Category Archives: Downloadable Game reviews
New Digital Magazine Showcases the Best in Indie Gaming!
“Grab It“, a new digital magazine from Chris Stead, was designed to shine a light on the creative and innovative work being done in indie and mobile game development circles.
The idea behind the app is to help gamers to find exciting indie and mobile games they may have missed or never come across normally, but also, as the audience grows, to help developers get their games recognised in the wider media. Chris, coming from over 17 years of industry experience, has created a real good thing here. After reading through it myself I found the design is quite intuitive, really well made for the iPad format. Similarly the features and reviews are all quite well put together, with clever and interesting writing.
OXCGN’s Total War: Rome II Review
War and Peace
by Daniel Geikowski
©2013 Daniel Geikowski
I’m going to say this straight out: I am terrible at Real-Time Strategy games.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the premise of building and expanding your nation and its people, but it’s something about the constant micromanagement I can’t quite get my head around.
Whether I focus too much on building one army, which results in me getting obliterated, or the fact I tend to neglect my people residing in my cities. But c’mon, surely they can take care of themselves right?
Even though I’m new to the world of RTS, I decided to try my hand at Total War: Rome II, as I enjoyed what I saw at PAX Australia. Now, there are going to be are lot more people out there that know the ins-and-out of the series, but take this review from someone just breaking into the genre.
Coming from the guys at Creative Assembly and SEGA, Rome II aims to follow on from the critically acclaimed Total War: Rome. More than simply creating an arena for players to battle in, Rome II aims to cater all aspects of building an empire.
OXCGN’s Black Ops II: Apocalypse DLC Review
Where it all began
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
With Call of Duty: Ghosts set to hit shelves in November, it’s only fitting that Treyarch send Black Ops II off with a bang with Apocalypse, the final Map Pack which can be downloaded individually or included with the season pass.
Apocalypse includes 2 brand new maps, 2 re-skinned maps and a brand new Zombies map. It’s definitely a great way to extend the life span of a shooter especially when it’s main focus is its multiplayer component, with a less than stellar single player.
I wasn’t overly impressed with Modern Warfare 3, having not even completed single player to this day. The series is in dire need of a huge refresh and whilst Ghosts is looking as if it is trying to do that, Apocalypse will give fans of the current generation something to tide them over.
Bunkers & Badasses!
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
To listen whilst you read: Listen to the Flamerock Refuge theme, it’ll draw you into the fantasy world. It’ll open in a new tab, so don’t worry.
Whilst both the Halo and Call of Duty franchise receive Map Packs, racers such as Forza receives new tracks and cars for players to drive, there’s one particular title that seems to get a plethora of new post content support, stacking on countless hours of entertainment.
That said game is, Borderlands 2.
Currently having seen it’s final fully fledged DLC add on in the form of Tiny Tinas Assault on Dragon Keep, this new DLC adds roughly 8-10 hours of additional gameplay if you’re on your own to an already amazing title.
With a group of 4 that estimated completion time could vary and for the better too.
OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012
The world did not end this year
by David Hilton
©2012 David Hilton
With all the attention on the impending Mayan apocalypse it would have been fitting to look at the state of gaming at the end of 2011 and wonder if the gaming world might also end.
While there was initially some optimism that new major next gen consoles would be announced at this year’s E3, only the Wii U actually was a next gen certainty and the limits of current gen consoles had seemingly been reached.
On top of that, gaming sequels continued to dominate game releases.
It looked like the end could be nigh for big release gaming of the AAA variety in the near future.
However the quality of this year’s titles shows that gaming is very much alive and though many studios and franchises faltered this year, more succeeded with some of the best games this gaming generation.
With a huge renaissance gaming year promised for 2013 in the form of new generation consoles, let’s look at 2012 as the last big battle of this current console generation for top gaming honours.
We gave our readers a chance in a poll to decide their 2012 Game of the Year, and the results came in with the beautiful and clever Playstation exclusive downloadable title, Journey. Now it’s our turn.