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God of War (2018) | Review

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Meghan Kass

Games like God of War are becoming something of a dying breed. Many major AAA games are trying to be increasingly open with their worlds, with games becoming more of a sandbox and less about story and developing characters. That is not to say there are zero story driven more linear games to play, but it appears AAA publishers are finding those games less appealing to back than more open / only only experiences. It is refreshing then, that Sony has seen fit to help bring us a brand new entry in the God of War franchise.  This new era for the series not only brings us back to the hack and slash gameplay we know and love from the series, but also improves upon it along with its puzzles and story.

God of War brings us into the world of Norse mythology and out of Kratos’ comfort zone of Greek mythology. After successfully taking vengeance on the Olympian Gods, Kratos has decided to settle down in Midgard with his son. Atreus is the son of Kratos’ second wife, Faye. After her death, Atreus and Kratos begin to journey to the top of the highest peak in the nine realms to spread her ashes at her request. It is then that we truly begin our hero’s journey as Kratos and Atreus must deal with monsters, angry Norse gods as well as their own personal issues that could either bring them closer together or tear them apart.

The story is some of the strongest in the series, if not the overall strongest in the franchise’s 13 year history. Kratos’ tale has never been more emotional and heart warming as he only desires safety and normality for himself and his son. He does what he can to prepare his son for the world, while protecting him when he can. Their relationship has its ups and downs throughout the main story and you feel each peak and valley the entire way. While I wish Atreus had been written better as a character, a part of me still desired to see the boy safe and unharmed throughout the game. Even at Atreus’ worst prepubescent arrogance, I still wanted both him and Kratos to succeed in their journey and come through stronger as characters.

God of War brings back the hack and slash gameplay  of the previous seven games and even improves on it with major changes, almost as if the systems had been rebuilt from the ground up. No longer is Kratos wielding the Blades of Chaos, but now carries a battle axe called the Leviathan Axe. This axe not only returns to you in the style of Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir (appropriate for the setting of the game) but assists you in puzzles with the added element of freezing certain objects in place. You will need this if you want to get past certain puzzles in the game or certain challenging enemy encounterss.  You can also obtain new abilities and skills for yourself and Atreus by using a currency called Hacksilver to for the duo’s forward progression.

You also get the addition of runes that can upgrade your axe with. This allows you to customize gameplay to your liking more than previous games depending on your play style. You can go for faster, light attacks or heavy and slower ones if you prefer. You also have a new shiny shield in this game as well to mix things up with. You can use it to defend and parry much like the Golden Fleece in previous games. One of the series staples, quick time events, are still present but they play out slightly differently than previous games with two meters, stun and health, that will change during events.

Overall, 2018’s reboot is a top notch entry in the long running the God of War series. This game shows maturity, improvement in game-play, as well as introducing a set of a relatable characters and it all still remains, most importantly,  fun. It is refreshing to see a narrative driven, more linear game like God of War, released during the glut of AAA open world sandboxes that fill have filled up the release calendar lately. I highly recommend this game and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



WipeOut Omega Collection Is A Love Letter To The Series’ Past

Posted on December 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony’s futuristic racing series WipeOut is making the jump to the PlayStation 4 despite the demise of founding studio Psygnosis over five years ago. WipeOut The Omega Collection isn’t a brand new entry in the series but sort of a “best of” from the decade or so.

Content from the PlayStation Vita launch title WipeOut 2048, ships & tracks from the PS3 collection WipeOut HD and finally stuff from WipeOut Fury will be included in the Omega Collection. In total this means that players will have access to 26 unique tracks (with some supporting mirrored versions), 46 unique ships and 9 discrete modes.

Here are the 9 modes according to the PlayStation Blog:

  • Zone, Tournament, Speed Lap, Time Trial, and Single Race from HD
  • Zone Battle, Eliminator, and Detonator from Fury
  • Career Mode from 2048


Returning players will be able to relive their memories of split-screen local multiplayer as this 90s racing stable retains its local multiplayer modes from previous iterations. Graphics in The Omega Collection are being re-tooled for 4K display and the title will have support for 4K displays as well. I loved 2048’s soundtrack and here’s hoping some of my favourite tunes are included with The Omega Collection’s brand new soundtrack. Sony is promising that we will hear some returning classics as well as new tracks from “today’s up & coming artists”.

WipeOut The Omega Collection will be released at some-point in 2017. More information is available on the PlayStation Blog, here’s hoping that this collection might signal Sony’s intention to continue to support the WipeOut franchise with a new entry in the future.


Gravity Rush 2 Delayed Until January 2017 Worldwide

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sad news for fans Gravity Rush fans that were looking forward to finishing Kat’s story in Gravity Rush 2 this December, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to experience the game’s (presumably) fantastic story.  Kat’s current generation adventure has been delayed worldwide until January 2017 according to an update Keiichiro Toyama provided over on the PlayStation Blog.

The team behind the game have spent a considerable amount of time working on asyonchris multiplayer functions and they want as many players as possible online at the same time.

Toyama wrote on the PlayStation Blog:

“A lot of work went into online features that allow for asynchronous player interaction, we want as many people as possible playing the title at the same time. Thus, after careful deliberation, we have decided to change the release date. Gravity Rush 2 will now launch on January 20, 2017.” 

Fans will at least get some consolation prizes to help ease the pain – the developers were planning to launch a side-story DLC pack for the game which will now be released to all players free of charge. Also Keiichiro Toyama mentioned that a special animated short will make its debut before the game’s release.

Here are the details about the DLC:

“In exchange for the longer wait, we have decided to release the premium DLC planned for the title free of charge. This additional story will take place in the world of Gravity Rush 2 and we think fans will have a lot of fun playing through it.” 

Gravity Rush 2 is now scheduled to be released on Jan 18th in Europe, January 19th in Japan and Jan 20th in North America.


Remote Play Comes To Windows / Mac Officially Today

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that the latest PlayStation 4 firmware, version 3.50 – code-name Musashi will be hitting console starting tomorrow. Firmware updates are usually a mundane thing that no one really thinks about but alongside the usual bug fixes & minor features is something major – the ability to use Remote Play on Windows PC / Mac. By using the official PS4 Remote Play app and configuring their PS4 users games can be played over  either wireless or wired connections.

The official specs required for Remote Play on PC aren’t really that demanding, although to be honest the lack of support for Windows 7 is a little baffling considering that it currently has a 51% market share. Sony’s official Remote Play app won’t work on the original version of Windows 8 either, if you happen to be running that for some reason.Read More


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Story Trailer

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Naughty Dog and Sony have dropped a brand new two minute story trailer for the upcoming fourth entry in the Uncharted series – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Here’s the official synopsis for the trailer provided by Sony:

“Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”

The full game will be out on PlayStation 4 April 26th 2016.

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Sony PlayStation Store Holiday Sale On Now

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony’s annual Holiday Sale is usually awaited with baited breath by the PlayStation community. It is in these final few weeks leading up the holidays that we can sometimes find some fantastic deals on digital games. This week marks the beginning of multi-week sale on all currently active PlayStation platforms – for a full list of deals check out the official PlayStation Blog but listed below are some of my favorites.

PlayStation 4

  • v – $18.00 USD
  • Geometry Wars: Evolved – $6.90
  • God of War Remastered – $31.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V Remastered – $31.99 USD
  • Journey – $11.99 USD
  • The Jackbox Party Pack – $14.99 USD

PS Vita

  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – $6.75
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 2 – $7.50
  • Tales of Hearts R – $17.99
  • Resogun – $8.99


Here’s A List of Everything That You Can Play At PlayStation Experience 2015

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony has revealed an absolutely massive list of games that will be playable on the show floor at next month’s PlayStation experience. Of course some of the biggest Fall 2015 games which have already hit store shelves will have a presence there – like Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Destiny: The Taken King. It will also be the public’s first opportunity to try out some of the hottest upcoming titles for Q1 / Q2 2016 including – Far Cry Primal, Gravity Rush: Remastered, Battleborn and Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster.

In that last paragraph alone I mentioned quite a few awesome games but the full list is peppered with big AAA titles, games from smaller publishers, digital only games and of course some really high quality indie titles as well. Make sure to check out the full list after the jump.

PlayStation Experience runs from December 4th through the 5th at the Moscone Centre in San Fransisco California. If you aren’t able to make it down to Cali for the event Sony also live streams their opening press conference which is usually filled with huge reveals!Read More


Gravity Rush 2 & Gravity Rush Remastered Confirmed!

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gravity Rush fans rejoice as Sony Computer Entertainment Japan confirmed during their Tokyo Games Show presentation that both a remastered version of the 2012 original and its sequel Gravity Rush 2 will be heading to the PS4!

Sony released a pair of trailers centered on the announcement and I couldn’t be more excited.  GR2 looks absolutely stunning in motion – once again we get glimpses of sweeping cityscapes and bright blue skies as heroine Kat utilizes her gravity manipulation powers to fly through the skies.

When I reviewed the original game I had this to say about one of my absolutely favorite (and in my opinion essential) PlayStation Vita games:

The gameplay and freedom to fly through the city streets appealed to my senses, they aren’t the only great part of Gravity Rush. The game both looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. Characters, environments and effects are rendered in a style that is very similar to modern Japanese Animation. Characters sport expressive eyes and make gasps and gestures that convey their emotions clearly

Gravity Rush Remastered will be released on PlayStation 4 in Japan in December of this year and in February of 2016 in North America. Gravity Rush 2 is currently scheduled for release sometime next year.

Gravity Rush 2 Trailer
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Gravity Rush Remastered Trailer
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Ellen Page Unhappy About The Last of Us’ Ellie Resembling Her

Posted on June 24, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Ellen Page, the actress probably best known for roles as Kitty Pride/Shadow Cat in the X-Men franchise and the titular character in Juno is unhappy about her likeness possibly being used for Ellie from Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. Recently a question about her likeness being used for the initial design of Ellie was brought up during a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”)Read More


The Last of Us | Review

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Warning: minor story spoilers ahead.

Describing The Last of Us as a post apocalyptic, stealth-action hybrid that takes place 20 years after hordes of infected have ravaged the world, essentially causing the apocalypse, would be doing it a disservice. While on the surface, and probably to the uninitiated, this statement is accurate, it does little to highlight what makes this game so special: Joel and Ellie, the two main characters, and the bond they share. Zombies may be so passé that the genre appears to be shambling forward like the very undead that inhabit it, but Naughty Dog’s latest proves that a little humanity can warm up the darkest of hearts.Read More


Naughty Dog’s Last of Us Gets Season Pass

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Naughty Dog’s next big Sony exclusive action game, The Last of US, will be released in just a few short weeks and we are now getting our first look at post-release downloadable content. If you want to experience the full singe player experience featuring Joel & Ellie be ready to pony up a little bit of cash.

DLC will come in the form of 3 separate packs, the first of which will add new single player content, a first for a Naughty Dog title. The other two add fresh maps and weapons into the game’s yet to be revealed Multiplayer mode. All 3 pieces of downloadable content are available in a $19.99 season pass, available through the PlayStation store. It is not yet known if The Last of US‘s singe player DLC will continue the game’s main story, or will feature some sort of side-story.

You’ll be able to enter the post apocalyptic world of The Last of Us on June XX exclusively on PlayStation 3.

Source: Naughty Dog via Joystiq


God of War: Ascension | Review

Posted on April 2, 2013 by Jason Fayta

Kratos, the ever affable hero hell-bent on murdering every creature and god from Greek mythology, returns to ascend to new levels of brutality in God of War: Ascension, the second God of War installment on the PlayStation 3, after the 2010 release of God of War III. Serving as a prequel for the entire series, the story in God of War: Ascension predates the events found in the PSP title, God of War: Chains of Olympus.

A brief prologue introduces the Primordials, beings who antecede both the Titans and Mount Olympus; they created the Earth by throwing down, Supreme Being style. The war amongst them also spawned the Furies, guardians who capture and torture those they deem guilty–a lot in life they seemingly much enjoy.Read More


Naughty Dog Delays The Last of Us Until June 14th

Posted on February 13, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

The wait for Naughty Dog’s Ps3 exclusive post-apocalyptic action game The Last of Us is about to get a little longer with the announcement that the game is now due out on June 14th 2013.

Neil Druckmann, Creative Director at Naughty Dog, made a post announcing the delay on the PlayStation Blog this morning. Citing the fact that the extra few weeks will allow the studio to continue to polish the game, he promised it would allow them to stick to their original vision without cutting corners.

Interestingly the game is scheduled just after E3 2013 is scheduled to run, from June 11th through the 13th. We already know that the PS4 will be unveiled well before the convention; perhaps The Last of US will be one last hurrah for Sony’s seven year old platform.

Are you excited for the The Last of Us? The first hands-on previews of the game came a little while back but other than that things have been relatively quiet. Perhaps SCEA and Naughty Dog will scare up a new trailer soon.

Check out a quote from the PlayStation blog after the jump.Read More


MLB The Show 13 Gets Fan Selected Canadian Cover

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

MLB The Show has had an alternate cover for the Canadian version since last year’s game. Sony Computer Entertainment Canada announced that an online poll is now open on their Facebook page to determine which cover, out of a set of three, will be adorning MLB The Show 13.

Like last year’s game Toronto Blue Jays player Jose Bautista will be featured front and center on the Canadian edition. So, if you are a baseball fan make sure to cast your vote.

MLB The Show 13 is out on Playstation 3 and Playstation vita on March 5th!


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