Doki Doki Literature Club review – Hej Hej Monika! Hej Hej Hej Monika!

Doki Doki Literature Club wallpaperForeword to the review: this will be a review of two parts. A standard review (shorter than usual) for the overall game followed by score and Pros and Cons, all of which will be spoiler free. This will be followed by a more in-depth story-review which I expect to be very spoiler heavy, I will put another warning before the spoilers begin, but you have been warned!

Doki Doki Literature Club by Dan Salvato has a dumb name, but considering that it’s a Japanese dating sim perhaps that’s to be expected. Except that it’s not just any old dating sim…

Loli Loli Book Van is one of those rare games which is particularly difficult to review because I’d say enjoyment of it requires that you go in more or less blind and with no pre-existing expectations. While this can make the decision to play a game difficult when you have very little to go on, allow me to state early on: if you are at all curious about the game then I really do recommend it. At 4-5 hours in length and completely free, there is really the barest minimum of commitment to finding out what all the fuss is about. Continue reading

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Shadow of Mordor review – Loot box? What’s a loot box?

Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor wallpaperWell, push some ecstasy up me bum and call me Molly, Shadow of Mordor got a sequel. This was something of a surprise to me because honestly while I knew Shadow of Mordor received a decent amount of critical praise and sales, I also got the impression this was mostly because it was just a bad year. I never realised it reached the levels worthy of it starting a franchise! I’ll also admit that while I was moderately hyped for Shadow of War, a lot of the early media reports (particularly the loot box controversy) killed it for me. Even with all those insistences that it was bigger and badder! In the meantime, I was still rather happily trucking through Shadow of Mordor and so I guess now is the ideal time to be a look at what started off this new, slightly odd, series. Continue reading

Prey review – Not to be confused with Prey or Bioshock

Prey 2017 wallpaperIt is perhaps a little unfair that pretty much every single review I’ve seen of Arkane Studio’s Prey 2017 (because why would they want to give it its own name when there was a perfectly fine older IP to reboot) immediately begins by comparing it to other games. One could be forgiven for thinking therefore that it is a hodgepodge of elements from other games, melted down into a single product. It’s touted as yet ANOTHER spiritual successor to System Shock 2 as well as to Bioshock whilst also drawing on elements from Dishonored and Half Life. Continue reading

Mount and Blade: Warband retrospectacle – Okay, you come at me and I will hit you with my axe. Then you come and I will hit you…

Mount and BladeMount and Blade: Warband, published in 2010, is ostensibly a sequel to the original M&B by TaleWorlds Entertainment (along with Paradox). The reality is that with an only modified gameplay features, map and factions, Warband is more an expansion to the original game than a whole new game in its own right. One might wonder then why we don’t simply review M&B itself, however the answer is simple. There were two “sequels” to Mount and Blade, each rather distinct from the other: Warband and With Fire and SwordWarband itself even had a few expansions. However, the vanilla experience of Warband, is practically unarguably the best of the entire series, garnering higher reviews than the original, which in turn actually did a good deal better than the subsequent WFAS. With a PROPER sequel to M&B in the works (Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlords) I figured it made some sense to write a review for the best of the original series so that we can establish that we too have fallen under the game’s spell.

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Witcher 3 DLC review – Blood and Stone

Witcher 3 wallpaperAllow me to spoil this review for you slightly… I mean, normally I’ll keep any major revelations until after the jump so that you have to click there and we get more delicious, delicious clicks.  But for this particular article I see absolutely no point in being coy. Given my review for the base game of the Witcher 3 I think it’s probably more than just a safe bet to say I’m going to recommend both of the major DLCs for the game, given that it’s obviously just going to be more of the same absolutely high calibre stuff.

Seriously, just buy the Witcher 3 and all the DLC…

ANYWAY, I guess I actually have to review this stuff though, to try and provide my reasoning behind why both DLCs for the Witcher 3 are so absolutely worth your time rather than just yelling “BUY IT” in your face until I go hoarse… Continue reading

Mass Effect Andromeda review – Jesus Christ Ryder, they’re MINERALS!

Mass Effect™: Andromeda_20170314142145There have been few moments in the past year or so in which I have woken up to a feeling of abject horror and despair, you know that feeling which overwhelmed you when you heard Trump was President? For me, it was upon hearing of the controversy surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda, with early previews and subsequent reviews not outright hating the game but still definitively unimpressed.

I say this so that I can admit to some potential bias in the review because Mass Effect 1 through 3 currently hold a place in my heart as my favourite video game series (if not the actual best games). Continue reading

Dishonored 2 review – Blink and you miss it

Dishonored 2 wallpaperIt doesn’t bother me… I swear! I’ve aged, I’ve grown, I’ve matured. I am both wiser and more benevolent for my years, more accepting of the way others do things even if I’d have done it differently.

Except none of this is true, and GODAMMIT BETHESDA, how hard would it have been to release a version of the game with the PROPER GODAMN SPELLING OF “DISHONOURED”?!

Okay… Seriously now. Serious game review. Yes. Continue reading