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Why Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is one of my favourite games and New ‘n’ Tasty is too (not quite a review)

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, the first game in the Oddworld series, is one of my favourite games of all time. It’s one of the few PlayStation One games I constantly revisit fairly regularly in my life. I was young when I played it on my uncle’s console, and it was the first time I had encountered something with quite so much depth and scope to the world and it was truly entrancing. For the time it looked phenomenal, and the chunky […]

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Roundabout Review

It’s not uncommon for indie games to boast a retro vibe – in fact, possibly the majority. But, while a lot of those result in pixel-based homages to platformers or point and clicks, Roundabout is a pretty perfect pastiche of the FMV video game craze, back from when putting games on a CD was exciting and new. It’s probably the best FMV game ever made. Roundabout marries its fun send-up of FMV sequences with some solid gameplay too. You control […]

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Retrospective (Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection)

I love the Uncharted series. I played them through sequentially and never really went back to them once I was done. Naughty Dog added a lot of tweaks and improvements as it went on that would make going back a bit tough. But now that the PS4 remastered collection of the trilogy is out, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, it’s a perfect time to revisit the series, see what they’ve improved, and whether it the games still holds up. Firstly, I […]

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6 Ways Assassin’s Creed Unity Is Better than the Other Ones Even Though It’s Worse than the Other Ones

It’s that time of year again. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is coming out this week, and I didn’t even remember until yesterday. I work in the games industry, but mainly covering Japanese games, so that makes it okay, right? Right? Syndicate has had quite a bit of marketing, but as usual with Ubisoft a little bit too much. It kind of blends into a hum. Background noise. A lot of people are worried this one will be bad in the same ways […]

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Murdered: Soul Suspect Review – Just a Ghost of an Idea?

After the short tutorial section of Murdered: Soul Suspect you’re thrown into the first area of the game: a block of rundown flats. The first few minutes are engrossing as you move between flats by stepping through walls, eavesdropping on conversations and just sort of looking at people. Then the novelty starts to wear thin and you begin to wonder “this couldn’t be it, could it? There’s more to it than this, surely”. But there really isn’t much more. The […]

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The “Oscars” – Games of the Year 2014 Awards

Different year: same rules. A game of the month for each of the twelve months of the year, followed by a game of the year. I’ll also be dishing out additional awards too, so keep an eye out for those. January – Broken Age: Act 1 Contrary to many armchair video game publishers online I’ve been nothing but impressed with Broken Age. A wonderfully crafted adventure game that is both super approachable in design yet also manages to maintain the charm […]

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The “Oscars” – Games of the Year 2013 Awards

Everything that happens annually is great. My birthday? Amazing. A date with someone of the opposite sex? I mean, it’s okay I guess, but then so are dates with the same sex. An invasive full-body cavity search just to make sure you aren’t accidentally hiding anything? It feels so good, so reassuring. But what I also love is end-of-the-year lists of things. Karl Frampton’s list of the top six nights out this year? A real classic. I printed it off […]

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Tom Clancy is Dead, and So is My Childhood

It was around the same time that I was switching my website over to WordPress with the express purpose of better integrating a blog that I heard about the death of Tom Clancy, on October 1st, 2013. He is best known for being the author of best-selling, and very detailed, military and spy novels, as well as for his involvement with a few video game series, which bore “Tom Clancy’s” in their titles. As writing and video games are my two biggest interests […]

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