Kratos and Atreus are back and the stakes are higher than ever. Fimbulwinter is in full effect and Ragnarok is just around the corner. Can Kratos defy fate and bring down Odin without becoming the monster he has left behind. Though simple this is the main story of this behemoth of a game. The main story is around 20 hrs and is packed with entertainment from start to finish. It also takes great steps towards uncovering the secrets of the giants and how Atreus is important to their story.
Speaking of Atreus this game takes great leaps in new gameplay features. Notably, Atreus as a playable character. Atreus becomes the centre of attention within a lot of this game and with that you get to fight using him with different partners by your side. And with the partners, there are many of them that vary throughout the game. Another important part of the game is the new Draupnir spear which is incredibly fun to use. It provides another unique gameplay experience whilst feeling just as powerful as the Blades of Chaos and the Leviathan axe. And finally Kratos Atreus (and more) have significantly more customisation as well as a much larger and rewarding skill tree.
The game play is immensely good and feels like a massive step up from the previous game. Especially the newer moves which feel fresh even if they have been seen before. The new enemies, monsters and bosses are very cool and provide new challenges for even the most experienced of gamers.
I could list the positives but realistically everything about it is practically perfect. Although the only thing some may see as a problem is the fact that the levels feel a little enclosed. Also the graphics ( though amazing) don’t feel like a ridiculous step up from the 2018 game especially considering this game is made on a upgraded console.
Basically to conclude, this game is awesome. The flaws are miniscule in comparison to how amazing this game really is. If you liked the original or any action story game for that matter, then this is a must play game and should definitely be in your game library.
Available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 9/11/22 (PEGI 18) 5 Stars
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This latest adventure is absolutely amazing with a story full of drama and excitement. The gameplay has everything you loved about the last God of War, and so much more. The perfect sequel – Highly Recommended!!!
The sequel to many people’s favourite Call of Duty games is finally here and it’s amazing. But not only this, warzone has been entirely revamped for the launch as well, making it possibly one of the most content-filled games on the market right now.
But before I get into all the new multiplayer mechanics, I’m first going to talk about how amazing the story mode is. So, I was wildly blown away by the story mode. It basically follows the story of a conflict between a Mexican Cartel (and the Mexican army) and the US. Although it has missions that you won’t see in any other game. For example, one mission puts you in an interrogation room where either you play your cards right or you die. Now of course there are many cool missions where you simply sweep houses and defeat enemies so any fans of that won’t be disappointed but people looking for a new challenge will have a great time with this story mode.
The multiplayer is pretty damn good as well. More customisation with guns and a whole variety of new ways to unlock and level them up. The movement and overall feel of the game is absolutely amazing. I enjoy the gunplay more than any of the recent games and believe its surpasses even MW (2019). Although where it falls short is the maps and time to kill. Most gunfights end before anyone gets a chance to even think and the maps are subpar. Now don’t be deterred, it’s still fun to play although keep in mind a lot of the time you’re going to be left thinking skill wasn’t the reason why you lost the match.
DMZ is completely new for MW2 and a rather fun addition. You load into a game with a few other teams and tons of AI and basically try to get quests done and mess around. It’s good for testing out new guns, warming up or playing casually, but in general it gets boring particularly quickly and isn’t something you’ll get a high adrenaline rush out of. I certainly think it’s a positive even if I also don’t think this will be a go to for most people.
Now finally, Warzone 2.0 is basically perfect. You can now talk to enemies whilst playing to cooperate or trash. The island and new features like dolphin diving or buying custom weapons from buy stations work very well. And the entire game mode appears to have been positively revamped with the release of the new game. The gulag has also had a few positive change, with a new map, a new way to win by killing the prisoner and weapons increasing in rarity as the match goes on. However, my one main issue with it is that I feel as though the two man gulag sort of defeats the premise and is a bad change. Other than that, Warzone 2 is insanely good and anyone who’s a fan of the last will live this.
Finally with a new game comes a new battle pass, and the new battle pass system is great. You can go through the map choosing what items you will get meaning it feels more custom to you, and you have to wait less to get a weapon you really want (with the exception of the tier 100 blueprint and operator).
So overall it’s a really good instalment and a great triumph to the gaming franchise!!!
Available for PlayStation, XBox and PC 28/10/22 (PEGI 18) 4.5 Stars
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Incredible graphics, the gameplay is so much fun, a brilliant story mode and there’s always bundles of cool updates throughout the year with these games. A must own for gamers!!!
Batman is dead and Gotham is distraught. The only people who can protect the city are the Gotham Knights!
The main story follows the Gotham Knights (Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood) as the attempt to figure out what Batman’s final mission was and how they can complete it. However in doing so they have to question many iconic Batman villains. This allows for the story to have a fun main story whilst still being able to create a variety of side missions that don’t feel forced. Along with this, the Court of Owls (Villains in the game) are incredibly menacing and appear to be almost undefeatable.
The cut scenes for this game are amazing and help with the narrative of the story. And the side quests are either random crimes or side story mission. The side story missions are lots of fun as they create further story, so there’s more gameplay – but you don’t need to finish them to beat the game.
The gameplay for Gotham Knights is absolutely incredible. All four of the Gotham Knights characters are available to play and they all have unique move sets. Robin is a stealth expert, Nightwing is fast and agile, Batgirl is a 1-on-1 brawler and Redhood a long ranger gunsman. This provides interesting gameplay given as you and your friends can co-op using your choice of the character.
Along with this, every character has special moves. There are different moves between the four characters meaning there’s thirty two in total. These provide high damage or simply just guarantee someone will lose most of their health.
Gotham Knights is created by Montreal Games unlike Arkham Knight, so there are some major UI and gameplay changes, however there are many customisable options that will allow people to experience it in the way they did with the Arkham series. Along with this, there are many missions that you may complete, without feeling that they are repetitive.
The Gotham map itself, is massive and traversing is incredibly good fun, especially after completing the knighthood challenges.My only major problem with Gotham Knights is the parkour which is both lackluster, and simply put you have to go out of your way to do it, which I believe shouldn’t be the case in a Batman game. Also Gotham Knights isn’t a console cross-play game, nor is it ‘Last Gen’ which means you’re a little bit limited on who you can play with online at the moment, which is a slight flaw for the initial release.
Overall, the story mode and gameplay is incredible and really interactive, especially as the dialogue changes, depending on the the character you play with. This game is ridiculously well put together.
Available on PlayStation 5, XBox Series X and PC 21/10/22 (PEGI 16) 4 Stars
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This is a great game and must play for all DC Comic fans. It’s sad that there’s no console cross-play – hopefully that will change in the future with an update. Highly Recommended!!!
Warner Brothers have some of the best IP’s out there. Characters from the likes of DC Comics, Cartoon Network, HBO, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Babera. And now they are all likely to be available to play with in one game at some stage in the future.
And then you take that and add some good old Brawl fighting and that’s Warner Brothers MultiVersus.
If that’s not enough it’s free to play, so all of my friends will be able to play it with me whatever they use for gaming. This game is amazing!!!
Not only is everyone I know going to be playing MultiVersus, everyone I know wants to be playing it. It’s going to be such a successful game.
The gameplay is incredible and it even had something to stop fight move spamming. The more you use it, the move decays to the point it causes no damage.
As with any free online game there’s plenty of iconic backdrops and characters to play with at no cost, but there are many more incredible paid for add-ons available. A personal favaourite of mine at the moment is the Animated series Batman character. I’m also a big fan of Taz from the free to play options available.
I really like that you can have every thing from Looney Tunes to a Game of Thrones character battling it out. I even hear Larry David will be entering the game at some stage.
You’ve got play this game and get playing it early so you’re good enough to take on everyone. MultiVersus will be huge!!!
Available for Free on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, XBox and PC 22/7/22 (PEGI 12) 5 Stars
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It’s full of iconic character. Incredibly good fun to play. And more importantly Free. Get excited for MultiVersus – Highly Recommended!!!
Call of Duty Warzone – Operation Monarch Godzilla vs Kong review
Nowadays online multiplayer games all come with cosmetic items to add to the play, yet none do it better then Activision, with Warzone releasing some of the best skins in the industry. The playable skins are not always ‘Activision own brands’, as they regularly partner up with other companies to bring iconic characters to the gameplay.
The Godzilla vs Kong bundles for Call of Duty are very good. Every Warzone bundle comes with a skin as well as blueprints for the various weapons available. Past skins range from brands such as Rambo and Donnie Darko, to the Saw franchises antagonist Jigsaw. All of which are great fun to use within the Call of Duty game.
The bundles themselves don’t grant any actual advantages to the play, but they do allow players to use weapons that may not have been unlocked as yet.
Another added bonus with the blueprints are the tracers, which allow for your bullets to have different coloured trails during the combat.
Finally the bundles all come with finishers which allow for an instant kill and also give the added satisfaction of humiliating and frustrating opponents. This addition to the bundle is great as it allows you to drop a plane wing on someone or throw them around for fun.
In terms of positives, these bundles are rather affordable with each costing around seventeen pounds. They all look really cool and of course the guns are fun to use during play.
As for negatives, realistically other then the fact they don’t grant major advantages, they are the perfect cosmetic bundles and if your a fan of any of the movies you will naturally want to own them.
Available on PlayStation, XBox and PC 11/5/22 (PEGI 18) 5 Stars
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Godzilla and Kong are tow of the most iconic movie characters of all time and these new bundles are a great bonus to the Call of Duty game. Highly Recommended!!!
PlayStation 5 – Call of Duty Vanguard ReviewCLICK HERE!!!
Available on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 4/3/22 (PEGI 3) 4 Stars
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It’s yet another must own game for 2022 if you’re car mad. As Harrison said, the graphics are beautiful and leave very little to the imagination. With the gameplay – it is updated, but if you’re a Gran Turismo fan you’ll know what to expect and wouldn’t want too much changed in the game. Highly Recommended!!!
The most ironically difficult franchise has had another installation with Elden Ring. This is an open world game which allows you traverse the lands searching for the shards of the Elden Ring in order to restore it and become the Elden Lord.
The class system in this game allows you to choose from a variety of different classes including but not limited to Samurai, Bandit and Warrior. There are ten different classes which all have a unique set of skills which adds variety to there attacking, defending, agility and of course weapons. The weapons are varied between classes with some being able to use bows and others being able to use daggers, being advantageous in different scenarios. Also along with this, there is also vast character customisation. You can make the characters similar to your likeness or switch it up with other wacky combinations.
The gameplay is very perfectly rounded. It leaves beating the game entirely up to you and doesn’t set any strict instructions for you to do so. As is very well known amongst the gaming community this game is very difficult, although it being a dark souls game that isn’t surprising. The combat consists of mostly rolling, blocking and attacking however there Is the magic abilities that you can use depending on the weapon. For some it is rather simple, the shield for example will allow you to repel attacks as long as your ok with expending a small amount of your Focus points. However other weapons such as the Reduvia which you can obtain very early on in the game, fires blood at enemies at mid to long range. These attacks are different between each weapon. Also your steed , torrent is very useful. He runs fast jumps multiple times and doesn’t affect your stamina gauge allowing you to use it without any drawback.
This game does what it wants to do and it does it very well. I absolutely love the fighting style as it really provides a challenge and the weapons system is incredibly fun. The bosses that you may come up against in the game are deadly and provide a real challenge which is refreshing as most games don’t want to gamble with making a game this difficult yet in dark souls games it clearly pays off. My absolute favourite aspect of this game is the inclusion of multiplayer. Now we all are aware of normal online co-op, of which I should add this game does do, and does it well. However a really good fun and interesting feature is the inclusion of messages and blood stains. When you join a game of Elden Ring you are added to a server of many other people of which for the most part you never see each other. However if you die the other people in this server can look at the blood stain near where you died and see exactly how you died. This game also allows you to leave tips or notes on the ground which other players can read and appraise or invalidate it . The reason why I claimed you don’t see each other for the most part is due to the fact that in random occurrences you can see other people fighting there own battles or just simply walking around. Now this happens for short period of times so it has no overall impact on gameplay but it’s quite nice to interact with someone whose stuck on the same section as you.
This game is nigh perfect, although I personally believe it could be more accessible with easier payable mode settings. I love challenging games but the greater public aren’t as skilled at video games as those who can beat a Souls game, and by that reasoning I personally believe a mark of 4.5 stars is appropriate. I love this game and will definitely be playing it regularly, so if you are a skilled gamer you need to check it out as it is going to be a must play for 2022 and beyond.
Available on PlayStation 5, XBox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC 25/2/22 (PEGI 16) 4.5 Stars
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It’s another must own game for 2022. Stunning Next Generation graphics, fun combat mode and a vast amount of customise options. Absolutely love how you can communicate with other players around the world, leave messages/tips and see where they died and where they’re playing in the game live. Highly Recommended!!!
PlayStation 5 – Horizon Forbidden West review by Harrison
Available on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 18/2/22 (PEGI 16) 5 Stars
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If this is the game launch you’ve been looking forward to most in 2022 – you won’t be disappointed. Its a huge game and beautifully constructed. One of the best next generation games so far – Highly Recommended!!!
It’s time for yet another instalment of one of the greatest video game series of all time. And by that of course I am talking about Call of Duty Vanguard.
Call of Duty is globally enjoyed by millions and is pretty much the father of all first-person shooter games. Vanguard comes with two versions, the ultimate edition which though may be more expensive is very good as you get a loads of weapon cosmetics as well as a night raid PPSH skin to use in Warzone and Cold War. This newest game is based around the Second World War and includes historical events of heroic efforts made to show the lesser known stories of diversity in that war.
The main character for this latest release is Arthur Kingsley and like every Call of Duty iteration there are brand new weapons, notably the assault rifle STG44, the KAR98K is back and the MP40. These weapons also come with updated features such as the addition of being able to hold up to ten attachments per weapon which really changes the gameplay and adds a lot more customisation and uniqueness when gaming. Along with this comes many new maps, notably as of November 2021 there is Berlin, Decoy, Castle (which looks absolutely stunning with the next gen graphics) and Desert Siege; though there are many more coming plus the returning community favoured map ( Arriving on November 17th which is a good sign for what’s to come).
However, the maps aren’t the only exciting part of the new game. There are also three very important additions to the gameplay. Console gamers can now utilize the newly added FOV Slider, meaning console players can now see more of their surrounding and are in a better place to go toe to toe with the PC players.
Also, the new mechanic added to mounting allows players to strafe whilst mounting allowing them to dodge being hit easier. Finally, the new Blind Firing mechanic is very beneficial and really good fun to use as it works very well and is an incredibly feature while in combat with other players.
Within the Multiplayer mode there are also new addition to Zombies game. As a big Call of Duty Zombies fan, I found the changes to this mode very interesting. To start with, some positives are that the new map (Der Anteing) is very entertaining and is one of the better Zombies maps. The new Perk System is very useful of which (for those who are unaware) you now get the first level of the Perk for free and can level it up with points at a later point. This is an excellent idea as it means you can gain the effects of your favourite perks early on, instead of waiting until a leter point.
I do have a few problems with the latest incarnation of Zombies. Firstly, the new map feels a little small and after a bit they become very repetitive, especially since there are no round based maps. Although this will probably be updated soon as Activation are pretty good at addressing problems, especially seeing as the previous game Cold War had my favourite version of Zombies. Also, it feels like all of the new weapons are very multiplayer based and none of them seem particularly effective in Zombies. Although overall I do enjoy the new Zombies and itching to see future updates for the game mode.
I’m in a very early stage for the new Call of Duty story mode, but from what I’ve played so far it’s very good. The story is set towards the end of the Second World War, with the Nazis discovering that things are no longer in their favour and they are very likely to lose the war.
The British Intelligence send in Lieutenant Arthur Kingsley, (Based loosely on a highly respected historical black serviceman named Sergeant Sidney Cornell) to work alongside Polina Petrova (Also based loosely on a highly respected female Ukrainian sharpshooter called Lyudmila Pavlichenko). These characters are integral to the new story mode, which has been really refreshing to see as it’s one of the first times diversity has been so well represented in a mainstream video game franchise. The gameplay feels very smooth, especially so with the added movement on mounting which really helps players to get through and beat many elements of the game.
Overall, I really enjoy Call of Duty Vanguard and know I will have lots of fun unlocking Camos like the new Atomic Weapon Camo, which looks very clean. Future updates will massivly add to the overall gameplay of Vanguard, but as of release I would rate it 4 stars with my favourite part being the new Blind Fire mechanic which has really assisted with winning many online games already. Although the new FOV slider is very useful too.
This game will not disappointed in the slightest.
Available on PlayStation 5 5/11/21 (PEGI 18) 4 Stars
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If you’re a Call of Duty fan you wont be disappointed. It’s action packed, has some great new characters/ weapons and upgrades like the FOV slider really add to the gameplay. There are some elements like the Zombie’s section that could do with some enhancements, but I dare say that will be looked at by Activision with future updates. Overall this is a great edition to the Call of Duty Franchise!!!
PlayStation 5 review by Harrison and Con CLICK HERE!!!