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Let’s Look At: Grand Theft Auto (series)

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September 17th, 2003 is a day that many will regard as a great day in gaming. That is the day Grand Theft Auto V was released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I could not have cared less. I tried, but it was impossible. The game was not on my radar or care meter. The reason is because in two months time the PlayStation 4 would be released and with it, surely a new-gen version of GTAV right? Well yes, but not until a year later and even longer for the PC release. But even then I didn’t pick it up, at least not yet. I was Grand Theft Auto’d out.

Eventually I did and rediscovered why this series is still successful. Much like war, GTA never changes. The same core gameplay you know and love is present in each and every game making any version easy to pick up and play. It’s the extra stuff they do that make each new version what it is. This is not a review of all the titles in the series or even an in-depth look. It’s just a written account of my history and thoughts of the series.

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Fallout 4: Day One Review and Adventure

So it’s not Day One. However these are still my first impressions of the game. The reason it’s not day one is because I needed to take an extra day to fully get my thoughts in line. My Fallout 4 experience began months ago where, as soon as I could, I pre-ordered a copy from Gamestop. Paid in full as I always do. Monday, November 9th rolled around and I was very excited to go to the midnight launch and pick up my copy so I could jump right in. I had to work the next day so I wanted to get some time in prior to that so I could start working on this piece.

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2

It dawned on me the other day that I have made quite a few videos on Revelations 2 but never an actual review. In fact if you do a search for “Resident Evil Revelations 2 on Vita” my stuff typically comes up. However I’ve never really talked about the game itself. So let’s fix that now. Here is my full review on Resident Evil Revelations 2.  And in true Daily Goat fashion I will concentrate more on the experience than the technical side of things.

The game takes place over four episodes, each one split into two chapters. The first part of each episode has you playing as Claire Redfield and the second as Barry Burton. Longtime fans of the series will instantly know these two. While it’s not necessary to know the background on the characters to enjoy the game, having a history with the series will definitely help with some of the story, especially the rare jokes and one-liners the game sneaks in.

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November 2015 Free PlayStation Plus Games

Here are your free PlayStation Plus games for November 2015. Happy Gaming!

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The Walking Dead: Season 2
Magicka 2

PS3

Mass Effect 2
Beyond Good & Evil

PS-Vita

Dragon Fin Soup – PS4 and PS Vita (PS3 Cross-Buy when available)
Invizimals

*images courtesy blog.eu.playstion.com


Let’s Look At Transformers Devastation

Let’s take a quick look at Transformers Devastation! A game that is built on nostalgia and delivers a very fun and very satisfying third person action game.


Assassins Creed III Liberation – Throwback Thursday

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Late to the game on this one but I finally finished it. There are multiple options for playing this game, either the original release on the Vita or the HD release on PC, 360 or PS3. As should be no surprise, I opted for the Vita version so this review will be based on my experience with the handheld. From reading different sites, the console/PC experience doesn’t really differ aside from looking prettier and a few added missions. So this should cover all iterations of the game pretty well.

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Let’s look at OneChanbara on PSP

So I imported a copy of OneChanbara for the PSP. When I reviewed ZII: Chaos I found out about this title and since Amazon had it available for cheap I picked up a copy and was surprised how fast it arrived from Japan. As a Japan only release you can imagine how little English there is in the game. However it still seems to be playable. So let’s take a look!


PlayStation Portable Buyers Guide

I love articles like this since they are always subjective to the person writing it and because of that I usually get to learn about games I haven’t tried yet. So now it’s my turn to give back and present my own advice on what games you need to get if you decide to buy a PlayStation Portable (PSP) and start collecting for it.

The first thing I want to talk about is the system itself. It was originally released in 2004. The system blew people away at first, never before had anyone seen a handheld with graphics as good as the PSP. It was like having a portable PS2. It also had an analog nub that worked similar to an analog stick which allowed more freedom of movement in games which really helped out with racing games. The library spans more than 700 games so you have plenty to choose from. The system even plays PSOne games downloaded from the PlayStation store.

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Onechanbara Z2 Chaos

I’ve been trying to think of a clever way to start this review off without mentioning the obvious but I can’t. So let’s mention it, this game has boobs. Lots of boobs. And the game lets you know it frequently. Bikini clad Japanese women fighting zombies. This game knows what it is and plays to it a lot. It could not be geared more towards it’s target demographic. Luckily it plays just as well as it…uh…looks?

If you are familiar with the series you will know this not the first Onechanbara game to come about. Nope, it began life on the PS2 and has since had releases on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, cell phones and now the PS4. There was also a movie made based on the game series. So while you may not have heard about this game, it actually has a lineage that spans multiple consoles and mediums.

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Batman: Arkham Origins – Blackgate

Yup, another Vita title. I’ve been playing a lot of Vita lately and have been having a blast. The latest title I’ve recently finished was Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate which is a companion to the console releases back in 2013. It plays as a 2.5D side scrolling version of the main games. In many ways it works very well, but there are also some major flaws with the title that should be talked about, but nothing that would warrant avoiding it.

It’s a decent handheld title that can be picked up and put down almost at will thanks to frequent automatic save points. I wish more games adopted that mechanic. I mainly finished the game by playing for an hour or more at a time but there were plenty of times I could pick up for only 10 minutes, advance the story a bit and pick it back up later without losing that progress.

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Final Fantasy IX – Throwback Thursday

It’s not uncommon for people to speak about songs, movies or books that have changed their life. Not many people mention a video game, at least not seriously, when referencing media that had such a profound impact on them that it altered the way they thought or saw the world afterwards.

Perhaps because video games are still just being accepted as a regular and normal hobby for adults. Many people still associate video games as something boys play as kids even though the average gamer is 30 with 47% being female. The average age of the frequent game buyer is 35. This is according to a google search which pulled data from a study done by G4TV.

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Killzone: Mercenary

This was another of my first Vita purchases based on all the glowing reviews. Borderlands plays well on the system but I really wanted to try out a Triple-A shooter that was built specifically for the Vita. The game does a great job of showing what this handheld is capable of. This and Uncharted are the perfect “show off” games for the Vita.

Let’s dive into Killzone. First off it has its own story but unlike Shadowfall this still plays and feels like classic Killzone. You play as a mercenary that has been hired on to help support the ISA against the Helghast. You take on specialized missions and get paid to do so, which they remind you of a lot. Everything you do basically earns you money and the characters talk about getting paid a lot. There are pros and cons to this approach.

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