“Paris in the fall, the last months of the year and an end to the millennium. The city holds many memories for me. Cafés, music, of love… and of death” This is the opening line of an absolute gem that I remember playing when I was young, the one of a kind Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. Little did I realise that I was playing something original until I started to look for clues instead of kill the enemies, which was what I had been used to in every other game I played.
As I’m sure we all remember from stories and school lessons, Ancient Greece was not for the faint of heart, nor the weak willed. With Gods who’d eat their own children in fear of being over-powered, mythical monsters terrorizing innocent people and tales of epic naval warfare, few were safe from the dangers of the time. Even our protagonist, the battle-hardy Kratos struggles to keep his Minotaurs in a row, in this classical antiquity based action-adventure.
Naughty Dog are a developer known for making a core trilogy of games in a console generation and moving on with a completely new IP, as seen with Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, something which was directly on track with the release of The Last of Us after Uncharted 3 in 2011. However, to everyone’s surprise Naughty Dog decided to go back to the well for one more (final?) adventure in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
The Abandoned is a new survival adventure game for iOS and Android from indie developers Yadon Studio and published by Gaijin Entertainment, the creator of WWII sim; War Thunder. Released on 31/03/16, The Abandoned is the first title to make use of a new indie funding project ‘Gaijin inCubator’, which helps small creative indie dev teams by offering expertise in publishing and producing.
Shadow of Memories (or Shadows of Destiny as it is known outside of Europe and Japan) is a somewhat underrated but brilliant time travel adventure game created by the very same guys that brought us Silent Hill. Published by Konami, the game is focused on the element of surprise and suspense, though as the player, you’ll largely be exploring areas, talking to the people around you and puzzle solving. I remember playing this game round a friend’s house and thinking that the character you play; Eike Kusch, looks a lot like Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. Both tall, have long blonde hair, and whinier than a strangled cat.
The end of the twelfth century was a tumultuous time. The Third Crusade was in full swing, two great powers of the world clashing at the edge of the Levant for control of the Holy City, Jerusalem. Richard the Lionheart locks horns with the legendary Saladin, bringing all of European Christianity to bear against one of Islam’s greatest and most heroic leaders. By 1191, the Crusaders are in control of Acre and are eyeing their ultimate prize. Tensions couldn’t be higher.
Remember being back in school? Where you’d be very conscious of every step you made because you wouldn’t want to do anything stupid or embarrassing that might risk getting you the wrong kind of attention? Where gossiping and rumours could lead to a good kicking? Well in 2006 Rockstar released Bully, or Canis Canem Edit as it was called in PAL regions, which let you experience school life from the other side of the fist.