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Curious Expedition 2 – The Verdict

Curious Expedition 2 – The Verdict

Patrick Blake stood atop a small wooden wagon clattering through the streets of Paris. The crowds cheered at the passage of him and his companions and he waved back, trying to wrap his head around the events of the past few months.

Let’s see, he thought. We travelled by ship to a far away land filled with mysterious foreign folk. Later, we gambled with ghost pirates alongside a mysteriously land-locked ship wreck. We stumbled across and defrosted a frozen lizard man in a cave, who we then unexpectedly befriended and brought with us. Finally, we fought a giant centipede and ended up fleeing through a tropical landscape, all the while being pursued by a terrifying and oppressive purple fog.

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A Place in the West – Remastered and Better Than Ever

A Place in the West – Remastered and Better Than Ever

It’s been five years since Half-Life: A Place in the West started life as a free comic available via the official website, four years since it was released on Steam (remember the Greenlight initiative anyone?) and nearly three since Valve granted the team, headed up by Mike Pelletier and our very own Ross Joseph Gardner, use of the Half-Life licence. It’s been a wild ride for the duo and their team, revealing in September that 2020 has, as you can imagine, been a rough old year which has delayed many of their plans for taking the story, and technology, forward. But here they are, finally releasing remasters of Chapters 1 and 2, along with a newly revamped Steam app to read it in.

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – The Verdict

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – The Verdict

As the years have gone by, Ubisoft have worked to evolve and iterate the Assassin’s Creed formula, moving away from the city games to vast open world RPGs. There have been self-inflicted wounds along the journey with an unhealthy corporate culture leading to a large restructure in their editorial teams in the summer, but ultimately Valhalla was delivered in time for the launch of the new console generation and it’s a brilliant piece of work.

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Demon’s Souls – The Verdict

Demon’s Souls – The Verdict

Despite trying my hand at most entries in the series, I’m no expert on From Software’s SoulsBorne games. I usually get an hour or so into the game and then come to a stop, take Sekiro for instance which I gave up on shortly after writing some first impressions. With the arrival of the PlayStation 5 though (and more on the console itself here), the big new generation launch title is Demon’s Souls, and I did the right thing by picking up a copy.

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Crown Trick – The Verdict

Crown Trick – The Verdict

Crown Trick is an easy to learn, hard to master turn-based rogue-like with a great presentation and tough but enjoyable combat. It fits into the rogue-like mould with a few standard elements; random encounters, enemies, weapons and dungeon layout but also does enough to make it stand out amongst the wave of rogue-likes that have been releasing on PC recently. In the game you play as Elle, a young girl who finds herself trapped in the realm of Nightmares and with the help of a magic crown, has to stop those responsible for keeping her there.

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The Outer Worlds – The Verdict

The Outer Worlds – The Verdict

If we did classic scores rather than Verdict’s, The Outer Worlds would have been given that classic 7/10 score. A rating which indicates a game is well rounded and generally pretty good, without being outstanding. You know, something you might pick up when it’s on offer. Funnily enough, The Outer Worlds has just landed on Steam and GOG after a year of Epic exclusivity with a two week 50% off deal, and for £24.99, I’d suggest it’s something worth your while picking up.

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