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Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles Review

This is one of the best Borderlands expansions to have released, and is a must-play for every Borderlands fan who is alive and kicking.

Mecho Tales Review

I expected Mecho Tales on Xbox One to be a bad take on a good formula, but it proved me wrong. Instead, it provided a fun couple of hours of an unimpactful yet joyous action platformer which should attract anybody looking for a unique art style. It is an indie game which has the self-awareness to know what to accomplish from a gameplay point of view, but not perhaps from a storytelling perspective.

Looking back to 2015 and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Gearbox got something right with this series, something which many other games fail to do. Borderlands is joy in a bottle.

Looking back to 2015 and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

I never thought I would play Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. This is a game which originally released first on a PlayStation handheld console - the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in 2011 to be precise - as a Japanese exclusive. In fact, I surprised myself when I bought and played it

Void Bastards Review

Void Bastards boasts an impressive amalgamation of gameplay and progression systems. Combined with its rogue-like core and fascinating graphics style, Void Bastards achieves the feat of being one of the stand-out indie titles of the year. I enjoyed my hours with Void Bastards, even if there was a little room for improvement on the story, and the level of variety offered.

The Joy of Playing New Games

Despite discussing the financial and emotional benefits of playing old games in ‘’The Convenience of Playing Old Games’, I wanted to put forward the case for purchasing and playing brand new ones. I know that it can be easy to take one stance rather than look at two. So, I thought it would be a good idea for us to talk about the thrill of playing a video game which has just released.

ASCENDANCE – First Horizon Review

A peaceful and minimalistic FPS 3D platformer created by ONEVISION games, ASCENDANCE - First Horizon removes the complexity of modern gaming in favour of a more tranquil experience which creates enough space to allow the player to move with precision and timing, navigating its simple but peacefully intoxicating world.

The Convenience of Playing Old Games

I have found it extremely convenient to play old games rather than brand new ones while I finish nailing my back catalogue. A feat which is (unbelievably) nearly done.

Why I’m Excited for Halo: Infinite

Halo was the game to play on Xbox. Always has been, until now. We could go into the issues with the franchise since Bungie have passed the mantle of responsibility onto 343’s shoulders, and we will briefly, but I want to focus on why I am excited for Halo: Infinite and the potential it has as a reboot for the franchise, despite my disappointment with Halo 5: Guardians’ campaign.

Why I’m Excited for Gears 5

I’m not expecting a revelation within the Gears formula at all, but I would like some salt and pepper added to the franchise, if only to see how some independent creativeness could spice up a long-running span of titles.

What would make the perfect remake?

I’m a firm believer and purchaser of remakes (and remasters). Having adored every second of the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy late last year and following the critical and commercial success of the Resident Evil 2 remake in January 2019, I’ve been thinking a lot about what would make a remake a 10/10 on the everyday review scale. Granted, both of them received great reviews, but I wanted to conjure up the remake that would rightfully earn a perfect score.

The Importance of a Game Soundtrack

Some people don’t particularly like game soundtracks outside of when they are playing games. Some people think they’re fine and that they serve their purpose. Others, like me, love game soundtracks and listen to them ferociously. As this medium moves forward, the type of soundtrack required for our games has changed.

What We Really Want from Borderlands 3

I love Borderlands. Ever since I saw the first game’s trailer, I’ve been in love with its FPS gameplay, funny and bold character design, loot-progression systems, and scenic locations. All of these combined to create an experience which is addictive, funny as hell, and most importantly, fun. Now with the seemingly inevitable Borderlands 3 FINALLY being officially revealed post-awesome-3D-model-trailer teaser, I can happily talk about what I/we want in this new Borderlands game.

Change Your Expectations Towards Upcoming Video Games

A lot of people get very excited about a lot of things. The next Marvel film, the next Rockstar game, the next episode of The Great British Bake-Off. The minds behind 2019 marketing are extremely good at what they do, demonstrated by the fact by how products are able to stand out against thousands of others. They’re almost too good at their job because of how much ‘hype’ they produce. At least, that’s what some would say.

Stories: The Path of Destinies Review

I initially mistook Stories: The Path of Destinies as another mediocre indie game that would fail to make a lasting impact. Instead, it tingled nostalgic PS2 platformer roots with simple but compelling RPG mechanics tied up wonderfully in a package that centres on replayability, simplistic and effective story-telling, fantastic combat that mimics the Arkham games, and excellent world-building. This all makes the overall experience pretty great.

Attack of the Earthlings Review

A humorous turn-based strategy game which definitely has flaws throughout, but is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. Attack of the Earthlings is a fine game to dive into if you're all for hating your evil human corporations and their plans for sucking the galaxy dry of resources - one lonely planet at a time.

Crackdown 3 Review

Crackdown 3 has been a long time coming. Revealed in 2014 at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, the game has been troubled with delay after delay, but finally it has launched. And while there is definitely a fun and joyous experience to be had here, it gives me absolutely no pleasure to tell you that it is a fairly underwhelming game overall.

Unruly Heroes Review

Unruly Heroes is a beautiful 2D platformer featuring a wonderful hand-drawn animation style. Developed by Magic Design Studios, you play as one of four heroes interchangeably: the monkey, the magician, the pig and the brute, each with their own combat style and ability selection.

Remaking the Prejudice of Remakes

Following the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake, and my completion of all three Spyro games on the Reignited Trilogy (including every achievement, of which I would and will do again in a heartbeat), I have witnessed many ensued discussions regarding how ‘we’ should review remakes and how ‘we’ should regard them considering that they are based on a game [or games] that existed prior, and that most of the assets within the game(s) already existed to some degree.

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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 32 – Spring

The final week of the Horizon Race Off dawns in Forza Horizon 5, yet as we prepare to bid farewell, there is a last hoorah in the shape of the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges for Series 32 Spring.

5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One

As I've played almost every fishing experience that you can find on the big black box, I thought I'd attempt to rank them, nailing a list consisting of 5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One, if you will.

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

For those of you who have been living under a rock or deep in the jungle for the last ten years, the Devil May Cry games feature a protagonist called Dante. And this is Dante when he was just effortlessly cool...

Experience the festival of your nightmares in Dead Island 2: SoLA

Summertime usually brings with it beer gardens, (the occasional day of) sunshine and music festivals. The latter being the chance to forget troubles of the real-world and just exist in a several day long party. But what if you annual pilgrimage to your festival of choice turns sour when say, the uninvited undead come and crash the party? Find out how you would cope in Dead Island 2: SoLA DLC, out now for Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

Destroy friendships as Pummel Party releases on Xbox and PlayStation

Since launch on PC in 2018, Pummel Party from Rebuilt Games has picked up some serious acclaim. It's now time to translate that success to console - with release on Xbox and PlayStation. 

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