Category: Reviews

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Gods Will Be Watching

I’m normally a good judge of a game.  When I see a trailer or a preview, I may not be able to gauge whether it’ll be critically successful, but I’m normally savvy enough to know if I, personally, am going to like it or not.  Several months ago, I played an early version of Gods Will Be Watching after watching someone else play it.  I found the concept intriguing and looked forward to playing it upon full release.  What I saw and played back then was good.  What I’ve been playing for the past few days, however, is another story. Read more …

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A Weekend with AoW III

Some time ago, I expressed my interest in what was then an upcoming turn-based strategy game, Age of Wonders III. The vector of said expression was to lavish praise upon its predecessors. In my review of the original Age of Wonders, I made mention of what got me interested in the series in the first place: specifically, the endless hours of fun I would have in multiplayer. This is sort of out of character for me, for more than one reason. Firstly, I’m normally vehemently opposed to playing a sequel of a game before I’ve played the previous instalments in chronological order. Secondly, I very rarely enjoy multiplayer anything, with Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic being a notable exception to both norms.

I started playing the single player campaign of the original Age of Wonders so that I could play AoW III without feeling like I was missing anything. Despite my best intentions, this never happened – Age of Wonders remains uncompleted, yet still brilliant. But as a result, I never let myself fire up AoW III to see the game I had looked forward to for so long. This weekend past, after months of ignoring it, that very same friend asked me if I wanted to play a short game.

I said yes. It was not short. Read more …

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MouseCraft Review

I recently returned to Japan from a trip back to Blighty and immediately had to begin studying for a Japanese language proficiency exam. That is to say that my spare time of late has been somewhat limited. So when the review copy of MouseCraft arrived I was excited and dismayed at the same time.

I’ve wanted to get my filthy paws on this game for a while and when I finally did, I had almost no time to play it. For several days I didn’t even load it up. But when I did I realised that this is precisely the kind of game that I bought a Vita for in the first place.  Read more …

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Mario Kart 8 Review

I don’t like racing games, yet I love Mario Kart. I think it’s the fact that it completely ignores the tropes of the genre, i.e. ultra-realism and pedantic mechanics, in favour of silly, OTT fun that is as attached to real-life go-karting as Metal Gear Solid is to actual warfare. Mario Kart 8 gleefully continues this tradition, bestowing its drivers with the ability to defy gravity. Read more …