Until Dawn Review

Until Dawn is a QT based game, which is highly story driven. If you guys haven’t guessed by some of the other reviews I’ve done, I really enjoy this style of game. Telltale is one of my favourite publishers and I am quite surprised I haven’t picked up this game before.

Josh Chris and Ash with a Ouija board

Nothing more spookier than a Ouija board

Until Dawn focuses around a group of teenagers that go to a Lodge on a Ski range where something strange is going on. It is a horror based story with quite a few jump scares but the story is really well told with some good twists and turns. Other scenes can be telegraphed and you can see coming but that just adds to the suspense.

Gameplay wise it has some interesting controls, which add to the emission. There is an option to have the controller in motion mode although through the run through I went to classic. There were still places in the game you had to hold the controller dead still not to move. While adding to emission sometimes it was hard to hold it still enough not to move your character and I do want to do another playthrough to see whether I can improve on that. The other part of the gameplay that is encouraging for a replay, is that all the really important decisions you make it pops up with Butterfly Effect Updated. Such a simple addition and Telltale do say at the beginning of their games, that your decisions affect the story but after that, there doesn’t remind you.

Overall I really enjoyed this game and can highly recommend it if you’re into horror and a high story is driven games. The flaws in this game can be its graphics even though amazing in some scenes others can be blocky. It has replay value after doing some research as well because you can save everyone in the game and that butterfly effect.

Batman – Arkham Knight Review

Batman Arkham Knight the final installment of the Arkham Series by Rock Steady and to be honest I am very sad to seem them go because even in the wake of dreadful PC Ports they still do an amazing job with the game.

Batman

If any of you follow this blog you will actually know that this game actually pushed me towards a console due to the fact that my PC is starting to struggle slightly when it comes to running the latest games for long periods of time due to heat and stress issues.  Seems strange coming from because I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer as for recent years I have picked some games as you’ve seen on this blog but for the most part I spend my gaming time playing MOBA’s and MMO’s (Not saying these aren’t games and you’re not worthy of the gamer tag if you play only these but I trying to say I have led quite a sheltered gaming life.)

Right off the bat I had a decision to make, to make the game easy or not and although I had played all of the Batman games in this series before I have to say due to the fact I was on a new platform I felt the need to go on easy.  Purely because it was the only game and first game I had played on PlayStation 4 and I am used to using an Xbox controller and although there isn’t a lot of difference between the too there was enough for me and I wanted to set the game and console to be a positive experience.

Action Shot as your jumping away from trouble

Now onto the game finally with my previous experiences with the series I have to admit I was expecting huge things especially when it came to the graphics because they are always well put together and this was no different I was blown away by the detail of the game.  The story for me also was really good, not knowing much about Batman other than what is in mainstream for example the Dark Knight Trilogy there are quite a few twists and turns and even a friend that knows more about the Universe said that he was on sure to the identity of the Arkham Knight.

The major thing for me was how well they put together the gameplay.  It is true that you can just follow the storyline like any other game but the way in which the side missions were handled even I wanted to do them because they their own weight, it didn’t feel like its something cool but didn’t have much to do with your success.  All that said though as it stands I haven’t 100% the game yet but do intend to go back and finish off the riddles and a few other bits I haven’t completely finished yet.

There was really only one complaint and that was the controls.  The big one being the reverse button not being on a trigger and actually being square just felt a bit odd to me, but that said being as the L2 was battle mode I guess it allowed you to easily swap modes.

In case you all haven’t guessed it I give this game a 10/10 I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to gamers and non gamers a like.

Some of the trickier/best moments I managed to catch on video

PlayStation 4 nearly a Month On

The PlayStation purchase was another purchase that I am sat here thinking did a really need it?  While like any console or game the answer to that question is No but was it a good purchase that would be the better question?  To be honest yes just because of the mess that is the PC release of the new Batman game Arkham Knight.  I have really enjoyed the Arkham series and although I have yet to complete Arkhman Orgins because of my PC this game alone has made the console worth it for me.

PS4 with Batman Arkham Knight

The major question that I find myself asking is that will this console stay out of the draw which was the fate of the Xbox 360 and the honest answer with that is the jury is still out.  The way in which PS Plus and live subscriptions now work will hold help towards that happening because of the free games every month, along with the fact that I now have the games console that some friends have that aren’t just into one person shooters, and if I was honest was the death of the Xbox 360 for me because although I enjoyed Call of Duty I have never been that good at first person shooters and constantly getting killed just really started to get annoyed with it.  The type of games that I look forward to now are similar to Batman and The Witcher which could be my next purchase for the PlayStation.

Some of the features that I enjoy about the PlayStation or will are the sharing features, although recently getting an upgrade on my internet streaming is still out of the question or it is but on low quality which isn’t really good enough.  That said though you can upload 15 min clips to YouTube, Facebook or Daily Motion which is huge for me, as I want to expand my online presence.  The only thing I would like is that you could edit the clips more an add audio from on the PlayStation that said however I do believe it would possible to upload the video privately and then add the audio separately.

The only nagging issue I do have from picking the PlayStation is that everywhere I look it seems the majority of stuff is cheaper on the Xbox One, that said even though I still have friends that are die-hard fans of the Xbox I feel that I will get my enjoyment out of the PlayStation.

July 2015 Update

While this is no stranger to this blog I have been away for a few a months due to a number of reason which I wouldn’t like to be too public, however there is a new goal and that is with one of the latest development.  In my absence I have purchased a PlayStation 4 and will be looking to bring some more of that content to this blog.  The other development that may help with that is my internet upgrade, at the moment I am still on sub standard internet for streaming but it has been upgraded to ADSL 2+ which in the UK should give me speeds of 17 meg which is great.  The problem really is the upload speed which means I can stream just at low quality.

That said though I have managed to upload some high quality videos to my YouTube Channel from my PS4 quite well, so I may just do that for the time being as well to make sure the quality of the videos on there is high enough.  The biggest problem with that for me is the fact that you can’t record audio on the PS4 for the video so I may have to do record it after on the PC and add it to the video.  The other thing that is holding the video content back is the fact that the PS4 only records in 15 minute intervals which doesn’t help when your goal is to do some let’s plays but I am sure I can come up with some solutions in the future if not Infinite is a schedule to hit a few months so might just upgrade to that as soon as possible.

Hint to what review is coming soon

There is a little clue on what review is coming soon.  I am hoping to put more content together more often and try to get it more related to gaming and TV/Movies as I am going to try to go back to my bread and butter.