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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...

Brutal Satisfaction – Battlefleet Gothic: Armada  Review (PC)

Brutal Satisfaction – Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Review (PC)

With a fairly shallow knowledge of Warhammer 40k, the sheer volume of lore contained within the universe is overwhelming. Most people can identify what Warhammer 40k is, mostly down to its unique visual style, but only some truly know what everything is within the confides of the brand. Battlefleet Gothic Armada is typically Warhammer 40k. Everything is titanic, bold and direct. From the towering ships, to the strong imperial mannerism in the dialogue, it’s typically 40k. Even as someone not all that familiar with the world, Battlefleet is imposing but hugely endearing. In fairness, the game needs to hook the player in, mainly to keep them playing through the ever...

Nice Cards, Shame About The Transactions – Magic Duels: Shadows Over Innistrad Review (PC)

Nice Cards, Shame About The Transactions – Magic Duels: Shadows Over Innistrad Review (PC)

While the likes of Hearthstone may sitting upon the throne of video game card combat games, Magic The Gathering still dominates the physical realm. It’s has been around for decades, becoming a culture within itself. The video game equivalents have been something of a mixed bag, especially in its latest formart. Magic Duels was a noticeable departure from the Duels of the Planewalkers series. In an attempt to fit into the growing market, Duels launched as a free-to-play title with microtransactions. The new format, and indeed version of the game, was met with mostly mixed reviews. After various patches and updates, Duels has welcomed in the Shadows Over Innistrad update....

Broken, Buggy & Laboured – NightCry Review (PC)

Broken, Buggy & Laboured – NightCry Review (PC)

NightCry is supposed to be a throwback to the nostalgic days of the 90s with the likes of Clock Tower. The problem is, the game is literally playing and performing like a game from that period on modern systems, without any patches or optimization. This could be the first time in which a review on this site has been delayed purely because the game in question was so broken. Upon launching NightCry a small settings box pops up. Setting resolution, tinkering with video options and such. After trying to run the game on full screen I was met with crash after crash. As of 14/04/2016, I could not run this...

Trips Down Memory Lane Without The ROM Pain – Atari Vault Review (PC)

Trips Down Memory Lane Without The ROM Pain – Atari Vault Review (PC)

Atari was a key figure in video games. Responsible for both the Atari 2600 and various iconic arcade games, it’s impossible to deny their importance. Things may not have panned out to well as the industry evolved. Failed original Ips, botched remakes and licensed titles have led to Atari no longer commanding such power in the modern market. The Atari Vault stands as something of a reminder to their glory days. Packing in 100 games into one neat package, Atari have opened the door for a whole new generation to experience their glory days.This is perhaps the biggest selling point, the concept of not just taking a history lesson, but...

A Instant PS4 Classic – Salt & Sanctuary Review (PS4/Vita)

A Instant PS4 Classic – Salt & Sanctuary Review (PS4/Vita)

Salt & Sanctuary isn’t trying to hide where its inspirations come from. The whole game is moulded around various concepts seen many landmark games. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Ska Studios are fully on the charm offensive. Playing as a 2D side scroller, Salt & Sanctuary is brutally blunt. You will die, and you’ll learn from each death. In place of the typical combat you’d come to expect from scrollers, Salt & Sanctuary is a much more hefty experience. Each weapon swing lunges the player forward, altering their posture and position. Each attack is just as important as the first and last, misplaced swipes lead to a...

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