Category Archives: Reviews

Games Review: Dragon Age Inquisition (Xbox One, 2014)

Where do you start with a game like Dragon Age: Inquisition? Bioware have unleashed on an unprepared world a game with so much to see and do that it defies belief. Bioware have taken the lessons they learned from Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II and their mechanically similar Mass Effect series and applied them here in ways that pay respect to the video game RPGs of old while still making it feel next gen. Continue reading Games Review: Dragon Age Inquisition (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Unity (Xbox One, 2014)

I am what could be called an Assassin’s Creed apologist. I’ve defended the series against hyper-critical friends and co-workers, I even managed to find things to like about Assassin’s Creed III — and everyone hated that one. Where many have grown weary of the series since it became a yearly franchise, I’ve continued to look forward to each new installment. I love it’s entire conceit, it’s crazy plot and it’s willingness to experiment from game to game. I point all of this out so that you understand just how much I was looking forward to Assassin’s Creed Unity, and why I’m as disappointed with it as I am. Continue reading Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Unity (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Halo – The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One, 2014)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an anthology title comprised of all four games starring the enduringly popular one-man-army (and unofficial Xbox mascot) Master Chief. For Halo fans anxiously awaiting the next entry in the series, Halo 5: Guardians, the Master Chief Collection offers a comprehensive stroll down memory lane in the interim.... Continue Reading

Games Review: Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One, 2014)

Sunset Overdrive is Californian developer Insomniac Games (noted for PlayStation exclusives like Ratchet & Clank and Resistance) first Xbox One exclusive, a frantic, idiosyncratic, open-world third-person shooter that pulls elements from a number of different games and combines them, with a twisted sense of humour, to create something that feels quite fresh and different. Continue reading Games Review: Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One, 2014)

On first inspection, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor wasn’t a title that interested me overmuch when it was announced last year. It looked too derivative of games like Assassin’s Creed or Batman: Arkham City, with its parkour-happy ranger and free-flow combat. This year’s holiday season games crop has been very good at subverting expectations, though, and Shadow of Mordor is no exception. Continue reading Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Alien Isolation (Xbox One, 2014)

When The Creative Assembly (the Total War series) announced their decision to create a survival horror game based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci fi masterpiece Alien, the sour taste of Aliens: Colonial Marines was still strong in our mouths. It was difficult to view the decision as anything other than a profound mistake. Thankfully, The Creative Assembly appear to have been well aware of the fresh stigma surrounding the Alien license and have worked very hard to avoid suffering the same fate. Continue reading Games Review: Alien Isolation (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Project Spark (Xbox One, 2014)

Project Spark is kind of a hard game to review. The reason for this is that it’s hard to describe it as a game, per se. It’s a game that allows you to create games, and some pretty complex ones at that. It’s another in a flurry of titles in this post-Minecraft world that are about encouraging creativity in whatever form it may take. Continue reading Games Review: Project Spark (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One, 2014)

Racing games, especially the sort that cater to the street racing culture enthusiast, have never been my cup of tea. The boastful, arrogant swagger of the souped up cars themselves always seem to be given a higher priority than decent gameplay. When I loaded up Forza Horizon 2 and it began with a live-action cinematic announcing its intention to fill the European countryside with beautiful, rich, white, preppy car enthusiasts for a touring motor festival, I’ll admit to having had a sinking feeling.

I mention this because I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong so conclusively. Developer Playground Games has worked very hard to defy expectations, and it’s a key factor in why Forza Horizon 2 is one of the best racing games of the year. Continue reading Games Review: Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One, 2014)

Games Review: Destiny (PS4, 2014)

Destiny is an ambitious FPS/MMO hybrid by console shooter demagogues Bungie and published by the similarly monolithic Activision, it’s a game that wears it’s Halo-inspired DNA proudly on its sleeve. It’s a game that is determined to be different, to stride into this new hardware generation and show us something we’ve never seen before. In this, it succeeds spectacularly in some areas and leaves you rather cold in others. Continue reading Games Review: Destiny (PS4, 2014)

Games Review: Flockers (Xbox One, 2014)

Flockers is the newest title from Team17, the venerable studio behind the enduring Worms franchise, and their first new IP in ten years. It’s a puzzle title that is very much of the capital-o, capital-s Old School. Recalling classic titles like Lemmings, it’s not the first (to coin a term) Lemminglike to come out in the last few years (Mario vs. Donkey Kong, World of Goo, Loco Roco and Chu Chu Rocket all spring to mind) it is among the first to introduce something different – a combination of twisted humour and extreme cartoon violence. From a studio like Team17, we should expect no less.... Continue Reading