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7.5 LEGO Marvel Avengers

 

LEGO games continue to get pumped out and I always wait for that game that proves to be a dud. It hasn't happened yet, and while parts of LEGO Marvel Avengers are less than ideal, the entire package is still above par for games released in this generation. Fighting through a number of Marvel movies with nearly 200 characters to choose from, the fun never really stops in this latest LEGO adventure.

 

8.0 Dying Light

 

Dying Light features the main character, Kyle Crane, who is an undercover agent sent to recover data for the GRE organization and Kyle Crane quickly realizes that something is wrong and things aren’t what they seem. He decides to help a group of survivors. Chaos then ensues, as it does in all zombie games with hordes of the walking dead roaming the streets. As we follow our group of survivors we grow with them ...

 

8.5 King’s Quest Chapter 2: Rub...

 

The Odd Gentlemen picked a great time to release Chapter 2 of their Kings Quest episodic series. Right before my Christmas holidays I received my review code from the PR Agency and dove right in. I could have written the review a few weeks ago, but decided to play through the second chapter a couple times for one main reason: choices.

 

8.5 Just Cause 3

 

We don't have enough mindlessly fun games on console anymore. It just doesn't exist. I'm going to get this out of the way early. The story in Just Cause 3 is not very good; it could have been way better! However, it is a catalyst for what the real joy is: mayhem and mass destruction. Most consumers will get more enjoyment out of liberation efforts than actually attempting to complete story missions. Between all ...

 

6.5 Super Party Sports: Football

 

Originally sported on iOS then released on Android and now ported over to Xbox One, we have a very fun Angry Birds type game with Super Party Sports: Football. The game is quite fun and for the $4.99/£3.99 price tag it makes it an inexpensive way to enjoy a puzzle game like this.

 

9.0 Fallout 4

 

I have done a number of shorter articles for Games Reviews on Fallout, and those will be combined here for a full scored review of the game. Fallout fans will find more to love with Fallout 4. It is not a huge advancement over Fallout 3, and the graphics are not what you would expect from a highly touted RPG. That being said, we still had lots of fun with Fallout here in our offices, and could easily recommend ...

 

6.5 Tales From The Borderlands Episod...

 

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 3: Catch a Ride continues its journey through Pandora with our protagonists Rhys, a middle of the pack manager, his friend Vaughn along with Fiona and her sister Sasha, all still trying to get their hands on the riches of the Vault stored in Pandora. As we had seen in the two episodes prior to episode three we were greeted with humor, violence and suspense for the following ...

 

8.5 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

 

Treyarch Studios has always done something different with the Black Ops series, and these changes are often bizarre; but they work, almost 100% of the time. Black Ops 3 is no different. The change in game philosophy keeps the title fresh and exciting, while maintaining the great mechanics that make a Call of Duty game, well, a Call of Duty game!

 

9.0 PDP Afterglow Prismatic Controlle...

 

You've probably at least once in your lifetime used a PDP controller, whether you realized it or not. The iconic Afterglow controller look hasn't changed much since the PS3 and Xbox 360 days, and this is because Performance Design Products is using a template that works. The look of the controller is a marketing tool, consistent across all platforms and generations, much like their lineup of Afterglow Headse

 

9.0 Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced E...

 

If you are not willing to put a lot of time into Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition you should probably stop reading now. Don't bother with this title. It will be your loss, but I also won't fool anyone. If you don't have the desire to slog through over 100 hours of content to fully appreciate this masterpiece, I feel sorry for you.

 

9.0 Rise of the Tomb Raider

 

I went into Tomb Raider with pretty low expectations. At X15 in Toronto, I was treated to a 20 minute demo of the first tomb in the game, and I came out of it incredibly disappointed. Rise of the Tomb Raider looked like every other action adventure puzzle game I had ever played. To me, it seemed like a poor attempt to replicate the Uncharted franchise before Uncharted 4 had a chance to come out (yes I realize ...

 

8.0 Guitar Hero Live

 

Just on the heels of Rock Band, Activision launched their own music game. Unlike the Harmonix giant, Activision completely changed up the way we thought a Guitar Hero should play, making Guitar Hero Live a completely different experience, something you will have never played before. While this new design comes with its fair share of advantages, we cannot help but look to the age old saying: If it ain't broken, ...

 

7.0 Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Versio...

 

Back in 2010, THQ released a sequel to the popular Darksiders game titled – not surprisingly – Darksiders 2. Now in 2015, the game has been enhanced and ported to the Xbox One and Playstation 4. While subtle changes have been made, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for previous Darksiders fans to come back and play the game again. For those that have never played, however, Darksiders 2 on ...

 

9.0 Halo 5 Guardians

 

My expectations for Halo 5 Guardians were mixed. One one hand, it is Halo, and 343 Industries and Microsoft have rarely strayed from the core mechanics that make up a Halo game. On the other hand, 343 promised a much different Halo experience, which they demoed multiple times at many trade shows: squad combat. Although squad combat is not new to the franchise, it was the first time it was used exclusively in the ...

 

6.5 NBA Live 16

 

Every year Electronic Arts and EA Sports delivers the best Football and Hockey games with the Madden NFL and the NHL series’ respectfully. When NBA Live is released, it isn’t always the gamers first choice in basketball games but every year EA Sports does better and better on the hoops franchise and this year is no different as NBA Live 16 is much better than NBA Live 15, but there is still much more room for ...

 

9.0 Rock Band 4

 

It has been a while since Rock Band 3 in 2010, and although Harmonix slowly added tracks for their flag ship title for years following, Rock Band, and largely the music genre as well, fell away into obscurity. When Rock Band 4 was announced, I could not make myself get excited. Sure, a new Rock Band sounded nice, but lets face it, it is just Rock Band. We have been give the standard formula from Harmonix many, ...

 

7.5 Tales from the Borderlands Episod...

 

The last time we were in Tales from the Borderlands it was episode one of the Telltale episodic adventure and we saw Rhys and Fiona surviving a very dangerous race. They had also suffered a betrayal of epic proportions. In Episode Two, Atlas Mugged, we get the fallout of Episode One and all of the events that our characters went through.

 

8.5 Madden NFL 16

 

NFL Madden is one of the most successful franchises released at the end of every summer just before the NFL has it’s opening kickoff of the season. Each and every year it gets us pumped for the upcoming year in the NFL and its players. NFL Madden 16 is no different this year as it comes back more fierce and intense than previous releases. The annual franchise debuted back in 1990 and more than twenty five years ...

 

9.0 FIFA 16

 

FIFA 16 is out today across the world - although EA Access Members on Xbox One have been playing for almost a week now. With every sports franchise, the question almost always becomes, "How much has this title improved on last years game." Sometimes, the improvements are subtle, making consumers decide whether to actually upgrade last years game over this years improved version.

 

8.5 NHL 16

 

NHL 15 was a lackluster effort from EA, and everybody knew it. The excuses were many - new hardware to deal with for example - but they were all the same excuses other sports titles could have used, but didn't. NHL 16 had a lot of rectifying to do, not only with the sport it was trying to accurately recreate, but also the fan base who 'went home' disappointed after a night at the rink in NHL 15. So, does NHL 16 ...

 

7.5 Mad Max

 

Mad Max on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, came out at the worst possible time. Sure, the movie was fairly successful, but for a game based on a movie to come out right around Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is retail suicide. And that is very, VERY unfortunate because Mad Max is definitely worth the price of entry, especially if you like variety in your games.

 

10 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom P...

 

Trying to review Metal Gear Solid after most major outlets already gave it a perfect 10/10 score is really difficult. Going in, expectations were too high. From what some outlets wrote, I was about to play and review the game of the generation. Well, I won't be passing on any surprises: Metal Gear Solid V is probably one of the best game I have played yet on Xbox One - battling with the Witcher 3 for that top ...

 

9.0 Forza Motorsport 6

 

Forza Motorsport has been one of the most successful gaming franchises in the last ten years. It all started with the first release in May of 2005 on the original Xbox, then several Forza Motorsport games were released on Xbox 360 and most recently Turn 10 Studios is continuing its success over the last two years on Xbox One.

 

7.5 Tales from the Borderlands Episod...

 

Telltale Games has brought us such incredible stories with the storytelling, character development and decision making bringing new life and perspective to such franchises as The Walking Dead...

 

9.0 Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

 

There is something wonderful about getting old games remastered for new systems, but also something inherently problematic. Often these titles, from the present looking to the past, are viewed as iconic, industry changing experiences. With a re-release, the question almost always becomes, "Will it live up to the original?" Gears of War: Ultimate Edition walks the fine line between being an outstanding shooter, ...

 

9.0 King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knigh...

 

Although I love all the Kings Quest games, I jumped on the bandwagon late, with Kings Quest V to be precise. Five was outstanding, VI was outstanding, VII was good, but not great, and VIII was a disaster. With that being the last title in the series - and the first without the original development team - it was a pipe dream that we would get another good title.

 

9.5 Batman Arkham Knight

 

After playing through the entire main story line and about 8 hours of extras, it is safe to say that Batman Arkham Knight could possibly be the best Batman game, ever. I’m not comparing this to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City; no, I’m comparing it to all Batman games. This title builds on the positives in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and goes above and beyond to create one of the best open world games I have ...

 

6.0 Le Tour De France 2015

 

Le Tour De France is very exciting to follow especially in the last legs of the race. To see anyone remotely close to a top ranked position really attacking and pushing themselves in the final hour or minutes of the race. The agony the racers go through especially at the end shows how much they want it. It shows their passion, their determination, their love for biking. Did this translate to the video game ...

 

8.5 Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Edi...

 

Launch week for the Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Edition on Xbox One was disastrous. Server issues trumped all the dialogue surrounding the game, including inability to load, waiting over an hour to get into a game, or having to log out to fix any number of in-game glitches. However, the benefit of holding off on a review until a week or two after launch is really understand what the game is all about.

 

8.5 LEGO Jurassic World

 

LEGO Jurassic World combines everything I liked about LEGO video games and largely removes the only thing I really hated: the combat. With the focus on combat gone, Travelers Tales has given more time to environmental destruction, helpful hints for those young LEGO fans, and more puzzles to complete. Oh yes, and dinosaurs.