August 18, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 50: *mic check*

Well, this is awkward. For the first time in this blog's history, I literally have nothing to write about. So, I thought, why not take a look at some of the excellent games to come late this year and next year?

(It's better than nothing, a'right???)

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Yes, I know, Call of Duty has slowly become the laughing stock of the gaming community. But Advanced Warfare looks like it may be a big step in the right direction for the series.

The new three-year development cycle will only do the series good. Advanced Warfare has a new engine (if I did my research right) which is also a good step for the series. All in all, I'm excited to see what the new COD holds, even if it may turn out to just be more of the same.

Batman Arkham Knight: In three words, Can. Not. Wait! Arkham City was a bit of a mess with all the different Batman villains over the years thrown in together to create a very loose plot with a very effective ending.

Arkham Knight will continue on from there, with one new villain specifically created for the game. All the other villains from previous Arkham titles will reappear, which is a good thing in my books because it will bring the entire plot full circle, which won't happen with an entirely new cast of villains.

As for the Batmobile...hehe, nothing needs to be said. I can't wait to giggle like a little kid whilst driving around in every ten-year-old's dream vehicle.

The Sims 4: This one's not too far away, so my impressions are widely shaped by what we've seen this close to release. TS4 looks like it will fix things I found to be at fault with The Sims 3, including the lack of focus on the smaller things and more focus on bigger things, which detracted from the experience for me.

TS4 has very low system requirements for a modern game and it also happens to be a largely off-line experience, which is good. Let's not repeat SimCity, EA!

Community Question: Would you like to see forums for KVR Gaming soon? (Yes, these questions actually belong in a forum, so that's why I'm asking.)

August 13, 2014

Batman Arkham City ReMix Review

Now with 100% less judgment! :D

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg (Head Writer)

Verdict: Caution Advised (For Strong Violence, A Grim Atmosphere and Suggestive Material.)

Release Date: October 2011

Developer: Rocksteady Games

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, OnLive, OS X, Windows

Genre: Action-Adventure

August 11, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 49: The Dark Knight

Batman Arkham City: Good news everybody! The long awaited ReMix Review is almost finished, it just needs a little bit more editing and it will be done. This Wednesday!

System Shock 2: Yet to finish this game, but I have "acquired" it's spiritual successor: BioShock. System Shock 2 is a bit old by today's standards, but oh well, I'll keep it in the review queue.

The Sims 4: Oh gosh, how I would love to review this game! While the review may take a while to write because of the scope of the game, The Sims 4 is currently number 1 at the top of my review list. Coming soon!

Community Question: Oops, I forgot to put this up last week. I only got one comment on my previous Community Question and that wasn't posted. Thanks to the person who took the time to leave the comment in any case.

This week's Community Question is: What are your top five favourite video games, and why?

August 04, 2014

Blog Journal 48: The Apology Letter

Okay, so some updates first before we get to the important part:

Batman Arkham City: I'm pleased to say that not only has the game finished downloading, but I've also finished the main story of the game and am currently going through the side missions before finalising the review and scheduling it for next week.

System Shock 2: Eesh, I'm taking a bit of a breather from this one. It gets pretty tense after "the reveal." But not to worry, I will resume the game after finishing up with Arkham City!

Blog: Okay, here's where I feel the need to purge myself of the past.

I've gone through the many posts on my site and it's shocking to me how far we've come, not only as a blog, but personally as well. I started this blog off still reeling from a major loss and proceeded to lay the foundations for what would later become KVR Gaming.

Back in the day, I got extremely excited when I received an actual comment because not only was it encouraging, it was also nice to have contact with an actual person in the midst of severe loneliness.

Many reviewers came and went, some on less than amicable terms. We also had many nasty comments, especially in the blog's early form where I was much more judgmental of games with "occultic themes" and "suggestive material."

I specifically received a very hurtful comment about us being like a "cult." While I reacted in pride towards the person in question, inwardly it was very freeing because the fact of the matter was...the person was right. We did judge. We were like a cult. And worst of all, we didn't love.

Nonetheless, the comment didn't gel very well with me, because we were sitting on a high pedestal judging everyone around us for their choice in games when the best thing was exactly what I felt inside my heart: To provide them with the necessary information so they can make their own decisions...not so that we can make the decisions for them.

It's comforting being on that high pedestal, but once you step off it and start seeing people who don't believe in the Gospel, the last thing I wanted to do is judge the people in question. They need love, not hate.

To the reviewers who came and went during the long process up until now, I'm sorry. I'm sorry for being a tyrant and trying to force my opinion on you. I have no right to judge and yet I still did.

Regarding all the promises I made about posts and never getting around to writing them, let me just say that all promises are off. From now on, actions will speak louder than words. For heaven's sake, I promised an article on my Modern Warfare 3 review almost three years ago and never made it!

And last but not least, to the person who called us a cult of nodding heads who want to destroy other people's opinions, thank you. It was the best thing that ever happened to me and the blog as a whole.

One last thing: When you browse through the blog and see the many posts, varying levels of judgment and all, just know that they written through heavy amounts of pain. Those posts were written by a person desperate to discover his true meaning, and I'm glad to say that they helped that person greatly.

I wanted to change many lives when I started with the blog, but the life that changed the most of anyone who was involved with, was me, the very namesake of KVR Gaming itself. And for that, this blog will forever be treasured by me...even when I'm too old and ugly to remember what the freaking abbreviation meant.

July 30, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 2 Full Review

Otherwise known as "The Crying Game"....

Note: This post will be updated periodically and put on the front page again when new content is released.

Verdict: MA: Mature Gamers Only (For Potentially Upsetting Violence and Strong Language)

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg (Head Writer)

Release Date: December 2013

Developer/Publisher: Telltale Games

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Ouya, iOS, Windows, OS X

Genre: Point and Click Adventure Game