Bravely Second: End Layer

Preview Posted 12|Feb by
Bravely Second: End Layer

The 10 hour demo

As with the original game, Bravely Second: End Layer has a chunky demo. Titled The Ballad of The Three Cavaliers, it takes place in an odd limbo before the main game begins, but strangely features a character you don’t know at the beginning of the main game (to be more specific would involve spoilers for the main game, something I am loath to do).
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

Review Posted 11|Feb by
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

From Russia with Dave

There's not been much buzz around for the Assassin's Creed Chronicles home console trilogy, well at least not in my bubble of the internet.

I enjoyed the first of the series for what it was, an interesting diversion for the brand and one that was full of ideas as well as being polished throughout, but I was left a little perplexed that there were another two games in the pipe-line.
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Review Posted 5|Feb by
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

This the end...

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the latest and last title in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series and the first to be released on new generation platforms. Developer CyberConnect2 takes full advantage of this, with enhanced visuals and some of the most epic battles ever seen in the Storm series. With a plethora of features in this new game, it's hard to choose a place to start from. So I took a deep breath and went head first into Story Mode...
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Lumini

Preview Posted 28|Jan by
Lumini

A swarm of light

It is thanks to Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons that developers have decided that the right thumb-stick on controllers is not just for 'looking' in first-person shooters.

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Anno 2205

Review Posted 19|Jan by
Anno 2205

A city building game with a point

I love city building games. There is something incredibly satisfying about striking the right balance, getting all the little statistics evened out and a solid profit flowing into my coffers, then building a big expansion and upsetting that balance to reinvigorate the challenge. The only problem with this gameplay loop is that it gets repetitive quickly and I lose the desire to play that particular city builder.
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Story of Seasons

Review Posted 12|Jan by
Story of Seasons

Harvest Moon gets a new start

Despite no longer carrying the long-running franchise’s name, Story of Seasons is a new Harvest Moon game in every other aspect. I’ve played more than my fair share of that series, though each instalment has grown increasingly less interesting to me over the years. Can a new name and a fresh approach revive an aging formula?
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Games of 2015: Sausage Factory Favourites

Feature Posted 7|Jan by
Games of 2015: Sausage Factory Favourites

Yes, another Fallout 4 mention...

Chris O'Regan, host of the Sausage Factory podcast, gives us his top picks for the year that was, as well as a handful of also-rans.


No. 5 - Darkest Dungeon
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Games of 2015: The Beginner's Guide

Feature Posted 6|Jan by
Games of 2015: The Beginner's Guide

Down the mindhole

From Davey Wredon, the creator of The Stanley Parable, The Beginners Guide is a (roughly) two hour experience that consumed me completely. Wredon narrates through a series of small, very crude games created by someone known as Coda that break standard rules in game design. Coda began creating these games in 2008 and suddenly stopped in 2011. Wredon compiled them together and talks you through each one.
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Games of the Year: Fallout 4 (II)

Feature Posted 4|Jan by
Games of the Year: Fallout 4 (II)

Yes, we do love Fallout 4...

This time round I’m finding myself a little hesitant to pick a game of the year. Having had a quick look back over my options and finding nothing that particularly jumps out at me my gut reaction is to go with Fallout 4.

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Games of the Year: Unreal Tournament

Feature Posted 1|Jan by
Games of the Year: Unreal Tournament

Yes, it's in alpha. No, we don't care

Epic’s Unreal Tournament franchise has been around since the late 90’s when FPS games were starting to take a major grip on the gaming marketplace following the success of the likes of Doom and Quake.

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Games of the Year: Fallout 4

Feature Posted 28|Dec by
Games of the Year: Fallout 4

Because no, Dark Souls is not allowed

Choosing a game of the year has been particularly difficult for me this year. This is not because of the vast number of quality titles that have been released, but rather because I have spent most of the year playing a game released in 2011. Sadly, my Dark Calls guide, David Turner told me that I'm not allowed to choose Dark Souls for my game of the year. Consequently, I've had to have a rethink about what else has come close to the fun I had with my first Souls game.
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Games of the Year: Destiny

Feature Posted 25|Dec by
Games of the Year: Destiny

Rise of the Bloodborne Rocket Batman of Destiny

Allow me to let you peek behind the curtain slightly.

SPOnG's editor Mark sent an email to all staff writers on 20th November asking for our game of the year choices. He wanted us to submit our result by December 3rd. I'm writing this on the evening of December 2nd.
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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.

Review Posted 22|Dec by
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.

A worthy successor to Superstar Saga?

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga kind of came out of nowhere but set an extremely high bar for portable RPGs. With its amusing story, excellent localisation and interesting battle mechanics it felt like the start of something new for RPGs on the move. The game was perfectly designed for short periods of play, but it was the script and treatment of the Mario Bros that proved particularly gripping.
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Kawiteros and Knee Deep

Preview Posted 18|Dec by
Kawiteros and Knee Deep

Yet more from EGX

Chris O'Regan, host of The Sausage Factory (the inside baseball of the videogames world), has been out and about once again, keeping his nose to the ground at EGX to sniff out the best upcoming games you might not have heard about. Here's what he found...

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Just Cause 3

Review Posted 17|Dec by
Just Cause 3

Just cos three

I was a big fan of Just Cause 2.

In many ways it was my sequel to Crackdown. I spent over 20 hours with it yet never managed to get more than three missions in. It was my background game for a few years. When I wasn't playing anything or didn't fancy jumping on a game that I was currently working through, it was time to visit Panau and let Rico go crazy.
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