Jul 032014
 

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We’re going to be doing things a little different today, as this is a look into a game that’s not finished. There’s still a great deal of work to be done to it, many problems or minor errors to remove, but it still has a great deal of potential. More than enough to warrant giving it a look now and playing through the locations already established. That game would be Sunless Sea.

Set in the same universe as Failbetter Games’ excellent Fallen London, the game sees you captaining a ship and attempting to make a life for yourself in the monster infested underground zee. That’s really it, from there on you make your own choices and the world is your oyster with any decisions, actions or plot threads arising thanks to your actions. In almost every respect it emulates what made the likes of Wing Commander: Privateer and Freelancer such fantastic titles, but goes a few steps further.

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Jun 252014
 

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In many respects Knightmare Tower is very similar to our last review. It’s straightforwards arcady action which gradually scales over time and rewards the player with ever increasing buffs. You slaughter your way through hordes of foes until final victory and at the end of the day it’s gaming distilled down to pure, raw, fun through relentless combat. However, there’s a few things which clearly set it apart from Meltdown, the least of which is the visual style and setting.

Following the most quintessential of generic fantasy plots, a villain appears, storms a king’s castle and kidnaps his princesses. Imprisoning them within a tower of monsters, a knight is enlisted to free them and slay all hellspawn which lay wait in his path. Of course, few traditional fantasy myths have said knight launching himself up the tower via rocket. Or for that matter, feature several hours of the hero air-juggling himself into low orbit via the corpses of his enemies.
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Mar 302014
 

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Of all the follow-up films possible, seeing Captain America’s development since the Avengers was easily going to be the most interesting. Along with being a man out of his own time, he was the first Avenger and has a closer attachment to the American military. Tactics have changed, methods have developed, and the foe the United States is seeking to fight is completely unlike the Nazi Regime. Thankfully, all of these are emphasised in the plot.
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Feb 222013
 

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the second game to have you in control of Raiden, the protagonist from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, this time without the aid of Snake. Does Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance stand at all as a spinoff or should Raiden never rise?

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Nov 062012
 

After the disappointment which was Quantum of Solace people found themselves asking questions about the Bond series: Would it ever be able to again balance out realism with action, if Daniel Craig was still the right person for the role and if the next film would display more of the eccentric gadgetry? Skyfall is a resounding yes to all and shows how the franchise has decades of life in it yet.
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Sep 242012
 

There seems to be an unfortunate trend when it comes to critics and Liam Neeson these days. Some seem to claim that he’s resting on his laurels. That he’s given up on doing serious films in favour of dumber, explod-ier popcorn films like Battleship and Clash of the Titans as a way of getting an easy paycheck with less effort. Ignoring the vast number of counter-arguments which can be made to this it ought to be pointed out that this isn’t some sudden turn in his career. For every Schindler’s List he’s appeared in a Krull, and while they have more explosions not all of them are necessarily outright dumb or have Neeson putting in less effort. Case and point: Darkman.

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Jun 292012
 

Go and read the book. No really, go find the book, sit down for a few hours and read it. It might as well be a requirement for watching this film to put you in the right mind-set. Most people seem to think the film is an over the top borderline self-parody due to its subject matter and title, but to be honest with you it’s more Cowboys and Aliens than it is Van Helsing.

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May 282012
 

For everything bad which came out of the first episode of the Star Wars prequels it can at least be said that there were two good things we got out of it. Firstly it brought us one of the best light saber battles in the entire saga, thank you Ray Park, and secondly it brought us some genuinely fun tie-in games. Not all of them were great, the less said about Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan’s Adventures the better, but most were actually decently made. Star Wars: Starfighter though? Not as good as people remember.

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