Bioshock The Collection Review

Bioshock was the critically acclaimed first-person shooter which was released in August of 2007 and spawned two sequels. Nine years later we are writing a Bioshock the Collection review, which includes all the DLC from the franchise as well as all three games in one remastered package. While this console generation has been oversaturated with remasters, Bioshock The Collection is a nice surprise, as these games are some of the best of last generation. Do they still hold up though compared to today’s shooters? Nine years have passed and games have evolved dramatically, but if there’s anything to be said about that it shows that Bioshock is even more unique than before. The gameplay, story, the incredible music; everything makes Bioshock The Collection worth playing, especially if you haven’t experienced the trilogy before.

The Bioshock Collection Review — A Masterpiece

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It has to be said. The Bioshock series is a video game masterpiece. The first title is dark and dreary, taking place in an underwater city called ‘Rapture.’ The gameplay is superb and sets itself apart from traditional first-person shooters. Ammo is scarce and there are RPG elements in the game. There are also powers that the main character can use, named Jack, called Plasmid use, although this is limited unless more serum is found by the player. The real question posed here though is that, after nine years, does the game still stand up to today’s standards? I would say yes. It still differentiates itself from current shooters, but does it hold up gameplay-wise comparably? This was a challenge to assess while writing our Bioshock The Collection review.

Bioshock The Collection Review — How it Looks

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Bioshock has never looked better in high definition splendor. We were utterly impressed while preparing for our Bioshock The Collection review. The atmospheres are stunning in each game, especially the underwater nature of the first title. The particle effects are top-notch, including the ones from the plasmid attacks which vary in accordance to the elements. The buildings and locations are bursting with color and it is a serious step up from the original three games. All in all, 2K did an amazing job remastering Bioshock, a game just about everyone wanted to see remastered and play again.

Bioshock The Collection Review — Gameplay

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Bioshock is an FPS with RPG elements. You can level up plasmids, weapons, and even bullets. The system is very intricate, including a number of different abilities you can gain throughout your adventure. The question is, does it stand up to today’s FPS/RPG shooters? The answer is yes and no. You can aim down the sights, but you have to press the L3 button in order to do so, which is very counterintuitive. In fact, I prefer to just shoot from the hip without using the sights; it makes it feel more old school and it differentiates it from other shooters, as the accuracy is still there. Plasmids are very unique and set Bioshock apart from any other FPS on the market. They are so much fun to use and are necessary, as ammo is very scarce and enemies swarm at you. So yes, in a way, Bioshock is a little outdated in its shooting mechanics (at least 1), but that’s OK. With the plasmids, upgrades, and the unique environments found throughout the games and unique concepts, our Bioshock The Collection review doesn’t take that away from the title. The gameplay simply works, masterfully, and the stories are full of twists and turns which we will not spoil here for those (like myself before this sans Infinite) who haven’t played them.

Bioshock The Collection Review — A Remaster Done Right

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Bioshock The Collection is a remaster done right. With all the DLC from all three games, which adds on hours of gameplay to the Bioshock experience, a director’s commentary, and the series remastered in 1080p, there’s nothing more to ask in terms of quality. Sure, parts of the series are a little outdated because of the fact that the first game is nine-years-old, but, it more than makes up for it with stellar gameplay and a series of narratives with twists and turns that you would never see coming. Bioshock The Collection is an incredible value for its cost and it is one of the most incredibly unique experiences in all of gaming. While we didn’t mention much of the story in our Bioshock The Collection review, there are simply too many plot twists that would get into philosophical discussions and ruin it for you, the reader. So play the games for yourselves and enjoy because it is well worth it.

Attack on Titan Video Game Goes Beyond Season One

Koei Tecmo America has released a trailer for the upcoming Attack on Titan, and it seems the game based on the fabled series may delve into spoiler territory. The Attack on Titan video game goes beyond season one of the anime as revealed in the launch trailer and may spoil some things for fans eagerly waiting for season two, which premieres in 2017.

While manga fans who are up-to-date on the current happenings of the series, this may upset casual fans going into the game who do not wish to be spoiled about the events yet to come. Although we don’t know how far the Attack on Titan video game goes beyond season one, this could be a serious issue for fans. The gameplay showcased in the trailer looks splendid though, and as long as it’s not clunky control-wise, Koei Tecmo may have a semi-hit on their hands.

If you pre-order the game from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Canada, or GameStop, you will be able to access cleaning weapons and Eren and Levi, including a festival costume for Mikasa. Those who pre-order digitally from the PSN or the Xbox Store will receive Attack on Titan avatars.

Staying true to its origins, the game will have the original Japanese voice acting along with English subtitles. This is very cost efficient and is much cheaper than hiring brand new voice actors.

The game will be released by Koei Tecmo on August 30 on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, and PC, while in Europe it will be released on August 26 under the name A.O.T: Wings of Freedom. It was developed by Koei Tecmo’s subsidiary Omega Force. Regardless of its name, we are very excited about the Attack on Titan video game and hope it lives up to the anime’s legacy.

Rocket League Has Hit 20 Million Players

Rocket League has hit 20 million players according to the official Rocket League Twitter account. Rocket League became an overnight sensation when it first launched on the PlayStation 4 in July of 2015, later releasing on the Xbox One earlier this year in February. The fact that Rocket League has hit 20 million players is a monumental achievement, especially since it’s a digital game.

Rocket League consists of players controlling rocket-powered cars in order to push a ball into their opponents goal. It is not unlike soccer, except with cars. Gamers have been captivated with the title, as the numbers suggest, and why not? Soccer is one of the most popular games in the world and cars with rockets are just cool. The install base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is roughly 64 million consoles. While the game was released on Microsoft Windows as well, most of these players are probably console gamers. This means that close to one in three people who own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 have played Rocket League. That is beyond impressive.

It will be interesting to see what Rocket League does moving forward. There are currently 3 DLC packs available for the game, which mostly add cosmetics to the game. It will be very interesting to see the future of Rocket League going forward after this incredible milestone.

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Trailer Released

A brand new Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer has been released and features “latern gameplay”, according to the title of the trailer. The playable character is traversing from room to room in the trailer, desperate to survive and hiding from a man with a lantern. The game was first announced during E3 2016. This is the first time Resident Evil has been legitimately scary in years. It gives off a very creepy vibe and the first-person perspective is perfect for the survival horror genre, limiting your perspective, giving you a “fear” factor, immersing you in the experience.

This Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer impresses us a great deal and brings back the classic “Resident Evil” feel. Unfortunately we were unable to play the game at E3 2016, but the title looks very promising. Fans have been begging Capcom to bring the series back to its survival horror roots after its departure from this in Resident Evil 5, and this trailer proves that they have been listening, especially after the lackluster Resident Evil 6. It’s time for Resident Evil to be give you chills down your spine again, and if the latest Resident Evil 7 Biohazard trailer is any indication, Capcom will not disappoint on this front.

Resident Evil 7 releases on January 24, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows and is sure to be an experience to remember.

Gears 4 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

The Gears 4 pre-order bonuses have been revealed, courtesy of Microsoft, entitled the “Brothers to the End Elite Gear Pack.”  The pre-order pack will be available to all versions of the game and will pay homage to the series’ legacy. Those who pre-order the game will receive three characters: Tomorrow Anya, Old Man Marcus, and Zombie Dom.

Anya is thusly named for her words at the end of the Locust War, “Tomorrow Marcus. We finally have a tomorrow.” Old Man Marcus is a reflection of a man who has lived 25 years after the Locust incursion, civilian clothes to boot. And finally, Zombie Dom is no doubt a reaction not only to the popularity of his character but the current obsession by the masses with the Zombie apocalypse. The pack will also contain the Gold Wave Lancer and Gold Wave Gnasher.

Gears of War 4 will be released on October 11, 2016 with some excellent pre-order bonuses!

Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows Trailer Premieres

The Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows trailer has premiered alongside a press release by Telltale Games, as well as a launch date. The episode is set to come out on August 2. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and iOS and Android devices.

In the trailer, narrated by Alfred, there is a very interesting piece of dialogue: “There is room for Bruce and Batman in that suit.” This goes hand-in-hand with what Telltale is trying to accomplish, in balancing the characters, showing Batman in half the scenes and then Bruce in the other half. The quote may actually allude to something more, that the Batman and Bruce Wayne personas will eventually merge. If that were the case, this will be one of the most unique stories about The Dark Knight ever told. We were very impressed by what we saw at E3 2016, and the Batman The Telltale Series — Realm of Shadows trailer has us even more excited.

Half of the scenes in Batman The Telltale Series — Ream of Shadows trailer are taken from the demo we were able to witness at E3. If the trailer and demo are any indication, this has all the makings of a classic Batman tale and could be one of the definitive takes on the narrative.

Top 5 Games of E3 2016

E3 2016 has wrapped up, and along with it, our coverage is finally nearing its end. Before we finish things up though, we want to package everything that we saw together in order to give you our top 5 games of E3. It wasn’t easy choosing; there was so much shown at the show that literally blew our minds. While there were a lot of amazing reveals and a lot of games shown, we are going to limit our list of games to those that we were able to experience at E3 2016. As a full disclosure, there are no VR games or experiences on our list for one simple reason: they make me incredibly sick due to an eye condition, so unfortunately, I was unable to truly experience those games with any enjoyment, although I know I’m probably in the minority. That being said, here are our top 5 games of E3 2016.

Top 5 Games of E3 — 5. Mafia III

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It’s really hard to place Mafia III at the bottom of the list (although even making this list is an accomplishment), but we simply experienced so many games that we’re excited for. Mafia III is one of our top 5 E3 games because of the compelling narrative, fun gameplay, the open-world experience, and most of all, the fact that your choices ultimately shape your experience. You could play the game multiple times but based on certain choices you make, you could wind up with a completely different experience each time, which not only gives it a lot of replayability value but intrigues us as to what our experience will be with Mafia III.

Top 5 Games of E3 — 4. Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn was one of our favorite games at E3 2016, but the only reason why it is rather low on this list is simply because the demo that we were given was so compact and didn’t take advantage of the open world that Aloy explores during the game. Sony and Guerrilla Games probably didn’t want to show too much, and this is fine, but we were very constricted. We wish that we were able to explore a bit of this world, even for the brief 10 minutes or so that we had with the game, as this is one of the main allures of the title. That being said though, Horizon Zero Dawn is magnificent which is why it is on our top 5 games of E3 list. The controls are very tight, the combat is incredibly fun and takes some strategy, which we like, and from what we saw of the world it is incredibly enticing. Although we wish there was more to the demo, we were beyond thrilled to be able to go hands-on with the game and it is our most anticipated PlayStation title in years.

Top 5 Games of E3 — 3. Gears of War 4

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Gears of War 4 promises to be a very special game. While we were treated to a beta of the multiplayer aspect of the title earlier this year, which disappointed us just a little bit, we were thrilled to be able to view a hands-off demo of the Gears of War 4 campaign. As we said in our preview article, it brings something old yet something new, and this is something that we think will prove to be a successful formula. With some brand new gameplay mechanics, new characters, unique weapons, and a somewhat different atmosphere, Gears 4 has all the makings of a classic and is the game that the Xbox One has been waiting for, which is why it is one of our top 5 games of E3.

Top 5 Games of E3 — 2. Batman The Telltale Series

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Telltale Games are master storytellers. We were left incredibly impressed with the first half-hour of the first episode of their Batman series, which is one of the most unique takes on the Dark Knight that we have seen to date. It’s not the Batman aspect of the character that intrigues us the most though — it’s the Bruce Wayne persona. He’s portrayed so differently than we have ever seen and we are very excited for Telltale to delve into the psyche of who this man is and who his true self is. Is Batman the mask, or is Bruce Wayne? This is a pivotal question and we have no doubt Telltale will explore this further. The game aims to split the Bruce Wayne scenes and Batman scenes 50/50, and while we have a little bit more to share with our interview with Richard Iggo of Telltale Games, which will be coming shortly, Batman The Telltale Series promises to be both character and action driven, sparking a perfect balance of the two. This is why it is number two on our top 5 games of E3 list.

Top 5 Games of E3 — 1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Like there ever was any doubt. Breath of the Wild quite literally took our breath away. The world, the landscape, the story (from what we know), the gameplay — everything was as close to perfection as could be. For the first time since Ocarina of Time, the controls for Zelda are completely different and we actually haven’t anticipated a Zelda game this much since Ocarina of Time. While we loved the previous console iteration of Zelda, Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild is almost its antithesis, and this a good thing. There’s a freedom to be found in Breath of the Wild that hasn’t been found in a Zelda game in maybe 30 years. By giving us two immersive demos showing off two different aspects of the game, Nintendo was able to give us an experience that simply has us craving for more. March (presumably?) cannot come soon enough and this is easily our most anticipated title from any home console in the last 10 years or so, at least. Nintendo put on a masterful performance at E3 and Zelda was by far the game that everyone wanted to play (the line proved it), which is why it is our top game of E3 2016.