Endless Space 2 Impressions

Preview Posted 27|Mar by
Endless Space 2 Impressions

Endless, but also fuller

What is it about 4X games (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) that compels us to continue to play them long after the night has drawn in and in some cases hear the dawn chorus the following morning? Why does this specific genre command so much attention and what can be done to make it even more entertaining than it already clearly is?
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Horizon: Zero Dawn

Review Posted 20|Mar by
Horizon: Zero Dawn

Avoiding the sins of the open world

Open-world games are starting to get a bad rap with gamers. Complaints of huge maps filled with icons leaving people feeling cold litter forums and social media as some are starting to turn their back.

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NieR: Automata

Review Posted 17|Mar by
NieR: Automata

Another March GOTY contender

There are few games that truly stick with me after I've finished playing them, games that I know I'll revisit years later or occasionally just get choked up by hearing a piece of music from its soundtrack. NieR: Automata is going to be one of those rare games.
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Future Unfolding

Review Posted 15|Mar by
Future Unfolding

Play it

I'm the sort of gamer who likes to play as many games as possible. While some have a preferred genre or developer I'm happy to move from game to game to experience as much as this medium has to offer.

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Mario Sports Superstars

Review Posted 13|Mar by
Mario Sports Superstars

Not quite so super

Nintendo's hybrid home/handheld console, the Switch has finally been released. Its handheld predecessor, the 3DS has had a long and largely successful life. It never quite reached the heights of the original DS, but it has a large library of mostly excellent games and has provided both myself (and now my daughter) with hours of entertainment. The fate of the 3DS in the post-Switch world is debatable.
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Dead Cells

Preview Posted 6|Mar by
Dead Cells

Metroidvania and rogue-like all at once

Matter cannot be destroyed, it merely changes state. That is the case when we expire and it is something Dead Cells explores as this rogue-like platformer seeks to enthral unsuspecting video game fans into its world of re-appropriating dead matter for one's own needs. Read on to find out what I made of this very dark game while traipsing the vast expo hall that is EGX.
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Torment: Tides of Numenera

Review Posted 2|Mar by
Torment: Tides of Numenera

Indistinguishable from magic

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke said this and this is the very philosophy that governs Torment: Tides of Numenera. All of our wonderful technology comes from ten thousand years of advancements. Imagine demonstrating something like Google Translate to the architects of The Rosetta stone - to them it would appear akin to magic. So, imagine the countless civilisations that would rise and fall over a billion years... technology would ebb and flow and change beyond our comprehension.
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How to Survive 2

Review Posted 23|Feb by
How to Survive 2

Is survival enough?

I've always loved the idea of survival games but have yet to find one that's had me hooked. The thought of being plonked in a dangerous world and having to explore to survive is one that really hits home with my sense of adventure, but so many survival games make surviving more of an irritation than something you're constantly battling against.
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Yakuza Zero

Review Posted 13|Feb by
Yakuza Zero

Dodging Shenmue comparisons...

It's really hard for me to talk about Yakuza without mentioning Yu Suzuki's Shenmue, but I'm going to try, largely because comparisons, at this point, are largely superficial.

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Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Review Posted 10|Feb by
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Cutting to the fluff

I missed out on Yoshi's Woolly World when it was released on the Wii U. I have never been a particularly big fan of the series and have rather bitter memories of the Nintendo 64 release back in 1998. I had played the excellent Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and was expecting a game of similar scope. I quickly found out that the game was significantly shorter, extremely easy and so 'cute' that I found the artistic style made me feel nauseous.
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Mantis Burn Racing

Preview Posted 6|Feb by
Mantis Burn Racing

Old school arcade racing

There’s nothing quite like hitting a corner in a driving game and just nailing it, so that you know that you decelerated and punched the accelerator just at the right moment. That is the very feeling Mantis Burn Racing is built around, at least that’s what I felt when I discovered it at EGX.
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Tales of Berseria

Review Posted 27|Jan by
Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria could well have been the final stroke. If it had been lacking or dull I was prepared to turn away from this franchise and never look back. I've been disappointed with the last two Tales games so how did the latest measure up?

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Super Mario Maker 3DS

Review Posted 26|Jan by
Super Mario Maker 3DS

The Wii U's twilight years were filled with a number of really excellent games. Unfortunately, because of the low user base most of these games have reached a rather small audience. This is a shame as titles like Hyrule Warriors, Yoshi's Woolly World and Super Mario Maker really deserved to be played by a wider audience.
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Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

Review Posted 20|Jan by
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

A handheld title that's too big for its boots

Oh, boy. I have limited exposure to the Fate/ franchise, mostly through the various anime series. They all follow a set of rules - A war for the Holy Grail, magicians who can summon and command beings loosely based on historical figures to fight for them, a fairly decent story and some of the best fight sequences in anime thanks to Studio Ufotable.
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Nintendo Switch Hands-On: The Ups, The Downs, The Games

First Look Posted 16|Jan by
Nintendo Switch Hands-On: The Ups, The Downs, The Games

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 1-2-Switch and ARMS

Maybe it was because it was five in the morning, but after Nintendo's Switch presentation video was aired on Friday, I was pretty disappointed.

I had high hopes for the console and was more excited about the Switch than I have been over anything Nintendo has done for a long time. It had become a company that had fallen out of touch with what gamers wanted. Nintendo's lack of understanding of how people expect online gaming to work, the drip feeding of games rather than constantly keeping you booting up its systems and its lack of third-party support were all things that annoyed me about the Wii U.
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