Hades (PS5 review)

Hades was the critical darling when it came out on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, not being an owner of that platform, I had no opportunity to experience it. It is now on PS5, with some minor and adorable features. Hades is a beautiful, top-down, roguelike action game that shuns the punishing parts of roguelike mechanics, … Continue reading Hades (PS5 review)

Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline DLC review

A peculiar element of Watch Dogs: Legion was it allowing for both a revolutionary mechanic – Play As Anyone – inserted into an otherwise standard open-world affair. While, yes, it is fun to be able to start a hacker army comprised entirely or partially of grannies, foreign spies, DJs and goth computer wizards, the unique … Continue reading Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline DLC review

Returnal Review: A gorgeous, incredible game you should not buy

Do not buy Returnal. This beautifully-crafted, bullet-hell, third-person sci-fi, action-horror adventure game from the masters at Housemarque is carefully crafted. You play Selene, a scout who crashes on a mysterious, hostile alien planet. Selene is seeking the source of a mysterious signal called “White Shadow”. The game begins where Selene’s ship has crashed and she … Continue reading Returnal Review: A gorgeous, incredible game you should not buy

Disco Elysium impressions: Weirdness as benefit

Studio ZA/UM’s (sic) award-winning game, Disco Elysium, is one of the strangest games I’ve ever encountered. I don’t just mean in terms of story but specifically in terms of both mechanics and categorisation. If you had to ask me what type of game Disco Elysium is I’d have to take a minute to answer. But … Continue reading Disco Elysium impressions: Weirdness as benefit

Hitman 3 Review: Brilliant but a little broken

Hitman 3 sees developer IOI bring their reboot of the assassin simulator puzzle game to a close. Or, to be technical, their World of Assassination trilogy. Players once again take control of the bald, monotone apex predator, Agent 47, as he travels around the world eliminating the One Percent – and that’s not me making … Continue reading Hitman 3 Review: Brilliant but a little broken

Watch Dogs: Legion – About everyone and no one

Watch Dogs: Legion is a strange game. It’s a third-person, open-world game without a central individual character, but rather a single conglomerate – hence the name “Legion”. You take on the roll of the hacker collective known as Ded-Sec, which has been long established since the first Watch Dogs game My plucky all-female Ded-Sec collective … Continue reading Watch Dogs: Legion – About everyone and no one

observer: System Redux review

OBSERVER: SYSTEM REDUX review Observer: System Redux is a remastered version of Bloober Team’s 2017 first-person horror, set in a dark, cyberpunk future Krakow. It’s a future where it’s strange to not have implants and the world is often reduced to digital analysis and numbers, rather than the actual material or world as it exists. … Continue reading observer: System Redux review

Cyberpunk 2077 and the already broken media landscape

CD Projekt Red’s long anticipated open-world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, has been a colossal failure at launch. More hours and words have been spent detailing how the game is a buggy broken mess than discussing the themes and game's story; console players and reviewers were duped, and despite warnings from their own developers, leadership at CDPR … Continue reading Cyberpunk 2077 and the already broken media landscape

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 2

Valhalla, Part 2. A dichotomy runs through it all There’s something quite magical about a large, powerful character like Eivor who is also a renowned, gifted poet and animal lover. This dichotomy plays well into this game that itself wishes to be a many-faced entity: At once a stealth-em-up, but also a brutal viking simulator; … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 2

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 1

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is fascinating in its gradual erosion of the very concept that made it initially unique – the titular aspect that has, through time, diminished in its impact and import: being an assassin. The first game leaned very much into the nature of being an assassin, having you play as perhaps one … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Review Part 1