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Video Game Review: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, 2017) is far from a kill shot, but leaves a leaves a mark

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is a mixed bag. There are many things about this title that work, but for every positive there’s a glaring negative that drags the experience down on too many fronts. It uses conventional mechanics and a narrative structure seen in countless other games without really doing anything fresh or new. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is not a bad game, but it seems completely content with being average. In this, it seems like game (if you’ll pardon the pun) shoots itself in the foot — a glaring mistake from a supposed marksman. Continue reading Video Game Review: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, 2017) is far from a kill shot, but leaves a leaves a mark

Video Games Review: What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4, 2017) Is A Haunting and Poignant Tale

What Remains of Edith Finch is the beautifully told story of titular protagonist Edith Finch as she explores her family’s mysterious history, and her connection to the family’s curse. While many might be quick to dismiss the game as ‘just another walking simulator’, what Edith Finch brings to the table is an entirely new and artfully told story that draws you in from the opening scene, and refuses to let you go. I found myself thinking about the stories and the characters of Edith Finch for long after the tale was over, as travelling through the Finches stories was a deeply affecting experience. At its core, Edith Finch is moving, wonderfully poignant tale about life, death, and everything along the way. Continue reading Video Games Review: What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4, 2017) Is A Haunting and Poignant Tale

Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III seems to want to be all things to all people. Did you miss the base building from DoW2? Good news, bases are back. Heroic units? Large-scale armies? All present and accounted for. It wants to be all things to all people (specifically fans of the DoW series and tabletop game), and it damned near pulls it off.  Continue reading Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Above the Law (PS4, 2017)

Above the Law goes to great lengths to answer a litany of questions we’ve all been harbouring since episode 1. In that sense, it displays perfect pacing and timing, drawing out mysteries and cashing in on them at the right time. However, the third episode puts into perspective just how out of control you can be in Telltale’s niche brand of games.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for

We live in the era of Nostalgia As A Marketing Tool. The repackaging of childhood memories, sold back to millennial audiences for a profit, has become the go-to move for film and video game studios looking to make a fast buck. Sometimes these experiments in nostalgia work out. Sometimes they are a hard lesson in learning when to leave the past behind.

Yooka-Laylee, sadly, falls into the latter category. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for

Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New

In a lot of ways for me, revisiting the Kingdom Hearts franchise is a lot like coming home. The original game was one of my first Playstation 2 titles, and one that’s stuck with me for a long time. From the deep, immersive lore of the series to the unrelenting positivity and charm, Kingdom Hearts has long remained a favourite of mine. Continue reading Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New

Video Games Review: Persona 5 (PS3/PS4, 2017) Steals Hearts and Takes Souls

As someone new to the Persona series, the newest entry had me equal parts curious and baffled. Coming into a series with little prior knowledge or experience is a daunting experience, but Persona 5 had me wrapped around its finger from the moment it began. With the introduction of the game, which features a mysterious thief, a casino setting and a squadron full of cop cars, the game pulled off its greatest heist – it stole my heart. Continue reading Video Games Review: Persona 5 (PS3/PS4, 2017) Steals Hearts and Takes Souls

Video Game Review: Bye-Bye Box Boy (3DS, 2017) is a brilliant blend of puzzle mechanics new and old

For the third year in a row Hal Laboratory has developed a Box Boy title for the 3DS, each time adding fresh and fun ways to navigate each level. The current iteration, Bye-Bye Box Boy is as addictive as the former games and if it’s possible, even cuter. Continue reading Video Game Review: Bye-Bye Box Boy (3DS, 2017) is a brilliant blend of puzzle mechanics new and old

Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen

There are two kinds of people in the world – people that will love Paradigm, and people that can’t stand to see perfection. Paradigm is everything that it needs to be – uncomfortably strange, genuinely hilarious, oddly touching and highly memorable, all at once. For a game that stars a deformed, vaguely European mutant and his sentient tumour, that’s no mean feat. Paradigm feels like a sexually-charge love letter to the point-and-click adventure genre, with the game peppered with wonderfully unsubtle references to the classics. Taking inspiration from the Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games, as well as almost everything in between, Perth-based games developer Jacob Janerka crafts a bafflingly original and hilariously charming story in Paradigm. Continue reading Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen