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Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force wants you to fight off towering robots on your own. No Army, no Air Force, just you, your bandanna and a big gun. You’re seriously out gunned, out matched, and you know it. But is it fun to play? Mechstermination Force (henceforth MF) is a side-scrolling boss shoot-em-up from Bertil Hörberg – the Swedish developer behind Gunman Clive. It consists of nothing but boss fights. Boss Fights against humongous killer robots with ridiculous weaponry. The world is under…

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Noita: Preview

Noita: Preview

This. Watch this. Now, that all looks rather good doesn’t it. Noita is a rogue-a-like wizard exploration game with a difference. I mean, not that that’s a massively overused genre, but still. The difference here is that they are simulating every single pixel. Now this is a rather big thing. it means fire can spread. It means water can freeze. It means electricity can electrify water. It also means giant explosions can destroy half the level… and that is something…

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Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul is a Norse comic action-adventure game by Wild River and Zaxis games. It follows Kveldulver after an attack on his home village and his quest for justice. During the attack Kveldulver is mortally wounded and is brought back to life by the Norns, female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. Apparently. The game is pretty heavy on the Norse mythology, and i’m not entirely sure the comic-book style gels very well with the actual gameplay. I…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

It’s not often I get excited about a new game announcement- certainly a sequel to an old IP, but this one had me ‘squee-ing’ like a little school girl. You see, in 2004 a game called Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (V:MB) came out on PC, and it was glorious. Sure it was a buggy mess, with slightly janky combat, utterly broken latter levels and met decidedly average reviews upon release, but it soon turned into a cult classic and…

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Feature: A Parents perspective on the Nintendo’s Switch

Feature: A Parents perspective on the Nintendo’s Switch

So as you may or may not know I am a Dad, and I have two young boys. As such I’m often walking that tightrope between trying to introduce them to gaming (one of my major often involves wrestling little ones off ‘screen time’ (any digital device- i.e. phones, iPad’s, handheld gaming devices etc), and then dealing with the inevitable (nuclear) fallout of such parental directives. I grew up with gaming in the 90’s when it was new. And I…

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A Plague Tale- Innocence lost : Preview

A Plague Tale- Innocence lost : Preview

NEWS! Oh I love a good bit of news. Don’t you? No wait! It’s not Brexit, it’s Games! No. Not a game about Brexit either; it’s something filled with squalor, disease, peril, the threat of starvation and a plague of killer rats. So if anything, it’s WAY nicer than Brexit… The title in question is ‘A Plague Tail: Innocence’ which is a new episodic game by Asobo Studio’s that is due to come out on May 14th for PC, PS4…

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UnRailed!: Preview

UnRailed!: Preview

CHOOO CHOOOOOO! Unrailed! is a rogue-a-like train buiding/survivial/whatever game by publishers Daedelic Entertainment and developer Indoor Astronaut, and of the many game release and news emails I received this week (i’m looking at you Ed.) it’s the one that really stood out for me. The game centres around an unstoppable train of death (I may have made the death bit up) which requires ground to be prepared and track to be laid to keep it moving. The scenery is randomly…

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Escape From Tarkov: Early-Beta Thoughts

Escape From Tarkov: Early-Beta Thoughts

So I have a new love. We met in Russia (ostensibly) and just fell for each other during some long walks through the forest. I remember it like it was yesterday. Beautiful meadows, mountains in the distance, the occasional wild flower. Oh and Gunfire and death, lots of death. It was a match made in heaven really. Perhaps some explanation may be warranted here…..

The Reticule Turns 10 – Jon’s Game of the Decade

The Reticule Turns 10 – Jon’s Game of the Decade

Ten years is a long time. I bought a house, I got married, I had TWO kids (what WAS I thinking) and I finally found out how to use a Chainsaw without killing myself….. In the background of that though was gaming. Always gaming. Because of the two little bundles of….. erm…. let’s go with ‘joy’ here, my gaming (and writing!) time has had to be wrestled free and jealousy guarded- so it means what gaming time I DO get is…

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Two Point Hospital: The Verdict

Two Point Hospital: The Verdict

There’s a point in Two Point Hospital (TPH hereafter), when you stop thinking about progressing and start thinking about efficiency; and that for me was when this game clicked. If i’m honest, moving through the ‘story’ such as it is and progressing from one hospital to another wasn’t actually that enjoyable. Sure the mechanics work, and it’s a nice looking game, but I felt like it was missing something and I was struggling to come back to it (bit of a problem for…

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Two Point Hospital preview

Two Point Hospital preview

I remember the nineties. There was no broadband, mobile phones were only just coming into the mainstream and if you had a case of Slack Tongue, you only had one option. And no, it wasn’t the NHS. Two Point Hospital is picking up the baton that Theme Hospital dropped in the nineties due (to sim-related budget cuts, probably) and is trying to re-invigorate the ‘fix imaginatively named and mildly amusing disease’ genre at the same time. The footage and dev-talks…

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Bird Beak: A look at Phoenix Point

Bird Beak: A look at Phoenix Point

I like Xcom. I like Xcom2. I even like the ridiculously hard add-on for Xcom2. You may have seen me write about Xcom in all it’s recent incarnations at length. I like Xcom. So this is why i’m rather interested in Phoenix point. Not only because it’s been made by Jullian Gollop and his team at Snapshot Games (Gollop was originally part of Mythos who birthed the original Xcom games back in the nineties, Yes, nineties) but because it is building…

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PUBG: a Reticule guide

PUBG: a Reticule guide

As you may have gathered from my review, I quite like PUBG. Having got my first Chicken Dinner not so long ago, I finally think I’m in a position to write some hints and tips and to share some of my more successful strategies. This will end up being a 4-part piece (probably)  where I’ll cover some general information and tips, before I move onto the start, middle and end of each game and the strategies that I’ve found that…

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PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

Player Unknown’s BattleGround, or PUBG (pronounced ‘pub-gee’) is arguably the biggest gaming phenomenon of recent times, reaching 3 million players on Steam and winning multiple awards. It’s attracted global fame and as it is now being released on Xbox and PlayStation (after cutting its teeth on the PC) I figured it was time to give you our verdict. Jump to the cut to see what we thought.

Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

You may have read that I was a little bit excited to get my hands on this game. It had bridge building (a style of games i’m actually quite fond of) and Valve’s Portals mixed with a dashing of Sardonic wit from GLaDOS herself. What was not to like. Well jump to the cut to find out….