Category Archives: Reviews

Video Games Review: StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops (PC, 2016)

If you’ve been following the development of the StarCraft IP over the last decade or so, you’ll surely have heard of the fan-favourite Terran ghost, namely November Annabella Terra, or Nova for short. The character was to appear in her own title, aptly named StarCraft: Ghost, however the project was sadly canned in 2005. Now she returns to the RTS in Nova Covert Ops – 9 new DLC missions for StarCraft II. Continue reading Video Games Review: StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops (PC, 2016)

Video Games Review: Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, 2016)

Tom Clancy’s The Division is one of those games that has been in pipeline for so long, it actually feels a bit weird to be able to play it at all. Announced at E3 2013, Ubisoft have spent the intervening years making a lot of promises about the game. We were told to expect a game that brought something entirely new to the Tom Clancy’s brand, a game that fused a near 1:1 scale replica of New York City and its surrounding boroughs with the kind of MMO gameplay that has brought Destiny so much success. However, as the delays began to run into one another, people began to wonder if the game could possibly live up to its immense hype. Continue reading Video Games Review: Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4, 2016)

I am probably the last person on earth who should be reviewing a UFC video game. I’ve never seen a UFC fight and I only know names like Ronda Rousey because my social media feeds never stop talking about her. I’ve never even been in a fist fight in my entire life. It would seem, however, that developer EA Canada have tried to account for this possibility. Continue reading Video Games Review: EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD (Wii U, 2016)

Luring a missing cat back to it’s owner through a series of small actions is still a mildly frustrating way to start a sprawling adventure in The Legend of Zelda universe, dull when compared to the stunning Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask, but Twilight Princess is much more than first impressions, as we witnessed a decade ago when this clever game was first released on both the Gamecube and the Wii. ... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Hitman (Episode One) (PS4, 2016)

With its sixth and latest entry, Hitman will be making one particular part of the series’ fanbase very happy indeed. Hitman: Blood Money, released back in 2006, has become a perrenial fan favourite, its sandbox of inventive and improvisational gameplay proving an unbeatable formula. Developer Io Interactive returned to a more cinematic style in 2012’s Hitman Absolution but left cold those keen for more of what Blood Money offered. It seems Io have heard your plaintive cries and the result is at once beautiful and strange. Continue reading Video Games Review: Hitman (Episode One) (PS4, 2016)

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)