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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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