REVIEWS 14 Dec 2017­ by L Coulsen

ELEX

Piranha Bytes have been doing the rounds for a while now, never quite hitting the big time, but building up a solid following with their rather unbalanced approach to open-world RPG goodness. I absolutely guarantee, if the studio name doesn’t ring any bells, Gothic and/or Risen certainly will. Yeah, it’s those guys, and yep, ELEX…
REVIEWS 09 Dec 2017­ by Sawyer Scherbenske

RUINER

RUINER comes to us from Reikon Games and Devolver Digital, and is proof that hitting bad guys with pipes will still be a thing even in gritty, cyberpunk futures. No matter how satisfying whacking bad guys is though, can it last for the 6-8 hour gameplay time? And can a relatively simple and linear beat-em-up like RUINER really…
REVIEWS 01 Dec 2017­ by Stephen Haselden

Dungeons 3

In Dungeons 2, the dungeon management genre diverged a long way from its dark and sadistic beginnings in Dungeon Keeper. It’s almost as if fighting the good guys had begun to rub off on the Great Evil. The missions were far more clinical, all the creatures were far better behaved, and even the Snotlings kept…
REVIEWS 04 Nov 2017­ by Jay Shaw

Call of Duty: WWII

Before we begin in earnest: This is a single-player campaign review only. If you want impressions of the multiplayer modes you’ll have to go elsewhere because I couldn’t get that half of the game to even boot up at all. Every attempt just resulted in my machine locking up, even after a reinstall. This has…
REVIEWS 20 Oct 2017­ by KillingArts

Cuphead

I’ve been waiting for Cuphead since it was first revealed in 2014. Now it’s finally here. Cuphead, a super difficult platformer/run & gun game with outstanding visuals, one which mimics the aesthetics of 1930s cartoons to perfection. The game is pretty, but we knew that for the last 3 years. But is the gameplay any…
REVIEWS 23 Sep 2017­ by L Coulsen

Agents of Mayhem

Volition and I have quite the storied history. Pretty much every game they’ve ever made ranks itself as a member of my personal collection, with the majority sitting firm and resolute among my favourites list. So, of course, when I heard they were working on a new title, my interest was piqued. Though, honestly, I…
REVIEWS 16 Sep 2017­ by Jay Shaw

Tooth and Tail

Tooth and Tail is the story of cute animals doing horrible things to each other. Sadly it’s not narrated by David Attenborough but that doesn’t stop it from having Animals Of Farthing Wood levels of brutality between furry, scaly, and feathered creatures. You’ll command a horde of put-upon allies to war and beyond. But is…
REVIEWS 13 Sep 2017­ by KillingArts

Sundered

Sundered is a metroidvania-style platformer with beautiful, hand-drawn, Lovecraft-inspired graphics from Thunder Lotus Games who are known for Jotun, their first game. Sundered has, quite similar to Jotun, an art style that reminds very much of 80s cartoons, though gameplay-wise, it is very different. While Jotun was extremely slow (remember the two-second-long heavy attack?), Sundered…
REVIEWS 23 Aug 2017­ by L Coulsen

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Oh boy, this is going to be a good one. Following a young Orkney woman called Senua, Hellblade is about a journey into the Nordic realm of the dead, Helheim, overlaid by a personal journey into psychosis. Note, that’s psychosis, not psychopathy. The latter being a condition typified by a lack of empathy, which often…
REVIEWS 21 Aug 2017­ by K-putt

F1 2017

Every year we get a new F1 game in the series, and since Codemasters only ever has about one year to bring out a new installment that actually improves the experience, I try to keep my expectations rather low. This year however, the completely new Formula 1 cars hit the tracks with their vastly increased…
REVIEWS 15 Aug 2017­ by Stephen Haselden

Sudden Strike 4

Sudden Strike 4 (SS4) is Kalypso Media’s and Kite Games’ sequel to Sudden Strike series, which originally released seventeen years ago. With two following games being released in 2002 and 2009, the series gained popularity for having far greater realism and deeper simulation than most other RTS’s of the time. The Sudden Strike games also…
REVIEWS 10 Aug 2017­ by L Coulsen

Mass Effect: Andromeda

BioWare have quite the history in the gaming world, producing, some of the best respected games in the western ARPG genre. Even after their purchase by EA, despite what some may have told you. Though, it’s hard to deny that their overall quality has been slowly, steadily, declining since their heydey, leaving us here, at…
REVIEWS 24 Jul 2017­ by K-putt

DiRT 4

After about 6 years of DiRT abstinence we get another game in the series, or rather, in the main DiRT series. The previous DiRT Rally was a more simulated and focused approach in the vein of casual Rally games, and it worked out quite well for Codemasters, since it was one of the more successful…
REVIEWS 17 Jul 2017­ by J. A. Kinghorn

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II

Herald is an episodic, point-and-click, choice-driven adventure title that takes place during a slightly alternate 19th century time period. You play as Devan Rensburg, a young man of mixed heritage, who finds himself upon the titular sea-faring vessel as it travels from the singular colonial overpower of the British Protectorate to its Indian Eastern Colonies.…