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Who would have thought that the single player campaign of a Battlefield game would actually be a stand-out feature? Given the abject mediocrity we were dealt in previous iterations, the fact that Battlefield 1 offers an engaging campaign mode alongside the popular multiplayer component is a triumph of the highest order. The key ingredient is the sense of scale DICE have provided to the World War 1 setting. From the narrative, to the setting and the level design, there’s an overwhelming sense that you and your struggles are just another thread in an intricate tapestry. For too long, modern military … Read More »

Who hasn’t ever wanted to be a ninja?  Having the skills in combat as well as the grace needed to move about without ever being seen – that would be amazing. Kyurinaga’s Revenge is a 2D platformer that allows you to take the role of one two ninja warriors in a pursuit to top an evil warlord.  While it is a true-to-form platformer, it doesn’t quite offer the full-on ninja experience.  At least not without limitations. In Kyurinaga’s Revenge you play as Kaoru and Broccoli – one is an onion and the other is well… broccoli.  Kyurinaga’s war machine took a decisive blow right after … Read More »

The Mafia series has been a solid nod towards the Italian mob genre since its original inception in 2002, but with the third game in this mobster trilogy takes you away from the usual cliché mob antics. Mafia III is a sharp change of pace compared to the familiar Godfather-esque territory of the previous games, as you take on the role of Lincoln Clay – a black Vietnam special forces veteran. Lincoln has just got back from the war and is welcomed back by his adopted brother – a member of the “Black Mob”. That’s important because Mafia 3 doesn’t shy away from the … Read More »

In a time where we’re inundated with high-definition graphics and expecting hours upon hours of gameplay, it’s nice to take a back seat and enjoy games reminiscent of those found on 16-bit consoles. That is what we have here with Slain: Back from Hell; A Castlevania-esque platform hack and slash with puzzle elements blended in for a nice mixture of fun and torture. You play as Bathoryn, called back from Hell to help return order to the six realms of Chalh, where demonic demons, ghastly ghosts and shivering skeletons have returned to cause havoc, led by the nefarious Lord Vroll who will try … Read More »

WWE have been quite inconsiderate to WWE 2K and the release of 2K17. A few months before release, WWE Creative selfishly decided to conduct a brand split, separating the roster between RAW and SmackDown, and updating the graphics for both programs. WWE 2K17 was already releasing out of date, and whilst that’s common for these games, it’s arguably more apparent here. From smaller things like Alberto Del Rio still being on the roster despite walking out of the company, yet Austin Aries, The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, has to sit this year out, to bigger things like The Authority … Read More »

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 »

It’s nice when we can all get along, sit around, chatting, drinking tea. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, especially not when some of those pesky aliens get involved. All they want to do is destroy your work and eat your scientists. This is where Harry comes in, he is an exterminator with a very special set of skills. Generally, these skills involve firing upwards to squash any alien bugs that might come his way. The Bug Butcher is a 2D side scrolling shooter that sees you shooting upwards to kill the alien bugs that come from the ceiling to wreak … Read More »

The World Rally Championship series has always been one of the most popular rally games around (alongside Colin McRae Rally and Dirt) and Bigben Games has done their best to make this off road racer as challenging and realistic as possible. If you’ve lost touch with rally sims and racers over the last couple of years, it might take you a little while to get back into it. Right from the start WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship sends you a tutorial – and don’t take this lightly. WRC 6 is a tricky and challenging game, and as the tutorial’s co driver doesn’t give … Read More »

You could tell me that Vermintide started life as a Left 4 Dead mod; I’d believe you. 4 survivors of an apocalypse fighting a horde-like enemy called the Skaven (zombies), dogged at every turn by unique monsters designed to pick you off one by one. You’ve got your Gutter Runner (hunter), Pack Master (smoker/jockey), Poison Wind Globadier (spitter/boomer), Stormvermin (armoured horde) and the Rat Ogre (tank). We’re a charger and a witch away from a full set. Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide, to give it its full title, is a first person co-operative action game with an emphasis on … Read More »

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