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The Five Biggest Video Games Still To Come In 2018!

2018 at E3 was…well, it was E3! Some surprises, a few in depths of upcoming titles and more memes being created than ever before (Dennis at EA, poor guy!). But, amongst some of the disappointments and less than stellar reveals, it is fair to say that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have got some genuinely brilliant titles on the way! With the likes of God Of War, Dragonball FighterZ, Celeste and the re-release of Shadow Of The Colossus entertaining and exciting the gaming world, I want to give a spotlight to some other releases you need to be playing before Christmas!

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

November 16th 2018 on Nintendo Switch

I start with this double hitter, the first true (don’t hate me, internet) Pokémon game to reach Nintendo’s hybrid console will be arriving this November! Unlike previous games in the core RPG series, this game will see the traditional meet the immensely popular mobile app Pokémon Go. While many may not be too happy with a change in the structure, rest assured that Trainer Battles and the Pokémon League is still in effect! Plus there is that Generation 8 RPG due in 2019, so see Let’s Go as a warm up and I am sure you will enjoy it!

Spider-Man

September 7th 2018 on Playstation 4

Every now and again, a Spider-Man game comes along and it actually does really well. So far its Spider-Man 2, Web Of Shadows and I am sure maybe a SNES game that was good, so the hope for a great release is definitely one. Luckily enough, Insomniac Games has been developing this one for quite a while and by taking its own canon will allow it to breathe and grow on its own. With an impressive roster of characters and breath-taking visuals, Spider-Man could be the PS4 game of the year!

Forza Horizon 4

October 2nd 2018 on XBOX ONE

Forza, a car racing franchise with a number of titles to rival Need For Speed but with arguably more high quality entries than the multi-platform game. Forza Horizon 4 has got me excited as it looks set to take place in the UK and servers will be able to take 72 players at a time! Weather will shape and modify the tracks and I admit it is one damn good reason to own an XBOX One X! It may be Microsoft’s last exclusive for 2018, but it will be a damn good one!

Fallout 76

November 14th 2018 on XBOX ONE and Playstation 4

Return to the wastelands with this video game which is set before all the previous games in the series where your character emerges from Vault 76! Fallout 76 will be an online playable game and this time you can link up with friends to tackle all the hazards that you will face. All human characters will be actual players in what will truly be 2018’s most immersive and hopefully deepest video game!

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate

December 7th 2018 on Nintendo Switch

Possibly the most anticipated game of the Nintendo Direct at E3 was SMASH. BROS. Returning! It was announced that not only would this game feature the largest roster so far, but EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER that has ever appeared in the franchise would be playable in Ultimate. The gameplay looks smooth, each character appears well balanced and it will definitely be the early Christmas present for all users of the Switch!

What 2018 video game are you most looking forward to? Message below and let me know.

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