Spider-Man PS4, E3 my thoughts!!

Following on from my thoughts on Assassins Creed Origins I decided what better game to follow up with than one that I have had on pre-order since last year! The brand new, PS4 exclusive spider-man! I am so excited for this game, I am a huge spider-man fan, a new game for our favourite web slinger is something that I believe is long overdue!! Thank god it looks amazing so far because I have to say that I am not impressed by the trailers for Spider-man Homecoming, to me it looks like the worst Spider-man film so far, but that is a post for my other blog.Getting back to the point the new Spider-man game looks like the game we have all been waiting for since the triumph that was Spider-man 2 on PS2 and Xbox. Here are my reasons for being excited for Spideys latest video game outing.

1. HE LOOKS AWESOME

This new costume that the web slinger is wearing looks amazing, I love the design especially the big white spider covering a good portion of his costume. I think we can all agree that part of the appeal to any super hero is the costume in which they fight crime in, and spidey has had his fair share of costumes over the years, some which are brilliant, others needed a little bit of work. Thankfully the new costume definitely falls in the brilliant category.

2. THE MAP IS HUGE

The whole of Manhattan is our playground, the map is by far the biggest that we will have ever been able to swing through and that alone is enough for me to think yes I need this game and I need it now. Sod the story I’ll be happy to just keep swinging around the neighbourhood fighting whatever crimes there are. I’m also assuming that there will be some time challenges around the city so I’ll be pretty occupied. I am going to be one busy spidey!!

3. THE COMBAT LOOKS GREAT!

Something that we all judge when it comes to this sort of game, if the combat isn’t fun or it is just too challenging then we would all get fed up with a super hero game pretty quickly. The different abilities that we will be able to unlock as the game goes on are something else to look forward to in terms of combat, it means that there will always be new moves to add to your arsenal. I have always enjoyed the combat in Spiderman games, there is something about hanging a bad guy from lamppost that just does it for me.

4. IT’S SPIDERMAN!!!!

Enough said.

5. PETERS AGE

The origins of Spiderman has been done to death! Finally we have something new, all we know is that instead of being a teenage student, Pete is going to be 23 years old in this game, that means that we aren’t playing as a new Spidey who is just finding his feet. We are going to be playing as a Spidey who has been doing this stuff for years!

The gameplay footage that has been shown has demonstrated just how cool it is going to feel to be Spiderman again which as I stated before is crucial considering I’m pretty sure Homecoming is going to be god awful. Are you interested in the new Spiderman game? Let me know cause I sure as hell can’t wait to be swinging through the concrete jungle.

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Crash is nearly here!!

Finally we have hit that important month, the month where the end of it is going to bring an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia to PlayStation owners worldwide. The 27th of June marks the release of one of the most anticipated remastered titles ever, Crash Bandicoot is going to make a very welcome transition to PS4 in the form of his original 3 adventures from his PSone days. I owe a lot of my love for gaming to Crash, as a youngster he was one of my very first games on my PlayStation, I couldn’t get enough of the loveable bandicoot. I found him to be charming in his own strange way beyond words, the orange fur, those blue shorts, the insanely big eyebrows. 

Crash made an impact upon becoming one of the play stations biggest ever mascots.I have been waiting for a new Crash game for years, yet I was beginning to lose hope, I was beginning to think that perhaps there was no way back for our furry friend, that he had been lost amongst all the new heroes paving their way into games and our hearts. But at E3 last year my dreams were made a reality as Sony walked onto the stage with a shadow of the one and only Crash Bandicoot, when that music started playing I completely lost it! I felt like a kid again, god knows how I am going to feel upon actually gripping my controllers controlling Crash through those island levels once again, to ride a hog through one of the best Crash levels ever HOG WILD! Oh and I have to give a small shoutout to another one of my favourite ever levels, Tomb Waider in Crash 3 Warped, it was so much fun going through a tomb in ancient egypt avoiding the mummies, beetles and rising water, the fact that it pays tribute to another PlayStation icon Lara Croft is just the icing on the cake. Having the opportunity to go back through these amazing levels with enhanced graphics in 4K is nothing short of brilliant.

I’m sure it’s not just me that is feeling the effects of nostalgia at the thought of reliving three fun adventures with a nice variation in levels, ranging from the different environments to the different types, for example riding a polar bear in Crash 2 to swimming under water in Crash 3. That’s something that naughty dog got absolutely spot on, the variety in levels helped to keep the games fresh, to keep them from becoming too same old. It is that very variety that is going to make those 3 journeys a joy to experience again, I predict all three to be finished by me in just one weekend, perhaps one day if I can give myself the whole day to relive my childhood. I make a promise to myself now that I will platinum those games (even if it will take me a year…).

I’ll tell you something else I am hoping to come from this release, a Spyro the dragon remastered trilogy, the second Spyro game is one of my all time favourites, the entire experience was fantastic and it was followed by an equally epic game in the form of year of the dragon, I still remember those areas where I could ride a skateboard, a dragon on a skateboard need I say more. While I do give an edge to Crash, Spyro is another video game legend that deserves his first 3 adventures to become immortalised with a graphical overhaul. Just like with Crash there are several different characters from Spyro that brought something to the table, hunter was always one of my favourites and I’d be just as excited to see him in 4K as I would Spyro. Honestly I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was already in the works, just being kept under wraps for now. I think with the anticipation and hype that crash has received it would be safe to say that our favourite dragon would receive a similar welcome. I have a feeling that this could pave the way for other trilogies besides Spyro, Sly Cooper for example. I know he made his debut on the PS2 and those got an overhaul for the PS3 but again I find myself thinking about just how amazing his first 3 adventures would be capable of looking like with today’s graphics, Sly has also always been very popular I’m sure there are plenty of die hard fans who would pick up the original trilogy again for PS4. The Ratchet and Clank remastered game was a huge success proving that there is still a place for the PS2 legends.

While this could be me maintaining hopes of a further miracle I would love to see a remastered version Crash Team Racing, one of the best racing games ever for me. It was so much fun, even now I can still turn to my PSone throw the disc in and race to my heart contents. I know many people would consider Mario Kart to be their favourite racing game besides those die hard racing fans that would play Forza, but for me personally I prefer the Crash Bandicoot universe, I prefer the diverse characters that Crash has to offer. The fact that I am able to drive a kart as a cute little Polar bear is a welcome bonus, see I didn’t simply play as Crash, no, I enjoyed playing through as the various different characters. I enjoyed the various different boss races, I can only imaging how stunning those race tracks would be capable of looking should they get 4K treatment the first 3 games have received. The battle mode of this game was a lot of fun and could be played with up to 4 players, just imagine having that battle mode online today, it would have a lot of potential. I for one would love to get behind the wheel and take on a lot more than just 3 other people in an arena where I could shoot rockets and bombs at them.

What about you guys, are you excited for Crash’s return? Are there any games that you believe could be in with a chance of being remastered? I will be back with a full review on each of the games following their release at the end of the month
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Friday the 13th game, initial thoughts and mini counsellor guide

Finally my friends the moment that all horror fanatics have been waiting for Friday the 13th the game! Now I would love to be able to give a full on review but since we have been having some server issues so I have only managed to have a few games and out of those few games I have only been hunting victims once so unfortunately my full blown review will have to wait but I needed to give you my initial thoughts as well as mini guide on ways to escape the legendary Jason vorhees. I have been waiting for this game ever since hearing about it being on kickstarter, I always thought that Friday the 13th would transition into game really well, especially an online game. To me it has always made perfect sense to have one player be the notorious murderer and have multiple others play the unwilling victims.Let me start by saying that I think the premise for the game is amazing, it’s so simple yet despite the server issues the gameplay itself has been very well executed, whoever thought that running around trying to kill a bunch of teenagers could be so much fun (even if I have only experienced it once). It feels like we are taking part in one of Jason’s movies when we are playing as the counsellors. There are multiple ways in which you can escape and ultimately win the game, however in my short experience that is a lot easier said than done. You can try to simply survive the entire 20 minute duration of the match though I would recommend trying to actually escape. The easiest help to get is that of tommy Jarvis, all you need to do is radio through to him and one of your deceased fellow counsellors will return as the hunter, he is carrying a gun with him that has a single shot so do use it wisely. This is essentially a second chance for whoever is selected to play as him as you may escape whilst playing as him. Just try not to shoot a fellow counsellor like I did…sorry bro!!

Next up we have calling the police this requires you to find the phone box, locate the phone box fuse, fix the phone box, then finally find the phone to call the police. They will take 5 minutes to arrive so you must survive until then! Now then when the cops arrive they will be at one end of the main road, it can be either end so while hiding in a spot near the end of the main road is a great idea it’s not so great when the cops arrive from the other end, trust me, in one of my games I was spectating a fellow player due to being thrown through a window by our good friend Jason and they hid at the bridge at the end of the main road waiting for police. As you can probably guess they got their 50/50 guess wrong giving Jason ample time to get to the main road where he ultimately skewered them. While this was hilarious for me to watch I’m pretty sure it was damn annoying for the person who just became a sheesh kebab.

Moving on, we have the boat and the car. Both require you to fill them up with gasoline, the boat only requires the propellor which can be found in nearby buildings so the boat can be easier to use as your means of escape than the car can. You will need to not only find the keys to start the car but the batteries as well, I would recommend working together to fix the car but the boat can be done alone for all those of you with the attitude screw this and screw you I’m getting out of here! Once in the car make sure you know where you are going and move fast, Jason can stop the car should he get in front of it giving him plenty of time to pull you from it to do with you as he sees fit. Finally there is a legend, a myth if you will that states JASON CAN BE KILLED! Now this truly is the stuff of legend at the moment, but I believe you would need his mothers sweater, tommy Jarvis and you would need to have removed Jason’s mask. If you have managed the unthinkable task that many have failed to achieve across a whole franchise of movies then I bow down to you. Oh how revenge would be sweet if I could ever achieve this.

Onto my initial thoughts, of course the server issues are a massive problem. I can understand that this was developed by a small company who weren’t expecting to sell as many copies as they did but it is Friday the 13th! It was always going to gather quite the following, hopefully these problems are sorted out soon as some people who purchased this game Friday in the hopes of searching for victims have spent a lot more time serving for servers. If you do mange to get into a match I would have to say that I think they have done a very good job, playing as the counsellor is a lot of fun, it’s nerve wracking not knowing where Jason is until you hear that iconic music we have all come to know and love. Barricading doors, jumping through windows and wielding weapons are all part of what you need to do if you have any hope to survive. I think the different attributes that each character has is very good, it makes it a lot easier to play the game your way. Do you want to be the smart girl who can repair things in a flash but at the risk of sacrificing you composure? Or do you maintain your composure but sacrifice speed? There are several attributes to consider when it comes to choosing your counsellor, or you can stick to good old Kenny being the Jack of all trades.

I like the way that turning the music on in a house will prevent Jason from being able to spot you inside, one of his abilities is to sense you, turning the radio on disrupts that preventing him from being able to pin point you. It’s the simple things like this that really make you time as a counsellor exciting, you need to truly think about everything to give you your best shot at survival.

For me at the moment I have been playing as Kenny, poor, poor Kenny…Though I did survive the entire night by being glitched in a tent. The atmosphere is eerie, you just know that iconic killer is around somewhere stalking his prey, be it with an axe, spear, pick axe, fire axe or the classic machete. I can’t quite describe the feeling I feel when he suddenly shows up making my screen go funny Slender style. There are several different Jason’s to play as from various movies, just like the counsellors they have different strengths and weaknesses, though since I have only played as Jason once I am very inexperienced in how good the different ones are at the moment. I will give a mini guide on playing as Jason when I have some more experience, I’m pretty sure you can all guess that gaining victory means killing all those brats at his camp.

Before I finish this post guys I have been having a thought recently, I am a horror fanatic with Friday the 13th being one of my all time favourites. Now I am a gamer and that is what my blog is primarily about but I am a movie lover as well, in the spirit of this game being released I thought I might do a mini review on each one of the films. If I do decide to go ahead with this idea I am hoping that I can do it justice and that you all will enjoy reading it. Anyway thanks for reading, I will be back with a mini guide on playing as Jason and a full game review after the servers are fixed.

Who should have been the final boss of Dark Souls?

This post isn’t going to so much be about Slave knight Gael, more my thoughts on him as the final boss of the souls series and who I thought was likely to be our final battle. I will write my thoughts about Gael and his lore in his own post. 
I would like to state straight away that I consider Gael to be an amazing boss, a really enjoyable fight. I actually struggle to fault the fight itself as I do hold it in high regard, it was certainly a pleasant surprise to have a highly aggressive boss to the standard of Knight Artorias. I might even go so far as to say it is one of my favourite fights across the entire series. This doesn’t mean I consider him to be the best option to have the prestigious honour of closing out a legendary story and series, in fact for a while now I have been expecting to see the daughter of Gwyn, sister of Gwyndolin, sister of the Nameless King, I have been expecting to see the goddess of fertility and bounty, I have been expecting to see Gwynevere. I can’t truly express my shock at never truly meeting this goddess, much less my disdain at never fighting this goddess of miracles.

Let me explain why I am so surprised and disappointed in never meeting this important woman from history. Firstly she is the daughter of the great Lord Gwyn and based on certain events from history and Gwyns obvious disdain for his youngest son I feel that it would be safe to say that she was his favourite child. We fought both of her brothers, disregarding Gwyndolin due to him being devoured in Dark Souls 3. We kill her father at the end of Dark Souls in order to link the flame, we may kill Gwyndolin though as I stated this is disregarded. At long last we discover the first born of lord Gwyn, only to kill him in Archdragons Peak. Therefore we are immediately responsible for the deaths of her father and brother. Does that not give enough reason to invoke a reaction? Well if not there is plenty more for me discuss. So let me jump right back into it, the dancer of the boreal valley. There is a theory which I strongly believe in which she is the daughter of Gwynevere, I have several reasons for this belief. Firstly upon transposing her soul you may trade it for bountiful sunlight, a miracle strongly associated with Gwynevere. Secondly her veil is said to only be worn by members of the old royal family giving a clear indication that she is related to the old royalty in some form. Combining those 2 reasons it makes logical sense that the Dancer be a daughter of gwynevre there for bringing the family death total up to 3.

Now lets discuss her other potential children, Lorian and Lothric. It is heavily implied that she is the mother of the twin princes which would make her the queen of lothric in turn making her the wife of the consumed king Oceiros. My reasoning behind this is that the queen of Lothric was initially revered as a goddess of bounty and fertility, we of course know that Gwynevere was the goddess of fertility and bounty which for me gives a clear indication to her being the queen of Lothric. Which if my calculations are correct would bring us up to a grand total of 6 family members we have killed. Surely you would think this to be enough to bring this goddess out from whatever hole she is hiding in to confront the ashen one who has killed 5 members of her family with Gwyn having been killed by the undead in dark souls 1. I just think that when you think about all of this alone surely finally meeting Gwynevere after all of this would have been an amazing closing to the series. I fail to see the significance Gael brings to warrant being the final boss.

I feel that to have truly earned the right to be the final boss you should have the lore that Gwynevere has, she isn’t an unknown exactly. Granted the only time we have met her was when she was an illusion created by her younger brother Gwyndolin back during dark souls 1 in Anor Londo. In my eyes that makes finally meeting her all the more considerate for the role of final boss, seeing her in all her glory for the first true time would have been something spectacular, especially since she would have been a miracles based boss which if we are being honest we are seriously lacking those, a good one anyway.

The way I picture this fight is filled with anger and emotion, what more does Gwynevere have left to lose? We could have found her at the ends of the earth amongst all the ruins, no more hiding, no more running. She would be forced to face her demons bringing a certain intensity to the fight. She would have watched countless kingdoms fall including her own, bringing her to this point, bringing her to the end of the world, to all of this ruin. What started with her father could have ended with her. Honestly for a very long time I believed we would meet this mysterious goddess yet I remained disappointed, we will never meet this important figure from history.

Gael has got his pros for being the final boss, he’s fast aggressive and considerably unpredictable, certainly not the laughable final boss Nashandra was at the end of dark souls 2. The arena in which we fight him is incredible with how we find him being rather chilling given that’s he’s devouring the pigmy lords in hopes of obtaining the dark soul. it’s just difficult for me to see past the fact that he has only been introduced in the first piece of DLC for Dark Souls 3. I know that when you combine his presence in both pieces of DLC he does become somewhat prominent, the ability to summon him for 2 boss fights is something that I believe adds to his merit especially since the second fight is standing in between you and the ringed city. I will rate Gael highly in terms of his boss fight, when I do an entire post dedicated to him it will be clear to see that I do harbour a fondness for our final battle, and I can understand why some people might consider him to be a good end to the souls series. The ringed city is easily one of the best pieces of DLC that from soft have delivered, in that regard Gael could be argued to be an excellent final boss to the series, as far as being the final boss to be fought in a piece of DLC he has more than earned his ranking of being one of the best bosses to grace the SoulsBorne series.

I would just like to mention that we never met Velka, Gwyns wife and mother to several of his children though I’m not sure about what impact she could have had if she was the final boss. It might have been nice to meet her at some point, then again this is dark souls and some things are doomed to remain a mystery.

So there you have it my thoughts on who the final boss of one of the video game series ever made should have been. I’m interested to hear what you guys think though, did you think Gael was a worthy boss to close out Dark Souls? Was there a different character you felt should have had that honour? Please let me know.

2016, a great year for gaming

There are so many ways in which I could start this post, do I start with the PSVR, the disaster that was No Mans Sky, or all the glorious games that graced our consoles this year! Well in my wacky mind I like to deal with bad then cheer myself up with good, so let’s kick this off with talking about the highly anticipated, underwhelming No Man’s Sky.

So No Mans Sky was in contention to be one of the biggest gaming events of the year! The hype and build up for this game was insane, every single one of us had heard of it, watched gameplay on it and listened to all the rubbish that the developers threw our way. Now I don’t want to come on here and slate No Mans Sky since it wasn’t an awful game but rather a false advertised game that altered everybody’s perception of it. We perceived it to be an open-ended universe with thousands upon thousands of planets that could be discovered by other players worldwide and we could meet said players on these discovered or even undiscovered planets. Bit awkward when the game got released and there wasn’t a single other player in sight, yeah that’s right the developers lied about how massive the multiplayer was, this was one of their key selling points yet it was all lies!

Now we’ve got the worst part out of the way let us move on to brighter things, this year saw the release of many incredible games, it’s difficult to choose just one…..but I did and I will discuss my personal favourite in detail another time. Dark Souls 3 and Uncharted 4 both spring to mind when it comes to major games this year since they are both in fact the closing chapters to their respective stories. I have been a long-time fan of the SoulsBorne series, the immersive boss fights, the eerie unnerving atmosphere that the game projects, but most of all it’s the challenge and being able to say I did it I beat this game, while the series has made others cry I have conquered all that From Software has thrown at me. Then we have Uncharted 4, again I have been an Uncharted fan since its release in 2007, the story of Nathan Drake has got to be one of the most epic, action packed incredible adventures that I have had the joy of playing. Which is why it’s sad to see the stories of the age of fire and the fortune hunter come to an end, 2016 has given us the final chapters to two amazing stories that we had all been waiting for, I think it’s fair to say that they didn’t disappoint. From Soft and Naughty Dog thanks for the memories, no doubt that whatever ventures you pursue next they will be just as fun and exhilarating as your already established franchises.

Final Fantasy XV finally hit our consoles in November after over 10 years of being in the works, sure I accept that for some true fans of the franchise it might not be the best, heck you might not even think it feels like Final Fantasy with the new combat system. However I did find it to be an enjoyable experience, the comradery of Noct, Gladio, Ignis and Prompto was endearing, it was fun to see and hear the banter displayed between the friends.

DOOM! While this might have been a long time coming, I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t really following the build up to its release, I knew what to expect though I mean its DOOM right? It was bound to be about the demons of hell, with us sending them back there with a shotgun to the face, pretty simple concept like back in the 1990s when DOOM first entered our lives. DOOM 3 took the franchise in a different direction, a more horror based direction which did in some respects slow down the gameplay that DOOM was loved for. For this reboot to succeed they needed to correct the wrongs from DOOM 3, and correct they did. This game exploded out back in May, it was fast, it was fun, it was gory, it had big guns and IT WAS CHAOS! It was DOOM! It was what we had all been dying to play for years, it was how DOOM should be played, DOOM made its comeback in 2016 in a huge way, ID mean business I look forward to seeing what direction they are taking the revitalised franchise in.

Besides these 4 awesome games that I have given a special mention to 2016 was filled to the brim with other enjoyable, exciting games. Deus Ex Mankind Divided with it’s incredible RPG elements sprung Jensen back into action in August, as ever the character development was as deep and immersive as you would expect from an RPG of this magnitude. Overwatch came out, Blizzards new baby absolutely destroyed Battleborn in their rivalry earlier this year. Now I have made a post on this, in fact I believe it was my very first post on this blog, so I won’t go into too much detail here having already covered it but I will say this, Battleborn was my personal favourite of the two which was helped by the fact that it offered a single player mode, for me personally I like to have the option to play solo or online. Other games I feel we should give a mention to are JOY for the Xbox One, Street fighter V make no mistake though I am a Mortal Kombat fangirl so even though 2016 gave us an exciting new instalment to the Street Fighter franchise it hasn’t really done as much for me as Mortal Kombat X did in 2015, with Injustice 2 coming out next year as well, I do feel that in the long run Street Fighter V won’t be as loved as it is now, I wouldn’t be doing the game justice if I didn’t say it had been a highlight for many this year. Most of the Resident Evil numbered games were remastered this year, this was a smart move by Capcom, with Resident Evil 7 set to hit our consoles in just a few weeks it has given many fans the opportunity to reminisce about the series, to replay the games that have a somewhat nostalgic effect. I have recently played through Resident Evil 5 and 6, with 4 still to go, got to save the best for last, it has been amazing to remind myself of why Resident Evil has been so successful, except for the Cerberus dogs, I hate those damn things!

There are many more games that I could talk about and who knows maybe they will get their own posts eventually but for now I think we have one more major thing about 2016 to cover. Can you guess what it is? Yes, that’s right the PlayStation VR, Virtual Reality gaming has become a reality. The feel of the VR is incredible, admittedly the price for this technology is insane, but that’s what you must pay for something this amazing. If you have ever wanted to be Batman or just to feel like Batman you finally can, as you see through the eyes of the dark knight, come on that’s reason enough to love the VR surely. If that isn’t enough for you and you happen to be a horror fan who enjoys terrifying themselves then the VR is still a must for you. In 2015 the hit horror game Until Dawn came to PS4, 2016 saw the release of spin off a game called rush of blood, made especially for the VR system. Or with the release of Resident Evil 7 coming up maybe you are ready to face the horrors of the Resident Evil universe yourself in first person, as if it is you that is being terrorised and tormented. Honestly the main reason for me wanting the VR was ready for Resident Evil 7, it’s going to scare the hell out of me, if you want to laugh at my misfortune I’ll be recording my misery especially for you guys on YouTube so keep an eye out for that.

I know there is so much more that I could talk about in regards to how good 2016 has been to us gamers, it has been a truly memorable year that won’t soon be forgotten for gamers around the world. Now is the time to look forward to 2017, to what is also set to be an incredible year of gaming, filled with many games that we have all been waiting for, I have no problem with stating that my gaming event of the year for 2017 will be Mass Effect Andromeda, nearer the time I will share with you all why my love for Mass Effect runs so deep and what I believe we can expect from Andromeda.

Since 2017 looks to be just as good if not better than 2016 I will make a post talking about what we can expect in the exciting new year. 2016 has been a blast, no doubt it has given everybody a game they love. I look forward to carrying on sharing my thoughts and experiences with you in the new year.

Welcome back Crash, our furry hero!

Since we are nearing the end of 2016 I thought now would be a good time to look forward to 2017, a year that’s set to be another extraordinary year for gamers worldwide. Of course we have resident evil 7, Nioh, For Honor, Horizon Zero Dawn and Mass Effect Andromeda all by the end of March! All of these games are reason alone to be excited for 2017 and all of them will no doubt have their own posts from me in the future.

But as the title suggests I want to talk about the lovable bandicoot that stole the hearts of many back in 1996. Crash Bandicoot helped to define a generation of gaming, he’s still one of Sonys main mascots, he was the baby of Naughty Dog until they decided to work through Sony alone without Universal Studios. A decision that has brought us Jak, Uncharted and The Last of Us all of which are hugely recognised games. 

The crash games are easily one of the most recognisable franchises of all time spanning across an insane amount of not just main instalments but other instalments such as Crash Bash and Crash Boom Bang both of which are classed as party games. Crash also boasts a trilogy of fun racing games, that were exciting for the time of their releases. You know what though the Crash were not just great because of the main protagonist but they were great because of a vast array of characters including the primary antagonist Dr Neo Cortex, then there was the introduction of his sister Coco in Crash 2 Cortex strikes back and the introduction of his brother crunch in The Wrath of Cortex. The bosses such as Tiny and Dingodile were also fun and intriguing, then Pura an Polar Coco and Crashs pets respectively were just simply adorable, in fact one of my favourite levels of all time involves Coco riding Pura across the Great Wall of China! 2017 is set to be an incredible year for fans of this fury hero as they will see his original trilogy make a come back to the PS4 having been fully remastered, we can even see Crashs fur thanks to today’s graphics! The games levels themselves have had a complete overhaul keeping them the same as they were when we first played them but giving them the prettier look of today’s games.

Crash Bandicoot was the very first game I played when I got my first PlayStation and I fell in love straight away, Crash and co certainly have a special place in my heart. The level designs were great with it never feeling too repetitive due to the different environments the levels took place in and it was a fun platformer with every gamer that owned a PlayStation playing it. Crash was relevant back in 1996, he was fresh and he was new, ultimately springing him to iconic video game status. But there is key question that has been asked since the remastered trilogy was announced, will Crash still be relevant in 2017? While this is in my mind a fair question I also believe in my mind that the answer is simple, yes he will remain relevant. Crash the N sanity trilogy brings with it a huge nostalgic effect for millions of gamers and for the younger generation of gamers they are finally going to get to play the video game phenomenon that defined a generation of gaming. I don’t think that games like Crash Bandicoot can ever really become dated, just like the remastered version of Resident Evil. Resident evil helped to define the same generation of gaming that Crash did and people went crazy to play through that horrifying mansion all over again.

Unfortunately there is no set release date yet but we do know that 2017 is definitely the year of crashs comeback, if I had to have a guess I’d say that we will be guiding Crash through those 3 islands by the summer if not some time during spring. But one thing is for sure, when Crash does hit the shelves for the PS4 I will be there and I will be eating all the wumpa fruit whilst avoiding falling to my death down a never ending hole. Crash Bandicoot is just one reason to be excited for 2017, there are plenty of other games set to hit the shelves next year as I mentioned earlier.

With the release of the remastered Crash trilogy it paves the way for other potential remastered games such as the Spyro trilogy should Crash captivate audiences like he did 20 years ago.

Final Fantasy XV new combat system 

Wow, I had no idea what to expect from the new Final Fantasy and in a way I still don’t as I wait for the installation process to complete. however I have been able to experience the new combat system as I wait through playing the open combat mode.

So traditionally Final Fantasy games have used turn based combat, never free flowing. Well all that’s changed for Final Fantasy XV, for me it’s a breath of fresh air, I have never been been a huge fan of turn based combat which is is a shame as I love the story of Final Fantasy with Final Fantasy VII being my personal favourite. see its because of a combat system I don’t get on with that I’ve not played all the Final Fantasy games. 

Combat is a key factor in any action game and ultimately it is a huge indicator into whether or not you are going to enjoy that game, while some people enjoy both turn based strategic combat and fast paced free flowing combat, others prefer one or the other meaning they won’t play just any game.

After 20 minutes of killing hords of goblins I can safely say that I am going to love the new combat system, it flows so well with a smooth feel to it. I understand how die hard fans of the game may not be too thrilled at the prospect of changing a long running combat system but I implore those fans to still give Final Fantasy XV a chance.

Who knows, this new combat system could be better than any of us was expecting.