Reviews

Mystery Castle review

The puzzle genre of games can feel somewhat familiar. This style and type of game has been around for some time and the huge boom in mobile gaming through tablets and phones has also lead to more developers venturing into the world of puzzles. There are plenty of options out there for people who like a brain teaser. One of the current options on the Xbox One is Mystery Castle. Mystery Castle was c...

Super Mutant Alien Assault review

When I was younger, there were few things as exciting as looking through all of the Mastertronic Commodore 64 tapes in a shop, where the cover art and game name was everything. Carefully making my selection, I’d get home, load the game up, and then press fire to begin. More often than not, the first play would end in disappointment; had I just spent my (not very) hard-earned pocket money on an imp...

Carmageddon: Max Damage review

Back in 1999, when Sony had the grey block of plastic that was the first Playstation, a controversial Ubisoft title called Carmageddon was released & I bust a gut to get my hands on it. If you know anything about how the game is played, you’ll know that after recent events, I’ll probably be skipping over a few features of the game. Carmageddon: Max Damage kicks you off with a simple menu, and ...

Trials of the Blood Dragon review

I’ve not played a Trials title before. I’ve seen games like it on other platforms but the Trials format hasn’t really appealed, despite the series getting a good following. Similarly, I’ve not played any of the Far Cry series of games, again, being not quite my cup of tea. How could this mash-up of the two begin to win me over? Let’s start with the story. Having not followed the Far Cry games or t...

Deadlight: Director’s Cut review

Set in an apocalyptic 1986, a zombie outbreak has brought humanity to its knees. You play Randall Wayne, a father searching the destroyed streets of Seattle for his family. You’ll encounter many life-threatening situations, but combat isn’t always the answer against the undead, fight back using scarce resources or hide and sneak past them utilizing the environment. Deadlight: Director’s Cut is the...

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

The Force is strong with this one… The No. 1 LEGO® videogame franchise triumphantly returns with a fun-filled, humorous journey through the new Star Wars adventure. Play as all of the characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma. In LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™, relive the epic acti...

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II review

Six months after his previous adventure, Van Helsing is back again to rescue Borgova from the clutches of evil with NeocoreGames’ The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II… The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is your typical dungeon crawler affair. When starting out, you have the option to choose from one of three typical character archetypes. The default is the classic Monst...

7 Days to Die review

7 Days to Die is marred significantly by technical problems, poor porting to console and amateur presentation, which is a real shame, as the minute to minute struggle to survive is actually quite compelling, especially with other players. But unfortunately its potential isn’t enough to redeem this terrible title. 7 Days to Die follows the familiar formula of placing you in a harsh world where you ...

Inside review

I don’t seem to get many opportunities to review extremely special games. I’ve had the dubious pleasure of reviewing some good Indie games and some truly questionable published titles in my time. It was with some trembling of hands that I downloaded PlayDead’s Inside. Would it be all that I would have hoped for? Inside is, on the face of it, a curious title. I’d not seen a lot about it prior to th...

Heart&Slash review

Heart&Slash has the potential to fill a void in your gaming library, offering an experience that’s visually charming and nostalgic yet one that plays similarly to that of Dark Souls of Devil May Cry. It’s an interesting mix of aesthetics and gameplay, and one that works surprisingly well, that is once you’ve come to terms with the difficulty. Indeed Heart&Slash is a hard game, the combat i...

Cubikolor review

What do you get if you cross a Rubik’s Cube type puzzler, Q-bert and 60 cups of coffee, well apart from Dave and Rich’s lovechild (just seeing if they actually read this) the answer is a colourful yet sometimes stressful cube rolling puzzler called Cubikolor. Now I’m not someone who gives up easily but there is a point in a game when you ask yourself “god damn why am I doin...

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...