Author: Paul Izod

slider

Xbox One Needs To Come Of Age In 2015

It’s been nearly 18 months since the release of the Xbox One; just think about that for a second. It’s quite a long time, when you get down to it. The Xbox 360 had a lifespan of around 9 years, so by that reckoning we’re, what, 16% (or just under 1/6th for the fractionally-minded) of the way through this generation, if that longevity continues to this one.

That’s actually quite a way down the console’s lifespan, whichever way you look at it… Read more …

Ultima-Series-Big-Slider-3

Ultima VII: The Black Gate Retrospective

It’s been a fair while, but today I’m returning to my retrospective of the illustrious Ultima series of games. Last time out I looked at the first-person spin-off title to the series; Ultima Underworld and how it deviated from the main story-arc. However, today I’m going to look at what is probably the most prominent of the main canon games; Ultima VII: The Black Gate.

Now, right up front I’ll give you this disclaimer: I’m probably going to have to renounce all journalistic impartiality in this one. Ultima VII was and is one of my favourite games. It had a big impact on my as a child and will always mean a lot to me. So, while I’ll try and give a professional overview of the game, let’s face it, it’s going to be quite rose-tinted.

That being said lets dive in! Read more …

DAI Slider

Dragon Age: Inquisition – XboxOne & PS4

Long-time readers will probably be aware of my love for the Dragon Age series. I’ve covered both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II on these very pages over the last couple of years.

I hailed the first as an excellent and challenging technical combat RPG, praising its depth and scale, while highlighting its unforgiving nature and its potential to put off the more casual gamer. Read more …