A Review of the Game Awards 2017

2017 was a great year for gaming. With so many deserving entries, this year turned out to be an interesting one for the Game Awards. However, with so many amazing games, there were some commendable games that walked away empty handed. Horizon: Zero Dawn – An open-world action/adventure with robot dinosaurs. Hollow Knight – A cute, cartoonish adventure, inspired by the classic Metroid series, about a … Continue reading A Review of the Game Awards 2017

Returning to Greatness: A Review of Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda is my favourite franchise of all time so you can understand why I felt so much anticipation in the build-up to Breath of the Wild. Back in 1986, the first game in the franchise hit the Nintendo Entertainment System and blew gamers away with its non-handholding adventure through the land of Hyrule. In recent years, the games seemed to have lost … Continue reading Returning to Greatness: A Review of Breath of the Wild

A shake-up in all areas for Assassin’s Creed Origins

“Assassin’s Creed: Origins isn’t quite the best of the franchise. Instalments such as Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag serve as examples of the best the series has to offer but Origins is certainly up there, blending RPG elements and new gameplay mechanics, reinventing the series when it was at risk of becoming stale.” Level progression can be a tricky thing in … Continue reading A shake-up in all areas for Assassin’s Creed Origins

Dancing with Swords: A Review of Hyper Light Drifter

In 2016, the games industry treated us to classics such as Overwatch, a reboot to the Doom franchise and a nostalgic indie action/adventure named Hyper Light Drifter.

Inspired by the Final Fantasy and Zelda franchises from the NES/SNES, Hyper Light Drifter is the breakout game by small independent company Heart Machine available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This 2D isometric game, about the player finding the cure for their terminal illness, is currently in my top ten games of all time. In this review, I will break this hidden gem down and analyse its gameplay, art, narrative and music to see what makes it so great. Continue reading “Dancing with Swords: A Review of Hyper Light Drifter”

Kelly talks about The Simmers Meet-up

The Simmer’s Meetup returned on the 1st October for it’s third annual event. The Simmers Meetup is an annual event for players of the popular game, The Sims, to meet and interact with other players from around the UK and in some cases from around the world. This year the event was held in Eventcity in Manchester and there were 500 tickets to be purchased … Continue reading Kelly talks about The Simmers Meet-up

Resident Evil: Revelation or Resignation?

As a bit of a Resi nut, I’d like to clear something up before I get going with this article. The last few Resident Evil games have SUCKED! 5 in particular was, in my opinion, absolutely shocking, and is a perfect example of what can happen when a developer tries to turn a hugely popular, but not necessarily brilliant selling, series into a mainstream property. Most fans of the series would agree that the first four games are, far and away, the high watermark for survival horror, or in the case of Leon Kennedy’s European adventure in 4, brilliantly paced and written action horror.

So, with those complaints ringing in their ears, Capcom released Resident Evil: Revelations. And, to be fair, it wasn’t terrible. There were still quite a few issues, and it was never going to be a huge seller following the minor disappointment that was Resident Evil 6, but while it never seemed to be a particularly horror- based game, it was a decent effort at doing something slightly different with the series.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is the newest release in the long running horror series
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is the newest release in the long running horror series

Following on from that, comes Revelations 2. At first glance, I’m the first to admit that I was a little bit apprehensive. When Capcom announced the release structure, my first thought was that they were just milking the cash cow for all it was worth. However, it’s really well done. The idea is that they’ll release it digitally first, over online marketplaces like Steam, or the Xbox/Playstation equivalents, as individual episodes, with each episode ending on some kind of cliffhanger, before finally ending on Episode 4. The episodes are released weekly, and they cost about £4 a piece, and based on the first 2, look to be of a decent length. Once the series of episodes has finished, they’ll release the Complete Collection including some additional content, which will set you back about £30. On top of that, they’ll be releasing a disc version, with even more content, for the same price.

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