Jurassic World Evolution Review: Marketosaurus

Jurassic World Evolution Review

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All too infrequently, some brave soul (or team of souls, actually) ventures to release a new “business simulator” on both PC and console, in the vain hope that somehow, it might appease both audiences. I avoid these games like the plague on PC simply because I know that nowadays, they are built almost exclusively for the more valuable, more mainstream console audience. Even so, like the delightful music of Sophie Ellis Bextor, I like to experience them for what they are. Continue reading “Jurassic World Evolution Review: Marketosaurus”

Vampyr Review: Good Night

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Unfortunately, this review of Vampyr is late. Unusually, it’s not late because I took ages to play the game in question, but instead because I didn’t know it existed. The day other outlets were publishing their reviews of Vampyr was the day that I started playing, which puts me in the slightly uncomfortable position of having read several opinions about the game before I formulated my own. This isn’t the first time that’s happened, but it probably is the first time that I’ve seen a game that divides critical opinion so widely. Continue reading “Vampyr Review: Good Night”

Dark Souls Remastered Xbox One X Review: Decent But Not Remarkable

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If you’ve ever read another of my remaster reviews, then you’ll know that I tackle all such games with a pinch of salt. Frankly, I have next to no time for “last generation” remakes that are delivered as full price titles and feature anything less than ground-up visual enhancements, as well as the definitive, most complete way to experience the original game. Continue reading “Dark Souls Remastered Xbox One X Review: Decent But Not Remarkable”

Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition PS4 Review

Space Hulk Deathwing Review

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Having already completed Space Hulk: Deathwing in something like 2015 (or whenever – all I know is that it was fucking ages ago,) I’m struggling to understand who this new Enhanced Edition is supposed to appeal to? Is it existing PC players, who simply install a free patch? Is it console gamers, for whom this mildly revamped edition offers a minor revamp, or is it the very small number of Games Workshop fans who simply missed the initial PC release? Continue reading “Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition PS4 Review”

Atelier Lydie And Suelle Review: Generic Yet Charming

ATelier Lydie and Suelle Review

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Whenever I go to pick out a JRPG from the myriad selection now available on western shores, I generally try to avoid tired cliches wherever possible. With that objective in mind, I hope you’ll forgive me for initially doubting that Atelier Lydie and Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Painting had the credentials to offer anything even remotely interesting. Continue reading “Atelier Lydie And Suelle Review: Generic Yet Charming”

Battletech Review: Nothing Done New, But Some Things Done Right

Battletech Review

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Giant mechs trading blows in a turn based strategy game eh? Whilst deep parts of my brain tell me that this is an incredibly cliched concept, I can’t actually name that many games cut from the same cloth in recent years. Sure, Front Mission was amazing, as was Mechwarrior Tactics, but neither has seen a release anywhere near the current generation of consoles. Continue reading “Battletech Review: Nothing Done New, But Some Things Done Right”

Pillars Of Eternity 2 Review: Improving On The Original In Every Way

For me, the Baldur’s Gate style of RPG has always been the most faithful digital recreation of the pen and paper tabletop games. That used to be partly because Bioware built its games based on the same number crunching that your DM would be doing every time you played a quest in his cellar or attic bedroom. Bioware may well have taken a more action orientated path with the last Dragon Age, but Obsidian Entertainment’s original Pillars of Eternity was one of several games that retain the feel of the original Baldur’s Gate series. Continue reading “Pillars Of Eternity 2 Review: Improving On The Original In Every Way”

Frostpunk Review: Warm Reception, Though

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Just over a dozen hours after I was captured by the spell of Frostpunk’s alternative reality, Victorian dystopia, it was finished. A chilling revelation that left me almost as crestfallen as the weary band of refugees that I had seen into a new world was when I first met them. Frostpunk, you see, us fantastic, even though it is a relatively fleeting experience. Continue reading “Frostpunk Review: Warm Reception, Though”

Football Manager Touch Nintendo Switch Review: Armchair Fan

Football Manager Touch Review

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Ensuring that I could play Football Manager on the move was once so important to me that it was more or less the critical factor in deciding what laptop I would choose. Portability was key, but so too was ensuring that the chosen device was capable of meeting the demanding processor and RAM requirements of running the full game with multiple countries and tens of leagues active. Continue reading “Football Manager Touch Nintendo Switch Review: Armchair Fan”

Extinction Review: Kill It Off

Extinction Review

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In what must be one of the greatest disappointments of the year (for me at least) I don’t have a lot of good things to say about Extinction. I first saw it advertised around a year ago and the still images made it look very cool. I was completely sold on the idea of a more complex, technically engaging version of Attack on Titan, perhaps featuring challenging Souls-like game play and strong replay value against a bold, visually stunning backdrop. Continue reading “Extinction Review: Kill It Off”

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Review: Problems, Solved

Ni no kuni 2 Review

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is something of a conundrum. It looks like Ni No Kuni, it sounds like it and on rare occasions, it almost reaches the same narrative heights in the same way. It is not, however, even remotely like it’s predecessor. Firstly, Studio Ghibli’s masterful, nuanced storytelling is absent except for those rare high points – and boy does it show – but what Level-5’s sequel lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in game play. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Review: Problems, Solved”

Attack on Titan 2 Review: Big Trouble

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With the exception of perhaps the Dynasty Warriors games, I’ve always felt that there was an agreed principle between game publishers and prospective customers for handling rehashes of existing games. Whether it’s called a Redux, a Remaster, a Version 1.5 or a Complete Edition, such re-releases should always indicate that they contain large parts of the original game, albeit with a bit of additional content or an allegedly “ground up” visual overhaul. Continue reading “Attack on Titan 2 Review: Big Trouble”

Tiny Metal Nintendo Switch Review: Worth its Weight in Gold

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It seems like an awfully long time since we had an Advance Wars title and in truth, we may never see another one. The series last saw the light of day with 2008’s release of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and there don’t seem to be any plans to release another one. Thankfully, Tiny Metal (which was released in December) is here to fill the gap, but is it any good? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Tiny Metal Nintendo Switch Review: Worth its Weight in Gold”

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