I’m not going to go so far as to say that I dislike roguelikes. In fact I can immediately name a couple I’ve had a good time with, along with a few darlings of the industry, things like FTL and Binding of Issac. However, for all that, I also think roguelikes in general are not aimed for me. After dying a few times I tend to get easily disheartened with playing through the same levels for the dozenth time in a row, with unvarying levels of progress and so I give up. In particular this tends to happen after an unusually successful run of the game, and so when this too inevitably ends in failure I simply give up on trying to get further. Continue reading
Multiplayer RPGs. It’s a tough nut to crack when it comes to writing out my thoughts for them. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a conspicuous absence of any review of Divinity: Original Sin (the first one) despite the fact that I gave it my game of the year for 2014. This is because I find myself struggling occasionally to decide whether I loved the game quite so much because I loved the gameplay and story and characters, or whether the enjoyment stemmed from the fact that I was experiencing said gameplay, story and characters with Tim. Continue reading
It 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, 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 Sword. Warband 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.
Allow 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
There 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
Honestly I kind of spaffed my load early when it comes to what I think about the Witcher 3. I said it in our 2015 Gaming Awards but I’ll go ahead and say it again now. The Witcher 3 is not just mine and Tim’s Game of the Year for 2015, but quite honestly I do see it as being my absolute favourite game of all time and very likely the outright best made to date. It is absolutely an instant classic, damn near perfect in every way that counts and I don’t see anything knocking it from the top spot of my list for years to come. That is an exceptionally strong claim to be making right at the start of this review, but I did want to clarify that so that if I spend the next 3000+ words ranting and raving about just how damned good it is, you knew what you were getting into when you started reading after the jump. Continue reading