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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel – Review

Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel – Review

This review is based on the Xbox One version of the game. Ashes of Ariandel is the first DLC release for Dark Souls III and it takes place in the new area known as “The Painted World of Ariandel”. Immediately upon entering the new area of the game I was impressed by what I saw. We are presented with a beautiful snowy landscape filled with blowing snow and just an eerie sense of it all. You exit through a cave and find yourself smack dab in the middle of a small clearing with a hill off to the right, the sounds of enemies in the distance and the ever blowing...

Mordheim: City of the Damned – Console Edition Review

Mordheim: City of the Damned – Console Edition Review

I seem to be in the Warhammer-themed mood, so of course I got my hands on Mordheim: City of the Damned. Mordheim is a tactical-rpg based on the tabletop game of the same name, where you control one of five factions (now with the DLC you can play as Witch Hunters) each of whom have their own abilities, classes and play-styles. The factions include the Sisters of Sigmar, Mercenaries from the Empire, Skaven, Cult of the Possessed and he Witch Hunters with the recently released DLC. Since the game is a tactical-rpg you’re in control of a small warband with a set amount of units who move about in a...

Warhammer: Vermintide – Console Edition Review (Xbox One)

Warhammer: Vermintide – Console Edition Review (Xbox One)

Last year, our very own Sean Halliday got to sit down and review the PC version of Vermintide, which you can read here. Fast forward roughly a year later and I got the chance to sit down and play the console version of Vermintide. Let’s get down and dirty with the Skaven. – If you’ve ever played Left 4 Dead you’ll notice some familiarity upon jumping into Vermintide. The game is a co-op first person game where you take control of one of five heroes and must proceed from Point A to Point B all while completing a series of objectives and taking on hordes of humanoid rat creatures known...

Engaging Simplicity – This Is The Police Review (PC)

Engaging Simplicity – This Is The Police Review (PC)

This Is The Police is possibly the most erratic and frustrating management to be released in some time. For all its good ideas and concepts, there’s a glut of niggling issues that result in eye rolls and sighs. With all that taken into account, there’s something still a bizarre charm at the heart of the game. The concept is simple, players must manage the day-to-day running of the local Police department. Selecting which officers work a shift, deploying them to crimes across the city and overseeing the results. Simple, direct and effective. Depth comes in the stats each officer posses, determining how effective they are in the field. Small time...

Lovely Planet Arcade Review (PC)

Lovely Planet Arcade Review (PC)

At its heart lovely planet arcade, the sequel to the indie game lovely planet is a twitch shooter puzzle game. After first impressions you might not think of this game as a puzzle game but everything revolves around figuring out what actions to take through trial by error especially during later levels. The goal throughout the entire games is to take out the green men who are the enemies and depending on their appearances, different methods may be required to eliminate them. in some cases, shooting them will lead to different bonuses such teleportation or stopping time. The trial by error element is mainly derived from the fact that there...

Curious Challenge Limited By Design – Furi Review (PC)

Curious Challenge Limited By Design – Furi Review (PC)

Difficulty in video games has garnered a love/gate relationship. By their very nature, difficult games spilt people down the middle between those able to play and those who crumble. Furi does not care about those people who crumble, it revels in their failings. At the heart of the game, Furi is the accumulation of various old school elements fused with 80s synth music and anime. The results are a odd buffet of success and failures, but undeniable charm. Furi focuses of the game is 1-on-1 combat, complete with their own dramatic build ups. It knows what it wants to be, it’s confident in its approach, even when things don’t turn...

INSIDE – Review (Xbox One)

INSIDE – Review (Xbox One)

INSIDE is one of those games that you play, and will remember that experience for a long time to come. The game is very much a spiritual successor to Playdead’s other game, LIMBO and it shows in terms of gameplay, aesthetic and overall feel when you’re traversing through these levels, and completing the puzzles. In the game you take control of a young boy with no real idea of where the story, nor the game is going to be taking you. You’re completely oblivious as to what could happen, and it’s a sort of freeing experience with INSIDE. You’re dropped in right away with no idea on controls or anything....

Limited Fun With A Flair of Old School – Hard Reset Redux Review (PC)

Limited Fun With A Flair of Old School – Hard Reset Redux Review (PC)

With the recent release of doom having reignited the excitement that once existed for more traditional shooters, developers: flying wild hog have re-released a remastered version of the 2011 game hard reset which was mostly well received amongst critics. The game takes place in Bezoar, a cyberpunk city with explosive barrels and electricity panels laid around conveniently for you to shoot and create havoc. Given what the game wants to achieve, which is to create a decent and straight forward shooter that is rather focused on the mechanics compared to more modern games that have to go through a whole checklist of things, here the narrative takes a back seat...

Solid Action-RPG Thrills With A Story To Tell – The Technomancer Review (PC)

Solid Action-RPG Thrills With A Story To Tell – The Technomancer Review (PC)

* Review based on the PC version of the game* The modern video game market has shifted greatly in the last decade or so. Triple A games and indie titles share the same space, often leading some to believe that they are the only option. Found slotting in the middle of the two giants is the middle market. The gap between big budget and small scale games, a market left somewhat unappreciated. Publisher Focus Interactive has established themselves firmly as the modern leaders of the middle market. Pumping out games such as Styx, Sherlock Holmes and a healthy line of Warhammer games, they’ve garnered quite a reputation for themselves. French...

Dated, Buggy & Boring – Homefront: The Revolution Review (PC)

Dated, Buggy & Boring – Homefront: The Revolution Review (PC)

*PC version reviewed* Homefront: The Revolution has a lot of history. Spawned from the ashes of THQ’s final attempts to stay afloat, Dambuster studios was left to finish work on the game. Stuck in development hell, The Revolution has been passed around various developers, all while a new generation of systems of arose. Unfortunately for the final product, its history shows. The plot is still set in the same established of the 2011 original, only this time with a new cast of characters. Player’s jump into the boots of Ethan ”Birdy” Brady, the youngest member of the resistance. After years of Korean rule, the resistance is rising, with Brady lighting the...

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