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Final Fantasy VII PC Materia-lises

Final Fantasy VII PC Materia-lises

After weeks of rumour, speculation and more accurately the uncovering of a Google cache of website pages, today Square-Enix finally officially confirmed the existence of a PC re-release of the iconic Final Fantasy VII by officially launching the website today.

Watching the Watch Dogs

Watching the Watch Dogs

In all the hubris of E3 there seemed to be a running theme. Aside from the copious numbers of bow and arrow action, many of the stuff shown had been very safe, very comfortable. That is until the end of Ubisoft’s presentation…

Nintendo Pre E3 Breakdown

Nintendo Pre E3 Breakdown

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata gave a brief thirty minute talk on the WiiU this evening ahead of the main E3 event later this week and revealed some juicy new details about the console, and Nintendo’s foray into the world of online networks.

Trine 2 – The Verdict

Trine 2 – The Verdict

The first Trine managed an impressive feat. Bringing back the magic of three way co-op from ye olde Blizzard title The Lost Vikings, and heaping on a heavy dose of fairy tale whimsy and magic, it was clever, charming and incredibly distinctive but lacked in one area: if you wanted to play it co-operatively, your friends had to be in the same room. With the sequel, Frozenbyte clearly had their first task all but (pardon the pun) spelled out for…

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Bejeweled 3 – The Verdict

Bejeweled 3 – The Verdict

By now, you’re more than likely acutely aware of Popcap’s Bejeweled series – the gem matching game is arguably the yardstick as to which all modern puzzle games are compared to and aspire to match the success of. There’s countless versions of the game with the most recent – Bejeweled 3 – getting a release on Xbox a couple of months ago.

Bumbling on Bundle Rumbles

Bumbling on Bundle Rumbles

2011 has arguably been the year of the Indie bundle. In the last year, there have been five bundles from the most famous of these – the Humble Indie Bundle – alone, and some quick maths tells us that if you had bought every single Humble bundle at just one cent above the average price (thus getting any extra games offered) when each bundle ended according to Wikipedia, you would now have twenty-eight games for a total cost of a…

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Batman: Arkham City – The Verdict

Batman: Arkham City – The Verdict

Back in 1997, R-Kelly sang that Gotham City was a City of Justice, Love and Peace (for everyone of us.) I’m not sure he was talking about the same city we all thought he was at the time, if the menagerie of crooks, criminals and villains that inhabit the part of Gotham where the events of Batman: Arkham City take place is anything to go by…

Saints Row The Third – The Verdict

Saints Row The Third – The Verdict

It seems rather alien now, to think that at one time the Saints Row series had somewhat of an identity crisis. An exclusive early 360 title, it was often – with good reason – compared to Grand Theft Auto, with a larger focus on gang warfare and a little more cartoonish than it’s most obvious rival. By the second game, Saints Row had firmly established an identity of it’s own, deciding to go down the silly OTT route, throwing faeces…

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Steam Security Woes

Steam Security Woes

After taking down the Steam forums earlier in the week due to a hacking attempt, Gabe Newell of Valve today released a statement revealing that the extent of the damage may have been worse than originally thought.

Orcs Must Die! – The Verdict

Orcs Must Die! – The Verdict

Poor Orcs. They get abused so much in many games, and none moreso than in Orcs Must Die!. They get squished, set on fire, chopped, smashed, frozen, thrown into goo and generally abused to the nth degree. But when it’s this much fun, even the NSPCO (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Orcs) will probably have a great time with this Steam and XBLA title.

Trackmania 2: The Verdict

Trackmania 2: The Verdict

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a motto that divides game developers. Do they keep what works well for them and seems to be a winning formula at the risk of becoming stale? Or do they change things up and risk alienating the fans that made their first game successful in the first place? It’s clearly a dilemma that Nadeo, creators of the immensely popular Trackmania series faced when bringing out Trackmania 2.