James Orr



Dear Esther: Landmark Edition review: Time to walk away?

Reviewed on Xbox One. Dear Esther: Landmark Edition is the third iteration of developer The Chinese Room’s walking simulator, considered to be the first of the genre, and is the first time it has been released on consoles. Games like Gone Home, The Stanley Parable, and Firewatch all have their roots in Dear Esther, but most importantly of all, these games expanded upon what Dear Esther accomplishe...[Read More]

Destiny: Rise of Iron – A comprehensive Light levelling guide

As Aaron mentioned in his review, Rise of Iron is light on content, but gets heavy on Light levels. The infusion system itself is unchanged since The Taken King’s April Update, but earning stronger gear slows to a crawl once you hit a certain point, which means reaching the maximum Light is a little more complicated. There are three distinct phases to Light Level increases, so here is how to effic...[Read More]



Forza Horizon 3 Review: Doesn’t Burnout

Reviewed on Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher.  I admit it; I’m not a huge fan of racing games as I’m generally terrible at them. Typically, I’ll lose interest before I can develop any skill. I have dabbled in racing simulators over the years, including a few titles in the main Forza series, but Forza Horizon 3 is the first open-world racing sim that I’ve played and stuck with. The main story i...[Read More]

Pit People closed beta: First impressions

I’ve been playing the Pit People Beta for almost a week now, and I’ve got to say, at first I really didn’t enjoy it. I’d never played a game like it before, and I really had no idea what I was doing. But to my surprise, it gradually grew on me. Pit People is the fourth game from The Behemoth, the studio behind Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theatre. The Behemoth has two goals when designing a new...[Read More]



UNO 2016 review: Where the wild cards are

I admit it; my friends and I have been waiting for a new UNO ever since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The 2006 version of UNO on Xbox 360 was one of the only games that we still used the console for (seriously, it’s an intense game). So I was of course, extremely happy when I saw that a new UNO was coming to the new consoles, and PC. But would it live up to the hype? This version o...[Read More]

First impressions: Titanfall 2 multiplayer tech test

I’ve had fun with Titanfall 2’s pre-alpha, but I wouldn’t say it’s better than the original. It has its problems. A lot of problems. And a lot of people are complaining. But let’s start with the positives. The thing I’ve enjoyed the most so far is the grappling-hook. It allows for more freedom to quickly navigate through maps, if you’re skilled enough. Running along walls and slinging through tree...[Read More]

Titanfall 2 beta weekends coming this fortnight – Gamescom 2016

Respawn Entertainment announced at Gamescom that Titanfall 2’s multiplayer beta will run this weekend on August 19 to 21, and next weekend from August 26 to 28. During the first weekend players will be able to play the ‘Bounty Hunt’ mode, which has teams killing AI opponents for points, and ‘Pilot vs Pilot’, the classic eight vs eight mode without the titular Titans. The second weekend will add th...[Read More]

New Gears of War 4 gameplay and snazzy console

Xbox has dropped some footage from Gears of War 4’s campaign featuring Marcus Fenix fighting alongside his son JD and friends. The gameplay seems to take place early in the campaign and shows off new executions, dynamic weather effects and of course the new enemies, the Swarm. Prepare to hear “SWAAAARRRRMM!!!!!” a lot throughout the campaign. Also announced was the limited edition Gears of War 4 t...[Read More]



The Magic Circle: Gold Edition review: Meta Madness

The Magic Circle: Gold Edition is a console port of the original which released on PC in July last year. You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of it as it had no marketing and only sold 16,000 copies as of March 2016. It’s easily the most ‘meta’ game I’ve ever played, designed as a satire of game development and the gaming industry as a whole. The premise of The Magic Circle is that you’re within...[Read More]



Inside Review: Limbo’s Worthy Successor

Aside from a few screenshots, I managed to play Inside completely unspoiled, no trailers or previews. If you’ve managed the same so far, the one spoiler you need to know is if you liked Limbo you should go and play Inside right now. Developed by Playdead, the studio that created Limbo, Inside is a spiritual successor to the acclaimed platformer, sharing many elements in terms of gameplay, environm...[Read More]

Destiny’s new expansion is next-gen only

During last night’s livestream, Bungie officially revealed Rise of Iron, Destiny’s upcoming expansion. It will mark the beginning of the game’s third year, and will most likely be the last DLC before Destiny 2 releases next year. With it, we will of course be getting new things to do, new gear, and a significant light level increase. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll be happy to see that ...[Read More]

New Titanfall 2 details leaked

Coming via a post on the Titanfall subreddit, which has since been deleted, the leak comes from a user whose source is stated to be “in the know.” There was no mention of swords, but the user does say Titanfall 2 will include larger multiplayer maps and takes a page out of Nathan Drake’s book with the addition of grappling hooks. The grappling hook will allow for even more dynamic gameplay, as is ...[Read More]

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