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God of War 3

May 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

At long last, we have the unveiling of God of War 3, the PlayStation 3 stalwart which has been three years in production. Sustaining the wildly popular franchise from the Playstation 2, this is the first ever time we'll witness Kratos' adventures on a next gen console. Without a doubt, the delay has been well justified.

The God of War franchise has always been a epitome for action adventure mastery, and this game returns to show the rest the way it's done. We follow Kratos just as the last title left off, climbing Mount Olympus itself to lay siege to the remaining Gods that banished him. This gives opportunity for a number of new gameplay promises.


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God of War 3 benefits from a dynamic camera, wavering and looping to comply with Kratos in a clear distinction to the fixed camera of earlier installments. The ascent of Mount Olympus additionally allows for plenty of wonderful gameplay elements, together with flying high on wind tunnels or battling Titans over vast drops.

Visually, God of War 3 is beautiful. The character models are highly developed, down to skin pores. The varied environments supply a wealthy show of vision, from the seat of the Gods to the depths of Hell. The gameplay in God of War 3 can still claim to set the bar, with Kratos getting access to an revolutionary array of new weapons, all of which are able to play a tactical role in your diverse battles.

It was virtually a forgone conclusion, but God of War 3 is an incredible game. Each possible aspect of what makes a game successful is rolled into one; epic storyline, amazing graphics and interesting gameplay. The franchise continues to smash all competition out of the water, and if you happen to own a Playstation 3 you simply must give it a go!

At Last: Final Fantasy XIII

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Today we witness the release of one of the most highly anticipated games of the decade; Final Fantasy XIII. This title was actually first teased at way back in 2006, so the long road to release has been staggering. Well, that wait is finally over and we can all sit down to what will surely be the gaming event of the year.

Released in December over in Japan, Final Fantasy XIII has actually amassed a little controversy since its unveling, and the reviews received for the game haven't quite been the straight aces developers Square Enix were hoping for. The main reason for this is that Final Fantasy XIII has quite drastically revised the fundamental gameplay associated with the franchise, and indeed the RPG genre as a whole. Gone are NPCs, interactive towns and an instantly open world.


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Instead, Final Fantasy XIII is a lot more linear and story driven. Players follow quite a tightly set path for the first 25 hours or so of play. Following this, the gameplay opens up and players are free to follow their own choices a little more. This has been a major gripe amongst some, whereas others welcome the more focussed and cinematic approach. It really does depend on your preference.

One element which has been universally applauded is the combat system, which is made up of an innovative mesh of X and XII. Players are now able to 'stack' actions, and the more you can stack increases as you level up. Furthermore, in Final Fantasy XIII there are various different roles your characters can play, such as healer and tank, and gamers are free to shift these roles during fights.

It goes without saying that the graphics in this title are breathtaking. Presentation has always been Square Enix's strongpoint, and the franchise has always offered top range visuals. Being the first of the franchise to hit the next gen consoles, Final Fantasy XIII is, without a doubt, the best looking videogame ever. The cut scenes are so detailed and beautiful you'll want to stare at them all day, and the in-game graphics are good enough to rival the FMVs of lesser games.

Throw in an undoubtedly epic storyline, and you have the biggest game of the year. It may be a little different to what you're used to, but overall Final Fantasy XIII is just what everyone's been waiting for. Masterful combat, achingly beautiful visuals and a guartenteed 60+ hours of gameplay mean Final Fantasy is back with a vengeance. Let the adventure begin.

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