Category Archives: Xbox One

Games Review: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One, 2018): “We’re going to make a fortune with this place.”

Jurassic World Evolution is far, far harder than it needs to be. It’s really surprising how difficult the game is at times. Your guests’ wants are often bizarre, the learning curve is a cliff face and the dinosaurs are predictably unsympathetic to your desire to make a buck. I’ll spend hours getting everything in my park running smoothly before a problem cascades out of control, leaving me bankrupt. And yet, I love it and I can’t stop playing it. Continue reading Games Review: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One, 2018): “We’re going to make a fortune with this place.”

Game Bants: The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (PC, 2018): The adventure continues

Game Bants is something new we’re trying here on The Iris, a pair of perspectives on the same topic, a conversation and a less formal review style. Our first crack at this style is a chat between games writer Leah Williams and games editor David Smith about the ancticipated MMO expansion, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.

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Games Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, 2018): Get a load of Ryu’s big package

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a wonderful little package, collecting twelve of the best Street Fighter titles in sleekly presented single game format. Twelve Street Fighter titles, you might say? But didn’t they just release Street Fighter V? Well, hold onto your hats folks because the 30th Anniversary Collection doesn’t just collect the best of Street Fighter, it collects ALL of Street Fighter, including every reiteration, re-release, remaster and rejig of the classic Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III. That includes no less than five different incarnations of Street Fighter II and three incarnations of its sequel. Continue reading Games Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, 2018): Get a load of Ryu’s big package

Games Review: Vampyr (PC, 2018) Will Make A Vamp Outta You

Vampyr feels like a game that I’ve been waiting nearly 15 years for. Somehow, despite the wild 2008 boom of vampire fiction that followed Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight franchise, video game vampires have often been given the short end of the stick. While there are certain shining examples, from the grim western Darkwatch: Curse of the West, to classic RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the genre had yet to show off its true potential – until now. Continue reading Games Review: Vampyr (PC, 2018) Will Make A Vamp Outta You

Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool

I have bloviated at length on this website about my upbringing as a Sega kid. While the SNES dominated the market, those of us who chose the Sega life knew we had a machine with true gems among its library. The arcade-centric counterpart to the SNES’ far broader appeal, the Mega Drive did its own thing and did it well. Now, a substantial collection of quality titles from the platform are available on modern consoles in pristine 4K. Continue reading Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool

Games Review: World of Tanks 1.0 (PC, 2018): Here comes the boom

There are certain games that fall into a category I like to call “My Dad Would Love This.” Games in this category typically revolve around war or military history, maintain some degree of simulation and are full to bursting with digital recreations of real world military hardware. Now, after eight years of ongoing development, World of Tanks 1.0 has arrived. And boy, my dad would love this. Continue reading Games Review: World of Tanks 1.0 (PC, 2018): Here comes the boom

Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The Desolation of Mordor (Xbox One, 2018)

Shadow of War‘s latest expansion, The Desolation of Mordor cuts right to the chase. “Baranor is mortal and carries no Ring of Power. If he does, his story is over. Be careful.” Tackling Shadow of War without Talion’s impressive array of Celebrimbor-backed super powers is an interesting spin on the game’s existing format, pivoting into something that looks a lot like a roguelike. Continue reading Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The Desolation of Mordor (Xbox One, 2018)

Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot

Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, wasn’t a complete disaster but it sure as hell wasn’t a good move either. Already losing players to battle royale juggernauts of PUBG and Fortnite, Osiris cost the game a lot of momentum after a strong launch. A good chunk of content and activities were placed behind Osiris’ paywall and those who weren’t willing to cough up for the new content were also locked out of Strikes. By the time Bungie began to work on these issues it seemed they’d already lost the battle, but they’re soldiering on anyway with a vow to make it up to the community and take the feedback on board. And so we come to Destiny 2‘s second expansion, Warmind. Can Bungie turn things around and reclaim their throne? Continue reading Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot

Games Review: State of Decay 2 (Xbox One, 2018): All work, no play

There is an easy way to tell if State of Decay 2 is going to be your thing or not. How do you react when you realise a game feels like bloody hard work? Do you dig in or do you check out? If you tend to dig in, then chances are you’ll find loads to like about State of Decay 2. If you tend to check out, you will probably find yourself bouncing off it pretty hard. Continue reading Games Review: State of Decay 2 (Xbox One, 2018): All work, no play

Games Review: TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge (PS4, 2018): Gotta go fast

I imagine almost everyone who’s ever ridden a motorcycle has heard the same worried refrain from their mum about how motorcycles claim thousands of lives on the road every year. For those who decide to put mum’s mind at rest and stick to a car, TT: Isle of Man is a great consolation prize, an earnest and dedicated tribute to one of the world’s most popular and dangerous sporting events.

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