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December 27, 2013

Back next year!

It's been a tough year, people. And not just for me, for many others. So, I just want to take the rest of the year off, and come back the 6th of January.

I'll be back, Arnold style, with a brand, spanking new Review and several others to follow. Also, lots of articles which are actually interesting and insightful to read.

I wish all of you a happy new year, and may God Bless you all!

December 26, 2013

Killzone Shadow Fall Content Rundown


Also known as The Only Interesting PlayStation 4 Exclusive!



Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg (Head Writer)

Verdict: C (Caution Advised) 

Release Date: November 2013 

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genre: First-Person Shooter

Intro: I don't know what was going on surrounding this game, but it took quite a while before I could find a full walkthrough. Seems like there was an embargo, and it only recently lifted.

But whatever the case, here is Killzone Shadow Fall:

December 23, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 20: Reviews Inbound!

Killzone Shadow Fall: Right off the bat, the Content Rundown has been delayed to Thursday. So rest assured, it's going up this week.

The Walking Dead Season Two: Taking it's place in the Wednesday slot is the hugely anticipated follow up to this year's The Walking Dead game by Telltale Games. The bulk of the Content Rundown is finished, so it just needs a bit of editing and we're all set.

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty: My machine has finally been formatted, so I'll reinstall this game and get to reviewing. It's long overdue!

Dead Space 1: I still gotta finish this one up. Coming soon!

Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood: Just for the sake of completion, the second instalment in the trilogy will also be reviewed.

December 20, 2013

Making sense of SteamOS


SteamOS is promising to be the next big leap forward for inter-platform gaming, across any device, anywhere, anytime. The problem is: What exactly is it supposed to do?

In this little post, we're going to try and make sense of the platform for you, and find out if it is really the next big thing it's promising to be...

Gaming Across Any Platform: Imagine playing your Steam games on your HDTV. Simply start up SteamOS, and you can stream the games to your TV, making a dream a reality. Or you can play your PC exclusive games on your Mac. Or the reverse!

(No, wait, not the reverse.....)

But, let's not ignore the elephant in the room: How exactly are you going to get SteamOS to run on your TV? Well, that still has to be seen. But Valve has promised more info in the coming months, so we suggest waiting before passing judgement.




Weaker Systems? No Problem: Based on what we've seen, we can safely speculate that it allows for lesser systems to play higher quality games, based on this statement by Valve: 

"In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases." 

Music, Movies, and TV: While South Africans may once again miss out on this feature, Valve has confirmed that they are collaborating with media outlets in order to bring your favourite passive visual medias to Steam.

Now for the hilarious confusion when people notice their friends are playing "Breaking Bad" on Steam....

KVR Gaming: Rest assured, this little post will not be the end of our SteamOS coverage. We'll be involved extensively with the system, and even deliver a fully fledged review when it's finally released.

December 18, 2013

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Full Review



Band of Brothers: The Lost Episode.



Intro:


After becoming a fan of the series in Road to Hill 30, I decided to skip straight ahead to the game I was the most interested in of the three: Hell's Highway. My expectations were a tad bit high, which I always try to avoid since high expectations always lead to disappointment.

But hey, what's life without getting your hopes up! Heh, life....

Basic Plot:

We step back into the boots of Matt Baker as his squad heads into the one of the biggest Allied misfires in World War 2: Operation Market Garden. The already unfair odds are hampered by Baker's PTSD, and several surprising revelations come to light.

Release Date: September 2008.

Developer: Gearbox Software.

Publisher: Ubisoft.

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows.

Genre: Tactical Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Hit the jump for more!

December 16, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 19: YouTube Drama...

So apparently YouTube updated their Content ID system, paralyzing several Let's Play channels. Thankfully, because my channel is pretty obscure at this stage, they have yet to get to me.

Blog: By the way, are any of my long time readers still there? Please drop a comment. I haven't had one in a while. :(

Killzone Shadow Fall: Footage of Shadow Fall is finally no longer under an embargo, but it's too late to get it done for this week. I'll have a Content Rundown of it next week.

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty: I'm going to review the game sometime next year and will spend a lot of time making it detailed. I haven't done a Full Review in a while so I need to get back in the correct frame of mind to make one.

Call of Duty Black Ops 1: A ReMix Review is in the cards for this one. I also finished my playthrough of it, so all that needs to be done is to upload all the videos.

Dead Space 1: I'm getting to it. Don't you worry folks! My funniest playthrough will be completed, even if it takes me another year!

December 13, 2013

Hawke's Eye: Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30


Now that Kyle has finished worshiping the aforementioned game in his sugary sweet "Review", I decided that for people who are looking for a less biased review should get their attention.

Welcome to Hawke's Eye, where I, Hawke Zechariah, give an unforgiving and brutally honest rundown of an otherwise "great" game. I was originally gonna go with "Eye of Providence" for the title, but I decided against it because I don't want internet loonies on my case all day, everyday!

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We older gamers pride our gameplay over needless brotherly drama. First thing's first, the gameplay is smart, slow-paced and very very good.

Let me give you a quick Gameplay Sitrep:

-Players control squads of multiple soldiers, divided into the categories of Support, Fire Teams and Assault. Support squads are usually three rookies who are ideally placed at the back of the action to Suppress enemies. We will get to Suppression in a moment.

Fire Teams are better for middle lane combat, who slowly advance on and flank the enemy. These are usually two, more experienced yet extremely fragile soldiers.

Assault squads or units are ideal for just that: Assault. These are usually your tank units who are useful for taking out normal enemy squads with machine gun fire and that cannon thing that makes stuff explode.

Hey, I'm not human, so don't blame me for misplacing the dang thing's name!

The actual "commanding" of these squads may leave a lot to desire for newer "gamers", but it's simple, fast and efficient. Even if the actual control scheme may cause a few frustrating dog-ups.

Oh, and the difficulty is highly challenging, as it should be for a Tactical Shooter. You may have to try several sequences over and over again, but that only adds to the eventual satisfaction when you get it right.

AudioVisual:



In a word, beautiful. Not because it has Blu-Ray quality so good that you can make out the curvy stubble on your character's grizzled face, but because most of the action takes place in less cinematic environments, like gardens, townships, around lakes and wherever else.

Occasionally we have the standard trenches, but these are to be expected. I'm tempted to say I LOVE the attention to environmental detail, but Hawke never loves, so I'll just stick to LIKING them instead.

The voice acting is serviceable. It's your typical soldier "gravel" with a few exceptions. The soldiers sound like ordinary people, which is probably what Gearbox was going for, so I guess it's good for what it is.

Controls:

The Controls are your typical shooter's for the most part, with Left Mouse button firing your gun, as it ALWAYS should be. My homie WASD makes his millionth return. And switching between weapons is.....

I forgot. I think it's Middle Mouse button, right? No. That zooms your weapon. Not Right Mouse button. That orders your units.

So here I am, in the middle of the battlefield, next to a farm, and have spotted an enemy squad I aim at them, and press Right Mouse button. Fifteen seconds later, three soldiers are sleeping soundly in the farmer's tarnished little garden.

When it comes to Controls, it's mostly good. But if you're used to the standard Shooter control scheme, you're pretty much going to have a hard time adapting.

Box Art:



Okay, so what's up with the title? It's about as generic as you can get! Why not just call it Guns and Soldiers: Linear Gameplay Remixed!? Simplicity is the best title. 

This is not an academic paper on the Road to Hill 30. This is a deeply personal journey, just so happening to be on the Road to Hill 30. Not like I care for human sob stories, but if you are going to make one, at least just say so!

Secondly, the cover art depicts an event which never takes place in-game. That may have been a smart move on Gearbox's side to provide us with a red herring, but deception is not the best thing in the world. Especially not when it's the first thing gamers are faced with!

Thirdly, the box art doesn't give you a clue as to where the game is set. Crimson Plains? Hell Sky? Valley of the Slightly Red Mountains?

Final Verdict: 8/10

Gameplay: 9/10
AudioVisual: 8/10
Controls: 8/10
Box Art: 6/10

Right off the bat, you may not like this game if you're into newer more hand-holdy shooters like Call of Battle and Dutyfield.

But for the people who truly want and deserve a challenging Tactical Shooter, this is a classic.

*mic drop*

December 11, 2013

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Full Review


Alternate Title: That Generic Looking First Person Shooter Game Which Is Not Generic In The Least Bit! 

(You can probably see why they went with the current title instead.)
 
Intro: 

This game pleasantly surprised me. I went expecting a decent, not too shabby, but not too great World War 2 game. What I got was a challenging, refreshing and surprisingly emotional tale told through characters who warm up to you as the game moves on. 

I'm Kyle van Rensburg, and I present you with Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30.


Basic Plot: 




You are Sergeant Matt Baker. Leader of a squad of thirteen soldiers who could all die because of one fateful decision. He didn't ask for this.

And now he has to spearhead a push into Normandy, clearing a path for the D-day invasion. Through the course of eight days, Matt Baker will command, save, lose and grow ever closer to his Brothers in Arms.

Release Date: 5 Centuries Ago March 2005

Developer: Gearbox Software.

Publisher: Ubisoft.

Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii, OS X.

Genre: First Person Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Hit the jump for all the juicy stuff!

December 09, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 18: Siblings in Hugs

Brothers in Arms: So I recently finished Road to Hill 30 and I have to say, I'm impressed. The story is told from a very "cold" point of view and it works. This is one of my new favourite games, even if the ending could have wrapped up the character arc a little more.

I'm also playing through Hell's Highway, and while the gameplay is lacking in certain aspects, the story is still good as ever. Reviews of the entire trilogy will be put up soon!

FEAR Trilogy: Call me a coward, but I'm still reluctant to dive into this series. I've been dealing with some personal issues recently and I'm not in the mood for depressing or brooding material. I'll get around to this eventually, but not immediately!

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty: Awaiting a machine format first before I try to play this game. But let's just say that the review will be very comprehensive and will not disappoint.

Rayman Origins: The game suffers from repetition, unfortunately, and as such, it may take me a while to fully complete it.

Dota 2: Anyone who kept up with me on social media will know that I had an inexplicable urge to review it. I'm busy downloading the game as I'm typing this post, so you'll be seeing a review quite soon!

Batman Arkham Asylum & Arkham City: The latter is getting a ReMix Review sometime in the next year. I was dissatisfied with my harsh treatment of it in the initial Areas of Concern, so I'll give the game another shot. Even video games deserve second chances!

The former will be reviewed soon. I'm doing a video playthrough of it as well, so you can even watch the game yourself if you're still unsure of getting the game for your children.

Dead Space 1: Will resume the game shortly. Wish me luck!

December 06, 2013

Coming Attractions + VIDEOS!

Sorry for the lateness of this update. Sadly, work gets in the way, as it did here, and so I had to forfeit a full length article.....AGAIN.

But that's not to worry: In the coming year, I'm going to debut gaming Top 10s on my YouTube Channel, so stay tuned for that! I also have several older reviews in the works, as well as a couple of video game playthroughs still being uploaded on my channel.

I'm also going to start doing podcasts sometime, which may replace the traditional Monday Update. Oh, and the site will get a redesign in the next year. For sure!

So yeah, I'm sorry for the lack of a full length article. I just get very tied up in work, with it almost being the Holiday Season and all. I'll see you guys next week with a brand new review! 

Enjoy the weekend, because I'm sure going to. :)

December 02, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 17: Stars and Rays...Rising from the Dead!

Dead Rising 3: Well, this game is probably not going to get a Full Review anytime soon, if ever. But thanks to the glorious internet, I'm able to do a Content Rundown.

It's a shame this game was only made for the Xbox One, because it looks pretty cool. But hey, who knows? It may come to PC one day....

Rayman Origins: So I was browsing through AWX the other day (It's a South African store. Google it), and came across this little platforming gem. I was a huge fan of Rayman way back when I was 10-12 years old, starting with Rayman M on the PlayStation 2 and the wonderful Rayman 2: The Great Escape.

So far, the game amazes me with it's creativity, even though it's suggestive content is really unneccessary and only serves to pervade a stereotype of gaming in general. Details will be in my review of the game.

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty: So I finally boarded the StarCraft train after wavering for so long, and so far, so irritating, due to technical hiccups. Why does the game have to download before every stage or skirmish? Or during gameplay, causing massive amounts of lag? Seriously?

Batman Arkham Asylum: I'm just waiting for my flu to pass by, then I will gladly record further. Really enjoying the game thus far.

F.E.A.R Trilogy: SOON.

November 28, 2013

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Content Rundown (Areas of Concern)


Is it just me or do games with the words "Ghost" or "Ghosts" in the title end up being extraordinarily mediocre?


Intro:




This Content Rundown had a rather interesting start about a year ago when I was really psyched to review it, only for it to disappear amongst a mountain of other games.

So, with a quick visit to the past, I wrapped up yet another loose end. Now only for that long awaited article promised in my Modern Warfare 3 Review.....


Basic Plot: 

When a group of "Ghosts" are massacred, the rest of the Ghost Recon take it upon themselves to avenge their deaths in a very bland plot involving something about conspiracies and other things that explode when needed.

Oh, and a very abrupt ending.

Release Date: May-June 2012.

Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC.

Genre: Stealth-Action Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--(We see the following through a camcorder) A building is blown up by a missile, and several buildings nearby are shredded as glass rains down on several people, slicing them. One man is impaled in the chest, blood spurting out. A man is shown lying on the ground, gore pooling out beneath him, and a man is hit with a car off-screen shortly afterwards.

It is worth noting that the framing and the panic of the scene may remind some of 9/11.

--Shootouts can occur: Blood sprays are shown in detail, staining the environment, cries of pain are heard and in some sequences, blood sprays from people suddenly and jarringly, sometimes staining the camera. 

(For example: In a close-up sequence, a man is shot in the head, and the resulting blood is shown to be on the screen.)

--Explosions are portrayed, resulting from bombs, grenades and projectiles; shockwaves and wreckage are shown, with characters being knocked back by the blast. For example: One sequence portrays a runway being decimated by the player with an entire airliner being ripped apart in the chaos, wreckage everywhere.

In an extended interactive sequence, a mech armed with missiles fires upon several soldiers and vehicles. 

--In one scene, a man's arm is shown to be on fire, with fiery holes appearing on his forearm very briefly before he falls to his death.

--A man is interrogated with an electric prod: He screams in pain. 

--Throats can be slit: A slicing motion with a little blood is shown, along with some gurgling.

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A man seems like he is attempting to take advantage of a woman, but she rebuffs him when he tries to kiss her.

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

Infrequent Uses of F**k, S**t, B**ch, B**t**d, A*s, H**l, D**n, and an obscene gesture.

--God and Jesus' names are used in vain.

Spiritual Content: 

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--List of symbols:

-Skulls. (Death: Used as an emblem by the Ghosts.) 

-Six point Star. (Witchcraft: Seen as a decoration in a Middle-Eastern country.)

-Five point Star. (Satanism: Standard military symbol, and is seen on the label of soda water bottles.)

--A definition of "Ghost" is shown onscreen at one point, referring to them as the spirits of the dead who come to haunt the living.

--A man mentions that it may be a good time to pray, to which another man rebuffs and says that a government can save him instead.

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--Cigarette smoking is portrayed. 

--Beer drinking is portrayed by soldiers.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Standard Action Movie Morality: Good guys save the day and keep the bad guys at bay! Yay!

....Except for one scene where the good guys leave a bad guy to a rather horrific death. 

Lyrics/Music:

--Heavy metal is featured in the game's soundtrack at one point briefly.

Thoughts & Impressions:


IGN: (8.5/10) Ghost Recon: Future Solider is a refreshing change from the current trend of thoughtless shooters, and in the moments when everything clicks together, it’s hard to think of a more absorbing shooter. Unfortunately it doesn't always click though, and forgettable dialogue, poor facial animations and inconsistent visuals dent what is otherwise a great game, plus there’s no denying a little extra polish would’ve made a huge difference. 

But if you’re after a superbly paced, thoughtful shooter that boasts a strong campaign and enjoyable multiplayer, Future Soldier is bang on target.

GamesRadar: (4/5) Ghost Recon: Future Soldier feels like a welcome relief from the run-of-the-mill, run’n gun shooters. Co-op involves actual team coordination with the delightful full co-op campaign and horde modes, the team-focused multiplayer is a blast to play with friends and earning unlocks in the in-depth Gunsmith customization system is incentive enough for you to stick with these online modes.

Although Ubisoft missed the mark in creating a genuinely unique, futuristic setting, the tactical, slow-paced gameplay and unique squad-based experience sets Future Soldier apart from the typical shooter.


Destructoid: (9/10) Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is the type of title that might be easy to overlook if you're not partial to the franchise, or even if you are tired of warfare in post-modern times, but it's a great title nonetheless. Between the impressive campaign, the myriad of co-op options and the added replayability of the mission challenges, as well as the expansive multiplayer component, it's as solid a package as military shooters provide.

Edge: (8/10) Future Soldier exemplifies a developer honouring the ‘fun first’ ethos of its publisher’s canon, even as it stays true to the seriousness of its espionage licence. Yes, it’s lost some tactical edge, but a disciplined commitment to entertainment focuses the experience. In the overmasculine world of the thirdperson shooter, this is a game that stands out for being delicately beautiful even as it delivers brutal thrills. 

Conclusion:




Violence: Very brief, with a little bit of blood. There are some more graphic moments, like the opening scene and an intense scene of destruction halfway through.

Language: Infrequent but occasionally strong. Misuses of Jesus' name do occur.

Spiritual Content: Some very mild spiritual references revolving around the Ghosts.

Verdict: 14+


For Moderate Violence and Infrequent Strong Language.

Outro:

After a year's delay, the Areas of Concern is here at last. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I'll see you next week with our regular scheduling.

See ya then!

Writer Bio:


Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of KVR Gaming. He likes cookies.

November 27, 2013

Review Tomorrow!

EDIT: Content Rundown/Areas of Concern is more like it.

I'm not getting a chance to sit down and fully review free of distractions, so I pushed the review to tomorrow. Hang in there!

November 25, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 16: I lied.

....Told you I would be back, Arnold style. :P

I just arrived at my grandfather's house for a week long vacation. I'll be actively working on Areas of Concerns and articles to post in the coming weeks.

I'll see if I can have one up for this Wednesday, but as I'm on limited internet, it won't be of a recent game. It will be one of many long overdue games I wanted to do but never got around to.

So sit back, and enjoy the next week. :)

(But seriously, go outside once in a while....)

November 22, 2013

Brief Hiatus-Oh hai Indiana Jones!

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade is still buckets full of awesome, hehe.

But anyways, I'm sorry to disappoint once again, but there's no article today because I'm going on a week long vacation, and I need it.

Things have been a bit tough lately, and I feel pretty bored with gaming at the moment so I need to recharge before I can get back to reviewing.

Besides, footage of Killzone Shadow Fall still seems to be under an embargo, so I can't do a full Areas of Concern yet. I will use the week to build up several AOC's, so that I can post them in huge amounts when I get back.

If all goes well, that is.

So once again, I'm taking a break. I will be back, Arnold style! Minus the whole driving a car through the police station thing, but you get my point!

God bless! See you guys, not next week, but the week after. (Probably in December)

November 20, 2013

Battlefield 4 Content Rundown (Areas of Concern)


Return of the slightly orange man simulator!

Note: The following post contains some Mature Content. Parental Guidance Advised. 


Intro: 



So you're scrolling through the internet not too long ago, and a title catches your eye: Battlefield 4.

"Battlefield 4?" You say, "There's a fourth one?". Your confusion may be because of the fact that you've never really cared about Battlefield past the stellar Battlefield 2 way back when in 2005ish.

It may also be the simple fact that this is not the actual fourth title in the series, as there have been several others, and this is probably the fourth one set in modern times.

Huh, guess that explains the 4....

Mystery solved, right here on KVR Gaming! But hey, you know what else we're solving for you today? The content of the actual game itself, a mystery several Parental and Content reviewers fail to clarify in it's entirity.

So tune in, crack open a bottle of water, and let's get cracking!

Basic Plot:

China and the USA butt heads again over something minor and they can't agree to disagree, so they decide to kill each other. Also, people and buildings get blown up. Blah blah! 

Release Date: October 2013.

Developer: DICE.

Publisher: EA

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows (the PC kind).

Genre: First-Person Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Areas of Concern:

Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

General Violence:

--Several people are shot: Blood sprays out and stains the environment, cries of pain are heard and the injured flinch and spasm in reaction to gunshot wounds. 

-When your character is shot, blood stains the screen. 

--Lots and lots of wreckage and explosions are portrayed, destruction of buildings and the environment being a huge part of gameplay. Vehicles are blown up by the explosions, and people are sent flying when near exploding objects.

--Stabbings are shown: Your character plunges the knife into the neck/chest of the enemy. No blood is portrayed.

--Vehicular violence is depicted: In addition to firing guns and rockets from vehicles, players can run over enemies, who are sent flying or simply collapse dead.

--A few environments are covered in moderate amounts of blood, and the corpses of fallen soldiers can be seen.

Storyline Violence:

--A man shoots a dog, with blood spurting. Not giving up so easily, the dog attacks him again. He gives it a punch to the head, and the dog passes out/dies with a whimper.

--A man's leg is pinned underneath a block of rubble. We see blood forming around his knee. He asks to have the leg amputated; we see your character insert his knife under the knee and pull upwards, and the man screams in pain. The actual cutting is not shown.

Afterwards, he is dragged out from underneath the blood, and we see the bloody stump where the leg used to be, blood trailing behind it. (Insert pirate joke here)

--We see a man's bloody face after being caught in a missile explosion. He lies on the ground, groaning in pain afterwards, before eventually expiring.

--A man interrogates two men by electrocuting them with a shock baton; we hear screams as they convulse in pain. 

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A hidden conversation has two men discussing being reborn in bed, and one man mentions that he had a "threesome" in bed, to which another man mocks him and they joke about where else one would have it, and they mention a "caddie".

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

Frequent Strong Language: Uses of F**k, S**t, B**ch, B**t**d, P**s, A*s, C**p, H**l, D**n,

--God and Jesus' names are used in vain.

Spiritual Content: 

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--List of symbols:

-Stars. (Satanism)

-Peace Symbol. (...Not actually a symbol of peace.)

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A few bars are seen in the backgrounds, but no actual drinking.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Standard Hollywood Blockbuster Movie: Good guys save the day and keep the bad guys at bay. Yay!

Thoughts & Impressions:


IGN: (8.5) Battlefield 4 is an excellent multiplayer game that makes the most of its ambitions, proving once again that destruction is a valuable strategic addition to competitive combat, which reaches its full potential with two killer Commanders are bringing out the best in their squads. On the other hand, its single-player campaign is a disappointing, but a functioning and familiar game with overwhelming action and remarkable spectacle.

GamesRadar: (4.5/5) Multiplayer shooters don't get better than Battlefield 4. Incredible destruction, smart map design, and solid tech combine to produce a true showcase for PS4 and PC. While solo play still lags behind, it's a big step up from BF3.

Edge: (7/10) Let all the vision-obscuring dust settle and it transpires that Battlefield 4 is a more conservative sequel than we were led to expect. Neither Commander mode nor Levolution’s scripted destructability have changed the feel or flow of multiplayer in any dramatic way. But that’s not necessarily a problem: 

Battlefield’s pitched 64-player battles have a rhythm that’s still all their own, and the emergent carnage caused when jets, tanks and infantry collide is quite unlike anything else. Its tightly scripted singleplayer game, however, is like everything else, and it sticks in the craw that a tepid story is still sucking up resources when multiplayer has arrived with so many avoidable technical problems. 

DICE has ironed out kinks in the past, and it is sure to do the same here, but will the studio ever get it right on the first pass?

Destructoid: It's probably for the best, then, that Battlefield 4 plays it safe. It's a game full of minor improvements to what remains one of the best multiplayer experiences available but, at this point, there's not much left to improve upon without taking some genuine risks for the sake of innovation. DICE is hitting diminishing returns and I'm curious to see where the series goes from here.

For the time being, however, this approach works -- Battlefield 4's multiplayer is strong enough to carry it. The single-player campaign isn't nearly the waste of time that it was in the last game, though it still ends up being an unnecessary inclusion. One can't help but wonder how much better Battlefield would be if DICE quit striving for back-of-the-box feature parity and concentrated its efforts entirely on multiplayer. I hope that day comes again.

My Thoughts: Well, Battlefield is really starting to become one of the definitions for the word "average". I can't be more bored with it's current direction, and I personally believe that it should stop trying to be realistic and go back to the light-hearted below-the-surface silliness of the old titles.

With bots!

Conclusion:




Violence: Average violence. The blood is not high, but it does contain some realism when it comes to injuries and the leg amputation scene is bloody, though not as shocking as one would expect.

Sex/Nudity: The one conversation in the game is a hidden conversation, so not much to worry about here if you're just breezing through the game. However, I believe you should be aware regardless.

Language: Probably the most offensive aspect of the game, with several F-bombs being dropped.

The Preacher and Trent: We basically summed up our thoughts on the Call of Duty Ghosts Content Rundown, but we'll reiterate again: The Preacher dismisses that the game is bad at all and quite frankly doesn't care about any objectionable content.

Trent expresses concern about the content, saying that one should be careful to not let this game influence you, though not saying that it will.

Verdict: 16+



For Bloody Violence and Strong Language.

Outro:

Well that's one Battlefield conquered at last. Several thousands more to come....

But hey, don't listen to me mope. Tune in Friday for another article on whatever subject my hilariously crazy mind comes up with then.

See ya!

Writer Bio:


Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief KVR Gaming. He likes cookies.

November 19, 2013

No article today

My work got in the way, sorry people! But I actually think this is for the best, because the planned series will be videos instead.

See you tomorrow with my Battlefield 4 Areas of Concern...

November 18, 2013

Blog Journal Volume 15: Minimal Punctuation....

Alright so y'all better listen fast because I'm gonna talk fast and break several rules of punctuation so if you have a problem with that here are some punctuation marks: ,,,,,,,,.......;;;;;;;;::::::::

Battlefield 4: I haven't forgotten about this game and I want to get it done as fast as possible so I will look up some multiplayer footage courtesy of TotalBiscuit and finish up the Areas of Concern and Thoughts & Impressions.

Killzone Shadow Fall: Really regretting the lack of money to buy a PS4 but okay no time to mope because I have to finish the Areas of Concern and get everything done snap-snap.

Older Games: I have several older games I want to do ReMix Reviews and Full Reviews for so stay tuned for info in more punctuated posts.

Blog: Everything is going okay but I just need to get my massive amounts of page visitors back so that we can all form a great community and I also need to get my new vision into play.

So that's it! I'll hopefully put up a post tomorrow so tune in then!

Geez, it's exhausted to never punctuate anything, sheesh!

Just Started Playing: FEAR 3



Thoughts & Impressions:

Another game which came with the WB Games Humble Bundle, FEAR 3 is a pretty cool and fun game, if not a scary one.

The game shifts between taught action and chilling sequences, with not much success. The horror scenes are occasionally chilling but never nerve-wrecking, like scouring the halls of Dead Space or even searching an abandoned house in Half Life 2.

I do like the shooting sections, and the solo practice Multi-player is pretty fun, if basic. All in all, while I can't pass a verdict at this time, the game is fun, though lacking..

Areas of Concern:

The violence is somewhat gratuitous thus far, with large splashes of blood, gore, and dismemberments being shown in detail. In one sequence, a demonic entity jumps around and cuts several soldiers apart with resulting blood sprays.

Speaking of demons: I'm not so clued up with the premise of the FEAR series, but there are some obviously supernatural and borderline occultic moments in FEAR 3, the previously mentioned demon being one of them.

Players can also have "Psychic Links" with fallen soldiers, awarding you with points to collect upgrades. Characters in the game are portrayed to be psychic as well.

Sexual content is non-existent thus far. Alma, a female character in the game, is shown naked from a distance at one point, breasts being depicted but its not in a sexual way at all, and no detail is shown. (like nipples, etc...)

Language wise, this game contains some cursing, but its pretty much obscured by the sound of gunfire. I don't know if I'm getting used to it, but I don't recall frequent swearing.

What about you? Have you played FEAR 3? Anything you would like to add to this post? Leave a comment to let me know!