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Evolve: Alpha impressions

Evolve: Alpha impressions

Imagine my surprise when I logged into Steam, only to find that my brother had been playing Evolve. This surprise was further compounded when I saw it was in my library. The penny then dropped; I wasn’t special, or chosen….it was simply an open Alpha. Jump to the cut to find my thoughts on the game as it is.

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – I Might Need a Wii U

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – I Might Need a Wii U

Wow. Well we get sent things, and I wasn’t even aware that this title was coming (ostensibly as it’s currently Wii U only), but my word does it look fun. Stealth Inc 2: a Game of Clones (see what they did there) is a metroidvania-style platform puzzler with open (2d) world aspects that make it an entirely intriguing prospect. It’s also utterly gorgeous.

Star Conflict – The Verdict

Star Conflict – The Verdict

Star Conflict is a space based-arcade-MMO-deathmatch-spaceship game. Think World of Tanks in space, with snippets of story and you honestly won’t be far off. It is clear that this game owes a huge debt to WoT, the similarities are in places, striking, but it mostly holds it’s own and manages to come across as a separate entity. This is no mean feat.

Read on after the cut to find out what I think.

Wasteland 2: Early impressions

Wasteland 2: Early impressions

A post nuclear apocalyptic wasteland. Sound familiar? It’s a theme that has been quite literally nuked to death, left to fester, and then played on. Fortunately though, Wasteland 2 is the successor to one of THE original post apocalyptic games. Hit the break to find out my early impressions of the Early Access build.

RetroBooster – The Verdict

RetroBooster – The Verdict

RetroBooster is an early-access title by ReallySlick where you pilot your ship around a number of levels trying to rescue survivors while avoiding/engaging an increasing alien threat. It is quite a pretty game, find out after the cut whether it lives up to the gorgeous visuals.

Play Expo 2014 – Coming to Manchester this October

Play Expo 2014 – Coming to Manchester this October

You’ve got to love the gaming exhibition season. There’s the sense of excitement, the feeling that everything has been building up to this one, last moment, a chance to show your title in the best light. It’s also the time of year when you start getting told about the titles you’ll be playing at the end of this year, beginning of the next. Chris has already attended the Welsh Game Dev Show earlier this year while Kevin will be attending the Scottish equivalent soon. Right now though I want to share some words on the Play Expo…

Weird World – The (Retro) Verdict

Weird World – The (Retro) Verdict

Recently I’ve been looking back at a number of the titles I’d missed first time around and i’ve playing a lot of Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, a space exploration game by Digital Eel. Find some words after the cut.

Watch_Dogs – The Verdict

Watch_Dogs – The Verdict

Spider-tank, Spider-tank, does whatever a spider-tank does…

I’ve somehow managed to open this piece without even mentioning dogs or the watching thereof; welcome to a brave new world people! Find out what I think about Watch_Dogs after the cut.

The Reticule (Not at) E3 Roundup – Batman, Sims and Abzu

The Reticule (Not at) E3 Roundup – Batman, Sims and Abzu

I’ve always found E3 to be a peculiar beast and I still question it’s relevance given the internet’s always on, always now capabilities, but I guess you’ve got to give the PR guys ‘n’ gals a day out occasionally. That said, there were a few titles that immediately piqued my interest. Check them out after the break.

The Last Tinker: City of Colours- The Verdict

The Last Tinker: City of Colours- The Verdict

I’ve been playing a lot of The Last Tinker: City of Colours. As is often the case when you don’t get to play a title pre-release you can see a lot of other reviews pop-up and if you’re not careful they can colour your impression of a game. Almost without exception the reviews have been positive, great even in some cases. Is this the first exception….read on for my Verdict.

War of the Vikings – The Verdict

War of the Vikings – The Verdict

We look at each other across the bloody and disorientating mess that the battlefield has devolved into.

He casually raises his shield and then bows. I bow in return. There is a brief almost serene pause (punctuated slightly by a wounded-man running between us) and then we charge.

Who’d have thought it with all the looting and pillaging; Vikings are sticklers for etiquette, at least this is the case in War of the Vikings.

Dragons and Titans: The Verdict

Dragons and Titans: The Verdict

I’ve been playing the new MOBA ‘Dragons and Titans‘ by PlanOfAttack, and here’s what I think.

It’s not as good as DOTA.

Now that’s out the way we can look at the title in more detail. You play a dragon rider of sorts who’s tasked with protecting a village from various types of attack.

Thief – The Verdict

Thief – The Verdict

Ok, you may want a cup of tea before you start reading this one; it’s going to be long, but I think this title deserves an in-depth analysis.

Thief is… well I don’t know exactly. I know what it thinks it is; a stealth game about thievery and intrigue, but I’m not entirely convinced. It’s most certainly not a bad game, but it is one that struggles with its own (self inflicted) problems that do their damnedest to spoil the experience.

Dark Souls 2: Hands-on Preview

Dark Souls 2: Hands-on Preview

I spent a good portion of the morning battling my way through hordes of unyielding, malevolent beings hell-bent on my destruction. Once I’d got through London though I arrived at BandaiNamcoUK’s office near Hammersmith for a 3 hour hands-on with an almost finished PS3 copy of Dark Souls 2.

I’ve got what I call a love-hate relationship with the first Dark Souls. I love the environment and the feel of the game, though I at times found the game to be far too unforgiving and wilfully obtuse. That said, it still wormed it’s way into my affection so I was quite excited at my chance for some hands-on time with the sequel.