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VooFoo’s Pure Hold’Em: The Reviews Are In

(This is a guest review, courtesy of Scott Spence.) Those who have an interest in online poker have long called for a major game suited to console play. That’s not to say there haven’t been poker games compatible with the biggest gaming systems. Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation consoles have all welcomed various forms of card…

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Submerged PS4 Review – Mould and Masonry

Wait a minute, I’ve got deja vu.  A post-apocalyptic game, with a cityscape overgrown with foliage, architecture traversing climbing puzzles and a clear goal to preserve and protect a weaker companion? Pretty sure I remember playing this before, when it was called Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.   To be fair, similarities between the games don’t…

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Gauntlet Slayer Edition Review: Fight til Death

Occasionally, we all get lucky and a reboot of a beloved franchise manages to get it RIGHT. Arrowhead’s take on Gauntlet is one of those rare occasions. From the off, it’s clear that they understood exactly what made the original so compelling in the first place. And i’m not talking about the ability to be…

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Skullgirls: 2nd Encore Review: Once More with Feeling

Originally released in 2012, Skullgirls was widely received warmly by both critics and fighting game fans alike, and with good reason; it’s bloody brilliant. The brain child of top tier BlazBlue expert Mike Z, animator Mariel Cartwright, and character designer Alex Ahad, Skullgirls was a fresh new fighter that married the technical complexity of Blazblue and Guilty…

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Badland: Game of the Year Edition (WiiU) Review

I remember once taking a trip to the pound and almost coming home with a Staffordshire Terrier cross Springer Spaniel named Patch. It was simultaneously one of the weirdest looking dogs I’ve ever seen, but also one of the most adorable. It had the massive gargoyle-like head of a staffie but the dopey demeanor and…

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Blues and Bullets: Episode 1 Review

Taking place in a moody alternate history in a crime noir setting, Blues and Bullets sets the eerie tone of the world with a shocking opening sequence that sets up the story to have plenty of twists and turns. Without spoiling the story, there are two very different tales being told that are clearly linked…

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Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4/Vita) Review: Pigeon Fancier

I suppose I should address the elephant in the room before I begin this review proper. Hatoful Boyfriend is a dating sim. Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “But dating sims are only for weirdos and bored housewives!”. Well to you I say: Firstly, let’s not get all elitist about the types of games you play…

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Kyn PC Review – Viking Funeral

It must be tough to be Scandinavian these days. The popular notion of the snow-bound northern European countries has shifted considerably in recent times from hale and hardy muscle-bound stoics to a land of emasculated men and shit furniture. Still, they got to keep the alcoholism. Heavily inspired by the former, Kyn is a tactical team-based RPG…

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Q.U.B.E Directors Cut Review: Space Oddity

Toxic Games‘ first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E (‘Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion’ apparently) has very little to do with Vincenzo Natalli’s 1997 psychological thriller Cube, except for the fact that both feature characters that wake up in weird contraptions with no prior knowledge of how they get there, and that the protagonists of both QUBE and Cube have…

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Pnuema: Breath of Life Review: I think therefore I am (God)?

In Pnuema: Breath of Life you take on the role of God. Not some minor deity like Kratos or Balder, but the actual Judeo-Christian God. At least the player character is led to think he is. Presented in first person, the game starts in complete darkness as the game’s player character and narrator muses on their…

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TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT REVIEW: RETRO RAMPAGE!

TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT is what I call a Ronseal game – you get exactly what it says on the tin; in this case the adventures of a badass elephant. Inspired by the mascot driven platformers of the 16-bit era, GAME FREAK’s latest creation looks like the bastard child of Babar and Rambo, but handles…

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Shantae: Risky’s Revenge: Directors Cut (PS4) Review

Way Forward’s Shantae series has always had a bit of a cult following. The first game in the series, the titular Shantae was released towards the end of Gameboy Colour’s life and never made it to Europe. (Luckily it’s recently been released on the 3DS virtual console if you want to start at the beginning…

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Tales from the Borderlands Review In Progress (ep1-3)

If you’ve read my previous reviews of other episodic games you’ll probably know the rules by now. Each episode will get its own micro review and each is written based on the assumption that you’ve probably played the previous entry in the series, therefore you won’t mind some plot points and spoilers that make reviewing…

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Whispering Willows (PS4) Review: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

There are certain words that will instantly pique my interest in a game; one of them is horror, the other is adventure, but since side scrolling is two words it doesn’t count. But nethertheless, Night Light Interactive’s side scrolling horror adventure game Whispering Willows had me at the word horror. The only problem is that…