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E3 2014 Best of Show / Microsoft & Sony

Written by Logan Sharp

Oh, E3. Every time it comes around, it makes me feel as if Christmas, my birthday and the 4th of July have all come early. In my honest opinion, yesterday was a fantastic day for gamers. We got glimpses at some incredible new IPs, great indie games as well as seeing some of our old friends return. Out of all the games shown, which one is the best? Here are my picks:

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MLB 14: The Show PS4 Review

The Show debuts on the PS4 with flying colors, while adding new features to further fine-tune its gameplay.

Written by Derek Smith

MLB: The Show has been the dominant baseball simulation game in recent years. With the MLB 2K series being cancelled, The Show now remains unrivaled while also being a Sony exclusive. Does it still aim to impress or show a side of complacency in a world of recycled sports games? Thankfully, The Show debuts on the PS4 with flying colors, while adding new features to further fine-tune its gameplay.

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Outlast Review

Written by Logan Sharp

I am not the kind of guy who seeks out horror films. The only time I will actually sit down and watch one is when I’m with friends but even then, I scream like a small child when the scary stuff happens. Which is why it makes absolutely no sense why I’m drawn to a game like Outlast, the intense horror game by Red Barrels. A horror game that puts you in one of the scariest places on the planet: an insane asylum. Does it Outlast the scare tactics long enough to be a fun and entertaining game?

At the beginning of Outlast, you play as Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter who received a tip about strange happenings at Mount Massive Asylum. Doing what any non-rational person would do, you set out to investigate and get to the bottom of what is happening. While going through the tutorial (though it does not feel like one), you see how the lighting works in the game. As great as the game looks, this is also when you realize that the shadows are eerily dark. You’re equipped with a camera with a night-vision mode to allow for seeing in the dark.

Maybe seeing what’s in the dark isn’t such a good idea…

GAMEPLAY

In Outlast, there are only three options when confronting the criminally insane:

  1. Run
  2. Hide
  3. Die

This helps to build the suspense as you begin creeping slowly around every corner, never knowing what lies just ahead. With no weapons to use, you’re left completely helpless. It’s an interesting dynamic switch from games like Call of Duty, where you feel like Chuck Norris. In this game, you’re just an average Joe: no weapons, no karate moves, nothing.

The game uses this well, as you’ll find yourself tensed up as you venture through the asylum. There are platforming elements that are just means of setting up jump-scares but work surprisingly well. What little puzzles there are in-game go from easy to terrifyingly difficult at times. There’s one moment in the sewers where I have to restore power while being hunted by a beast of a man who is obsessed with calling me “little pig”. The gameplay, overall, is intense, terrifying and fun all at the same time.

“Little pig”? I suddenly don’t take you seri–NO STAY AWAY!

CONTROLS

Which leads me to the controls of the game: fantastic! As with any first-person game these days, leaning out from cover is becoming a heavy influence and is in this game. There were many times I heard someone (I played this game using a surround-sound headset) but could not see them. As I sheepishly pressed against the wall and peered around the corner, I sighed with relief to see nothing there or screamed, near throwing my controller, as someone was mere inches from my face.

Controls felt responsive in other situations and if I died, or slipped up, it was my own fault. What I thought would have added a nice touch was instead of pressing a button to bring up the camera, why not have the player hold that button down? This, I think, would build more tension, especially if my finger began to grow tired of pressing the trigger down to keep the camera up. Perhaps that was in the settings but I did not come across it.

STORY

The story in Outlast is surprisingly short and predictable at points. As stated before, you play as Miles Upshur, tracking down a tip you had received, thus leading you to the asylum. From there, you run into this “prophet” who keeps hinting at something he wants you to witness. Through documents and random video feeds, you learn there is more going on at the asylum than giving patients Jell-O. While playing, you learn of this mysterious power lurking beneath the asylum, which at first is led to believe they are ghosts. In an effort not to spoil anything, I will say the story reminded me a lot of the Mass Effect 2 mission where you track down a “rogue AI”. If you’ve played that, you pretty much know the story to Outlast.

Except the ending. The ending was insane, escalated quickly and left wanting the next game to be out.

FINAL BIT

Outlast is a terrifying game that should not be played alone, in the dark and should definitely not be played with a surround-sound headset. If you enjoy sleepless nights, then do the aforementioned. It’s a game that is entertaining and offers some great scares. However, the game gets very morbid and disgusting in parts. From landing on a pile of bloody, mutilated corpses to coming face-to-face with people who have had horrid mutations done to them, the game is not for the weak stomach, or the young Christian. Also, avoid the twin characters.

My major complaints with the game come from my conservative Christian background. I had a hard time stomaching the more morbid parts of the game and some of the very intense things that the inmates mumbled. It’s what you’d expect from a game set in a criminally insane asylum but it was a little too morbid for me.

Overall, Outlast is a fun thrill of a ride, if you’re into the horror genre. While I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good scare,  but if you’re under 17, talk with your parents first before playing.

I give Outlast a 7.5 out of 10.

Outlast is available on PC and Playstation 4.

#11 – New Year, New Podcast (Show Notes)

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REVIEW // Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition

Written by Logan Sharp

 

As I’ve said in a previous review, I love me some superheroes. I also love fighting games, even though I’m terrible at them. Even a guy that is as bad as I am at fighting games can’t pass up the opportunity to beat the snot out of Superman as Green Lantern, and other DC superheroes. Enter Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition for the PS4.

You don’t have to be a big comic/game fan to of heard about this game; when it released, it was met with high praise, great sales numbers, and a quick introduction to the EVO fighting game tournament just a few short months after launch. I could not get enough of this game back on the Xbox 360 but now that it’s re-released on the Playstation 4, PS Vita, PC and Xbox 360, is it just the same thing spewed forth or a whole new experience?

Sad to say, it’s the same exact game. I mean, literally, the same, exact game. Sure, the graphics have been touched up barely but not enough to really notice; I had to look hard to see it look a little better (even then I’m still not sure if it really does look better). If you loved the game on past-gen, it is hard to see why you should spend another $60 on the same game. However, if you were unlike me when the game was out on past-gen and skipped the DLC, this edition comes loaded with all the costumes for the characters, two different modes (Zombie and Accesible), extra STAR Labs missions (which isn’t something to brag about) and the inclusion of the Injustice: Gods Among Us soundtrack (with tracks from artists like Depeche Mode and Rise Against). There is plenty of bang for your buck here.

Unless you’re like me, the comic enthusiast who bought all the DLC and characters. I had a difficult time justifying spending another $60 on a game that I had on Xbox 360, with everything bought and downloaded. The nice thing I liked about this edition is that every costume for the every character is unlocked right from the start. No longer do you have to complete the 100+ STAR Labs missions and get 3 stars on every single one to unlock the Elseworld Flash costume; you get it right from the start.

Possibly the most rad costume in the entire game!

But herein lies the problem with this edition: with everything unlocked at the start, what’s the point in playing through it again? You won’t unlock anything, save for some hero card portraits and trophies/achievements.

If you somehow passed this one when it came around the first time, and got a PS4 or are still rocking the Xbox 360, this is the edition to pick up! This game made it into the Top 5 Games of 2013 for me as I poured hours upon hours into this game. The online features are fun, incredibly challenging depending on the fighter and has plenty of stuff to unlock. But if you’ve played this before and are looking for something more, you’ll only get more of the same; which isn’t exactly all that bad. Tight controls, great animations, and a great roster of characters to choose from (even if it’s overrun with Batman characters), you’ll have fun no matter what level of comic book fan you are.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition gets an 8.5 out of 10