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10 Year Anniverary Blog- Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

I've already mentioned a while back that it's been 10 years since Resident Evil 4 was released during the month of January 2005 what was also released during that month was Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath which was released January 25th 2005-

Oddworld Inhabitants was well known for the incomplete Oddworld Quintology, a series of award-winning video games about the fictional planet of Oddworld and its native creatures. The series debuted with Abe's Oddysee in 1997 along with Abe's Exoddus in 1998 and continued with Munch's Oddysee in 2001 part of the launch of the Xbox.

Stranger's Wrath follows the adventures of Stranger who is a fearsome bounty hunter. Throughout the story, Stranger pursues and captures outlaws in order to collect bounties. Your actual goal is to ultimately earn enough moolah (money) to pay for a mysterious life-saving operation. One of the most notable features is the "live ammunition" system, which is ammunition made of living creatures like insects and small creatures each with different uses and effects against enemies. What made the game quite funny when it came to using live ammunition like using Stunkz which bring out a stink-bomb that will make your enemies throw up, Bees that are fired at foes like an automatic rifle and Thudslugs that work as cannonballs which can stun your enemies and do some damage.

Like most FPS games you'll get a health bar and a stamina bar in Stranger's Wrath if your health was low it will result the death of Stranger. Stamina drops when you perform actions like melee attacks or falls from a great height. While it refills itself over time, it can be used to shake off health-bar damage, thus healing the player, but draining the stamina quicker. Upon your time in the game you can use moolah to spend on ammunition and upgrades which can be useful for the first half of the game. But the other half of the game you'll understand the story more when it comes to Stranger trying to pay off enough moolah on a mysterious operation. But also when it came to taking out enemies and bosses you can either fire your way through waves of enemies or you can easily use stealth and take them out quietly but if you manage to keep both bosses and enemies alive you'll earn more moolah so it encourages you to try and keep them alive if you can if not you can still earn moolah if they are dead.

People would think that Stranger's Wrath was going to be a two-dimensional platform, like Munch's Oddysee this was a 3D action-adventure done in First-Person and in Third-Person view when it came to gameplay. Oddworld Inhabitants turned this game into a wild western game on terms of graphics and visuals; it's animation looked really impressive to watch making it feel you are watching an old western movie, but the layout designs and environments were the star of the game from small towns towards the early look of New York City looked impressive. But the other half of Strangers Wrath's has a lot of rich visuals when it came to stuff like nature and waterfalls seems that you can't find a game that was even close to this when this was first released. A PlayStation 2 was planned but instead it got cancelled but its reviews for the Xbox were really good even I picked up the game on launch, it could have gotten a sequel however the reviews were pretty good but the sales weren't too bad selling over sold about 500,000 units. However Lorne Lanning blamed poor sales of the Xbox version on EA's marketing there was a bad relationship with both Oddworld Inhabitants and EA.

Five years later it was announced in 2010 for release on PC and PlayStation 3, developed by Just Add Water, than later released in 2011 for the PlayStation Network, and includes enhanced 720p visuals, detailed character models, re-mastered dialogue, 37 trophies, bonus material and support for the PlayStation Move peripheral to be patched later along with 3D support. This also got released to the PS Vita including Steam as part of The Oddboxx collected anthology of all four Oddworld games, it is a direct port of the original 2005 Xbox game, with added support for Steamworks Achievements. This has also been recently released on both Android and the iOS; there have also been rumours that it's making its way to the Wii U through the Nintendo eShop sometime soon in the future plus also New 'N' Tasty making its way to other systems by this year too starting with the PS3 version and Xbox One.

Did you play Stranger's Wrath when it was first released?

Have any favourite moments?

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Movie Review- Big Hero 6

I know that it was released 2 months ago in the US, but managed to get a free early screening and was in 3D which was Big Hero 6 which isn't released until January 30th in the UK. Only heard about this film a few months back after seeing a trailer for this and also Disney are pretty much on top at the moment when it comes to animated films especially with its last two films Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

Story is set in the future city of San Fransokyo, 'Big Hero 6' is the story of a group of inexperienced superheroes and their robot Baymax (Scott Adsit) who all team up to solve a criminal conspiracy. Originally built by robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) as a healthcare companion, Baymax is a cutting-edge robot who proves surprisingly good at fighting crime. Together with their friends GoGo Tomago, Wasabi No-Ginger, Honey Lemon and Fred, Hiro and Baymax must fight to save San Fransokyo.

Yet Baymax actually reminds me of Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) seeing a white balloon marshmallow character just makes the film itself more charming to watch especially if you are watching this in 3D, but with The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to Marvel you can tell that the people who developed Big Hero 6 got a lot of inspiration from the Marvel comics when it comes to comic book superheroes and some unique art style and animation combining Japanese culture with American culture put together. However most of the film had a ton of good and funny moments including a good climax when you finally out what is really go on here and who the real villain is, yet most people would really enjoy watching this film even if you aren't into stuff like superheroes or don't like the Japanese anime style on its visuals, it's briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching especially towards the ending including an a special guest who appears at the very end of the film after the credits.

Either you are watching it in 2D or 3D you'll probably enjoy every moment that's coming from Big Hero 6 and is very likely that it could appear in Kingdom Hearts III later in the future as a playable world.

4/5 (4 star rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D

Could Splatoon be Nintendo's Answer to Call of Duty?

@Recently announced at E3 2014 a few months back it was recently mentioned in the latest Nintendo Direct quite a few people I know are really looking forward to this game in May. Splatoon does feel more like a kid's version of Call of Duty or even a good First-Person Shooter like Timesplitters or Goldeneye. Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer title in which gamers compete to cover as much of an arena in their colour of paint as possible this will also have online multiplayer meaning that playing games online on the Wii U will even be more fun for gamers out there. It does remind me of a mix of Super Mario Sunshine and de Blob when you are thinking about paint being used in games.

More and more people are wanting to get their hands on Splatoon on release not only it looks like a fun game but its online multiplayer could well be Nintendo's answer to Call of Duty or Battlefield when it comes to matches up to eight players, the sales for the Wii U Hardware sales rose by 29% and while software sales shot up by 75%. Games like Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros Wii U have helped the sales for both games and consoles before and after the Black Fridays sales and Christmas Sales. Not to mention the Amiibo's have also boosted sales for Nintendo too leading to some Amiibo's have been sold out elsewhere including certain ones being quite rare to get when it comes to both Villager and Wii Fit Rainer; more Amiibo's have been confirmed to be shipped out to stores and more being confirmed on pre-order later in the months.

Nintendo may have had a slow start on the console sales during 2012 and 2013 but since we are now in 2015 Nintendo have already got a good line-up of games released for the first half of the year including Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask being released next month for the 3DS but its 3DS edition of Majora's Mask has already been sold out within two days after the Nintendo Direct video went up this week certain websites like Ebay and Amazon have Majora's Mask 3DS XL edition double price to what retail and online sites have charged it for £209/$200.

Its very likely that Nintendo will have more information closer to the time when Splatoon is released in May, the team working on the game is composed of much younger members compared to other teams that work on Nintendo franchises. Game director Tsubasa Sakaguchi and producer Hisashi Nogami admitted that they along with the rest of the team play first person shooters and games on other companies' hardware as part of their job and also because they love video games in general. Which is what Nintendo wants to do make people have fun playing multiplayer games with friends and family, its very likely that there will be DLC content for this later in the year including Amiibo support if it is optional but the odds of this coming to the 3DS could be likely if the sales do well maybe unless you could use your 3DS as a controller like what they have done with Super Smash Brothers when it comes to 8 player matches when you are at a friend's house or even at a StreetPass meet the idea would be a good one if you could use your 3DS as a controller. The only question remains is will gamers enjoy this game? Could the reviewers/journalist give this game a good score to?

Will you be picking up Splatoon on release?

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo Impressions

There was quite a lot of news today from the latest Nintendo Direct with new games announced for both the 3DS and Wii U, UK/Europe will be getting the New 3DS and the 3DS XL as well, Wii games will be available to pick through the Nintendo eShop with titles like Mario Galaxy 2, Punch Out!! and Metroid Trilogy; Nintendo had also announce a release date for both Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for 13th February next month.

One of my friends from StreetPass Newcastle gave us a Demo code for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Nintendo has released codes for a special demo version in UK/Europe and North America you'll get sets of four for demo codes, one for you and one each for three of your friends. There two modes to choose from in the demo one of them is Beginner which introduces to new players to the Monster Hunter series on how to hunt, capture or know where the main monsters are hiding on the map including mini red points telling you which where to go. Experienced mode is for players who are familiar to the series which plays the same as you would play in past Monster Hunter games, it also offers both Local Play with up to 2-4 players with your friends or family, or you can take its multiplayer online which I think will be the best thing in the full version especially if you want to play online with friends during evenings. When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was released for the 3DS back in 2013 quite a few fans and gamers were put off that it didn't had online multiplayer it did offer Local Play but didn't offer online multiplayer it did offer this feature in the Wii U version but not for the 3DS. Yet this is still a nice feature to have in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate which I think could well encourage more people to picking up and playing the series.

Circle Pad Pro is optional to use in the demo if you have one for your 3DS and is very handy to have if you want to use it for camera control when looking around. Lasting 25 minutes each there are 3 missions which you can choose from Great Jaggi (Easy), Tetsucabra (Medium) and Gore Magala (Hard); both modes for Beginner and Experienced offer a character class on which weapon to use when it comes to fighting monsters from Long Sword, Heavy Bowgun, Lance, Great Sword and Dual Blades to be fair you've got 14 weapon classes to choose from overall in the demo giving you an idea and what is suitable for you if you ever do plan on picking up the game on release or later in the year.

The graphics and visuals look really stunning to look at for a 3DS game making you think this could have looked really well if it was on another console or even the Wii U, during game you can climb up, grab or land on monsters from above and a bit of button mashing on stabbing them up close. Anyone who has played past games will know that items from your item box and items from killing monsters make a return plus there's the fun part of selling certain materials or collecting materials to make better armour and weapons which will be used in the full version of the game and not in the demo. As I've already mentioned above on this blog Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is released next month as a fan of the series very tempted to picking this up on release.

Are you planning on picking up either Majora's Mask or Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate next month?

Or was there anything else that caught your attention on Nintendo Direct?

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10 Year Anniverary Blog- Resident Evil 4

What some people might not know that today well January 11th was the day that Resident Evil 4 was first released on the GameCube back in 2005 and got released for the PlayStation 2 a few months later in October. Than a few years later it got ported to other systems and consoles like PC, Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360.

The past Resident Evil games have always been giving fans and gamer's alike scares and thrills when it comes to fighting hordes of zombies and scary looking monsters thanks to the T-Virus which brought chaos to Raccoon City. The real master mind behind the original series and directed the games was Shinji Mikami. The original Resident Evil 5 released back in 2009 disappointing on the lack of horror and suspense focusing more on action then survival, however Shinji Mikami was not involved with Resident Evil 5 and left Capcom and working on other titles with Platinum Games he did play Resident Evil 5 a year later after recent interview from

Resident Evil 4 overall is still in fact one of the best looking games to still stand since it was first released both on Cube and PS2, it’s also my favourite game along with Resident Evil 2 in the series where both games had a good amount of horror and challenging gameplay. Taking places six years after the events of Resident Evil follows the story of a U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, President's daughter who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters, and reunites with the mysterious spy Ada Wong. For its story when it came to playing the game for the very first time you are glued to your seat because you never know what was going to happen next or what is lurking behind every corner; playing a 3rd-person spective which also introduced shoulder viewpoint which later became standard in third-person shooters, including titles ranging from Gears of War to Batman Arkham Asylum. It has also became a standard "precision aim" feature for action games in general with games that took the idea thanks to Resident Evil 4's gameplay and tenses style games like Dead Space and The Last of Us.

However Shinji Mikami left Capcom after 2007 and worked a few games and develop both Vanquish and Shadows of the Damned. I was quite hyped about The Evil Within over a year ago and finding out that Shinji Mikami was developing the game and was also the mastermind of the original Resident Evil series back in the 90's. The last big horror game he released was Resident Evil 4 back in 2005 but since then there hasn't really been a good horror game on a next-gen console; even though I found Resident Evil 5 disappointing due to the lack of horror and more action, The Evil Within does make up for the loss on with it being a good horror plus it does make it feel like that you are playing an alternate version of Resident Evil 5 if Shinji Mikami was working on it all those years ago if it happened.

Most gamers and fans who have played Resident Evil series in the past will likely to get Deja vu moments when it comes to gameplay playing in a 3rd-person spective around this when it comes to gameplay does remind me an awful lot on Resident Evil 4 using weapons such as a revolver, shotgun, knife, grenades, and the Agony Crossbow, a projectile weapon that fires bolts capable of freezing, blinding, electrocuting, or exploding enemies. When I mentioned that it feels more like a Resident Evil game there are in fact Resident Evil references in various chapters in The Evil Within making it giving you a little trip back down memory lane but some fans will feel that they have seen all this done before in past horror games especially with Resident Evil 4. However The Evil Within tried too hard on being a horror game in general this would appeal more to the hard-core horror fans and Resident Evil fans out there.

After the mixed reviews from magazines, websites and gamers alike including myself it does make you wonder if there will ever be a good horror game out there for the future or somewhere near as scary or challenging as Resident Evil 4 could Shinji Mikami work on another new horror game in the future or would it be best if he took a break for a while and think of way to bring back an idea on how horror games should be made? If you've still haven't played Resident Evil 4 in general on either system I would highly recommend you checking this classic game out if you have the time you will find some of the best moments can be found in that game alone.

Did you play Resident Evil 4 10 years ago when it was first released?

Or have any favourite moments?

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Assassin's Creed Victory could be the key to fixing the series around- No Place Like London

With Assassin's Creed Black Flag being released alongside the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One plus both Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue being released just before Christmas giving both disappointing reviews and multiple glitches especially for Unity which has suffered most the on glitches and problems luckily Ubisoft have managed to fix the problems for it. But most people were aware that the Assassin's Creed series pretty much killed off the Prince of Persia series before the first game was released back in 2007.

I have played the first game and do admit that it was an impressive game back in the day on who you can Assassinate next on your list and travel across a wide-range of land just like most open-world games such as Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead. I know that Assassin's Creed Unity was set during the French Revolution being set in Paris which was likely there gamers and fans would have used references from the musical Les Misérables during their time playing the game. Or even there was DLC for certain mission's maybe it could have worked with being set during the French Revolution like helping Jean Valjean and viewing her side of her story after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his sister's children during a time of economic depression and various attempts to escape from prison.

In December 2014, images and information leaked for a new Assassin's Creed game, titled or code-named Victory, which was later confirmed by Ubisoft. This new game, which will release in late 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and is developed by Ubisoft Quebec, will feature a new assassin during the Victorian era in London. No one really knows what year the story could have been set there have been rumours that the story could take place between 1830's or even the early 1900's either way it is a good concept idea. Anyone who knows their history around the Victorian era also know that it has some great stories and classic novels from the likes of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle having concept ideas or DLC based on fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes on solving murder cases. But the real idea is that it’s very likely that Ubisoft will use references for Jack Ripper is the best known name given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Having tools and weapons that Jack the Ripper used to kill his victims could likely be used in Assassin's Creed Victory this may explain the backstory or before the events of someone else being Jack the Ripper.

Yet another idea that came to my head a month after hearing the announcement, keep thinking that Sweeney Todd would likely get referenced as well either as Mission DLC packs or based as a bonus for a Season Pass that the concept idea I had was where you help Sweeney Todd by bringing his victims to him in giving them a shave and a quiet death and dispatches his victims by pulling a lever as they sit in his barber chair. His victims fall backward down a revolving trapdoor into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls. In case they are alive, or the case of Sweeney giving you a task or a list of people he wants bought to him or giving you a choice to capture your victims with alive or badly wounded.

I'm not saying that this will all be true by the time the game is released later this year or more information by E3 in June, but I am quite curious to knowing more about Assassin's Creed Victory due to the fact that I love the history around the Victorian era including films and musicals that have been set during that period from the likes of Oliver!, Sweeney Todd or even Mary Poppins if the story is somehow set in the early 1900's the ideas and randomly hearing certain songs from the movies while playing the game or even seeing gameplay footage could make more people interested in the Assassin's Creed series or at least bring its hardcore fans back to the franchise. But I would be surprised if there was another Assassin's Creed in the works soon after I do have a guess that the next title could be set either during World War I or even World War II, I mean it could work you’re a spy and you’re going under-cover taking down leaders or world-leaders during that period. Think about it, it may even work if Ubisoft did pay attention to any of this or likely its hard-core fans would easily throw fan-fiction into this idea if they want to keep the series fresh and keeping it going for the franchise unless they consider going back to Prince of Persia maybe.

Are you interested about Assassin's Creed Victory? Or is there something you would like to see in the game?

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Anime line-up: WINTER 2015

As we are just starting off with a new year for 2015 it makes you wonder if this will be another good year for Anime? 2014 had a few good line up titles such as Kill La Kill, Space Dandy, Tokyo Ghoul, Fate/Stay Night and Sword Art Online Season 2. A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of March-

Absolute Duo-

The story begins with Blaze a weapon that is the manifestation of a human's soul. Tooru Kokonoe happens to be qualified for this, but for some reason his Blaze is not a weapon, but a shield. Moreover, he enrolled in a school that teaches combat skills, and thanks to the school's Duo partner system, he ends up living with a beautiful silver-haired girl.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu-

Students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled monster, capable of reaching Mach 20 speed, who may be the best teacher any of them have ever had.

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!-

Story centers on the five students in the Boeibu/Defense Club "a club to do nothing" at the Binan High School. Involving the battle between the two mysterious creatures came from the outer space, they have to fight against Seifukubu/Conquest Club (Student Council), as the successors to the throne "Battle Lovers.

Death Parade-

What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim. "From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance," he says to introduce the Death Game. Before long the guests' true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game's end Dekim is revealed to be the "arbiter." Dekim's judgement on the two guests is.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 2-

The second season of Tokyo Ghoul taking place after the events of Season 1.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD-

In the story follows the Great Era of Detectives when detectives and thieves with a power known as "Toys" compete has given way to the Great Era of Idols. However, someone starts stealing the idols' songs in Yokohama. When super idol Marine Amagi's hit song "Kiseki no Uta" (Miracle's Song) is stolen, she enlists the detectives of Milky Holmes.

Rolling Girls-

Ten years after the Great Tokyo War, each prefecture in Japan has split up into independent nations. Each nation is ruled by a prophet called "Mosa" and an army called "Mob" as they start to compete to take over other countries. Four "Mob" girls from the Saitama clan, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya, are ordered by their "Mosa" to travel around Japan riding their motorcycles to mediate multiple battles between nations and clans as they emerge.

Koufuku Graffiti-

Story follows Ryou, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite and slightly erotic meal scenes." The "koufuku" in the title is a wordplay on two Japanese homonyms one which means "happiness," and another that means "appetite."

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle-

The base for the fleet arrayed against the "deep sea fleet" is Chinjufu. There, many various Kan-musume have gathered to live together and work hard everyday in training and other matters. One day, a Kan-musume arrives at Chinjufu, She is a special class of destroyer. Her name is Fubuki. "I am Fubuki! Nice to meet you!" Fubuki's story as well as the Kan-musume's story begins now.

Yuri Kuma Arashi-

The intellectual fantasy follows Kureha, a transparent high school girl who is plain and is barely noticed by others. Seemingly every night, she has a dream about a bear and a transparent storm. In this dream, her mysterious classmate Ginko Yurishiro appears in the form of a bear.

Other Anime series that are also starting you may want to check out too-

  • Yoru no Yatterman
  • Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus
  • Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha
  • Sengoku Musou
  • Seiken Tsukai no World Break
  • Kuroko no Basket Season 3
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita Season 2
  • JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2
  • Junketsu no Maria
  • Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
  • Durarara!! Season 2
  • Dog Days Season 3
  • Aldnoah.Zero Season 2

So there is quite alot to watch and to check out between now and til the end of the year, is there any on the list that caught your attention?

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My Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2015

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year; I hope that 2015 would bring everyone as much luck and a good year. But have heard that this year is yet another good year for gaming, what games am I looking forward to for this year you may ask?

Here are my top 5 games I'm looking forward to for 2015-

Persona 5 (PS3/PS4)-

Only little much information has been announced on Persona 5 apart from a trailer which was shown back in September and will be released on both PS3 and PS4 sometime at the end of 2015. But judging from the trailer you do wonder what will happen in the story in Persona 5, just hope it'll be good as Persona 3 and 4 especially the soundtrack in the series which is the strongest part about the series, there will be more information by next month hopefully more information, story and characters as well.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)-

Recently beaten Ocarina of Time a while back on the GameCube plus started playing Wind Waker as soon after I've beaten Ocarina plus kind of don't want to rush through Wind Waker that quick mainly because everything about Wind Waker is perfect as Ocarina of Time when it comes to adventure games plus love the visuals and soundtrack. I've never owned an N64 back when I was younger and Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition for Cube is hard to find at a good price, seeing the 3DS version of this looks really impressive to look at for a handheld. I kind of knew this was going to be on the 3DS sooner or later after Ocarina of Time 3D was released for the launch of the 3DS back in 2011. Even though I've not played Majora's Mask but I know the main plot for it using Masks that have different skills and abilities including a timer giving you 3 Days (72 hours) time limit before the moon hits Hyrule and using the song of time to give you a little more time. Just hope the 3DS version will have Ben Drowned has a StreetPass feature if Nintendo considers using the idea the 3DS version the haunted ghost stature Ben just appears out of nowhere in your game but in order to get rid of Ben you would have to StreetPass someone else in order to get rid of the curse that creeps you out and follows you.

Disgaea 5 (PS4)-

One of the many reasons why I need to pick up a PS4 sometime this year, I know that both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV are my biggest reasons in getting a PS4 later in the future but that won't be for a while on releases. Disgaea 5 could be released sometime later at the end of this year with a new story centred on the idea of "revenge". The evil demon emperor Void Dark devastates numerous Netherworlds after coming to power, with the help of an army of over one million soldiers known as The Lost. Following this, the Overlords of the Netherworlds under Void Dark's rule attempt to rise up and take revenge. Disgaea 4 was my 2nd favourite game of 2011 which was in fact my favourite game in the series plus even got the PS Vita version of it as well during Christmas because loved both the story and humour around the characters you come across even cosplayed as a Prinny for a few Anime conventions dood.

Tom Clancy's The Devision (PC/PS4/XBONE)-

There hasn't been very much information only a few trailers and some quick gameplay footage from E3, The Devision looks at real-world events in the game the story is based around a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the USA to collapse in five days. This disease spread because of germs on banknotes. You are part of a group called the "Strategic Homeland Division", or "The Division" for short. This group was established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to "save what remains" in a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against AI-controlled enemies, as well as other players in the game. This does kind of remind of elements from both The Walking Dead and The Last of Us when it comes to survival in a big city and not knowing what is lurking behind every corner and who to trust.

Metal Gear Solid V (PS3/360/PC/PS4/XBONE)-

After playing Ground Zeroes a few months back it gave us an idea what Metal Gear Solid V will look like once it's released yes it was a short game and costing quite a bit to play and download but it was worth it in the end if you are a huge Metal Gear Solid fan. Hideo Kojima has never disappoint any of his fans or gamers some might even say that Kojima is a genesis in the gaming industries, story taking place after the events of Peace Walker following Snake (Big Boss) as he ventures into Africa and Afghanistan during the Soviet war to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces during the events of Ground Zeroes. I've haven't seen much gameplay footage since after playing Ground Zeroes I've only seen the trailers but have heard from my friends that a ton of content, features and easter egg references have been added plus kind of don't to see any gameplay footage of it because it kind of spoils the fun out of a Metal Gear Solid game.

What are your anticipated games for 2015?

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My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 5: GAME OF THE YEAR

If you've missed my last blogs you can find them My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 1: 10-9, My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 2: 8-7, My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 3: 6-5 and My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 4: 4-2 I'll be continuing where I left of with list and a quick list on what's on list of favourite games so far-

  • 10- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • 9- Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • 8- OlliOlli
  • 7- Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster
  • 6- The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • 5- Super Smash Brothers 3DS
  • 4- Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD Remix
  • 3- Valiant Hearts
  • 2- Bravely Default

You've all have been wondering what has been my favourite game for 2014, most you actually thought it was something else most of you guys were wrong on that one :P Lets quickly take a look back on my List on past Game of the Year-

My past games of the year were-

  • 2006- Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
  • 2007- Okami (PS2- UK/Euro release)
  • 2008- The World Ends With You (DS)
  • 2009- Uncharted 2 (PS3)
  • 2010- Persona 3 Portable (PSP)
  • 2011- Uncharted 3 (PS3)
  • 2012- Journey (PSN)
  • 2013- BioShock Infinite (PS3/360/PC)

My overall Game of the Year is......

1- Shovel Knight (3DS/WiiU/Steam)-

First thing you will notice straight away about Shovel Knight is the 8-Bit sprite visuals and animation; everything about this game is actually in fact that this 2D side-scroller was developed and published by an independent video game developer called Yacht Games which started off as a Kickstarter campaign and a year later it has been released for PC, Wii U and 3DS from this year. What really amazes me that Shovel Knight feels more of an NES titled game if this was released in the late 80's or even early 90's this would have been on the top favourite games for the console and in most people's game collection for its clever gameplay, nostalgia moments and unique style.

Following the adventurers Shovel Knight and Shield Knight fought alongside one another, journeying across the world and seeking treasure. When the two explore the Tower of Fate, the two fall to the dark magic power of a cursed amulet. When Shovel Knight reawakens, the Tower has been sealed and Shield Knight is nowhere to be seen. Grieving for his beloved, Shovel Knight gives up adventuring and secludes himself. However, during his absence, the Enchantress rises to power, spreading evil across the land. Upon hearing that the Enchantress has unsealed the Tower of Fate, Shovel Knight takes up his shovel again and ventures towards it, hoping to find and rescue Shield Knight. In order to do so, Shovel Knight must fight the eight members of The Order of No Quarter who have been dispatched by the Enchantress to impede him. Has a short story opening yet also past games that were released on the NES or the Genesis used that same idea to have a short opening and then start the game this is yet a nice touch and a trip back down memory lane for retro gamers.

Taking heavy gameplay influences from the Mega Man series each of the stages you explore on the map will have a different theme settings from bright to dark locations think of a medvial version of Mega Man because there will be a boss at the end of each stage. You can increase your health and magic as you progress including your shovel and armour but if you die through a level you'll lose some treasure but you can reclaim it where you last die but if you die again before you reach the last place you died that treasure will be gone forever it does have the same idea that was used in both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls when it comes to losing souls. When I mentioned that your only weapon is a shovel that's right your weapon is your shovel you can dig up treasure from the ground and use it attack enemies and barriers. Like DuckTales you can use the shovel as a pogo stick to bounce off obstacles or the heads of enemies plus when I mentioned about treasure you do collect which you can either save or use it on upgrades for health, magic, and armour.

Another thing that Shovel Knight does so well it has a chiptune soundtrack composed by Jake Kaufman, with two contributions by Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae you could easily listen to the soundtrack all if you wanted to you can find music notes for each theme through each of the stages but are quite hidden to find be sure to keep an eye if you see any around. Everything about Shovel Knight is just almost perfect for a 2D platformer and reminding gamers how great 8-Bit games can be even through the present day we are in now this stands out as possibly one of the best games I've come across for 2014

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My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 4: 4-2

If you've missed my last two blogs you can find them My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 1: 10-9, My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 2: 8-7 and My Top Favourite Games for 2014 Part 3: 6-5 I'll be continuing where I left of with list and a quick list on what's on list of favourite games so far-

  • 10- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • 9- Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • 8- OlliOlli
  • 7- Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster
  • 6- The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • 5- Super Smash Brothers 3DS

4: Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD Remix-

Most of you know that I'm a huge Kingdom Hearts fan this was announced over a year ago just after the English release of 1.5 HD Remix, 2.5 HD Remix contained Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix and a cinematic of cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts of Re Coded its a little similar to what we saw with Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days when it comes to all cutscenes. However both Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep extra content is a big treat to the fans of the series which has some new features and extra enemies and bosses added in which were only released in Japan. It does make you think you wished they had this all in the original version when both games were released in 2006 and 2010 when it comes to extra content. Yet another great feature about the HD Remix version is that the soundtrack does amazing job sounding even better than the original version especially with Kingdom Hearts II.

3: Valiant Hearts-

When I first heard about Valiant Hearts before it got mentioned at E3 I was really stunned by this title for its 2D comic-book style art, during the years video games have all been focused on World War II but never looked at the First World War seriously. Ubisoft attempts to do two things right about Valiant Hearts creating an enjoyable puzzle adventure and tells a heart-breaking story during the events of the First World War. This game tells a war story that inspires by real life letters and has four characters on the battlefield help a young German soldier find his love in this story about survival, sacrifice and friendship. The colourful nightlife of Paris to the ruins of Reims it really does give you a clear idea what it must be felt like to be around that time period of history plus you progress you even get to learn a bit of history at the same time if you check the inventory sections you learn about how people coped and survived World War I, and picking up historical items throughout the game also give you an idea what tools or pieces on what they used.

2: Bravely Default (US Release)-

I know that this game was released last year just before Christmas for UK/Europe, however the US didn't get the release of the game back in February this year and a site called SmashPad asked me to do a review on the game before the game was released, you can check out my review on their site- Bravely Default. What I really like about this game is the old school Final Fantasy games you should totally check this game out if you own a 3DS. Has the same similar gameplay you would expect in a Final Fantasy game which is a mix of turn-based combat and multi-hit combination moves, Brave can be used to have up to 1-4 turns when it comes to combat in battles or you can use Default which is your guard/defence and that will can be used for BP (Bravely Points) which be used in combat or used for a special attack thanks to BP. If you've played Final Fantasy III or V the job systems is very straight forward you can select back and forth on choosing job classes for your 4 characters from Knight, Black Mage, White Mage and Ninja. The more side-quests and job classes you'll get after defeating certain bosses this is where the game can really be addicting for an RPG game on the 3DS, plus listening to the battle music also makes a great impact when it comes to random battles making you want to listen to it all- Bravely Default Battle Theme (If you've watched Attack on Titan the band "Sound Horizon" are behind the music for it)

Even the graphics are impressive to look at on a handheld console where most of the art and visuals look a little similar to the DS version of Final Fantasy IV and plus also Final Fantasy IX when it comes to landscape environments and airships. What also makes it great that the StreetPass systems makes a great way when it comes to battles where their own avatar can be summoned this can either help you restore health or pull over a powerful attack on enemies, this is a great idea for the 3DS when it comes to games like these once you've Send your own Attack/Move during a random battle this can be uploaded and sent to other players when it comes to StreetPassing; however you may want a good set of friends for this when it comes to certain boss battles because you may need it.

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