MINI-REVIEWS! Our console jockey, Gerry Mc Evoy, and keyboard warrior, Ciarán “Sarky” O’Brien, have compiled their views of some of the better game releases since Issue 2 of The Gazebo.
MOUNT & BLADE: WARBAND Publisher: Paradox Interactive Developer: Tale Worlds Rating: 16 (PEGI), T (ESRB) Platform: PC
tion and fight to become emperor! Woo ladies with poetry, challenge rival suitors, get married, get divorced! Start businesses! Raid villages and caravans! Hire and train companions! Manage your fiefs and cities!
DARKSIDERS 2 Publisher: THQ Developer: Vigil Rating: 15 Platform: PS3, Xbox360, Wii U, PC.
BAD POINTS: Very little depth to the characters, visuals are a bit dated. Combat can be hard to avoid, so peaceful characters can expect a very difficult time of it. It can take forever to recover from a bad decision or unlucky turn.
PLOT: You play Death, one of the Four Horsemen, on a quest to find the Tree of Life and save your fellow Horseman, War, from execution, by unmurdering [sic] Humanity, whom he wiped out in the previous game. Yes, this makes as little sense as you think it does.
Verdict: Surprisingly addictive game full of options. It’s cheap, it’s different, and you’ll keep coming back to it. Well worth a try. PLOT: Generate a character by answering a few questions about your past, and then get dumped into a medieval land wracked by war with nothing but a sword, the clothes on your back and a horse. What happens next is entirely up to you. GOOD POINTS: Huge map, extremely satisfying combat, loads of quests to keep you busy, tonnes of mods freely available to transform the game. Become a trader, a mercenary, a vassal to one of the six kingdoms or form your own fac-
GOOD POINTS: This is an old school adventure game, incorporating elements of both Zelda and Prince of Persia. You hack and slash your way through groups of a very odd assortment of bad guys, work your way through dungeons laden with puzzles and treasures to find items to aid you on your quest and take on gigantic bosses in epic battles. It is also a good long game well worth the money unlike a lot of modern games. BAD POINTS: The game is very determined to hold your hand with constant tutorial messages and an in built hint butting in the form of your pet bird. Its style of play has so many similarities to other old school adventure games
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