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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Review

I hate to admit but I mostly ignored the hype surrounding Shadow of Mordor. “Another Lord of the Rings game” I thought. Apart from Lord of the Rings: Online every game I’ve played related to this franchise has been a disappointment. I’m a big fan of Tolkien and I also enjoy the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movie adaptations (the less said about The Hobbit the better), so something that came close to either films or novel would be ideal. On the surface Shadow of Mordor promises to be just this, combining action gameplay with a solid role-playing system in an open world? Sounds fantastic! This is one franchise that has been long overdue a decent game that we can all sink our teeth into. Read more …

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Let’s cast our eyes back to the heady yesteryear that was 2013. The PS4 was on the horizon, and the gaming community waited with baited breath to see what delights were in their future. Unfortunately, the launch line-up was a little anemic to say the least.

However, there was one game that stood out from the crowd of sequels and mediocrity, and that game was Contrast, a third-person puzzle platformer which incidentally is also available on Xbox and PC. Read more …

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Convenience vs Effort

Over this past weekend, as I was resting to recover from some sort of super-asthma, I experienced a rare and magical event.  I wanted to play a specific game, but was unable to.  Part of this was due to my inability to sit upright for more than half an hour without wheezing like… well, like an asthmatic.  But the root cause was that I was simply unable to find the bloody thing.  I will warn you now: this article wanders all over the place.  Is it a bare-bones review?  Is it an anecdote?  Is there even a point?  The answer to all of these questions is yes, but by jove do I take the scenic route. Read more …


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Sometimes, it is good to be bad.

I say this as someone who has gone through multiple playthroughs of games and still couldn’t bring myself to be a bad person in any of them. Mass Effect saw me as the pure paragon determined to unite the galaxy against the Reaper menace no matter what, Dragon Age cast me as the wise-cracking mage out to prove that there are good spellcasters in the world, and in Heavy Rain I was the distraught father who would do anything necessary to save his son. I am that guy who plays a paladin in Dungeons and Dragons and finds it easy to always do the right thing. I even prefer Superman to Batman – that’s how much of a goodie-goodie I am. Read more …


Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition Review

Released in July 2014, Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition, from Exor Studios is part of a growing trend of established PC titles being ported across, in various guises, to the new generation of consoles.

It makes sense really, from both the console manufacturer and the game developer’s perspectives. From the console manufacturer’s perspective, the title not only provides an additional entry in their release lists; demonstrating a greater raft of available titles to encourage prospective customers, but the game also has a proven track record of being viable commercially; it’s already sold units on another system. For the developers, it’s a no-brainer really; they can expand the available customer-base for their IP without having to make major changes. It replicates the sales avenue and projection of a new game, but without the trouble of actually having to produce a new game. For the gaming public it means they have a wider variety of games available to them on their expensive new console than they would otherwise have had.

Everybody wins right? Read more …