July 22, 2015

KVR Gaming Update 94: Well Done Kyle

Wow. Just, wow.

I've been so out of things lately that I failed to realise the newest episode of Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands has arrived. In fact, I didn't even realise that Telltale's other continuing episode adventure, Game of Thrones, also received a new episode.

Sorry folks, these reviews are coming soon.

In the meantime, I have two reviews of older (but classic) games that still need to be finished. I'll get to these soon and post them as soon as they're finished. I also have to finish up my XCOM Enemy Unknown and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty reviews, which I've been delaying for quite some time.

It's time to finish what I started. After all is said and done, maybe I'll look back at this moment, smiling in proud remembrance of my vast awesomeness and take a sip from my tropical fruit blend whilst lounging upon the beaches of Miami.

Or I'll just think back and shake my head.

Yeah. That makes more sense.

July 20, 2015

The E3 Report: The Hub

Hello everyone! Welcome to KVR Gaming's hub for all thing's E3 2015!

This short series will feature reviews of the press conferences, thoughts and impressions on upcoming games, and additional articles as we see fit.

Listed below are the articles for the respective E3 2015 Press Conferences. Enjoy, and happy gaming!

Microsoft Press Conference:

KVR takes a look at the usually pretentious and flawed annual Microsoft E3 Press Conference, coming away more than surprised with it's rather unassuming presentation full of promise. Hit the link for more...

Sony Press Conference:

I can haz hug? :D

In a far less restrained presentation, Sony came onto the stage to blow audience expectations with an exciting, energetic and slightly awkward press conference. Hit the super totally awesome rad button for our review...

Nintendo Press Conference:

This image was too good not to share.

Nintendo came back this year sans a live press conference, opting instead for a "digital event" in an odd twist of events. Does the gaming giant succeed, live or not? Find out right here...

The E3 Report: Nintendo Press Conference Review

After a long delay in writing, I've finally gotten around to sitting down and typing a review for the Nintendo Press Conference. Apologies for the long delay. In the future, if I decide to cover the next E3, I'll make sure to get a team of people to help me.

This review is written in memory of Satoru Iwata, who recently passed away at the age of 55. May he rest in peace.


Instead of giving a beat-by-beat summary of the expo, I'll just let you guys watch the video above and add my thoughts below:

While Nintendo's digital event format added more control over the actual presentation, it's hard not to suspect that this was done instead of an actual press conference because the giant corporation ran out of viable ideas.

The past is a strong focus in the press conference, so much so that the future is neglected. In the video above, the reader can see that Nintendo placed a lot of emphasis over explaining "why" the games were made instead of giving us a reason to be excited for them.

Half-hearted is the term any gamer would use upon viewing the press conference. From the forced humour to the behind-the-scenes videos dragging on for longer than humanely necessary, it seemed like Nintendo felt filler was the order of the day and decided to serve it lukewarm at that.

If Nintendo can't provide us with a reason to stay excited for whatever they give in the future, they may just lose their audience and stay frozen in the past forever...literally and figuratively. 

While the presentation isn't bad by any means, it just didn't give us anything that sticks. Let's hope for a better year next year...

July 17, 2015

Batman Arkham Knight (Review of Game)

The Dark Knight Returns-Ah heck, that title's already taken. :/

Release Date: June 2015

Developer: Rocksteady

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, OS X, Linux

Genre: Action-Adventure

July 15, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight (Content Guide)

Intro: As promised, my middle of the month review has arrived, starting with the Content Guide. As the game is quite long and extensive, it took me a while to write down all the content and edit everything.

So enjoy the Content Guide, and don't forget to stay tuned for the Review, which will be landing shortly in a couple days time.

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Verdict: Caution Advised for Scenes of Strong Violence and Mature Themes

Strongest Content: Violence

Recommended Age: 16+

KVR Gaming Update 93: Climate Control

Hello everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts as of recent. I've just been dealing with significant emotional issues, and hanging out with my high school attending friends due to the recent school vacation.

I've not been spending this time ignoring the blog; in fact, I've been thinking a lot about the blog, its future, and that of my YouTube Channel, which I plan to get up and going soon with original content to keep you guys hooked.

As a request, please keep me in your prayers as a means of support. I've been going through a very difficult time emotionally which has been thankfully offset due to my spending a lot of time with friends. (It's why I've been unintentionally avoiding the blog as I'm never able to plan anything and the visits tend to take up an entire day.)

I'll see you guys in 1-3 days time with a Content Guide and Review for Batman Arkham Knight. Cheers!

July 04, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight Preview

Hello everyone! Pardon the lack of content these past few days, I've just been busy with studies, work, and reviewing the newest Batman game.

Per request by blog reader George, I've been working a lot on the Content Guide and Review for the newest entry in Rocksteady's acclaimed franchise.

Content: The first game in the Arkham series to attain the M-rating, Arkham Knight is surprisingly mild thus far, save for a rather violent opening sequence. The content is standard fare for the Arkham series, with brutal threats of violence and moderately gruesome scenes of combat, although nothing exceeds the content of previous games. (So far.)

Moderate language and suggestive themes are also found in the game, along with some mild spiritual content. Stay tuned for more information as time goes on.

Review: The game looks stellar thus far. The gameplay is involving, thrilling and highly creative, par for the course with Rocksteady's Batman games. The story is very intriguing thus far, taking a deep look at Batman's psyche after the events of Arkham City.

Fans of the franchise may be pleased to find that a certain villain still features strongly in the game, although I'll avert spoilers by not mentioning exactly how they feature in the game.

Stay tuned for more details closer to the middle of the month.

Outro: That's it. A short little update on the game and the review's progress. I hope you guys enjoy what I post middle of the month. Don't forget to check back frequently here on KVR Gaming for updates, reviews, and content guides.

Peace out!