Delightful, energetic, and a little long in the tooth. Those were my reactions to 2011’s Rayman Origins, a well-crafted platformer from Michel Ancel that was an absolute pleasure to play. Beautifully rendered, tight controls, and some sharp level design. The kind of things you want in a 2D platformer, and it was a breath of fresh air to boot. Because the reality is you get these types of games from Nintendo or the indie scene, and rarely with the same caliber of production. Rayman Legends is a whole lot more of that same game.
Review based on version 1.02
Gran Turismo 6 arrived on the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, ending its run on the previous generation of hardware in much the same way as Gran Turismo 4 did on the Playstation 2. With the next generation upon us, this may well be the Playstation 3′s swan song, one last hurrah from what is arguably Sony’s most successful franchise, with the series’ biggest, most content-packed entry yet. But one must ask: is that enough?
Grand Theft Auto V, arguably the biggest title of the current console cycle, is releasing to a lot of controversy. Some of it big and some of it small. Not being particularly interested in it I decided to check some reviews, particularly ones from Gamespot and The Escapist.
The Gamespot review is by Carolyn Petit and she has had a history of her reviews incorporating different social agendas. Most of the time it is done decently enough but her review of Grand Theft Auto V left a lot to be desired.
The Endless Backlog Crew has come together for our first ever Videocast. Join Justin and Gagan as they play Saints Row IV cooperatively and discuss Saints Row IV (no spoilers here folks!) and the Saints Row series as a whole, one of the breakout hit new IPs of the outgoing console generation.
The GUFUyourself Brocast crew brings you another episode of The Brocast, this time focusing on indie games, which have taken the gaming industry by storm and featured prominently not only on PC but as an integral part of the launch lineups of next gen consoles, especially Sony’s Playstation 4. We’ve been playing indie games as well over the years and have plenty to say about the recent indie game push in the games industry and discuss the importance of indie games in the industry moving forward. So join Justin, Brian, Will and your host, Gagan for Episode 17 of The Brocast!
You know things are going to be crazy when, in the very first mission, you find yourself infiltrating a terrorist base and after failing to stop the launch of a nuclear missile, you jump aboard it and attempt to disable it in mid-air. And then you’re the President of the United States. But before you’re properly settled in to the Oval Office, Earth is attacked by the Zin Empire and its leader, Zinyak, and you and the Saints are abducted.
Saints Row IV doesn’t waste time in turning things up to eleven, that’s for sure.