30 December, 2014

Kyle's Top Ten Games of 2014

Having spent much of the holidays revisiting my favourite video games of the year, as well as playing some new comers, I've finally managed to wrangle them down to a list of just ten, and rank them in some kind of qualitative order. I am crazy? You tell me! 


28 December, 2014

Most Anticipated Game Of 2015

Kyle and Matthew have hope for the future as they wrap up the 2014 GameDropZone Game Of The Year awards by naming their Most Anticipated Game of 2015. The next year is set to amaze players of all nature with the new instalments of venerable series like; The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, and Persona, as well as whole new experiences like No Man's Sky.

27 December, 2014

Game Of The Year 2014

2014 has seen host of great videogame releases across all platforms; some games have shown us new beautiful worlds and innovative gameplay, while others have rendered their universes anew and iterated and refined intelligently. Join Kyle and Matthew as they debate and celebrate the best games to be released in 2014, and award the GameDropZone Game Of The Year. 

26 December, 2014

Most Disappointing Game Of 2014

There is nothing more saddening than seeing a potentially great game squandered. Matthew and Kyle recount the games of the year that could have been, and award the www.GameDropZone.com Most Disappointing Game Of 2014.

25 December, 2014

Best New Character Of 2014

Matthew and Kyle break down the most memorable and well defined characters that have graced videogames in 2014, as part of the GameDropZone Game Of The Year awards. 

24 December, 2014

Best Soundtrack Of 2014

Kyle and Matthew discuss their favourite videogame soundtracks as they decide the www.GameDropZone.com Best Soundtrack Of 2014 award.

23 December, 2014

Best Looking Game Of 2014

Join Matthew and Kyle as they weigh in on the hottest looking games of 2014, the first category of the GameDropZone Game Of The Year Awards.

22 December, 2014

Review - Assassin's Creed Unity, Repose En Paix

Slipping on the well-worn wrist blade and donning my well curled wig, I slip awkwardly into the grey mass of people that appear to be butchering the framerate. Now closing rapidly on my target, I am halted, distracted, by something smelling… off.


19 December, 2014

Dropping In - Assassin's Creed Unity, Multiplayer

Dropping once again into Assassin's Creed Unity, Kyle tries his hand at the co-operative multiplayer. The guys have a run-in with a tricky window, kill some Templars and discover a way of making loading screens exponentially more interesting...

18 December, 2014

Dropping In - Assassin's Creed Unity, Single Player

Matthew and Kyle battle their way through the endless crowds in this swift drop into the single player of Assassins Creed Unity on the PlayStation 4.

17 December, 2014

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Urn of Sacrifice

Kyle drags Matthew, kicking and screaming back into the Hellmouth… Our relentless Guardians undertake some painfully specific tasks to earn Eris' favour and fill Xûr's Urn. In this video, the guys work through all the steps (and drop some hot tips) that are needed to complete the Urn of Sacrifice mission, in Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below.

15 December, 2014

Review - Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: Return of the Trumpets

Hoenn confirmed! Yes the 3rd generation of Pokémon has gotten a re-make after many, many years. Generation 3 is my favourite Generation of Pokémon, I have put over 300 hours into a single play through of Pokémon Sapphire alone and countless playthroughs of Emerald and Ruby. So after a week of waiting since its US release and a week of playtime, it’s time for a review!


14 December, 2014

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Skyshock

After countless hours of grinding against Destiny’s matchmaking, Kyle is finally able to show Matthew Skyshock, a Crucible map in Destiny The Dark Below. Skyshock is big, huge in fact, yet strangely familiar.

 

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, The Cauldron

Matthew and Kyle continue to their crusade through the new content of Destiny’s expansion, The Dark Below. As they stalk through the teen-angst dripping corridors of The Cauldron, it soon becomes evident Matthew hasn’t been taking it all in. Oh, and sorry Tumblr.

13 December, 2014

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Will of Crota

Matthew and Kyle continue to thwart the machinations of Crota in Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below. Taking on the Strike Will of Crota, the guys finally corner Omnigul and rather shockingly Kyle is able to keep the conversation on topic long enough to explain why he thinks this is some of the best content in Destiny.

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Unlocking the Will of Crota

The guys detail the heinous crimes that must be inflicted on the many tendrils of Crota in order to unlock the Will of Crota Strike, in Destiny’s The Dark Below Expansion. Don’t worry, it is super informative.


12 December, 2014

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, The Wakening

Determined to not talk about the new Destiny content, Matthew and Kyle discuss Ubisoft's 2014 woes, how games should be short, and the notion that micro transactions make everything better. The guys spray their way through the third and final story mission of The Dark Below.


Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, The Undying Mind

Kyle and Matthew blast through the PlayStation exclusive Strike in Destiny's The Dark Below expansion. The guys reminisce about a time when social media was good, have a painful announcement about the lack of Pokémon coverage, and examine the often overlooked perks of a 3DS.

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Siege of the Warmind

Matthew and Kyle have hope for the future in the second mission of Destiny's The Dark Below! So gather your fireteam, find a hill and join us as we listen to some reedy classical music and maybe spoil Destiny... A little bit.


11 December, 2014

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Pantheon

Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below has landed, so the guys take a look at Pantheon, one of the three Crucible maps found within. Matthew tells Kyle tales of childhood scooter antics, and they chat plenty about Mass Effect in this train wreck of a video. Also Destiny I guess.

Dropping In - Destiny The Dark Below, Fist of Crota

Kyle takes Matthew back to the Cosmodrome, in the Fist of Crota, the first story mission of Destiny's The Dark Below. They explore the impact that Paul McCartney has had on them, as well as the many uses of tissue paper...

 

09 December, 2014

Dropcast 08 - Newsdrop

Matthew and Kyle drop in to talk about the flurry of news that has happened in the past week including PSX, Metal Gear Online's announcement and other assorted Video Game related things.

The Dropkick: Survivor Series 2014 - Post Show

Survivor Series 2014; a show that has had so little build up to it I didn’t feel that it was worth doing a pre-show write up of the storylines leading from the last pay-per view, Hell in a Cell. Most of the storylines were only finalised in the last week before, or even on the show itself, including the Main Event featuring Team Cena vs. Team Authority whose team members were only finalised on the go home Monday Night Raw show.

08 December, 2014

Hologram Paul McCartney Brings Hope To All Corners Of The Solar System

This video, hot off Paul McCartney's own Vevo channel, shows the ex-Beetle rallying troops across the four planets of Destiny. I'm still not convinced this is real... catch it quick before it gets pulled!


07 December, 2014

Review - Super Smash Bros. For Wii U; The Ultimate E-Sport?

What if Luigi finally tired of living in his brother's shadow? Who wouldn't want to see Link's shadowy reflection overcome his virtuous side? Imagine if each of Nintendo's finest took it in turns to beat the life out of Sega's Sonic? Well Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will at least let you play out such battles, but you may not see them resolve in quite the way you want.


04 December, 2014

Dropping In - Star Wars: The Old Republic, Shadow of Revan

Matthew and Kyle drop into the new planets of Rishi and Yavin 4, added in Star Wars: The Old Republic’s latest expansion, Shadow of Revan. Shadow of Revan is available early for players who pre-ordered before November 2nd, launching for all on December 9th.  They may not be wizened Jedi, but they soon learn two great truths; manga is better than anime and the Star Wars universe is pretty dumb.

02 December, 2014

Dropcast 07 - Dropcast's Inquisition

Matthew and Kyle crawl away from their games and back to the microphones for another Dropcast. Is Halo fixed? How good is the new Dragon Age? What happened in the world of wrestling? Listen to find out!

01 December, 2014

Review - Taming The World Of Dragon Age Inquisition

The Dragon Age series has assumed many forms; the wide narrative and branching paths of Origins, the trials of ruler ship of the Awakening expansion, and the more focused story of Hawke in Dragon Age II. Dragon Age Inquisition promises a role playing game with scope beyond anything in the series, or that the developer, Bioware has ever produced (excluding Star Wars: The Old Republic naturally). This raises the question of how, or perhaps can, this scale integrate with the focused style of storytelling that Bioware is best known for?


29 November, 2014

The Free Games Of December 2014

It is not quite December yet, but both Sony and Microsoft have announced the free games coming to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Here’s the full list.


24 November, 2014

Destiny - Update 1.0.3


Destiny; the game I have played the most disproportionate amount of in recent memory, despite my feelings on its actual value I still keep on shooting. Well maybe the latest update, 1.0.3 will alleviate some of it’s myriad issues, well if nothing else at least we can all grind Iron Banner rep again?


20 November, 2014

Review - Halo: The Master Chief Collection: You Have Lost Connection To The Host


Halo, the series that revolutionised the FPS genre on consoles has been remastered! All four games, although Halo 3 and 4 aren't that old, meaning that you can experience all that child like glee of bringing your Xbox to a friends house, sitting on a couch together and enjoying some good old fashioned CTF... Okay maybe not, but with four Halo campaigns to play you won't have time to play any multiplayer anyway!


17 November, 2014

Dropcast 06 - Advanced Amiibo's

Grab your Exo-suits and buckle up for another Dropcast! Join Matthew and Kyle as they talk about Video Games, their rising fame in Spain and more importantly; how pretty Link is.

15 November, 2014

Review - Sunset Overdrive, The Ultimate Grind

Fizzco’s latest energy drink, Overdrive – all the kids are drinking it – has had some unexpected consequences, the most dangerous being the OD (Over Dosed) mutants who rove the streets looking for yet more Overdrive to quench their ravenous thirst. Can Sunset Overdrive live up to its impressive announcement trailer? Is it possible to stomach this much videogame humour? Find out inside. 


09 November, 2014

Review - What If Kevin Spacey Had The Keys In Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

In the very words of the venerable Kevin Spacey, “…this is Advanced Warfare”. And to be fair, it gets pretty advanced, even outside of the widely marketed exo suits, there is a metaphoric ton of awesome near-future technology. If that’s not enough for you, here’s why I think Advanced Warfare is well worth seeing.


07 November, 2014

The Free Games for November 2014

It's November 2014 and you know what that means... Games are finally coming out! Though if you get bored playing your Call of Duty's or your Assassin Creed's you may want to check out some of the free games available this month on Xbox and PlayStation... as long as you are a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscriber. See them after the break!



05 November, 2014

Review - The Lady of Class is Back in Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 brings the Cereza’s unique brand of hair-based sass to the Wii U, and only to the Wii U, which is bound to leave Bayonetta fans with the arduous task of deciding if this game is worth a whole new system. Let me make that decision for you – she has a Link costume. Done! Well maybe not… But here is why I think Bayonetta 2 should be a system-seller.


03 November, 2014

Review - Cutting a Neon Swath in Samurai Warriors 4


Fresh from the fair fields of Hyrule, I jump straight into the not-so-dissimilar battles that now rage across feudal Japan. Samurai Warriors 4 is the first entry of its particular strain of Warriors titles on the current generation platforms, and if its Dynasty Warriors cousin is any indication, the Warring States are in for some big changes.


31 October, 2014

The Dropkick: Hell in a Cell 2014 - Post Show

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 is over, being one of WWE's 'B' pay-per-views did it live up to the hype that last minuet booked matches and abysmal storylines? Will it convince over 300,000 people to sign up for the WWE Newtork to see where the new twists and turns lead us? Short answer; No. The long answer is after the break!


30 October, 2014

Review – Civilization Only Takes a Small Step in Beyond Earth

Behind me stands Earth’s people, of many races, many creeds. Before me stands Earth’s hope, our species’ technological prowess, and the only chance of humanity’s continued survival, beyond Earth… It is with such reverence that I began my expedition into the unknown, yet soon the ways of old Earth returned; I had no energy, my petroleum had depleted, and an African gentleman kept condemning  my actions and my peoples way of life. Well there is no mistaking it, it is definitely a Civilization game…


27 October, 2014

Review – Hyrule Warriors, My First Zelda

It’s true I’m afraid; this is my first contact with the Legend of Zelda series, my first adventure in the Kingdom of Hyrule, but it is most certainly not my first foray into the endless battlefields of the Warriors games. Can this game invest myself, and like-minded Koei-Tecmo fans, in Hyrule’s timeless adventures? Or I it just leave me longing for Lu Bu?


26 October, 2014

The Dropkick: WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 - Pre Show

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 pay-per-view will come at you live on October 28th from the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas, or if you are a WWE Network Subscriber you can get it for just $9.99 as they seem so keen to remind you every week. It's almost as if they've still not hit their estimated quota and feel the need to spit out "$9.99" so much that it becomes a forced meme... I'm looking at you Michael Cole and JBL!

In this new feature for the site I will be doing a pre-show write up of the feuds and rivalries going into each pay-per-view. I'll try to be as unbiased as I can, however with WWE being as ridiculous as it is, that's likely not going to happen.

24 October, 2014

Dropcast 05 - Dropcast Outta Nowhere

Matthew and Kyle slither their way across the internet and deliver another Dropcast Outta nowhere! Join them as they talk about Halo: The Master Chief Collections 20GB install, Kyle's recent purchase and of course the latest Internet craze: The RKO vines.

19 October, 2014

Review - Alien: Isolation, The Sequel We All Wanted


Having spent about fifteen hours either, clenching most of my muscles in dread-fuelled tension, or cursing vehemently at my TV in frustration, I finally brought Alien: Isolation to a close. My advice for the next time you are tempted to venture into eerily monolithic space stations - leave the medpacks and guns, they wont help you for long, oh and find a way to mute your motion tracker Or maybe just dont go in at all?


17 October, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Photo Drop

Shadow of Mordor recently received an update adding a photo mode - a feature that should be in every game. Photo mode lets you pause time, spin the camera, fiddle with depth of field and slap on filters as if it were Instagram! Which was exactly what we’ve done in this gallery. Enjoy.



15 October, 2014

Review - Only One Hand On The Wheel In Driveclub


PlayStation exclusive racer Driveclub forgot to slow before hitting the hairpin launch, leaving behind the smell of burning rubber and melting servers… Which are still flaky a week after launch, making finishing this review pretty difficult!


13 October, 2014

John Cena Likes To Feel The Music In WWE 2K15

Are you a supporter of the US Military? If so, a former decorated member of the Marine Corps needs your support, and his name is... John Cena! 2K has made some big announcements about the WWE 2K15 soundtrack, featuring you're hero and mine; John Cena, fifteen times former World Heavyweight Champion, but more importantly the Doctor of Thuganomics. You can see him right here, or can you?



12 October, 2014

Review - Enslaving the Slavers in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor


As shadow descends across Mordor and its inhabitant are pressed into servitude, to labour for the Dark Lord until all life flees their body, will you fight to pierce the pall of darkness? Or will you become the very evil you sought to destroy? Just a warning; I discuss some characters and events that occur in the main story, however, I do not believe I mention anything that wasn’t already shown in trailers and honestly, there isn’t any real plot twists or reveals to be spoiled.


Dropping in - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

We drop into Mordor to gut Uruks, ride Caragors and generally subvert Sauron's steely grip on Mordor. Discovering along the way, the importance of not allowing Ogbur the Gentle to sneak up on you...



11 October, 2014

Dropping in - Pix the Cat

We delve deep into the skull-ridden GRID OF INFINITY of Pix the Cat, a stylish and feverish arcade game that is free for PS Plus subscribers the month. Don't get fooled by the rainbow skulls like we did - watching a trail of ducklings explode is the worst!


Dropping in - Destiny, The Iron Banner

This week Destiny is running the new Iron Banner Crucible event; we take a look at the bounties, the gear, my sweet new helmet and discuss some of the reasons why Destiny remains a really bizarre game.


06 October, 2014

Review - The Facade Slips in Sunrider : Mask of Arcadius

Kayto is caught between feelings of vengeance, loss, and a nagging sense that no matter who wins he, and his home of Cera, will lose. Be prepared to jump to warp at a moment’s notice, as the Sunrider story heads to some exciting places and I try my best to describe them without spoiling anything!



03 October, 2014

Dropcast 04 - Diamond Dogs

Prepare for another Dropcast! Join Kyle and Matthew as they talk about the lack of Video game news and inevitably get off topic per usual.

01 October, 2014

The Free Games of October 2014

October is here and what does that mean? Samurai Warriors 4! Although that may be my likely highlight of the coming month, the start of a new month means a ton of games will drop to the low, low price of free. Which some people would argue is more exciting, assuming you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus of course -  find a complete list inside.


28 September, 2014

Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition

Total War: Rome II has seen a huge number of patches and fixes over the year or so since its release, the most recent; Emperor Edition makes some sweeping changes and adds a whole new campaign. Having spent some time directing Antony’s Legions into the maelstrom of civil war that is the Mediterranean, I fully recommended watching both seasons of HBO’s Rome before you play.


25 September, 2014

Destiny – Queen's Wrath Update

This week the timed event Queen’s Wrath is available in Destiny, meaning a new reputation to grind, a new currency (of sorts) to collect and some new loot ripe for farming.



22 September, 2014

Review - Breaking it Down in Dance Central Spotlight

I took a break from wizard hunting and hydra slaying and stepped up to a new challenge; mastering the art of dance. The road to throwing of my shackles of indignation and accepting what Dance Central Spotlight had to offer was a long one, but the reward was sweet (or perhaps sweat). I certainly did not use this as an excuse to listen to objectively awful pop songs for hours on end.



19 September, 2014

Review - Travelling Through Space and Time in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate

It was somewhere around the time that Joan of Arc, having just freed her French soldiers from the mind control of a flying monkey, nonchalantly asked me – Ryu Hyabusa – to travel back in time to save her boyfriend that I decided I was complete on board with what this game had to offer.




16 September, 2014

Dropcast 03 - Minecrosoft

The Dropcast is here once again. Join Kyle and Matthew as they talk about Microsoft buying Mojang, The new iPhone 6 and iWatch and Bungie's new IP Destiny and why it's such a let down.

13 September, 2014

Review - Destiny, Not A Future I Want To Be Part Of

So Destiny, the big unknown, the world said to be filled with mystery, wonder, and well worth exploring for years. Well there is wonder, the game’s art is fantastic. There is mystery, they literally tell you nothing. And there is certainly nothing worth exploring for more than a few hours, in fact be prepared to replay those few hours, time and time again, because apparently that’s game content.



12 September, 2014

Destiny - Guardian's Scrapbook

For the last few days I have been grinding my way through the beautiful locales of Destiny and taking some snaps along the way! I expect my review will be up tomorrow, a symptom of how much I have to say, not how long the game is.





09 September, 2014

Review - Double the Game, Double the Speed in Velocity 2X

Velocity 2X is a kaleidoscopic nova of vivid cel-shaded graphics and striking synthesized beats. During its voyage across star fields and nebulae filled space, Velocity flourished and evolved from a teleporting sci-fi shoot ‘em-up, in its new form; part platformer, part top-down shooter, and all parts stunning. 




08 September, 2014

Dropcast 02 - Kim Jong Un's Pastries

The Dropcast is back and in a much shorter and regular format. Join Kyle and Matthew as they talk about video games, Attack on Titan and the great and glorious leader Kim Jong Un.

05 September, 2014

The Many Warriors of the East

Tecmo Keoi don't do anything in moderation, the Warriors titles just keep on coming! And here I was worried that we English speaking fans were few and far between; here's a run down on the many Warriors titles of 2014.



02 September, 2014

Review - Playing the Triple Agent in CounterSpy

The world, or perhaps more accurately, the moon is gripped in terror as a cold war arms race between the Socialist Republic and the Imperialists States escalates. You agent, must stop them both.



30 August, 2014

Dustin' Off - Deus Ex: Human Revolution: I never asked for this, but I'm glad it's here

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel to the first Deus Ex game and the rug that Invisible War is swept under. Showing that a Deus Ex game can still be made and still be successful without making it so simple that it looses all of it's heart and soul.



27 August, 2014

Dustin' Off - Deus Ex: Invisible War: Better Left Forgotten

Deus Ex: Invisible War is the squeal to the hit game Deus Ex. The game uses the same, first person, sci-fi, action adventure role-playing features that fans loved in the first game, and introduces a number of new game play and plot elements, like branching story lines. Despite the new features the game is often criticised as the Worst game in the series and is shunned by fans.




25 August, 2014

Dustin' Off - Deus Ex: My Vision is Augmented, My eyes are actually flashlights

Deus Ex; the game, not the Latin phrase Deus Ex Machina meaning ‘A God from A Machine’. Although it certainly does apply to this game filled with Robots, Mechs and pseudo religious undertones. 


22 August, 2014

Review - Gotta Catch 'Em All in WWE SuperCard

Striking at a near perfect time – while still deprived of professional wrestling (because WWE Network still isn’t out in my country of residence yet) and as roster announcements hit for WWE 2K15, WWE SuperCard is a fun way to collect colourful pictures of wrestlers on your phablet (I’m sorry). The best part is that it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.



20 August, 2014

Review - Always Sometimes Monsters, but mostly philosophers.

Want to experience a taste of the hardships of trying to live when you have no money, one fleeting career prospect and are surrounded by people with their own share of problems and prejudices? Well Always Sometimes Monsters can certainly provide that glimpse, you'll just have to keep an eye out for those people with latent philosophical tendencies.




18 August, 2014

Our Most Anticipated Games of 2014

Together, Matthew and I sat down and vigorously thrashed out a list of our most hotly anticipated games that will be released this fall and holiday season. Don’t worry, Evolve wouldn’t have made it anyway…



15 August, 2014

Dustin' Off - Onimusha Warlords

In Dustin' Off we take a look back at some older games; what was good and bad about them back in the day, and why they might still be worth trying out today! This time we revisit Onimusha Warlords, the first, and arguably the best entry in the Onimusha series.




12 August, 2014

Review – Surviving The Last of Us

Last year The Last of Us infected the PlayStation 3 with deadly effect, now Remastered for the PlayStation 4, it looks prettier and runs smoother than ever before. The fractured world of The Last of Us is a cruel one, twisting and toying with your emotions, as easily as it scars the people who attempt to live in it.



09 August, 2014

The Last of Us Remastered - Artful Entrails

Currently deep into reviewing The Last of Us Remastered, I cut myself through the horde of infected long enough to deliver some snippets of the game’s macabre artistry. This was made incredibly easy by the photo mode feature – which coincidentally should be in EVERY GAME EVER.



06 August, 2014

Destiny - That Nebulous Feel

Having extensively played both, the First Look Alpha and the subsequent Beta, I collect my thoughts on how Destiny plays, the murky territory of where it lies within the greater genre-strewn geography, and the expectations and misconceptions inherent with Destiny and it’s messaging.



04 August, 2014

Pure Pool - Hot Pool Pics

As my copy of The Last of Us didn't arrive, I decided to play some Pure Pool instead! Not exactly the heart-wrenching emotional experience I was hoping for this weekend, but these balls are pretty shiny...



Review - I Wouldn't Set My Alarm For 4PM

4PM is an “interactive-thiller”, a (very) short narrative where you are subjected to a day, or at least the eventful parts, of Caroline’s life. She’s an alcoholic – whose favourite beverage has oddly consistent memory-wiping properties.



31 July, 2014

Review - Pixel Piracy: The phrase 'Cleaning the poop deck' has never been more appropriate

Pixel Piracy the game everybody has a 25% off coupon for has been officialy released with Version 1.0. The game has been on Early Access on Steam for a while but with its official release it looks to add End-Game content as well as a verity of new features since it's last update.