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Gears Tactics got Jacked up for the Xbox Series release

Gears Tactics got Jacked up for the Xbox Series release

When I was playing, and delivering my Verdict on Gears Tactics earlier this year, I mentioned that I was planning to go and finish the game off in quick fashion. That didn’t happen at the time, but with this turn-based tactics take on the Gears franchise landing on the Xbox One and Series machines last week, I returned to find a new Jacked up experience on offer, along with a range of quality of life improvements.

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Our Week in Games – Week 120

Our Week in Games – Week 120

Inevitably, my children have started badgering me for a PlayStation 5. Of course they have – the Youtubers they’re obsessed with won’t shut up about how great they are, they’re constantly appearing on adverts for great looking games and it’s been roughly a week since the kids have asked me for anything expensive.

I’ve tried telling them, time and time again. Look, you’ve already got a PlayStation 5. Over there is the PlayStation One, and over there’s the PlayStation Four. That makes five PlayStations.

Because I’m a dad, and that’s how dads are.

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Star Wars: Squadrons – The Verdict

Star Wars: Squadrons – The Verdict

They say the Devil, or perhaps the WompRat, is in the details. I don’t think there’s a game I’ve played recently that epitomises this as much as Star Wars: Squadrons (SW:S) does. There’s just something in the way your avatar flips switches in the cockpit, the way they punch the console when trying to reboot or the little between-mission conversations with your wing-mates that makes the whole experience something greater than the sum of it’s parts.

But what is the final tally then….?

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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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Griefhelm: The Verdict

Griefhelm: The Verdict

Griefhelm is a side-scrolling medieval-them-up made by Johnny Dale Lonack and published by Thorrnet Publishing. It see’s you, yes YOU dear reader, enter a series of duels in a quest to, well, erm, it’s not actually clear, but still, QUEST! During a series of battles you’ll progress, level up and achieve ultimate victory.

Does it land the kill, or are we parrying out of, erm, fun?

Let’s find out.

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Our Week in Games – Week 112

Our Week in Games – Week 112

Nvidia have found themselves in the news again with the issues surrounding the business of actually getting your hands on one of their new cards. The 3080 in particular has reportedly not had the best launch, with multiple outlets being hit by purchase bots (makes one wonder just how effective those ‘captcha’s’ are……) only for units to be appearing on auction-sites for ten-times the list price. Interestingly there do appear to be people that insane, desperate, mad invested in the tech to be willing to pay those prices. Unless of course that’s all part of the con.

It’s a shame. A number of retailers and Nvidia themselves have published press-releases stating that they are working around the clock to ensure the orders go into the hands of people who are, you know, actually going to use their cards, down to and not excluding the possibility of chasing up each order one at a time to check it’s a genuine purchase. Their dedication is admirable but I don’t envy them that job.

I suppose, when you’ve just released what is arguably the biggest step forward in graphics technology this decade, coupled with an almost unbelievably low price-tag, you can bet they’ll want to get it right.

Intros by Jon

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Dual Universe, Beta : Initial Impressions

Dual Universe, Beta : Initial Impressions

I’ve been lucky enough to gain access to Novaquarks Dual Universe Beta through the use of shadowy connections (PR reps), arcane ministrations (email) and downright subterfuge (asking politely).

It was a game I only became aware of relatively recently, but one that instantly captured my imagination. I’ve therefore been very keen to see if what appeared in my head matched the reality in any way.

So, while a full ‘review’ covering my thoughts of the Beta and where the game is going will be a week or two off still, I have nevertheless reached a point where I think I can start sharing some of my initial thoughts.

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art of rally coming September 23rd!

art of rally coming September 23rd!

I am very excited for this. In a year which is looking to be a barn stormer of racing games, art of rally is perhaps the best looking of the lot, and is certainly the one I am most excited for. The great news is that we don’t have long to wait for it to land, with the announcement trailer (hit the cut) revealing this gorgeous racer will land September 23rd.

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Adventure in Aellion Lands in Early Access

Adventure in Aellion Lands in Early Access

Charming Zelda-like Adventure in Aellion has finally made its Early Access debut, just a few short weeks after their initial plans. I’m very happy to see the team get into Early Access as I was left very impressed with the demo at EGX last year. Hit the break for a celebratory trailer and details of The Game Production Company’s upcoming plans.

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