The Last of Us Review - The Old School Game Vault

Troy Baker, the actor who plays Joel in The Last of Us, has been widely quoted on his character’s departure from video game tradition as to say, “He’s not a hero, he’s not a badass,” nor “a strong archetypal character. . . . I really think it’s going to turn the model of the hero on its ass. Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic survival drama makes good on that promise, and in the process teaches us something about what we’ve come to expect from the characters we play in video games. The Last of Us Gives You Control of a New Kind of Protagonist—and You May Not Like It Joel in The Last of Us represents a less-travelled region of morally complicated protagonists. Joel’s decisions are brutal and goal-oriented, and from the beginning, the game denies players any indication that Joel is making them for the “right” reasons (though it doesn’t make this...

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Saints Row The Third Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Intro:

The Saints Row series has always been about being absolutely crazy. Starting from humble beginnings as “just another Grant Theft Auto Clone”, the first Saints Row was released on the Xbox 360 back in 2006.

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Batman Cold Cold Heart DLC Review The Old School Game Vault

Arkham Origins was a curious game. On the one hand, it had everything that has made the Arkham series of games so successful – open world environments, the joy of gliding over the Gotham skyline as Batman, free flow combat and a great roster of villains. Surprisingly, the game felt a bit tacky in its execution, here's why The story took too long to get going, and certain missions seemed like an excuse to get you to spend more time in the game. By the time the fantastic third act of the game rolled along, a lot of gamers had made up their minds about it. It also failed to utilize the stellar Batman rogues gallery in a way that felt organic. With the new Cold, Cold Heart DLC, developers WB Montreal have delivered a game that corrects some of the missteps of its predecessor. While the campaign only takes a...

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 DLC Review

Our lives are about memories. Our lives are about connections. The ones we forge, the ones we destroy, the bridges we burn, and the hearts we touch. We waltz through our lives, seeking experiences, seeking connections, and some things we gravitate to bring us new ones, at the cost of leaving some behind. Some connections are difficult to maintain, whereas some appear out of nowhere, and last forever. BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 touches on these themes. Another DLC Is It Worth It? BioShock Infinite was a masterpiece of storytelling, a narrative tour-de-force that took us through a spellbinding journey through a fantastic world that somehow managed to bring the plots of the previous games a full circle. The first DLC, Burial at Sea – Episode 1 was, unfortunately, underwhelming. Episode 2 also ties in Columbia from the previous games to Rapture from the first two, BioShock games, but it...

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The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 5 – No Going Back

The Walking Dead graphic novels have been one thing above all – consistently unpredictable. Whenever you thought a character was safe, it turned out they really weren’t. Whenever you thought the survivors had a situation under control, a new threat or some more zombies showed up to prove you wrong. The latest game in Telltale Games’ series of games based on The Walking Dead franchise is equally unpredictable. Considering the fact that this is a season finale, you might be expecting a crescendo to all the frantic action that the four previous games in Season 2 have built up. But you would be wrong. The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode 5 – No Going Back is low on the action, and focuses more on building tension through dialogues and storytelling. The zombies, which have been the ever-present sword that hangs perilously over the survivors’ heads, don’t make too much of an...

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Hall of Fame Status? Check out This BioShock Infinite Review

When we last visited the world of BioShock, we were treated to an underwater city with a mysterious past and an eerie sense of foreboding. This was a city of hushes and whispers, where demons lurked in the shadows and artifacts spoke of great inventions and terrible tragedies. Bioshock Series Takes A Turn to the Skies, will we miss Rapture?  Rapture wasn’t just a city, it was a character. And the new game in the series, BioShock infinite, aims to literally turn the game on its head by taking the action to the skies. Yes, this time the game is set in a floating city among the clouds. And since this is BioShock, you know there is going to be a twist to the story. And yet, when the said twist does occur, you are completely shocked. That is the power of BioShock Infinite – a game that has all the...

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The Walking Dead Survival instinct Game Review

The Intro: Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead Series' of graphic novels are a tour-de-force of storytelling via sequential art. The stark black artwork brings out emotions better than most full-color big budget comics. The characters are amazing, the atmosphere is suitably depressing and no one is safe. If you look at it, Kirkman’s work almost begs for a videogame tie-in. That being said, other than some exceptional games such as Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, video games based on comic franchises generally aren’t that great. The Walking Dead: Survival instinct is, sadly, one of these mediocre games. The Story: The Walking Dead has become a hugely popular TV show in today’s time. With the voice acting talent of the entire cast of that show available to the developers, they really should have done better. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a prequel of sorts which tells the story of one of...

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