Review: LEGO Marvel Avengers
Jan30

Review: LEGO Marvel Avengers

Following LEGO Dimensions release in the back half of 2015 which implemented the toys to life element made famous by Skylanders and Disney Infinity, it’s back to normal for the latest LEGO release but means worse. Dimensions was ace at blending in different franchises to fun effect and gave Traveller’s Tales an opportunity to go crazy with the story, but going back to one franchise does allow for some constituency for...

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Review: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Dec19

Review: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

The Rainbow Six games have always been more of a thinking man’s shooter. With the need to pick the right tools, correct entry points and a swift outcome for the team to achieve their mission, a gun ho approach simply didn’t work. However since the seven years that’s passed since Siege and the previous installment Vegas 2, the gaming landscape has changed significantly (for better or for worse). The popularity of...

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Review: Just Cause 3
Dec09

Review: Just Cause 3

On the back of the fun Mad Max earlier this year, Avalanche Studios returns to the series that made their name following a five and a half year wait since Just Cause 2. A lot of stiff competition has come along since then. Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, GTA V and many more similar titles have refined and improved the open world genre greatly between them in the past half-decade. Just Cause 3 has a tough act to follow. Story Between...

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Review: Forced: Slightly Better Edition
Nov29

Review: Forced: Slightly Better Edition

Forced: Slightly Better Edition is the kind of multiplayer game that becomes a better experience with a committed group of friends. You play as one of four differently equipped characters (archer, shield, dagger or hammer) and are thrust into a variety of puzzles and challenges that will test your mettle. A typical room might contain an environmental hazard (poison gas, dangerous beam of light energy – take your pick) that needs...

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Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Nov05

Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed has some making up to do. Last year installment, Unity, was riddled with problems from the outset and for a good while. Although most of the problems were eventually fixed the core fans, those who purchase on day one, felt burnt by Ubisoft’s effort. That doesn’t event take into account the PR mistakes made in the run up to release, namely the time and cost to code a female character was too...

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Review: Just Dance 2016
Oct31

Review: Just Dance 2016

Twenty. That’s how many Just Dance titles (excluding the four Japanese only titles) there have been since the series first launched in November 2009. It’s understandable given how relatively quick and easy it is to produce one of these titles but it’s all very same-y, ultimately it’s just a new track listing each time,due to the fact there are only so many ways can you make a dancing game. Internet connectivity...

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Review: Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Oct12

Review: Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut

Although many consider the Fallout series synonymous with post-nuclear-apocalypse roleplaying fun, it’s actually the Wasteland game of 1988 that first enamoured gamers with the idea of eking out a life in the dangerous post-nuke Americas. Wasteland 2 is a top-down RPG with turn-based combat the hearkens back to the PC RPGs of the late 1990s and early Millennium — a genre making something of a Kickstarter-led renaissance in...

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Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Review (PS4)
Sep17

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Review (PS4)

Kickstarters and crowd funding have allowed many a formerly forgotten franchise to find reinvigorated prospects in the gaming markets of today. Joining the likes of the Elite series and the revived Wasteland franchise, Broken Sword 5 saw a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign that brought the beloved adventure game series back to PC and mobile gamers during 2013 and 2014. However, this autumn has seen the games also released on...

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Review: Mad Max
Sep11

Review: Mad Max

With the recent Mad Max film generating a good deal of critical acclaim considering the nature of the film isn’t typical of high scores, Avalanche Studios of Just Cause fame have got a tough act to follow. Warner Bros. who as a studio are on good form with movie-based games being excellent games in their own right (Batman Arkham series and Shadow of Mordor), have again wisely opted to not tie in directly to Tom Hardy’s...

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Review: Risen 3 – Titan Lords Enhanced Edition
Aug21

Review: Risen 3 – Titan Lords Enhanced Edition

Rereleasing last-gen games on the PlayStation 4 is in vogue, for either cynical or purely revenue-maximising reasons. Among the latest of games to hit Sony’s successful home console is Risen 3 – Titan Lords Enhanced Edition, which bundles last year’s PS3 RPG Risen 3 with its full glut of DLC and a graphical overhaul for the Ps4 audience. Like many instances of last-gen titles reappearing on modern hardware,...

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