Review – Firewatch

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Last night I finished Firewatch. It’s a first-person mystery game, being rudely dubbed a ‘walking simulator’ by some of the reviews I’ve seen elsewhere. While it’s true, the game has you fulfilling various tasks in a forest in which you navigate solely by hiking, that description completely ignores the beautifully told story and the reason you are there at all. Having completed it, I want to recommend it to everyone because it’s fantastic. I also would say that the less you know the better, so don’t read the rest of this review, just go and get it.

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Game Commercial of the Week

I was not a fan of Uncharted 3, but this new ad for Nathan Drake’s supposed final adventure is only 30 seconds long and somehow managed to tug my heartstrings… I wish I had a PS4.

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Currently Playing – Ark: survival Evolved & Rise of the Tomb Raider

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I’m currently enjoying getting down and dirty with nature. Taming dinosaurs in Ark: Survival evolved is exciting and frustrating in equal measure. Exciting because I’m taming friggin dinosaurs. Frustrating because bigger dinosaurs keep eating them… And when I’m not playing that, I’m exploring the freezing mountains in Rise of the Tomb Raider – seriously, I have never felt so cold playing a videogame. It’s the way Lara hugs herself in the chill wind as the snow clings to her jacket. It’s one of the most beautiful games I’ve seen in a long time.

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Beyond: Two Souls – Game Review

Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls is a paranormal action thriller starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. You’d be forgiven for assuming it’s a Hollywood film based on that description, but it is in fact the latest game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind the equally cinematic Heavy Rain. It’s tempting to compare the two, but Beyond is a different experience, opting to tell a linear story with fewer choices and consequences. As a big fan of Heavy Rain’s dynamic storytelling approach, I expected to be disappointed but as soon as I started playing I realised what writer and director David Cage was trying to achieve and felt satisfied to go along for the ride. Because what a ride it is…

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365+ Days Later

It’s been a while. A really long while. So long, in fact, that I’m actually scared to post this incase the old, dusty frame of BCR collapses under the strain of this singular new post. Because seriously, more than a year? Wow.

We’ve never been under any illusions that our humble little video games & film blog was ever popular or even viewed by more than 40 people in the world on a regular basis, but all the same I want to apologise for my failure as a would-be blogger in posting anything whatsoever post-circa-early 2012.

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Crysis 3 Gameplay

Just look at that. Ridiculous, yes. But also cool. Crysis 3 is due out later this year, and we have a first glimpse at the gameplay in this new trailer. It looks as though Crytek have decided to combine the best bits about Crysis 1 and 2 to make this threequel – we’re promised open world gameplay set within a bio-dome hub of New York city, now overrun with jungles and aliens. Click below to check it out.

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Dishonored – Cinematic Trailer

If you take the art director of Half Life 2, mixed him with one of the game designers from Deus Ex, and slapped them into the team who made Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, you apparently end up with the wonderful looking steampunkish game Dishonored. Its looking very good, and is quietly creeping up my anticipation-o-meter the more I see it.

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Subtle Trailer of the Week

Resident Evil 6’s latest trailer is quite full of plot details. Trailer down there.

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Ubisoft Reveal New DRM Plans

Ubisoft recently revealed their plans to do away with the horrendous ‘always-on’ DRM. We all remember that, right? It used to be that whenever you played an Ubisoft game, you’d need a constant online connection to play your game, even in singleplayer. Thankfully, Ubisoft saw the light and have scrapped the system altogether. However, there has been little news about what they are replacing it with. Until now…

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Me, Myself, and Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect has been one of the best trilogies I have ever had the privilege to enjoy from start to finish, and so I thought I’d write about how it’s affected me. While I haven’t written any specific spoilers, you may still wish to avoid this article if you care about that sort of thing.

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Quantic Dream’s Kara

Enigmatic game designer David Cage has revealed what his studio is working on next, and it looks rather good. The developer of Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit did something similar a few years ago, releasing The Casting, which was a short tech-demo piece showing off the kind of experience you could expect from their first outing on the PS3. We can only assume the same applies here – Kara is not a game trailer, but a showcase of what advancements they have made and gives a feel of the new game they are working on. It involves robots!

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Wallpaper of the Week

Mashup of Mass Effect 3 and The Walking Dead results in this silly but fun image. What Shepard thinks he can achieve by charging a Reaper armed only with his omni-tool, one can only imagine. Click for big version.

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