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What Star trek can learn from the Mass Effect formula

Even by now, still close to the launch window, numerous bugs in animation have been well documented, T-poses and dead eyes being at the forefront. However, rather than really delving too much into the problems of Mass Effect: Andromeda, I want to talk about the bright aspects of not only the game but also the general Mass Effect formula and how I feel its structured gameplay could be applied with great success to another sci-fi IP – Star Trek.

How to Survive 2 Review

When it comes to a zombie apocalypse, the entertainment medium seems a little static. Sure, you have The Walking Dead hitting it big on the small screen, as well as the Resident Evil movies being a long main stay on the big screens. However, when it comes to video games, the zombie pandemic has been a mixed bag. Eko Software and 505 Games obviously saw a gap in the market, and tried their hand with How to Survive. The original How to Survive was okay; it was essentially what boils down to a Diablo-esque 3D isometric loot-driven game, where the zombie apocalypse has happened. It was relatively simple in concept and mechanics. Fast forward to 2017 and we have How to Survive 2 released for consoles; a game that plays, on the surface, just like its predecessor.

Westerado: Double Barreled Review

Well howdy partners, ah ya’ll lookin’ for a stylised retro western shooter? Then does Adult Swim Games have a game for you my cowboy friends! Westerado: Double-Barreled is the latest game to offer a unique spin on the western setting, one that Adult Swim Games hopes will succeed in keeping our attention and carving out its own existence, and not just unintentionally act as some form of prelude to Red Dead Redemption 2 - albeit on a different scale.

Hunter’s Legacy Review

Cats are incredible creatures. They can seemingly be let out of the house and have the ability to roam about before finding their way back home. They can land on their feet from great height, while also giving the Illusion of being all cute and cuddly. What cats are not usually known as are incredible warriors, however Hunter’s Legacy proves that cats can actually hold their own against the forces of evil.

Why do we have such huge backlogs of games?

Currently, I have eight disc based Xbox One games sitting on my shelf unfinished, as well as several downloaded onto my hard drive. I keep telling myself, like we all do, that I'll go back and play previously bought games; but, it rarely happens, and thus we have the game backlog. So, why are we as gamers just not satisfied with playing only one game at a time?

5 of the best games to play on Xbox One this Halloween

I have just recently finished playing Until Dawn over on the other console that sits nicely under my TV. It was bloody terrifying and a great game. But as a result, I am now all horror-ed out for this year’s Halloween. For those of you yet to start this strange phenomenon of going out of our way to feel the adrenaline that only a sudden scare or fright can deliver, here are 5 of the best Xbox One games to play this Halloween.

Star Trek Online Review – Xbox One

Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of the starship Picard, it's forever continuing mission – to explore the sparsely looking worlds of Star Trek Online, to seek out and talk to badly designed characters with incredibly smooth faces, to boldly go where MMO's have gone before. So, given that Star Trek turns 50 this year, it's befitting that finally Star Trek Online makes its way on to consoles after having been released back in 2010 for the PC. Was it worth the wait? Well, the swagger and human part of me is saying ''yes, go download it now!'', but the more logical Vulcan part is shouting 'Sort-of'. I will say this straight away. If you played Star Trek Online back in 2010 and have fallen off the bandwagon so to speak, I can wholeheartedly recommend now being a great time to jump back in.

Uno Review

Uno has been a bit of a revelation when it comes to video games, with the first being released back in 2006 for the Xbox 360 - it was a bit of abnormality in that it was one of the first (and most controversial) games to take advantage of the Xbox camera quite early in the life cycle of the console. That game was developed and published by Microsoft and Gameloft to great overall success but this time round, Ubisoft have decided to take up the mantle as they have recently with other table-top games such as Risk and Battleship.

Videoball Review

It’s 9-9 ten minutes in, your teammate is feverishly trying to defend your goal while you go on the offensive. All you need to do is shoot the ball into the goal, but one of the opposition is in the way - you charge up your shot ready to fire. You can see there’s space on the right side of the goal so you tilt and aim, but your charged shot is about to run out so you quickly fire blindly. The blue arrow saves and deflects the ball right across the arena into the back of your goal and you lose! This has been the majority of my experience with Videoball.

5 Xbox One games we can’t wait to play in 2016!

So far, 2016 has been a pretty stellar year for gaming. With the full realisation and release of virtual reality creating a new world for gamers to explore, the year has been a good one and that's even before we roll into 2017 - the year where many believe the hardware will prove its full worth. Leaked before, but fully announced at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference, a new and more powerful Xbox is on the horizon next year and with it will come a host of fantastic games. Games like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, For Honor, and Scalebound will ensure that 2017 will be another fantastic year for gaming. Of that, there is no denying. But we’re still only mid-way through 2016 and there are still plenty of games to get excited about before the year is out. Here are 5 of our most anticipated games still to come in 2016.

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