Family video games – Christmas 2014 buyer’s guide

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2014 has seen the video game business continue to go from strength to strength.  With consoles such as Sony’s Playstation 4 having sold over 15 million units more and more family homes are making use of these to provide family entertainment.

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Video games provide a great activity for children and their families to enjoy sharing at home but many are not suitable for younger gamers.  Despite various aged certification on game boxes children are frequently being exposed to games that are not suitable for them to play.  What games are children allowed to play and which ones are they likely to want to play?

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Open world action-adventure game face off

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This Month has seen the release of a number of BIG games.  Titles such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be popular on plenty of people’s Christmas lists.

Games featuring “open worlds” are growing dramatically in popularity.  They afford their players large worlds to explore, enjoy and usually offer a hours of content.  Of the various genres of open world titles that are available it’s the action adventure titles traditionally attract the most sales.

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This Christmas the most popular of these open world action-adventure games are Assassins Creed: Unity, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4.

The question is, if you’re a fan, which one of these is the game for you to spend hours exploring.

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Review: Tomb Raider

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Last night I completed Tomb Raider for a second time. There are very few games that I’ve given the time to play through twice. This should in itself tell you a lot about just how good it is.

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I’ve not played any of the earlier Tomb Raider games, just Crystal Dynamics 2013 take on the popular series. I had previously always taken a dislike to the game’s lead, Lara Croft, and the way she was portrayed in the media.

This game is a series reboot and everything is new and different, for the better.

Lara begins the game barely surviving as a ship she is on as part of an exhibition sinks violently into the ocean. She makes it ashore an unknown island and dazed and confused from the beach witnesses some of her friends who have also survived being approached by sinister figures. As she calls out to them she is struck on the back of head and passes out on the sand. Continue reading