Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Review Posted 26|Mar by
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Is the extra dimension worth it?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has me in a bit of a quandary. I never played it on the Wii - by the time it had come out I had already sold off that platform and moved on - but Xenoblade remained a game I regretted not getting to play. That was five years ago, and now the JRPG is being released on the New Nintendo 3DS.
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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - Part One

Interview Posted 24|Mar by
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - Part One

A deep dive with Isaiah Cartwright and John Corpening

Guild Wars 2 has been a phenomenal success since its launch in August of 2012 and developer Arenanet has promised to keep producing content for it long after its release.

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I'm too old for this sh*t

Feature Posted 20|Mar by
I'm too old for this sh*t

OlliOlli 2 and the mature gamer

This week I was supposed to be reviewing OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood on the PS Vita and PS4. Now I really loved the first OlliOlli and I even had the developers on as guests for The Sausage Factory podcast so the sequel was welcomed by me (and many others going by the reception it's getting).
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Besiege

Preview Posted 12|Mar by
Besiege

Unleash your inner medieval psycopath

Oh, Besiege, let me count the ways in which you turn me in to a medieval Machiavellian mass murderer!

Let's reverse for a second, Besiege is an Early Access game on Steam (at time of writing it sits on a 0.0.3 version number) that gives you a scenario - destroy this, get here, deliver this... kill all of the sheep - and tasks you with building a medieval murdering machine to accomplish it.
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Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

Review Posted 6|Mar by
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

KAAMEEHAAMEEEEEEH...oh...

It’s been a very long time since I picked up a Dragon Ball game. Everything that was made after the Budokai series seemed very repetitive to me, so I have bided my time until they added something that myself and probably most Dragon Ball fans have been waiting for – character creation. So does this latest game in the Dragon Ball franchise live up to the hype? Read on.
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The Order: 1886

Review Posted 2|Mar by
The Order: 1886

A missed opportunity?

Some of the pre release criticism of The Order 1886 irked me a little.

I’m not a fan of bashing games before they’re out in the first place, but most of the negativity towards this game was based around what it was trying to be rather than whether it achieved that goal or not.
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Total War: Attila

Review Posted 27|Feb by
Total War: Attila

Failing empires and ravaging hordes

If the last few days have taught me anything, it's that I would make a terrible nomadic chieftain, an even worse Roman Emperor and a disappointingly adequate Frankish king. Attila: Total War is the next game in the venerable Total War series, set during the decline of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Huns it is a marked improvement on the previous Rome II and is packed with new features.
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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Review Posted 25|Feb by
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Flowing fighting that is simply wonderful to watch

After my initial Dead Or Alive 5 buzz died down, I was left feeling empty.

As a fighter it’s the best the series has ever been. It looked wonderful, the addition of Critical Bursts (Charged strikes that stun opponents) added new tactics to what would have been an overly-familiar-if-fun fighting engine and everything flowed perfectly.
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Dying Light

Review Posted 25|Feb by
Dying Light

Dead Island + parkour = ...

There was a moment when Dying Light clicked for me - it was close to sunset, I had the warning come over the radio and I was a long way from the nearest safe house. I left the building I had been looting and below me I saw the whole city bathed in golden light. It was beautiful. Between me and safety there were a few hundred zombies - shambling, easy-to-dodge corpses. I set off at full pelt, vaulting over the festering dead and I lost myself in the flow of movement - scrambling up buildings and leaping from rooftop to rooftop.
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Review Posted 20|Feb by
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

New heights...

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was my first experience with the Monster Hunter series, and I didn’t take to it right away. Going into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate would be different though. Firstly because I’ve spent over 200 hours playing MH3U on the Wii U in the two and a half years since then so I’ve got a much better handle on the series. And secondly because MH4U just does a much better job of hooking you in right from the start.
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Blackguards 2

Review Posted 13|Feb by
Blackguards 2

Bleak gothic fun

I didn't play the original Blackguards game, it is on my Steam wish list but I have yet to buy it. So, understandably I was a little worried going in to Blackguards 2 - Would I get lost amid things I should be familiar with? Does the story continue on from the predecessor?
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Review Posted 11|Feb by
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Ocarina of Time's creepy younger brother

I’ve always thought people treated Majora's Mask like the black sheep of the Legend of Zelda series. It’s understandable, given the act it had to follow. Ocarina of Time was hailed as an instant classic and still tends to be viewed as the franchise's highest point to this day. Pretty big shoes to fill then.
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Havoc

Review Posted 6|Feb by
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Havoc

Zooooombies...

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been out roughly three months now, and when I first got my hands on it I loved it. Unfortunately, my opinion changed quite drastically once I’d played through the campaign and put some solid hours into the multiplayer.

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The New Nintendo 3DS XL

Review Posted 4|Feb by
The New Nintendo 3DS XL

Putting the 3D back in the 3DS

I adore my Nintendo 3DS. As far as handheld gaming goes it is nigh on perfect. Except, I haven't had the 3D feature turned on in over a year. Playing games like Super Smash Brothers or Monster Hunter where keeping the console absolutely still to keep within that 3D sweet spot is nigh on impossible.
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Saints Row IV: Re-elected

Review Posted 28|Jan by
Saints Row IV: Re-elected

The Saints get a second term

Out of all the games that have been re-released on our new consoles, Saints Row IV is probably the biggest surprise. As brilliant as the game was it doesn’t really need another go-around. Its looks were never really the focus of what made the game so well received and it's hard to see what they could have added to take advantage of the new hardware.
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