Valenka (User)

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Valenka

Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

- Xbox One

The events of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor take place sometime between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of The Rings' and being only compactly versed in the universe, I was understandably confused. I had to take to reading up on my lore and enlist the expertise of a friend and former co-worker in which my love of all things James Bond is paralleled to her love for all...

9.5

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The Evil Within

- Xbox 360

Shinji Mikami is a name that nearly every gamer has at least heard of before, if not knowing who it belongs to and the history behind him. Going as far back as 1996, Mikami was the genius behind the famous Resident Evil series currently developed and published by Capcom. Mikami was popularised in 2005 with Resident Evil 4, in which he decided to evolve his famed survival horror series by incorp...

8.0

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

- Xbox One

Sleeping Dogs is an open-world crime drama full of intrigue, action, exploration and rather kick-ass martial arts. It was unexpectedly successful when it was originally released two years ago, having been announced prior as being the third instalment in the True Crime series from the sixth generation, before being transformed into a new IP. A lot of True Crime fans were disappointed with the re...

8.0

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Driveclub

- PS4

It’s pretty, it’s simple and it’s the PlayStation 4’s answer to Forza Horizon 2. It isn’t an exactly captivating analysis of Evolution Studios’ tenth development, but neither is the game itself. Driveclub is a simple racing game that has been presented in an almost ironic manner; it’s bland, greyscale in execution and almost boring…the complete opposite of its competitor. It takes racing in its...

6.0

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Forza Horizon 2

- Xbox One

It's no secret that the simulation racing franchise of Forza Motorsport is simply one of the best out there, having been essentially Microsoft's answer to the PlayStation exclusive of Gran Turismo. With its début nine years ago in 2005, the Forza games have been nothing shy of critically acclaimed, with the franchise having sold over ten million copies as of last year, and the lowest average sc...

9.5

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The Sims 4

- PC

Author's Note: Final score adjusted to reflect an unbiased standpoint. Since the début of the franchise fourteen years ago, The Sims was essentially the leading representative of computer gaming. The original chapter in the series managed to sell 16 million copies and was awarded five world records, including "World's Biggest-Selling Simulation Series" and "Best Selling PC Game of All Time."...

6.0

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Always Sometimes Monsters

- PC

Warning: minor to moderate spoilers for the sake of underlining the flaws in the narrative. Please read at your own caution and discretion. Always Sometimes Monsters is one of those games that I tend to avoid if I know it'll disturb me emotionally. It's a story that doesn't add up the closer you get to the end, but contains enough validity to make you sit and reflect and realize that your he...

8.5

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Watch Dogs

- Xbox One

Warning: minor spoilers may be present for those who have not been keeping up with updates regarding Watch Dogs' narrative. Please read at your own discretion. Imagine a world where everything is connected; a central operating system can control everything from traffic signals to security cameras, from mobile phones to webcams. It's essentially a hacker's dream and our worst nightmare. Sensi...

8.5

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TitanFall

- Xbox One

"It's just Call of Duty with mechs," was my initial thought when I first read a couple of previews for Titanfall a couple of months back. To this day, it remains my go-to quick explanation when describing it to people who're interested in finding out what it is. I originally took Titanfall to be Electronic Arts' parallel to Activision's latest instalment in the never-ending Call of Duty franchi...

9.0

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Dead Rising 3

- Xbox One

I was never a fan of the Dead Rising franchise, despite the original instalment being the fuel behind my desire of owning an Xbox 360 console several years ago. I'd originally watched a television commercial for Dead Rising and nearly fell out of my chair with excitement. Upon playing it, however, I found the controls to be clunky, the gameplay tedious and the overall experience difficult to sw...

9.0

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Beyond: Two Souls

- PS3

Quantic Dream, a French interactive entertainment company, has only developed four video games since the founding of the company sixteen years ago. It goes without saying, 'quality over quantity' and that is exactly the credo that the company embodies. Quantic Dream's first title, Omikron: The Nomad Soul, was a commercial failure despite the average ratings it had received. Following this, the...

9.5

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Grand Theft Auto V

- Xbox 360

It’s no surprise that a product coming out of Rockstar Games’ development studio would receive a wide range of excitement, hype, high expectations and applause; it’s also no surprise that Rockstar never fails to deliver on all aspects. Sure, there are some methodologies implemented in say, Grand Theft Auto IV or Red Dead Redemption that some gamers weren’t a fan of. Some said Liberty City was t...

9.5

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

- Xbox 360

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an experience that delivers on every spectrum of the third-person, stealth-action genre. It takes what fans of the older instalments loved the most and incorporates them alongside features introduced in Conviction to write up another chapter of Sam Fisher's life with elements that we've come to expect from the gaming industry today. In classic, Hollywood-blockbust...

9.0

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Saints Row 4

- Xbox 360

The Saints Row franchise has garnered a plethora of attention for its original take on open-world action and adventure; sharing similarities with Grand Theft Auto at its origin, Saints Row evolved into something more and more ludicrous, over-the-top and dramatic with each instalment. Saints Row IV is certainly not a break in that chain. Saints Row IV puts your as-always-customisable characte...

9.5

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The Last Of Us

- PS3

The Last of Us was one of this year's most anticipated video games—and quite possibly one of the most anticipated games of all time—and it has finally arrived on the PlayStation 3. After originally being revealed at the end of 2011, gamers around the globe were on the edge of their seats to learn more about Naughty Dog's new IP. Naughty Dog, responsible for the critical success of the Uncharted...

9.8

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Remember Me

- Xbox 360

Remember Me is an interesting game I'd been following since its announcement at Gamescom two years ago. Originally titled 'Adrift,' it began development in 2008, when Dontnod Entertainment was formed. It introduces players to a futuristic, self-titled Neo-Paris in which you meet Nilin Cartier-Wells, a 'memory hunter.' Memory Hunter mem·o·ry hunt·er /ˈmem(ə)rē/ˈhən(t)ər/ Noun · A pers...

7.8

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Resident Evil Revelations

- Xbox 360

Resident Evil: Revelations HD is a great game, let me just start out by saying that. Capcom went into full damage control after the critical failure of Resident Evil 6; Revelations is a huge step in the right direction for getting the series back on track. I'm thrilled to see the company taking the appropriate steps to herd fans back into the world of survival horror. As most may know, over...

8.0

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

- Xbox 360

Three years ago, City Interactive (once fittingly known as Lemon Interactive) released Sniper: Ghost Warrior, a self-proclaimed tactical stealth experience that was received with mixed to negative reviews. It was praised for its visuals, sniper cams and concept but criticised for the absurd and uneven difficulty, poor execution and lack of appeal. For reasons unbeknownst, City Interactive thoug...

6.5

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GRID 2

- Xbox 360

Five years ago, Codemasters released GRID, an under-appreciated milestone in racing video games this generation. GRID is a game that placed itself in between racing simulation and arcade racing; its focus, as with the sequel, remains locked on pushing an emphasis on racing. Legitimate, no nonsense racing and that's what I like about GRID. You're expected to take the risks required to win and le...

8.5

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BioShock: Infinite

- Xbox 360

It's been almost six years since we were introduced to the original BioShock experience; a game that carries a heavy weight to its name for mostly positive reasons and you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't like it, nevermind know of it. Following three years later, a rather disappointing sequel was developed by 2K Marin with a multiplayer component (no surprise there.) Some claim...

7.0
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