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Games to Look Out for in 2018

Picking our most anticipated games for the coming year has become a bit of tradition here on site. As that big ol’ number at the end starts to jump up, we starting counting down until we get our grubby mitts on what lies ahead in the New Year. So, without further ado, here are out games to look out for in 20
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Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins (Xbox One Review)

It’s a new year which means new puzzle games and first up on the list is Albert and Otto: The Adventure Begins, the 2D puzzle side-scrolling platformer developed by indie studio KBros Games. Albert & Otto was originally released on Steam back in 2015 but has recently been launched on consoles.
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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis (Xbox One Review)

Final Fantasy XV has had a tumultuous year, trying desperately to mend ailing wounds from awful creative direction. Mainly in regards to the story, with the poorly received framework from which the story was built, through movies, anime and multiple DLC segments needed to make sense of the main narrative. But not all was bad. Whilst the disjointed effort to create a larger world did ilk some fans into shying away from Final Fantasy XV, those who stayed were treated to some of the most captivating and emotional segments Final Fantasy XV had to offer, through use of its DLC.
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Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Xbox One, Full Review)

The world stopped for Life is Strange, literally and metaphorically. It was a story on a grand scale with monumental set pieces. Perched on the edge of a cliff, we watched as a storm defied logic and tore the very fabric of time and space apart while Max tried to alter her own narrative and save her best friend, Chloe. Now, as time marches on, we are faced with a whole new perception of what it means to have your world torn apart in Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
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Game of the Year Awards 2017

Another day drops off the calendar as we complete our journey around the sun. We’ve seen the best and worst 2017 has to offer and now that its back is turned, we thought we’d talk about the games of 2017.
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Monster Hunter World (Playstation 4 Beta Preview)

As a much underappreciated series in the west, it’s nice to see a Monster Hunter that targets the mainstream western audience with Monster Hunter World. An open beta—exclusive to PlayStation Plus members—was recently made available, with a follow up non-exclusive beta due from the 22nd to 26th of December. While missing some features, there’s at least enough to get a glimpse at what has remained or changed in the new title.
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Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (First Impressions)

Osiris was a guardian of legend. A Warlock that transcended pure ability and left his mark on the world. You might know him from Destiny’s original “Trials of Osiris” purely by name, or you might have dug so deep in the lore that you rolled your eyes at this introduction. Either way, you’re bound to have reached the same conclusion that I have: that Osiris deserved better.
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Fighting EX Layer (Beta Impressions)

The Street Fighter Ex line of games have often been seen as the odd foster child amongst the other titles in the franchise; being the series’ first attempt at using 3D polygonal models instead of 2D sprites and not being developed by Capcom but instead the smaller company of Arika. The series spawned a bunch of often quirky yet charming characters such as the spiked demon Garuda or the skeletal superhero Skullomania. There has been demand for the EX series characters to return in both Street Fighter IV and V, but it was never met due to Arika holding on to the rights of said characters. Nonetheless, Arika have instead shown the cult following of the EX series their own fighting game called Fighting EX Layer, which has playable characters from the EX series. Currently, a beta of F.E.X.L is available to feed some of that nostalgia and have the mechanics and netcode of the game be put to the test.
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Assassin’s Creed Origins (PlayStation 4 Review)

Ubisoft were well aware of the fatigue caused by their flagship series, resulting in an extra year for the publisher/developer to reflect and redefine Assassin’s Creed. We’ve had our break, and now it’s time for the series to return. Does it manage to break from the shackles of its rather formulaic predecessors, or will it continue to conform to the franchise’s flaws?
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SOMA (Xbox One Review)

Stealth and horror genre go hand in hand, like Samuel L. Jackson and Tarantino movies. It just works, regardless of the setting. With the player’s ever building stress levels from trying to remain undetected and the pressure to hold your nerve, SOMA forces you to play it by ear–literally. Laying eyes on the accursed creatures of SOMA’s rapture harms the player, encouraging a stricter form of stealth gameplay while elevating the player’s anxiety: a form of stealth gameplay that is harder to overcome.
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Black Mirror (Xbox One Review)

The Black Mirror series is one that will likely have passed by all but the most hardened of adventure game players. The original trilogy of games were released between 2003 and 2011 and spun the tale of the strange and unnatural evils that emanated from Black Mirror Castle: a towering Gothic keep in England, where the Gordon family had lived for generations. Within those dank halls, unspeakable practices and madness abounded from the hellmouth-like portal below the foundations.
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Hello Neighbor (Xbox One Review)

As children, we all had one house, a bad house that we would all avoid. We’d chatter among ourselves about the missing children, strange murmurs, and the vacant star of the occupant. Were they a vampire or a victim of childhood intrigue? These rumours would go largely unexplored and thankfully forgotten. Although Hello Neighbor poses the question; what if there really was something going on and dare we pursue the twitching curtain and muffled screams of our youth?
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Titan Quest: Ragnarök (PC Review)

It’s often lamented that games come with far too much damned DLC these days, and not just too much, but too soon as well. You’d be hard pressed to find a triple-A title these days that doesn’t launch with two or three slices of fresh DLC for you to spend extra money on or obtain via pre-order or console exclusivity.
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Dear Esther Live

Dear Esther Live is a night combining a playthrough of Dear Esther along with live narration, and a live orchestra performing the score of Dear Esther, composed by BAFTA winner Jessica Curry. Originally performed in October 2016 in London, it was reprised in April 2017 for the London Games Festival. The Chinese Room, in conjunction with Music Beyond Mainstream and the Arts Council England, are now taking Dear Esther Live on tour in the U.K. and was performed as part of the Sonica Festival 2017.
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It’s Quiz Time (Playstation 4 Review)

The minds that brought you Buzz! have been busy putting together the next big party quiz game with It’s Quiz Time. Now I’m pretty sure this is currently one of the biggest quiz games out at the moment with over 4,000 categories and just under 30,000 questions– enough to play potentially hundreds of games without any of them repeating.
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Let Them Come (Playstation 4 Review)

Being stuck between a rock and a hard place has never been as stimulating as Let Them Come, a pixel art tower defence game that see’s players wipe out wave after wave of alien menace. With a surprising depth to gameplay and customisation, Let Them Come feels fresh hours deep, especially for a game that only needs the player to press one button… for the most part.
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Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Playstation 4 Review)

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon is an action/fantasy RPG dungeon crawler from the Japanese developer Gust, probably best known for their Atelier series which they’ve been publishing for well over 20 years. Bride of the New Moon is a fairly direct sequel to the original that came out in 2015, expanding and streamlining some elements of the previous game while firmly holding onto its magical anime girl aesthetic.
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Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox One Review)

There was a point in 1977 where the galaxy was unfettered by the ever sprawling menace that is corporate interference. Star Wars, latterly rebranded as Star Wars Episode IV:A New Hope, was full of hope incidentally. George Lucas was bursting with ideas after THX 1138 and American Graffiti and sought to chase an unbridled vision. Although Lucas was not quite free from the shackles of big business, he managed to create something not only for himself but everyone. So, it’s unimaginable that Star Wars has now reached a point that it could be described as a machination of greed, but here we are.
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Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition (PC Review)

With two expansions now under its belt, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s success has continued to grow since its 2013 release. At this point, it’s pretty clear that we believe the expansions are strong additions that bring some improvements, but what about the actual game itself? It’s worth remembering the title’s history. Final Fantasy XIV was originally released in 2010 when it failed abysmally, leading to A Realm Reborn being developed to rectify that mistake. Taking advantage of the recently repackaged Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, we’re going to take a look at the base game—something that should be far more relevant to players that aren’t actually subscribed to the title. Without the expansions, is it actually worth playing?
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Outcast: Second Contact (Xbox One Review)

More like exiled.

Outcast was once praised for its open-ended gameplay structure. You could explore a fully crafted 3D world, freely choose which objectives to take on first, hailed for superb sound design — amongst other remarks. It wasn’t perfect, but critics praised it. However, that was then, and this is now. Outcast may have been a superb adventure game for its time, but the ‘remaster’ Outcast: Second Contact’s attempt to revive that sense of accomplishment doesn’t quite hit the mark this time around.
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Games to Look Out for in 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

With 2017 behind us, it’s time to look towards 2018 for new and exciting upcoming games.

Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins (Xbox One Review)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It’s a new year which means new puzzle games and first up on the list is Albert and Otto: The Adventure Begins, the 2D puzzle side-scrolling platformer developed…

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis (Xbox One Review)

Monday, January 8, 2018

It’s Ignis’ time to shine!

Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Xbox One, Full Review)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exploring a small town’s biggest mystery.