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Batman: Episode 1 NextGenerationGamer Review

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Telltale Games has officially outdone themselves with the release of their newest title Batman: The Telltale Series. From the second the episode began all the way through its nearly 2 hour runtime, I have to  say that I have never been happier or more into one of Telltale’s titles than I have with this game. The game starts by throwing you into a crime taking place in the beautifully portrayed Gotham City. The game really makes the player feel as if they are controlling Batman’s every move, as he fights all of the opponents we see in the opening scene. The game’s first 30 minutes fly by, as we get to see Gotham from both the perspectives of the Caped Crusader and the billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne.

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While the Batman segments of the game are extremely intense, and offer scenes similar to what you may find in the movies, the Bruce Wayne half really pushes the humanity of the universe on you, as you find yourself making some very weighted decisions. You are given the choice to stay to your roots and honor your parents, or work alongside a feared crime boss with many connections in Gotham. The game’s narrative will most definitely throw players for a whirl, as many unexpected twists and turns occur, along with many secrets being revealed about Bruce Wayne’s family in Episode 1.

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The first episode also does an incredible job of introducing us to Telltale’s unique take on Gotham City. The environment looks beautiful alongside the new and improved visuals of the game, and it is the most graphically unique game from the developers since The Wolf Among Us. Telltale has upgraded their engine for Batman: The Telltale Series, and the game runs smoother than any of their previous titles. There are also many scenes where you can really see the beauty and detail in the game, like a part later on in the episode where we find Batman standing atop a roof in the rain. These moments really add to the already great experience, and help in making this the best Batman game available on the Xbox One so far.

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Batman: The Telltale Series perfectly balances action, storytelling, and detective work to a point where no one aspect of the game feels as if it overshadows the others. I loved getting the chance to fight crime and plan my attacks via drone as Batman, and I thoroughly enjoyed the crime-solving aspects of the first episode from his perspective as well. However, being able to control Bruce Wayne as he talks with Harvey Dent, Jim Gordon, and the reporters of Gotham during press conferences is something I as a player have never had the chance to do before. Seeing the world through Bruce Wayne’s eyes opened up Telltale to a whole new way of storytelling, allowing players like myself to see how the decisions made by both Bruce and Batman can affect their other half.

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Overall, I have to say that Batman: The Telltale Series is, by far, the best singular episode ever released by the Telltale Games team. From what I have seen so far, this game is shaping up to be my favorite episodic game series I have ever played. Telltale Games does an incredible job of bringing us a brand new story with a more mature tone, while still keeping all the famous characters from the Batman license true to form. I can’t wait to dive into the next episodes of the series, For more on Batman: The Telltale Series, keep it here on NextGenerationGamer!

Overwatch: The NextGenerationGamer Review

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Overwatch, the brand new IP created by World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, is the game that I will be sinking most of my time into for the coming months. Its fast and frantic, but also coordinated and team-based gameplay works really well, and the game keeps making me want to go back for more.

The game also features a wide variety of characters to choose from, each with distinct and unique abilities. Throughout my playtime, I have found my personal favorite hero to be Soldier: 76, as he can move around the map quickly and deploy Biotic Fields, which heal any players in the radius. Each character is also equipped with an Ultimate Ability, which is triggered when the player’s meter fills up. This attack is extremely powerful, and the bar can be filled quicker with the more kills the player gets. Soldier: 76’s Ultimate Ability is another reason why he is one of my favorite characters so far. 76’s ability allows him to use his tactical visor, and auto-lock to any of the enemies in his radius. Even though 76 is my favorite, every character has their own perks and reasons to play as them, and it is most definitely worth sinking hours into discovering what you can do with each character!

Overwatch truly stands out from other first-person shooters by offering backgrounds to the playable heroes, similar to Valve’s classic Team Fortress 2.  Blizzard has released a number of Overwatch shorts to get players ready for the game’s release. The game’s universe feels as if it was crafted very delicately, and with extreme care. I would love to see them dive deeper into these story elements, maybe even by doing something along the lines of the upcoming Warcraft movie.

Overall, I haven’t had a better time with any first-person shooter in recent memory. The game is very tightly put together, with beautiful maps, character designs, and unrivaled physics. Overwatch is the game to play this summer, and definitely one of the best games to release in 2016. For more on Overwatch, keep it here on NextGenerationGamer!

DOOM Review for the Xbox One

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Months after the release of smash-hit Fallout 4, Bethesda is at it again, delivering epic first-person shooter action and an interesting story in 2016’s DOOM. The game is fun, frantic, and a blast of nostalgia for fans of the original 1993 game that marked a generation. The game includes plenty of nods to the original, while still feeling fresh and new.

If you’re a fan of the original DOOM, you will most definitely not be disappointed by this game. It features the same polish as the original, along with the non-stop action that the series is known for. Your space marine will find himself blasting through countless demons from Hell in his quest. There are also hidden rooms that can be found that are nods to the 1993 release. These are always a joy to find, and they change up the gameplay along with showing how far video games have come overall since then.

DOOM has fully embraced the new era of first-person shooters, but still has that classic feel to it alongside the new mechanics that have been added to the game. Now, the Space Marine can unleash a brutal melee attack on his foes when they are weakened. These will change based on the surrounding area. If near a wall, the protagonist will throw the demon into the wall and proceed to crush him. If falling from the air, he will land on the enemy and stomp them. There are many different ways to conquer your foes in DOOM, and as you play you will discover just how much detail was put into this title.

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In donning the Space Marine helmet once again, I felt right at home with Bethesda’s newest DOOM game. It was a vast improvement over Wolfenstein: The New Order, and it is too different from Fallout 4 to compare. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Bethesda, as they continue to bring us new games while showing us that the classics are just as good as they used to be! For more on DOOM and for all your gaming news and reviews, keep it here on NextGenerationGamer!

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review

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Naughty Dog’s beloved franchise is, at last, coming to a close with the release of the highly-anticipated action/adventure title Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Players once again take up their role as the iconic Nathan Drake as he takes part in his last adventure. The game is beautiful, and reminds us all of what we loved about the series.

The game’s story is one of the best found in the franchise, as we get to see familiar faces once again along with the addition of some new characters like Nathan’s brother, Sam, played by none other than the critically-acclaimed video game voice actor Troy Baker. Every character is extremely well-acted, and they look better than ever on the PlayStation 4’s graphics. Uncharted 4 does a great job in showcasing the sheer power that the system has, as true emotions are brought across the characters’ faces in scenes of drama or intense action.

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The game, which is mainly focused on its single-player component, also has a number of surprisingly well-put-together and fun multiplayer modes. They play very similar to the gunplay found in the single-player half of the Uncharted franchise, as your character freely runs across the map and has the ability to use his environment around him as an aid in combat.

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Uncharted 4 is definitely a memorable experience that does a great job in tying up a beloved series that many have grown to love over the years, whether that be because of the beautiful environments, incredible gunplay, or well-written and witty dialogue between characters. It does a great job in showing us why the Uncharted franchise will go down as one of the most cinematic and immersive storytelling experiences in gaming history.

Quantum Break Review

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Remedy Entertainment’s newest Xbox One exclusive title Quantum Break is explosive, smart, and mind-bending, as you follow protagonist Jack Joyce through a wild time-travel adventure. This game is one of the most memorable experiences on Xbox One so far, as it shows the true power of the console through its gameplay and immersive storytelling.

The motion capture in the game is phenomenal, as actor Shawn Ashmore is represented almost perfectly in the game world as Jack Joyce. The seamless transition into the lengthy television-like episodes is not jarring, as many of the characters in the show look like their video game counterparts. The integration of the short series within the game helps advance the narrative. However, the dialogue and cutscenes found within game already provide enough information. These episodes are a nice addition, although not essential to the plot.

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Without giving away too much, I can say that Quantum Break has one of the best stories found on the Xbox One. It works perfectly alongside the gameplay. When finished with the game, I felt as if I had a complete experience, yet I wanted more. I hope that Xbox and Remedy decide to continue this franchise, as this game is probably my favorite thing that Remedy has ever made.

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The characters are all interesting, especially the villain played by Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen. Everyone felt well-developed, and the actors really did incredible jobs in their roles. Whether in the gameplay or television segments, I always felt immersed within the universe. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more Quantum Break soon. Until then, make sure you keep up with all your gaming news and reviews here on NextGenerationGamer!

Fallout 4 Review

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I have been a longtime fan of Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout franchise. So, I couldn’t have been more excited when it was announced at this past E3 Conference that the beloved series would be making a return in Fallout 4, the next proper title in the series. However, nothing could have prepared me for the game that would release that upcoming November. After spending some time with the newest entry in the series, I realized that this is, by far, the best Fallout game that Bethesda has ever made.

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The game has an incredible amount of new features. Some of my personal favorite additions are that of a talking protagonist, customizable areas of the map, and a complete graphical overhaul. Fallout 4 looks beautiful, and plays beautifully. The combat is back, and it is better than ever. The game’s combat has improved severely since the last game, almost as much as the combat found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is improved over its predecessor OblivionFallout 4 plays more like a first-person shooter, and the game flows very naturally in combat situations.

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Dialogue options have also been changed for the game, as now players are given four options to choose from in conversations, similar to what one might see in BioWare’s Mass Effect franchise or any of Telltale Games’ more recent projects like The Walking Dead. Hearing your choices played out by a voiced protagonist, a first in the Fallout franchise, is extremely rewarding and helps in immersing you within this post-apocalyptic setting.

The game also looks absolutely stunning. As opposed to the grays and browns found in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4 greets players with brighter environments, making it even easier to sink hours into the game as your eyes are brought in by the beautiful world in which Bethesda has created.

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Overall, the game is outstanding, and more than I could have ever asked for. With so much content in the game, it will be a long time before I’m done exploring the beautiful and vast open world that Bethesda has created. For all your gaming news and reviews, keep it here on NextGenerationGamer!

Mad Max Review for the Xbox One

The Road Warrior returns in Avalanche Studios and WB Games’ outstanding and brutal Mad Max. Mad Max is a beautiful game. Its large desert landscape is an incredible location to explore, and the world is very alive. Cars zoom by, and caravans that transport gasoline and other valuable goods can be spotted soaring across the sand. The wasteland is loaded with collectibles, challenges, enemy camps, and many other objectives to complete. Continue reading Mad Max Review for the Xbox One