Football Manager 2015 Review

I have a suspicion that most of the people who read the annual Football Manager reviews are those who are 99.7% sure they’re going to buy the latest installment of the game. The rest actually already did, they’re just curious what some critic on the internet (hello) thinks about this year’s version. Other people, general … Read moreFootball Manager 2015 Review

Alien: Isolation Review

Warning: this review contains spoilers for a movie that was released 35 years ago. Although if you haven’t seen Alien, then you’re a monster and should rectify that immediately anyway. No sympathy. There’s a very easy way of describing what Alien: Isolation is like to play. You know the last section of Alien, where Ripley … Read moreAlien: Isolation Review

Lords of the Fallen Review

Successful innovators tend to be emulated. For a time, every shooter released after Doom was a ‘Doom clone.’ Some of them deserved that name. Others were fine games in their own right. Once there were enough titles following similar mechanical cues, First-Person Shooter became a genre. Given the great success of FromSoftware’s Souls series, it … Read moreLords of the Fallen Review

Ryse: Son of Rome PC Review

Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome may not be a particularly strong blip on the radars of many PC players. After making some friends on the platform with the notoriously system-intensive Crysis, the company seemed to become enamored with chasing console money and (more recently) free-to-play ventures attached to homegrown social networks. I’m sure GFACE has … Read moreRyse: Son of Rome PC Review

Styx: Master of Shadows Review

Here’s the good news: Styx: Master of Shadows is better than this year’s Thief game. If you’d told me a few years back that a third-person stealth title from Cyanide would impress me more than a genuine Thief title from the same studio (kind of, different team) who did Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I’d probably … Read moreStyx: Master of Shadows Review

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

Let’s not beat around the bush: you’re interested in the Nemesis system. Without wishing to sound harsh, I can’t say I’m surprised; it really is the one unique and special thing that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has going for it. This is the system that means the mini-bosses you’ll face throughout the game grow and … Read moreMiddle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

Gauntlet Review

Back in the good old days much of my time was spent in airport lounges which usually featured a couple of arcade cabinets, and the two games that excited me most were Super Sprint and Gauntlet. Many, many coins were pumped into these over the years. With the advent of home entertainment systems it made … Read moreGauntlet Review

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FIFA 15 Review

Before we get right into this FIFA 15 review, let me take you on a fanciful journey into the future. It’s June 2015 in LA and the EA E3 press event is underway. EA Sports’ David Rutter has appeared on stage and is about to unveil some new features in FIFA 16. But instead of … Read moreFIFA 15 Review

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SpaceCom Review

When I see a top-down map of space with little planets or waypoints, I generally get The Fear™. Space strategy games, especially those in the 4x realm, can be so complex and so daunting. Fortunately, SpaceCom is attempting to offer a different style of gameplay for the player who likes the idea of dominating space, … Read moreSpaceCom Review

Endless Legend Review

Endless Legend is a 4x strategy title that’s frustratingly close to being sublime. Amplitude’s follow-up to Endless Space has some of the smartest twists on standard 4x factions I’ve seen in a long time, wonderful presentation (in terms of both art and user interface,) and several mechanics which add welcome flair to the usual genre … Read moreEndless Legend Review