Until Dawn Review

Go left, go right, mash triangle and make sure to hit circle at the right time. These are the gameplay mechanics you will begin to master in the new PS4 title Until Dawn. The game was created and developed by Supermassive Games, a fairly young studio. Since 2008 they have created mostly downloadable content for games such as Killzone & LittleBigPlanet. So everyone in the gaming industry was very eager to see what this talented studio would do with their first big budget game. 

Until Dawn originally started out as a first-person PlayStation-Move game that was intended to launch on the PS3 in 2013. After hearing feedback from fans and, I’m sure some Sony executives, Supermassive Games knew they had something special on their hands, but it wasn’t quite ready. Fast forward to today and what they created was something completely different. (In a good way)

untildawn cabinThe game we have today is set in a 3rd person perspective and is mostly an interactive drama. Until Dawn never wavers once on what kind of story it wants to tell. It is a homage to classic 80’s horror movies in the best possible way! The game chronicles 8 friends traveling to a remote mountain getaway. The friends have all decided to make the trip together so that they can get some sort of closure, due to a tragedy that happen the year before at that same cabin. If your mind is racing of all the dumb things you think will happen, guess what you are probably wrong. Thats the beauty of Until Dawn! The game starts off by being pretty predictable with some silly scares and over the top dialogue, but by the mid point of the game you will really see a shift in the tone and mood of the game. You will explore abandon hospitals, dark mines and disturbing basements. Until Dawn has a lot of tricks up its sleeve and will continue to surprise you with its 10 to 12 hour campaign.

The character models in the game are played and mo-capped by pretty well known actors; Hayden Panettiere, Peter Stormare and Rami Malek who we all know now from the hit television show Mr. Robot. Supermassive Games took the likeness’s from all of the actors, so the characters you seen in the game are actually performances from the actors themselves. I really appreciated the fact that Supermassive Games took a chance on mo-capping all of the actors and giving them the ability to act out true emotion. It makes for a more enjoyable gameplay experience and will make you really fall in love with some characters or perhaps make you dislike others.

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Eight friends stranded on a mountain. Live or die. You decide who will survive Until Dawn!

until-dawn-butterfly-effectWhat makes Until Dawn so good in my opinion, is that throughout the game you will have the chance to play all 8 characters. This unique gameplay feature makes it so you have the choice to decide the characters fate! The game will have some choices that are not super important and other times the choices could have dramatic effects on the outcome of the story and that particular character. These choices are called “Butterfly Effects” and no, not that terrible movie with Ashton Kutcher. Butterfly Effects will pop up each time you have made a choice that will effect the outcome of the story. The thing I loved was that “you” the player never knew what choice was significant or insignificant. While playing Until Dawn you become so immersed in the game, you tend to start thinking about every choice in extreme detail. My suggestion for anyone who is interested in this game, make sure to play it with a friend or a significant other. You might be surprised with what they think, is the right decision. You also may learn a lot more about your so called friend 🙂

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In the end, Until Dawn is a game that I absolutely adore! Not once in my life have I ever beaten a game in one day start to finish. I honestly could not put it down. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and even when I finished the game I spent another two to three hours trying to get different outcomes and hunting for collectibles. Supermassive Games should be proud of themselves for a really trying something new and fun with Until Dawn. It gets me really excited to see what game they will make next!

Final thought: I would highly recommend Until Dawn for everyone who owns a PS4. This is a great game to play with friends. So check it out and let me know what you think.

Watch Dogs first Impressions

 

For almost a year I have been anticipating the release of Watch Dogs and now it’s here! Of course I had to pick up the game at midnight and yes of course I played the first mission at 1:00AM that morning. But after playing more missions the following day I started to get a little worried about the game that I had anticipated so much. Did I build up too much hype for the game ? Or am I not in the mood anymore for an open world game? All of these things ran through my head during the first 2 hours of playing the game. The first 2 hours of Watch Dogs are not what I expected and to be honest let me down! BUT….. BUT.. Let’s fast forward about 3 hours into the game and I’m having an absolute blast !! I finally feel in control of Aiden and have mastered the gun-play. The game is a tad hard to get use to, but once you understand the mechanics the game really opens up and the fun begins! I’m about 5-6 hours in and have begun act II. I will have my full review once I beat the game. Until then have fun hacking the city of Chicago.

Beyond: Two Souls- Could it be an Instant Cult Classic?

The term Cult Classic gets thrown around a little too much these days. But what makes a cult classic so special or an even better question would be, what the hell does the term cult classic even mean?

The term Cult classic is defined as: “A popular piece of work, which has gained a large following. This following has most likely been around for at least a few years, except for cases of an ‘instant cult classic,’ in which a movie or piece of work gains instant fame which remains for decades to come.”

Now that we all get the general gist of what a cult classic is, I can now persuade you that at this very moment there is a game at your local Best Buy or GameStop that fits the definition above, that game is a PlayStation exclusive “Beyond: Two Souls”.

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Beyond: Two Souls is the story of Jodie Holmes played by actress Ellen Page. Her story will take the player through important and key moments of her life, starting from the age of 8 and continuing to the age of 25. Jodie has an entity or more commonly known as a “ghost” named Aiden that is attached to her. Throughout the game the player will be thrusted into sections of Jodie’s life, some sections are as ordinary as your everyday life and other sections are as action packed as most Call of Duty games you see today.

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So now we know a little about the game, lets go into what makes Beyond: Two Souls so special. There is one factor in particular that makes this game so unique and that is when the gameplay it-self collides with the story of Two Souls. There is a perfect mesh that happens in the game where you the player have the opportunity to play apart of the story, with films the viewer can only watch the narrative play out. With Two Souls the player will be able to interact with the characters and actually choose the fate of our protagonist. During sections of the game the player will be prompted to make split second decisions that will ultimately effect the outcome of the story, good or bad. This component of Two Souls makes for some interesting story changes and will have the player sweating his or hers next big decision.

October 8th 2013, Beyond: Two Souls is released to some rather peculiar review scores. IGN’s Lucy O’brien gave the game a 6/10, videogamer.com gave beyond an abysmal score of 4/10 and lastly GameSpot raved about Two Souls giving the game a 9/10. So what does this mean for the gamers? Personally when scores range from bad to amazing, this situation turns into a more tantalizing treat for the gamer. This will give you the player the opportunity to play this game and see for yourself if Beyond: Two Souls is for you or not.

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So what will make Beyond: Two Souls an instant cult classic? I feel Beyond: Two Souls will be extremely polarizing to the general public due to the fact that this game is just so different from any other experience that is out right now. Of course you can play a first-person shooter, there are dozens of those. But when it’s all said and done do you wanna just play a game or do you wanna be apart of a journey? Jodie’s jouney…………….