Reviews

I wasn’t overly impressed with the initial release of TES: Online. I found it to be a hollow shell of the license it’s built upon. A plain online MMORPG with an Elder Scrolls skin applied, but missing the heart and soul to go along with it. TES: Online wasn’t a bad game, but I found it could have been any MMO, and taking the Elder Scrolls name away from it wouldn’t have mad...[Read More]

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. “Run-n-hide” horror games are nothing new, nor are they in short supply these days. The success of indie games such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the Outlast franchise showed that powerlessness against a formidable foe can certainly get the heart pumping, and thus a genre was born. But instead of being just another face in the spooky crow...[Read More]

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Helicopters touch down hard in a rice paddy, rocking the G.Is inside. As they rush out into the open landing zone the jungle around them erupts with gunfire. Body parts explode in clouds of crimson and dying moans fill the air. Pinned down in a bunker and awaiting reinforcements the commander desperately radios for Napalm in the tree line so his men can...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  If you pause and think about it for a while, ARMS is an objectively terrible name for anything apart from literal arms. That being said, ARMS is a pretty great game, and another feather in the cap for Nintendo’s Switch. The colourful fighter has a similar vibe to Overwatch, with a vague premise and a range of great characters that capt...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One. Tokyo 42 is an open-world bullet-hell isometric shooter (say that five times fast) set in the sci-fi world of Tokyo in 2042. It opens with the news that you’ve been framed for a murder by an unknown assassin, and to uncover the true killer you must enter the underbelly of Tokyo and become an assassin. It’s a little hypocritical, but most people use Nanomeds, a medical technol...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  I’ll be frank from the get go with this one, I don’t care for Street Fighter II that much anymore. Sure, I can see its relevance as a game of note, and I used to enjoy it A LOT back in the day, but with an entire sub-series with seven entries dedicated to the game, I think we’re at a point where we can move on. That being s...[Read More]

Hardware supplied by Razer. When it comes to headsets I wouldn’t say I’m much of a connoisseur, but there are a number of things I look for. Naturally sound quality, comfort and flexibility rank pretty high, things which the Razer Man O’ War 7.1 has in spades. Transitioning from my old Logitech G930s to the Man O’ War 7.1 wired model was smoother than I expected. The G930s ...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  Aside from the obvious exceptions of people turning into demons, robotic super soldiers, and hair gel that could probably glue a super tanker to the ceiling, Tekken has always been a more realistic fighter than most. As with its ilk, such as Virtua Fighter, Dead or Alive, and even Soul Calibur, to a point, Tekken‘s combat has always been slower a...[Read More]

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Capturing the vibe of classic video games while implementing the benefits of modern technology is a tricky thing to pull off, with last year’s DOOM being a rare exception. But where id Software’s sequel was a modern looking shooter with classic influences, Strafe by Pixel Titans strives to achieve the opposite: to bring that retro FPS feel k...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher. My experience with RiME pretty much boiled down to that Mr. Plow ad from The Simpsons, you know the one. Stuff happened, it was artistic, it ended, and I wasn’t sure what had just happened. That’s not to say that RiME wasn’t a good experience, it had its moments, but it still left me wondering why that particular story needed to b...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  From the get go I want to make it very clear that my experience with Prey has been a very, very mixed bag. There are aspects of it that I adored, and other aspects that were mind numbingly terrible. Sci-fi horror is something that is very much up my alley, with the real measuring stick being story. Something which Prey delivers, but the way it goes abo...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. WB and NeatherRealm Studios have been on a roll of late, with Mortal Kombat raking in critical acclaim, and the original Injustice being well-received by fighter and comic fans alike. It was so popular, it even spawned an actual DC comic. It’s been a while since the first game introduced us to a bad guy Superman, and a fractured Justice...[Read More]

The Division review: Come to the Dark Zone, we have loot

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. So there you are, in the centre of New York City with a really cool pair of gloves, you really want to wear those gloves, but because some tosser stood in front of you while you were shooting, you now have to fight a bunch of self riotous assholes screaming for revenge. You fight them because if you don’t they might steal your gloves, except afte...[Read More]

Hitman Review: 47 ways to die

-Aaron Birch Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. As a fan of the Hitman series, one who’s played every entry so far, including the first, PC-only title, I’ve seen IO Interactive’s flagship series evolve over the years in ways both good, and bad. What started out life as an unapologetically challenging and unique game quickly established a formula of stealthy k...[Read More]

Blood Alloy: Reborn review: a tease of things to come

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Blood Alloy: Reborn sure travelled a rocky road to release. Developed by Suppressive Fire Games, it began in 2013 as a Kickstarter for a much larger project called Blood Alloy that failed to raise the required funds, but the positive reception of its fast-paced, 2D retro combat system inspired the team to continue developing it. Several years later, the...[Read More]

Gunscape review: DIY retro shooter

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Gunscape may have caught your attention in recent times, it’s been presented as a customisable retro shooter. The PS4, Xbox One and PC game provides all the elements that are reminiscent of classic FPS titles such as Doom and Wolfenstein, and leaves them at the player’s disposal to create their own maps. Players can then try out other people...[Read More]

Assault Android Cactus review: One of the best indie games on PlayStation

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. There are hundreds of thousands of rogue robots filling a space station with their murderous rage. Who are you going to call? If you answered “a rag tag group of android chicks to smash the robots with their arsenal of kickass weaponry,” you were somehow completely right. Assault Android Cactus is a twin stick arcade shooter made by Austral...[Read More]

Street Fighter V review: Gets the job done

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. As someone who is generally not that into one-on-one fighting games, I found reviewing Street Fighter V rather tricky. It is a game that you clearly need to invested the time to hone your skills in order to get the most out of it. Whilst button mashing the range of basic punches, kicks and throws will let you breeze through most matches against AI oppon...[Read More]

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD review

Copy supplied by publisher. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the latest Zelda classic to be given the HD treatment, this time for Wii U. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this release is the fact Twilight Princess is turning 10 this year… that certainly went by fast. The game itself  hasn’t changed much from the original Wii/GameCube version, yet there are enough bells and...[Read More]

The Flame in the Flood review: A boar broke both my legs

Reviewed on: PC, also available for Xbox One. A calming harmonica plays folk music as I stroll around an island with my dog. This is the first haven I’ve discovered in the flooded ruins of America, I’m excited and optimistic to find what goodies it has to offer. Is that a pig I see? How delightful! Oh, wait… is it charging at me? It’s totally charging at me. Okay well there...[Read More]

The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1: old dog, some new tricks

Reviewed on: PC It’s no secret I’m a fan of Telltale Games’ Walking Dead series. It’s dark, intense, makes you anxiously squirm with some of the decisions it throws at you and will deliver a swift gut-punch to your emotions at a moments notice. Now while many of us are anticipating The Walking Dead Season 3, given Season 2 left us in a very interesting situation, Michonne i...[Read More]

Far Cry Primal review: BEES!?

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. Crouching in a dense Mesolithic treeline you slowly creep towards your enemy. They’ve eaten members of your tribe and attacked your village, this attack is going to be personal.  You look over your  weaponry to see which is best to take them down, at your disposal you have spears, clubs, a bow and a motherfucking sabre tooth tiger that you s...[Read More]

Layers of Fear review: Revisiting the horror masterpiece

  After borderline obsessively playing horror games for years, it comes to a sad point where you feel like you’ve seen it all. Sure, you get the occasional gem that stands out from all the rest but you can’t help but think “I’ve seen this before.” Horror, to me, is the genre that constantly goes back to its root stereotypes and cliches. “Oh look a group of ...[Read More]

Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition Review: The Driving Dead

-Aaron Birch Beginning life as a large piece of DLC for the vanilla Dying Light, The Following soon grew out of its initial scope, and developer Techland quickly re-purposed the project as a full-fledged expansion. This is no paltry bit of wasteful DLC you’ll complete in under an hour (Arkham Knight, I’m looking at you!), this is a full campaign that has plenty to offer. The fact that ...[Read More]

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