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

6.8

Fair

Flinthook review

Tribute Games’ Flinthook is one of those titles that seems to remind you of a thousand other games, yet remains totally individual all at the same time. When it landed in my inbox, I have to admit, I was intrigued. Flinthook is an action-platformer with a Roguelike quality. I’m going to level with you. I hate the term Roguelike. What does it even mean? It’s popped up like some playground fad over ...

5.2

Average

ZHEROS The Forgotten Land DLC review

Like many, I picked up ZHEROES from Rimlight Studios, on the Games with Gold program a few months back. January 2016 it would appear. Where does the time go? The gameplay centres on two main characters as you fight your way through hordes of invading enemies in a futuristic universe. Rimlight have released The Forgotten Land DLC for ZHEROS, does it add to the game, improve the mechanics and featur...

Sci-Fi fantasy title ELEX dated for Xbox

Who doesn’t love an open-world action-packed RPG epic? Well, apart from you, (you know who you are, and we’re watching), Piranha Bytes along with THQ Nordic love the genre. They’ve announced today, the release date and Collector’s Edition details for their next epic, ELEX. So, what can you expect from ELEX (that’s the correct way to format it too, you appear to have t...

New trailer hits for Micro Machines World Series

Codemasters and Koch Media have today released the next gameplay trailer for the evergreen and anticipated Micro Machines Word Series. Racing has always been at the heart of Micro Machines and Codemasters are the arguable kings of the racing genre. Micro Machines World Series sees the action focus firmly on the cars and racing, with hundreds of customisations available. You can race in style and m...

7.8

Good

Seasons after Fall review

It’s not often I get the chance to review a title that doesn’t rely on just your reflexes or skill. There have been a few, however, The Turing Test, Inside & Pneuma spring to mind. Seasons after Fall is one more to add to that list. Swing Swing Submarine’s Seasons after Fall is a puzzle-platformer based around magic and nature. You start off as a ball of light; a seed, bouncing around a dark e...

Star Trek Online Season 13 Escalation dated

Here at TiX Towers, we love a good sci-fi romp and Perfect World Entertainment’s Cryptic Studios Trekkie-fest MMORPG, Star Trek Online delivers on pretty much all levels. They’ve revealed yet another Season update for the game as, like the very universe it is set in, it expands ever more. Season 13 – Escalation is the next to be announced for console, along with a release date, a...

Prepare to let the insults fly in Oh Sir!

There’s nothing apparently more enjoyable than throwing around a few well-thought out insults. Indeed, there are some comedians who have made an entire living out of flinging a clever insult at someone. Have you ever hankered after a means to digitally create an well-constructed slight at friends and family? The good news is that very soon, you’ll be able to do just that on your Xbox O...

8.3

Great

8.7
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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition review

It’s not often that I’ll play a first-person shooter other than Halo. It’s even less often that it’s a re-imagining of a title that was first released on the Xbox 360. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition from People Can Fly is one such game. Bulletstorm isn’t usually the type of title I’d pick up. Not because I don’t like first person shooters, more the fact that I’m not a massive fan of being led arou...

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...