James Orr

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Destiny 2: Warmind Review – Every good thing has a flaw… mind

Reviewed on Xbox One.  Yes, it’s time for another Destiny expansion. If you guessed that Bungie adds some good things, and bungles up some other things, you’re either psychic or just remember almost every other Destiny release. But don’t worry too much, as Destiny 2’s second expansion, Warmind, does a few more good things than usual. But still the same amount of not so good things. Let’s start wit...[Read More]

7.5

Good

Pit People review: Absurd fun despite pitfalls

Reviewed on Xbox One Becoming renowned for their beat ‘em up, Castle Crashers and continuing their success with their platformer, Battleblock Theatre, The Behemoth somehow reinvent themselves with each game they develop. Pit People is their biggest leap of genre, throwing away the side-scroller action for a turn-based strategy RPG. It’s a chaotic game filled with absurdist humour, dumb puns, and g...[Read More]

Spyro Reignited Trilogy officially announced for PS4 and Xbox One

Thank you, Activision. Thank you for being greedy enough to continue this trend of cheap remasters to feed into my childhood nostalgia. That’s right, following rumours, reports, and even leaks just hours before the official announcement, the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy has been confirmed and releases on September 21.  Most surprisingly of all is that it not only releases on the PS4, but also on Xbox...[Read More]

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Fe Review: Impawsibly Beautiful

Reviewed on Xbox One Fe is a uniquely gorgeous platformer about a fox-like cub, a ‘Fe’, who uses its singing to unite with other animals to stop an invasion of robots, the Silent Ones, that are capturing the animals for… some reason. At least, that’s how I attempted to explain the story to a friend. Fe doesn’t utilise any dialogue; an interesting narrative concept that’s hard to pull off successfu...[Read More]

Battlefront II was actually great for games

In a year with new and innovative games like Breath of the Wild and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the game that had the best impact on the video game industry in 2017 was Battlefront II. Prior to EA and DICE’s disastrous launch, there was no tangible evidence to show that microtransactions had a significant impact on sales. Sure, you and a few friends might have decided to boycott a game in prote...[Read More]

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Hello Neighbor review: House of snorers

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  Hello Neighbor really resonated with me. I’d spent the last weeks of 2017 moving homes and coupled with a particularly busy holiday period, the experience took longer than expected and resulted in stress, frustration, and a little loss of sanity. Just like playing Hello Neighbor. Hello Neighbor is a puzzle-based survival horror game that begins wi...[Read More]

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Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris review: Infinite forest with finite fun

Reviewed on Xbox One.  Curse of Osiris is the first of Destiny 2’s expansions, which are meant to expand the story, gameplay, crucible and other features. Does this DLC accomplish this? Technically, yes. Does it expand on the fun? Not really. The campaign is only a couple hours long and it’s bland. Most mission are just fighting through Vex, some with different aesthetics like the fidget spinner H...[Read More]

Will Bungie do enough to fix Destiny 2?

Following community-wide backlash over the current state of the game, particularly with the recent XP throttling, Bungie cancelled the final Curse of Osiris livestream and instead posted a blog addressing many issues within the game. The fixes will be tweaks to Destiny 2’s various systems, mainly loot, but won’t fundamentally change the game. So, if you hate PVP you’re still going to hate it. On t...[Read More]

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris reveal – 5 things we learned

Today, Bungie lifted the veil on Destiny 2’s upcoming Curse of Osiris DLC during a Twitch stream, and some sites even had access to the whole campaign to give their early impressions. If you want to go through every gory detail that Bungie revealed, the hour-long stream can be viewed here. Otherwise, here are the five main takeaways. 1: Leviathan raid expansion Rather than getting an entirely new ...[Read More]

6

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Aer: Memories of Old review: Simply forgettable

Reviewed on Xbox One Less is more. That seems to be the theme behind Aer: Memories of Old, an open world exploration game developed by Forgotten Key. They’ve tried to create a simple game that is greater than the sum of its parts. The result is something that could have been remarkable, but doesn’t quite fit together the way it should. Aer is set in a surprisingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world,...[Read More]

8.5

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Destiny 2 review: No longer a guilty pleasure

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  I feel bad for how much I enjoyed the first Destiny. Despite all the issues, I found enough nuggets of fun to last me an absurd amount of time. But Destiny 2 makes the original and all its expansions look like nuggets of shit. I suppose that’s good for a sequel, but it just seems to show how rocky the launch of Bungie’s franchise was, with a ‘cine...[Read More]

Five starting tips for Destiny 2

Like every other reviewer, we’re still grinding our way through Destiny 2, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t already learnt a few things. So, if you haven’t had the time to fully invest yourself into Bungie’s loot-pit, or you’re just plain stuck, here are some quick tips that will help you catch up or give you a smoother experience. Levelling is more streamlined As with The Taken King and Rise of I...[Read More]

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