October 22, 2014

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Content Rundown


One game to rule them all?

Intro:

Wow, been a long time since I actually had an introduction to one of my Content Rundowns/Reviews. Anyway, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was of particular interest to me, after recently becoming a LOTR fan.

The mythology Tolkien created for the series is mind-bogglingly vast, with detailed histories for characters, places, languages, cultures, civilizations, and a whole lot more. A game or extra couple dozen movies set in this universe would not be out of place at all.

Therefore, it's great that someone decided to flex their adaption muscles and take a chapter out of the big book of Tolkien, creating a video game set in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Does it live up to the aforementioned works? Well, let's find out.

NOTE: Since this is a Content Rundown and not a Review, due to me not being able to play the game and watching video walkthroughs instead, the story, atmosphere and overall "feel" of the game will be looked at, as opposed to gameplay mechanics and player interaction. The Areas of Concern will still be as complete as possible.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg

Verdict: Caution Advised for Strong Gory Violence

Release Date: September-November 2014

Developer: Monolith Productions

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows

Genre: Open World Hack and Slash


October 20, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 58: 3 Years!?

Blog: Before I get to anything else...let's just say that I entirely forgot that my blog, as of October 4th, has been active now for 3 years! Thanks to every single one of my fans for making this possible. I know things have been very rough as of recent, but I just want you to know that I appreciate all of you. :)

Shadow of Mordor: It's not the most intricate of games, so my Content Rundown was finished pretty quickly. Tune in Wednesday for the Rundown.

Weekly Reviews: It seems like this might be possible again. Don't get your hopes up; Bi-Weekly reviews are still going to be the default schedule, but I want to put up a review every week again if possible. 

Kyle: So, my family has been going through rough patch as of recent, and of all the things that could possibly happen, we're dealing with a potential stalker. Ugh. But, we're hoping to get things sorted out soon enough.

Otherwise, I've been learning German (Ich leren Deutsch), got back into gaming through Civilization V, and replayed Hotline Miami. Still just as epic, but also still just as cringe-inducingly gory.

October 13, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 57: Burnout

Apologies for the slight delay in this post. The internet decided to kick out JUST as I was turning in an assignment online. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy about it.

But enough about me for the moment, let's get to the update: First of all, Shadow of Mordor is coming along...slowly. I haven't even started watching the first part yet. I know, that sounds very lazy, but I've had a really rough week.

A friend of mine asked me to pray for a friend of his, who passed away a week later. It was pretty hard for me to hear that, because I did really care about what happened to the guy, but alas, that's what happened.

I find myself sitting in front of the computer, ready to start reviewing, and I just can't. I distract myself with every single thing imaginable so that I can just get away from reviewing. Don't worry, I'll try my best to get the review out soon.

As for the reviews and the site in general, I think I'll schedule reviews weeks in advance. I'm currently playing Need for Speed Underground and want to get a review out of that sometime soon, in between the new releases.

In any case, thanks for your patience with your difficult author, hehe. I will see you soon with more reviews, here on KVR Gaming.

October 08, 2014

The Sims 4 Content Rundown


Now with half the features and twice the drama!

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg (Head Writer)

Verdict: Teenage Gamers (For Sexual Themes and Death Scenes.)

Release Date: September 2014

Developer: The Sims Studio

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platforms: PC

Genre: Life Simulation


October 06, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 56: You Only Play Dice

The Sims 4: Being an avid Sims fan and being unable to actually play The Sims 4, most of the Content Rundown has been constructed from videos I watched and just the overall experience I get from The Sims. While it may not be 100% comprehensive, I'm sure you guys will find it useful regardless.

Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor: I recently became a LOTR fan after finishing the trilogy. (I watched the first movie thirteen years ago, but I only watched the other two a few months ago.) 

Shadow of Mordor is set within the same universe, and I'm very excited to see what the team behind one of my favourite games of all time, Tron 2.0, have come up with.

Need for Speed Underground: One of my favourite games of all time, NFS Underground is a joy to play and just an all-round fun racing game which doesn't take sacrifice nail-biting speed for aching realism. (I'm looking at you, Shift.)

Civilization IV: A great strategy game I recommend for any serious strategy fan, although I would have to warn you about the time-sink that comes with playing the game. Pace yourself; it can get very addictive.

Medal of Honor Airborne: Just a funny game for me to run around and smack Nazis in the face with my Tommy Gun. Oh, and it actually took a very good concept of letting you decide where to start on the battlefield, a concept I wish was explored further.

COD Black Ops 1: ReMix Review anyone? While the first edition of the review was a fun experiment, it went way too far and provided an overdose of detail. It was really enjoyable making it, but I think I can do it one better. COD Blops 1 is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. Will see if I ever get around to redoing the review...

Tron 2.0: Reviewing a game by Monolith Productions reminded me of how much I loved this game. It demands to be replayed, and be replayed soon!