J delves into the highly anticipated Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. Will it live in the shadow of its predecessor or send J wee wee weeing all the way home?
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
To get something out of the way right off the bat – yes, this is a game. The discussion about whether experiences like Heavy Rain are games is one that’s been done to death. Games as a medium have been ever expanding in the roles they fill in our lives, their definitions being rewritten and resembling something more like board games in which the medium is no longer defined by the rules of its individual components. You can argue that the experience doesn’t have much player interaction or is bogged down with narrative, but that does not disqualify it as a game.
Story is the main focus with this game, as it has been with other Quantic Dream titles. This time we follow Jodie Holmes, a girl gifted/cursed with the ever-looming presence of a spirit named Aiden. You relive her life story in disjointedly through time, slowly piecing together her sad life. Her journey from a little girl conflicted about what makes her different to a woman who’s accepted and embraces it is as compelling as it is interesting. Along the way, you find paternal figures in Dr. Nathan Dawkins and Dr. Cole Freeman, researchers investigating paranormal happenings. Through the course of your life, people come and go, but these two seem to be the pillars of stability most children have when growing up. As we follow Jodie through her disjointed life, piecing together the overwhelming tragedy and small victories that lead her down a road of self-discovery, you become attached to both her and her spirit partner Aiden.
|And here we have Aiden killing a guy. Neato.|
|Why is she not sunburnt if she's been walking in the desert for days?|
As with the previous title by Quantic Dream, your choices and actions have an effect on the story, outcome of situations, and characters’ lives. This feeling of permanence and the importance of thinking things through was pervasive in Heavy Rain and is even more pronounced here. More characters have their lives and wellbeing put into your hands and just as in real life, though certain scenarios only seem to have one solution, creative thinking and patience present you with new options if you’re willing to explore. Though the perfectionist in me wants desperately to go back and change things, like life, you must live with the choices you’ve made.
|You've got something on your face. Let me get it.|
|Homeless Jodie is my favorite. Her chapped lips are such a nice touch|
Verdict: For all the critiques I’ve given the game, I still thoroughly enjoyed the ten hour experience and was gripped by the story all the way through. If you love story driven games, this one is for you. Even if the plot can get ridiculous at time, the controls can feel sluggish, and the immersion is broken, not unlike Aiden, Jodie’s always there to pull you back in.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The summer's dry spell of titles is almost complete! Today we'll be talking about
How to download and use Teamspeak
- New game announcements
- Watch_Dogs being delayed
- Launch titles for new consoles
- Pokemon X/Y
How to download and use Teamspeak
Date: Thursday, October 17
Time: 8:00pm Central Time
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Recently I had the pleasure of working and attending one of Australia’s largest gaming conventions. Though the great southern continent isn’t known for having a thriving gaming industry, the major gaming retailers are aiming to turn this around. EB Games is one of the leading retailers in games sales, and as such have taken it upon themselves to host what is known as the biggest gaming event in the southern hemisphere, being able to pull the interest of major games developers and publishers, while never forgetting the little guys and providing a hub for indie developers and smaller games companies to show off new and upcoming titles and talent.
|Darth Aus and his force boomerang|
Dubbed the EB Expo, the event runs for three days in October providing gamers all around Australia to come and experience, test and witness the newest and upcoming titles and hardware for the year to come. This year, gamers were particularly blessed with being able to get their hands on the new generation consoles which are soon to be released in November. Major developers took advantage of this to show off new software running on the new consoles, opting to give players a chance to experience games like never before, and hinting a taste at what is to come.
But what kind of convention would this be without cosplay I hear you ask? Well, EB Expo also catered to our cosplaying friends by throwing a massive cosplay competition with prizes up for grabs for those who had the best voted costumes. As I worked the expo floor, I saw an assortment of Links, Mario’s and Assassin’s from all walks of life. They were all quirky and wonderful, bringing a much needed gaming atmosphere to what would essentially have been a hardware/software show and tell.
|One of the truly amazing cosplays that walked past me|
There was an assortment of tournaments ranging from some of the best League of Legend players to Australia’s best World of Tank teams. There was so much to see, that even as a staff member I couldn’t fit it in one viewing session. Each year, the EB Expo gets larger, grander and encompasses more of the gaming industries facets and niches. It gives hope that the Australian industry isn’t quite dead or stifled. There is still growth in our industry, and these annual conventions helps to promote that growth and encourages it to flourish.
And now what we've all been waiting for. Charmander vs Squirtle in the ultimate pokemon showdown.