Reviewed by Lewis

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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Batman: Arkham City Review

One of the most highly anticipated games of the year (2011) and without a doubt the best comic book video game to date. After the events of Arkham Asylum, Gotham’s resident lunatics led by the Joker are causing havoc in Arkham City, a closed off section of Gotham.

The story begins with Bruce Wayne walking into Arkham City in chains, why he’s there and just why the people of Gotham have decided to house a lunatic asylum in the middle of their city is a mystery at this point.

The game gets right into the action with plenty of old enemies making an appearance. Without giving too much away, if there were any enemies that you missed battling in the first game, then you’ll be in for a treat with this one.

For an open-world game the map is a tad small, but the shear brilliance of the plot and the game play more than make up for this.

The story borrows inspiration from some of the best Batman story arcs, including Cataclysm, No Man’s Land, Hush and The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul. The plot also strikes out in it own, and it keeps you guessing right through to the end.

There is plenty of freedom and loads of side-quests to sink your teeth into. So done the cape and cowl, equip your batarangs and face the deadliest villains Gotham has to offer. This is the Batman game we’ve all been waiting for.

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Fear The Darkness … 2

(Spoiler Warning, but the trailer’s worth it)

Check your weapons, and turn out the lights it’s time to take your place as the demon infested head of New York’s most powerful crime family. You pick up as Jackie Estacardo, the hitman turned demon host in this 1st person shooter sequel. The story picks up five years after the events of the first game, no spoilers here; I wholeheartedly recommend that you play the original if you haven’t already.

Jackie is now sitting pretty as the crime boss but shock and horror, he soon gets attacked by some very interesting enemies. The joy as you bring The Darkness powers to bear on your attackers never gets old, however the antiquated points for abilities system does.

The darkness abilities you unlock do go someway to mitigating this let down. My personal favorite was gun channeling, allowing you to infuse your guns with demon energy, boosting power and conserving ammo in one go. Combine that with being able to see and shoot through walls and you will cackle with delight as your enemies fall before you.

The Darkness 2 as made a big deal about ‘quad wielding’, being able to fire two guns and simultaneously use your two demon arms to decimate your foes. This is great fun don’t get me wrong, however the effect isn’t quite as varied from normal dual wielding, as I would have liked. Still the demon arms make tearing through the levels destroying everything and everyone in sight loads of fun.

While the game plays like a standard, if demon-possessed, 1st shooter, there is an underlying story, continuing on from the first game that should keep people interested. This is especially true for fans of the series.

On the whole this game was twisted, gruesome and full of moral ambiguity. Essentially it’s a delight.

For those who haven’t played the first game, here’s a You Tube clip that should highlight why you really should play it.

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Sorry for the delay to normal service. I have been working on a sister blog to this one, it’s about a burlesque and lingerie fashion show I went to. Lots of decadent and debauched pictures here’s the link: http://dancewithfireandice.wordpress.com/

Just to whet your appetite

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