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Project Root Review: Strike-out

When I saw the trailer for OPQAM’s Project Root and read that it was a free roaming SHMUP (shoot-em up), I was quietly confident that my prayers for some kind of spiritual successor to the Strike games had been answered. But now I’ve actually got to play the game, it’s clear that all the pieces…

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Toren (PS4) Review: Lady in Red

I have a soft spot for anything that messes with genre conventions, because like all rebels without a clue I think conventions are dumb. The tale of the princess trapped in a tower, waiting for the noble knight to come and rescue her from her, often monstrous, captors is one as old as the hills,…

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Shovel Knight (PS4/Vita) Review: Grab Thy Shovel

Shovel Knight is a game that knows its audience and that audience is me. Someone who has fond memories of playing action platformers on the NES and Master System as a kid. Someone who can hum the music from the moon level in Ducktales, in it’s entirety. Someone who considers Megaman 2 to be one of the greatest…

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Ziggurat (PS4) Review: Lickety Split

Anyone who has fond memories of running around, tossing lightning bolts and fireballs at demonic hordes as the Mage in ID’s classic fantasy themed FPS - Hexen should check out Ziggurat. It retains the same sense of fun and the ridiculous that 90s shooters thrived on, while adding Rougelike elements and some nice RPG touches to the mix. The result is…

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LA Cops (PS4) Review: It’s a SABOTAGE!!

The first thing that sprang to mind when I saw the trailer for LA Cops was the video for Sabotage by The Beastie Boys. The two both have quite a lot in common; both being a homage to 1970’s buddy cop dramas, complete with silly haircuts, a tongue in cheek sense of humour and plenty…

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Titan Souls (PS4) Review: Crystal Archer

A good boss fight never gets old. There’s something about besting an opponent that should (at least theoretically speaking) have you completely outclassed that never loses its appeal. Acid Nerve’s Titan Souls understands this and then some by cutting out all of the fluff and focusing entirely on the boss fights. Like a pixilated Shadow of…

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WE ARE DOOMED (PS4) Review: Frazer’s Last Stand

Sadly, Vertex Pop’’s WE ARE DOOMED has as nothing to do with the classic 1950s sitcom Dad’s Army. Those expecting to hear a geriatric Scotsman blow a relatively minor embuggerance out of all proportion will be sorely disappointed; but if you’re in the market for a solid (albeit barebones) twinstick shooter, then you can do…

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Mortal Kombat X Review: Socially Acceptable Violence

Mortal Kombat holds a strange place in the heart of most gamers. For me it represents a time when games took their first tentative steps towards maturity. The original’s release way back in 1992 was marked with controversy and outrage, as digitised characters brutalised each other before eventually murdering each other in the most horrific…

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Tower of Guns (PS4) Review: Run ‘n’ Gun

Being an old bastard, I often find myself pining for what I would call the glory days of the traditional FPS, a time when narrative and realism were not associated with the genre at all and when things weren’t all dark and gritty but bright, colourful and patently ridiculous. So whenever a game even hints…

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Stealth Inc.2: A Game of Clones (PS4) Review: A Feast for Clones

Stealth Inc., Originally Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole on PC (before Sony and the censors got their cunting hands on it), was one of my favourite games of the last few years. A challenging, original and hilarious take on the stealth action genre, Stealth Bastard was a brilliant blend of twitch platforming and tight puzzle design…

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Life is Strange Review in Progress (ep 1-2)

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, and therefore won’t mind some plot points and spoilers that make reviewing…