Guild Wars 2 – Rinse, Lather, Repeat

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Revolutionary, Fresh, Innovative. All words used to describe Arenanets Guild Wars 2. But here’s another word, boring. The game itself has been out for around a year now, so I won’t bother reviewing it, but after picking it up recently I can’t help but talk about it.   For anyone unaware, the original Guild Wars was released a few years ago, set in the world of Tyria it lured players in with its low level cap and lack of subscription fee. For those that stuck around the game long enough to try PvP would have found one of the most balanced, competitive and enjoyable multi-player experiences I have seen to this day. Often I play MMOs in the hope that the competitive play will live up to Guild Wars, and often I am disappointed  So you can understand my optimism as I was sitting on the train on the way home a week after building my gaming rig, giddily clutching it’s direct sequel, Guild Wars 2. Continue reading

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

Another year, another Call of Duty. This time around it’s Tecyarchs turn to give us our dose of rage inducing, profanity filled, first person adrenaline with Black Ops 2. Ever looming in the ominous shadow of Infinity Ward, the developer has pulled out all the stops this year with a host of new features and some similar faces, but has it paid off?

While for most gamers the campaign is not the main pulling power of the franchise, Treyarch have been successful in providing what we expect in a Call of Duty game: over the top action, gunplay and set pieces aplenty. Black Ops 2 puts you in the shoes of David Mason, son the main protagonist Alex from the previous game and a commander of the Navy Seals, as the world is once again on the brink of destruction, Mason must do battle with the terrorist Raul Menendez, while trying to discovered what became of his father with the help of an old friend, Frank Woods. Continue reading