Category Archives: Previews
After multiple delays, The Stick of Truth is finally here!
The first hour of South Park: The Stick of Truth is full of crude humour, references to many of the shows episodes over it’s 17 season run and features solid turn-based RPG gameplay, that’ll satisfy any fan of the genre.
Seated a mere metre away from the TV, I didn’t know what to expect from the game having not recently watched South Park. With Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the helm as the writers of the game and ensuring The Stick of Truth is a service to the fans and non-fans, It’s safe to say that despite myself not picking up many of the references I still found the game extremely funny and enjoyable.
Through dialogue which is in tone with the show, one can’t just rely on crude humour to make a game’s successful. Luckily The Stick of Truth is a solid RPG turn-based title which features strategy and patience. Read the rest of this entry
Our take on Bethesda’s ambitious MMO
Just like many gamers out there, we here at OXCGN can’t get enough of the Elder Scrolls series. We jumped at the chance to be able to take part in the latest beta test held this past weekend like thousands of you out there. But instead of providing readers with a stock standard preview or impressions piece, both myself and Jayden have combined our powers to present a discussion relating to our experience with the latest from The Elder Scrolls Online.
Enter the world of Tamriel here!
Become Dracula in Castlevania’s most impressive outing to date
Last week the Australian Red Cross, in collaboration with Mindscape, gave the media and general public an early taste of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. This event aimed to educate gamers on the importance of donating blood whilst previewing the latest vampiric offerings from Mindscape.
This event was a great success, with pledges and blood donation happening during the evening. Awareness of important issues like blood donation in the specific demographic games like Castlevania aim for can always be improved, and this type of event was a really clever way to reach out. I have to thank both Mindscape and the Red Cross for allowing us to come and test out the game, and to commend them on the excellent event held. I really hope we start to see more events like this, focussing not just on amazing new games, but also on important topics within our society. You can read more about blood donation, and even donate on the Blood Service website.
Block. Attack. Strafe. Repeat.
Roughly 4 weeks ago was when I purchased Dark Souls: Prepare to Die and whilst I had read up on the other players tales of despair and triumph, I was completely oblivious to just how deep you get thrown in. With a lack of any proper tutorial or introductory quest, I spent 6 hours struggling with various sections only occupied by a handful of enemies.
Suffice to say I felt like a broken man.
Stripped of my muscularity, I felt nauseous at the thought of spending another hour, brutally torn asunder by a measly grunt.
After putting a total of 7 hours into Dark Souls II at 2 separate hands-on sessions continuing where I had left off, I came back to Dark Souls, and the found the game to be much easier however still unpredictable to the careless voyager.
Patience is a virtue, which rings true when playing Thief
Much like Final Fantasy, I never got into the original Thief trilogy, purely because at the time in 1998 I didn’t own a PC powerful enough to run it. I was only equipped with an Amiga 3000 and my trusty Nintendo 64. Moving along, it wasn’t until 2002 when I had a PC that had enough grunt to run games at decent specs. By that time unfortunately I had invested my time in so many other franchises Thief fell into the shadows.