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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4 Review)

We’ve all had periods in our lives where there has been a monkey on our back. A relentless on set of self-doubt and paranoia. But unlike other games that tackle similar mental health issues, we have never seen such an accurate portrayal of psychosis. Yet, here we are in the thick of it with Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
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Agents of Mayhem (Xbox One Review)

Open world games are in abundance these days and for a select few none have ever surpassed the Saints Row franchise. Over the top, nonsensical, and outrageous, Saints Row oozed humour and chaotic fun. I, for one, praised Volition’s efforts in ramping up the zany design with ever entry in the series, but it has been four years since the Saints were last on the street. Instead of returning to the ever growing gangster’s paradise, Volition have sided with their new take on open world games, Agents of Mayhem. Sporting the iconic purple fleur-de-lis, the Agents now hold centre stage.
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Hearthstone Top 16: Knights of the Frozen Throne Cards

It’s that time again, a whole new Hearthstone expansion has crept up on us and with it so does the average power of the set. With the Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone will see an unprecedented number of cards in the meta, going way above and beyond the card pool of any other year since release. That means that there will be a whole of new interactions and even deck archetypes breaking out across the board.
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Sine Mora EX (Xbox One Review)

Let me preface this review with a confession – I didn’t finish Sine Mora EX for reasons (well, reason actually) that I’ll come to shortly. It’s a game I may never finish, truth be told. However, allow me to say that there also aren’t many games I’ve played in 2017 that I would recommend more.
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Children of Zodiarcs (PlayStation 4 Review)

A lot of video game genres are loosely defined. One of the most recently popularised labels in the industry, “indie “, is sometimes treated as one of those. The ever reliable Wikipedia describes an “indie game” as one that has been developed without the financial support of a publisher, such as Square Enix.  Indies have their own market, and it’s an area that many of the big publishers have been attempting to expand their brand into. Their attempt to capture that market area is the Square Enix Collective—an online catalogue of low budget games that get voted by a community to gain the publisher’s support, without providing any real money. Square  Enix offer expertise, while developers seek funding through sources such as Kickstarter.
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Fable Fortune: The Big Entrance (Xbox One Early Access)

Before I even start to discuss Fable Fortune, it’s important to address the elephant in the room; Hearthstone changed the landscape of online collectible card games (CCGs) and since then, everyone has tried to imitate its success. What Hearthstone did was to take a beloved RPG series with a dedicated fan base, expand on a card game that already existed, and bring it to the digital market with as much polish as possible. It even attracted players who had absolutely no idea about the characters or lore of WoW but gave the cards enough character that you really didn’t need to play WoW to appreciate them.
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Super CloudBuilt (Xbox One Review)

There’s a particular and familiar rush that gamers receive when they beat a rival’s fastest time in a level, and that rush is multiplied tenfold if the game in question is rather difficult. Super Cloudbuilt conforms to that feeling of haste and exhilaration, with a character whose speed is almost too fast to control but slow enough that it doesn’t put games like F-Zero to shame. However, Super Cloudbuilt markets itself as a speedrunners dream, a free-runners landscape, but I can’t help but feel that important mechanics hold it back from being so.
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Cars 3: Driven to Win (Xbox One Review)

The day of the movie tie-in seem to be long in the past. There’s no longer such a rush to produce video games of questionable quality to go along with the big blockbuster releases. The genre isn’t completely dead, however, and it’s with that in mind that we arrive at the doorstep of Cars 3: Driven to Win.
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Sundered (Playstation 4 Review)

As the desert sand scrapes against your face by forceful winds, you grow weary and desperate for shelter. Suddenly, a pillar erupts from beneath the earth and tentacles rise up, dragging you to the depths of this weary world; our protagonist Eshe finds herself in a worrisome predicament.
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Fortnite: Impressions (Xbox One Preview)

There are a lot of sayings about home; where you make it, how you make it, is where the heart is, and whatever other cheesy pish you can mash together. What these hollow proverbs fail to really capture is how to defend said home. Thankfully, the good American folk at Epic Games have just the solution; building walls and buying more guns.
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Destiny 2: Beta Impressions

I was in a long standing relationship with Destiny. I think it’s best to get this out the way before I continue. It was a game that I became fairly dependant on during some tougher periods in my life and you can read about that here. And I’m not alone in this.
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Aven Colony (Xbox One Review)

For the longest time, city builders have been dominated by Sim City. Everything else was a cheap imitation, or added something of a little twist to the whole deal. These days, however, we have loads of different options: be a dictator in Tropico, deal with micro-managing, weather and other tiny minute details in Cities: Skylines, or even delve into the latest Sim City and its updates to its formula. It’s evolved into a great little genre if you like managing people, roads, and other important things.
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Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure (Xbox One Review)

Have you ever dreamed of playing a game as a self-delivering cardboard box? Of course you have! I mean, who hasn’t? Well, then you’re in luck, because that’s the exact premise behind Unbox: Newbies Adventure from Prospect Games.
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Deadcore (Xbox One Review)

The first person puzzle game is a genre that has become an increasingly lucrative one. Arguably hitting its real stride with Valve’s Portal in 2007, the succeeding years have seen a number of notable takes. Antichamber, The Talos Principle and The Witness are recent successful examples. However, almost all examples have tended to share one similarity – a deliberate, thoughtful pace.
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Serial Cleaner (Playstation 4 Review)

Once in a while, there will be a game that comes along that tweaks a genre just enough to make it feel new. With Serial Cleaner, developer iFun4all puts you in the bloody boots of ‘The Cleaner’, a man on the mob’s payroll. Cleaning up after the mob finishes ’negotiating’ with clients, mopping up blood, and destroying evidence is all in a day’s work in this 70s-inspired stealth game.
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Black the Fall (Playstation 4 Review)

When you boot up Sand Sailor Studio’s Black The Fall, you can’t help but notice the artistic similarities to last year’s hit Inside. They are both 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformers with a strikingly alike aesthetic and puzzle style, but both telling a different story.
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Playstation 4 Review)

It wasn’t too far back that Crash Bandicoot was considered irredeemable, especially after the series continued to changed hands regularly and an indefinite hiatus was taken after the release of Crash: Mind over Mutant. No one could have imagined Crash Bandicoot being relevant again. However, Sony’s 2016 E3 conference gave fans of the original games exactly what they wanted, an announcement of a remaster of the classic trilogy Crash. In many ways, N. Sane Trilogy is an extremely faithful recreation of those three games to a tee, with Vicarious Visions only changing what sorely need to be fixed. Crash can jump, slide and spin almost exactly like he could in the original trilogy, and of course he performs his signature Crash dance with pure merriment like it’s 1997 all over again.
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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto (Xbox One Review)

After finishing Final Fantasy XV’s first batch of DLC content entitled Episode Gladiolus, I was pining for more of it. With a limited breath of life, Episode Gladiolus fleeting flames had sizzled out as Gladio’s hour-long dungeon escapade came to a close rather quickly, taking with it the epic soundtrack and weighted combat that made his particular adventure so memorable, more so than the main game. Now, enter Prompto. Taking to the stage with high hopes that his own venture of self discovery will technically and emotionally surpass that of his ripped comrade-in-arms Gladio. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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Toby: The Secret Mine (Playstation 4 Review)

Some say knowledge is power. Some say that knowing too much can make you a bit of a know-it-all. If you play Toby: The Secret Mine, you’ll realise just how little you really know. The newest puzzle platformer from Lukáš Navrátil Games is a game where knowledge, hints and explanations are the last thing you’ll receive.
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DiRT 4 (Playstation 4 Review)

Codemasters have been giving us the keys to their motoring world for some time now. Their annual Formula 1 games in recent years have delighted me, but what may seem like a million miles away from the sterile and clinical Formula 1, is the thrilling and nail biting Dirt 4. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tech geekery that comes with Formula 1 games. However, powersliding around that dusty trail with a sheer cliff as your motivator for not losing it, brings the primal nature out in all of us. Will Codemasters’ follow up to the critically acclaimed Dirt 2 and Dirt 3 be a welcome addition or the family outcast?
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Songbringer (Playstation 4 Review)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

With the continuing popularity of The Legend of Zelda, there are plenty of devs out there that wish to pay homage to one of the most popular games…

Time Recoil (Xbox One Review)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Putting Quicksilver to shame.

Distrust (PC Review)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Inspired by John Carpenter’s The Thing, Distrust is the debut title of Cheerdealers, a company that seems to only have around 18 employees. I know that because the…

Dead Alliance (Playstation 4 Review)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A good idea, poorly executed, Dead Alliance is an interesting budget title that just doesn’t feel fun to play.