In the interest of full disclosure I am going to preface this review by admitting that I never played the first Dark Souls, not even a little bit of it. Although there is some regret of never having sampled the previous entry in the series, it has in turn allowed me to approach the sequel as a fresh entity, without any preconceived notions of what to expect. So has From Software’s mercilessly difficult RPG hooked its teeth into me as it has so many others? You bet your ass it has.
Your journey begins as you awake, a cursed being in the strange new realm known as Drangleic. Soon after creating your character, the game has a small, tutorial like area to show you the main mechanics before unleashing you into the mysterious, danger filled world and leaving you to your own devices. There is a story linked to the curse that afflicts your character and the search for a cure, but this by and large plays second fiddle to the wonderful exploration.
Reboots of decades old games generally go one of two ways. They are either cash-in’s or they are actually surprisingly decent, blending a mix of old school nostalgia with up to date trends. When the reboot of the arcade classic and NES game Strider was originally announced there was cause for concern; could unproven developer Double Helix, and Capcom’s Osaka stuido pull of a reboot of a series much beloved by diehards, but generally long forgotten? Can Metroidvania games still be popular in the current market of open world, set piece laden action games?
Here we have it, no less than seventeen long years since the last Killer Instinct game graced consoles everywhere, the series is back to usher in a new console generation and is promoted as one of Xbox One’s great exclusives. In actuality what is currently available is a half finished product with some amazing underlying fighting mechanics that could blossom into an amazing game in the future.
Some of you out there may love Christmas, some of you may hate it. But picture for a second the worst Christmas you have ever had and I bet it doesn’t hold a candle to the Dark Knight’s in Batman: Arkham Origins. You see, it is December 24th in Gotham City and crime lord Roman Sionis, aka the Black Mask, has put a $50 million bounty on Batman’s head and delivered invitations to eight of the world’s most deadly assassins to try their hands at the score.
Just in case you had not noticed, today is October the 31st or as it is better known, Halloween. With the spooky day in mind, here are five games (maybe) guaranteed to give you more of a fright than a bunch a dressed up, sugar high children turning up at your doorstep and asking for sweets and money.