Football Manager 2019 Touch Nintendo Switch Review

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Having now reviewed Football Manager for the past four years running as well as Football Manager Touch for the last three, I have to forgive myself for running out of interesting ways to open these reviews. I’ve already talked about spending thousands of hours on Championship Manager 2 as a teenager and then hundreds and hundreds more though my adulthood. In fact, looking at my Steam library, I can confidently state that I’ve spent about ten percent of my adult life either playing (or talking about) Football Manager. Continue reading “Football Manager 2019 Touch Nintendo Switch Review”

This War of Mine: Complete Edition Switch Review – Shock and Awe

This War of Mine Complete Edition Review

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It’s almost impossible to begin a review of This War of Mine without making reference to the awful circumstances which led to its existence. The fact that in every war (but especially modern guerrilla war) the cost is often paid in the misery and suffering of civilians, to an even greater extent than the military forces that fight it. This War of Mine is inspired specifically by the Siege of Sarajevo, which, whilst only as grim as any other similar conflict, has close personal linkage to the development team. Continue reading “This War of Mine: Complete Edition Switch Review – Shock and Awe”

Mutant: Year Zero review – Pig-Headed

Mutant Year Zero Review

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Fans of X-COM and Wasteland 2 style games rejoice, for a new saviour walks among us. Yes, Mutant: Year Zero is a tactical role-playing game in the most classic sense, but it comes with its own rich, post-apocalyptic IP that reinvigorates the bog standard “after Earth” scenario. Not only that, but the gameplay switches between traditional, real time exploration (and to a lesser extent stealth) and tactical combat freely, which makes it feel much more as though it takes place in living world than most other turn based games. Continue reading “Mutant: Year Zero review – Pig-Headed”

Call of Cthulhu Review: Frog in Your Throat

Call of Cthulhu Review

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Narrative adventure. Walking simulator. First person adventure game. Whatever you choose to call games like Call of Cthulhu, the genre is only increasing in popularity. Regardless of the reason for this upturn, it’s a style of game that seems to link perfectly with horror and mystery games because of how helpless it tends to make the player feel. Just as importantly though, it’s a slower paced style of game that seems to suit smaller studios with limited production budgets and a real focus on story and dialogue. Continue reading “Call of Cthulhu Review: Frog in Your Throat”

Football Manager 2019 Review – Squad Rotation

Football Manager 19 Review

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As I mentioned in my review of last years installment of Football Manager (Football Manager 2018) I’ve been playing Football Manager games since the outset – since before they were called Football Manager, even. As such, I’ve begun to notice certain patterns in the way that FM games develop from one year to the next. Sometimes, the changes are radical and as a result, the way that the game plays changes to such an extent that it has to be re-learned. FM 2018 was one such release, thanks to a raft of new introductions including Squad Dynamics, a new approach to tactics and tons more. Continue reading “Football Manager 2019 Review – Squad Rotation”

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Nintendo Switch Review: Paris in the Fall

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Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing, especially where video games are concerned. When it was first released in December of 2013, Broken Sword 5 was intended to be a nostalgic throwback to what made the original Broken Sword one of the most popular and well loved point and click adventures of the 1990’s. I still remember picking up a copy of it on the PlayStation and being enthralled with its story, its incredible painterly graphics and its likable, human characters. Continue reading “Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Nintendo Switch Review: Paris in the Fall”

Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Review: A Mobile Mayor

Cities Skylines Nintendo Switch Review

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Whilst I love Paradox Interactive’s ambition in bringing Cities: Skylines to the Nintendo Switch, playing it feels a bit like having to pull on a pair of hand-me-down socks that still have a bit of crustiness about them. The PC version is something like a hundred years old, but it remains by far the most complete and comprehensive version of the game. The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions are a reasonable second, but even so, the console versions lack most of the DLC and suffer from a considerable technical downgrade. Continue reading “Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Review: A Mobile Mayor”

Strange Brigade Review: Cry For Mummy!

Strange Brigade Review

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Whilst everyone else has been doubling down on Fortnite and Dark Souls clones, Rebellion has been quietly beavering away on something else. Something… interesting. Strange Brigade is an odd one. It’s a brand new IP set in the adventurous days of the 1930’s, when the British Empire still existed and zeppelins were considered a reasonable and sensible method of transport. It’s not the kind of twee outing that you might be expecting though; instead, it’s a rip-roaring cooperative shooter that leans heavily on movies like The Mummy for inspiration. Continue reading “Strange Brigade Review: Cry For Mummy!”

Salt and Sanctuary Nintendo Switch Review: Souled Out

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Now, we all know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes people take the saying very, very literally. Like the people who made Salt and Sanctuary, for example. A two dimensional platformer that has been doing the rounds on PC, Vita and both of the Xbox One and PS4 since 2016, Salt and Sanctuary has recently dodge-rolled its way onto Nintendo Switch, bringing with it gameplay that is so clearly inspired by Dark Souls that I don’t know why the designers didn’t seek to license it as such, somehow! Continue reading “Salt and Sanctuary Nintendo Switch Review: Souled Out”

We Happy Few Review: Dystopian Drudgery

We Happy Few Review

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We Happy Few is an interesting game to review, considering that it had a disastrous soft launch what seems like an age ago (almost two years, so in gaming terms it was an age ago.) Back then, the game was a sort of aimless, first person survival experience that didn’t really seem to push the buttons of those who previewed it, despite the fact that it took place in a promisingly strange world populated by those smirking, otherworldly police officers for which the game has become so famous. Continue reading “We Happy Few Review: Dystopian Drudgery”

The Council Episodes 1-3 Review – Tall Tales

The Council Review

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Whilst I understand how the various Telltale series became popular thanks to their unique art style and use of very popular IP (like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, among others) but personally I never considered them to be games, as such. Interactive experiences, yes, but more the kind of thing that would work well on mobile devices rather than consoles or gaming PC’s. Whether I’m right about that or not doesn’t matter, but it does serve to explain why I was excited about the idea of The Council as soon as I heard about it. Continue reading “The Council Episodes 1-3 Review – Tall Tales”

Overcooked 2 Nintendo Switch Review: Please Sir, I Want Some More

Overcooked 2

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Just when I started to think that I had gorged myself to bursting on the first Overcooked since its rather lackluster launch on Nintendo Switch, I now find myself with a hefty dessert in the form of the second installment to contend with. At first glance, it’s hard to tell what’s new – Overcooked 2 retains much of the same game play of the original, with a clear focus on couch cooperative and online multiplayer and relatively slim pickings for the solo player. Continue reading “Overcooked 2 Nintendo Switch Review: Please Sir, I Want Some More”

Sudden Strike 4 – European Battlefields Xbox One Review: Good Looking And Exciting

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It’s just a couple of short weeks since I began my Jurassic World: Evolution review, which a whole paragraph of pissing and moaning about how few real time strategy and management simulations there are on console. Now, I’m putting keyboard to HTML on my second Xbox strategy game in a row, without so much as a generic action shooter in-between. Continue reading “Sudden Strike 4 – European Battlefields Xbox One Review: Good Looking And Exciting”

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