Battletech – PC | Review

Battletech – PC | Review

Starting life as a tabletop gaming franchise, Battletech has a storied videogame history – it’s the “umbrella” brand that links Mechwarrior, Mechassault, Mechcommander and more. Now in 2018, how will the Kickstarter-funded franchise fare under the stewardship of developer Harebrained Schemes?     A story of political intrigue and betrayal viewed through the lens of your own created mercenary, Battletech’s campaign begins with a wonderfully crafted opening cinematic chronicling years of lore. It may not bring beginners or relative novices up to speed immediately, but it does a good job of touching on key concepts such as different factions and…read more >
The Elder Scrolls Online: Patch Notes

The Elder Scrolls Online: Patch Notes

In 2014, three years on from Skyrim’s monumental release, The Elder Scrolls went MMO. Not developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Zenimax Online Studios took the helm. As a subscription- based title, the game was received fairly well, but an inability to play with friends reliably, a wealth of bugs (to be expected with Elder Scrolls games one might argue) and the unusual novelty of a monthly fee being payable on console meant the game’s fanbase dwindled heavily.     If my previous “Patch Notes” have told you anything, however, it’s that the story was far from over. In March 2017,…read more >
Warframe: Patch Notes

Warframe: Patch Notes

When I got my Playstation 4 at the end of 2013, I couldn’t wait to see what beautiful games we’d be playing for the next few years. Browsing the store on PSN, I found an intriguing free-to-play title about space ninjas. Downloading Warframe, I played for an hour or so but it felt a hollow experience. I (foolishly) wrote it off as a F2P game that would likely find a core audience but wouldn’t expand much from there. I was wrong. Following on from Danny O’Dwyer’s “NoClip” documentary on the game, I decided to jump back in.     Digital…read more >
Star Wars Battlefront 2: Patch Notes

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Patch Notes

Oh boy. Where to start with a game like Star Wars: Battlefront 2? A sequel to a reboot that felt under-cooked and hollow, the early impressions for Battlefront 2 were fairly positive - more heroes, maps, weapons, vehicles and eras. Despite 2015’s Battlefront’s anaemic response, it had sold well and people were ready to take the fight to the Clone Wars and Force Awakens battlefields. Free DLC was promised, and a new original Star Wars story was revealed. Everything was almost too good to be true. Almost. Through beta gameplay and EA’s own early access system, the well was poisoned…read more >
The Division: Patch Notes

The Division: Patch Notes

The Division was announced at E3 in 2013 as the start of a new Tom Clancy sub-franchise. Set in a beautifully haunting rendition of Manhattan, The Division promised tense gun-play and a grounded story of a smallpox virus released upon the city. These features showcased a darker side of Ubisoft, far away from men in hoods running over rooftops or Rabbid minigame collections. Incredible tone-piece trailers were unlike anything we’d seen since Dead Island’s debut. Finally hitting store shelves in March 2016, excitement for the game was palpable. In fact, in it’s first week on sale, The Division generated an…read more >
Rainbow Six Siege: Patch Notes

Rainbow Six Siege: Patch Notes

Multiplayer shooters are a tough nut to crack. For every Call of Duty or Battlefield that sells millions of copies and numerous map packs, there's a criminally overlooked Titanfall 2, or worse, the “dead on arrival” Lawbreakers. After cancelling the promising Rainbow Six: Patriots in 2014, Ubisoft’s tactical shooter franchise was reborn from the ashes in the series’ first multiplayer-focused iteration, Siege. Released in December 2015 following a delay from October of that year, missing Black Friday, losing ground to Black Ops 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront and a fairly meagre content offering (11 maps, 5 modes and 20 operators…read more >
Cruz Brothers – PS4 ǀ Review

Cruz Brothers – PS4 ǀ Review

Cruz Brothers comes from DCF Studios and tells the story of a boxing trainer driven to revenge following the death of his protege at the hands of a ruthless biker gang. Unfortunately, inconsistent hit detection, a muddled art style and woefully imprecise controls leave this prize fighter on the cold, hard ground. Right from the title screen, the game’s visuals jump out for all of the wrong reasons - landing somewhere between cel-shading and cartoony but with a weird sense of realism, everything from the comic-book style cutscenes and one on one fights features characters that resemble action figures left…read more >
Octahedron – PS4 | Review

Octahedron – PS4 | Review

With the cyclical nature of videogames, everything that was old becomes new again and vice versa. Look to Call of Duty for an example - the series’ transition from WW2 historical piece to Modern Warfare, space combat and back again shows this in a single thread. Following on from classic 2D platformers of yore, we’ve seen dozens upon dozens of modern classics hit the digital storefront in recent years - Super Meat Boy, Fez and Cave Story just to name a few. Octahedron comes from Demimonde, a one-man studio from Switzerland, and is attempting to add itself to those ranks.…read more >
Scribblenauts Showdown – PS4 | Review

Scribblenauts Showdown – PS4 | Review

Since debuting on the Nintendo DS all the way back in 2009, Scribblenauts has hit mobile, consoles, PC, handhelds and probably a toaster at some point. Short of a DC Comics spinoff, the franchise has always been a puzzle/platformer with an emphasis on using its extensive dictionary to solve problems to progress from level to level. Now we have Scribblenauts Showdown, the franchise’s first step into multiplayer and while enjoyable for an hour or two, a lack of depth ensures that it isn’t likely to keep you satisfied for long. While Scribblenauts distinctive colourful and cartoon-inspired art style remains the…read more >