Category: Retrospective


Fallout: New Vegas – Retrospective

Following up on Fallout 3 was always going to be a tough task. The eternal question posed of any follow up to a successful title would have been in evidence: Do you change anything? The original worked right? So why change anything? But, if you don’t evolve, you’re likely to be accused of resting on your laurels and turning out a lazy sequel. The virtual catch 22 that all games developers face. Only, with Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda’s decision was made even harder by the fact that theirs was a Fallout game.

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Fallout 3 – Restrospective

The Fallout series essentially went into hiatus following the 1998 release of Fallout 2. Though there were several spin-off games in the subsequent years, such as the critically panned Fallout: Tactics and the virtually forgotten console game Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, no official sequel to the first two games was ever released by Interplay. There was a third game in development, under the codename Van Buren, but development was halted when Interplay jettisoned their PC development team in December 2003. Read more …


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.

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Halo 2 Retrospective

In light of the release of The Master Chief Collection, I wanted to take the time to appreciate the main focus of the collection Halo: 2 and celebrate what an amazing feat it is that the game is still such an enjoyable experience ten years later.

For those not entirely clued up about The MCC, this year marks the ten year anniversary of Halo: 2, and so 343 industries took the opportunity to re-release all of the numbered Halo games. This means Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all in one package and all bumped up to 1080p and 60fps. Nice. Read more …

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Dragon Age II Retrospective

So we are just over one month away from the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, one of this year’s most hotly anticipated titles and really one of the only major releases not pushed back till the new year, which has meant that I have already gone back and recreated my perfect playthroughs for Origins and II and built the Thedas that I am ready to help defend as the Inquisitor in this new entry in the series. It has been almost four years since the last time we were there and I think we’ve all been getting a little bit antsy to return. Read more …


Sleeping Dogs

In preparation for the new, shinier arrival of Sleeping Dogs onto our current generation of consoles this October, why not take the time to revisit a classic. For those who missed out or have short memories: read on.

As a massive fan of Hong Kong cinema I was genuinely excited when I first heard about Sleeping Dogs. GTA: San Andreas had already catered for the Boyz-N-The-Hood fanboy in me and now I was finally going to have the chance to recreate scenes from such classics as Hard Boiled, Bullet in the Head and Infernal Affairs. Read more …

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The Wind of Change

Back in the day, I owned a GameCube. I still do, in fact, though it’s currently not connected to my television. My Wii has long since replaced it and my little black box resides in a place of honour in my gaming cupboard. One of the games I played a lot for my GameCube was The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This was because, a few years ago, I had played and loved Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on my N64, which is also in my cupboard. Despite never owning a SNES, I’d also played and loved A Link to the Past on my cousin’s console, which was where my love of Zelda originated.

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