The newest game coming from the amazing game studio From Software, is a gripping, relentless, horrifying descent into hell. Many times I have felt failure and despair. But this game is about the triumphs. They are rare, don’t get me wrong, but they are glorious when they happen. The feeling of over coming an insurmountable foe is just breathtaking and memorable in ways that other games fall short. One boss in particular drove me to the point where I was deleting the game and never playing again. But I took a break, thought about my tactics, returned with a fresh mind and downed the beast. Cheering like a solder that finished his duty at war and was returning home.
Bloodborne is mechanically very similar to the previous Souls games but has some subtle changes that make big differences. For example you have no shield to protect yourself(there is one in the game but its there as a joke). This game is focuses on speed and movement creating a more intense and nerve racking battle system that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the final moments.
The world in Bloodborne is shockingly beautiful and the amount of detail that goes into ever object deserves some serious praise. I really felt I was exploring and uncovering the secrets of this mysterious place with ever step I took. Whether I was spilling blood on the streets of Yharman or taking out cackling witches in Hemwick Lane. Each area felt rich with objects and enemies that could be gazed upon for hours.
This game was directed by Demon’s Souls and the original Dark Souls mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki and his attention to detail is uncanny. One aspect he is well and truly present for is the enemy designs. Each enemy, regardless whether its a boss or just a basic grunt are designed with amazing dept and the current-gen console really allows that detail to shine. I never felt an enemy was out of place and the story plays into why the enemies are designed the way they are.
Overall, Bloodborne is a mind-blowing experience and even though some aspects can be frustrating, the moments of triumph make up for the constant grinding for health potions, poor chalice dungeon design and overly long boss runs. Bloodborne is not quiet the masterpiece as the original Dark Souls but it does a very good job in building a world that is rich of environmental story telling, haunting enemies and amazing level design. Expect Bloodborne to haunt your nightmares as you dive deeper and deeper into its world.
Rich and haunting world Long Boss Runs
Unique enemy Design Poor chalice dungeon design
Fast-pace combat Long Load times
Alien:Isolation is the new survival horror game currently in development by Creative Assembly. The fact that this game is living in the shadows of Alien:Colonial Marines cant be easy. We have hope that Isolation will be far superior than the previous game.
Alien:Isolation stays away from been another spawn of James Camerons action packed Aliens and takes a more subtle approach. You play the part of Ellen Ripleys daughter Amanda as you search for the truth about your missing mother. A great way to tie the story into the Alien universe and anyone who is a fan will be itching to find out how the story will unfold.
Just like in Ridley Scotts original movie, you will only encounter one Alien. Developers have described it as a “haunted house in space” and the game play trailer shows they have the atmosphere and setting spot on.
The Alpha Zone cant help but get excited and we are looking forward to giving this game a first look when its released. Lets hope Creative Assembly can do the movie justice and bring us the Alien game we have all been waiting for.
A true pioneer of the video game industry announced that their studio are making huge changes. The developers of the critically acclaimed Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite are set on moving away from AAA titles and placing their focus on short narrative driven games. Co-founder Ken Levine announced the news recently and tells us that all but 15 of his staff will come with him to work on his next project. This means that over one hundred irrational game employees will be losing their jobs. As sad as this news is the gaming industry has joined together to help these people get work. Naughty dog and other major Developers have made it clear that they are looking for experienced game designers after this news was announced.
The Alpha zone would like to wish those affected by these changes the best of luck in the future and we are excited to see what Ken Levine can do with this smaller team.
Ea sports just announced Fifa World Cup 2014 video game. Strangely enough the game will only be released on Ps3 and Xbox 360 and will not be making an appearance on the new systems. Producer Matt Prior says the reason for this is due to low sales of next gen consoles in the Host nation and the majority of gamers still playing the current-gen systems.
Game modes will include:
- Road to the FIFA World Cup – Choose from 203 national teams and play through regional qualification, all the way to the World Cup Final.
- Story of Qualifying – Play through more than 60 real-world scenarios from the qualifying stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, each featuring unique commentary.
- Story of Finals – Updated within an hour of the end of each game, this mode allows you to replay every game in the tournament, each with unique challenges based on the day’s events.
- Road to Rio de Janeiro – A bespoke online tournament held across the 12 host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Captain Your Country – Progress your custom player from a bench warmer to captain of his country.
- Online FIFA World Cup – Play through the 2014 FIFA World Cup against competitors online.
The Alpha Zone is happy that this game is getting a full release and not a DLC for the current Fifa 14 game.
A rumour has surfaced regarding an update for your Ps4 to run Ps1 and Ps2 games. This news has come to light after the recent announcement of the “Playstation Now” streaming service. I cant help think that these two services will be competing with each other if the news is true.
Whether you will be able to dig out your copy of the original “Metal Gear” and place it in your Ps4 drive is yet to be seen. More than likely you will have to buy a digital copy from the Ps Store for it to work. “TAZ” will keeping a close eye on any news about this feature and will post updates as we receive them.
Outlast is a survival horror game brought to you by Red Barrel. On the 5th of February, Outlast will be available for free download for all Playstation Plus members. So turn the lights off, lock the doors and get ready for a scare of a lifetime.
The Alpha Zone will be live streaming the weekend after its released.
Left behind is the first and last single-player DLC for Naughty Dogs “game of the Year” The Last of Us. It takes place before the original game following the relationship of Ellie and her close friend and mentor Riley. Ladies will have to wait to be wined and dined as this game is been released on Valentines day (14th of Feb) and if you loved the original as much as I did you will be itching to go back to the dangerous and beautiful world of The Last of Us.
Full review of this DLC will be available after release.