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The Joyful, and Head Scratching, Moments of Half-Life

The Joyful, and Head Scratching, Moments of Half-Life

Half-Life stands proud at the top of the all time greatest games for many of the pre-Fortnite generation. Even to this day, it still inspires developers to create videos about it, and for me to rattle on about the AI. Having just sent the finished On a Rail, and sent the top secret rocket into space, I wanted to share some memories of this special game. And no, I won’t be talking about the introductory tram ride. The Resonance Cascade…

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The PC Store Wars – The Story so Far

The PC Store Wars – The Story so Far

The PC Store Wars have been in a Cold War, pretty much ever since Valve launched Half-Life 2 with the requirement that users ran it through Steam. The Humble Bundle, GoG and more recently, Discord offer their own alternatives with distinct twists. Meanwhile EA, Ubisoft and Blizzard have stores primarily to promote their first party games. They have all been efforts to break the monopoly of Steam, though without any obvious impact on Valve’s money-making machine. Most of Valve’s problems…

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Residing in Evil

Residing in Evil

If you’ve read any of my work over the years, you’ll know that many great game series’ have passed me by for one reason or another. Probably because of my Football Manager obsession, but not always. One such series that I’ve long been hidden away from is Resident Evil. But with the remaster of Resident Evil 2 hitting the shelves recently, I plucked up the courage, and stepped into Racoon City. Racoon City, Umbrella, Claire Redfied, Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are names that…

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Making the Most of the Open World Infestation

Making the Most of the Open World Infestation

There are just a few open world games on the market these days, any one of which looks set to take anywhere from 50 to 100 hours to complete, but of course, “completing” an open world game means different things to everyone. Does it mean completing the main story, reaching the level cap, doing every last thing in the game to get it 100% finished? I want to offer some tips on how you can make the most of this…

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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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The EGX 2018 Report – Disco Elysium

The EGX 2018 Report – Disco Elysium

One of the most intriguing games I saw at EGX last week was Disco Elysium: A Detective RPG from ZA/UM. The demo opened with one of the most surreal introductions to a game I’ve experienced. Your character, a disgraced detective from Revachol West is having a conversation with his inner-self while you try to figure out whether you are dead, or just suffering a severe case of memory loss. 

The EGX 2018 Report – Indie Roundup

The EGX 2018 Report – Indie Roundup

There was so much going on at EGX this year, whether I saw more games than previous years or not, I’m none too sure. What I do know is that I saw truckloads of great indies! I’ve already talked about a bunch of games as part of my EGX 2018 Report, and while this is a roundup, there will still be more in-depth pieces to come! I didn’t want to let some of the cracking titles I saw not get…

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The EGX 2018 Report – Metro Exodus

The EGX 2018 Report – Metro Exodus

One of the big attractions for me at EGX this year was Metro Exodus. If you had asked me a year ago whether a Metro game had any appeal to me, I would have run away screaming in horror just thinking about the terrors of the tunnels underneath Moscow. However, after spending a snowy week at the beginning of the year exploring the world of Metro, my interest in Exodus is high, and excitement even higher after going hands-on at EGX.

The EGX 2018 Report – Curve Digital Get Carried Away, For The King

The EGX 2018 Report – Curve Digital Get Carried Away, For The King

Every year at EGX, I am always so pleased to see so many indies showing off their wares in the Rezzed section, it’s great to see. As a regular attendee of EGX, if not the Rezzed show itself, I’ve noticed some trends. One big one is that Curve Digital are carving out a nice space in the market and are doing great things for the indie scene. They had numerous title on show this year at EGX, but a couple…

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The EGX 2018 Report – Strategy, Horror and Eternal Trips to Hell

The EGX 2018 Report – Strategy, Horror and Eternal Trips to Hell

I talked about the absence of Microsoft and EA at EGX in my opening show report, but that isn’t to say there weren’t any games to see at the show. There were plenty to see and play, and while my focus was, as ever, on the Rezzed section, I did make time for some other titles that were on show. Read on for my takes on Total War: Three Kingdoms, Man of Medan and Diablo on the Switch.

Battlefield V – V Open Beta Thoughts

Battlefield V – V Open Beta Thoughts

EA are back at it gain, subverting expectations with their naming conventions when it comes to their premier franchises. After Battlefield 1, what is the obvious next step? Why, Battlefield V of course! It’s a strange way of doing business, so the important thing to know: Battlefield V brings the series back to its roots, setting events during World War Two, first visited in the first game, that, confusingly, was called Battlefield 1942. Oh for some continuity. This is my opportunity to share some thoughts…

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