Journey – Review

Post by Patrick

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One of the greatest features to come out of the last generation of consoles was the ability to download games straight to our consoles. This along with the fact that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo gave the means for indie developers to publish their games, we were able to experience games that probably wouldn’t exist otherwise. The popularity of these games didn’t go unnoticed. Sony signed Thatgamecompany right as the two founders were finishing up their master’s degrees. Thatgamecompany released Flow and Flower before giving us Journey. All three games felt like some sort of experiment. In Flow you played as a microorganism and in Flower you controlled the wind.

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Journey is special. I still remember the first time I played it and beat it. At the time I only owned a Wii and an Xbox 360, so I wasn’t really following any news or releases regarding the PS3. I had heard of Thatgamecompany but didn’t really pay much attention to them. One night I was over at my friends house while a friend of ours was visiting from abroad and they encouraged me to play through Journey. We sat there in the dark for two hours while I went through the game, pretty much in silence the entire time except for the occasional “wtf” moments. At the end I was speechless, the game took my breath away, I’ve rarely experienced that kind of moment and I’ve been playing games for over 22 years. This might all sound like hyperbole, but I mean every piece of praise I write. It might have been that one specific night I played the game, maybe the stars aligned just right, I’m not sure what it was but when I was done with Journey that night, it left a lasting impression on me.

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In Journey you control a robed figure. You start off on a dune and your goal is to reach the summit of a mountain that is illuminating light. Along the way you have to solve simple puzzles. Your character wears a scarf, its length determines how long you can fly through the environment. The game is pretty linear, but you can explore off the main path and discover secrets that explain the games mysterious lore. You can also find glowing symbols that will increase its length of your scarf. The longer the scarf the longer you can fly.

One of the games special features is its multiplayer. As you traverse the world you’ll come across other players. You’re randomly placed together so you can’t control who you play with. The only way to communicate with the other player is through a serious of sounds and pings. You can work together to recharge your scarves and to help each other fly further. You can see how experienced the other player is by counting the rows of patterns on their robes. Most of the time these experienced players will help guide you to secrets. Sometimes you might play and beat the entire game and not even experience the multiplayer.

To top it off, the music in the game is brilliant. The composer Austin Wintory was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Best Score Soundtrack for his work on Journey. The nomination was the first for a video game soundtrack. It’s hard to say what Journey would be without Wintory’s work because his music fit so perfectly with the game.

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Journey is one of those games that I keep going back too. I owned it on the PS3 and I just bought it again on the PS4. It’s a game that I’ll keep going back too as long as I own it. I understand why people would dislike it, but I personally think it’s a perfect game. If you were to play it I would strongly advise to play it in one sitting, with the lights off and the volume up. It’s not a long game, it’s not difficult and it’s pretty straight forward.

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EA at Gamescom 2015

Post by Patrick

Mirrors Edge

Three great trailers were released yesterday at Gamescom. There was gameplay footage of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and that game is looking quite incredible. The movement looks so fluid, the music sounds great and it’s visually beautiful. EA also released a gameplay trailer for Star Wars Battlefront that featured the fighter squadrons game mode. Looking at all the gameplay videos EA and DICE have released for Battlefront it’s obvious that they are really doing a great job in creating an exciting Star Wars game. Lastly a trailer was released for Mafia III. I wasn’t really interested in the game until I saw the direction the developers are taking it in. The 1960’s is an interesting time period and the cast of characters featured at the end of the trailer has gotten me curious.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Star Wars Battlefront: Fighter Squadron Mode Gameplay Trailer

Mafia III (Not EA)


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Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Cork”

Post by Mark

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When Nike released the Air Max 90 in cork back in April, I loved the concept but hated the way they looked. They were fugly in pictures and worse in person and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a pair. Then Nike released the Air Force 1 mids in cork around 10 days ago and I knew I had to get one. They looked so much better than the 90s and I right away knew how I would wear them and quickly proceeded to order a pair. I just got them in the mail this morning and they look even better in person than they do in photos. They’re super hot and really easy to pull off since they work well with black jeans.


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Gamescom 2015 Xbox Roundup

Post by Patrick

Yesterday was the start of Gamescom, Microsoft was up first and showed some interesting trailers. My favorite of the bunch being Scalebound, just because I love what Platinum Games tend to do. Microsofts show started with Quantum Break which is developed by Remedy Entertainment who are best known for Max Payne and Alan Wake. The game looks to have an incredibly high budget given that they’re also including famous actors in TV show “episodes” that are part of the game and that supposedly are shown in-between missions. EA will be having a presentation later today that starts at 11 PM Kuwait time.

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Halo 5 Multiplayer Trailer

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Dark Souls 3

Halo Wars 2


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Balqis Duvall Feat. Hamani – There’s A Story

Post by Mark


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Graffiti X Parkour

Post by Mark


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Rocket League – Review

Post by Patrick

I’m just going to come out and say it: Rocket League is one of the greatest sports games. It sits besides other classics like NHL ’94 and NBA Jam. The premise of the game is simple, football with cars. It plays like an arcade game. The game follows the philosophy of easy to learn, hard to master. Making a game with that philosophy is no easy feat, in this case the developers made the differences between each car miniscule. The biggest differences between each car is just maneuverability while you’re speeding and jumping around. The looks of each car can be customized, the game features a lot of decals, wheels, antennas and hats so you’ll be seeing a lot of wacky looking vehicles online. Best of all you unlock new cosmetic items after every game, win or lose. You can play 1 v 1 up to 4 v 4 players and best of all the game supports up to 4 player split screen.

This is a game that should be on every Playstation 4, it’s free for Playstation Plus members so grab it before the offer runs out.

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Do not watch Terminator Genisys in Kuwait

Post by Mark

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If you were planning on watching the new Terminator at the theaters here in Kuwait, don’t waste your time. I watched it last night and there were a ton of scenes cut, including some crucial ones. Those important missing scenes confused the hell out of me as the movie progressed because characters were talking about stuff that took place but we movie goers didn’t get to see. Definitely ruined the movie big time so either watch it abroad or wait till its available to download.


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BAIT x G.I. JOE x New Balance 710 “Roadblock”

Post by Mark

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Just got my first pair of New Balance ever, the special BAIT x G.I. JOE x New Balance 710 “Roadblock” edition. Currently trying to get a pair of a Reebok X Kendrick Lamar Ventilator without having to pay an arm and leg for it.


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First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern

Post by Mark

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via @rpaulwilson


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