Category Archives: Reviews

Video Games Review: Far Cry Primal (Xbox One, 2016)

By the time I was Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, I felt as though Ubisoft had finally created the best possible version of their long-running series. It felt tightly wound, honed over years of tinkering and design evolution. However, in order for the series to endure, it also felt like it needed to take some time off to regroup and come up with fresher, vastly different ideas. I feel the same way about Far Cry Primal. Continue reading Video Games Review: Far Cry Primal (Xbox One, 2016)

Video Games Review: Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS, 2016)

The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (PMD) has always been the go-to if we’re looking at Pokemon spin-offs that aren’t evolutions of the classic original RPG. Sure Pokemon Snap was a memorable game, and the two Pokemon Stadium were excellent, as was the lesser-known Pokemon Conquest and, to a degree, PokePark, but PMD always had the most potential to become a full-fledged, fully considered franchise. And it has. To date there have been nine PMD games, the ninth of which is this latest release, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, ‘super’ being a very common word when Nintendo looks to sprucing up their franchises. In this case, they really do mean ‘super’ though; this is the most comprehensive and content-heavy PMD to date, and as such the writers have more time to tell a story of a human being turned into a Pokemon and having to trawl dungeons in between a wider, exploratory narrative. This means that they take things very, very slow at the start. Continue reading Video Games Review: Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS, 2016)

Video Games Review: The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 (PS4, 2016)

It’s been a while since Telltale Games have visited The Walking Dead franchise, but they certainly haven’t been slacking off. It seems everybody with an established universe wants Telltale to, er…tell a tale using their signature style. The team were simultaneously delivering content for Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones and Minecraft: Story Mode, with the latter still running. Continue reading Video Games Review: The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Preview: Kona: Day One [Beta] (PC, 2016)

Kôna: Day One, from indie studio Parabole, is the first act of a narrative driven game series revolving around a chilling detective tale set in northern Canada in the 1970s. Currently, the game is in a pre-beta stage so the play through only contained around 25% of the full experience, therefore I was limited to a small region of the map. The game is certainly not bug-free, so the current state of the game is not representative of the finished product. Nevertheless Kôna is a beautifully detailed game with a captivating story with aspects of survival, exploration and puzzle solving, creating a very promising game in the works. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Kona: Day One [Beta] (PC, 2016)

Video Games Review: Unravel (PS4, 2016)

Unravel, the newest game from Swedish developer ColdWood is so inherently magical and sublime that it has quickly become one of the most moving gaming experiences I have had the pleasure of embarking upon. And you should too, because at its core, Unravel blends a simple premise, head scratching puzzles and a sentimental story to create something truly special. Continue reading Video Games Review: Unravel (PS4, 2016)

TV Review: The X-Files Season 10 Episode 4, “Home Again” (USA, 2016)

One of the strengths The X-Files has had has always been in bringing the occasionally innocuous things in our lives into a horror style setting. Writer and producer Glen Morgan has had his hand in a few of these particular episodes with The X-Files, such as ‘Blood’ the episode where a man kept receiving subliminal messages via electronic devices to kill people. Or ‘Tooms’ about the mutant serial killer pest control man who ate people’s livers. Or the fan favourite ‘Home’ where a group of inbred brothers defended their house by killing people who got too close. Once again the show dabbles in its horror ways by bringing us face to face with a new creature to fear who enjoys a bit of a murder spree. But if creeping us out wasn’t enough, Morgan also goes right ahead and rips out our emotions too.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: XCOM 2 (Windows PC, 2016)

Ask any fan of XCOM for their opinion on the franchise and their stories will all be variations on a theme – wonderful games marred by wild RNG and, in the case of 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown at least, some of the most infuriating, game-breaking bugs this side of an Elder Srolls title. Neither of those criticisms have really changed in XCOM 2, but here’s the thing: it’s so good you won’t care. Continue reading Video Games Review: XCOM 2 (Windows PC, 2016)

Video Games Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4, 2016)

When I was a teenager in the late Nineties and early 2000’s, I was into anime in a big,  bad way. I devoured every show and movie I could get my hands on and, towards the end of my fascination with it, I discovered Naruto. I ravenously followed the adventures of this boisterous ninja kid for seventy-something episodes before the story slowed to the point where it felt like it wasn’t moving. Having been through the same thing with Dragon Ball Z only years prior,  I couldn’t bring myself to go through it again. I hung Naruto up, but told myself that I’d come back one day to see how it all ended.  Continue reading Video Games Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: Firewatch (PC, 2016)

Firewatch is a game that had me intrigued from the moment I laid eyes on it. The first time I heard anything about it was a trailer during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. It made me laugh, it made me wonder what its deal was and I quietly kept an eye on it over the next six months as Campo Santo put the finishing touches on it. Continue reading Video Games Review: Firewatch (PC, 2016)