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Why One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 wasn’t quite the game I wanted it to be (Review Retrospective)

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 is one of the games I’ve followed through pre-release and release the most since working in video games full-time. I followed it along at preview events, and it impressed me quite a bit. To pick up and play it’s a great Warriors game, and features some truly refined and inspired tweaks to the traditional gameplay. Though when playing the full package and reviewing it, it kind of ended up irking me in some ways despite […]

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Why I Wasn’t Really a Fan of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Review Retrospective)

A few months ago I reviewed Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls on Rice Digital. I really loved the first Danganronpa. I couldn’t put it down. For every time it was somewhat “problematic” (the way it handles multiple personality disorder is a bit bad) it was also quite subversive. This is a spin-off set between the first and second game that moves away from its normal Visual Novel gameplay and instead adds in survival horror. Oh, but it also adds in […]

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I’ve been playing a bit of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I want to lose myself in its world

I’d tried to play the first two Witcher games before and had struggled with them. They start out a bit slow, and just seem really complicated. I popped this in on a whim, having borrowed it from a friend after hearing such good things, and was blown away. It’s almost like a cross between Skyrim and Fable II, but with only the good bits kept in. The world, characters, and story appeal to me – and I wouldn’t even describe […]

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Part 1: Cost – My Thoughts on Playing Games on Console vs Playing Games on PC

This article’s featured image is from Gamespot’s pretty great Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 & PC comparison article. It’s become one of the more iconic images when it comes to the fairly outrageous mishandling of the PC port of Arkham Knight. There’s a lot of in-depth information about it, most of it an interesting read. The initial comparisons such as Gamespot’s are a good look, and others about the latest PC patches still being poor, and the statements from Warner […]

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Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Let’s Play – City of the Daleks

If you live in the UK and watched Doctor Who around series 5 you might have heard of these games. You might have seen the brief advert at the end of some of the episodes and thought “huh that Doctor Who game looks kind of okay” and then completely forgot about it. They were available to download for free to UK residents, and available for purchase outside of the UK through the overly complex Direct2Drive if you didn’t know how […]

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Infamous: Second Son Review – Freedom in All but Its Morality System

Infamous: Second Son is the sort of game where a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” (by Dead Sara) plays over the credits. It opens with new series lead Delsin Rowe (Troy Baker) tagging up a billboard. The player has to hold the DualShock 4 on its side, using the trigger as if it were a spray can nozzle. It wants to be edgy and cool. And at times it is, presenting a fluid, real feeling open-world Seattle and allowing you […]

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Mad Max – 7 Camp Capture and Clearing Tips

Mad Max’s camps form the backbone of the game, dotted around the Wasteland, giving Scrotus control over the region. While camps are often quite different and have a unique gimmick they are share the same principles. There are a lot of camps in the game. This Mad Max camp capture and clearing tips will help you with some general advice that will guide you through the shared basics of every camp in the game, and help you become a Wastelander to […]

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Mad Max Car Combat & 10 Tips to Keep in Mind

Mad Max‘s ground combat is more than little bit inspired by the Batman: Arkham series, but the car combat is a lot more original. Vehicle based fighting can be hit and miss in games at the best of time. Even Batman: Arkham Knight‘s very own Batmobile combat, while functional and competent, seemed to miss the point of the rest of the game. Mad Max on the other hand is all about the cars. There’s a pretty big variation on how […]

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Mad Max Ground Combat & 5 Tips to Get Good at It

A lot of games have taken inspiration from the Batman Arkham series’ excellent combat, and Mad Max, also published by Warner Bros. is no exception. It has every reason to when the combat in those games is so satisfying. But, as with Arkham’s other imitators, it’s not quite as good as what you find in the Arkham games. With that said, it’s hardly the worst imitator out there. Though it doesn’t reach the great heights of something like Sleeping Dogs […]

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Why I Loved Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence (Review Retrospective)

In September my review of Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence was published on Rice Digital. You can find it here if you want to read that first. I wrote after spending a couple of intense weeks with the game, and after covering it reasonably extensively during the pre-release period. I got deep into it. And I kind of loved it, despite it having some flaws. I recommend it to a lot of people, and I feel it probably got overlooked […]

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