Middle-earth: Shadow of War - A N00b's Quest

Feature Posted 19|Oct by
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - A N00b's Quest

Wrong reviewer, right game

Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say that you're not the right person to review a game.

I didn't play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, although a lot of people told me I should. In terms of themes, fantasy sits right at the bottom of what I'm interested in. Add The Lord of The Rings in and I'm completely turned off.
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Crest

First Look Posted 12|Oct by
Crest

More a religion sim than a god sim

The concept of the 'god sim' has been around in video games for some time and anyone perusing the archives of SPOnG would attest to the fact that they are indeed a very popular and old format. But what if the player was given powers of a god that could only enact edicts and hope those who worshipped it followed them as best they could? What kind of society would they create? Would it be a good and just one that flourishes or one that revels in the destruction of others?
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Coffence

Preview Posted 9|Oct by
Coffence

A coffee spill-'em-up

I'm no fan of coffee. I just have to make that point right now before I describe what was for me one of the most surprising games of PAX West 2017, Coffence.

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Augmented Empire

First Look Posted 5|Oct by
Augmented Empire

Turn-based combat in VR

As VR games are continuing to evolve and one of the interesting developments is taking the more traditional 'flat' games and exploiting the way in which VR can improve the interface between the player and the game.

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Expand

Review Posted 3|Oct by
Expand

Art or arsehole?

There's a fine line between a game that that revels in artistic merit and one that is stuck up its own arse.

I'm sure no developer sets out to make a game that can easily slip into pretentiousness, but sometimes the end result can miss the initial intention and the message can be lost behind the try hard nature of trying to make a point.
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Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth

Review Posted 28|Sep by
Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth

Not quite a cathedral building sim

As a big fan of point and click style adventure games I am ashamed to say that I was unaware of Daedalic Entertainment's attempt at adapting Ken Follet's 1989 historical fiction novel The Pillars of the Earth.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Review Posted 25|Sep by
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

When crossovers go mostly right

When screenshots of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle were leaked prior to the game's official unveiling at E3 this year it is safe to say that the reaction was not universally positive. Nintendo has, on numerous occasions, worked with third-party developers and allowed them to use characters from their core franchises. The days of Mario and Zelda appearing in frankly appalling games on Phillip's CDi should be long forgotten. However, the initial reaction to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle perhaps demonstrates how little faith people have in Nintendo outsourcing their mascot to other companies.
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PAX West 2017: Archangel

First Look Posted 22|Sep by
PAX West 2017: Archangel

Building sized mechas and VR

Stomping around in a massive robot suit that is the size of a building is something that has long been part of videogame culture and Archangel continues that long tradition, only this time it puts the player directly into the cockpit of one via VR. I got to play this robot stomping simulator during PAX West 2017, where Skydance Interactive had a demo station of Archangel on show at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.
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Destiny 2

Review Posted 15|Sep by
Destiny 2

A whole new solar system

The opening to Destiny 2 is one of the best I've ever seen in a game.

Not only is it fun to play, but it does so much in the space of an hour that it's pretty overwhelming. It acknowledges the time you've spent on the first game, manages to give you a credible excuse for stripping your character back down to level 1, raises the standard of level design and is full of breathtaking set peaces.
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First Strike Final Hour

Review Posted 7|Sep by
First Strike Final Hour

Chillingly timely

You won? That question mark is highly telling about the message First Strike Final Hour has to say about nuclear Armageddon.

Blindflug Studios AG has managed to encapsulate nuclear war in a tiny package that asks you to do one thing - be the last nation standing. How you go about doing this is up to you, but you have a range of options.
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Yakuza Kiwami

Review Posted 31|Aug by
Yakuza Kiwami

Less than zero

My introduction to the Yakuza series came with the release of Yakuza Zero earlier this year. Although the games had always intrigued me, especially as a fan of Shenmue, to my shame I had never played one before.

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Absolver

Review Posted 29|Aug by
Absolver

Next level martial arts

Chosen from the many, I am sent to the ruins of Adal with no memory of getting there, just a vague recollection of a ritual I volunteered for.

Absolver by Sloclap, published by Devolver, is a game about exploring a hauntingly beautiful fallen empire and honing your combat abilities by facing off against those who have given up and those who seek power throughr means besides becoming an Absolver.
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Agents of Mayhem

Review Posted 24|Aug by
Agents of Mayhem

An un-saintly follow-up

The evolution of the Saints Row series has been an interesting one.

From its conception as a Grand Theft Auto clone to becoming a Super Hero President stuck in a virtual reality world within four games, each one took a step further into the insanity and topped the last in terms out wild ideas as well as gags per-minute.
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Iron Crypticle

Review Posted 9|Aug by
Iron Crypticle

A medieval twin-stick shooter

Iron Crypticle is not an easy game. The first area that I played completely lulled me into a false sense of security as I easily confronted and beat the hordes thrown at me. My time in the next area was brief as enemies seemed to increase not only in number, but also in speed, wiping me out within a few stages.
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Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

Review Posted 3|Aug by
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

Must be a Marvelous game

Anime girls, punching clothes off and unnatural jiggle physics, oh my! It must be a Marvellous game!

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is a game about a bunch of diseased girls quarantined on an island forced to fight each other in order to treat their illness. What's more, each combatant must team up with another girl in order for this to work, one fights and the other becomes her weapon... At least I think that is what happens.
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