they are both about historical wars. Wolfenstein’s might be about a fictitious WW2 where the Nazi’s won and Valiant Heart focuses on a WW1 that has one foot in reality and another in story, but this link is hopefully the start of war games looking towards narrative as a way of engaging gamers outside of the usual online battlefields.
Pictured: Some sweet, sweet character drama… With robo-Nazis
I discuss major/massive/huge spoilers for Tomb Raider. And by discuss, I mean I will tell you what happens at the very end of the game.
Consider yourself forewarned and forearmed. Oh and I played it on PS3.
Tomb Raider is an iconic series in plenty of senses of the word. If by some miracle you’ve landed here and aren’t a gamer, there’s still a very healthy chance that you know who Lara Croft is. Then there’s the fact that Crofty’s original 3D adventure is considered required reading for gamers in the 90’s. Alas, my youth meant the majority of my experiences with Lara was a) Croft Manor, b) frozen butlers and c) getting really close to the end of Tomb Raider: Legend.