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Games Review: Extinction (PS4, 2018): A Giant Disappointment

Extinction offers up an interesting premise that I was personally drawn to. Being a fan of The Shadow of the Colossus, which this game seems to borrow elements from, it seemed like a no-brainer. What we get however, is an underdeveloped pot of mediocrity that pulls off a few neat tricks, while ultimately crumbling under the weight of its overwhelming flaws. Continue reading Games Review: Extinction (PS4, 2018): A Giant Disappointment

Games Review: The C64 Mini: Memory bank

I used to wonder what would happen to the video game systems of my youth. Whether they would be left to rot once they were no longer being produced and their hardware stopped working. The C64 Mini is the latest in a run of miniaturised retro video game hardware that answers that question and, like Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic Minis, it is slavishly devoted to recreating the vintage Commodore 64 experience. Continue reading Games Review: The C64 Mini: Memory bank

Games Review: A Way Out (PS4, 2018): Greatness through simplicity

“Fuck the Oscars! This is the real shit, right here.” At least that is what creator and director Josef Fares said loud and clear regarding his new title A Way Out at the 2017 Game Awards. Given his enthusiasm, it wasn’t a stretch to believe that this experience would not be an extremely good one, especially after some of the team from StarBreeze Studios’ excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons all seem to have followed Farez to new developer Hazelight. Continue reading Games Review: A Way Out (PS4, 2018): Greatness through simplicity

Games Review: Far Cry 5 (PS4, 2018): Ain’t no easy way out

Far Cry 5 has been something of a curiosity since it was announced. While an unquestionably brave move to set this new installment of the 14 year old franchise in the United States, many were curious about the game’s motives — given the political and social turmoil in which the US currently finds itself, would Ubisoft be using one of their headline franchises to make some sort of political statement? Depending on where you stand politically, you may be relieved or disappointed to hear the answer is “Sort of? Not really.” Further, its hard to think of a more precarious moment for a game about the American heartland solving its problems with guns to arrive.
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Games Review: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, 2018): Pirates could happen to anyone

As I write this, three days after a rather bumpy launch, its clear that Sea of Thieves is a bit of a mixed bag. There are things that I love about it, there are things that I don’t love about it and there are things that I feel are not particularly well understood by those who are currently complaining about it online. Is it a good game though? The simple answer is yes, provided you are playing with four friends you can trust. Continue reading Games Review: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, 2018): Pirates could happen to anyone

Games Review: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: Higgledy-Piggledy

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a phenomenally gorgeous game, playing host to some of the liveliest and most beautiful environments I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling through. From a town controlled by the power of luck to dream lands filled with terrifying monsters, Ni No Kuni II takes you on an eye-opening adventure, introducing you to the struggles of King Evan of Ding Dong Dell and his faithful companions. Continue reading Games Review: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: Higgledy-Piggledy

Games Review: Pure Farming 2018 (PS4, 2018): Get to work

I have a genuine love of job simulator games that is both unnerving and inexplicable. I also find them deeply hilarious. The seriousness with which they take themselves and my absolute refusal to take anything seriously makes for a very entertaining combination, at least as far as I’m concerned. Thus, when a code for Pure Farming 2018 arrived in my inbox last week, I was predictably excited.
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Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC (Xbox One X, 2018): Zoinks, gang, it’s a mummy

It’s been around six months sine Assassin’s Creed Origins arrived and in that time, the game has proven itself to be one with legs. With Curse of the Pharaohs, the game’s latest and largest DLC expansion to date, Ubisoft looks to keep Bayek’s adventure rolling with a trip to Thebes. Continue reading Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC (Xbox One X, 2018): Zoinks, gang, it’s a mummy

Games Review: Kirby Star Allies (Switch, 2018): You’ve Got A Friend In Me

Kirby Star Allies was so disgustingly cute that it made me want to vomit. From its charming and delightful characters to its friendship-based co-operative gameplay, everything about Star Allies is just plain adorable. When Kirby’s friends are low on health, he heals them by ‘kissing’ them, generating tiny love hearts across the screen. When presented with obstacles, Kirby and his friends form together to create super-powered friendship moves, including the Friendship Circle and Friendship Trains, each of which annihilate all enemies in your path. Continue reading Games Review: Kirby Star Allies (Switch, 2018): You’ve Got A Friend In Me

Games Review: Burnout Paradise Remastered (Xbox One X, 2017): Throwback Thursday

If Burnout Paradise Remastered does anything, it makes the EA of 2008 look like a benevolent creativity incubator when compared to the strife-prone publisher of today. For one thing, the game is great fun. For another, its clear that developer Criterion was given the room they needed to properly execute on their vision. It’s a reminder that EA hasn’t always forced the Frostbite engine on you or their developers. It’s a throwback to a time when the only post launch revenue streams we had to worry about were three reasonably-priced DLC packs and a bunch of free content drops.

So, rather than give people any further reason to ruminate on the disastrous year that was EA’s 2017, it makes sense that they’d kick 2018 off with a bit of a throwback to the good old days.

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