Posts in Jovan St. Lawrence
Bioshock Infinite Review

An unforgettable single-player experience

We’ve all seen the various demos and trailers along with enduring several delays but finally Bioshock Infinite has arrived. This is one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever experienced, not just in a video game but in all forms of media. Historical Fiction has never been done on such a scale as this before. Irrational Games and its creative director, Ken Levine offers us the most memorable cast of characters, a dystopian floating air-city that quickly becomes the benchmark for visual expression and so much more in between. Infinite indeed has the makings of a timeless video game never to be soon forgotten.

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Crysis 3 Review

We all love super-soldiers. That feeling of unapologetic invincibility we get when we play as a super powered being is overwhelming at times. However, it isn't easy to relate to characters in first-person shooters, considering they murder others very frequently and in some cases, scream out obscenities every five minutes or so. That is not the case with the Crysis series and its third installment. Crytek has commendably built up a great protagonist in Prophet for two previous games to culminate in Crysis 3.

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Fire Emblem Awakening Review

Behold, the best looking 3DS game to date

Fire Emblem has always been a Nintendo property that has garnered praise in Japan but was considered widely unknown in the West. Far too many people have experienced the Fire Emblem series. In 2002, most of us were introduced to Fire Emblem in Super Smash Bros. Melee with trademark characters Marth & Roy. Their popularity motivated Nintendo to localize the very first Fire Emblem title in North America on the Game Boy Advance and released to critical acclaim. Ten years later, spanning the Gamecube and Wii, the tactical RPG comes to the 3DS in high fashion. 

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Aliens Colonial Marines Review

Nothing more than huge disappointment 

When I was in middle school, I vividly remember experiencing Ridley Scott’s Alien for the first time. I was blown away by what that movie did for me. Not too long after, I watched James Cameron’s sequel Aliens. I was embodied in the sci-fi horror genre from there on out. Fast forward up to 2012 and Ridley Scott did it once again with Prometheus which was an incredible film even on its own merit even if it did leave us with a lot of questions. My love for the Aliens franchise has endured quite a bit (AvP) but Aliens: Colonial Marines is a different story on its own. I didn’t expect to be wowed by this game by any means; however, I didn’t expect this game to be bad.

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The Last of Us Special Editions Revealed

The Last of Us will have two special editions: one for Hero Joel and the other for Hero Ellie. The difference appears to be between the packaging on a PS3 controller skin and on a screen print effect poster. The other contents in the special editions consist of a The Last of Us mini artbook, mini comic, that poster mentioned earlier and the game itself. 

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Anarchy Reigns Review

Commence with the Anarchy! 

With titles like Bayonetta, Vanquish & MadWorld under their belts, Platinum Games is establishing themselves as action geniuses. Their over-the-top sequences, great visuals, and outlandish stories really put them at a high standard for great games. Anarchy Reigns, their most recent effort offers just as much, only this time it comes in the form of not just single-player but in a multiplayer effort as well. 

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Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault Review

Nothing more than a “neat experiment”

The Ratchet & Clank franchise has officially survived 10 years. As the main developer of the series, Insomniac Games could have celebrated this momentous occasion by playing it safe and releasing only the Ratchet & Clank Collection along with Ratchet: Deadlocked all with full trophy support, and in HD resolution and everyone would have loved it just the same. However, we got Full Frontal Assault (known as Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force in PAL regions) which utilizes Tower Defense gameplay mechanics, never seen before in the Ratchet & Clank games. So I ask you dear readers: Do you enjoy the fact that a cherished action-adventure platformer is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a real time strategy spin off? I’ll let you decide…. but the answer’s no.

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Halo 4 Review

An Ancient Evil Awakens

The time has finally come. After four long years of cryo sleep, the universe is once again in great peril and Master Chief, John-117, is the only one that can save it.  The Spartan has been aboard the Forward Unto Dawn for the last four years, following the events of Halo 3. He’s been presumed dead/missing in action. However, our hero faces an even greater burden on his shoulders since Halo 3 was released five years ago.

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