Category Archives: Video Games

Games Preview: World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Beta (PC, 2018): Back to Warcraft

I’m going to assert something here in the intro par, something that I cannot prove but that I have suspected for a while. I think Blizzard is working on, at the very least, a Warcraft 3 remaster and I think Battle for Azeroth is the latest in a series of significant hints that the series’ strategic roots are coming out of retirement. The beta version of World of Warcraft‘s latest expansion Battle for Azeroth only served to reinforce this notion for me. Let me explain. Continue reading Games Preview: World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Beta (PC, 2018): Back to Warcraft

Games Review: Detroit: Become Human (PS4, 2018): Quantic Dream goes back to the future

Detroit: Become Human is finally upon us. Quantic Dream have had players waiting for over four years for their follow-up to the Beyond: Two Souls. Detroit is, in many ways, the end point of Quantic’s “Kara” tech demo from 2012. It’s disarming, strange, interesting and delves deep into the uncanny valley. Continue reading Games Review: Detroit: Become Human (PS4, 2018): Quantic Dream goes back to the future

The Razer Core X will let you turn your laptop into a desktop gaming rig (with a couple of caveats)

It doesn’t take long for a laptop, even one in the gaming tier, to start feeling long in the tooth. On the PC, there’s no upper limit on the hardware required for optimal gaming performance, and this is often to the laptop’s detriment. Razer’s Core series has been trying to find a workaround for that for a few years now, creating external graphics card cages that let you give your laptop a shot in the arm. That hardware series is about to come back with a bit of a refresh — the Razer Core X. Continue reading The Razer Core X will let you turn your laptop into a desktop gaming rig (with a couple of caveats)

The new Razer Blade laptop is their thinnest and fastest yet

Hardware and peripheral maker Razer have made a name for themselves in the gaming PC market in the last decade, giving competitors like Alienware a run for money with high-end hardware and sleek exterior design. Another year means a product refresh and the 2018 Razer Blade is here. At 15.6″ and 0.66″, it’s Razer’s thinnest 15-incher yet, but don’t its small stature fool you into thinking they’ve had to skimp on specs. Continue reading The new Razer Blade laptop is their thinnest and fastest yet

Games Review: World of Tanks 1.0 (PC, 2018): Here comes the boom

There are certain games that fall into a category I like to call “My Dad Would Love This.” Games in this category typically revolve around war or military history, maintain some degree of simulation and are full to bursting with digital recreations of real world military hardware. Now, after eight years of ongoing development, World of Tanks 1.0 has arrived. And boy, my dad would love this. Continue reading Games Review: World of Tanks 1.0 (PC, 2018): Here comes the boom

Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The Desolation of Mordor (Xbox One, 2018)

Shadow of War‘s latest expansion, The Desolation of Mordor cuts right to the chase. “Baranor is mortal and carries no Ring of Power. If he does, his story is over. Be careful.” Tackling Shadow of War without Talion’s impressive array of Celebrimbor-backed super powers is an interesting spin on the game’s existing format, pivoting into something that looks a lot like a roguelike. Continue reading Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The Desolation of Mordor (Xbox One, 2018)

Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot

Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, wasn’t a complete disaster but it sure as hell wasn’t a good move either. Already losing players to battle royale juggernauts of PUBG and Fortnite, Osiris cost the game a lot of momentum after a strong launch. A good chunk of content and activities were placed behind Osiris’ paywall and those who weren’t willing to cough up for the new content were also locked out of Strikes. By the time Bungie began to work on these issues it seemed they’d already lost the battle, but they’re soldiering on anyway with a vow to make it up to the community and take the feedback on board. And so we come to Destiny 2‘s second expansion, Warmind. Can Bungie turn things around and reclaim their throne? Continue reading Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot

Games Review: State of Decay 2 (Xbox One, 2018): All work, no play

There is an easy way to tell if State of Decay 2 is going to be your thing or not. How do you react when you realise a game feels like bloody hard work? Do you dig in or do you check out? If you tend to dig in, then chances are you’ll find loads to like about State of Decay 2. If you tend to check out, you will probably find yourself bouncing off it pretty hard. Continue reading Games Review: State of Decay 2 (Xbox One, 2018): All work, no play

Games Review: Conan Exiles (PS4, 2018): A flawed yet engaging survival experience

Let me tell you a story of a man destined for greatness. A barbarian, brutally carving his way through a desolate and dangerous land, where only the strongest will survive. These were the days of high adventure! However, I’m not sure where Conan Exiles fits into this mould. Bringing many elements to the table, it’s clear from the get-go that Conan Exiles is a survival based experience inspired by the likes of Ark: Survival Evolved and Rust. Developer Funcom manages to implement some of its mechanics in interesting and engaging ways, as Conan Exiles aims to capitalise on an ever evolving genre, that acts as both its salvation and its demise. Continue reading Games Review: Conan Exiles (PS4, 2018): A flawed yet engaging survival experience