About: Stephen Loftus

I'm a Dad to my daughter and my dog, a gamer since I was born and a TV nut since I could open my eyes! Like my taste in music, I have a wide variety of genres of games that I play. My preference would have to be RPG though. Gamertag: Stevee

Posts by: Stephen Loftus

If you are old enough have fondly nostalgic memories of games such as Donkey Kong or Pac-Man, you will also remember they were designed as a pattern, and true skill was found in those who could remember every intricate detail a game had to offer. Every move required precision timing, and the very best could hit that perfect score. HoPiKo is no different, taking inspiration from these old school games. Once HoPiKo loads up, you are given a brief introduction to the story. HoPiKo lives inside is inside every gaming console, but the evil Nanobyte virus a virus has found its way into ... Read More »
Every Tuesday, we see new weekly deals go live on the Xbox Store, but this week lies a hidden gem in the form of a shoot 'em up; Raiden V, reduced by a whopping 75% off it's original marked price. For as long as you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can purchase Raiden V for just £10 from the store. But hurry, as this only lasts 7 days in which the price will return to its £39.99 price mark. You can also check out our full review of the game here. Does this huge price drop entice you to purchase this title ... Read More »
Since the tease by Rockstar on Twitter yesterday, another source has come under fire from Reddit users to quash their rumour that showed a URL link in HTML code. Apparantly, the user in question just 'inspected' an element from a webpage and altered it to show Red Dead Retribution and has absolutely nothing to do with Rockstar. Only time will confirm, as an official announcement draws closer Do you think Retribution will be the final name or will it be something completely different? Judging by previous iterations, they've began with the letter 'R', so Retribution may not be that far ... Read More »
BlizzCon comes but once a year, and that time is nearly here. There are a lot of speculation and 'conspiracy theories' going around the world wide web regarding Diablo 4, but new reports show there could be a Diablo 2 remaster in the works. David Brevik, whom was on the development team for Diablo 2 has recently been seen back at Blizzard HQ; alongside Bill Roper and had posted some intriguing information on his twitter account. It looks as though something is most definitely in the works, but whether that's a remaster of Diablo 2 or the next title in the ... Read More »
Gears of War 4 officially launched today around the globe, but deluxe edition buyers have been playing for almost a week with the new 'Play Early' system that seems to be becoming a trend with first party games. Those players could be perceived as glorified beta testers, helping to shape the game for launch day and as such, certain changes have already been made to the Gears of War 4 credit system and Gear Packs. The recent announcement appeared on twitter this morning and on the official forum, providing details on it's changes: Elite Pack Credit cost has been reduced ... Read More »
Gaming giants Bethesda, announced back in June, that the Elder Scrolls Online, will be getting some major changes and now the wait is nearly over. Official confirmation from @TESOnline on Twitter has stated that Xbox One players will receive the One Tamriel update on 18th October. When the patch goes live, players will be treated to some community-requested changes including scaling's, restrictions and general Quality of Life fixes. Enemies will now be scaled; according to character levels, making it possible to travel anywhere in Tamriel without any restrictions. This also means that gear rewards will scale appropriately to now give you many ... Read More »
We've entered into an era of gaming where we're relying on launch day patches to fix bugs after production. If you somehow don't happen to have access to the internet, you'll be stuck playing a potentially broken game. It's a glass half-full situation. You can either complain that it's unacceptable and should have never released 'unfinished' or you can see it as a way of constantly improving upon it. The old arcade game Donkey Kong had a Kill-Screen, halting your progress due to memory issues. Only now, there are ways to remedy those particular bugs and Gears of War 4 is no different. ... Read More »
The idea of Castles is simple: You take control of an engineer who must gather materials and tools in order to build the tallest tower ever made. It's essentially a puzzle game. There are many puzzle games in all forms surfacing on Xbox One, but one familiar facet is that of the match-3 games akin to Candy Crush. Instead of the traditional 2D gem-matching puzzle game, we are treated to a top-down view of a 3-Dimensional 5x5 grid, with a 'walkway' around the grid to manoeuvre your engineer. Blocks fall in seemingly random squares on the grid that consist of material (colour) and symbol ... Read More »
It seems like Microsoft's support for HDR-enabled games is slowly increasing, thanks to a tweet confirmed by the head of Microsoft himself, Phil Spencer; confirming support for Final Fantasy XV from it's launch on 29th November. .@FinalFantasy XV is confirmed to support HDR on #XboxOneS at launch. Can't wait to play on 11/29. @FFXVEN @SquareEnix @Xbox — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) 7 October 2016 Forza Horizon 3 was the first to include HDR support and Gears of War 4 has been confirmed to include HDR also. It seems like from here on out, first party games will have HDR support, whilst ... Read More »

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