Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Nidhogg 2 review

En Garde



The first question that most people will likely have about Nidhogg 2 is "What in the name of all that is holy IS a Nidhogg?"....well these people should probably use google a bit more really, but the answer to that question is a serpent/dragon from Norse mythology that nibbles on the roots of the world tree. In the world of Nidhogg 2 however it's a giant, grotesque worm that you must sacrifice yourself to. Reports that the design was based on Steve Bannon's true form have yet to be confirmed.



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekly Videogame News (12/08)

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Lock up your wives, hide your daughters and tell your pet ferret to get behind the sofa...it's the pure atomic bomb of sexiness that is the weekly news. Lets do this thing!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

7 of the best bite sized anime

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Sometimes in an average everyday human beings life they don't want entertainment that takes up hours of their precious time that could be better used buying kale and watching gifs of newsreaders vomiting live on air...sometimes a person wants nice juicy bite sized chunks of entertainment that can watch with a single kettle boiling instalment. Good news all as while game of thrones will never give you a series of shorts revolving around Podrick Payne's day to day life cleaning armour, anime has you covered with a choice selection of bite sized anime that lasts from a mere 3 minutes up to a max of 15.

Monday, 7 August 2017

LFCC 2017 - An Awesome Day!


The London Film & Comic con came round again last month, and luckily I had the time to get out there for the Saturday. Even better, I had the inclination to pick up a ticket a decent amount of time before hand.

As always, the actual star turnout for this was excellent with celebrities like John Cleese, Benedict Cumberbatch and Wil Wheaton. The Cosplay crowd as always was exceptional with some downright amazing costumes and some bridging the line from costume to piece of engineering, and I had a wonderful time chatting a photographing as many as I could.

The event wasn't entirely without trouble though, as the organisers seemed to seriously underestimate the numbers and many of us had to line in some quite baffling ways before being allowed to move from the train station to the Olympia centre. However, once inside we were able to quickly make our way to the convention proper with little delay or issue.

My personal high points for the event was getting my copy of Ashes of Valkana (its an RPG book) signed by Wil Wheaton, who helped create the setting and game as well as ran a celebrity game online (which I loved). I feel I gained points by not pestering him about a season 2 for this awesome game, however, I probably dropped my points into the minuses when I told him I wasn't pestering him about season 2 (smooth I am not). All in all, he seemed really nice, if tired (he had only recently flown over and it was his birthday so I can't really fault him on that). 

In contrast to Wil Wheaton, my meeting with Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn was considerably more energetic as I told him I really loved his work on the final Mythica movie and he proceeded to tell me about what it was like on the set and about another film he recently acted in for the same company (which I intend to find and watch!), an absolutely lovely guy. I was also happy to get my 4th photo with a member of the Firefly crew (Alan Tudyk) our meeting was brief but amusing as I told him that he was my favourite to play a chicken and he told me how it was a really competitive field to be in!

All in all, I had a fantastic day and I am looking forward to the next con I will leave you with a long list of awesome cosplay pics and with any luck I will have a Costume of my own prepped and ready to roll soon!



Sunday, 6 August 2017

Weekly Videogame News (6/8)

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Better than Christmas, more thrilling than your birthday and less commerically exploititive than valentines day....it's time for the weekly gaming news my darling bluds.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

My top 5...Playstation 1 games

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Get ready y'all, becomes we've hit the most important of all the consoles I've ever owned...the original Playstation. Before I came into possession of this little Grey box of electronic joy I'd intended to ask for an N64 to be placed under my Christmas tree, but pushed back release dates caused me to get pretty fed up and start paying attention to what else was out there. The rest as they say, is history and my first year of owning the PS1, coupled with a boring summer holiday and the local video rental store transformed me into a full fat hardcore gamer that still plays anything he can get his grubby hands on to this day. It's also worth noting that this isn't just my top 5 PS1 games....this list is my top 5 games full stop. Yep every one of my five favourite gaming experiences are PS1 games (although in fairness, one would be more associated with PC). Let's do this thing.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekly Videogame News (30/07)

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Dance readers, dance around in unbridled joy as its time for the fun filled cream bun that is the weekly news, lets do this thing.

Playstation Plus price hike


Sad news as Sony announced a price hike for Playstation plus in Europe. As of the 31st of August a full year will be £49.99, £19.99 for three months and £6.99 for a single month. It's not clear why this increase is happening (Likely just good old fashioned greed) but with Until Dawn this month and Just Cause 3 in August this may mean full fat games will be included for good...lets hope so.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Playstation Plus - August 2017 games revealed.

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It's that time of the month where Sony reveal your monthly bowl of gaming bonuses. Let's do this thing.

Just Cause 3
The explodey open world chaos of Just cause 3 is the first game up for PS4. After Until Dawn last month, could this be a good sign. Regardless Just Cause 3 is great fun and one of the best additions.

Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry
The stand alone DLC for Assassin's creed 4 is the second offering for PS4. AC4 was arguably the most fun of the series, so this expansive piece of DLC is a welcome addition.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Superhot Review - PSVR


What is Superhot? It's a first person time manipulating shooter puzzle game. Wow, I don't think I will say that again anytime soon!

You are dropped into a combat situation and you have to use the weapons and objects around you to kill all the enemies before they can get you. The unique aspect of this is that time only moves when you move.

And, don't forget it is a one-hit-one kill game for both you and your opponents, so stay alert, and take stock of the situation before you move.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Best Gaming Vinyls for your Collection


Here at Geek Mash we are huge video game fans, loving anything from fighting games to RPGS, and more.

Along with some of the most memorable games come some fantastic soundtracks. Since the start of gaming history, music has been very important. If you don't have the right song playing, it can ruin the atmosphere of the game. 

Music also carries a lot of nostalgia, too. It can bring back some childhood memories, reminding you of your favourite games and moments. For instance, the first time you enter Hyrule Field in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, to when you finally beat the super-hard boss in Dark Souls. 

Lately, I have started collecting vinyls; mainly video game soundtracks. Sticking on a record whisks me back to my childhood, revisiting some fantastic classics, excellent sound, and some kick-ass artwork to boot. 

I used to mainly listen to songs digitally, as it was much easier to access it on my phone, but when I listened to my first vinyl, I was amazed at how good it sounded compared to digital. Now, I'm addicted to buying new vinyls for my collection whenever I can. I've not only collected some great video game soundtracks, but I've also picked up movie soundtracks, rock, classic rock, 70s music and more. 

These days, it can be a bit pricey to go buy all brand new vinyls ranging anywhere from £15 to £40 depending on how many records it has and how rare they are (plus, if it's The Beatles it automatically is on the high end). Luckily, also you can go to bootsales or flea markets to find some classics if you're lucky at bargain prices. Just last week I got 2 movie soundtracks for 50p each - a bargain compared to the shops. 

So let me wisk you away with a turntable, and a great set of speakers, and let's listen to some fantastic video game soundtracks. If you're looking to start a video game soundtrack collection, these are my choices.


Weekly Videogame News (23/07)

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Welcome to the second annual thrill ride of utter sweat soaked excitement that is the weekly news in the world of videogames, including Beta's, fighters, telltaler's and Rutger Hauer. Let's do this thing.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Review - Nintendo Switch


Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star firmly lifts Dynasty Warrior's gameplay from Feudal China to a colourful, digital, sci-fi based world. If you're familiar with Dynasty Warriors titles, then the gameplay won't come as much of a surprise to you, here. But, if you're a fan of Fate/Stay Night, then you'll probably lap this up.

Set after the events in the previous game, Fate/Extra, it centres around three factions, who battle it out to decide who rules this vibrant world. Blending in anime visuals with bright, digital artwork, the factions are lead by representations of both historical and mythical characters. For instance - the first boss you face up against is the vampiric Elizabeth Bathory (have a Google, if you're not sure who this is), whilst you'll also meet the Greek physicist Archimedes, among many others. Of course, the characters are nothing like the real people they're representing, but it's fun to see the variations, regardless.




Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Vampyr Preview

It's in the Blood



It seems that colour is very much the in thing within the world of videogame with many recent and upcoming games such as Horizon, Breath of the wild, Uncharted 4, Watch_Dogs 2 and many more being packed with green's and blues and reds. The era of the grim and dark experience, filled with rain and Gothic architecture is at least for now a rare beast. But Focus Home Interactive's Vampyr aims to bring a little bit of London poverty and dirt back to Consoles and PC this November.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review (PS4)

A Far away place you'll want to stay


Exploration is something that isn't mentioned all that often when people discuss games. Be it players, websites or creators all of us usually focus on aspects of a game such as plot, combat systems, the amount of tracks and generally elements that focus on what a player is doing at any given second. Yet in truth these features are not what we all enjoy most when playing games. Take this example, most people who don't engage with videogames probably assume that everyone who's ever played GTAV went and killed as many people as possible in the game when they played for the very first time....but I bet for most of them that wasn't true. I bet most people grabbed a car and went to discover what was at the top of Mount Chiliad, just like I did. The best games realise that what really drives gamers isn't the here and now....it's beyond the horizon, the places they've yet to see.....Yonder if you will (segway!). Yonder is a game that understands all to well that the undiscovered corners of a games location are what drives people forward more than anything.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Weekly Videogame News (16/07)

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Welcome to a (hopefully) weekly event where we'll take a look at some of the biggest videogame news in all of consoledom. Lets do this thing.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Serial Cleaner Review

Professional Kill-eaner
 

It's strange how weird little details can cast your mind back to the most unexpected of places. While I was playing Serial cleaner from ifun4all for the first time, I tapped R2 and the un-named cleaner whipped out a vacuum. My brain then recalled a very obscured PS1 game named Trash it in which you played a builder who not only had to knock stuff down but also hoover up after himself, which is pretty rare for a builder. There can't be many games where the player has to give the place a bit of a once over with a vacuum and the only other one I can recall is the Simpson's arcade game where Marge uses a vacuum to smack Mr Burns in the chops with.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Overwatch: Rating all the characters.

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Overwatch was arguably the surprise hit of 2016, not saying that it was expected to flop, but the game was clashing heads with the similar Battleborn which seemed to be getting more hype from the media. But Blizzard are a team that know what they're doing and delivered a well crafted online  team shooter which has become a massive success with a passionate following. One of the main secrets of it's success has been its phenomenal cast which is full of vibrant characters. It's to Blizzards credit that they've crafted a game that feels like it has a rich story....without having any actual form of story mode...it's the little touches that form Overwatches personality.

But I digress....we're here to rate the 24 current cast members (Doomfist is not playable at the time of writing) using unscientific and completely bias methods. I'm going to rate each character on two separate traits...one rating for character....aka how interesting they are as people/robots and one for how enjoyable they are to actually play, and in regards to character it'll be based purely on the game itself and not outside lore such as comics and the like. Oh and you might not agree with me on everything....or anything, but that's just fine cause if we all had the same opinion then the world would be without marmite (and many other things).

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hubsan H107C HD x4 2.4Ghz Quadcopter with Camera


I have always loved the idea of flying a drone, but never liked any of the ones I’ve tried, as they usually don’t control well or they’re just cheaply made. The price varies, between incredibly cheap for miniature versions, to the larger models that are £300+. The Hubsan H107C HD 2.4Ghz Quadcopter with Camera is one that falls into the middle-ground of drones, offered at £69.99 at Maplin. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Agents of Mayhem Preview

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The newest trailer for upcoming open world action game Agents of Mayhem, the newest game from Saints Row creators Deep silver. The game is coming to the UK on the 18th of August and rather uniquely is set in the same world as the Saints Row games even though Agents of Mayhem is a brand new franchise. Within the game players will be tasked with defeating LEGION (The League of Evil gentlemen intent on obliterating nations....I like what they did there) by picking a team of three Agents from a choice of twelve (although your team can be changed in the game to tackle missions in all sorts of ways). Set in Seoul in a Futuristic version of South Korea the game seems to be a mixture of saints row, overwatch and ghost recon: Wildlands and if the team behind it manage to get the balance right Agents of Mayhem could be this Augusts breakout hit.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

5 of the most dangerous moves in wrestling history.

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Yeah, yeah....I know wrestling is fake, as do most fans (although some parts of the world seem to have a large amount people who believe with all their hearts) but it's not quite as fake as you might assume. The mat isn't a bouncy castle, the chairs and tables are very much real and the blood is created by a wrestling cutting their forehead open with a hidden razor blade. There are also some pretty dangerous moves.Now just to clarify...I'd argue there is two potential meanings to the term "Dangerous moves". The first are moves that would be dangerous if used to actually hurt someone, these include moves such as Seth Rollins curb stomp and Randy Orton's Punt kick to the head. However this list focuses on option B...moves that are genuinely dangerous regardless of how much the giver tries to protect the receiver (...ahem). I'm adding one rule....there won't be any moves only seen in indie wrestling companies, they have to have appeared in major companies (so this list will be Japanese heavy), lets do this!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Dark Arcana: The Carnival

Fun fair...more like fun fear...


God I'm so very sorry for that pun at the top of this article, my brain just couldn't conjure up a half decent funfair based joke. But enough about my depressing lack of comedy genius, we're here to talk about Dark Arcana: The Carnival, one of a growing list of hidden object puzzles games that are beginning to make an appearance on consoles. The hidden object genre seems to be a some what hated one among console owners and I'm not really sure why as they're pretty closely related to point and click games which are one of the most beloved genres among more hardcore gamers. While I'm personally not fanatical about the genre I have played some of them (most notably Nightmares from the deep: The cursed heart) and found them to be a nice change of pace.

Monday, 26 June 2017

My top 5...Super Nintendo games.

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First up...I'm going to have to apologise to you all. The SNES is considered one of the finest consoles of all time, so this list should be packed full of stone cold classics, but I was young and foolish when I owned my little SNES and I believed violent games made me cool and licensed games were going to be great works of art, like the foolish youth I was. Now that's not to say this is a dreadful list or anything, but you're not going to see Super Mario World or Link to the past or Mario Kart and for this I can only apologise. But none the less lets get on with this shizz, oh and as with all these lists I'm only picking from games that I owned, now Ralph...get this list started.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

MCM Expo London Recap

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Apologies for the late posting about MCM London Comic Con May 2017, camera glitch which caused the loss of all my photos and videos, #Feelsbadman. I am working on recovering the photos, and will add them in the post if I manage to get some for the article.

Usually when we write these reviews, we stick to a tried and tested set of questions to answer and
gauge the con in that retrospect. This last MCM Expo I decided to make a change and let people know who were in a situation like myself, you're at the con but you're broke and feeling kinda low about it.

First off, just because you have no money doesn't mean you can't have a good time at MCM. The event organisers make sure there are lots of activities that you can partake in, and if you are that way inclined there are cosplay meetups and photo shoots arranged by third parties.

So, first off I will take you through my convention visit and then run through what else there was available. 

Nintendo E3 2017 Press Conference Recap


Nintendo capped off 2017's E3 with their 25 minute digital conference. Followed immediately after with their standard Nintendo Treehouse, their presentation offered some surprise reveals, and a greater look on some titles that we already knew were incoming. 

It was great to see Nintendo fully embracing the Switch, this time around. Whilst the Wii U sadly gathered some dust, the line-up and 3rd party support is larger for the Switch. 

Check out all of the reveals below!


Monday, 12 June 2017

Ubisoft E3 2017 press conference recap

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E3: What We Want in Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch


The above tweet is just one comment I saw today from an Animal Crossing fan. We've been crying out for a new console version of this popular series for ages, and with the Nintendo Switch out now, it seems like the perfect time. And no, we don't want another dreadful Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival! 

So, we've established at in this time of E3 announcements and Nintendo's upcoming E3 conference, that fans want a new Animal Crossing. But, what should Nintendo be featuring in their Switch version? Join me as I share some of the bits and bobs that I think they should include.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dark Rose Valkyrie review

A rose, by any other name...


I'm going to start this review using a some what clunky simile. Dark rose Valkyrie is like a cool substitute teacher, they seem down with the kids as they casually swear, do interesting experiments involving fire and let the class take the lesson outside in the sun...but then the time comes to do the exams at the end of the year and it dawns on you that you don't understand a single thing that's being asked and then you gentle weep as you try and muddle your way though it all. What I ultimately mean is that DRV has some good stuff within in it, including plenty of enjoyable visual novel aspects and a fun combat system...but it's bogged down by poor explanations of in game mechanics, far too many different and useless systems within the combat system and deeply muddled menus....there's a fun game in there, but you'll really have to dig through the undergrowth to find it.
 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

EA's Pre-E3 EAplay event summary.

EA...is it in the game?


Hello and welcome to the summary of EA's pre-E3 event called EA play, now lets
check out what they showed the video gaming world.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My top 5...Master System 2 games.



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Ah the Master System II, the first console to recieve a sequel. Yet its origins can be traced back to Sega's Mark III console from 1985. Because that's not confusing as hell at all. The Mark III eventually gained enough EXP to evolve into the master system and once the system travelled to the European region it reached its final form...the Master system 2. Which also has the proud distinction of being my very first wander into console land.

The Master System had several memorable features including the sliding lid (good), the pause button located on the console itself (bad), Alex Kidd in miracle world being installed in every system (good), a relatively small catalogue of games (bad), and the maths text book paper box art that was on every game case (good if you needed to do long division but didn't have graph paper to hand). So lets get on with this shizz and find out what my 5 favourite Master System II games were. Oh and as always this list is based on the games I owned when I was a diddy kid, so if I didn't own it, then it can't be on the list.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Everybodys Golf (PS4) Beta impressions.

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So last week I got a delightful little gift from Playstation of a beta code for one of Sony's more unloved exclusive franchises, Everybodys Golf. Golf games tend to be an odd little sub genre of sports as they usually play more akin to a simplified rhythm action game than a sports game. Personally I have strangely fond memories of an old Actua golf 2 demo that I played far too much. So lets see if this little beta can convince me to maybe possibly start considering to maybe buy Everybodys golf....possibly.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Strange and Mysterious Places - Costa Rica



One of the things that people know about me (outside of my inability to stick to deadlines and make wildly unsubstantiated claims while drunk) is I love to travel, be it some of the glorious European cities to the jungles of south America and every place I go to inspires the adventures I design, so I figured I would write a series of pieces on adventure concepts inspired by the places I have traveled to. 

I will give a fantasy, science fiction and a horror scenario based on the same place, remember these are not complete adventures just the base concepts to get your minds working towards creating your own story. 



COSTA RICA

Last year I went on a hiking holiday through Costa Rica and had an amazing time the deep tropical rainforests, turtle sanctuaries and winding rivers all full of amazing and exotic animals filled my head with so many plot ideas that I spent many evenings just tapping away in creative nirvana. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Strange and mysterious places-Cyclades islands

STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS PLACES One of the things that people know about me (outside of my inability to stick to deadline’s and make wildly unsubstantiated claims while drunk) is I love to travel, be it some of the glorious European cities to the jungles of south America and every place I go to inspires the adventures I design, so I figured I would write a series of pieces on adventure concepts inspired by the places I have travelled to. I will give a fantasy, science fiction and a horror scenario based on the same place that you can hopefully use to improve your RPG game, remember these are not complete adventures just base concepts to help get your minds working towards creating your own story.
 The Cyclades Islands

 A few years ago I went travelling around the Greek Cyclades islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Ios and had a fantastic time! The islands are bound together by a shared country but each one has its own unique differences, environmental as well as the mentality of the place. Horror The idea of scattered islands with the mystery and the potential terror of the sea between them is the perfect place for a horror adventure.

Horror
The Greek Triangle Ships have been vanishing between the islands Santorini and Mykonos at night and naturally the players have decided to investigate this intriguing mystery.
1-Children of the Ocean A small rock of an island hidden in the mists is the home to a twisted people who have developed fish like features and a taste for human flesh when they see boats travelling through at night they quietly swarm onto the boat and snatch everyone on board (the empty ship then carries on to be picked up by the lifeguard many miles later) those that are lucky are quickly killed and eaten the unfortunate ones are sacrificed slowly to their fishy god (one organ at a time!). Can the heroes uncover what is going on and maybe rescue a few of the survivors before they are all killed? 2-The Beast that Hungers Recent deep ocean volcanic activity has awoken an ancient creature, this monster drives ships against the rocks of a small island and then its tentacles that have infested the cracks and small holes, snatching folks one at a time as they try to survive on the island. Can the heroes survive long enough to signal for help or turn the tables on this impossible creature.

FANTASY
In a fantasy setting each island could each hold a town or city that are independent from one another but are bound together through treatise and trade agreements, This could lead to all manner of skulduggery and espionage as dark forces attempt to breakup these precarious alliances.
1-Mages Revenge! A dark mage was driven from his home when folks discovered his evil experiments, left with nothing he has quietly plotted his revenge. Now he is planning on kickstarting a war between two of the islands sending his minions to attack trade ships and leaving tatters of the islands soldiers uniforms as well as a few signature arrows. With war looming a desperate lord begs the heroes to find out what is going on before many lives are lost in a senseless war.
2-Conquest! One of the islands has genuine plans for conquest of its neighbours, with spies quietly infiltrating the other islands nobility and stealthy ships slowly drawing towards the beaches to attack from surprise. The heroes hear a conversation that they shouldn’t have between a spy and his contact, can they work out what is going on before the enemy army lands and they are stuck in a vicious battle?.

 Science Fiction
 The scattered islands of the Cyclades could easily be converted into a system of planets, each naturally suited for life or terraformed or simply having domed environmental cities to maintain the local populace as well as floating space stations and asteroid bases, such an area could maintain an entire campaign of adventures!
 1-Indigenous Rage A corporation has taken over a rocky moon and begun a mining operation this has caused the subterranean silicon based life to rise up, the damage the mining has caused is considerable and the moons inhabitants have blamed all humans in the system and want revenge. They have taken the mining equipment and made some major modifications to create a magnetic cannon designed to fire asteroids at the local planets, with a massive magnetic field growing on the moon the heroes are sent to find out what is going on, can they stop cannon firing and convince the indigenous inhabitants to make peace?
 2-Pirates! The trade lines between the planets has been taken advantage of by a group of dangerous pirates, the outlying planet is currently being ravaged by a terrible disease and with all attempts to get medicine to it failing (thanks to the pirates) the contract has gone out to freelancers like the heroes! The Party must breach the blockade without losing the cargo, the things we do for money!
FARPOINT REVIEW

Farpoint is the VR game I have been waiting for since I was a kid, deeply immersive with a fun story.
In Farpoint you play a pilot who has crashed landed on a strange new world and you are looking to regroup with a pair of scientists and find a way home sounds simple right?

So, first things first let us take a look at the games graphics, to be honest they are nothing to write
home about but they aren’t awful either the facial animations are well done and I am glad to see that
the people in the game feel normal sized (so often with VR games I feel like a midget surrounded by
huge people) the visuals you get when you look out across the strange alien world are normally very 
pretty and the creatures you encounter at the start actually gave me a bit of the creeps, although I 
have to say some of the battlefields you fight on feel a little sparse and could have done with some
 colour or at least a feel more interesting looking rocks!.
 But considering the hard work the PS4 has to do to process VR images I have to say they did a great
 job here.
The story is a bit cheesy to be honest but the excellent voice acting pulls you through that
 and actually made me care about the other characters in the story, I enjoyed listening to the banter
 they had with one another and the whole thing enhanced the fun I had with this title.
Gameplay,well without this the whole thing is a dud right? Well the FPS mechanics here are solid,
 The PS aim controller feels good and is suitably accurate enough to precisely aim and pop of a target
 with my sniper rifle and all the control buttons are within easy reach so I don’t have any trouble 
moving about combined with the VR allowing me to blind fire around corners/walls and dodge
 enemy fire, to be perfectly honest I am not a particularly good FPS player and some of the areas I 
really struggled with but I found the challenge exhilarating and found my skills improve with each 
death. The initial few levels feel like the game is letting me get used to the mechanics throwing the 
same enemies at me again and again but once you clear those the levels really open up and I found 
the variety of enemies expand suitably. The weapons in the game all feel good and meaty and I often 
found myself with a big grin on my face as I mowed down swarms of enemies with my assault rifle
 the rumble of the gun really making me feel like I was Rambo.
I know this is a short review but I really do not want to spoil anything for you

All in all I think this is a must for any PSVR owners and I am so glad I managed to get my hands on 
copy today, whatever you do get the Aim controller with it I know it’s more expensive but I 
couldn’t imagine playing this game with anything else and I am really looking forward to playing 
more titles with it.    

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Everything Review

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Everything is not going to be an easy game to explain to you the good reader of Geekmash. Indeed calling it a game may be a little on the generous side as its really more of a toy in many ways, a plaything for you to fiddle about with and see what you can do and find within it's quirky world. I suppose the best way to go about things is to start from the very beginning of Everything's creator, David O'Reilly's world.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What remain's of Edith Finch review

A series of unfortunate rooms.


I'm going to start this review by discussing a different game, former critical darling, Gone Home. To be honest I hated Gone Home. Like many I invested my cash in it purely due to the high praise from critics and at first thought I was playing a horror game due to the darkness and thunder storm outside. I wandered round a mundane house as occasional bits of dialogue were recited to me about two characters coming to terms with their respective sexualities. The fact that Gone Home was dealing with sexuality seemed to be 99% of the justification of all the praise it received, and while games should deal with such issues, that allow doth not a good game maketh.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ten of the best free PS4 themes for your enjoyment.

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Well hello there dear reader. What are you up to? Some of you may be playing your fine PlayStation 4, or considering playing it sometime in the not too distant future. But when you turn your PlayStation on, and view that slightly drab screen with that little blue flowing liquidy stream that may remind you of that liquid they pour on feminine hygiene products in adverts....don't you wish for something more scintillating? But the theme section on the PlayStation store wants you to spend money on them...money you could be spending on a topic bar or a packet of Frazzles. There are a selection of free themes....but they're all drab and dull right? WRONG!

Yawn.
Good news, I'm here to guide you through ten of the more delightful free themes for your shiny friend.

Monday, 1 May 2017

My top 5.....Gameboy games.

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Its been a while to say the least but I have finally returned to you all. Once upon a time, in the good old days when we all enjoy Obama being cool and Cameron being overly fond of creatures with curly tails I wrote a blog called my top 5.....Amstrad 464 games. At the time I promised to write top five lists for all the consoles I've owned and I'm a man of my word, so it's on to the bold new plains of the next console type thingy, the Grandaddy of handhelds, the one and only, Gameboy. Also I'll be instigating a one game per franchise rule...otherwise the list will be two thirds mario land games and that would be dull. So onwards with my top 5 gameboy games.


1. Warioland: Super Mario Land 3


Bet this isn't the Mario Land game you were expecting (yes it is a Mario Land game). The debut of Marios other, less princess obsessed, nemesis is a cracking platformer that expands on many of the new concepts that Mario Land 2 brought to the handheld series, including new costumes such as a Bull hat that allowed Wario to charge through walls and stick to the ceiling, a Jet hat, for flying...obv, and a Dragon hat for all your roasting needs.

The game had also gained a map screen that altered over time as events in the game changed the world, such as a lake emptying which in turn caused the sea to rise. There were also large amounts of secrets such as several secret stages and a whole secret level that you could easily miss altogether as well as hidden treasures galore. Ah yes the treasures...you see Warios aim is to get as much money as he can from the pirates hes going up against, but when you initially finish the game you'd likely find your total coins can only buy you a itty bitty house....these treasures will get you closer and closer to the grand castle that Wario wants.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

SNes Mini: What Should Be On It?



Nintendo recently stopped production of the Nes Classic Mini (a silly decision, considering demand was still high), but now it seems that the cry for a SNes Mini *may* be answered soon enough if the rumours are true. 

The Geek Mash crew all love a bit of SNes. It contained some truly classic games, and many of us have fond memories of playing it. For me, the SNes was my first proper foray into gaming, after playing around on my parents GameBoy. The family watched my dad complete games, and me and my brother spent countless hours passing the controller back and fourth to complete Mario Kart levels, faff about on Mario Paint, and kick King K Rool's arse in Donkey Kong. 

So, if the rumours are true - what games should we have on this system? I'm sure plenty of you have your own ideas, but here's a list with my own suggestions! So, in no particular order...


Friday, 17 February 2017

Feature Friday #20 - Katy Irons Is Ulylla Designs

What got you into art?
Growing up in a creative family of artists and designers, it has always been a fascination to me! Although Secondary School was a struggle, I still managed to get into college and do an BTEC 1st Diploma in Art & Design! Plans changed through the year and I ended up studying Graphic Design for 5 years and graduated with a BA in 2015.
Ulylla Designs actually happened whilst in my Graphics studies, one day, using an old sketchbook, I started doodling 'tribal' shapes but wanted to avoid the block colours and so instead, I used a biro and created a gradient!
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