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The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile Review

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a 2D side-scrolling action game that is currently available on Xbox Live. This title is extremely bloody, gruesome and offers frantic gameplay, however, is it any good? Let’s find out!

Welcome to a world of brutality, violence and perfection:
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile follows two characters: The Prisoner and The Dishwasher and offers two campaigns and one continuing story. The story does not entirely shine in this title, although the upside is that the developers did use a comic book style panel to portray the story. this added a unique feel to the title as well as visual appeal. The only problem was the story itself was slightly forgettable.

Bloody combat that will make you come back for more:
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is visually captivating, especially when it comes to the colour red, yes, loads of blood can be expected in this title. The black and white backgrounds in this title have been designed to give it a morbid feel, but also add a great sense of depth to the 2D world around you.

The combat is where this title truly shines, each character has basic finishing moves that can be inflicted on enemies, which leads to either decapitation or removing of limbs from enemies; these finishers are graphic, bloody and spectacular. One moment you will enter a fairly clean room with no one around you, the next moment you will find yourself swamped by enemies and frantically fighting for your life. This can be done by moving at a very fast pace around the room attacking enemies while racking up combos, as well as using the gruesome finishing moves. After clearing the enemies in an extremely violent fashion, the pretty clean walls and floors are covered in gruesome blood spatter, as weird as this sounds, this was very entertaining. This title truly offers flawless combat.

Each character has a variety of weapons, just in case you get bored with what you are currently using, these weapons include: The Machine Arm, The Cloud Sword, The Violence Hammer, Cleavers, The Swift Blade, Shotgun and many more to hack away at enemies with.

Fantastic, that’s all I’m saying:
Overall, this is the most fun I have had with an Xbox Live title in a long time, Frantic combat, stylish graphics and gameplay that just makes me want to grab my control and start hacking and slashing away at enemies over and over again. It would be nice to see this title grow into a much larger game, instead of just an Xbox Live title (just as long as they don’t destroy it).

Conclusion:
For 800 MS Points, this title is definitely a title you should get your hands on.
If you have never heard of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, I suggest logging onto Xbox Live and downloading it.
Combat is flawless and gameplay is easy to get the hang of with the simple controls.
The art style gives this title a great sense of depth and actually works.

The Breakdown:
Gameplay: 9.5/10
Visuals: 9.5/10
Fun factor: 9.5/10
Story: 7.5/10

Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.

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The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile Review

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a 2D side-scrolling action game that is currently available on Xbox Live. This title is extremely bloody, gruesome and offers frantic gameplay, however, is it any good? Let’s find out!

Welcome to a world of brutality, violence and perfection:
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile follows two characters: The Prisoner and The Dishwasher and offers two campaigns and one continuing story. The story does not entirely shine in this title, although the upside is that the developers did use a comic book style panel to portray the story. this added a unique feel to the title as well as visual appeal. The only problem was the story itself was slightly forgettable.

Bloody combat that will make you come back for more:
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is visually captivating, especially when it comes to the colour red, yes, loads of blood can be expected in this title. The black and white backgrounds in this title have been designed to give it a morbid feel, but also add a great sense of depth to the 2D world around you.

The combat is where this title truly shines, each character has basic finishing moves that can be inflicted on enemies, which leads to either decapitation or removing of limbs from enemies; these finishers are graphic, bloody and spectacular. One moment you will enter a fairly clean room with no one around you, the next moment you will find yourself swamped by enemies and frantically fighting for your life. This can be done by moving at a very fast pace around the room attacking enemies while racking up combos, as well as using the gruesome finishing moves. After clearing the enemies in an extremely violent fashion, the pretty clean walls and floors are covered in gruesome blood spatter, as weird as this sounds, this was very entertaining. This title truly offers flawless combat.

Each character has a variety of weapons, just in case you get bored with what you are currently using, these weapons include: The Machine Arm, The Cloud Sword, The Violence Hammer, Cleavers, The Swift Blade, Shotgun and many more to hack away at enemies with.

Fantastic, that’s all I’m saying:
Overall, this is the most fun I have had with an Xbox Live title in a long time, Frantic combat, stylish graphics and gameplay that just makes me want to grab my control and start hacking and slashing away at enemies over and over again. It would be nice to see this title grow into a much larger game, instead of just an Xbox Live title (just as long as they don’t destroy it).

Conclusion:
For 800 MS Points, this title is definitely a title you should get your hands on.
If you have never heard of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, I suggest logging onto Xbox Live and downloading it.
Combat is flawless and gameplay is easy to get the hang of with the simple controls.
The art style gives this title a great sense of depth and actually works.

The Breakdown:
Gameplay: 9.5/10
Visuals: 9.5/10
Fun factor: 9.5/10
Story: 7.5/10

Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Bringing Back the Passion

Somewhere between Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 something happened… I would not call it something great, but it was something that made me lose interest in the COD franchise. As a COD player, After many sessions, I did not feel the need to jump online and play Ghosts after a few months after the game’s release, nor did I want to venture back into the world of Black Ops 2. The reason for this was I felt the franchise needed something more… something different… something exciting. While Ghosts was great, it became very stale, very quickly. Fast forward to 2014, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has finally captured my attention as well as brought back my passion for competitive and non-competitive gaming.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

At Internet Solutions, which is based in Johannesburg South Africa, Megarom interactive held the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare South African Industry Friendly Invitational. The event saw media, folks in the industry, as well as community members go head-to-head in a battle for ultimate glory. The atmosphere was spectacular and there was plenty of food, drinks and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to go around for everyone.

During the evening we got to play some rather epic multiplayer matches. Most of the matches were played between 3 modes, which included: Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, and one of the newer modes to hit the COD scene – Uplink. For those not familiar with Uplink, it is essentially the COD version of Basketball. Players take the field, obviously armed to the teeth, and try their best to either throw a ball through a virtual hoop… or jump straight through it. It was by far one of my personal favourites as it is such an intense mode to play.

Overall the evening was fantastic! The ITF Gaming COD team placed 3rd overall, with HTXT in second place, and Lazygamer taking 1st place. Now, as stated earlier, I mentioned my lack of passion for COD over the past few years… so you are probably wondering what has changed. To kick things off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks great in the graphics department; however, looks are not always everything. One of the biggest reason why I am officially back on the COD scene is due to movement. Characters move more fluidly and the addition of the Exoskeleton and jet pack combo changes gameplay completely.

Movement plays a vital role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as characters can now dodge bullets, escape the blast radius of exploding grenades, and high-tail it out of massive firefights with grace and style. The jet pack also allows you to reach areas that are much higher up as well as assist with getting from one side of the map to the other at a much faster rate.

The jet pack also allows players to essentially not feel like sitting ducks on the playing field. There were many times where I found myself in a few tight situations; however, with the high speed movements that the jet pack and Exoskeleton offered, I felt I either had a chance to escape… or I had the ability to take on my attackers as I could move around them fast enough to obtain a triple kill. This is one of the biggest reasons why I have felt the need to venture back into the world of COD. To add to this, a lot of the multiplayer modes require players to create and switch between classes. Some modes require speed and agility while others need a slower and more calculated approach.

When playing online, players also have the opportunity to select one perk for their Exoskeleton. These include a quick-deploy shield, temporarily generate health, or cloak themselves for a short period of time. There are more options; however, this will be covered in our upcoming review.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review

Over 100 maps, 4 full games, Halo 5 Guardians beta, and the Halo Channel, this is the value you get when picking up the latest from 343 Industries, Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I have always loved the Halo franchise so when I was invited to the launch this past Saturday to experience a Halo LAN, I was over the moon. I strongly believe that the Halo franchise is one of the greatest first-person shooters in the gaming industry, its story is strong, its gameplay is immersive, and it’s really not trying to fit the mold of these cliché shooters with all the explosions and dazzle, but no content.

The Launch
I was invited to the Halo launch organised by Xbox South Africa, and hosted once again by Internet Solutions. We were all provided with a copy of the game to review at our own pace. The first major issue that was pretty clear to us all was a mandatory update of 15 GB that needed to be downloaded. The game was playable once the updated reached 32%, but you cannot hide the fact that 15 GB is a gigantic update, and to make matters worse, once that was done the update installation took around 2 hours. Those with slow internet be ready for a long wait, and do not expect to boot this up and play this instantly.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
If you have never played a Halo game before, you play as the Master Chief in an intergalactic war against The Covenant. The Prophets who lead the Covenant also worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who were extinguished during the battle with the Flood. The story has the deepest lore out of any first-person space sci-fi shooters in gaming, and prepare to be dazzled by everything this collection has to offer.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection consists of all the titles that featured the Master Chief, meaning Halo: ODST, and Halo: Reach are excluded from this bundle. All the games have been polished to perfection but the main focus is Halo 2 Anniversary, which has the biggest visual overhaul out of the lot. The game has clearly been torn apart and put back together with great precision. New sounds, and the original soundtrack has been re-recorded. It also runs two engines at the same time allowing you to switch between the two on the fly.

Halo Anniversary runs at 1080p 60fps, it has also received some noticeable render improvements like lighting and the ability to switch between the original’s visuals and anniversary instantly. Both Halo 3 and Halo 4 also run at 1080p 60fps, but there is no visual upgrade to them other than the smoother frame rate. The games offer the same great experiences that you have come to love from the series; a deep story, great gun fights, and a beautiful world to explore, even though the games do look dated, it’s more about experiencing this amazing franchise for the first time, or revisiting it.

Halo 4 is probably the best looking out of the bunch, and it could stand alone as an Xbox One game, whereas Halo 3 is the complete opposite, looking pretty underwhelming. But regardless of visuals, the games are all there in all their glory, those who have never played any Halo title before will be pretty pleased at the package. There is also a new mode called Campaign Playlists that has a set number of levels from all 4 campaigns put together, you could go from playing all the final levels from each game, to every mission where you had to be more stealth orientated. This mode is fun and a nice way to extend the game after you play through every campaign, especially doing this co-op or split screen.
But enough about the visuals, Halo is the grandfather of multiplayer anyway, and with over 100 maps to challenge your friends in, you won’t need a new multiplayer game for a few months. During the launch we got to play competitive matches against each other on multiple maps, the good thing about this collection is the ability to choose different controller schemes, so if you have been playing other first person shooters and feel like Halo has the complete opposite controller scheme to what you are used to, then you can easily switch it to a new scheme, and there are tons to choose from.

The maps are what you know from the franchise so far, every game and every game’s DLC is present on disc, with more free DLC for Halo 4 coming later this year. Just like Halo 2 received special treatment in the campaign mode, the game has also received six anniversary maps that are gorgeous to look at, there might only be six of them but with over 100 maps in total, you really have no right to complain about the lack of content. Although it is a great collection of maps, I wish there was a universal way to access them, say you want to jump from Halo 4 multiplayer to Halo 3 multiplayer, you would need to exit the mode and go into the Halo 3 mode. It would be nice to have them all together and jump from game to game randomly, creating the ultimate multiplayer mode, given that there has never been a game to feature over 100 maps ever.

Prepare to get lost in the multiplayer as you have so many maps and so many modes to play through, it will take you a few weeks to explore them all, and by the time you have done this, revisiting the ones you played on first will feel like you have never touched them before. If you think 100 maps are plenty, there are thousands of unlockable player emblems, IDs, and 4000 Gamerscore to unlock in this game. It is crazy to think about how much content it on this one disc, and for how long you could be playing Halo. Once you have completed the download and installation, the game is yours to explore at your own pace, be ready to get lost in the Halo franchise one again.

Conclusion:
Four campaigns, over one hundred multiplayer maps, thousands of unlockables, and achievements galore. Banish all other collections that have come before this, this is an ultimate collection done properly.

The Breakdown:
Story: 9/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Lasting Appeal: 10/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 9/10

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E3 2015: Microsoft goes big and hits home

Microsoft has not pulled any punches with their conference at E3 2015; big announcements came fast and furious.

The show kicked off with Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries hopping up on stage to show off a trailer for Halo 5: Guardians, just before live gameplay was shown with narration by the Arbiter or contributing voice actor Keith David. The game will have 24 players and AI controlled adversaries, and the biggest maps ever implemented in a Halo game.

Warzone, one of the multiplayer maps shown is playable at E3 2015. Halo 5: Guardians will be released exclusively for Xbox One on October 27.

After the Halo 5 portion of the show, a video for an Xbox One exclusive from Keiji Inafune was shown. It seems to have a sci-fi setting which takes place on a desert planet. The game is called Recore and is set to be released in Autumn 2016.

Next up was Xbox Head Phil Spencer, who said that the firm will be showing “the greatest line-up of games” for the Xbox One. Following this, Spencer possibly dropped the biggest news ever: backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. What a move by Microsoft!

Digital titles will appear in the dashboard between today and tomorrow and retail discs will work too. One of the first titles to be shown was Mass Effect.

Shortly after the backwards compatibility bomb was dropped, a video of the new Xbox One Wireless Elite Controller was shown.

Todd Howard from Bethesda was up next to speak about Fallout 4 and how development was geared towards “player freedom”. A clip from the game was also shown with Howard’s character “Phil” returning home to find his devoted family robot waiting for him. In addition, the German Shepherd from the reveal trailer was also shown.

Fallout 4 is expected to be “bigger than Skyrim,” which means there will be a vast area for players to traverse and explore, and plenty of enemies to fight. It is the “most ambitious world we have ever created,” he said. Additionally, the game will support mods on Xbox One that were created on PC. And last but not least, Fallout 3 will be included with Fallout on Xbox One.

Peter Moore from EA Sports stepped up to talk about EA Access and also announced that Titanfall will be arrive on the service either today or tomorrow. Dragon Age: Inquisition will also be coming to EA Access this winter.

Moore also announced Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, which was accompanied by an exclusive trailer.

Next to be shown was Forza 6, with 24-player online capabilities being announced. Forza Motorsport 6 is expected to be released on September 15.

The world-premiere for Dark Souls 3 was also shown.

Ubisoft then showed the world-premiere E3 2015 video for The Division and online multiplayer title. Xbox One players will be the first to play The Division beta in December.

Rainbox Six Siege, which is set to be released October 16, will come with Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2 for free. Vegas 2 will also be available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

An Early Access program is also in the pipeline and will allow Xbox One players to play a game before they decide to buy it through the Early Access program. Xbox Game Preview program will allow users to try titles such as DayZ, Elite: Dangerous and The Long Dark.

The latest Rise of the Tomb Raider video was then shown, which included both cutscenes and gameplay footage. It is expected to be released on November 10 first on Xbox One during the exclusivity period. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how long the timed exclusivity is set to last.

The Rare Collection was also announced as Rare Replay and is slated for an August 4 release. The best part is that the classic Nintendo 64 Conker’s Bad Fur Day will be included!

Also revealed by Rare is their new and “most ambitious game it has ever created” by the name of Sea of Thieves. It was described as a shared world pirate game.

Xbox is working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 “the best platform for VR”, said Kudo Tsunoda when he hopped up on stage.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be the very first Gears of War title to land on Xbox One. It is a fully rebuilt version of the original game and will feature new content. It will be released on August 25.

The new Gears of War game is simply titled Gears of War 4 and should be released during Christmas of 2016.

Unfortunately some of the bigger names such as Crackdown, Scalebound and Quantum Break were not show so expect to possibly see them at Gamescom 2015.

Brady Ruiters

Known as Brady Ruiters by day and GuitarDemon by night (Well, on the PSN mostly…) Professional, creative and frank, a self-proclaimed gaming journalist moulded by a passion and fascination for gaming and music, and in turn, taking a crack at shaping the rest of the world with the very same obsession. That, however, remains a trying task.

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Quantum Break and other Xbox One exclusives to be shown at The Game Awards 2015

It looks like we’ll be getting some new footage of Quantum Break and other Xbox titles at The Game Awards show later this week.

The ceremony organisers for The Game Awards 2015 have promised ten reveals and one of them will be new gameplay footage for Remedy’s Xbox One Exclusive, Quantum Break.

Remedy tweeted the announcement, saying that the footage will be quite different from what we’ve seen. However, they have mentioned that it will be the “best footage yet.”

Thomas Puha, the studio’s head of PR, shared a similar opinion.

Aaron Greenberg, head of Marketing for Xbox, confirmed that Quantum Break will not be all we’ll be seeing from Team Xbox at The Game Awards.

What else do you think we’ll see? Let us know!