Our Week in Games – Week 144

Our Week in Games – Week 144

The week after E3, and all is quiet in the land of video games. Well, things have obviously been happening but beyond Microsoft unveiling Windows 11, it’s been pretty quiet. We can expect things to pick up again in the next few weeks as EA hold some events, with rumours of Dead Space making a return.

While the industry might have been taking a break in general, the Steam Summer Sale has kicked off leading to bonkers price reductions, and bulging backlogs. It’s always a fun time of year. so let us know in the comments what you’ve picked up.

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Chivalry 2 – The Verdict

Chivalry 2 – The Verdict

I’ve managed to parry the first few strikes and I think I’m starting to get a handle on how he thinks. He likes to use a strong sweeping attack and then follow it up with a quick overhead to try to catch his opponent off guard. We’ve both ‘scored’ body blows and the next hit will undoubtedly decide it.

I know time is of the essence as I can see his reinforcements charging into the fray behind, but I bide my time. Wait for the opening and….

… well damn, someone just walked up behind him and took his head off.

Jump to the cut to see how the rest of my time with Chivalry 2 went.

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Our Week in Games – Week 143

Our Week in Games – Week 143

While people are picking over the still-twitching carcass of E3, one major story flew, haphazardly out of the gore (I have no idea where I’m going with this metaphor); the Xbox Exclusivity of Bethesda’s hotly anticipated Starfield is generated some controversy. While we still know little about the game aside from a prerendered cinematic and the usual PR ‘Gumf’ about ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’, the news that Playstation owners will not be able to get hold of it, predictably, hasn’t gone down well.  While platform exclusives have always been a thing, this somehow seems different and even as a PC player who’s confident that whatever happens in the console wars I’ll eventually get to play any exclusive, I feel bad for the PlayStation owners.

It also raises tantalising questions about the platform-availability of the next Elder Scrolls game….

Stalker 2, the sequel to what I think are some of the most underrated games of all time has received it’s first major trailer and it looks stunning. Details are sparse, but the recommendation for a Geforce 2070 (or equivalent) have certainly grabbed my attention. It’s not hard to see why this is required either as the game looks incredible in the trailer. It may be time to retire my trustworthy 1070 as this is not a game I think anyone should be missing out on. Luckily GPU’s are really easy to get hold of at the moment…..

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Backbone – The Verdict

Backbone – The Verdict

“So much misguided effort pursuing only the shadow of the big picture – why?”

I’d been anticipating Backbone for some time, but I didn’t go into it with an excited smile. Not quite. That isn’t because it was released to polarising reviews, but rather because of the developer’s response to that reception. It goes without saying these developers put everything into their game, and goddamn, they have every right to stand by it with confidence and pride.

I am so very behind that…

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The Early Days of Battlefield

The Early Days of Battlefield

Following the announcement of Battlefield 2042, DICE teased a new mode which will be a love letter to fans. While we’ll have to wait to see what that turns out to be, but in the meantime I’m sure that there are plenty out there who want to play some of the older games in the series. Help is at hand, especially for playing Battlefield 2 and 2142 online, though 1942 and Vietnam are more complex.

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Our Week in Games – Week 142

Our Week in Games – Week 142

E3 is lumbering out of view like an asthmatic brontosaurus who’s late for his first job interview following a particularly dry season. While many people are starting to question the relevance of such events certainly in a post(we hope) pandemic world, it’s hard to argue against it’s impact.

This year we’ve been sideswiped by news of an Avatar game (Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora), pulled-into a dark alley by Rainbow 6 Siege: Quarantine Extraction, a title that seems to be pulling the series in a direction that it may not be best suited to, and then, frankly, given the wrong directions by a Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle sequel Sparks of Hope. 

Three titles that I wasn’t expecting- and at a time when a bit of gaming fatigue was setting in, it’s welcome news. Expect more updates to follow in the coming day(s) as we digest the revelations and we update you on anything that particularly caught our fancy.

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Retrospective – Soul Reaver 2 (2001)

Retrospective – Soul Reaver 2 (2001)

“But suppose your throw a coin enough times – suppose one day it lands on its edge.”

The opening to Soul Reaver is seared into my memory. No matter how many times I watch the introductory cutscene, the booming synth pulls me right back into the Gothic tableau of the Legacy of Kain universe, as if I were discovering it anew. With slick narrative efficiency, it sets in motion a tale of vengeance that spills out across time, daring its protagonists to challenge the apparent indomitability of fate.

And dare they do.

Yeah, I adore Soul Reaver.

So. Soul Reaver 2, then. A challenging game to write about, frankly.

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The Corruption Within – The Verdict

The Corruption Within – The Verdict

The Corruption Within is a first person point & click mystery adventure game by both Cosmic Void and Dave Seaman, developers of Void Breach and the Captain Disaster series.

During a camping holiday with your family, your wife and two young children vanish into the darkness without a trace. With no help on offer you head towards the only source of civilization for miles around – a mysterious old mansion nestled at the edge of an equally mysterious lake.

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What could DICE’s loveletter to fans be?

What could DICE’s loveletter to fans be?

A new Battlefield was revealed this week, and it makes a nice reference in the title to two games from the past. Using the 2042 reference, DICE are making calls back to the game that started it all, Battlefield 1942, and the only futuristic title in the series so far, Battlefield 2142. Amongst all the hyperbole about 2042 having the largets maps ever and unprecedented scale, the website references a currently ‘Redacted’ game mode which is described as a love letter to the fans of DICE and Battlefield.

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