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.


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!


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.


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.


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.)

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.