Rayman Legends – PS Vita

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HELOOO Loyal thieves and welcome back to Game Thief! Yes I know it has been a while since I posted a little blurb up for you to read and hopefully chuckle at but FRET NO MORE! Here is one for you right now!

Rayman – Origins was one of the best selling titles on the PS Vita for quite some time. The popular game by Ubisoft got rave reviews and amazing player ratings all over Australia. So it’s no shock that the big time developers decided to make a sequel. In one word? Confusing! But I know I know we always start with the good, right?

As any good game developers should, they have kept the charm and pure fun that we all have come to love about Rayman. Controlling Rayman is just as smooth and well laid out as it was in Rayman Origins.  The sets and vibrant levels are incredibly thought out and unpredictable. One level has you whizzing about smashing walls and enemies while being perfectly timed to music! At the end of the level I was left with a ‘WOW, Let’s do that Again!’ buzz which is rare in any visual media these days! 

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The game now has co-op play which was greatly missed in the last title, which allows you to connect up to another played on the same network. There is now a whole bunch of other content to be played together, such as a soccer mini-game, as well as daily and weekly challengers, where you play against ghost players of people around the world! Mint!

What I do NOT like is the why that Ubisoft tried to incorporate the touchscreen into the game. There are now levels that you play as Murphy using just the touch screen, requiring you to tap enemies, cut ropes and other tedious and not fun things to get the automatic player from one side of the level to the other. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there thinking ‘I wish I was having as much fun as the AUTOMATIC FUCKING PLAYER!’ Each of these levels start with Rayman waving and saying ‘Over to you Murphy’ which is followed immediently by my annoyed sigh and a tighter angry grip on the Vita. Rayman is not a touchscreen game! The touch screen is not needed! Some games need to be left alone and only tweaked here and there!

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So why would a game like this be confusing? Well they have gone for a completely different level select structure than before. Turns out that user friendly game maps are so early 2005! The idea is cute, having to jump into different paintings for each level like Super Mario 64, but there are so many different rooms and different paintings which makes getting to a specific level a nightmare! Think of it like having a million folders on your desktop, each one containing another million folders, and then each one of THOSE containing 1 level! Horrible! You also can win levels from Rayman Origins game which is a brilliant idea, but jumping from Origins paintings back to Legends paintings just makes the whole experience confusing and annoying. 

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The Game is Good, but it is not better that Origins! It’s not even as good as Origins. It’s just good. BORDERLINE good. I recommend getting it when the price drops a little lower! 

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GTA V – Grand Theft Auto Five

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Well, Grand Theft Auto V is finally here, and will more than 800 Million Dollars made off the game in a single day world wide, the hype for Rockstar’s best asset has never been higher! But how is the game? Let’s take a look!

The first reaction will you get straight out of the box is ‘WOOAahhh!’ as you pull out the massive map included in the box. It is unbelievably big. San Andreas set the bar for large maps with it’s multiple island Blaine County (Northern Country. What surprises me is the people from each county actually act the part. In the city, you get rich, upper  (to a degree) well speaking people driving nice cars, and littered with pimps and whores; and in the south, you get your country bumpkin, tobacco spitting, crap car driving red necks, littered with pimps and whores. It really does a lot to add to the experience of the game, while driving from one side to the other. The map being so large, however, still has a lot of open and unused space. The entire map only has about 20 to 25 different things to actually do which does make the size of the map a little redundant. However, It is still quite amazing.

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In the city, your main characters are Franklin and Michael. Franklin, your typical black homie “N WORD NWORD NWORD”  swearing mumbling gangster guy, with a big heart and loyalty up the black arse  (My favorite guy)  and Michael. The rich, over protective ‘family man’ with a family so shit he might as well have screwed a bag of manure. From the south you get guys like Trevor, which I think Trevor deserves his own paragraph.

Trevor. If there was any game character that needed a trophy for best voice acting and script writing, it’s Trevor. From the introduction of this man and even while your playing his character and demeanor simply does an amazing job at making you feel like your part of the red neck society.  Trevor is a Meth addict and maker. His incredibly hot temper and Jack Nicholson / Heath Ledger as the Joker style dark humor does the job conveying a realistic and convincing insight into the world of underground drug dealership.

ImageWhat’s great about this game is you have the ability to switch between each character, either during a mission to get the best shooting angle, or outside of a mission, allowing you to complete missions set with the character you choose. Franklin also has a little doggie, Chop, that can also be switched to during missions, allowing you to sniff out further clues required for that mission.

Heists in the game are also included, which are now bigger, better and so much fun! The first heist you will come into is a Jewellery store robbery, which requires you to choose your getaway driver, alarm programmer, gun man, and weather or not you want to run in blazing with guns or do it smart. I chose to do it nice and stealthy, so I needed to first collect some knockout gas by intercepting a chemical truck, before stealing another truck and further supplies before even starting the mission! It’s Great! Each character can be found in your cell phone, and are sorted by skill level. he higher the skill, the bigger the cut!

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You also have access to your iFruit smart phone, which is the most realistic in game smart phone ever! Rockstar games would have spend weeks putting together and making customized websites, links, stock pages, and brand names that is all displayed on what I actually thought was a real web browser. The best part of it for me is the stock trading ,which allows you to buy stocks and sell them when they are high!

Controlling your character is a little bitchy, though. The controls are non-accurate, boldly rounded and a touch laggy, especially when walking around. Simple things like walking through a narrow doorway can turn into a frustrating ordeal, especially when you are in such a rush! Apart from this tiny little annoyance, the game is stunning, fun to play, well told and brilliantly finished off.  It’s a definite 9 out of 10 stars.

You can win YOUR own copy here! https://gamethief.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/win-a-copy-of-gta-v-for-ps3/

PlayStation 4 Camera – Voice Commands? Facial Recognition? – QUICK FIX

ImageA popular online e-commerce site has confirmed the presence of a fully voice controlled microphone built into the PS4’s camera, Quoting “from navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming.”  As we still are unsure of the reliability of this comment, it will fit in slightly with Sony’s outreach for a Audio/Speech intern earlier this year.

My study shows that Sony originally included the camera as part of the PS4 box, but removed it in order to beat Xbone’s price. 

Still no more info on the camera, but stay tuned for more as it comes!

The Last of Us PS3 gains Epic reviews

All over the Interwebs, Critics proclaim it to be ‘near perfect’ and ‘outstanding. But what makes it so good? Let’s have a look.20130621-110850.jpg
First impressions of this game is stunning, Graphically, and emotionally. Set in a deshevield American town, after an uncontrolable fungi slash virus wipes out the population. You control Joel, about 20 years after mankind destroyed. As the town life and city scapes are quickly reclaimed by mother nature, the Last of Us contradicts beatiful back drops of nature and tranquility, with dispair and misery. The game always brings the player back to the feeling loss and pain, with unexpected events, death and perfectly set lighting. The scene is sewt from the moment you turn on the game. Little side events that happen in the background are placed there for a reason, adding to the realism. Although sometimes it is noticable that the game is doing somthing on purpose.
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While the Story may revolve around the fact that mankind is obliderated astetically, it feels more as if the STORY LINE is more focused on the interaction between your character, Joel, and Ally, whos backstory is planned and set remarkably well. While we as the player will relate to Joel and most other characters in the game, with them previously having a normal life before the virus, Ally was born into the chaos and misery less than 20 years ago. Her idea of a life is consistant drama. Her childhood non exsistant lined up next to Joel’s standards. Their interactions are nothing more than poetic, and perfect.
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Game play, as you may already know is in third person. You not only have to defend yourself from other humans such as oppressers, goverment officials and outlaws, but the virus has mutated healthy humans into beings known so creativly as ‘The Infected.’ They are not silent, or stealthy, which takes away from the suspence, but does do somethin to add to the urgency avoiding them hurting you. There are also half infected, known as runners, and the chronically infected, the clickers which can call game over with one bite. The infected are not smart, and do not do much to watch their step and stay alive, unlike humans, who are smart and work together. This kind of interaction from the A.I. makes each combat situation different and unpredictable, requiring you to be on the ball and alert at all times. Ammo is extreamly limeted, forcing Joel to, wherever possible, use his hands nd a knife to quietly and quickly take out the unknowing. What I do LOVE about the Last of Us is the ability to combine items, glass bottles to Kitchen supplies you find in the enviroment, to create different weapons and fighting equipment to be used. Items you find are used to create items, which are used again to create other items. It swings a little too close to the crafting system of MineCraft, leaving alot of the design work up to you, to figure out what combination of what makes what! What I did like however, is the game does NOT pause while you make these items. Using a health kit can either save you or kill you, if there are enemies around to watch you do it. The sence of urgency is greatly increased, adding again to the realism.
The camera however is a severe kick to the nuts though, half the time the action is behind your massive head that somehow manages it’s way up to the lens! Movement is often slow and laggy, breaking flow of combat, and making precision action near impossible! There also seems to be a shit load of scissors and tape (for making shives) that are found conveniently and perfectly placed next to each other!
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The Last of Us is being dubbed, a Masterpiece, fetching 10 out of 10 reviews accross the board. From stunning graphics to engenious story line and human interaction, it’s a game a deffinitly reccomend!

Playstation 4 will require Playstation Plus to play games

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Yes, unfortunitly , our worst fears are officially confirmed. Playstation 4 will require Playstation Plus to access specific content, very much similar to Xbox Live, where they require up-front payments taken directlly from your SOUL!

But it’s not as bad as origionally skeptisized thaught. Single player games and apps will run like normal. But to play online, however, you will need to sign up to PS Plus to gain access, even with the disc. At the moment, PS Plus is around $19.95 for 3 months, or 69.95 for a full year. But knowing how big companies work, they will most likley go up in price the second the PS4 comes out! Sony has also confirmed that you will be able to transfer your current PS3 membership over.

More news as it comes!

Playstation 4: The better choice! – QUICK FIX

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We all know that I have never been a huge fan of Xbox. And now, hearing that the new Xbox One is literally described as ‘Disasterous’ my fan-dom for the product will continue to NOT GIVE A FUCK!

Roumer has it that the PS4 unit will contain 3 SKU’s ona ny single machine. Safe and reliable! Of cause Xbox One will include only one, and will be available for a scary price of $600 American. Playstation continues to win over my buisness, making their flag ship model available for as little as $399! Bargin! Im pretty sire my wii cost more then that!!

This isn’t confirmed yet, but I’ll get back to you as soon as I know more!! 🙂