REVIEWS 21 Jan 2019­ by Jay Shaw

Nippon Marathon

We first encountered Nippon Marathon back at Play Expo Manchester in 2016 and played against the super friendly developers who had so much passion for what they were making. We knew from the moment we saw images of a dog man, man-lobster, girl-narwhal, and old man in a sailor uniform that we were in for…
REVIEWS 14 Jan 2019­ by Jay Shaw

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Insurgency: Sandstorm is the long awaited sequel to the Source engine coop/PvP shooter Insurgency. Originally slated to have a full campaign Sandstorm‘s developers, New World Interactive, dropped it to focus on the multiplayer aspect not long before release. Did that decision pay off? Keep reading to find out.
REVIEWS 15 Dec 2018­ by Jay Shaw

Battle Princess Madelyn

Battle Princess Madelyn is the latest game from developer Causal Bit, creators of the excellent Insanity’s Blade. After a jaw dropping alpha demo and successful Kickstarter campaign that appealed to us by proclaiming to be a game designed by a father and daughter, we’re finally in possession of the final product. Does it live up…
REVIEWS 08 Dec 2018­ by L Coulsen

The Quiet Man

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard that The Quiet Man is absolutely terrible. So one might be wondering why we are here throwing our two cents in. Well, there are a number of reasons. Firstly, the premise was rather intriguing, and a lot of people seem to have fundamentally misunderstood what being deaf actually…
REVIEWS 17 Nov 2018­ by L Coulsen

Vampyr

DONTNOD have been around for a while now, longer than some may realise. Though they may have only risen to prominence more recently, especially after the release of Life is Strange, their earlier game was a 3rd person action title. So far from being a departure, Vampyr would be better categorised as a return to…
REVIEWS 05 Nov 2018­ by L Coulsen

Cheap Golf

Hello, my name is Susan. I want to take you on a journey into what it means to be alive. But talk is cheap, and so is golf. The two, consciousness and golf, are intimately intertwined in a dance of supreme, beatific elegance. Cats are funny. That’s why there are so many YouTube videos about…
REVIEWS 29 Oct 2018­ by L Coulsen

Call of Cthulhu

Ahh, Lovecraft. Long considered the Granddaddy of horror, for good reason, his works have seen many an adaptation over the years. Some good, some less so. But all too rarely have we seen a truly great entry, in any medium other than his original literature. Silent Hill probably stands as the best representation of his…
REVIEWS 20 Oct 2018­ by Jay Shaw

Space Hulk: Tactics

Space Hulk: Tactics is the latest digital edition of the venerable Space Hulk board game. This time we’ve got campaign outings for both the Space Marines and Genestealers, as well as online play, map editor, and squad customisation. The question remains though – does it roll a natural 6 or get teleported back to the…
REVIEWS 15 Sep 2018­ by L Coulsen

Agony

Ahh yes, Kickstarter, equal parts one of the best and worst things to happen to the gaming world. On the one hand, it has enabled the production of so many games that would otherwise have never existed. On the other…it’s enabled the production of so many games that should otherwise have never existed. By now,…
REVIEWS 28 Aug 2018­ by L Coulsen

The Fall Part 2: Unbound

Kickstarter still has a questionable reputation among the gaming populace at large, and it’s not hard to see why. There have been some extremely high profile disappointments and outright scams, which have severely dampened perceptions even when the (admittedly rare) big success stories come along. But something that gets far less attention is the small,…
REVIEWS 21 Aug 2018­ by L Coulsen

Shenmue 1 and 2

Shenmue boasts itself as “the saga that defined modern gaming”. Which is a bold claim indeed, and one that is far more apt than many may realise. Though it has long remained something of a niche title, due to being formerly exclusive to the ill-fated SEGA Dreamcast, with the second later seeing an original Xbox…
REVIEWS 18 Aug 2018­ by K-putt

F1 2018

Just like every year, we get a new F1 game. And just like I mentioned last year, Codemasters only has 12 months to develop these games. So it’s best to keep expectations on the lower side. But unlike last year, which saw a drastic change in the aero regulations that brought us wider tires and…
REVIEWS 11 Aug 2018­ by Sawyer Scherbenske

The Banner Saga 3

You’ve made it to Arberrang, you’ve gathered clansmen and warriors, and you’re probably going to be dead in a few weeks. Don’t worry though, everyone is dying with you! Well, unless you save everyone that is. But to do that you need to use turn-based combat and make heart-shattering decisions that kill characters and murder…
REVIEWS 28 Jul 2018­ by L Coulsen

Yakuza 0

The Yakuza series has been a mainstay of the Sony platform since the days of the PlayStation 2. Growing, in large part, out of Suzuki Yu’s Shenmue, it features similar themes and almost identical gameplay. It’s always had something of a niche appeal, but has long been requested for PC porting. Which, finally, we now…