Monday, 26 January 2015

And now the end is near....

There comes a time in life where you the a look at all the good times you have enjoyed and realise that now is a good time to part. I am of course talking about my PlayStation Vita! I spoke back in October on how I was considering trading in my Vita.  Thankfully Minecraft came out and saved the Vita for a few months. Now though it's sat in its  box,  wiped clean of all our memories and ready to go to Game.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Little Gamers Update - Looking back at 2014

So 2015 is upon us all and the gaming industry is looking ahead as to what will define 2015. Rather late to the party, I wanted to take a look back at 2014 an what it meant to me and what games shone out in 2014.

2014 was the year I jumped on to the Next Gen train and have not looked back. Since getting a PlayStation 4 in March, I have played 60 PS4 titles! Not a bad amount for a new console in its first year. The Vita is still a wonderful piece of kit andhas never been far from my side and is still home to some of my best gaming moments of the year. The PS3 keeps moving around the house, as soon as I give it to the Little Gamers to play on something comes up on PS Plus that makes me take right back into my gaming den.

So what were my highlights of the year, which game swill go down as the most memorable, fun and sometimes broken? Indulge me as I take a look at my own Games of 2014 list.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

GTA V - From The Archive: How to play GTA V with your kids safely!

To celebrate the release of Grand Theft Auto V on next gen consoles. I thought it was good time to dip in to the Little Gamer archives and pull out our article from last year about how to play GTA V with your children in a safe way. Enjoy!

Originally published in October 2013:

Yes, you did read the title of this article right. No, I haven't gone insane. GTA V has been out now for a few weeks and in the Little Gamer house it has dominated as much time as I can put into it. The trouble is with kids being so switched on these days, my eldest soon figured out that something important was happening, because Daddy took a day off work on release day. So naturally, when they got home from school she asked if I liked my new game,  quickly followed by "Can I watch you play it?"

Monday, 17 November 2014

Destiny - The Greatest Grind

Destiny has been in my life now for two months and I thought now was a good time to write about the game. Hopefully by now everyone knows what Destiny is. In case you don't know though. Destiny is a Sci-fi Shooter with MMO elements, from the makers of Halo. The main story of it is well... erm. Ok so theres this sphere thing on mars, thats not on mars anymore it came to earth. On ther way here though it made all these planets liveable on. The Traveller (Sphere thingy) has enemies, called the Darkness and they have come to kill it, but mankind has stepped up to defend it, but we are losing the battle. Thats where you come in! Although you have been dead for long time, but now you are alive but dont ask too many questions about that.

Ok! I think everyone has had a moan about the lack of story telling in Destiny. It is kind of all over the place and no amount of Peter Dinklage spouting in ear about Hive Minds and Kells is going to help it. At least Bungie have made sure that this a possibilty of a Computer AI gone mad storyline. We all liked that one in Halo. As well as storyline issues, there have been alot of complaints about the content and the lack of it. In the run up to release, marketing people gave the impression that you would be travelling between the planets in the solar system with battles taking place in a wide variety of locations. In the final game we got four planets with about six or seven story missions in each. A couple of harder co-op missions called strikes on each planet and the Vault of Glass, a six man Raid on Venus. Some would say that this isnt the game that Bungie promised.

Destiny sure has its fair share of problems right now. So how come I havent stopped playing it for the last two months with every spare moment I have. Its because with Destiny, Bungie have hit upon the same thing they did with Halo. 30 seconds of fun and repeat. The mechanics of the game are perfect whether it be combat, movement or traversal. The appeal of boost jumping into a mob of enemies and shooting and meleeing them just doesnt wear out.

Having reached the level cap of 20 about 2 weeks after the game launched. I have been getting my grind on. The end game of Destiny allows you to reach level 30, but purely based on the Light rating of the armour you wear. This means getting the rarest helms, chest, gauntlets and leg armour and upgrading it to the maximum. I have made it to level 28 without actually completing the raid.
So every day I have been logging on to the game, heading to the social hub, The Tower. Collecting the daily bounties, little missions that vary from killing a specific target to earning 9000 xp without dying. These bounties improve your Vanguard reputation, which earns you benefits and gets you legendary items. Then there is daily mission to do, which earns you the materials to upgrade these legendary items. On top of this there is the weekly strike and nightfall, much harder versions of story strikes with high end enemies and high end rewards. It is all very repetitive, but it never gets dull or boring. Every day I log back in, meet up with some people in and go shoot alien bad guys and have fun.

In a few weeks the first expansion is released adding new story missions, new strikes and new raids. I can see myself playing Destiny for a long time to come. After writing something a few months back about not ever sticking with a game for the long run. It looks like I have found the game I was looking for.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

GTA V - Back to San Andreas... again!

It's hard to believe that just over a year ago I was happily living in the last generation. The PS4 and Xbox One were just about to launch, but I didn't care, I had GTA V on my PS3. GTA V was, for me, the light for those who couldn't jump on the next gen train straight away. The slice of San Andreas that Rockstar had given gamers in the twilight of the PS3 and Xbox 360, pushed the hardware to the limits. The world was the most vibrant and detailed world yet shown in a Grand Theft Auto game. I would spend hours just wandering around the streets taking in the sights and sounds. It was like being on holiday in my living room... with guns!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

PlayStation Plus Update - November 2014

Let's get it out of the way right away. Last Months PS PLUS Update was a bit of a disaster. DriveClub PS Plus Edition failed to turn up due to the disastrous launch of the full game. The future of the PS Plus Edition is still unknown, as of writing it is officially postponed with no firm release date. This has angered quite alot of PlayStation Plus subscribers, many of them took out Plus to get DriveClub a year ago, when the console launched. So Sony really need to step up their game this month in order to appease the growling masses.

Unfortunately, they haven't and it is another month of indie titles for the majority of users. With that said, there are some must have games included in this. Now for some reason this month has not seen an official post by the PlayStation Blog to confirm this month's additions. Although I received an email confirming half of them, which was weird. So this list could be subject to change (but I highly doubt it).

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition - First Impressions

So last week, I wrote a piece expressing my doubts over the future of the PS Vita. Well, its amazing how much difference a week can make. Minecraft finally came out last week on the Vita and I have been sucked back into it on a new level. This yet another version of a game that has appeared on all Sony platforms but is best suited to the Vita.


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