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10 Games We Need For The Nintendo Switch

Do you love your Nintendo Switch? I do. The console has become part of the family and I love to get stuck into one of its many great titles. While the Switch is great, there is a need for some more AAA games to build the library. Yes, the console is still new in its life, but here is a list of the video games that I would like to see…

Pokemon (probably based on Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow)

Yes, they have announced a “Pokemon RPG” is on the way, but that’s all we know. A game that is a partial remake on the Game Boy classic could be a sure-fire hit! I know it is pretty much the same thoughts of a lot of people, but honestly it’s what we would be happy with. Maybe with elements of Final Fantasy would make this a big hit. Let’s see what the 2018(?) release will look like.

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Super Smash Bros

Another obvious one, but not a confirmed one…yet! Super Smash Bros is indeed one of the most enjoyable multiplayer franchises in the world and the Switch is primed for a new edition. Where you can get people to play either through one Switch or multiple consoles, this could be the game you need for your next house party (if it gets made).

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Silent Hill

OK, this one is really out there, but hear me out. The Nintendo Switch needs a good horror game, something that could make good use of the unique controls from the console. Silent Hill is due a new entry and hopefully bring us something new and exciting for us patient gamers. Silent Hills P.T. showed that the franchise could still deliver, so let’s wait and see.

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Warioware

I love these games. The version on Nintendo DS was one of the best games the system had to offer and could be perfect for the Switch. 1-2 Switch seemed like a substitute for the game we would want and I hope that this means Warioware will soon come to fruition and give us the fun and thoughtful software we love. Come on Nintendo, WE WANT THIS!

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Star Wars RPG or Action/Adventure

Star Wars is a massive franchise and many games have stemmed from the series. Whether these be action games, tactical playthroughs and racing titles, there has been a great range. As of yet, there are no announced Star Wars games for the system. But what could we have? I would like to see the controls used for lightsaber battles and maybe a HD remake of Knights Of The Old Republic? Or at worst, maybe a game to fill the blanks in the new trilogy. It’s a dream, but I know it can be done!

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Bayonetta

Bayonetta honestly was a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2009. Platinum Games had a massive hit with gameplay similar to Devil May Cry and an engaging storyline with riveting characters. Maybe a new release for the Switch would be worth the investment. Maybe not a Bayonetta 3, but something around the timeline of the first two which could be fun and joyful.

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Madworld

This Wii game was brilliant, it had a fantastic art-style and some unique controls. Another Platinum Games hit, this made you feel like you were watching an American Sports event (being bloody murder) and the visuals looked striking with the limited colour pallet. A new edition could see a continuation to the story of the protagonist Jack and see him in another “DeathWatch” situation. All I know is that I would be hooked for hours.

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Donkey Kong

At E3 we had announcements for Kirby, Yoshi and even Mario and Rabbids (still feeling weird over this one), but where was Donkey Kong? The Nintendo ape is someone who does get a lot of people interested and maybe a revival of the Donkey Kong Country series? It would certainly be fun to play it in new HD graphics. We need the main guy under our control once again as he protects his bananas!

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Ninja Gaiden or Afro Samurai

Ok, this is a slight cheat putting these too together, but hear me out! Ninja Gaiden could translate well and has proved on many platforms to be a worthy slasher game. But if I could choose, it would be for the Switch to have a crack at giving Afro Samurai a new lease of life. After the disaster that was Revenge Of Kuma, many fans of this series have now got a sour taste in their mouths. It is unlikely another film or TV series will come, so a video game continuation just seems obvious. Get Samuel L. Jackson back and you are set!

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Metal Gear Rising 2

A game that could really benefit from the movement controls, a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is needed so much! The first one was a worthy spin-off to the long-running franchise and showed that Raiden could hold his own as a video game hero. The game could carry on the story with another personal vendetta and possibly a return for Solid Snake? It is unlikely, but this could be the title that would bring some action to the Switch console!

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WHAT GAMES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE? I should also mention to see the Batman Arkham games would be good too!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Pokémon GO: Review and Impact

Available on Apple Store and Android Store for Free!

Pokémon has remained a worldwide phenomenon for many years. The original games still stand as some of the most popular video games of all time! Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl, Black (and 2), White (and 2), X, Y and the upcoming Sun and Moon (Pokémon Snap is also a fun game, though nonsense to a degree). One element that has been missing from the game is having a real-world feel to the challenge of becoming a Pokemon master! But now you can, it’s time to go outside and discover the world from a new perspective.

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First off, make sure your phone is fully charged and that you have a good amount of data to spare. You start the game getting the introduction you may remember from the Game Boy Pokemon games, and from that you get to pick one of the starter pokemon. Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle then appear (there is a way to get a Pikachu, just walk away from the starters that are offered!). From that point, you need to visit the “Poke Stops” to gain more Poke Balls and look to catch all 151 Pokemon on offer! Once you are on your way, you can build the power of your Pokemon and prepare for them to face off at the Gym’s which will prove a real challenge. To get to these stops, gyms and to find the pokemon in general, you have to go out and explore the world around you.

It is almost thrilling when you come across a Rattata or a Pidgey (not when they are the only buggers you find), and also there is a lot of fun about catching pokemon that seemingly appear in the real world. Training pokemon is a bit different, not battling with your held pokemon to catch new ones is strange, but I am sure the gym battles will make it worthwhile when you pick your team. As you may have guessed, I am yet to take on a gym (you need to be at least level 5, which I only just achieved). I have seen some people in the battles and it looks rather fun. Also, another fun thing is you can give your pokemon nicknames like you can in the normal games.

If there were any problems I could raise, the app can be unreliable at times. It can sometimes take multiple attempts to sign into your profile, and servers seem to take a break now and again. Also, the glitches are a pain! The Poke Balls seem to really a 1 in 5 chance of just freezing the game when you catch a pokemon. Though a few problems exist, the game is still in its early days. There is so much potential for this game, and some expansions such as trading/battling friends and adding more pokemon to the list will indeed make it all the better! For now, go and enjoy the fresh outdoors, have your phone ready and get catching. Finally, please watch where you are walking (don’t end up walking into a pond or into the changing room of a certain lingerie outfitter!)

Final Rating (for now): 7.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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INJUSTICE 2. What I Want To See!

Who would have thought a game based around DC comics and using the game engine from the latest Mortal Kombat series would prove such a hit? But it did in both the look and the gameplay. It was fun and really had you hooked all the way through the story mode and repeatedly going through the arcade segments to master each superhero and villain. The personal highlights I got from this game was how well each character was represented and the special moves given to each was well made and faithful to their traits. Also, who expected them to actually give a reason to how Green Lantern and Green Arrow could fight each other on equal grounds? But anyway, we have Injustice 2 on the way next year. With a cool looking trailer and hints to some new and returning characters, here are the five things I want to see in the next game…

  1. Don’t be afraid to extend the roster

There was a great cast of characters in the first game, though I am sure many fans would like a further expansion of the DC characters you can pick from. We already know Supergirl, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd will be in the new game with returning characters Batman, Superman, Aquaman and The Flash. After the successes of the DC TV shows, there is a lot of new characters who deserve a spot on the game. I reckon Black Canary, Constantine, Red Arrow, Firestorm and more would work well as some new heroes to feature. On the villain side, we need Captain Cold, Zoom, Riddler, Ra’s Al Ghul, Livewire, Clayface and maybe Brainiac as the main enemy? Why not.

  1. Keep them equal

The big selling point in the fights was that each character could handle their own with any other and still stay unique. Before 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, I would have thought a game like this could not exist. Though I think the pills will not be a factor in this game, and that may not be a bad idea. In the trailer, it looks like we get to see some “upgrades” for the heroes to see them capable of going head to head on a level playing field again. Will that work into the story? This is where we get to the next point…

  1. Take inspiration from a certain 2016 film

Before you say it, I am not talking about Batman v Superman. If you have watched Captain America: Civil War, you will see its biggest talking point was the big battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Maybe a similar story seeing the two sides form in the one universe (I think we could avoid multiverse for this game) and it would be fun to see two sides form over some crisis. I wouldn’t ask for a remake of what I saw on screen, but there are some elements that could be borrowed. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the defeat of a villain like Joker or Lex Luthor and then them fighting each other leaves earth vulnerable to an attack. From the information I have read, this looks very unlikely and seems to be a more direct continuation of the first. But fingers crossed the links will be there.

  1. Keep the same actors/actresses

Another good point from the first Injustice game was the voice acting. If you have Kevin Conroy voicing Batman, you have already sold it to me. There was also Carl Lumbly reprising his role as Martian Manhunter from the Justice League cartoon, Phil LaMarr becoming Green Lantern again and the amazing Tara Strong living her role as Harley Quinn. If we could have the same cast again, it would not be a disappointment. To have consistency within the games, it would be nice to get that same feeling back from the first title. The only change in cast would be for me The Joker, no offence to the guy who took it on, but I think Mark Hamill or Troy Baker needs to re-take the part.

  1. Longer story mode

In Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the story was always strong and enjoyable. The only problem was that story mode could be completed in about 5 hours. I know this would not be the end of my time playing the game, but it would be great to expand the story some more and get about 8-10 hours. If we learnt anything from the first game, the story shot past with great speed and indeed kept you hooked. I hope the next instalment can keep the same momentum but give a longer experience without just padding it out.

Injustice 2 will be released on PS4 and XBOX ONE in 2017.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Star Wars: Battlefront. PS4 Review

Also available on PC and XBOX ONE

Star Wars fever is in overdrive now, and with the impending release of The Force Awakens, we are set to get the first taster of the sequel trilogy with this new game. Being more a natural progression of the old games rather than a sequel or remake, Battlefront establishes itself as a seriously fun and tough shooter game. Though there is not any real storyline or “campaign” mode to play, the game is packed with many different aspects of gameplay to dive into. Being set within the original trilogy, we see the breath-taking battle scenes played out in front of us. Gameplay is very much the same as remembered, two teams (the Rebels and the Empire) facing against each other in combat. (At least you are better aiming as a Stormtrooper in the game than they are in the films, though the ones in The Force Awakens look like they will be dangerous!).

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Blast is effectively Team Deathmatch, and is the best chance to really get to see painstaking work which has been done to recreate the worlds we love and battle through them while admiring the work that has been done in the graphics department. Hero Hunt is very much given in the title, you hunt the hero (Luke, Leia or Han) and if you defeat them, you then become the hero and the whole team then comes after you. Fighter Squadron then really takes the game to a different level as you get to pilot a ship (Tie Fighters are available) and it is fun to do an all-out assault in the air and manoeuvre like a true pilot. Many of the other levels are of a Deathmatch style with objectives such as dominating the zones, collecting supplies that are dropped and also there are droids (and they are the ones you are looking for). My favourite though is Heroes VS Villains; the best opportunity to see the best of good and evil go up against each other and the result is rather spectacular. Seeing Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader fighting in a spectacular lightsabre battle in the middle of a battlefield is beyond explanation.

There is a sad feeling that a campaign mode was dropped because maybe they couldn’t get it to work. I feel there is a missed opportunity not getting to progress through the saga in a linear fashion. That being said, this is truly one of the most fun and detailed games ever from the Star Wars universe. The action is spot on throughout, the controls are really easy to pick up and exploring the various game modes will certainly keep you occupied for a great amount of time. Electronic Arts is indeed the perfect partner for bringing Star Wars back to your home console, and DICE definitely make good use of their history with the Battlefront series. The only thing I haven’t tried is the Battle Of Jakku maps (as they won’t be out till December) which will be almost a prequel to the new movie, but I can honestly say this game is exceptional and fun. The gameplay stays solid throughout and no visible bugs have cropped up in the time I have been playing it. Well worth having one of the top consoles for this game alone, fans will be delighted and Call Of Duty and Battlefield fans now have something fresh to sink their teeth into.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Afro Samurai 2: Revenge Of Kuma. Volume One

Afro Samurai has been a favorite among anime and manga fans for years. When the anime debuted in 2007, it was a massive hit. Samuel L Jackson starred as the titular hero as he went on a journey of revenge against the man who killed his father. Though not wholly original, it was indeed gripping. This in turn inspired the 2009 video game which showed a similar version of events as that on the series. Though the game wasn’t widely praised, it was still a very fun fighting platformer which took a further look into the world of the futuristic feudal Japan. Then, six years later, we get a “sequel”/spin-off to said game. As the title suggests, it has a strong focus on Kuma/Jinno as he…seeks revenge! He looks to go defeat Afro Samurai and kill him following the death of his family and the wounding of his adopted sister Otsuru, being haunted by memories of them. So, we have a Kuma who has been hacked to pieces and literally puts himself together again to fight Afro. Also, the soundtrack is provided by The RZA once again! Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, that all changes here…

While the idea to the game is nice to see a fresh take on the Afro Samurai story, the execution is unfortunately not as great. We get a strong focus on Kuma and his relationship with Brother 3 of the empty seven. After initially fighting, the two team up on a quest to find Afro Samurai and destroy him. To do this, they first start their journey to get the legendary headbands. The story is told large via pictures and sound clips, though some of them clips sound like they were made off of an old CB radio. The fighting sequences consist of mostly one button hits, no real combos or combinations available. A couple finishing moves and one or two altered attacks is the best you get. Graphic wise, I am a fan of the comic-like imagery, but it is rather clunky and the animation of talking characters is laughably bad. Also, with this being 2015, the graphics look like they would fit in with the graphics engine of a decade ago.

While not the worst game I have ever played (I still consider Too Human as the worst game I have ever played as it was always super clunky and having to wait to respawn was just painful, and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct took a great idea and made it purely abysmal and tiring to play!), it really isn’t a great start for a trilogy of games. At around two and a half hours, the game is relatively short. Though returning voice actors Yuri Lowenthal and Phil LaMarr make a great impact bringing Kuma and Brother 3 back to us, would it not have been great to have had Samuel L Jackson at least make an appearance as Afro Samurai or even as the comical Ninja Ninja? Maybe in volume 2 and 3 we will have them and get a more prominent appearance from the title hero (and maybe a level or two as Afro). The music is fun, it’s great to keep with what we know, but a few more tracks would be nice. Also, please do some tuning on your combat system, and make the gameplay a bit smoother. I have faith the rest of the trilogy will make a huge improvement and I will certainly be playing the next two (as I bought the pack for the trilogy, so I may as well do it now). Volume 2 is due out soon! Redacted, please save this game and make it brilliant! If you even make a patch improving volume 1, I shall make the rating better!

Final Rating: 4/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Mortal Kombat X. “Sorry. Did you just say ‘kick my ass’?”

For a game series on its tenth main instalment, you would expect the quality to maybe dip and possibly begin to bore those who are still playing and getting into this series. Well, I can say that Mortal Kombat X is probably one of the freshest game’s to hit the market for some time. With a story mode which finally takes us away from the tournament, we got an original story set after the 2011 reboot which saw Raiden finally defeat Shao Khan, but at a cost of the lives of many of the fighters. We see a jump to over twenty years in the future and we also go all Pulp Fiction on this game as we have a non-linear story which shows us everything that has happened since Shao Khan was defeated and leading to the re-appearance of evil former Elder God Shinnok. The story plays similar to the last Mortal Kombat game. You are playing through chapters; each chapter sees you fight as a different character of the heroic side. Whether you fight as the reformed Scorpion, thunder god Raiden or even ass-kicker Cassie Cage, you will certainly enjoy the pace and be hooked for every second of the game.

Whether you are in it for the story mode to take on the evil of the NetherRealm, fight your way up the towers and relive the classic arcade style modes or just fight with your friends, this is the game for you. Relive the classic cringes when you saw just how gory your fatality attack is on your enemy, with possibly some of the strongest, bloodiest scenes ever in a video game, but you will love it. The controls, though yes they may involve some button-bashing, the combos are easy to master. Also each character has three styles of fighting, which brings more variety to the table. The finishing moves do remain the favourite, and that will hopefully never change. If you get to see Liu Kang tearing a man in two, well I will leave that comment there. At the time of writing this review, I have not yet had a chance to experience the online fighting. Though, the action I have seen is bone crunching and over the top in violence. But, isn’t that what we expect from Mortal Kombat?

All I will say is to expect a rather big overhaul in the character roster. Though many from the Lin Quei are now gone, you will see that evil does spread in other ways. Also, look out for the shock return of some characters and experience the greatness of some of those who are new to the series. Many of the chapters you will play involve the new cast, but their abilities and specialities will make you love them as much as you did the first lot of characters. Did I mention you can also have Predator and Jason Voorhees on your game? Well, these horror villains should add that bit more flavour to the already rich pot. Get in on 2015’s best game so far! (I should say the story mode is short, but the ending does give us hope for a sequel).

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Five Nights At Freddy’s. “The scariest game in years?”

Available on PC via Steam and Desura and on Android devices on the Google Play Store.

Indie games have really taken the spotlight in video games recently, there seems to be almost as much talk on these as there is talk on big games. But, one game in particular which is definitely getting a lot of attention is Five Nights At Freddy’s. The game is a point-and-click survival horror which involves a quick eye and a quick finger to survive. Released via Desura and Steam in August, the game puts you in the place of a Night Watch Man at the fictional Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza (similar to the US’s Chuck E. Cheese franchise) restaurant. The game focuses on the five nights in which you are in charge of security between the hours of 12am and 6am and all you have to survive the night is watch a few animatronic characters wander around the restaurant and you get paid at the end of the week. Sound ok? Well…

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That’s where the easy part ends. You then need to avoid the characters from getting you by watching a security camera, locking your doors if they are by your office and listen out for any particular noises which may alert you to their approach. Well, you are probably thinking “I can just keep the camera on them so they don’t move or maybe keep the doors locked for the whole night”. Well, you are wrong! You are only given a certain amount of power which runs down throughout the night and will decrease quicker when being used for doors, lights and the camera. Since your character is stationed in his room and you see through a first-person perspective, you can only look side to side and in your camera so you don’t get to move around and must be alert for when any of the characters come for you. If you survive your first night, you will go straight into the next night and this will continue until you complete the game. You learn throughout that the animatronics think of you as a character outside its costume and will forcibly stuff you in one which will kill you at the same time and that people had previously died, including the former security guard who dies during your time playing the game.

This game is well worth the cost. You will jump rather high out of your seat if you are caught, the simple nature makes it terrifying and the cuts in camera and the light flickers are what help the characters move, similar to the weeping angels from Doctor Who. The characters are said to be possessed and the AI is indeed very smart. The nights seem to last around 8 minutes each, at times you may have to watch out for up to 4 characters that will try and come for you. Your base can be quite unnerving and make you feel paranoid as you eagerly await 6am and for the round to be over. Later you do get a few extra levels and can be either a delight to play or just a “s**t your pants” experience. It is a lot of fun, it’s simple and is probably one of the most original games of 2014. See what you think. Many have described this as the scariest game in years…

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Watch Youtuber Markiplier as he plays through the game in this hillarious video!

ALIEN: ISOLATION. Is this the Alien game we have been waiting for?

Gamers and horror fans, the time has come to mark what will be probably one of the most important games to be released in 2014. 1979 film Alien is being given a video game sequel which will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game, set around 15 years after the plot of Ridley Scott’s Alien is the story of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda as she looks to find her mother. This search leads her to the space station Sevastopol where she searches for the flight recorder to the Nostromo to learn what happened to her mother. The space station is also attacked by an Alien and the search becomes a game of survival.

Due out this October, the game looks set to challenge similar survival horror games such as Dead Space and Silent Hill. With a special DLC which takes place during the 1979 film and bringing in cast members from the original Alien film (this includes Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto). So keep your eyes peeled and look out for what may be the best movie-based video game of the year!