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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Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC Review)

Creative Assembly. Honestly, those two words alone get me excited. Growing up, I cut my strategic teeth on Medieval: Total War, which remains to me one of the finest strategy games of all time, so it’s easy for me to appreciate Creative Assembly’s genius. I was not, however, always a fan of Warhammer. I grew up dabbling somewhat in Warhammer 40k, but the fantasy version wasn’t something I ever delved into.
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The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One)

People often categorise horror through different means of implementation, be it jump scares, psychological anguish, emotional distress or even gratuitous gore. A truly great horror game will accomplish all of the above with little reserve for the player’s sanity, but not all games hit the sweet spot between spooky and traumatising. The Evil Within done just that. But with video games evolving at a steady rate, it’s only natural that the horror genre ought to change too. And here we are with The Evil Within 2.
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Our Top 10 Horror Games to Play This Halloween

It’s that time of year again, everyone is carving up their pumpkins and picking out their spookiest outfit in the hopes of teasing out those wee jumps from anyone that dares to chap our doors. But, what else is there to do between those thumping chaps and calls for free sweets? Well, fear not, because we have all chipped in to pick out our favourite horror games this generation to keep those chills running down your spine this Halloween.
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Middle Earth: Shadow of War (Xbox One Review)

It’s often that we find that games have very apt names–even the most convoluted titles can have a hidden meaning–but rarely do titles work on so many levels that you struggle to put them all together. Yet, we have Shadow of Mordor; a contorted silhouette of Tolkien’s work, a spectre of the open world genre, and a pretender to Assassin’s Creed’s and the Batman Arkham series’ throne.

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Shiny (Xbox One Review)

I complain a lot about the future we live in. Day long install times, day one DLC, a bloated AAA industry set to fold at any moment. Recently, I played through a remake of 2006’s Rogue Trooper and found it quite refreshing in its simplicity. I was starting to pine for the good old days.

And then Shiny came.
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Rogue Trooper Redux (PC Review)

It’s always sad when a great game is squashed under the metaphorical tide of new releases. Titanfall 2 is one very recent example. A 10/10 video game that was swamped and forgotten simply because its release window was suicidal. All those gamers who’ll never get to experience the journey of BT-7274 and Troy Baker because they were too busy reliving World War 1 or flailing around their living rooms in a ridiculous looking headset. Tragic, really, but it didn’t get shafted to quite the degree as Rogue Trooper did in the heady days of the mid 00s.
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Doki Doki Literature Club (PC Review)

With cutesy artwork and a cheerful, positive description, Doki Doki Literature Club catches the eye with a disclaimer that reads: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.” What a mystery that line is. The description begins with the leader of the club, Monika, introducing herself and her three female companions. They’re a group of girls looking to participate in fun activities and, perhaps, pursue a romance with the nameless lead. Yet still, the eye wanders to that disclaimer. What could warrant such a warning, and could such an optimistic looking visual novel warrant it?
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Echo (Playstation 4 Review)

There is as much to be said about where you find an echo as there is about the echo itself. Often they are found in vacuous spaces, big enough to scream whatever troubles us but without any real acknowledgement. As we shout into the void, our troubles resonate above all else until – a muted sentiment of a trouble we let go. So, how would you translate this to a game? Well, Ultra Ultra, a team partly made up of ex-IO Interactive developers, have gave it a go with their aptly named Echo.
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LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame (Xbox One Review)

Since the days of my youth, LEGO games have besieged the games market with their formulaic gameplay, cheery demeanour and simplistic style. Chances are if you’ve had a child within the past ten years, you’ve played a LEGO game. And it doesn’t look like LEGO have any intention of stopping with their latest entry, LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame.
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Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Xbox One Review)

When I initially seen trailers for Battle Chasers: Nightwar my first thought was that it was going to be another free to play title with typical RPG elements (oblivious to its Kickstarter roots) and didn’t think too much of it. My immediacy to write it off was flawed, as not only does Battle Chasers: Nightwar aspire to be a compelling turn-based RPG but a beautiful one at that. It’s a shame that a lot of things within Battle Chasers: Nightwar falls under a banner of genericism for the genre it’s trying to thrive in.
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FIFA 2018 (PC Review)

FIFA 18 is the latest in the annually released behemoth franchise from EA Sports. This is the 25th instalment in the long running series, featuring Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the front cover for both the standard and Ronaldo editions. One of the greatest players in football history appears on the cover of the Icon edition, in the form of Ronaldo. The Brazilian one, that is, not the Portugese one. He’s on the standard and Ronaldo editions, instead of Ronaldo. Get it?
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Raiders of the Broken Planet (Xbox One Review)

On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that MercurySteam’s latest title, Raiders of the Broken Planet was a far bigger property than it actually is. Considering the property is an original one, with a fairly intriguing premise, and hints of a complex and rich universe, it’s no wonder that almost straight off the bat the game feels like it’s punching above its weight. Taking a step away from their most recent turns with the rebooted Castlevania series, Raiders is a 3rd person co-operative cover shooter, with a few asymmetric aspects and a lot of scope for tactical play, as well as some seriously frustrating issues.
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N++ (Xbox One Review)

I can still remember my first time discovering the N series. Uncomfortably sitting in one of my schools computer labs, uninterested with the school work that I had in front of, I meandered onto the world wide web and found myself cycling the internet (typically Newgrounds) for fun flash games to play before stumbling across a neat little ninja platformer simply called N. It was the simplicity of it all that made it so captivating. Bite-sized levels that can take less than 20 seconds to complete with the ability to instantly retry upon failure, with no loading.
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Pankapu (Xbox One Review)

I’m an old hand at platforming. 2D jumping and fighting just feel like home to me. I grew up on them, after all. I pretty much ate, slept and breathed Sonic as a kid, nevermind all the time I spent on Alex Kidd, Mega Man and Castlevania over the years.
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Cuphead (Xbox One Review)

I remember seeing a trailer for Cuphead and thinking how beautiful the game looked, a throwback to the 30s cartoon style, and promising myself that when Cuphead was released I will buy and play it to within an inch of its life.
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Blue Reflection (PlayStation 4 Review)

Blue Reflection is a title that is probably going to get—or probably has gotten—a lot of comparisons to the recently released Persona 5. Both use relationships and the human conscience as tools in their narratives, following the regular day-to-day activities of their respective protagonists. However, both titles are different in their execution, with Blue Reflection taking a more modest approach.
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JYDGE (Xbox One Review)

Releasing any game in the crowded October schedule is a brave move. Releasing a highly-stylised two-stick combat game in the same week as Ruiner (read Rhys’s review here) is also a brave move. Naming your game JYDGE? Well, that’s a whole other story…
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Ruiner (Xbox One Review)

In hindsight, I should have probably started Ruiner on easy mode. This brutal, fast-paced twin sticker shooter will have you on the brink of having an anxiety attack before you even complete the first few levels. Reikon Games has delivered us a gritty, dark, neon-infused cyberpunk hell that is crammed full of style and character, plenty of glorifying weapons and unique abilities. It’s a shame it’s so bloody hard though.
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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.

Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition (PC Review)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

We all got to start somewhere.

More like exiled.

Outcast: Second Contact (Xbox One Review)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cast out from the in crowd, but still kicking.