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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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

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With Christmas approaching it only seems right to begin highlighting entertainment products that will be popular this festive season.

One of those products is Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Is it something you should pick up as a gift for someone this Christmas?

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The Walking Dead Season 2 for PS4 is HERE + giveaway.

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I’ve just received my copy of Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 2 for the Playstation 4!

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Season 1 was without doubt one of the most unique games I’ve ever played.  The storytelling throughout it was fantastic and the collection of characters were endearing and important in a way that other games just can’t come near.

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Diablo 3 review

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Diablo 3 is a beast of a game.  I mean this of course in the nicest possible way.  I haven’t played either of the previous Diablo games but was aware of them before Diablo 3 came along.diablo33

The game is best described as an action role playing game or if your not video game savvy a game where you control a character who roams around killing creatures and in doing so becomes more powerful.  Being more powerful then allows you to kill more challenging creatures and so the gameplay loop continues.  That gameplay loop is key here because Diablo 3 is incredibly addictive thanks to that tight rotation of getting more and more powerful and therefore being able to take on more and taking on more allows you to get more powerful.

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Review: Spelunky

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Spelunky is an incredible procedurally generated platformer that sees you travelling further and further underground in an attempt to find valuable treasures.

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The gameplay feels like a modern day Mario-esque platformer in levels lifted from Indiana Jones.  You control an explorer who is trying to find the secrets of a tomb.  Every time you play the game the levels are created uniquely for you and that play through can never be repeated again.  That means that when you make a mistake you don’t get to go back in time to a previous save to try it again.

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