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James Bond 007: Blood Stone

- Xbox 360

Author's Note: I'm aware that Blood Stone is nearly five years old. Having just written a blog dedicated to the James Bond games and with Blood Stone being a game I've been playing a lot lately, I've decided to finally sit down and give it a proper write up. With Activision having produced the last official James Bond video games we may ever see, there was one game in their repertoire that w...

6.5

Valenka

Far Cry 4

- Xbox One

It was the middle of the day when I was chasing after a supply truck around the quivering bends of a Himalayan mountainside. As I caught up to the truck on the all-terrain-vehicle, I fired several shots into the cabin, but managed to miss the driver. As I drifted around the corner, I noticed an enemy road block in the distance. I was already short on ammunition and not in the mood for another g...

8.0

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Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

- Xbox One

In an instant, a large explosion erupts and the resulting mushroom cloud of ominous emerald light opens a gargantuan rift in the sky, later called the Breach, serving as a portal of sorts to the world of demons, the Fade, and the malevolent creatures start falling from the upper atmosphere. It sounds like the potential plot for a new season of Supernatural, but it is in fact the introductory na...

9.0

Valenka

Sniper Elite 3

- Xbox One

Serving as a prequel-sequel to Rebellion Oxford's 2012 title, Sniper Elite V2, players will find themselves once again in the shoes of Karl Fairburne, an American OSS agent, on an assignment in North Africa during the events of World War II. The experience as a whole is rather enjoyable as it builds upon the mechanics of its predecessor and retains the gloried x-ray kill cams, Sniper Elite 3 se...

8.0

Valenka

Resident Evil HD Remaster

- Xbox One

Growing up, Resident Evil was a staple in my household, among many other video game franchises. It was the first time I'd experienced a horror game, but at five years old, I really had no idea what I was doing. I would watch my father solve puzzles and obliterate the undead; I would run in circles around Spencer Mansion. Fast forward nineteen years since the 1996 debut and Resident Evil is stil...

8.5

Valenka

Life is Strange: Episode 1 - Chrysalis

- Xbox One

Author's Note: this review is for Episode 1 - Chrysalis and does not reflect the game as a whole. Imagine, for a moment, you woke up in the middle of a dark forest, near a lighthouse on a cliff, overlooking your home town. It’s raining heavily and the only sense of safety or life near you is the lighthouse not too far away. You have absolutely no idea how you got there and as you maneuver to...

8.0

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Life is Strange

- Xbox One

Author's Note: this review is for Episode 1 - Chrysalis and does not reflect the game as a whole. Imagine, for a moment, you woke up in the middle of a dark forest, with no idea how you got there or where 'there' truly is. It's pouring rain in the middle of the night and the only sense of life, civilization or even safety is a lighthouse not too far away. You maneuver through the tall pine t...

8.0

Valenka

Need For Speed: Rivals

- Xbox One

After a long hiatus from the Need for Speed franchise, it was hard for me to not be excited about the release of the latest installment, Rivals, having been described as "Hot Pursuit meets Most Wanted." With Need for Speed having been a staple in my childhood, as well as a source of many fond memories, it was hard for me to break away from the franchise. With the foul taste that Undercover left...

7.5

Valenka

Dying Light

- Xbox One

Dying Light is an experience that was a long time coming, ultimately crafting itself to be one of the most anticipated games of 2015 and understandably so. The new zombie-survival-themed, open-world adventure from Techland, the same developer who brought us Dead Island, puts players in the shoes of Kyle Crane, an undercover operative sent from the Global Relief Effort (GRE) to infiltrate the qu...

9.5

Valenka

Grand Theft Auto V

- Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto V reintroduces the sprawling metropolis of Los Santos that we saw last year on seventh generation consoles. Rockstar Games worked to add their installment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the 'definitive edition' repertoire alongside The Last of Us, Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs. However, Rockstar's port to the current generation consoles isn't simply a matter of compatibil...

9.5

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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

Valenka

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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