Richard Dobson

Avid gamer since the days of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Grew up with the PS1 and PS2 but changed allegiances in 2007 with the release of Halo 3.

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Smash, Bash and Crash to your heart’s content in TRAIL OUT

TRAIL OUT is out now on Xbox Series X|S.


SOUTH PARK: SNOW DAY! feels like a generic multiplayer game with the thinnest South Park skin layered over it.

Planet Zoo: Console Edition Review

Planet Zoo: Console Edition is Frontier Developments at their finest, creating the best zoo simulation game of all-time.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Review

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky should be seen as an expansion rather than a full prequel, but it is one that fans will enjoy nonetheless.

Sonic Mania Review

Sonic Mania was announced alongside Sonic Forces last year to celebrate the titular character’s 25th anniversary. Whereas Sonic Forces will focus on the old and new versions of Sonic together, akin to Sonic Generations, Sonic Mania is a straight-up 2D side-scrolling platformer matching up with the series’ original titles. And this game really is a love letter for the fans of the original titles, led by project lead Christian Whitehead who was responsible for the ports of the first two Sonic games onto mobile, and later consoles.

Microsoft Gamescom 2017 Livestream Roundup

Microsoft has just wrapped up its 90 minute Gamescom livestream but for anyone that missed it because they may have been too busy watching Monarch of the Glen on Sunday evening we have conveniently brought all the announcements into a neat little article for you. So, what did we learn? Well if I am honest, not much we didn’t know already

Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator Review

Now listen here, you nincompoop! There’s a new game available on the Xbox Store and it’s dirt cheap, just like your mother!

5 Original Xbox games that must be on the Xbox One Backwards Compatible list

E3 2017 and many people tuned in to Microsoft's E3 conference to find out about the highly-anticipated Project Scorpio. Of course, we now know it as Xbox One X and it will be the world’s most powerful console. As we also discovered during the same conference, not only will the Xbox One X be able to run in native 4K, HDR, blah blah blah, but it will also be able to play games over 15 years old as part of the announced Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility! They confirmed that Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge will be the first game available from the original Xbox and Microsoft have even gone as far to say they may be able to retrospectively add Achievements to first party games. So this got me thinking…

Micro Machines World Series Review

Micro Machines is back! That is the exact phrase I used at the start of my preview piece back in January when Codemasters confirmed that Micro Machines was indeed returning. The usual drip-feed of information then followed from the developers: screenshots, trailers and something no game would be complete without - a delay to its intended release date. The dust has settled now though, and the game is finally here.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto Review

After being teased at the end of the first DLC pack, Episode Gladiolus, the second premium piece of DLC for the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV is finally here. Its predecessor was much maligned for being short, clumsy and not very imaginative, and they weren’t just my thoughts. Does the second piece offer more, or is it as ‘Prompt’ in its length?

Tekken Issue #2 – Comic Review

The second issue of the Blood Feud story-arc of Titan Comics' Tekken series is finally here, continuing the story of Jin, Paul, Ling Xiaoyu, Panda, Anna, King and Yoshimitsu, and their journey to find Artefact 333.

Star Balls Review

Where to start with a game called Star Balls? I could be really immature and refer to it as Cosmic Testicles, or completely puerile and call it Interstellar Nuts. Supernova Stones anyone? No, I am not going to be that person and will instead provide a detailed review of Galactic Genetalia. I mean Star Balls.

Tokyo 42 Review

Let’s start with the glaringly obvious; Tokyo 42 is a visibly striking game that is flipping beautiful to look at. In terms of its aesthetic it may be one of the best looking games available on the Xbox One, not graphics wise, but simply that the art style looks fantastic. Unfortunately for Tokyo 42, the rest of the game is very hit and miss. At times I was completely engrossed in the stealth elements and placement of enemies, causing me to treat each mission almost like a maze, figuring out the correct path to take and stay hidden, adjusting my mind accordingly. The rest of the time I was cursing the game at its lack of depth found in the gameplay and at the repetitive missions.

Tokyo 42 Hands-On Preview

Tokyo 42 was announced towards the back end of 2016 and immediately grabbed the attention of gamers with its unique and highly stylised aesthetic. Its isometric view of Tokyo and its rooftops really do make the game stand out from others available. The game is all set to launch on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 31st May and for many people, the aesthetics are enough to warrant the purchase of £15.99. But for those yet to decide, what else does it offer?


When growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a father with a piqued interest in video games. After receiving our first home computer around 1994, he was quick to fill it with any and all games including Fury of the Furries, Jazz Jackrabbit and DOOM. I adored the first two but was never allowed to play DOOM for obvious reasons. It didn’t stop me though, and never failed to reduce me to a shaking mess. It was far from a scary game, but the atmosphere it presented was beyond creepy, and for a young naïve child, was very disturbing. BUTCHER has been designed to re-create the atmospheric feeling of wandering round the corridors of DOOM and Quake. And it has done so perfectly.

Tekken Issue #1 – Comic Review

Tekken 7 is finally due to release on consoles, over two years since its arcade release, and has promised to tie-up the series’ Mishima Clan saga that has been running throughout the series over the past 23 years. As it has been over six years since the last canonical game (Tekken Tag Tournament is non-canon), Tekken: Blood Feud is a 4-issue comic arc that will bridge the gap between games 6 and 7.

The Sexy Brutale Review

Misogynists and sadists look away now because The Sexy Brutale is not what you are expecting. Unless you are expecting a review of a macabre puzzle adventure game set inside a casino mansion, then read on.

Yooka-Laylee Review

Growing up as a 90’s kid meant having to go round to our friend’s house and physically knocking on their front door just to see if they were in. There were three of us on my street and between us we had a Sega Mega Drive II, Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64. It meant we got to experience all the classics of the day, and many of those classics were platformers. Spyro may have been my favourite, Sonic 2 was the game I could ‘speedrun’, but Banjo-Kazooie was always the one I wish I had played more of. If we are ever to see another Banjo-Kazooie remains to be seen, but after my time with Yooka-Laylee then another one may not be needed.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus Review

In the four months of its release since the 10 year build up, Final Fantasy XV has been kind to its fans by offering a wealth of free game updates including additional music and a whole festival dedicated to two of the franchises most famous creatures, moogles and chocobos. The first paid-for DLC has now arrived and as advertised as focusing on each of Noctis’ companions, with this one concentrating on Gladiolus.

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Looking Back to 2012 and the super sexy combos of Devil May Cry HD Collection

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