Tobias Lewis

I'm 20 and Australian and I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism. I also liked Dark Souls. Truth be told I actually started gaming on the PS2. However, I quickly converted to Xbox with the release of the 360. My all time favourite games are Final Fantasy X and the Witcher 3. And that's about all I'm going to say because I'm terrified of telling people personal things.

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Super Cloudbuilt Review

After the five hour story, I’ve just about got carpal tunnel from the sheer volume of frantic jumping and sliding I’ve done in Super Cloudbuilt. This new title from Coilworks and Double Eleven is a remake of the original ‘Cloudbuilt’, which dropped in 2014 exclusively for PC. Super Cloudbuilt brings all the pain, joy and frustration of the self-proclaimed ‘parkour platformer’ to console.

Dark Souls Winter’s Spite Issue #4 – Comic Review

We’ve seen it all in Winter’s Spite, or at least so it seems. The Dark Souls universe has put forward both an atmospheric and maudlin tale in this latest series. It shouldn’t come as a shock when I say that it’s been my favourite series by Titan Comics thus far. So it’s hurting me to see it conclude in this fourth and final issue.

Dark Souls Winter’s Spite Issue #3 – Comic Review

Winter’s Spite issue 3 marks a distinct change in the storytelling of not only this series, but the Dark Souls comics in general. And boy is it good.

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC Review

And that’s a wrap ladies and gentlemen. Or at least, so we’ve been told. The Ringed City is, apparently, the last instalment in the Souls series. So far, we’ve been simultaneously punished and rewarded by one of the greatest series’ in gaming. And one thing’s for certain, if Dark Souls is going out then it’s taking you with it, because this is perhaps the hardest that the game has ever been.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Review

I reviewed the original Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing in December last year – as one of the first free ‘Games with Gold’ titles. As such, I explored every inch of that game and I found it to be slightly less than incredible. Six months later, I can vividly recall the (sometimes traumatic) experience. I had a few issues with the original game: poorly advised DLC choices, bad writing and the lack of certain explanations. Van Helsing II remedies some of its predecessor’s errors. But I’m still not convinced that ‘Incredible’ is the right word for the game’s titular adventures.

Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #5 – Comic Review

So as you could tell from my various predictions in the reviews of the series’ previous instalments, I was expecting a rather big Deus Ex style twist at the conclusion of Children’s Crusade. Suffice to say that my expectations were left unfulfilled here. You can however expect some spoilers below!

Trials of the Blood Dragon Review

In Trials of the Blood Dragon, we have a sort of fashion-industry crossover between two individually reputable brands: Blood Dragon (the infamous Far Cry 3 expansion) and Trials (the infamously difficult dirt bike racing platformer). Both of these franchises are deserving of new attention, but we’re dealing with two fairly different formulas here. And while Trials of the Blood Dragon has some moments of excellence, it’s really just a lesson in sticking to what you know.

Fenix Furia Review

Fenix Furia is a 2D platformer about some weird little dude on some weird planet. There’s not much to the story apart from the odd – and oddly cute – animated clip. While I do appreciate Green Lava not jamming some spindly story down my throat, I do like to have some idea what’s going on. Fenix Furia’s story jumps around the place. It’s difficult to work out where these evil boss creatures come from or whether the characters are friends or mortal enemies. Still, this is a platformer, meaning the focus is on gameplay rather than story. And from a gameplay standpoint, Fenix Furia holds up fine.

What We’ve Learnt About Final Fantasy XV

After the release of the Platinum Demo, things were pretty quiet on the Final Fantasy XV frontier. But since E3 has come and gone, it feels like we’re almost drowning in reveals and announcements. Don’t worry if you haven’t kept up; we’ve got you covered. Here’s what we’ve learnt – and some other stuff that we cheekily discovered – about FFXV. We’ll stick to opinion about the gameplay and the environment because, while the story is a massive part of Final Fantasy, we don’t want to spoil anything before the release of FFXV on September 30th.

Neon Chrome Review

So there’s a line with difficulty. If you agree to spar with someone, it’s fine if they throw you around or punch you up or even take you down. But it’s not appropriate - nor is it necessary - to kick you in the crotch while you’re writhing in pain on the ground. Similarly, if you make a game where the player has to conquer a tower infested with guards, it’s cool to make it difficult. What’s not cool is making a game where every level is procedurally generated and only giving players a checkpoint after they beat five levels. And this is the major problem with Neon Chrome. It’s not hard; it’s unpredictable and it’s unfair.

Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #4 – Comic Review

Issue 4 plays out with a definite sense of urgency and this fast pace has obviously been set up by the slower issues that preceded it. So here’s the return of that lurking sense of danger and conspiracy that typically overhangs Deus Ex titles. It’s a welcome homecoming. It adds a thrill to the reading process that, if I’m honest, has been lacking from the series thus far.

Dark Souls #2 – Comic Review

This comic couldn’t have come at a better time. I was, just today, thinking about immersing myself, again, in the world of Lothric and giving Dark Souls III a third play through. But there’s so much going on in my life right now that I really don’t have the luxury of throwing seventy-plus hours into a video game, so Issue #2 of the Titan Comics' Dark Soul series s a concession that I happily made.

DOOM Review

So, I was thinking about why it took me so long to finish DOOM. I’m pretty good at charging through games, and this campaign isn’t overly long. Honestly, I think it’s because the hours I usually designate to playing games are the hours before I go to sleep. I usually inject myself into a wonderful fantasy world to wind down, before I totally tune out for the night. And with DOOM I can’t do that. Parading through Mars and Hell, murdering everything in sight, isn’t at all conducive to sleep. There’s flashing colours, jump scares and an almost obnoxiously heavy (in the best possible way) soundtrack. DOOM is literally a case of ‘you snooze, you lose’. You play this game and your heart rate gets jacked up. Your adrenaline is pumping and there’s no chance in hell – trust me, I’ve spent the last week turning it inside out with a chainsaw and a super shotgun – that you’ll be able to sleep.

Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #3 – Comic Review

Issue 3 of Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade begins to build on the set-ups in Issue 2. As such, it’s a lot more interesting than it predecessor. From the get go, this issue ramps things up. It reveals the names of both the captured woman and her daughter: Helena and Emilia, respectively. Until now, these characters have been set pieces in the comic in the sense that they merely catalyse action. In this issue they become much more… human? – I’m not entirely sure that’s the right word for an augmented family.

Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #2 – Comic Review

Issue #2 of Deus Ex Children’s Crusade picks up exactly where Issue #1 left off. The augmented terrorists built bombs into children, and when the raid in the previous issue went south, they set one off. The bomb unleashed calamity, claiming lives of humans and augmented alike. A member of task force 29 was also among the casualties.

Dark Souls III – How does it compare to its predecessors?

For want of a better word us Dark Souls fans are a tad… pedantic. We like what we like and we don’t like it when that changes too much. In this article, I’ll focus on how Dark Souls III fits into the series. I’ll look at the story, the new gameplay mechanics and the world of Lothric. More importantly, I’ll tell you whether From-Software’s latest outing measures up to its predecessors.

Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #1 – Comic Review

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of our most anticipated releases of 2016 and if you’ve played previous Deus Ex titles, then you should be just as excited as we are. However, with the release of Mankind Divided still a while away – courtesy of its delay earlier this year - news about the franchise has been in short supply and I’m sure I speak for most of the series’ fans when I say that we’re well overdue for a fix. Recently, Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade has entered the market as a five-part comic series filling the time gaps between the events Human Revolution and the upcoming sequel. And I’ve been able to satiate my Deus Ex cravings by sinking my teeth in to the first issue.

Exclusive Q&A with the writer and artist on the new Titan Comics Dark Souls series

The world is currently going Dark Souls mad. Not only has the latest iteration of the gaming series arrived on Xbox One, PS4 and PC to rather critical acclaim, but if you prefer the slower paced nature of a comic book series, then Titan Comics have got you sorted with their new Dark Souls series. We thought it would be therefore be a good time to grab both the writer and the artist behind the series with an exclusive Q&A interview. George Mann and Alan Quah were more than happy to take some time out to answer our questions.

Stranger of Sword City Review

For starters, you should know that I haven’t played too many games of this genre before: that genre being the anime inspired dungeon-crawler with turn-based combat. Probably the closest I’ve gotten was Final Fantasy X. So, as is to be expected, Final Fantasy X became my point of comparison for Stranger of Sword City. And there’s two problems with that: - In terms of critical perception, Final Fantasy X is one of the best games of all time; and - In terms of my personal perception, Final Fantasy X is the best game of all time. Needless to say, Stranger of Sword City had some big shoes to fill.

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