Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Nov19

Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

Videogames have been a fine and innovative storytelling medium for a while now. So it seems only natural that a culture noted for its storytelling traditions should enter the fold, in the form of Never Alone. Never Alone is a charming game developed with the help and guidance of the Alaska Native people, telling the story that kicks off with an unusually strong blizzard that has been going for several days preventing the village from...

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Review: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Nov17

Review: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

The LEGO game series has progressively got bigger and bigger. At first they were very linear affairs but the Batman series of LEGO games have been propagators to improving the franchise in every way. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes added in an open world and voice acting for the first time, let alone expanding the cast to crazy proportions. Subsequent games like LEGO City Undercover, LEGO Marvel and LEGO The Hobbit games have developed...

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Review: Rocksmith 2014 (PS4)
Nov09

Review: Rocksmith 2014 (PS4)

You may remember that we were rather taken with Rocksmith 2014 when we reviewed it on the Xbox 360, giving it 9/10. It now arrives on the PS4 with some features specific to the latest generation console. For example, the built in share functionality allows you to stream your session jams or Guitarecade exploits so fellow guitarists can non sagely in appreciation of your tasty jams (or just cover their ears and shake their heads...

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Review: Lords of the Fallen
Nov03

Review: Lords of the Fallen

Like many of my reviewing buddies, I set myself the challenge of not mentioning the Dark Souls series in this review, but it turns out that is near impossible. Lords of the Fallen feels like it’s been designed specifically to make you reminisce about the Souls games bursting with similarities, but there is one key difference here and that is that it’s a hundred times more accessible. Story The story is your fairly standard...

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Jack and the Beanstalk Story Deserves a Big Budget Game
Nov01

Jack and the Beanstalk Story Deserves a Big Budget Game

While some developers are eager to take games like Angry Birds or Temple Run, which started small and exploded in popularity, and turn them into big-budget remakes or even feature films, there are plenty of smaller games out there that could prove to be much more promising endeavors. Games inspired by already-established and compelling storylines may seem like an obvious choice for those deserving of a high-budget remake, but some are...

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Review: Alien: Isolation
Oct27

Review: Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is not a game of compromises. The famously despised Aliens: Colonial Marines was a boring, under-developed disappointment that sacrificed all depth from its design for a shooter that played by the numbers. Isolation however, is a bold, unique and sometimes incredibly challenging new approach to a series of licensed games with a troubled history. RIP Colonial Marines, let us never mention you again. Inspired by the...

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Review: Just Dance 2015
Oct25

Review: Just Dance 2015

It’s time for the annual “grown man looks mental as he badly dances all by himself to ’80s pop hits” time as I tackle the latest in Ubisoft’s dancing series,  Just Dance 2015. Gameplay Like pretty much every title of a similar ilk, in the grand scheme of things very little has changed from the previous year. Just Dance 2014 did however build up the social side of things by introducing World Dance Floor...

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Review: Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Oct12

Review: Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

One of the finest examples of open world gaming has made its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms with a dramatic graphical overhaul and a shipping container’s worth of extra content. Not to mention endless Pork Bun! If you’d have told me back in November 2013 that Square Enix would be re-releasing Sleeping Dogs on the next-gen consoles I would have looked into having you sectioned. Not because Sleeping Dogs was a...

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Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Oct05

Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Story Taking place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, you assume the role of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor. In the opening tutorial section you play through mini-flashbacks which show him and his wife and son being killed by some of Sauron’s minions. Thankfully (and thus avoiding a very short game) Talion is revived but now comes with added special powers....

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Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War (iOS)
Oct04

Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War (iOS)

Gareth did a really excellent review of Valiant Hearts: The Great War when it launched on consoles earlier this summer. You should definitely read his review to get the full scoop on the storyline and core gameplay elements that make Valiant Hearts a really unique title. I’ll mostly be covering the game’s transition to iOS devices and having a little whinge about touch screen controls (and my inability to master them). If...

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