Archive for the ‘Game Reviews’ Category

Developer: IllFonic Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Once again, guest reviewer Neil Sheppard joins us! You know those drunken video game discussions you have down the pub? The ones where you and your friends design the ultimate game in your heads and bemoan the fact that real video game designers could never compare to [...]

Developer: FromSoftware Platforms: PlayStation 4 You awaken, bleary-eyed, your blood-induced sleep plagued by nightmares of lupine beasts and ghostly figures, to a run-down back room littered with books and medical equipment. A single hand-written note gives you the only hint to your purpose in the game; “Seek Paleblood to transcend the hunt”. Thus opens From [...]

Developer: id Software Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Back in 2004, I picked up Doom 3 and couldn’t have been more excited. I’d grown up playing Doom and Doom 2 on my old Windows 95 computer, and couldn’t wait to see what the game looked like with glorious 2004-era graphics. However, I came away [...]

Genre: Open World/Stealth/Zombie horror Developer: Undead Labs Platform: Xbox 360, PC Release Date: June 15 2013 Version Reviewed: Xbox 360 Zombies and gaming have been successful bedfellows for the better part of twenty years now. A genre born from Resident Evil, way back in 1996, with the emphasis on fear, survival, and getting out the [...]

Silence, ye of pesky little faith who were too busy whining about Dante’s new haircut to try this game for yourself. You go away. The rest of you please, come hither, grab a comfortable chair and let me tell you the story of when a Western Developer kicked Japan’s arse.

Type: TPS (Third Person Shooter) / Adventure Developer: Visceral Games Platform: Xbox360, PS3, PC Release Date: 14th October 2008 Version Reviewed: Xbox360 As Dead Space 3 has just been released (8th Feb, 2113), I thought I’d start at the beginning. In Dead Space, you star as Isaac Clark… an engineer on a mission to go [...]

After the franchise buffet of 2012, I thought it would be nice to kick off the New Year with a wee indie game review for a change. So let’s take a look at one that got everybody talking: Slender: The Eight Pages.

Genre: Action/Adventure Developer: Arkane Studios Platform: PS3, Windows, Xbox 360 Release Date: October 2012 Version Reviewed: PS3 Following the release of an absolutely stunning debut trailer in April of last year, I’d had my eye on Arkane Studio’s Dishonored for quite some time; so when Christmas of 2012 rolled around and I found myself with [...]

Type: Third Person Adventure Developer: Shiver Games Platform: PC Release Date: 26th October 2012 A bunch of very naughty people performed a ritual. Six years and (approximately) nine months later, it turns out that the son of a senator is actually the son of the devil. Hmmm… This may be a good idea for a [...]

Type: Platformer Developer: Playdead Platform: Windows, Mac OSX, Xbox 360, PS3, Linux Release Date: July 2010 Version Reviewed: Windows A nameless boy, merely a silhouette against a ghostly background, awakens, eyes aglow, in a nightmarish, hostile world, unarmed and helpless; and you are equipped with nothing but the knowledge that the boy is courageously trying [...]

Type: TPS (Third Person Shooter) / Adventure Developer: Capcom Platform: Xbox360, PS3, PC Release Date: 2nd October 2012 Version Reviewed: Xbox360 If you don’t know about the Resident Evil franchise, shame on you. SHAME! There have been a gazillion games (oh, only 5… Really? Feels like more), a bunch of films (a couple of which [...]

Type: Adventure Developer: Epicycle Platform: PC, Mac, iOS Release Date: June 2012 Version Reviewed: PC Requires: Headphones (Available on Desura) “Are you STUPID??!! Don’t go down there! It’s dark!!!!” Yeah, I’ve screamed that at the screen many times. But in Blindside, you don’t really have a choice. This may seem slightly out of order for [...]

Type: FPS (First Person Shoo… Um… Survival) Developer: Dean “Rocket” Hall Platform: PC Release Date: 2012 Requires : Arma II, Arma II Operation Arrowhead, Internet connection We’ve all made our plans for the zombie apocalypse (if you haven’t… Why the hell not??!!). Now you get to see if it would work. Ok, maybe not your [...]

Type: MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online game) Developer: Funcom Platform: PC Release Date: 3rd June 2012 Requires: Internet connection. Subscription required It’s true! It’s all true! Everything you have read, everything you have heard. Every shadow you thought something was lurking in, every bump in the night, every feeling of being watched. It wasn’t your imagination. [...]

Developer: Frictional Games Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux Okay, I have a confession to make. Despite being a huge fan of horror films, horror games have always scared the living crap out of me. I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to play one right through to the end. There’s just something about them that [...]

Platform : Xbox 360 Developed by : Grasshopper Manufacture/SUDA 51 Lollipop Chainsaw is a hugely enjoyable game. It’s frenetic, massive amounts of fun and, although a little short, a must for any horror gamers. From the twisted minds of Goichi Suda (SUDA 51) and James Gunn (Troma alum who directed Slither and Super), Lollipop Chainsaw [...]

Welcome… Welcome to Banoi, an island full of sun, sea, sand and sex. And slaughter. Dead Island is a good game; it is massively flawed but also immensely fun, surprisingly difficult and utterly addictive. Impossible to put down, this is enjoyable zombie mayhem. I look forward to the sequel, when they’ve destroyed the plethora of [...]

Finnish based Remedy Entertainment must have known they were on to a winner when they embarked on Alan Wake. Boasting itself as more of a TV series than a mere game by its makers, we are lead to believe that this six-part episodic thriller has triggered the revival of the tired horror genre of video games. Let’s see, shall we?

It seems like psychological horror has taken a sick day recently, and in walks its gun-toting big brother. Resident Evil was one of the first to swap haunted house for open-warfare, and there are mixed reviews as to just what effect this evolution has not only had, but continues to have across the board. Although Silent Hill still claims to be nestled nicely in its scary…