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 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.…
REVIEWS 12 Jul 2017­ by L Coulsen

Space Hulk: Deathwing

The Warhammer 40k franchise has quite the torrid history with, shall we say, questionable video game adaptations. Though some have gone on to become solid series’, with dedicated fan-bases beyond the initial Games Workshop customers that really deserve far better by now. Most, sadly, wither in the mediocrity that they seem so eager to court.…
REVIEWS 05 Jul 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

DESYNC

The first game from Australian-based developer, The Foregone Syndicate, DESYNC is a distillation of everything I love about Synthwave, difficult shooters, and score attack modes. With a resurgence of games drawing heavily from the visual and cultural style of the ’80s, this “retro-futuristic” sub-genre prides itself on slick style and presentation above all else. Indeed,…
REVIEWS 23 Jun 2017­ by K-putt

Immortal Redneck

You’re immortal. You’re a redneck… and you’re in Egypt. Immortal Redneck is, as I like to call it, a FPPGRFPSSIE… what? You wanna tell me you don’t know what that acronym stands for? Well, let your old pal K-putt explain it to you. It’s a fast-paced-procedurally-generated-roguelike-first-person-shooter-set-in-Egypt. Alright, got it? Good, let’s move on. Even though…
REVIEWS 19 Jun 2017­ by L Coulsen

The Long Journey Home

Hard sci-fi and speculative fiction are both things that are oddly underrepresented in the gaming world. There is certainly no shortage of sci-fi adventures out there, that at least make an effort to be a spot of light, speculative fiction, along the way. But the vast majority often sacrifice full scientific accuracy in favour of…
REVIEWS 06 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx is small, green, mean, and a total gobshite. A breakout character from ‘Of Orcs and Men’ who went on to have his own stealth based adventure in October 2014. A game which still has, after more than 3,000 user reviews, a Very Positive standing on the Steam. Featuring huge, highly detailed, sprawling environments and…a…
REVIEWS 15 Apr 2017­ by L Coulsen

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Another month, another open world Ubisoft game. All about traveling from one region to another, doing all the area’s local faffing, finishing off barely connected story elements, then moving on to the next. Rinse, repeat, profit. But wait, this one has Tom Clancy’s name emblazoned across it, and it isn’t an odd MMO hybrid. Ghost…
REVIEWS 05 Apr 2017­ by L Coulsen

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Above the Law

As we roll into the midpoint of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, it seems like a good time to take a step back and start looking at where the series is going, as a whole. Not just this season, but the entire Telltale franchise. Because, by this point, it should be clear to everyone…
REVIEWS 25 Mar 2017­ by L Coulsen

School of Talent: SUZU-ROUTE

Visual Novels are not, typically, the kind of thing you would expect one of our Judges to be talking about. Hell, even in Japan, where they arguably have the largest reach and most prominent level of social acceptance, they are still most firmly rooted in the niche category. Outside, in the rest of the world,…
REVIEWS 22 Mar 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Part of the first wave of highly successful Kickstarter projects, notable others being Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, and more, Torment: Tides of Numenera angles itself as a spiritual successor to one of the most legendary CRPG games of all time, Planescape: Torment. Known for a colorful cast of characters, an unusually rich world and…
REVIEWS 02 Mar 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

Killing Floor 2

The follow-up to the original released in 2009, Killing Floor 2 sees enhanced graphics, more money, and a higher pedigree combine in a hopefully worthwhile sequel to one of the most beloved zombie-slaughtering games of all time. No longer “just” a poor man’s Left 4 Dead, with 15 months spent in Early Access, does Killing…
REVIEWS 28 Feb 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Legacy Edition)

There’s an awful lot of Call of Duty out right now, what with Infinity Ward offering up a remastered version of their runaway success in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and with a more modern take on the series, Infinite Warfare. There’s also a take on the Zombies formula, typically Treyarch’s domain, and plenty more…