Derek McRoberts

Gamer and technophile. Destroyer of the scourge that are motorbikes. Gaming since I could hold a Competition Pro and trying to instill a gaming mentality on the next generation through my son. Frequent imbiber of ales and curser of shooters.

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Trove review in progress

To some it would be easy to dismiss Trove as “just another Minecraft clone”, but to do so would fail to appreciate the unique approach Trion Worlds have taken in their own personal take on the voxel-based sandbox genre. Unlike Minecraft, Trove concentrates more on combat and questing than the distinct world building focus of the former. Utilising a range of unlockable character classes, each with ...

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Virginia review

Virginia is a strange beast. This is by no means a slight on the game as such, as the creators themselves describe the game: “as strange and confounding as their experiences developing it”. This indie title has been years in the making, with a core concept planned from the beginning and with development aspirations escalating alongside an increase in support for the title. Best described as ...

8.5

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Jotun: Valhalla Edition review

Thunder Lotus Games’ first outing began life as a Kickstarter dream, like many indie titles in recent years, and after a successful run on the PC, the title has made its transition to console. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior maiden who, after dying an inglorious death at sea, is given a chance to ascend and join her ancestors in Valhalla by impressing the gods. In order to do so she must...

Snooker Nation Championship 2016 preview

Snooker games continue their niche standing in the video game community. Unlike its more popular and universal cousin Pool, the game of Snooker is the reserve of the British and several ex commonwealth countries, but in the land of the free, and the land of the rising sun, Snooker is just not that popular. So it is that we come to the latest in a very slim picking of titles, with Snooker Nation Ch...

7.5

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Full Mojo Rampage Review

Full Mojo Rampage takes a new route on the well trodden path of roguelike games to try to bring us a new blend of gaming mechanics to the genre. Alongside the tried and tested roguelike c0omponents, FMR utilises a unique mix of twin stick shooter, Light RPG Character development with a Caribbean façade that makes this dungeon crawler feel decidedly original when viewed against its contemporaries. ...

9.8

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The Witcher 3 : Blood & Wine review

The final instalment of the Witcher is a big deal. After the superlative main game, the ton of free DLC, the competent and enjoyable Hearts of Stone expansion, the gaming community – even those not particularly enamoured by RPG’s – have to admit that CD Projekt Red’s magnum opus is a highly polished and prime example of open-world game design. With that in mind, it would be very easy t...

8.6

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Gear Gauntlet Review

Gear Gauntlet is a fun but rage inducing 2D action arcade game from Drop Dead Interactive. Test your patience through ever more punishing gauntlets while boosting, teleporting, reversing and rotating to survive. Use your reflexes to break through coloured barriers and earn your place on the leaderboard. Beautiful hand drawn art and a wonderful soundtrack accompany your descent into fury, but do tr...

8.8

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Review

Nostalgia can be an extremely powerful tool for a developer if they can master its nuances, and WayForward has done just that with Shantae and the Pirates Curse. The overall design and mechanics are instantly reminiscent of those SNES golden age titles, that for many of us shaped our childhood. Although this is my first experience of the Shantae universe, a bit of searching reveals that this is ju...

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie. When she loses her magic, Shantae must team up with her nemesis, the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons to advance her quest, slay monsters, battle epic bosses…and hopefully get her magic back in the bargain! But can she really trust...

8.9

Great

EA Sports UFC2

EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 innovates with stunning character likeness and animation, adds an all new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features, and invites all fighters to step back into the Octagon® to experience the thrill of finishing the fight.

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EA Sports UFC2 Review

For a long time, I perceived the UFC as someone bringing to life the arguments I used to have with friends in the school playground. You know the discussions; who would win between a lion and a Rhino, Batman & Judge Dredd or even Mike Tyson & Bruce Lee. As such I paid UFC little mind, and it remained on the periphery of my perception to the point I could only name a few of the key players ...