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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Ashes Cricket (Playstation 4 Review)

Released a week before the Ashes series starts in Australia, Ashes Cricket is the latest attempt by Australian developer Big Ant Studios to create a cricket game that matches up to the success of the Brian Lara Cricket series from over a decade ago. Cricket games since then have become a cumbersome, enthusiast series with a very steep learning curve and an extreme lack of anything in the way of licensing. Ashes Cricket is a first in the latter regard, with both the ECB and Cricket Australia fully endorsing the title. Unfortunately, whilst the game does deliver the best cricket game available on modern consoles, the end result is one that, hopefully unlike England’s Ashes campaign, is tinged with disappointment.
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Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One Review)

There’s a reason why we use ‘high octane’ as a descriptor for excitement. It’s the peak of speed, adrenaline, and exhilaration. But what we don’t usually equate is the exponential threat of it blowing up and damaging the core of an engine. If high octane fuel is left unchecked long enough, there will be irreparable damage. Now, why are we discussing this in relation to Need for Speed: Payback? Well, that’s obvious isn’t it?
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Demon Gaze II (PlayStation 4 Review)

Taking the soft reboot approach, Demon Gaze II aims to make the dungeon-crawling genre more accessible to mainstream audiences than its predecessor. While this may have been the intention behind the original Demon Gaze’s release on PlayStation Vita back in 2013 (or 2014 for those of us in the west), the title wasn’t as successful as hoped. Instead, Demon Gaze II looks to attract a broader audience with a new focus on the story. Is that enough, however?
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Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4 Review)

“I’m an optimist… but I’m also a realist”; that line of dialogue from Silver in Sonic Forces was very much my sentiment towards the title prior to its release. Could Sega manage the seemingly impossible release two great Sonic titles in the same year? Three months after the Blue-Blur’s grand return, Sonic Forces unfortunately drags the star back to mediocrity.
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Elex (PC Review)

Let’s take it from the top: Elex is an open world role-playing game set in a world that combines magic and advanced technology. This combination is fuelled by a mysterious element called Elex that crash landed on the back of a meteor in Magalan.
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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Xbox One Review)

First Person Shooters have recently suffered from an unbearable on strategic gunplay and cover based shooting. Visible life totals were a thing of the past, replaced with the near imperceptible bloodied eye HUD, and health was now recouped by catching a breath as opposed to picking up a health pack. Then Wolfenstein: The New Order crawled out from beneath the decaying temples of FPS past and revitalised the frantic designs of the past. Yet, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus seems to be a deviation in the path set out by its predecessor.
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Our BlizzCon 2017 Highlights

Blizzard went all out this year. While on paper the content was more or less what we expected, the sheer grandeur of BlizzCon really blew me away. We got spoiled with some incredible cosplay: the best of which in the competition verged on actual witchcraft, with Hogger, Raynor, Velen and (my personal favourite) Zagara highest among the coven. The community night in general was pretty entertaining; combining raw talent, cringe factor, and a heartfelt fanaticism that is so identifiable. There were some shake-ups in the competitive scene as Europe cleaned house in the World of Warcraft Arena Championships, and European teams very nearly managed to knock esports deities South Korea from the top spot in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. Most importantly, though, were the announcements for each franchise in the coming year.
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Numantia (Playstation 4 Review)

Numantia, Reco Technology’s latest release, is a historically accurate turn based strategy game set during the Celtiberian War. It tries its best to make learning fun while teasing those who are roped into games where the slightest mistake can cost you your life.
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Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut (Xbox One Review)

As some of you might have come to realise, I’m partial to the odd puzzle and horror game, so imagine my joy when I saw Blue Wizard have brought the two together in unholy matrimony to make Slayaway Camp. Luckily, it’s not as awful as some other horror mash ups… I’m looking at you Freddy Vs Jason.
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Xbox One Review)

South Park has, and always will have, a rather contentious reputation. By tackling social, economic, racial, sexist, and religious issues in a snowy mountainside town it has also cemented its place in television history. South Park’s fan base thrives on the controversy that the show stirs up, feeding on the crass nature of the toilet humour and revelling in the message that show claims to broadcast through the show’s political and social torchbearer; Kyle. But how does this translate to South Park: The Fractured but Whole?
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Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PlayStation 4 Review)

Japan is pretty well known for its psychologically disturbing horror, and this applies to videogames too. Yomawari: Midnight Shadow is another Japanese horror that doesn’t really often rely on jump scares. Players are asked to concentrate on the screen, never looking away. It demands attention in order to work, but does it actually find a way to bring on nightmares?
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BlizzCon 2017: Calm Before the Storm

BlizzGeek Christmas is here! While this year might not be as momentous as last year’s Blizzcon, which marked the 10th anniversary of the convention and the 25th anniversary of Blizzard as a company, it’s certainly looking like Blizzard are planning to deliver more than they’ve ever done before. With five esport finals, a hotly anticipated expansion announcement for World of Warcraft, contest announcements for other franchises, and panels for days, the amount of content BlizzCon has to get through this weekend is staggering. So, instead of cramming it all in to two days of streams (or in a convention centre, if you’re lucky,) we have been treated to a whole host of tidbits over the past month to prepare us for the main event.
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Rogue Trooper Redux (Playstation 4 Review)

I want you to cast your mind back to the early 90’s, days of cool Britannia, back when you were wee and the world didn’t seem so shit. Your big sister got this big weird looking comic, it had a bunch of people floating on it, a mysterious green guy on a chair and it had this weird logo in bright acid red with white stroke: 2000AD.
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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2 (Xbox One Review)

So, here we are again at the behest of two star-crossed lovers. A tale, not in the making, but already made. Yet, somehow it was steeped in a mystery of “will they/won’t they” until the first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm (which you can read about here). But does Episode 2 pick up the slack?
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It’s Quiz Time (Playstation 4 Review)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Better than Chico time.

Let Them Come (Playstation 4 Review)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Come at me bro!

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Playstation 4 Review)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Can my waifu be a half demon?

Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox One Review)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Selling you a chance at recovering Luke’s hand at a premium cost.