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No Man’s Sky Review – Where infinity becomes familiar

The possibilities are endless. Billions and billions of unique planets to discover. That’s how many of us have been imagining No Man’s Sky all these years throughout its development from a small team,  who’s previous games were content to have us rip down a 2D track chasing combos on a motorcycle. It’s quite a leap to say the least.

The reality may not be what we were expecting though, mainly because the game’s core gameplay was only shown off very late into the development cycle. For years, all we really knew was that there would be a lot of planets to discover. Take away the lengthy list of planets though and what we’re left with is rather less appealing – a resource mining and inventory management sim. Continue reading No Man’s Sky Review – Where infinity becomes familiar

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The Division Review – Trust no one

It was an honest mistake. I’d only just survived a bandit ambush. Adrenaline still pumping, I caught a flutter of movement in the corner of my eye. I spin around and open fire. Realising my mistake straight away, I drag my aim sideways before releasing the trigger. Thankfully I only grazed what turned out to be a fellow scavenger, rather than another indiscriminate and murderous bandit.

I immediately raise my hands, trying to communicate it was an honest mistake and I meant him no harm – hoping he would be happy for us to part company amicably. Despite my immediate ceasefire though, The Division has marked me as a rogue agent. An untrustworthy type who attacked an innocent in The Dark Zone – an area controlled by violent maniacs watching over valuable weapons and armour. Continue reading The Division Review – Trust no one

A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Back in 2010 I had to review the original Demon’s Souls on PS3. We did not get along. While I appreciated it trying to stand out from the crowd with its bastard hard difficulty and measured approach, it wasn’t for me. There’s a fun to challenge ratio I find acceptable in games and the unresponsive combat and miserly checkpoints just didn’t sit personally.

By the time Dark Souls appeared, I was relieved to see another member of staff take it on instead. And that was the last I saw of the series until From Software released Bloodborne in the PS4. Our Souls-friendly staffer was yet to grab Sony’s new machine, so I found myself handling the beta and review. Then something strange happened, I started to like it. Continue reading A Bloodborne convert plays Dark Souls III

Alekhine’s Gun Review – Cold War Caper

For all of Hitman’s success over the years, there haven’t really been many impersonators. Sure we’ve had stealth shenanigans from the likes of Metal Gear, Dishonored and even Far Cry, but no other games seem to have attempted the whole ‘hiding in plain sight’ ethos with players stealing costumes to roam around under the noses of the guards before taking out their target. For fans of old school Hitman games though, Alekhine’s Gun craves your attention. Continue reading Alekhine’s Gun Review – Cold War Caper

Far Cry: Primal Review – The cat’s whiskers

If there’s one series we never expected to explore a 10,000 BCE prehistoric setting, it was Far Cry. Here’s a series so accustomed to the FPS genre, it was hard to imagine it doing anything else other than giving us a AK47, some C4, a bloody big map and a long journey to take over it. If you were a gambling man, you’d say this new setting was more likely to come via Assassin’s Creed.

Thankfully, it turns out Far Cry is a worthy brand to give this caveman-sim a shot. Even with the removal of guns, that Far Cry DNA is truly present in Primal. There’s a huge world to explore, irritable locals and the wildlife is so much more than window dressing as it’s purposefully included in gameplay and the game’s crafting and upgrade systems. More to the point, we all know Far Cry has been at its finest when it started letting us play with a bow and arrow. Continue reading Far Cry: Primal Review – The cat’s whiskers

Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

“Just drink the damn wine, you swine!” I mutter murderously. I’m dressed as a member of the cabin crew and am running out of glasses to clean behind the bar while I awkwardly wait for my target to pick up the glass of wine dosed with rat poison and save me the bother of getting throat flesh on my cheese wire. Aaaaand he’s walked away without taking his complimentary drink.

While rushing to follow him, I barge into some plantation owner-looking fossil, he alerts the guards which ends in me getting shot to shit while staggering down the gangway. This must be how Wile E. Coyote feels all damn day as he fails to murder the roadrunner. Welcome, to the Hitman beta. Continue reading Hitman Beta Impressions – Agent 47’s job interview

Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

We’ve had more than our fair share of open world sandboxes on the new-gen consoles, but the wait for Just Cause 3 has been a rather long one. After all, nobody quite does explosions like Rico Rodriguez.

Just Cause 3 does so many fun things right, but the number of basic elements that it utterly fails at is truly shocking. My first few hours with the game were not good at all actually. However, as I got used to the rough edges, the fun side of the game eventually prevailed and I found myself reluctantly being teased into having a good time. Continue reading Just Cause 3 Review – Appetite for Destruction

Last-minute Just Cause 3 PC preorder is the cheapest yet

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Just Cause 3 is set to add an explosive end to 2015 with another action-packed cocktail of guns, rockets, choppers, skydiving and cheeky grappling hook tethering. Today’s deal takes advantage of a Cyber Monday discount code to bring the game down to its cheapest price yet. Continue reading Last-minute Just Cause 3 PC preorder is the cheapest yet

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shockingly cheap on PC today

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Today’s Black Friday discount code is really smashing the prices down for some of the newest games for both US and UK buyers. This price beats the already-generous offer a few days ago at the same site for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which has only just released on PC. You’ll get the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy Mission DLC too. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is shockingly cheap on PC today

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate available for just $26.59 / £17.09

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

[UPDATE: There’s an even cheaper offer on for Black Friday weekend here]

It’s times like this when I think I really need to sort myself out with a gaming PC. This is the lowest price yet for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which has only just released on PC. You’ll get the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy Mission DLC too. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate available for just $26.59 / £17.09

Star Wars: Battlefront Review – Old Rope or a New Hope?

Despite the success of the original Star Wars: Battlefront games back in the PS2/Xbox days, we never saw a third game last-gen. But now, with modern gaming technology and DICE’s expertise on full throttle, we have a game that looks almost as good as the movies that inspired them.

Sure, the animations aren’t as fancy as that original trailer set on Endor, (called it!) but the graphical clarity and slick 60 frames-per-second across all platforms makes this one of the best-looking multiplayer shooters ever made. Continue reading Star Wars: Battlefront Review – Old Rope or a New Hope?

Fallout 4 on PC available at $40.75 / £27.06

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Fallout 4 will take a while to come down in price thanks to the surge of high-scoring reviews and strong sales. But that doesn’t mean everyone is charging full-whack. We have an excellent price for the PC version, along with a few multiformat season pass deals. Grab a 5% discount by going to the seller’s Facebook page and clicking the link.  Continue reading Fallout 4 on PC available at $40.75 / £27.06

Here’s your cheapest Star Wars: Battlefront PC deal

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Been a bit busy with the likes of Fallout 4 and Black Ops 3 this month? Forgot to nail down a preorder of Star Wars: Battlefront? Or maybe you’ve been waiting to see how the reviews and servers turn out? Whatever your excuse, now’s the time to get involved. This is the cheapest deal we can find, saving a tidy sum over rival sites. Continue reading Here’s your cheapest Star Wars: Battlefront PC deal