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Diablo 3: Eternal Collection – The Verdict

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection – The Verdict

This is the fourth time that I’ve reviewed Diablo 3. Way back when in 2012, I took a look at the base game, a couple of years later I focused on the Reaper of Souls update and finally, I reviewed the PlayStation 4 release. Now, I take on the Switch version with the Eternal Collection.

Call of Cthulhu – The Verdict

Call of Cthulhu – The Verdict

It’s 1924 and alcoholic ex-serviceman turned private investigator Edward Pierce is sitting in his quiet office, drink in hand, wondering where the next job is going to come from. All of a sudden there’s a knock at the door and before he knows it, he finds himself whisked off to a remote island to investigate the death of the Hawkins family in a fire that consumed their home.

Space Quest Too – Captain Disaster In: Death Has An Extremely Long Title

Space Quest Too – Captain Disaster In: Death Has An Extremely Long Title

Right. The only people on this planet that speak my language are robots. The robotic doorman won’t let me into the robot club without a membership card. I’ve found a membership card, but it is rather unfortunately floating inside the translucent body of a sentient blob. I could ask for the card, but unfortunately the only people on this planet that speak my language are robots.
If you haven’t already guessed, I appear to have once again stumbled into point and click territory.

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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Strange Brigade – The Verdict

Strange Brigade – The Verdict

I wanted to love Strange Brigade, I really did. I played it at EGX last year and had a lot of fun with it. Rebellion, the developers, have built the Sniper Elite franchise up and reached a pinnacle with Sniper Elite 4 last year, and I had high hopes for their new adventure. Sadly, my expectations were set too high.

Dead Cells – The Verdict

Dead Cells – The Verdict

I had a feeling Dead Cells would be something special when I previewed it last year, and frankly, it’s proving difficult to pull myself away from it to actually write this Verdict. I told myself that I’d jump on for just five minutes this morning, to get myself in the groove. An hour later, after failing at the hands of The Concierge, the first boss, I’m back to writing. It’s a great game.

The Crew 2 – The Verdict

The Crew 2 – The Verdict

I’d kept low-key tabs on The Crew 2 ahead of release, intrigued by the prospect of switching between cars, boats and planes. It looked fun, and having got my teeth nicely into the first game a few years ago, I was hoping for a similar enjoyable experience. Yes, while The Crew 2 is generally enjoyable, I’m not finding myself as engaged with it as I expected.

God of War – The Verdict

God of War – The Verdict

I found myself thrown when I started playing God of War, the rebirth of Sony Santa Monica’s Greek God game…where did I recognise the voice was that coming from Kratos’ mouth? It was Teal’c from Stargate SG-1! Apart from stoking a desire to watch that classic show once again, I immediately though that Christopher Judge was a great choice to voice Kratos. As Teal’c, he had spent his life working closely with the Goa’uld “Gods”, and had a sometimes strained relationship…

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Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

What is Cultist Simulator I hear you cry! Why, it’s what is says on the tin, a simulator of cults. And no, it isn’t like Street Cleaning Simulator, this is a narrative card game, filled with delightful roguelike elements and lovely aesthetic that keeps drawing me back in.

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Sometimes, I wonder how other people go about the practicalities of playing games; especially something like Smoke and Sacrifice, an open-world narrative-driven RPG with survival elements and an evolving eco-system. How do you go about keeping track of the way different items, creatures, and environments all work together? Do you keep a notepad by your side as you play to note these things down? Answers on a postcard please.

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Those cold-hearted bastards. They were 36 hours away from the Great Storm ending, and they cast me out. I’d led them for nearly forty days and nights, kept them warm, kept them fed, given them religion…and how do they repay me? By throwing me to the mercy of the unforgiving Storm. Bastards.

Death Road to Canada – The Verdict

Death Road to Canada – The Verdict

Death Road to Canada, a randomly generated road-trip action RPG, has been roaming the hallways of Steam and mobile for a while. But now, it has hit the consoles. Here, Dan Lipscombe takes a look at the Switch release of this gruesome gem.

The Council Episode One: The Mad Ones – The Verdict

The Council Episode One: The Mad Ones – The Verdict

Playing as Louis De Richet the first episode titled The Mad Ones begins with an invitation to a mysterious island by the secretive Lord Mortimer. Unsure of the reason for your presence on the island or that of the other bold characters, It is your intention to piece together the goals of the other guests who all seem to have their own strange stories.

Vesta – The Verdict

Vesta – The Verdict

Vesta is a pile of ideas combined to create a reasonably interesting puzzle game with odd slices of action. When I say it’s a pile of ideas, it’s more to highlight the visual styles. All of the cut-scenes are produced with a odd cartoon flair that doesn’t translate over to the gameplay, which is more of a bright handful of polygons –  a 3D representation of a cartoon. They don’t gel particularly well and I think the game would have…

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