Reviews

Blues and Bullets – Episode 2: Shaking the Hive review

Some six months down the line from Episode 1’s release, development team A Crowd of Monsters have released the second instalment to their episodic crime adventure Blues and Bullets. Titled Shaking the Hive, this episode takes you deeper into the story of Eliot Ness as he tries to uncover more clues to the whereabouts of Capone’s granddaughter. Following the same style and gameplay from...

Dark Souls III review

The original Dark Souls was a masterpiece. It introduced us to a vast and meticulously detailed world where every aspect of the experience was crafted to a staggeringly high degree of quality. It was also one of the most uncompromising games of its generation; consistently testing your resolve with its ‘risk verses reward’ style. Dark Souls II faltered slightly but still maintained the original’s ...

Aliens vs. Pinball review

Zen Studios have been bringing some great tables to Pinball FX 2. In celebration of Aliens day – April 26 – Zen Studios have unleashed three tables set in the Aliens universe. Two of the tables are based on the films. One from arguably the best film in the quadrilogy, ALIENS, and the other from arguably the worst film, Alien vs. Predator – I guess they really wanted to include Predator somehow. Th...

Pang Adventures review

I dropped many a penny into Pang’s coin op, so to see the brothers back with Pang Adventures on Xbox One makes me super happy – and with local co-op – it’s a game that I could sit down and enjoy with my five-year-old son, but could a game released back in the 90s still entertain the newest generation of gamers? My son gave it his seal of approval with a firm “I really like it”. Part of his enjoyme...

Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop Review

If you were frustrated with Automatron’s lack of content, then Fallout 4’s latest addition, Wasteland Workshop, is going to fail to impress, consisting of new objects to place in settlements, the ability to capture creatures, and new arenas for NPCs to duel, and nothing else. Indeed Wasteland Workshop is more akin to minor add-on pack than an expansion. Fortunately the new additions are ideal for ...

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...

The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 2 review

At the end of Episode one, we were left in position no person would want to be left in. Telltale had done a great job with the first episode, leaving me with a suitable cliff to hang on and thankfully didn’t leave me waiting too long. Episode two not only gives you plenty to decide upon, but these decisions all feel much more significant. This is partly because of the reduced amount of episo...

Resident Evil 6 Review

Despite being panned by critics when it was originally released, Resident Evil 6 has been given the re-release treatment and has been enhanced for the Xbox One, featuring all previous DLC, a higher resolution and framerate, as well as a few additional tweaks. But can a game that was so strongly disliked claw back some goodwill from series fans with its slight upgrade? It can, and indeed it should,...

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Review

When the guys at TiX asked how did I feel about getting balls in my face I was a bit worried that I was going to see a side to Rich and Dave that I had never seen before or some weird initiation for coming back to write for TiX, thankfully my fears were put to one side when they gave me Stickbold! A Dodgeball Adventure to Review. Developed and published by Game Swing, Stickbold! A Dodgeball advent...

Adam’s Venture: Origins review

Released during 2009-12 as a three-part episodic game, developer Vertigo Games have reworked the episodic content of Adam’s Venture: Chronicles, and released the game as Adam’s Venture: Origins for current gen consoles. Set in the 1920s, Adam’s Venture: Origins is a blend of the adventure and puzzle genre, that’s ultimately marred by some clumsy character animations and poor voice acting that’s ta...

Blast ‘Em Bunnies review

Face wave after wave of unstoppable bunnies, yes bunnies, in this turret defence game from NNOOO. It’s a bright, colourful and cute little game in which you must protect your burrow from the invaders with deadly force. In an arena setting (the first arena is a farm in a canyon) you take control of a turret and face off against the waves of incoming enemies. They take eight different forms, such as...

Active Soccer 2 DX review

Back when I was a wee boy (cue sepia film-reel of a delivery boy with many loaves of bread on his bike), there wasn’t the powerhouse football games of the likes of FIFA or PES. We had top-down arcade-style football from the likes of Sensible Soccer and Dino Dini’s Kick Off. These introduced the player to the glory of pixel perfect passing and the flying header. Despite the sparse graphics and the ...