Top Ten Games of 2013

2013 was a great year to gaming!

One Last Farewell to the Ouya

Cya, wouldn't wanna OUYA!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saudi Arabia wants the Xbox One the most (according to Gamespot)

You go practically anywhere on the internet and all hear is PS4 > Xbox One. With all this heat you'd think Microsoft wouldn't be able to catch a break, eh? Well, looks like one country actually wants it. According to Gamespot's nex-gen Twitter challenge, our close neighbors, Saudi Arabia, wants the Xbox One the most. In the entire planet. Bwah?!

But come to think of it, this ain't a big shock. Xbox Live has long supported Saudi Arabia by including a store dedicated to that demographic. Games like Call of Duty and Battlefield are also extremely popular and given the fact that the Xbox One will be receiving early DLC for those games, well,  that could tip the system a bit in their favor. Forza is also pretty popular ranking in more fans than the lack luster GT5.

With that said, Saudi still wants the PS4 more than the Xbox One . But still, having to see a country that actually wants the black sheep of the next gen family is a feat on it's own. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Xbox One and how we weren't ready for it

Over the past weeks the Xbox One has received huge amounts of criticism. "It's ridiculous" I keep saying to myself, and despite me being one of the people who hated the damn thing, I still thought it's original concept had some pretty genuine ideas. Now don't get me wrong, I'm super glad Microsoft ditched the DRM crap in favor to a more streamlined game system, but I still think it had something going for it. Watch the video below to get a better understanding of why Microsoft chose to jump the shark and take a big risk.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Interview with the creator of Earthworm Jim (Doug Tennaple) on Armikrog.

(image from Kickstarter page)
Ladies and gents, I present you today with the first VGS exclusive content. If you guys haven't heard, Doug Tenaple AKA the guy who created Earthworm Jim (and possibly made your childhood) is working on funding a new project on Kickstarter dubbed Armikrog.: a point and click adventure game that will playout similarly to one of his previous games, The Neverhood.

In the interview (above) Doug tells me that while he couldn't obtain the rights to his previous work he wished to create a spiritual successor and that's when the Armikrog. journey began. Be sure to check out the interview and head out to the Kickstarter page and give as much support as possibly. You can also go the extra buy supporting his project on Steam Greenlight.

The Kickstarter page is only up till Thursday so spread the word people! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Arab Gamer and VGS partner up to form VGS English!

The next stage has arrived fellow gamers. Today I bring you all an official announcement that I will be handling and managing VGS in English.

What is VGS?

VGS is an Arabic YouTube community channel lead by Alaa Ebrahim. Of course Alaa is no stranger to the Arab gaming community. His Dvlzstation channel has managed to reach an outstanding number of subs, but with VGS he wishes to take that to the next level covering more than just COD and Let's play videos. The team currently consists of me, Mako, Bu Abbas, Alaa, and our musterious editor, Ali. 

Why VGS English? 

As with the Arab gamer, VGS English is focused on attracting an audience and raise awareness about Arab gamers. Besides only doing news, reviews, previews, we (as a team) will also be doing exclusive content that will involve sharing our opinions (as Arab gamers) to the world. 

Is this the end for 'The Arab Gamer'?

On the contrary, VGS English will help output my voice to a bigger audience which will undoubtedly help achieve my goal of raising awareness about Arab gamers. This website will still be alive and kicking though currently I wish to transition more to videos as I see as a more popular medium. Worry not though, I will still be writing my articles.

For now I hope all can give the new channel a sub and follow the it's Twitter. To the future! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bahrain Game Developers Returns!

Hey game dev lovers. If you live in Bahrain you'd probably want to  look out for the second meeting of Bahrain Game Developers happening umm...tomorrow! (yes, I'm terrible with these announcements). Expect lots of game presentations from Ameen and the gang including demos. I will also personally be there hosting a presentation on level design as well talk a bit about my experience in Los Angeles.

The venue will take place at the Viva Head Quarters (next to City Center) at 4 PM. Head over to the Facebook Event page to keep a note so you don't forget. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Microsoft finally drops the Xbox One's crappy DRM policies

Rejoice gamers, we have won the battle. Microsoft have just announced that it will be dropping it's silly Xbox One DRM policy and will now return to being something normal or--more importantly-- something we can all cope with.

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
What does this mean? Well we can actually play the bloody thing where we live. Could you have imagined the disaster that could have occurred had Microsoft kept it's policy? Angry confused Xbox One buyers in the region would have returned their system not knowing why it wasn't playing freakin video games. One thing you still gotta note though is that users will require an internet connection for the initial start up (to download a day one patch). Not so troubling compared to what we had before. Dead Rising 3, here I come!


Microsoft has informed Kotaku that the Xbox One will become region free and will not be restricted to regions, however it will no longer support the family package. Games will also require the disc to play as opposed to installing them and keeping the game on your hard drive.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kingdom Hearts 3 story detailed. Might have three playable characters.

New information has emerged on the long anticipated Kingdom hearts 3. According to the Famitsu interview with Nomura, the game's story will revolve around Sora who has discovered a Keyblade (most likely the one from Master Eraques) which has the ability to "return hearts". While no new Disney worlds were disclosed, Nomura has hinted the possibility of having three playable characters which will probably be Sora, Riku, and Kairi. As mentioned earlier, this will be the final chapter in the Seeker of Darkness. Look forward to a big final battle between the heores of light and Master Xehanort.

The game's development will probably not take that long either as both FFXV and KH3 dev teams are having friendly competition to see who can get their game out first--with quality in mind of course. Expect more KH3 news at TGS this October.

KH Ultimania 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Xbox One is currently the top selling game console on Amazon

Without a doubt, the Xbox One is the most hated system around. Over priced, tacked on Kinect, and forcing people to use convoluted methods to play  and exchange games have left many angry.

"I will never buy Xbone. OVerpriced shit"

"Micro$oft can suck it!"

"no used game support. no money"

These are the usual things you read on the internet so naturally you'd expect the system to get very few sales, no? Well, surprise, because it is currently the highest selling system on Amazon topping the PS4. What?!

Well to be fair the PS4 has graced the top spot for a while and it's probably outselling the Xbox One, especially with all those bundles. But still it's interesting to see the Xbox One in a demanding spot.

E3 2013: Battlefield 4 preview

In my E3 preview of Battlefield 4, DICE shares with me the new touches added to the multiplayer formula. The video also demonstrates the commander mode and what PS3/Xbox 360 players are expected with the "scaled down" version.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Project Spark Extensive E3 2013 Preview

The Project Spark demo reveal was definitely the highlight of Microsoft's E3 press conference. The idea of being able build games may not be new, but Project Spark takes it to a whole new level. I mean, it's practically a game engine like Unity or Unreal. I interviewed one of the developers to get a better idea of Project Spark and how players will be able to interact and share their imagination in videogame form. The future!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Subtle GTA V ad spotted near E3

E3 2013 has come to an end and while many of us journalists feel satisfied with the content we have, it's still a disappointment that Rockstar's GTA V didn't make an appearance...or did it?

Minutes after E3 13 was officially announced over I noticed this mini GTA V logo slapped on the side of a traffic light near the convention hall. What could this mean? Subtle advertisement, perhaps? Well, whatever it is it sure left me leaving E3 thinking about it and that has to count for something. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hands on with the PS4 controller

"It feels different" were my first exact thoughts as I held Sony's brand new redesign controller. I have to admit, at first I was worried as it's the first since the first dual shock we finally got to see a new design.

And yes, it feels great. Fits right in my hands, analog sticks feel more accurate, and it has a really nice weight to it. The only part I wasn't fully convinced of were the triggers as the felt too edgy or pointy ( it can slightly scratch someone's skin). Still though this controller is totally a breathe of fresh that will finally replace Sony old dog. 

E3 2013: Capcom booth tour

Want to know what's coming up for Capcom in one straight video? Well then you've come to the right place.  Check out my preview with Ben who helps shed light on the following titles.
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Pheonix Wright: Duel Destinies 
  • Ducktales: Remastered 
  • Lost Planet 3

E3 2013: Disney Infinity

Disney's upcoming game, Disney Infinity, is probably one of the more ambitious games at the E3 show floor. In my video preview I get to discuss about the game's two main modes:
  • Toy box mode: let's you create a world with friends using iconic Disney characters and items. 
  • Playset mode: play in Disney themed worlds using which include 
At the center of Disney Infinity are the Toys which are collectible and can be shared with friends only this time it's in video game form with a touch of Disney.

I'm huge sucker for Disney themed stuff, after all it is one the main reason I fell in love with one of my favorite franchises, Kingdom Hearts, but I'm want to see more variety. The stuff I've seen so far seemed to be focused on the more recent Disney films and while that's cool I'd still love to see more classic themed levels/assets. I guess I'm just old fashioned that way.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Final Fantasy XV gameplay footage surfaces in full HD

Square has done it again. They managed to take a game, which I honestly thought I would never give a damn about anymore, and make me want it. Real hard.
Previously known as FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII, the title’s development expanded and evolved to take full advantage of the capabilities of next generation platforms. While the main concept, world and story continue to be developed as originally envisioned, the First Production Development Team has further improved FINAL FANTASY XV’s action, gameplay elements and graphic quality to match the technology of the next generation hardware, as well as the expectations of players eagerly awaiting the game’s release.
And in case you were wondering (which, let’s be honest, you were), here’s a little bit more about the story! 
The armed forces of Niflheim launch a devastating assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis, casting Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades out of their homes and into the fray. The engaging tale to follow draws audiences into an awe-inspiring world steeped in the rich storytelling traditions of SQUARE ENIX’s renowned First Production Development team.

Here's the first trailer saw at the PS4 reveal

And here's another one that gives us a deeper look at the combat

Sadly no release date has been revealed but chances are it won't take another 6 years...hopefully.

Make sure to check out the rest of my E3 2013 coverage here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

E3 Kicks off today; here's how you can be a part of it!

E3 has arrived which means one thing: butterflies. My stomach is full of them. But I can’t deny that I’m also feeling very excited, like I’m about to go to the moon. Okay, enough with the metaphors. Let’s talk how you guys and you can experience this annual event with me.

Bringing E3 home, sort of

Ever since I was a wee lad I was always dreamt of going to E3. Before the internet we had magazines and TV shows. One TV show in particular, Cybernet, used to occasionally show the E3 floor. It looked like Disney land for gamers (okay, I promise that was the last one). But the idea of traveling half way across the world seemed impossible, well the times have changed and I am both happy and proud to be here and representing Arab gamers.

So, to make all of you experience E3 with me I will be asking you guys what you want to see the most out of this event.

Cool, right? Now I can’t promise you guys everything but I will try my best to get as much coverage as possible. Please be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook (all on my follow me tabs to the right) to get the latest updates. 

Arabic content

Now of course, a lot of you are probably going to be asking for coverage in Arabic as well. Truth be told I wanted to try as much as possible to do both, but considering the time and local language, it would make sense to just do it in one. However,  my colleagues at VGS (VGstations) will be subbing my content in Arabic. So my interviews and gameplay videos will be available in Arabic at VGS—so make sure to follow them as well.

Well, that about wraps it up. Sit tight, relax and look forward to an epic E3 2013 show. 

Behold the next Smash Brothers trailer in all it's HD glory!

The time has come at last, Nintendo fans. The next Smash Brothers has been revealed and hot damn, sh*t looks hot!

As stated before, the game will arrive on both 3DS and Wii U. Currently it's unknown how the two will work but chances are it will involve some sort wireless battles. The cherry on the top however has to the inclusion of Mega Man, a character fans have longed for since Melee.

Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and 3DS is expected to arrive next year and will hopefully not get delayed like Brawl.

Look forward to this and more in my E3 2013 coverage

Sony confirms the PS4 will be region free

Wow, things just keep getting better and better for PS4 fans, especially in the Arab world. Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, has confirmed the Playstation 4 will follow the PS3's footsteps and be region free. Thank you!
Sony certainly seems to be taking a massive U-Turn with the PS4. It sure as hell is rubbing off on me and is so far a much better option than an Xbox One. Of course, we'll have to wait and see when both consoles come out. But when they do, I'll at least know which one will have my best interest

The Road to E3: Picking up our badges

Salman and I head to the convention center to pick up our badges and needless to say I was psyched and out of words. To be honest it didn't really hit me I was at E3 until I actually held the badge with my own two hands.

Next videos will involve wrap ups and opinions on our coverage. Be sure to look forward to that! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Watch Dogs E3 trailer leaks

Ubisoft's latest trailer for it's hacking/open world game, Watch Dogs, has been leaked on the interwebs. Watch below and enjoy before it gets taken down.

In the event that it's down, you can always just wait till tomorrow's Ubisoft press conference.

Look forward to this and more in my E3 2013 coverage 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Murdered Soul Suspect Gameplay revealed

Gamespot has managed to get an exclusive first look at the mysterious Eidos game, Murdered: Soul Suspect. The game will allow players to control a ghost detective who has to investigate the cause of his murder by jumping into bodies. It will primarily be stealth focused as the player will not be able to interact into the physical world. It will also feature demons, although not sure how that will work yet.

While you might think 'ghost detective' has been done before it still seems like an interesting unique concept. Few games rarely take advantage of the ghost mechanic and when they do, they can turn out to be incredibly fun. I'm definitely keep my eye out for this one.

Click here and stay up to date with my E3 2013 coverage

The Road E3: Airports and a Hotel

Salman and I encounter what could be best described as: the most exhausting trip of our lives. My latest vblog talks about the shuffles from airport to airport and then finally arriving to our hotel in LA.

The good news: hotel is clean and comfy with bonus points for amazing location. This will hopefully save us more time when traversing to the massive Los Angeles Convention Center.

Click here and stay up to date with my E3 2013 coverage

Ubisoft hints at Beyond Good and Evil 2 reveal at E3

Ubisoft has just posted a picture of Pey'j from Beyond Good and Evil franchise on their official Facebook page.

What could this mean? Well obviously this is an incredibly sick joke OR  they could actually have something planned for E3 this time. I hope it's the latter.

Thanks to MyNintendoNews for finding this. 

Click here and stay up to date with my E3 2013 coverage

Lightning Returns posters and more spotted around the E3 convention center

E3 is only a couple of days away, but that ain't stopping Square Enix from getting people hyped it with two if it's biggest games: Lightning Returns and FFXV: a Realm Reborn.

These posters are literally everywhere around the E3 expo center. I tried going around to see if I can discover anything other than Lightnings's face. Luckily, I did spot a few.

Expect these and more to show up when E3 2013 officially opens it's doors for the press on June 11th. 

Dying Light PS4 trailer has a dash of Mirror's Edge mixed with Infamous

What? Another zombie game? Well this one looks a bit different, at least. Rather than just focusing on survivalm it's about running fast. Mirror's Edge fast. Melee weapons will also play a huge role with the main protagonist (who looks a lot like Cole from Infamous) will primarily be using axes and electric rods rather shotguns.

While the trailer is pure CG (which is always a disappoint IMO) I still like the directions it's taking on the exploding zombie genre. I'm hoping they make this one stand out of the crowd a bit and not make another gritty zombie game. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

The journey to E3--a dream come true

Today I embark on my first trip to LA, California to attend  E3 2013 (aka the biggest annual game expo in the world). To get in the spirit I will be shooting some vblogs documenting my trip and experience to share with you guys.

It's funny. I've went on countless trips and flights, but this one...feels special. Ever since I was a child I always imagined to going E3 was a dream--something impossible to achieve. Well now that dream has become a reality.

It's also making feel incredibly nervous as it's the first time I ever attend such a grand event. Rest assured my cameraman (Salman) and I will bust our ass off and make sure to bring all of you an awesome coverage.


Snake's new voice: Kiefer'd!

Hideo Kojima has finally revealed that Kiefer Sutherland is the new voice actor of Snake, yay? Well, I honestly had high hopes that David Hayter would be returning but alas that future never happened. That’s not to say Keifer wouldn’t do a good job, the guys is kinda high profile, but this is videogames we’re talking about. It’s a completely different ball game. I mean, voice acting in general ain’t the same as physical acting, but I guess we’ll just have to play it by ear.

So what does David have to say to all this?
Yes, New Coke was a thing that never made it to the Arab world. 

Because it sucked! But I'm hoping Keifer turns out to be cherry coke. I love that stuff. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Agni's Philosophy (FF XV) appears on Amazon UK

That epic Luminos Engine demo, Agni's Philosophy, has now been listed for preorder on Amazon UK, say what?

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Agni's Philosophy trailer wasn't only mind blowing for it's visual graphics but also for it beautiful setting. The game actually gave off an authentic Fresh Final fantasy universe that makes any fan soil their pants. If you have yet to check out the trailer then make sure to do so now!

But what does the listing mean? Well, Square did say they will reveal next Final Fantasy at E3 so chances are this could be it.

Make sure to check out this and more at my E3 2013 coverage.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Leaked E3 Xbox One reveal games shows Mega Man, Mirror's Edge 2, Banjo 4, Killer Instinct, and much more

Neo-Gaf have managed to snag an early look at what could be one the most bad ass E3 game reveal list ever. The following is taken from Neo-Gaf member, Jynx so without further ado. here we go:
Halo 5
Killer Instinct
COD: Ghosts
BF 4
Witcher 3
Dying Light
Homefront 2
Mirror's edge 2
Rainbow 6 PATRIOTS
Brother in Arms
League of legends
Capcom Next gen lineup:
Dead Rising 3 (XB1 exclusive. Capcom Vancouver)
Dragon's Dogma 2 (PS4 exclusive, DD team doing it)
Darkstalkers Reborn (Wii-U Exclusive. Funded by Nintendo, Dimps + Ono)
Marvel Vs Capcom 4 (Both. Eighting + Capcom. Also "Expandable" and also allegedly taking advantage of Microsoft's E-Sports platform tools they gave to developers)
Megaman (both consoles, PC and done by "A very good US developer who you won't expect but would be very happy to hear is doing it")
New IP from Capcom Vancouver
New IP from Ninja Theory

User goes on to mention's where he got the list from and that they're not 100% legit.
edit: I got these rumors from a friend's source, I do not know where the picture originates from. I do not know if these are legit at all but the games listed has been extremely plausible judging from famousmortimer talking about a few of them. So this should be treated as a fake, I don't want people running around treating it as a prophecy cause it might turn out to be fake at the end of the day. Then again this is E3 season, what else is new?
Can this be true? It's hard to believe and at first glance it definitely looks fake but then again Microsoft did mention that they're bringing one of their biggest Rare titles back. For now I'll play along and name my top games on that list which are Mega Man, Dead Rising 3, and Mirror's Edge 2. What about you guys? 

Look forward to this and more in my E3 2013 coverage from LA. 

Thanks to At7addak for spotting this out. 

Fantasia: Music Evolved is a music game by Hamonix and Disney...with Bruno Mars?

It's time to dust off your Kinect and replace Dance Central 3. Disney and Harmonix have teamed up to give dancing fans Fantasia: Music Evolved. 

BURBANK, Calif. — (June 4, 2013) – Disney Interactive today announced that “Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia,” will be available for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Kinect™ for Xbox 360® in 2014.  Developed by Harmonix Music Systems, the world’s leading music and motion game developer, “Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways!

In this game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. “Fantasia: Music Evolved” takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic, unleashing their creativity along the way.

Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the music flow from some of the industry’s biggest acts, including electronic DJ and producer AVICII, chart-topper Bruno Mars, and rock royalty Queen. “Fantasia: Music Evolved” gives players creative power to change the mix of their favorite songs in real-time, choosing between the original recording and new remixed versions, or adding new layers of music via magical manipulators that allow them to change music in exciting and surprising new ways!

“Fantasia: Music Evolved” will feature tracks from over 25 leading artists, each featuring two unique remixes in addition to the original recording. The current announced artists and songs that will appear in the “Fantasia: Music Evolved” video game include:

·         AVICII – “Levels”
·         Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
·         Fun. – “Some Nights”
·         Kimbra – “Settle Down”
·         Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Interesting, but I  wouldn't call it Fantasia. It just seems really out place unless they threw in this track. As for the idea? Well, okay being able to create music with my body sounds cool, but Bruno Mars? Blah! But, the fact Queen is in there seems like there might be some leg room for variety.

Look forward to this and more in my E3 2013 coverage.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Remember Me (PC) Review

New AAA IP’s are sort of a rarity these days. These past two years we’ve mostly seen sequels, remakes, and reboots. Because of this a lot of us feel that the gaming industry as a whole has declined to stick with more familiar brands. DontNod’s Remember Me is a Cyberunk action adventure brawlers that hopes to remind players that there is some room left for genuine ideas.

Got it memorized?

Remember Me’s plot poses very interesting questions: what are the potential of human memories? And how far can we go to exploit them? Set in the future in Neo-Paris, a company called memorize has invented Sensen, a device capable of downloading and uploading human memories like computer data. Of course this also poses new problems as memories can now be played around with or remixed or be completely erased. This is where our main heroine, Nilin, falls into place. The game starts off with her memory being completely wiped out by Memorize. She ends up getting saved by a mysterious figure named Edge who not only promises her freedom but a chance at redemption and getting her original memories back.

Overall the story is quite emotional as I constantly felt the need to help Nilin to discover the truth. The writing is pretty good too although some character names such as Bad Request seem like a poor attempt to make characters seem cool. There’s also a lot of conspiracy theories, plot twists, and an ending that will certainly leave you baffled. I’m not saying it’s saying Metal Gear level of a convoluted ending but it is pretty mind blowing.  Just keep in mind that it’s one of those game with long cutscenes.

Neo-Paris est belle

One of the things DontNod managed to nail right was the setting. Say what you will about those low res textures but Remember Me is a damn sexy looking game—especially on the PC. Buildings, statues, holographic displays, and even slum alleyways all convey a sense of dark Cyberpunk atmosphere that truly stands out. Even the use of color is done properly when differentiating enemies and climbing a platform.
The only issue with the environment is the linear level design. While the game did give me the illusion that Neo-Paris is mine to explore I was occasionally hit with invisible walls and tight corridors that proved the contrary. That’s not to say that there isn’t room to explore and find hidden item it’s just extremely limited.

I know kung fu

While it may be considered a cinematic action adventure game, Remember Me is also a brawler. Combos play an intricate role as Nilin will constantly be dealing with hordes of enemies using hand to hand combat. What makes Remember Me different is the combo lab, rather than being about attacking and defending, the game asks the player to build their own combos. Some attacks deal strong damage while others heal. As Nilin progresses she eventually levels up and obtain new combo bars and new moves. It definitely adds a bit of strategy and it feels incredibly rewarding when seeing it in action.  One of the most satisfying things is the memory overload: a finisher which scrambles the opponents memories and see them explode out of his head.

Don’t take it for granted though, Remember Me is quite a challenging game when it comes to its combat. Enemies will come in a variety of forms including ones that actually hurt Nilin when hitting them. Timing, dodging, and knowing which combos to pick is necessary if you want to survive against your foes. Robots also make an appearance but can only be damaged using projectiles which is also used to destroy enemy armor. The problem with that is that it shifts to an over-the-shoulder lock on camera that only works if you’re near the target. This can create some really frustrating moments as you will need swap between two completely different camera angles that leaves Nilin open for danger. There are also some moments you fight enemy robots alone but they’re incredibly dull and repetitive.

Eventually Nilin will unlock Sensen abilities which can help even out battles. As you fight you’ll slowly build up a focus gauge which can be substituted for a special attack. These attacks range from stealth, stun, and hacking robots to your side. It’s fun and can make those frustrating human/robot battles easier to deal with. However, the most annoying aspect to the combat are QTE’s. They’re incredibly annoying and can even sometimes blend in the background. In short it’s a waste and the game could have done better without them.
Platforming also plays a big role in Remember Me but doesn’t really stand out as it works too similar to the uncharted series. Although one thing that does stick out are puzzles. Remember Me is full of them and some will tease brain but they are by no means difficult.  

Another highlighted gameplay feature in Remember Me is remixing memories. In the early part of the game, Nilin discovers her hidden talent as a memory hunter who is capable of remixing or manipulating human memories. These tiny puzzle mini games challenge the player to figure out ways to hack or manipulate memory bugs. The result will end up changing the person entirely as they gain new memories, kinda like Inception. It’s a great way to break up the momentum and certainly adds more depth to the narrative.

Memory remix segments are the highlights in Remember Me
Reply value is unfortunately very limited as the player will only need to go back to unlock hidden artwork or 3d models.

Sounds like the future

Remember Me’s soundtrack takes cinematic orchestral set pieces and make them sound…futuristic. Adding a glitchy sound here or there and a sudden pause definitely adds a unique touch although the first time I heard it I thought my game was jamming up. Some may also get a bit annoyed by the tehcno but I didn’t mind it all. There’s also a bit of synth which is always a welcome addition. One touch I personally liked, however, was the combat rhythm feel. Timing combos plays a beat melody in the background which made them a lot easier to pull and occasional made me feel I was playing a dancing game

Don’t forget me

While the visuals in Remember Me look distinct, the same can’t be said for its gameplay. Sure the combo lab is different and the memory remixes are cool but the majority of it just seems to be lacking proper identity and plays it too safe. During my playtime, I couldn’t help but feel that I’ve played this before--I’ve climbed that wall, I’ve fought this boss, and I have delt with those crummy QTE’s. It’s kind of ironic it’s called Remember Me as I was reminded of playing a different game kinda like “Hey, Remember Me? It’s Uncharted!”.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad game. Remember Me’s dark future setting, gripping narrative, and intuitive combat--all blended with the central theme of memories--does enough to make it stand on its own two feet. If you’re thinking about picking a game up this summer up then you shouldn’t forget about giving this one a shot.


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