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Back 4 Blood – Closed Beta Impressions

Back 4 Blood – Closed Beta Impressions

I was recently fortunate enough to gain access to the Back 4 Blood (B4B) closed-beta, and I’m going to share my thoughts on the game as it is and where I think it can go both before and after release. Bear in mind as this was the beta build of the game content and mechanics may – and probably will – still change. 

So, what do I think?

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ReIterate() – Exceedingly British Spike-Jumping

ReIterate() – Exceedingly British Spike-Jumping

The word ‘Reiterate’ is defined as being the act of repeating a task or action until hitting a set of spikes for the thousandth time causes you to scream and throw something.

ReIterate() on the other hand is a fast-paced 2D platformer by Zayne Black of Black Country Games. Citing his influences as Kuso and N++, it’s a game with simple graphics but a focus on precision and fluidity, two things I’m not particularly good at. Controlling a tiny little man in his endless quest to go to the right, you must overcome a series of deadly obstacles in order to reach the end of the level.

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Going Medieval Impresses, Sells Loads

Going Medieval Impresses, Sells Loads

Going Medieval, a colony builder set during the 14th Century, has had a phenomenal first week in Early Access, selling 175,000 copies. It’s a charming little game which I sunk a few hours into over the weekend, and came away with all of my ‘Sims and SimCity in the dark ages’ fantasies fulfilled. Well, this is a bit more hardcore than those two behemoths. and selling so many copies in the first week is a massive achievement. Hit the break for my hands on impressions.

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Clearing The Backlog – Control

Clearing The Backlog – Control

It’s been a few weeks since I completed the main storyline of Control, and perhaps coincidentally the same amount of time has passed since I paused my X-Files re-watch. After completing the main story I decided to pause before making a decision on whether to embark upon the DLC. Reflecting on my time with Control, I think I will make an effort to work my way through the DLC.

Would I contemplate sinking my teeth into the DLC if it wasn’t for the Assist Mode that came with a large update to the game back in August 2020? I think not.

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The Last Stand: Aftermath Impressions

The Last Stand: Aftermath Impressions

I’ve somehow found myself in another post-apocalyptic wasteland, scrambling for survival against an ever present virus, hope dwindling away steadily as time goes on. I’ve also been playing Con Artists Game’s Demo for The Last Stand: Aftermath that popped up during the recent Steam event, so you know, that’s nice. But does it cut the mustard? (Why you’d cut mustard I wouldn’t know. It’s not exactly tough and is more of a paste than anything…)

The Last Stand: Aftermath, aside from being a ungodly mouthful is (and I quote)…

“an all new, premium singleplayer standalone action adventure rogue-lite!”

…which come to think about it is also an ungodly mouthful. Happily though, things are a bit clearer when you’re actually in the game.

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Nioh 2 PC – First Impressions

Nioh 2 PC – First Impressions

Having not played the first Nioh and going into this playthrough with almost no knowledge of Nioh 2, I can assertively say that I knew I was creating a trap for myself. The main reason being that Nioh 2‘s combat system turned out to be much deeper and more complex than I was ever expecting and so the first few hours of gameplay consisted of me trying to work out what attacks and block/dodge combinations were most effective. After dying and experimenting for a while I was happy that I knew roughly what was expected from me. Time to advance.

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Dun, Dun, Duuuuuuuun

Dun, Dun, Duuuuuuuun

For a long time I’ve wanted a game based on War of The Worlds. Not the 2005 Hollywood blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise, but something that follows the original novel by HG Wells. I’ve wanted a game that allows me to first-hand experience the terror of alien cylinders crashing into the landscape and disgorging a terrifying force of gigantic unstoppable machines. It would be a game where you spent your time not battling an alien menace, but running for your life, desperately searching for food and shelter as you make your escape.

Believe it or not, someone appears to be making precisely that.

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