With the arrival of the penultimate episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones comes a rush of mixed feelings. I don't want things to be over, but I also want to bring some resolution to House Forrester. Whether or not the Forresters get the resolution they deserve I can't rightly say just yet, but nothing in Westeros comes without a price, for good or ill. For four episodes now, I've been guiding this family as best I can to ensure the safety and future of the Forrester name. It hasn't always gone the way I've wanted or imagined, but like any good installment of Game of Thrones, be it a chapter from the book or an episode of the show, there's a glimmer of hope off in the distance. Though this episode's pacing was a bit rushed, that horizon draws ever closer, and so does the final fate of the Forresters.
While Godzilla and the other monsters' designs were fairly solid, everything else in the game looks poorly done, and it's not just because the game adheres to a 60-year-old monster movie motif.
The indie racer Spectra is pulling up to the starting lines and is ready to hit the highway. Boasting procedurally generated levels, a fast speed, amazing beats and fluorescent neon visuals, it’s quite easy to see that Spectra could have everything you’re looking for in a racing title. While there has been an outbreak of indie, retro-style games hitting the market over the past few years, very few of those titles have been racing games. Gateway Interactive have utilized classic arcade visuals to help bring Spectra to life. Don't worry about brakes or acceleration here, because Spectra is all about testing your reflexes.
J-Stars Victory Vs+ is more middle-of-the-road bad— it's never especially frustrating, but it's also never especially exciting.
Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Knight has been a long time coming. Since Batman: Arkham Asylum's release, Rocksteady has been tinkering with the formula that made that first game so successful, and the culmination of those efforts can be seen in Batman: Arkham Knight. The combat so many competitors have aped is as sharp as ever, the breadth and scope of Gotham City is staggering, and the presentation is absolutely eye-popping. The inclusion of the Batmobile, divisive as it may be, for the fist time shows that Rocksteady is willing to take big chances even with its final word on the franchise. Despite its over-reliance on a few new tricks, Batman: Arkham Knight is a stellar game that cements Rocksteady Studios as one of the premiere action game developers of the modern era.
Sam Barlow, known for writing and developing Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, has returned with the unique investigation title, Her Story, and it's unlike anything I've ever encountered in all my years of gaming. Her Story takes us back to the '90s, where full motion video was a niche technique used in helping games come to life. Barlow has put together a well-written, true-crime-style detective game where you must revisit the past and investigate an old missing persons case from 1994.
Rhys and Fiona just can't stay out of trouble, though that's probably par for the course for a couple of wannabe Vault Hunters. In the last Tales from the Borderlands episode, the not-so-dynamic duo found themselves at odds with Vasquez and August after recovering the coveted orb in the depths of an Atlas bunker. The fates of all our characters were in Rhys' hands, and with everything on the line, we were asked to choose between Fiona or Handsome Jack to pull the collective of butts out of the fire. In true Borderlands fashion, everything goes exactly as planned. Except not really at all.
Capcom's never been shy to re-release a game with a slight update, as evidenced by Street Fighter II Turbo, Resident Evil: Director's Cut, and countless others. Now they've plumbed the well of Devil May Cry (moving away from the divisive DmC reboot) to bring us Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, an updated revamp of the 2008 stylish action game with all of its wonders and flaws.
Lego Jurassic World spans all four movies in the Jurassic Park franchise and as such it follows the plot of those movies as faithfully as a children’s game can.
Blizzard has finally released its official take on the genre it inadvertently created in the form of Heroes of the Storm, and let's just say that League and Dota have finally found a worthy competitor in the multiplayer online battle arena.