Mini Metro – The Most Relaxing Game Ever

We all have those days. You feel tired for one reason or another. A long day at work or maybe you’re feeling a little under the weather. You want to wind down and play a game, but nothing overly complicated or taxing. Fortunately, Mini Metro exists and is possibly the most relaxing game ever.

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Why You Should Play The Witcher 3 on Death March Difficulty

The Witcher 3 might very well be one my favourite games of all time. It has an intricate and well thought out main plot alongside a myriad of other really interesting and engaging side stories. The combat is fun, reinforces the narrative of the game and who/what witchers are. I love it and you should definitely play it, but I’m not here today to sell you on why The Witcher 3 is amazing – it does that all by itself. Instead, I’m going to try and convince you to replay this glorious game on its highest difficulty setting – Death March.

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Divinity: Dragon Commander – Less is More

Less is More is a series of articles that looks at games mechanics, gameplay elements, locations and other such design choices that weren’t needed and how they retract from the overall experience of the game.

I really wanted to like Divinity Dragon Commander. On paper, it ticks all my boxes. Unique-ish fantasy world, a rich tapestry of characters, turn based world conquering, oh and RTS battles where you play as a dragon with a jetpack. Honestly, they had me at jetpack dragon but the rest did sound really interesting as well. The problem with Divinity Dragon Commander is that it is the very same rocket fueled dragon that lets the rest of the game down, too. I know, I was disappointed, too.

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Husk – Less is More

Less is More is a series of articles that looks at games mechanics, gameplay elements, locations and other such design choices that weren’t needed and how they retract from the overall experience of the game.

Husk isn’t a great game. That isn’t to say, however, that it is a bad game. It rests quite neatly as one of those games that despite being irritating and not all that good, you want to finish all the same. It does something that in lots of other horror games would’ve had me spinning in circles looking for imaginary enemies or running in terror. However, since Husk manages to so royally mess up the fear element of its game this wonderful feature is nothing but an irritating sound effect.

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The Final Fantasy XV Camera is Rubbish

I should start by stating that when I say camera I don’t mean the one that Prompto uses. That one is amazing. What I mean is the one that you are constantly at odds with as you teleport all over the place, perform crazy moves and swaps to your allies while they do their abilities. That one is rubbish.

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Blade and Bones – Review

Since the original Dark Soul was met with such resounding success and critical response, many games have tried to match the quality and atmosphere that From Software achieved. Plenty have failed, but lots have succeeded in their own way. Blade & Bones clearly draws inspiration from the acclaimed series while also heading off in their own direction, however, they haven’t put the same care and attention in and that is a shame. I really wanted to like Blade & Bones, but it does itself no favours.

Firstly I need to say that Blade & Bones feels like an Early Access game. Things don’t make sense, the text has multiple glaring spelling and grammatical errors, the combat feels unfinished and the game can look awful. Blade & Bones should not be out for release right now as the developers are clearly a long way from actually having a finished game. If this was, in fact, an Early Access game, then I would be much more forgiving. As it stands right now though the number of issues are unacceptable. Continue reading “Blade and Bones – Review”

How Free-to-Play MMOs Retain Their Players

One of the hardest things for any game to do is retain its player base. This is a less pressing concern for games that require an upfront purchase as they are still receiving some income. However, free-to-play games all require their players to spend money in game to fund them. With AAA releases often only having around 10% of the players completing their story modes, is there much hope for any free-to-play MMO? Clearly, there is, since plenty of them have gone on to be a smash hit.

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Stereo Aereo – Review

Stereo Aereo by The Stonebot Studio is a rhythm action game available on Steam. You control a spaceship moving through lanes of traffic, blasting police bots and generally trying to escape trouble so you can reach a gig on the other side of the galaxy. It’s stuffed full of 80’s themed one-liners, but don’t let the words ‘smooth’ and ‘bogus’ being repeated a dozen times per song put you off.

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Avoid Em’ Up Ellipsis is Great

Ellipsis by Salmi Games is an indie game due to be released on Steam at the end of January 2017 and it’s quite unlike anything I’ve played before. Normally in a game, you are only dodging things so you can blow something up further down the line. Not in Ellipsis. Ellipsis is all about dodging, weaving and avoiding being hit while you collect neon dots; this is what makes it so special.

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