Chime Sharp (Xbox One Review)

Twistplay are back with the sequel to the much-loved music puzzler, Chime Sharp. For those of you new to the Chime series, Chime is a music puzzle game that uses Tetris style blocks to make quads, minimum 3×3 blocks, to cover as much of a levels grid before the time, or your lives, run out. The more of the grid you cover the more of that levels music will play.
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Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One Review)

RTS games on home consoles are a rare thing, in fact they might be one of the rarest genres in general. With games like Starcraft and Command & Conquer perfecting the formula in the early years and every subsequent title in the genre is faced with the insurmountable odds of tackling a game that has become a national sport in Korea and the other occupying our nostalgia. A few years back I fell in love with such a game; Halo Wars. Burning out like a star in the midnight sky, Halo Wars’ impact was fleeting but stayed with me for longer than it probably should. And now, finally, Ensemble Studios’ legacy lives on in Halo Wars 2 with Creative Assembly.
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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4 Review)

As a fan of Berserk I am used to waiting; between issues and for an adaptation that extends beyond the Golden Age Arc, so when Koei Tecmo announced a few delays and a large gap between the Asian and European release of Berserk and the Band of the Hawk it was expected. Hoping that, just like Kentaro Miura, Omega Force would deliver. And they did, to an extent.
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Nioh (PS4 Review)

You’ll most likely have heard that Nioh is, simply put, a Dark Souls clone. Although Nioh does draw influence from the Souls series, it is far more than a striaght clone of From Software’s flagship franchise. Nioh has the tenacity to hold your attention through its story of real world -although slightly embellished- events that took place in feudal Japan. Mix this with Team Ninja’s own frantic combat essence, a throwback to the glory days of Ninja Gaiden, and you have yourself a tactile and visceral brawl through a world brimming with intrigue.
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Vertical Drop Heroes HD (Xbox One Review)

While Vertical Drop Heroes HD(VDHHD) has been available on Steam since July 2014, it’s finally making its way to the Xbox One. I was a big fan of the game when I first played it on PC, so I was keen to go hands on with the Xbox version before its launch.
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Semispheres (PS4 Review)

If you haven’t realised by now, I’m a pretty big fan of puzzle based games. This is why I’m here to talk about Semispheres, a new meditative parallel puzzle game by Vivid Helix.
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Sniper Elite 4 (Xbox One Review)

Somewhere, deep inside Sniper Elite 4 there is an allegory for 2017. The natural escalation of how to deal with Nazis and their rhetoric; with a clean entry wound as opposed to the sloppy punch delivered on national television. It’s a great game that captivates the player and takes them back to a time where we were proud to stand against Nazis. A time in which the meeting of minds between our elected leaders was a thing of hope as opposed to a near Twilight Zone farce – or an episode of Black Mirror, feel free to pick whatever show suits your dystopian future paradigm.
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Top 10 Tips for Nioh Beginners

Look, there’s a rumour going around that you’re struggling with Nioh. We are not going to say who started it, or confirm that it involves you crying for several hours on end in the corner of the room rocking back and forth. It’s just not our style. We wouldn’t do that to you. To hold your weak moments against you in this time of despair, instead we are going to lend you a wee helping hand.
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Uncanny Valley (Xbox One Review)

Uncanny Valley presents itself as an entity of fear. Fear of our past coming back to haunt us, fear of not being able to escape our daily routine, and ultimately our fear of the unknown. Cowardly Creations set’s out to deliver a story that not only startles the player through use of typical horror themes, but to evoke a sense of unease through the “uncanny valley” of our own creations.
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Knee Deep (Xbox One Review)

Knee Deep is a game that follows in the immensely successful footsteps of Telltale Games’ episodic format, where storytelling and dialogue reign supreme. Action takes a back seat as you’re transported to Cyprus Knee, a dingy backwater town in Florida. There’s an instant difference between Knee Deep and other similar games though; Like Super Mario Bros 3, you’re acting out a play.
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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Xbox One Review)

The Resident Evil franchise has been going through a bit of an identity crisis lately. With Resident Evil 6 being a huge departure for the franchise’s horror roots and “transforming” the series into a Michael Bay-esque action movie – inducing a “more flair than scare” mentality. And up creeps Resident Evil 7 out from within the shadows to try and revitalise what the series had lost, re-inventing the wheel by taking similar gameplay elements from popular games like Outlast or Alien Isolation. Trading in the the over the top set pieces for a familiar more intimate locale, switching the player’s view to a fixed FPS mode; ditching the over the shoulder camera made popular by Resident Evil 4. All in the hopes of realising Capcom’s goal of putting the Resident Evil franchise back on track to being the king of survival horror games.
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Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS Vita Review)

When KoeiTecmo first announced a new Dynasty Warriors RPG back in early 2016, the community responded with a resounding “Huh?” While the idea of more Musou goodness was great, most of us were unsure it would translate into the turn-based strategy role-playing format that they were promising, especially given how much Omega Force have perfected the 1 vs. 1000 feel of their flagship franchise over the past 15 years. Not that Koei Tecmo were unfamiliar with this style of game, with past releases such as Dynasty Tactics, Kessen, Saiyuki: Journey West and the Eikestuden series (after which this new Shin Sangoku Musou title is named in Japan), but it has been a while. Since their last outing Fire Emblem has quite confidently cornered the market. That said, Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers is a pretty well-crafted addition to the SRPG catalogue.
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Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS4 Review)

Japanese RPGs have come a long way in the past decade; relinquishing old traditions and shaking things up, often to appeal to a wider audience. The epitome of this would have to be Final Fantasy XV and while debatable in some aspects, there’s was no doubting it played and looked like a “current gen” JRPG that could only be done on the newest consoles. I’m bringing this up because going from Final Fantasy XV to Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers has been a strange experience; with the latter feeling like it was made a decade ago, despite being the newer game.
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Upcoming Games of 2017

With 2016 behind and the end of the world looming in front of us our only escape may be in the digital world. It’s almost customary that all the guys at ReadersGambit club together and write a list of their most anticipated games for the coming year.
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Rise & Shine (Xbox One Review)

There’s a few wanky ways you could probably analyse Rise & Shine’s title. From the aspirations of a young boy turned hero to the alertness required just to be moderately successful throughout the short campaign. But we will spare you the details as any discussion of the title itself would probably take longer than the subject therein. After all Rise & Shine is a fairly simple game.
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Metrico+ (Xbox One Review)

In spite of 2017’s first month being somewhat unique in gaming circles, what with Nintendo releasing a ton of information on the upcoming Switch, elsewhere January is settling into its now standard routine of being a month in which you can relax, take a breath, and have a look at some lesser-publicised titles.One such title is Metrico+.
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Hunter’s Legacy (Xbox One Review)

Hunter’s Legacy is a Metroidvania-like platformer from Mexican developers Lienzo. While it’s been out for a while on PC and Mac (garnering overall Positive reviews on Steam since July 2016), Hunter’s Legacy is taking the leap to Xbox One on the 20th January and the PS4 a few days later (24th January). I joined the main character, Ikki, on her quest to free the Kingdom of Iripur on Xbox One.
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The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4 Review)

If The Flame in the Flood is anything to go by I’d not do well in an apocalypse setting. Or in a raft. Basically, I’m the guy you’ll see the crows picking at about 3/4 hours into any apocalypse. Thanks to the folks at Molasses Flood you can find out just how well you’d do in that kind of situation.
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Outbreak (PC Review)

An homage to the Resident Evil franchise, Outbreak is an all out tribute to survival horror and its tropes. Changing fixed camera angles for a more widespread bird’s eye view whilst adhering to a low res quality of visuals that a lot of indie games go with these days.
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Sylvio (Xbox One Review)

The horror genre is one that strongly permiates our emotions, unleashing a myriad of overwhelming feelings that overwhelm us. Players are either forced to endure the scares that the developers have in store or shy away in fear; to see the plot to finality or give in our fears and find a more comforting game to play.
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Yooka-Laylee (Xbox One Review)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

When we look back at the days of old where 3D platforming was starting to make its debut, people were enamoured by the thought of finally escaping their…

Mass Effect: Andromeda (Xbox One Review)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Less effect, less respect.

Toukiden 2 (Playstation 4 Review)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

“Oni no dae that”

Handy Spoiler-Free Tips For NieR: Automata

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Looking to make the most out of Platinum Games latest conquest? Then look no further. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you on your journey through the world of Nier: Automata.