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Video Game Quiz!

Guys! It’s been far too long. Like four months too long.

My first ever blog post was a video game quiz, so seeing as I’ve been away for a while and a bit rusty on the old blogging malarkey, I thought I’d get back into it with a new Video Game Quiz that’s popped up on Tumblr.

Please feel free to use the quiz for your own blogs!

Here we go:

1:Do you try to stay away from walkthroughs?

Generally yes. I feel like they can spoil the game, especially if you read a bit too far ahead and reveal too much of the storyline! I usually have a rule where I try on my own for at least half an hour, then if I’m still stuck I can have a sneak peek at a walkthrough. I’d never judge someone who uses them or needs them to progress in a game, I’d rather finish a game with a bit of help than leave it on my shelf because I couldn’t get past one section!

2:Company you’re always loyal to?

I wouldn’t particularly say I’m a loyal gamer, but going through VG companies I’d say Rockstar is up there. I’m still waiting for another game like LA Noire.. This is probably embarrassing to say but the company I’m most loyal to is probably Treyarch, or just the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. I can’t help it, I have a love/hate relationship with those games!

3:Best game you’ve ever played?

Oooooooh. Tough one. Probably Portal (I consider Portal 1 and 2 one big game, that’d be like having a favourite child). I actually cried when I finished Portal 2 because I was so upset it was over. I got a bit obsessed with the games, I was having dreams of jumping through portals and was rushing home from work just to play it.

4:Worst game you’ve ever played?

I think I’ve mentioned this before.. but SPICE World. I don’t think it should be allowed to be called a game, it’s just one big giant pile of disappointment. My dad took me and my brother to GAME (or Gamestation, whatever it was called in 1998) and said we could each pick a game of our own. He tried to buy our love with video games, what a guy. I can’t remember what my brother bought, either FIFA or a mundane racing game, but I bought SPICE World. This was my first video game that was mine, not a game for the family to play, it was for me. Little Amy in her Spice Girl platform shoes, with her bubble coat and weird see-through plastic backpack. In my mind the game was going to be like the platform games out at the time, kind of like a Lego game where you can switch characters and unlock outfits. But no. NO. You pick a Spice Girl song, then “remix” it, which creates a choppy, out of time mess. Next you go to a dance studio and learn a dance routine of buttons, THEN you go to a TV studio where the crappy song plays and you press the dance routine buttons. THAT’S IT. This is the kind of shite they thought was acceptable to push for young girl gamers to play, and it still happens today with the Bratz or Barbie games (there’s plenty of YouTube Let’s Play videos of people taking the piss out of these games). Clearly it still upsets me..

5:A popular series/game you just can’t get into no matter how much you try?

Halo. I played it a lot on the original Xbox with my brother back in the day, but I never carried on the franchise. I tried to play Halo 3 on Xbox 360 but felt out of touch with it so gave up. I don’t own an Xbox One so I can’t even play The Master Chief Collection to try it again.

6:A game that’s changed you the most?

Tomb Raider was a big game for me growing up. I was never very good at it but I really enjoyed playing it and watching other people play. A few years ago when I was going through a rough patch I played Tomb Raider Legend four times in a row. I would get overwhelmed by new games, so decided to stick with Lara. She got me through a bad time!

7:A game you’ll never forget?

Besides Tomb Raider, I’ll never forget PT. I know it was just a demo, but playing it in the dark with a mate at 1am and absolutely crapping ourselves was such a fun time. The hype, mystery and eventual let down of the cancelled Silent Hills game was unforgettable. 

8:Best soundtrack?

Child of Light’s soundtrack was so beautiful, it made me cry a few times throughout the game. I’m currently playing Unravel which also has a gorgeous soundtrack, it’s so laid back but sad at the same time. I’m waiting for the official soundtrack to be released so I can buy it!

9:A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?

I don’t think I’ve ever turned the volume off in a game?

10:A game you’ve completely given up on?

Not going to lie, there’s a few. One franchise I really wanted to play was Mass Effect. I hit a big, game destroying glitch in the first game and that kind of killed it for me. Maybe one day I’ll give it another go.

11:Hardest game you’ve played?

I tried Dark Souls, it wasn’t for me. (Not just the difficulty, the game in general)

12:Shortest time you’ve beaten a game in?

I’m a pretty slow gamer and don’t really clock my time in a game, but I completed the Call of Duty Black Ops III campaign in one sitting. Went to bed at 7am. It was awful.

13:A game you were the most excited for when it wasn’t released yet?

LA Noire. I don’t pre-order games, but that game was pre-ordered. Also the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013. (I’m still waiting on the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider!)

14:A game you think would be cool if it had voice acting?

I don’t know. Games without voice acting work because they have no voice acting. Like Child of Light, I don’t think it would have worked if the characters spoke.

15:Which two games do you think would make an awesome crossover?

Tomb Raider and Uncharted? Or is that too cliche? 

16:Character you’ve hated most? From what game?

I can’t think off the top of my head of my all time most hated, but I really disliked Chloe in Uncharted 2. Always making snarky comments and getting in the way!

17:What game do you never tell people you play?

There’s no hiding your gameplay these days, might as well embrace it! I don’t think there’s ever been a game I’ve been embarrassed to play. My mum bought me Shrek 3 on Xbox 360 and I still own it! It’s a terrible game but I actually had a laugh playing a few of the mini games.

18:A game you wish your friends knew about?

Mate, I wish I had more friends that played games..

19:Which game do you think deserves a revival?

I’m excited for the Crash Bandicoot Remasters, but I’m a bit worried they’ll botch it up. Looks like they’ve done a good job with the Uncharted series, but Crash is a lot older.

20:What was the first video game you ever played?

It was either Tetris or Super Mario Bros. My parents bought a NES in 1991 when I was about 18 months old. Seeing as it was quite a robust console they let me bash about on the controller from a young age.

21:How old were you when you first played a video game?

18 months old!

22:If you could immerse yourself in any game for one day, which game would it be? What would you do?

I feel like I’m repeating games in this quiz, but Portal would be amazing. I’d love to use one of the portal guns. But just being in a game where you can run for long distances or climb walls, I know people can do that in real life but I can’t!

23:Biggest disappointment you’ve had in gaming?

See above for SPICE World story.. 

24:Casual, Hardcore, or in the middle?

In the middle, leaning more towards casual. Depends on how I’m feeling and how hyped I am about a game.

25:Be honest; have you ever used cheats (like ActionReplay or Gameshark)?

Besides the cheats in the old school magazines you could buy in the 90’s, or the cheats in The Sims (rosebud!;!; and motherlode anyone?) I’ve never used cheats.

26:Handheld or console?

Console.

27:Has there ever been a moment that has made you cry?

I cried at the end of Portal, The Walking Dead, Child of Light (throughout the game), and got emotional at the end of Wolfenstein. My first ever game where a character dies as part of the story line was Final Fantasy 7 when Aeris dies. I had to google her name because my brother changed her name to Jenny, which is my mum’s name. Bit weird watching your mum die in a video game at 8 years old.

28:Which character’s clothes do you wish you owned the most?

The Assassin’s Creed outfits are pretty damn cool.

29:Which is more important, gameplay or story?

For me it’s the story. As much as I enjoy bigger games like Skyrim, I can get a bit lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing.

30:A game that hasn’t been localized in your country that you think should be localized?

I can’t think of any game that hasn’t been released over here in the UK? I’m assuming there’s a lot of cool Japanese games not released here, I’ve never looked into it though.

 

And there you go! Like I said please feel free to use the quiz in your own blog post (unfortunately I can’t credit who created the quiz as I can’t find the original post on Tumblr!)

Hopefully I’ll be posting again on here soon, I’ve been playing a lot of games that I want to talk about!

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

 

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My Favourite Games of 2015

Guess who left this post in their drafts for three months? Yup. Seems a shame to let it go to waste, so here’s my belated blog of my favourite games played in 2015!

Now, the twist with my list is it’s not limited to games released in 2015, I’ll be talking about my favourite games played in 2015. There are 2014 releases I can’t ignore, and a few oldies that definitely deserve a mention.

So! In no particular order, my favourite games of 2015:

Child of Light (PS4)

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I’ll be honest, I can’t quite fathom the words to describe just how much I loved this game. From the moment I booted up the game I was hooked. The soundtrack by far is what makes the game so special to me, it conveys exactly what is happening at that moment in the game and it actually made me cry a few times. The artwork is absolutely stunning and felt like I’d jumped into a watercolour painting. Each level brought something new to the story and each town, crumbling castle and forest looked nothing like the previous place you passed through. The flutter of Aurora’s wings and patter of her feet as she landed back on the ground just added even more to the elegance of this game. The gameplay is quite simple as a 2D platformer, but the inclusion of the battle sequences and ability to switch characters mid-battle certainly shook things up a little. Each character in Aurora’s party (all of whom I fell in love with) have their own unique battle specialities, and discovering how to use each character to your own advantage really helps during the battles, especially as the game progresses and the difficulty increases. If you haven’t had a chance to play Child of Light yet I highly recommend it, although if fairytales and rhymes aren’t your thing (the entire dialogue is written in rhyme..) then this game might not be for you.

Rocket League (PS4)

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I know, everyone has played Rocket League. But this list is my favourite games played in 2015, and Rocket League definitely has to make the list. I managed to nab Rocket League for free when it was one of the PlayStation Plus free games last year, and personally it was one of the best PlayStation Plus games of 2015. The amount of hours I’ve put into this game is, well, a lot. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about a car donning a mariachi hat with flowers flying out of the exhaust flying into an oversized football. Seeing as the game was free I bought the DLCs that were released over the months, which means more cars, more maps and more silly hats. Bloody brilliant.

Bioshock (Xbox 360)

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I might be scraping the barrel by adding this to the list,  I’d already played BioShock before 2015 but I’d never completed it. I KNOW. DON’T JUDGE ME. BioShock has been sat on my games shelf for years and years, then every time I’d go to play it I’d either be too busy to continue or wasn’t in the right mindset to play (something that happens a lot with me..), so I’d end up putting it back on the shelf to restart another time. I’m telling you, I’ve played that Medical Pavilion level too many times. It was only when I moved into my flat last summer and had no internet for 17 days that I decided it was time to go back to Rapture. It was kind of perfect actually, having no contact with the outside world (besides using my phone data sparingly for Facebook and Twitter) I was able to fully immerse myself in that underwater city. I took my time, looted every little piece of scrap from every trash can, corpse and container, and thankfully I was never spoiled on the ending, even after all these years. I bloody loved that game, so much so that I even made a few BioShock themed cross stitches:

Until Dawn (PS4)

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Although my review of Until Dawn was slightly average, I can’t ignore the fact that my first playthrough of this game was incredibly fun. Playing Until Dawn co-op with a friend in the middle of the night was exactly the way this game was intended to be played, and boy did we have a laugh. I’m a big horror fan – ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, zombies, aliens, you name it, and this game was jam packed with several horror genres: a ghost story, killer on the loose, being chased by an unseen spook through the woods, urban legends etc etc. Yes it was cliché, a group of teenagers staying in a log cabin when things go awry, but that’s why I liked it! However, like I mentioned in my review, once you’ve played the game through twice it starts to lose it’s appeal. Although there are several possible outcomes and twists to the story, once you’ve seen two or three you’ve kind of seen them all. However, this game earned a spot on my 2015 list as my first experience of the game was so much fun, I can forgive any niggles I had over it’s replayability.

Alien Isolation (Xbox 360)

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My parents bought me Alien Isolation for my birthday (December 2014) but I only started playing it in the new year. My God, my anxiety levels went through the roof! It’s quite lengthy for a horror survival game, taking almost 20 hours to complete, but it doesn’t scrimp on the quality to stretch the game out. I haven’t even reached the halfway point, but the lasting effect this game has had on me certainly deserves a mention in my 2015 list. I’m eager to get back on it and try completing it, but I may need a co-op buddy to help get me through, maybe even therapy afterwards..

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

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Another game that is potentially pushing it on my 2015 list, as I only got it for Christmas! However, I thoroughly enjoyed playing Drake’s Fortune over the holidays, completing it just before heading back to work in the new year. I never owned a PS3 so never got the chance to play any of the Uncharted franchise, so when the news came out last year that they were releasing The Nathan Drake Collection, well it got me very excited. My mum was also pleased that I asked for this game for Christmas, “3 games in 1! Bargain!”

Although the first game of the series felt a little dated, and I’m trying not to criticise a game that’s nine years old (even though that’s the same year BioShock came out but anyway…), I still really enjoyed it. I’m a lover of a story driven, puzzle solving, shoot-the-bad-guys action game, and Uncharted definitely fits the bill. Also – Nathan Drake. That charming bastard. He’s like a mix between Nathan Fillion and David Boreanaz, and I’m a little bit sad they never turned this into a “so bad it’s good” movie back in the day.

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Damn, Nathan.

Never Alone (PS4)

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What a lovely game. Never Alone was one of the free games on Playstation Plus this year, and was such a nice little treat. It’s a beautiful puzzle platformer, with a ton of stories about the culture and folklore of the Iñupiat people of Alaska. The premise of the game is very simple, but the input of history and actual stories from Alaskan natives gave the game a very special, almost magical feel. I haven’t completed it yet, which I’m quite glad about, as I’ve got some more time to enjoy this game.

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

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Now, before the comments start about how bad and disappointing this game is – I know. It should have been better. Of the game’s sixteen chapters – four of these were cinematic fillers with no gameplay at all. The game was short, the story was predictable, the ending was meh. However, I still enjoyed the game.

I bought The Order for £12, which may be what swayed my opinion, if I’d have paid the full £45 I’d probably be just as pissed off as everyone else. This is one reason why I wait until the hype is over – honest reviews are out, the price comes down, you get what you pay for. I bought this game as something to take my mind off recovering from surgery in November, and it done the job. It took me a week to complete, mostly because I couldn’t tolerate sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time due to the pain I was in, but it meant I was able to spread out the game a bit longer than I would have done otherwise. It truly is a beautiful looking game and I’m a sucker for Victorian-era London, with a nice dollop of steampunk and supernatural characters too. I might do a separate post with a longer review for The Order, as I’ve got a lot to say about the game!

So there you have it, my favourite games played in 2015! Sorry it’s three months late..

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

Until Dawn – Game Review

I was so intrigued by Until Dawn, the game even made it to my “Upcoming Games I’m Excited For” post I made almost two months ago. I held off buying it for a few weeks, as I had a friend coming to stay at the end of September and we’d planned to play it together. No shame in trying to save a few bucks on a new release!

As a lover of a good old slasher horror flick, Until Dawn did not let me down. It was incredibly cliché; a group of teenagers staying in a log cabin on a mountain, with a mix of teenage dramas, crushes, and couples that will take their chances against death for a quickie. Slap on a bit of paranormal activity and a psychotic killer on the loose, and you’ve got me hooked. It was a nice blend of Evil Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, and Scream.

The visuals were incredible, something Supermassive Games really deserve all the praise for (and I’m hoping they win all the awards!). I strongly suggest that you watch the behind the scenes videos, they’re a bonus with the game but I’m assuming they’re available online now. They show how the actors performed the whole game on a sound stage, in their fancy CGI morph suits with cameras attached to their heads to capture all of their facial movements. The only letdown is that it’s a short video, I would really have loved a more detailed documentary showing the process from “Stage to Screen.”

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Now, onto the gameplay. Until Dawn is advertised as being “designed to be played multiple times,” but I’m afraid to say that the game is only fun to play through twice. Any more than that and it’s far too repetitive, with no skip button for the long cinematic scenes. I’ve played it five times now (I’m a shameless trophy hunter. FIGHT ME.) and I’m ready to put the game to rest. There isn’t enough variety to keep seeking out new ways to change the story.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the game, the first playthrough with my friend was a bloody good time. Watching someone else’s decisions, having little arguments about said decisions, judging each other for failing the Quick Time Events, then discovering the big plot twist, it’s a really fun game to play the first time through with a gaming buddy.

During my second playthrough, which was on my own, I took a bit more time with the game. I found all the collectibles, which piece-by-piece unlocks a video about the lore and history of the mountain, the suspicious mining accident, and the creatures inhabiting the mines. I also changed a lot of my previous decisions, completely changing the outcome of the game. Like I previously said, the first two playthroughs are brilliant and I cannot fault them.

My favourite collectibles were the Totems. Depending on their colour, they would show you character deaths, and any upcoming dangers or fortunes you may come across. The scenes are re-playable, so they were interesting to play back during the game to see if any of the premonitions may be coming up. It was a nice twist to the usual collectibles in games, which sometimes don’t add much to how you play.

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One of the biggest downfalls of Until Dawn is the lack of multiple save slots. Your first playthrough is your main save, and once you’ve played the game you can play again from whatever episode you choose (you have to play all the episodes from that point on to make a change to the outcome in the end). The biggest flaw in that is a character potentially dies in an early chapter. If they died on your first play, then you need to play from that early chapter every time to try and keep them alive. It’d be nice if there were at the very least two save slots, one to keep said character alive and the other one where they die.

If you’re not a fan of games with Quick Time Events, then I’m sorry but this game is pretty much built on them. Personally I don’t mind them, they can make me feel a bit anxious (I’m an Anxious Annie..), but I think it adds to the feel of the game. You’re being chased by a killer – you’re gonna be feeling a bit antsy.

In addition to the Quick Time Events, there’s also the use of the DualShock 4 controller’s gyroscope feature. In situations where you’re hiding, you’ll be told to keep still. And I mean keep still. The tiniest of movements will trigger the attacker, and in some situations can lead to a character’s death. I ended up holding my breath and resting the controller on my stomach to avoid my hands betraying me and going into spasm out of sheer stress.

At first I found the controls a bit difficult, they reminded me of old school Resident Evil (I’m sure a lot of you know exactly what I mean!), where the right toggle didn’t really have much control of your camera movements. After a while I got used to it, however it was a bit daunting walking towards the camera and not knowing what you were walking towards until the camera angle changed. I wonder whether they decided on these controls as a nod to the classic horror game.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the game, but got a bit tired of it after a few replays. However I won’t let my greediness in replaying for trophies spoil the fun I initially had playing it. I paid £38 for a new copy a few weeks after release, which may seem steep for some people, but considering I’ve raked in almost 40 hours playing it, I’d say I’ve got my money’s worth.

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Too Many Games, Not Enough Time!

I’ve decided to make a pledge to myself, a challenge. I’m not allowed to buy any more games until I complete 5 games that are already on my shelf. I know. Crazy.

I’m a bit of an impulse buyer, my bookcase is crammed full of books waiting to be read, and my game shelf is just the same. I bought my PS4 back in April, and up to now I have seven unplayed PS4 games (not including downloaded games..), but I have an incredible amount of games for my Xbox 360 that I haven’t even started, or are half played and were never finished. It’s a goddamn travesty!

So I’m putting my foot down. Five games that are already on my shelf need to be completed, and these are the five I’ve picked out (but are subject to change):

  • Bioshock – I love Bioshock. The soundtrack, the underwater world of Rapture, the creepy shadows of the Splicers, and of course, the Big Daddies and Little Sisters. Absolutely beautiful. I have no idea why I didn’t complete it!
  • LA Noire – This game. THIS GAME. I bought it on release day, and dedicated hours upon hours to this gorgeous son of a gun. I made it to disc three, so only had a few hours left until completion. Then my brother came to stay after he had surgery. I let him play my Xbox when I was out at work, as long as he created his own savings on games. HE DIDN’T. I sat down for the last leg of LA Noire, suddenly my cop had been sacked, having an affair, and I had no bloody idea what was going on. My brother decided to have a go, didn’t know what he was doing and screwed up my save without telling me. I had no choice but to give up. So I’m trying again, right from the beginning. No brothers allowed this time.
  • Alien: Isolation – My parents bought this for my birthday last year, it’s quite long for a horror game, but I’ve already put several hours into it. I need to see it through to the end!
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – I played the first mission, but other than that I haven’t ventured into the campaign. I’ve spent a hell of a lot of hours in multiplayer, though. GUN GAME, BABY.
  • Far Cry 3 – It’s been sat on my shelf for a long time, but I’ve never started it. I’ve actually never played any of the Far Cry franchise, but I’ve been told it won’t make much of a difference not starting from the beginning. It looks epic, as does Far Cry 4!

And there’s my five. They may change over the next few weeks, but the goal is to complete five games before I buy anymore games. I bought three games this week, even though I’m in the process of moving into my own place! I can’t keep spontaneously buying games anymore!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

Murdered: Soul Suspect – Game Review

Last week I completed Murdered: Soul Suspect on the PS4. Even though it had it’s problems, I actually really enjoyed it.

Since the game’s release in June last year, Murdered: Soul Suspect has received very mixed reviews. A lot of people complained about the short length of the game, absence of combat, the strange puzzles and lack of storyline. On top of that, the independent game developers, Airtight Games, closed down just one month after M:SS was released, and we’ve never been given a full explanation as to why. According to reports, the company were laying off staff in the few months before the release date, leaving us to believe that financial difficulties were to blame. It’s a tough world out there as an indie game dev.

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So, what’s the story? Right from the get go you find your character, Detective Ronan O’Connor, in the middle of a police pursuit for a serial killer known as “The Bell Killer.” Ronan is thrown out of a high storey window, miraculously survives, but finds his spirit has left his body. He attempts to try and find help in his ghost-like state, but looks up to find The Bell Killer is suddenly standing above his body, shooting him at point blank. Boom. Dead.

There’s a quick cut scene flashback, showing some of Ronan’s important memories. We see him involved in petty crimes as a kid, to being charged with assault & GTA, being sent to prison, turning his life around when he meets the love of his life, Julia, becoming a Police Officer, his wedding day, Julia’s sudden death, and his obsession with solving the mystery of The Bell Killer. As the flashback plays out, we see tattoos symbolising these moments in his life appear on his body. I thought it was a pretty cool idea, something I’ve never seen before, and it was a great way of getting an idea of who your character is before you start playing. Of course, the memories are rather cliché, and it’s very much like “See this thing we’re showing you now? Don’t you forget it now!” but personally it was a nice cut scene, probably because I like tattoos so much..

Ronan realises he’s dead, and is visited by the spirit of his wife, Julia, who tells him he’s in a dangerous place (I’m gonna assume limbo..) and the only way they can be reunited is for him to resolve the unfinished business that’s stopping him from moving on. Ronan believes this is to find out The Bell Killer’s identity, and begins the investigation.

Let’s be real, the game is a mix of LA Noire and the cheesy 80’s movie Ghost. I loved LA Noire, and I’m a total sucker for Ghost, so I felt like this game was created for the likes of me. There was a distinct lack of pottery scene with shirtless Patrick Swayze, though.

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Gotta love a bit of Swayze.

All joking aside, I can see why some people didn’t like the game. The combat scenes against demons were very basic, plus there was an abundance of hiding places (in weird fuzzy spirit clouds?) so the fear of being killed (again..) was very slim. That’s not to say I didn’t get killed by demons, and the main reason was down to glitches.

My God, the glitches.

The first demon I came across had me completely stuck. No buttons worked besides rotating the camera, and the demon couldn’t even kill me. We were stuck staring at each other, and in the end I had to reboot the game and start from the last checkpoint. Luckily it had just saved, but after having a little read through a few forums, it appears to be a common problem. There were even a few people that couldn’t even load from the previous checkpoint, and had to start all over again, so thank the Gods this didn’t happen to me!

My favourite glitch (it’s quite bad when a game has so many glitches that you pick your favourites) was when I got stuck possessing the cat during a demon encounter. I couldn’t move from a window ledge, and had the demon up in the cat’s face going nuts, but couldn’t kill me or the cat. The only controls I had were to turn around and MEOW.

Here, I even saved a video to show how ridiculous it was:

Now this brings me onto my next problem – the sharing function on the PS4 didn’t record any audio. I really enjoy using the PS4 share function, and I’ve had no problems with games such as CoD: AW, Destiny and The Walking Dead, so I’m assuming it’s a glitch with the game. It was a bit of a let down really.

To me, the controls felt a little clunky at times. For the choice of actions towards a person or object to pop up you had to be at the right distance and angle, but get too close you’d have to walk away and start the process again. After a few hours it got a little bit frustrating, so in the end I was walking up to objects a lot more slower to make sure it didn’t happen.

I also found that towards the end of the game some things just weren’t working anymore – the chimes to indicate a clue had stopped, the misty clouds to hide from the demons weren’t there anymore, and the demons were mostly silent and no longer screamed. It felt like the developers kind of gave up in the end, which is a shame, as the game started off really well.

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I know what you must be thinking, “you said you liked the game but you’ve just made a pretty decent sized list of complaints,” which is true, but not every game you like is flawless. Here’s a few reasons why I really enjoyed M:SS.

Firstly, I really liked the setting. Being a lover of all things witchy and supernatural, Salem is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Although the town created in M:SS is fictional, it does create that eerie seaside town atmosphere with the fog, old buildings, and of course the references to the witch trials.

Although the history of the witch trials given in the game was quite basic, I still enjoyed it. Like I said, the story of the witch trials intrigues me, and I’ve never come across a game that incorporates it with the storyline (if anyone knows any games that do – hit me up).

Also, and most importantly – YOU CAN POSSESS A CAT. Enough said.

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I know a lot of people complained about the shortness of the game, but for me it was just enough for a weekend spent inside gaming, with a decent storyline and a few side missions alongside it. I find that I do well with games that have a set path, as I get overwhelmed with big, open games such as Skyrim. I end up spending hours riding across mountains on a horse, questioning my life choices.

According to the website How Long to Beat, the main story takes on average about 6.5 hours to complete, with an extra 2 hours or so on top with the side missions. It took me just under 8 hours to complete, but I didn’t finish all of the side missions. It is a short game, but if you look at the hardships Airtight Games were going through during the production of M:SS, perhaps they decided to keep it short and sweet to stay on budget and actually have the game released. We’ll never know.

To conclude, Murdered: Soul Suspect was a game with it’s problems, but to me it was still enjoyable. There aren’t many games similar to LA Noire on the market, and even though M:SS is definitely not up to the same mark, it certainly did try.

Overall rating? I’d give it 6.5/10.

One more thing – I am so glad I didn’t come across this game-breaking glitch:

Have any of you guys played Murdered: Soul Suspect? What did you think?

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

Oh my Thor, I bought a PS4.

My friends, the day has come where I have become a proud owner of a PS4. *choir of angels sing*

I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a next gen console for a while now, and as much as I love my Xbox 360, the graphics quality just isn’t top notch anymore. Personally, the new games being released deserve to be played on a higher quality console, and you’re paying pretty much the same price for a game, whether it’s on 360, Xbone or PS4. The day will come when they decide to stop selling games for the Xbox 360, and I don’t want to get left behind! (Of course, it wont be in the near future. Microsoft get a hell of a lot of revenue from 360 players.)

Now I’m a very sentimental person, which is why it’s taken two years to even think about upgrading. But don’t worry, My 360 still has pride of place right next to my PS4. I’ve got a hell of a lot of unfinished games to play on it, and it’ll be played until it’s little green button fades to red.

The trouble it caused me to buy this damned console was incredible. I decided to buy it 2am Thursday night, but wanted it to be delivered to my friend’s house in London, as I was driving down on Saturday for a few days. He also has a PS4, and we had this brilliant idea of setting up two big TVs so we didn’t have to play Call of Duty on split screen. Genius.

Well my bank didn’t seem to like the idea of me trying to send a £300 console to London, rejected the transactions and wanted to call my house phone. By this time it was close to 3am, my parents were in bed so there was no way they could call me. I cancelled the order, and had one last try on Amazon. The console itself was a bit pricier, but as Amazon is a well used website I order from, it worked. It was also the only website offering guaranteed delivery on the Saturday, so it worked out quite well. Except for having to explain to the bank the next day that yes, those five transaction attempts were me.

The PS4 arrived in London before I did, and ahh, what a beauty:

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I had a really great time the past few days, the double TV set up was bloody brilliant. I stupidly forgot to take a photo, but believe me, it was gamer heaven. I only played Call of Duty, as I decided to keep Destiny for once I got home, but we also played the latest Telltale Games instalment, Game of Thrones.

Here’s the set up in my bedroom back home:

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I’m having to buy an ethernet cable and feed it through from downstairs, as the WiFi connection isn’t that great unfortunately. I’m not sure if it’s just slow tonight (I only got home about four hours ago!) but I’d rather get the cable set up to ensure I’ve got a good connection. Here’s the problem I had trying to download the Destiny update:

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Yes that’s right, THIRTY TWO HOURS. At that rate it’ll be ready Friday morning. Crazy.

Currently I have CoD: AW, Destiny, a few of the free monthly games downloaded, and I’ve just ordered Murdered: Soul Suspect. I’m eager to try Bloodborne, and I’m yet to play The Last of Me, so no doubt I’ll be buying those two games on my next pay day.

Any PS4 game recommendations or tips? Let me know! At the moment I feel like a right newbie, trying to work my way round the menu screen..

Expect lots of blogs from now on of me gushing over my PS4, or moaning about the bad WiFi connection. Either way, watch this space.

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere