Category Archives: Game Reviews

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood PC review

Since 2013, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has allowed fans of the veteran RPG series to journey together across the land of Eorzea.

The game is a retooling of the original Final Fantasy XIV massively multiplayer online game, which shuttered in 2012 due to lacklustre gameplay. A Realm Reborn relaunched the game with a new engine and a new story set five years after the cataclysm the ended the original iteration. Continue reading Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood PC review

Superhot VR HTC Vive review

After six months of Oculus Store exclusivity, Superhot VR is now available from Steam for the HTC Vive, as well as on PlayStation VR. I recently got to kick some butt with the PC version of the VR actioner on the HTC Vive. Continue reading Superhot VR HTC Vive review

Micro Machines World Series review

Who didn’t spend hours as a kid driving toy cars across the lounge, along the coffee table, through the kitchen, over the dog and up the stairs? In the early nineties, the fledgling Codemasters bought tabletop racing to life with their Micro Machines game. The top down racer featured toy vehicles and circuits across breakfast tables, backyards and other domestic locations.

It was a massive hit, spawning four sequels (ignoring the running spin-off, Micro Maniacs) finishing up with Micro Machines V4 in 2007. Since then the series’ publisher, Codemasters, has become synonymous with development racing games. The F1, Dirt and Grid racing games are all from the Codemasters stable.

After a decade’s absence, Micro Machines are back with Micro Machines World Series. Continue reading Micro Machines World Series review

Injustice 2 review

Warner Games and Netherworld continue their alternative take on the DC Comics’ universe with Injustice 2.

Build from the ground up for the new gen consoles, Injustice 2 features some breathtaking visuals and inspired redesigns for DC’s ironic characters. Continue reading Injustice 2 review

Codemasters invites us to get dirty, again

Codemasters have put the pedal to the metal to bring us the most accessible Dirt game yet…unless you want to play in VR.

The last game in the veteran rally series was the spin-off title, Dirt Rally. It was seen by many as Codemasters’ apology to real rally fans for over-doing the Ken Block-inspired AWESOME of the last few games. It was also an uncompromising bastard to play. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

With Dirt Rally if you were likely a poor rally driver in real life, you were going to be a poor player in the game, which for sim gamers is exactly what you want. There are no restarts in real life (even if there is in Dirt Rally). Continue reading Codemasters invites us to get dirty, again

Does Bethesda’s Prey reboot deliver?

Bethesda taps Dishonored’s Arkane Studios to reboot the 2006 video game, Prey.

I quite liked the original Prey, developed by Human Head Studios and published by 2K. It was about a native American getting abducted by aliens. The protagonist could use his Cherokee heritage to spirit-walk, or something, in order to escape the alien spaceship. A sequel was planned, but never materialised.

You can forget all about the previous paragraph, as the 2017 Prey shares only a name with the original game. Continue reading Does Bethesda’s Prey reboot deliver?

Return to Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Bethesda and Zenimax Online invite players to return to the island of Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.

In the three years since the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda’s massively-multiplayer online take on their award-winning game franchise has matured considerably. After dumping the game’s subscription-only access for a free-to-play model, for the Tamriel Unlimited relaunch, the game is now open for both casual players and hardcore fans alike. Continue reading Return to Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Batman Arkham VR HTC Vive PC review

PC virtual-reality fans can now experience a much more refined version of the previously PlayStation VR-only Batman Arkham VR.

Now available for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Batman Arkham VR, developed by Rocksteady, the same outfit that brought us all the Arkham games- bar the lack-luster Batman: Arkham Origins, invites us to become the Batman. Continue reading Batman Arkham VR HTC Vive PC review