Phil Kowalski

A lifelong gamer, staring at the wrong side of the forties, I'm a huge Halo series fan. Started gaming way back in the days of the Amstrad CPC464. Midlander through birth, married with son, COD virgin, so be gentle. Twitter: @PhilK_TiX

9.2

Amazing

Thimbleweed Park review

I’m often caught in a heady haze of remembering games. So many new games remind me of other games it’s almost head-spinningly painful. Thimbleweed Park could be forgiven for reminding me of classic titles such as Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, The Secret of Monkey Island & Manic Mansion. There is, of course, a reason for this, which will be revealed later. Thimbleweed Park is a point ...

The Cloaked Ascendancy update hits Neverwinter

How often have you wanted to lose yourself in a huge quest to save an entire city? Perfect World Entertainment have a very fluid situation with Cryptic Studios’ MMORPG, Neverwinter. They’ve just released yet another major update to the Neverwinter stage, keeping the game fresh and introducing new challenges to the player. Now you can embark on a quest to save the city of Neverwinter as...

7.9

Good

Styx: Shards of Darkness review

It’s not often that I’ll out-and-out go for a stealth game. Firstly, and probably most unbelievably for those that know me, I don’t seem to have the patience. Secondly, I love a good digital punch-up. It’s a surprising thing to learn then, that I really enjoyed the first iteration of the Styx series, Master of Shadows. There was a good combination of stealth and action, with some humour and a litt...

Wonder Boy introduced to Wonder Girl in new trailer

When French developer, LizardCube, revealed that they’d be creating a faithful but updated take on Wonder Boy, I was fairly excited. They recently confirmed that the game would feature a retro mode that would allow the player to mix and match the look of the original with a modern backing track and vice-versa. All of this is awesome for the retro-gamer. Now, Lizardcube and DotEMU have reveal...

Season 12 – Reckoning coming to Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online has a growing fanbase. Whether you play every single day without fail or if you dip in and out when you fancy a spin in a starship, this MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment is great fun to play. It’s had a lot of update attention from the developers too, not merely resting on their Federation laurels. The latest update to be announced for the Xbox ver...

Talent Not Included set to make its Xbox bow

In my humble opinion, there aren’t nearly enough games based on the thespian scene. Frima Studios, a Canadian indie developer, are about to address this. Talent Not Included is heading to Xbox One and the developer has released exactly when curtain-up will be. Talent Not Included is an action combat platformer where mechanical animals, hard-headed monsters and rotating cylinders will challen...

Story-driven puzzler Peregrin coming to Xbox

Domino Digital are a small developer, with a growing reputation. The studio behind Calvino Noir have teamed up with Green Man Gaming to bring a new story-driven puzzle title to Xbox, called Peregrin. Peregrin follows the adventures of Abi, a young member of a scavenger tribe. She leaves her sanctuary to undertake an epic journey across the wastes of The Divide. She seeks to fulfill a prophecy, to ...

Will you be a Cheetah in the new Injustice 2 trailer?

There can be fewer more fun and exciting things than taking two super heroes and making them face off in a battle. Forgetting the drudgery of Batman Vs Superman, as let’s face it, it was simply awful, the sight of two virtually indestructable super-human beings beating seven bells out of each other is mouth-watering at worst. NetherRealm Studios, with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainmen...

10tons announce Time Recoil for Xbox

10tons Ltd have been making games for a few years now. They have slowly but surely developed a definite style and have seemingly improved with every release. The developer behind Neon Chrome, Sparkle 2, Baseball Riot and King Oddball have revealed a new title, to be released through the ID@Xbox program, Time Recoil. Time Recoil is a top-down twin stick shooter featuring slow motion gameplay. You a...

InnerSpace gameplay teaser revealed

PolyKnight Games have been busy creating their first game. After a lot of hard work, they have released a gameplay teaser trailer of the curious exploration game, InnerSpace. No, this isn’t a movie tie-in for a film starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid. InnerSpace is an exploration flying game inspired by the character-driven narratives of titles such as Journey, Proteus and Grow Home. InnerSp...

Pick your favourite Deadbeat Heroes soon on Xbox

UK-based developer, Deadbeat Productions, have teamed up with Square Enix Collective to announce that Deadbeat Heroes will be heading to Xbox One. Deadbeat Heroes is a fast-paced, brawling crime-caper set in a comic book inspired world. This 3D movement based brawler is all about dodging bullets, stealing super-powers and cracking to the wise. Action in-game is all about celebrating movement, with...

Grab your Kinect and be an Air Guitar Warrior

Virtual Air Guitar Company, an Indie studio in Finland, have announced that they will release what will be their 11th game, Air Guitar Warrior via the ID@Xbox program on Kinect for Xbox One. Strangely, this will be their first game to feature the air guitar play element. Air Guitar Warrior is part music game, part scrolling shooter. Players will wield air guitars that double as weapons on a quest ...