November 26, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity Content Rundown

I have no idea what the title is supposed to mean since there's absolutely no "Unity" to be found in the game but oh well...

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Verdict: Caution Advised (For Strong Bloody Violence and Sexual References)

Release Date: November 2014

Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Genre: Action-Adventure

November 24, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 63: Operation: Get Back into Gaming (Part 2)

Before we start the journal, here are a few updates on upcoming reviews:

-Assassin's Creed Unity: Almost done. Just needs some editing and it's ready to be posted.

-Far Cry 4: Still haven't started with the Content Rundown, but it's coming soon.

-Giants Citizen Kabuto: It would be a bit hypocritical of me not to review this game, so this one's coming soon as well.


In this instalment of Operation: Get Back into Gaming, Kyle describes the game of his childhood, the appeal of cult classics, and going back to basics.

Hallo Leute! Welcome to another instalment of the blog journal. This time around, I'm going to be talking about a game, if not THE game, from my childhood: Giants Citizen Kabuto.

Now, the first question you might have might be along the lines of "What the what!?" Don't worry, it's perfectly reasonable to be confused. Citizen Kabuto was not a mainstream game at release, and pretty much faded into obscurity over the years.

The only reason I got the game, was because it came bundled with a display card my dad bought. (I can't recall which card it was.) While the game was violent at first, I eventually started playing it, and loved every single moment of it...right up until the end.

However, after going through some religious teachings, we decided to get rid of a lot of stuff, and Giants was unfortunately one of the many games I had to sacrifice for the sake of "holiness".

Almost a decade later, I decided to sacrifice holiness for the sake of "Giants". While that's not necessarily how I saw it, the logic behind throwing things away to attain God's blessing was ridiculous, legalistic, and most of all, judgmental.

I dismissed it, and got my favourite game back. However, it also fell victim to my chronic game-somnia, and as a result, I didn't play it much.

After taking medication for my disorder, in the form of a tasty pill known as Far Cry 3, I started the long process of sorting things out. It was around this time where I also started learning Deutsch. (German.)

The combination of exploring two parts of my heritage was effective. Giants: Citizen Kabuto made me giggle all the way through, just like it did when I was ein kleines Junge. (A little boy.) W√ľnderbar, ja? Oh, you don't speak German. Shame. 

Anyway, it was also around this time of replaying my childhood classic when I discovered the appeal of a cult classic. Most people define a cult classic as a movie/game/TV show with a small but dedicated following.

This may ring true about most cult classics, but there are specific genre elements which also make said movies/games/TV shows cult classics:

-Ambitious Mixture of Genre Elements.
-Irregular but Memorable Characters.
-Evokes a Nostalgic Feel.
-You Can't Help But Love it in Spite of it's Flaws.

Giants Citizen Kabuto? Checks all the requirements of a cult classic. And let me tell you, it was a classic indeed. It doesn't really have a huge following anymore, but it will always remain a classic in my books.

So did going back to basics help my condition? Somewhat. While I was getting back into the groove, something was still holding me back: An overwhelming emotion of seriousness which made having fun with a game an incredibly difficult task.

Solution? To play the craziest, most bombastically silly game you could ever find: Borderlands 2.

November 17, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 62: Operation: Get Back into Gaming (Part 1)

In this weekly instalment of the Blog Journal, Kyle van Rensburg makes amends with his first ever love in this life, Gaming, and discovers what it truly means to be a gamer.

Hey kids! Guess what? These posts were originally called "Blog Journals" because...they were supposed to be like journals for me! Wow!

Jokes aside, I want to give you guys more insight into my daily life at this stage, especially in regards to gaming. First off, I'm going to do a series on getting back into gaming, something I'm trying to do with a whole lot of commitment and effort.

Without further adieu, let's get started? Cool. So as some of you may be aware, I've been posting significantly less often as the year's gone on. This happened as a result of issues in my personal life, and it's been causing me to burnout.

After we moved in September, things have been slowly improving. However, I found that I still could not get myself back into gaming.

I had a huge pile of games in my Steam library which I'd yet to finish, and I was rather indecisive about which game to start. I would start up a game, play for a few minutes, only to switch it off in disgusted boredom.

After a friend of mine suggested that a certain game would be the catalyst for me to get back into gaming, I decided to give it a chance. I'd been struggling for months to get the game in question downloaded, but after some commitment and effort, I solved the problem and managed to install the game.

Let's just say that Far Cry 3 is a modern masterpiece.

I would start up it every single day and just play the game in peace. It's actually so much fun to just do what you want and not have to do any side-quests or anything. The fantasy of being in a video game returned in full, and it was fun from back to front.

At the end of the day, gaming is not about winning; it's about exploring different worlds, being the hero of several epic stories and, most of all, pushing through the steepest challenges.

However, using this strategy as a means to get back into gaming came with one small caveat : I was playing a high quality blockbuster, designed for easy access and play, not a game designed for the committed or incredibly skilled.

Far Cry 3 is a brilliant game and poses a great challenge, get me right, but it wouldn't help me get back into all genres of gaming, especially not obscure Indie games or JRPGs for that matter.

So, while I made some progress in my quest to re-gamer myself, there was still a lot of progress to be made. How did I solve this? 

Enter Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

In the next instalment of Operation: Get Back into Gaming, Kyle describes the game of his childhood, the appeal of cult classics, and going back to basics.


Assassin's Creed Unity: Just started with the Content Rundown for this guy. It won't be done by this week, but that should give me enough time to polish the Content Rundown more.

Far Cry 4: Going to start soon. Will let you guys know closer to posting time.

Both of these games are interchangeable. One could easily be posted before the other. Stay tuned!

November 12, 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Content Rundown

"Guys, we changed it slightly! Love us, please?"

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Verdict: Caution Advised (For Strong Bloody Violence and Language)

Release Date: November 2014

Developer: Sledgehammer Games

Publisher: Activision

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

Genre: First Person Shooter 

November 10, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 61: Where The Road Never Ends

...And there you have your pointlessly poetic phrase of the day. Welcome back everyone!

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Yes, yes, there is a Content Rundown of this game, and it's going to be posted this week. Stay tuned.

Borderlands 2: First off, a ReMix Review is not guaranteed. I'm more playing this game for fun and to help me get back into gaming. But hey, don't dismiss the possibility just yet!

Giants Citizen Kabuto: Having finished the game for the second time in my life, spanning a decade, I'll have this review up sometime in the near future.

Fallout 3: After I'm done with the rest of the reviews, I think it's about time to finish this one up. About time!

StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty: ABOUT TIME I FINISH THIS REVIEW UP TOO!!!

November 05, 2014

The Evil Within Content Rundown

What is this? I don't even...

Intro: Look, I don't like reviewing Japanese-made games. No, that's not because I'm racist in any, way, shape or form. It's nothing personal in the slightest. The reason why I don't like reviewing games by them is because of how HARD it is to describe content accurately.

I have no idea how they scripted or wrote these things, but I seriously take my hat off to them. Because one thing's for sure; it's not easy trying to create a mental picture of the content. Not following? Look at my Resident Evil 6 Reviews. You'll see what I mean.

But with that out of the way, I'll try my best, and I hope that the end result will be informative. God bless. :)

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Verdict: Mature Gamers Only (For Strong Surreal Bloody Violence)

Release Date: October 2014

Developer: Tango Gameworks

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

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

Genre: Survival Horror

November 03, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 60: Unexplainable

The Evil Within: Okay guys, be prepared for a less than stellar Content Rundown; I constantly ran out of words to describe the content in this game, because it's just so surreal and weird, as is often the case with Japanese games.

Nevertheless, for those who want to check out this game, I prepared a Content Rundown. It's not the greatest ever, but I hope it helps.

Thief and System Shock 2: These games have been shelved. Sorry people, I'm changing things up on my blog and my YouTube channel, namely focusing on reviewing games I KNOW I can finish and not sit with a huge heap of unfinished stuff.

On the other hand, Giants Citizen Kabuto is the game that defined my childhood, so it's review will be done for certain. Stay tuned for that!

Upcoming Games: Yes, yes, the COD will have a Content Rundown and so will Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and possibly Alien Isolation.