March 14, 2017

Status Report on Horizon Zero Dawn

Letting you guys know that I'm still working (quote procrastinating unquote) on the Horizon: Zero Dawn Review and Content Guide. I've also undertaken another project for the blog which I shan't discuss here as of yet.

We'll leave you with a tease of things to come and say that it will be looking at the standout titles of a particular genre. And no, not the FPS genre. A more involved one.

So thanks for you guys' continued views and support. Stay tuned (as I've told you a thousand times now) for more to come in the future.

March 06, 2017

Titanfall 2 Content Guide + Review

The other shooter featuring wallrunning and complex AI companions.

Release Date: October 2016

Developer: Respawn Entertainment

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Genre: FPS

Content Verdict: Caution Advised (For Bloody Violence)

Quality Verdict: 8.5 (Great)

February 20, 2017

Why I Won't Be Reviewing Resident Evil 7

Self-critique is an extremely important tool in the arsenal of every person constantly seeking self-improvement. When used in moderation, it gives one honest insight into your shortcomings and weaknesses, and whether you're able to do anything about them.

While watching Resident Evil 7, it struck me: A great majority of KVR Gaming has been about sensationalism. I'm not really bothered by the content in these games. I simply report them in the juicy way they're featured in select video games, hoping to get a tonne of pageviews in the process. (Which I don't, mind you.)

Early in the game, the player character is viciously mutilated, done in such a way only to shock and without any real purpose whatsoever. Clearly this is an example of senseless violence, and me going any further with this review would be sensationalism, making this site no better than large-scale corporate media, and me being the hipster nut I am, that's a big no-no.

I need to review games with a clear heart and honest intent to consider all aspects of a game, the goods as well as the bads, instead of just focusing on all the "gory" stuff and how "evil" it is when none of us are really interested in fear-mongering articles on gaming anymore, especially since there's nothing to actually be afraid of since games are proven not to cause much negative effects in a sane, mentally stable person.

So for those looking for a review, I'll give you a brief one: It's gory, it's juicy, and you'll get what you're looking for. If you don't like mindless violence, stay away. And for once, I'm sick of it as well.  

Is it because it will cause violence in society? No, because it's freaking mind-numbing, and forcing myself to review a game I'm already feeling uneasy about will be a betrayal of my conscience and what this site is about:

Listening to the still voice inside and following it's guidance, even if it may make you look uncool and hipster...which is what I currently look like to some, I'd imagine.

Still, guys, if you want to try out Resident Evil 7, don't let me stop you. It's just that I can't review it for you currently, at least until I've had a change of heart. You're more than welcome to pray for that much needed change, and maybe one day I'll be able to return to this game with neutrality and peace.

Until such time, stay safe, think twice before making a game purchase, and above all, keep the Faith. 

Stay tuned for more game reviews on KVR Gaming. Feel free to like our *sporadically updated* page on Facebook and to check out Kyle's YouTube channel if you're in the mood for something offbeat. 

February 05, 2017

Moving Again (AGAIN)

It's that time of that year again. A year ago I relocated, now I have to re-locate to where I relocated from.

It has been a most blessed and most difficult year, yet I'm glad for the wonderful people I've met and the opportunity to be involved in church. I'll sorely miss all the friends I've made here, but there's always a chance to visit in the near future.

As for the website, I have a couple of things "planned" as always. If you'll take a look at my review list, it should give you a taste of what's to come. Of course, if you have a game you'd like reviewed and don't see it on the list, feel free to comment and we'll see how we can fit it in.

Thanks for tuning in. Have a great week ahead. I'll see you again shortly with another review, here on KVR Gaming.

God bless.

January 24, 2017

The Last Guardian Content Guide + Review

The Little Boy and the Beast.

Release Date: December 2016

Developer: SIE Japan Studio

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genre: Adventure

Content Verdict: Teenage Gamers for Fantasy Violence

Quality Verdict: Good (B)

January 15, 2017

In Progress: The Last Guardian Review

Estimated time of Completion: 1 Week.

Projected Verdict: Teenage Gamers (Possibly Caution Advised, depending on the intensity of certain sequences late in the game.)

Content Verdict: So far, so good. The game is enthralling, even though the early sequences so far haven't made an impact. Some interesting twists not shown in promotional materials which might throw players a curveball.

Awkward controls and camera angles are a massive downer, however. The walkthrough shows the player struggling to get a grip on ledges and the creature.

January 12, 2017

New Reviews Inbound!

Hello everyone. I'm currently on leave until tomorrow, so I went home for a bit. I've been thinking a lot about the blog during my time off, however, and have a lot of new content I want to start posting as soon as possible.

Expect reviews of Fallout 4 and indie gem Life is Strange in the near future, as well as reviews of Dead Space 2, Knights of the Old Republic, Dead Rising 2, and Fallout 3.

See you soon!

December 25, 2016

The Right Connections

It is with a heavy heart which I write this post. The heaviest heart I've ever written with. So much has happened during this year, so much which shouldn't have happened. Through misery, pain, heartbreak, abuse, death, decay and failure, I can finally write this post with only one goal in mind: To point to Jesus.

There is only one constant in our lives. It is not the love we have for a spouse or significant other, wealth, possessions or social status. It is the Love of Jesus. It is only through this love where anything can truly be accomplished.

So I pray, that His Love will guide me, and help me write this decidedly difficult topic. On Christmas Day 2016, this post will go up. Thousands of families will sit down around a dinner table to celebrate Christmas. Celebrating a year with a family, be it a figurative family of friends, or a literal family through blood.

Both are connections we form during our entire lives. We are all born with a family we can't chose, and we are given a family of friends through the choices we make during our formative years, adulthood, and so on.

At a certain stage in our lives, we are concerned with popularity. It doesn't matter which connections we make, so long as we have them. We associate with all kinds of people, be they good, bad, or somewhere in the middle. While this stage may present a certain joy, over times we'll find connections decaying, bringing us pain through their loss.

To protect ourselves against this loss, we form connections more guardedly, discriminating socially to avoid pain. We desire acceptance more than anything, and will do whatever it takes to get it.

This is unfortunately where a lot of us make huge mistakes, associating with people who influence us negatively, all in the name of feeling "loved". Fearing the loss of such alleged love, we compromise, cutting blocks lying in the path of acceptance by our peers. And so we form connections which damage us, making us fall away from the One True Saviour. 

He should be our first and our last connection. There is only one absolutely perfect relationship, and that is the one we have with our Messiah. He loves us, from now and to eternity and will never allow us to ever be seperated from His love, once we've accepted the sacrifice He so graciously gave us on the Cross of Calvary.

Once we start to walk a path with Him, He will clean us from all the weeds in our lives which threaten to consume and destroy us. Doing so, however, requires sacrifice from us. The wrong connections, the people, things or ways of living which lead us into sin, will have to be cut off entirely. Sadly, this means letting go of a great many people. Lovers, friends, associates and even family. What evidence do I have of this? This verse in the Book of Matthew:
Matthew 10:34-39

34 Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; 38 and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

The wording makes it very clear. We have cut loose our families if they lead us away from Jesus. This doesn't mean we should disown our families if they make mistakes, obviously, but Jesus makes it clear that we should not hold onto to our earthly family when He calls us to let go of them for His gospel. 

There is only one conduit through which we can form the right connections, and that's through Jesus. I'm asking all of us to take a deeply introspective look and ask ourselves, who or what is pulling us away from Him, and how to cut off those yokes.

Abuse is a very serious bondage, and one God doesn't want us to live in. Yes, we are to obey our parents and elders, but they are also to respect and honour us. Searching the Bible will show us this fact time and time again.

Read the Word of God. Forget what people are saying. Let the Holy Spirit clear you of all interpretations and read the word merely as it is written. It is only a book, a letter which can kill, but the Spirit giveth life. (It's almost an exact quote. Once again, read the Bible. Find these verses I'm referencing. Test these words. Above all, find Jesus.)

It's time for us to let go of the old man, and walk into a new creation with Jesus. Let go of them, the people who are abusing you in any way, influencing you away from Jesus, and connect with those who build you up in Him. Find a loving a church. Have fellowship. Build on each other. Not by earthly strength but by allowing Christ to work through all of you.

Let Him connect you with the right people. The friendships you form through Him far exceed what the world could ever provide.

I know this has been a very scatterbrain post, but I hope the message comes through loud and clear. I'm Kyle signing out. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas day for those celebrating. If you're not (like me), have a wonderful day and never stop seeking Jesus. 

December 15, 2016

Holiday Break

Hello everyone. I hope you've all been having an amicable December.

Just a quick's head up: I'm going to be taking off from the blog until January. When I return, we will keep reviewing.

I've also decided to break away from a writing schedule and post my writing on a "when it's done" basis. I believe this is the best approach concerning the blog, and makes the most sense to me. This means you will see reviews, updates, articles any day of the week, so stay tuned for that.

Before I leave, however: I will be posting an article on the 25th of December, as I feel it's an important day and the best possible day for me to share what I'm feeling. The article will be about a rather personal topic, one I hope will resonate with my readers.

Thank you very much for your continuous support. Have a great December, and safe travels in the holidays.