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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Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell

Review Posted 19|Jan by
Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell

Gone when the morning comes?

And so it has come to this.

What started as a clone of a more successful game - a half decent one at that - has spawned a series that has carved its own identity on the market. The outrageous farce Saints Row has become is a welcome injection of fun and comedy that the industry is craving.
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Review Posted 16|Jan by
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Take a tumble with Toad

So about a year ago Nintendo graced their struggling Wii U with Super Mario 3D World, and as expected it was critically lauded and hailed as one of the crown jewels of the console. And rightfully so because even the most jaded cynic would look silly trying to say that Nintendo don’t have a pretty good grasp on how to make a high-quality platformer.
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Elite: Dangerous

Review Posted 12|Jan by
Elite: Dangerous

The not-so final Frontier

The Milky Way is a bloody big place - small in comparison to some other galaxies, but from our limited perspective it might as well be infinite. In gaming nowhere is this more apparent than in Elite Dangerous. I've spent a few hundred hours cruising from star system to star system and I can safely say that I have seen a fraction of one percent of the simulation of our own galaxy as presented by Frontier.
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Games of the Year: Dragon Age Inquisition

Feature Posted 2|Jan by
Games of the Year: Dragon Age Inquisition

What a wonderful world

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's SPOnG regular, Shane...


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Games of the Year: Marvel Heroes 2015

Feature Posted 31|Dec by
Games of the Year: Marvel Heroes 2015

Getting newer by the week

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's Adam...


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