Posts Tagged ‘6.5 stars’

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EU Release Date: Jan 30, 2015 (for Steam)
Total play time: 20:00:00 (approx)

Cover ArtLife is Strange is an episodic game from the makers of Final Fantasy. The story focuses on an eighteen-year-old called Max, an awkward photography student who discovers she has the ability to rewind time. This ability is one of the game’s greatest features.

The effects of rewinding time start off quite small – say the right thing and get people to like you – but the further you go, the more dramatic the consequences until you’re the only one who can decide if another character lives or dies. And, to make things even more complicated, the actions that have positive consequences in the short term might have worse consequences later on. It’s like one of those choose-you-own-adventure books, but not quite so easy to just undo that bad choice you made ten pages back.

The game also tackles a lot of issues that few others dare. In a game that is essentially about teenagers trying to work out who they are and where they fit in, issues like sexuality, mental health and friendship are difficult to ignore. These are the issues that pre-occupy the teenage mind. Hell, these issues affect many of us well into adult life.

Of course, every game also has downsides and this is no exception. Sometimes, the dialogue is a little hammy and the lip-sync is frequently really bad. Sometimes, the choices you make seem pointless. The graphics seem a little lack-lustre (perhaps a super-high-end graphics card would perk them up, but I doubt it).What’s more, the whole time-travelling thing is completely skimmed over in the story. It’s almost as if the only reason she can do it is that she is the main, playable character.

Despite its flaws, Life is Strange is an excellent, thought-provoking game. I would recommend it to anyone. And I dare you not to still be thinking about it days later.

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Worldwide Release Date: August 3, 2016 (for Android)

Screenshot EDIT (14.8.16): Seeing a lot of connectivity issues at the moment. An update had been released, but is it going to fix the problem for anyone? It didn’t work for me. (Review follows)

I’m not a big mobile gamer. This is probably something to do with my dislike of smartphones. But I’m a sucker for Final Fantasy games and so when I got the email about Mobius Final Fantasy, I had to return to my phone to give it a go.

The story seems somewhat similar to the first Final Fantasy game – at least what I remember of it. Your character is the Warrior of Light and it’s your job to save the world, called Palamecia in this game. Along the way, we meet some familiar characters – Princess Sara of Cornelia, who I suspect we’ll have to save at some point; Mog, the lovable moogle; a whole bunch of recognisable enemies and some shifty looking guy in armour called Garland… Now, why do I have a bad feeling about him?

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Rating: 6.5/8
EU Release Date: Feb 20, 2014 (for 3DS)

Quell Reflect Cover ArtThis is a relaxing little puzzle game based on raindrops on a window. The aim is to roll your raindrop over pearls on the screen and collect them all to win the level.
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EU Release Date: Nov 13, 2014 (for Xbox 360)
Total play time: Approx. 60 hours (story mode)

Assassin's Creed Rogue Cover Art I’m a total newbie to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Having only played the Black Flag demo before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this game, which is apparently the seventh in the AC series. The running, killing and hiding bit was obvious, but you get so much more than that.

You play as Shay Patrick Cormac, a young assassin working under the mentorship of Achilles Davenport, who I am sure will be familiar to fans of the series. After a literally earth-shattering experience, Shay defects, intent on stopping the plans of the assassins and willing to give his life in the course.

There is a huge free-roam element to this game, if not others in the series and a lot of hidden treasures to find, so although the story is quite linear, there is plenty to distract you from it, should you want to take the scenic route through the game. Warehouses to loot, gang headquarters and settlements to liberate, hunting, frontier clashes, citizens in distress… Even once you’ve finished the story, there will be other things to keep you playing, especially if you’re an achievement hoarder like me.
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Rating: 6.5 stars
EU Release Date: Feb 23, 2007 (for PlayStation 2)
Total play time: 120:00:00 (approx.)

FFXII Cover ArtYou’re a wounded soldier fighting to save his King and country from an invading empire. You’re the last of the resistance forces. You fight the enemy bravely alongside famous knight Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg, battling to reach your king before it is too late. Basch encourages you, teaches you everything you need to know and gets you to the monarch safely. And then kills him. And you. Bummer.

The story of FFXII centres on the Kingdom of Dalmasca, invaded and taken over by the Archadian Empire two years ago. The game’s protagonist, a teenage boy named Vaan, is an orphan, his brother killed by a traitor captain in the war. Spurred on by dreams of becoming a sky pirate, Vaan rebels against the Archadian Empire and finds himself and his friend Penelo caught up in a battle that could change the fate of the entire continent of Ivalice. Along the way, he meets dashing sky pirate Balthier and his moody partner Fran, the traitor Basch himself and the rightful Princess of Dalmasca, Ashe, who is supposed to have killed herself after the war. Together, they fight to see the Kingdom of Dalmasca freed from Archadia’s rule. There are plenty of twists in the story along the way and nothing is ever quite as it initially seems.

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