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Jul 29 // Fraser Brown

New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster

We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is ...
Jul 27 // Fraser Brown

Cue mass hysteria: WoW loses 600,000 subscribers

I can't help but chuckle when Activision Blizzard releases subscription figures for World of Warcraft, because even when there are significant losses, the number of continuing subscribers remains astronomical. By the end of J...
Jul 25 // Fraser Brown

Review: Face Noir

I was on my second whisky when she walked into my office. With legs that went up to her neck, and ruby-red lips that were completely out of sync with her voice, I knew she'd be trouble. She wanted me to review her, and I was ...
Jul 23 // Fraser Brown

New releases: You had me at isometric cyberpunk fantasy

New releases is a day late this week, as my ISP got so excited by all of these games coming out that they decided to screw with my connection. Well, that's what I pay them for. This week's actually a bit quiet, with only a c...
Jul 18 // Fraser Brown

Firefall beta: Post-apocalyptic pina coladas

Red5's sci-fi MMO Firefall has been in beta for a very long time, recently hitting that open-beta milestone. So long, in fact, that when I started playing the closed beta in earnest last month, it had transformed into an enti...
Jul 17 // Fraser Brown

Police Quest makes a comeback in the form of Precinct

When I was scouring adventure game titan Sierra On-line's back catalog in the '90s, one title stood out from its generally light-hearted peers and demanded that I play it immediately: a game where instead of playing a space j...
Jul 15 // Fraser Brown

A day in the life of a jetpack-wearing dragon monarch

Does slapping a jetpack onto a dragon sound ridiculous to you? Are you incredulous at such a prospect? You shouldn't be. How the hell does such a beast fly without mechanical assistance? Dragons are big, buff enough to make o...
Jul 15 // Fraser Brown

New releases: Demon slavery is back in style

It's Monday and I almost forgot. Here was me assuming it was still the weekend, but no, the new week has began and we've got a bunch of new releases to look forward to, or not. Shin Megami Tensei IV is the stand out new rele...
Jul 08 // Fraser Brown

New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion

Civilization V is pretty good, but Brave New World makes it wonderful. Launching in a couple of days, the latest expansion is filled with a bevy of new features, most of which improve the tiresome late game with new paths to...
Jul 05 // Fraser Brown

Review: The Walking Dead: 400 Days

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is the work of a studio clearly not resting on its laurels. Acting as a bridge between season one and the upcoming sequel, 400 Days retains all of the harrowing, human and undead drama that made Lee...
Jul 01 // Fraser Brown

Review: Fist Puncher

There are few things quite as cathartic as punching a nigh-endless horde of villains in their ugly mugs. I'm all for highfalutin, emotionally charged, wordy games where you are meant to care about people, but sometimes I just...
Jul 01 // Fraser Brown

Europa Universalis IV: Give Me That Old-Time Religion

Europa Universalis IV is but a mere month away from release, but Paradox isn't finished with filling you in on the game's many nuances. In the latest dev diary, Project Lead Thomas Johansson describes the complex religious m...
Jul 01 // Fraser Brown

New releases: It's Oh So Quiet

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that none of the titles in the headline or subheader are the names of videogames, and are actually songs. This is because there's bugger all coming out this week. Okay, that's unfair, but it's...
Jun 25 // Fraser Brown

Review: 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat

Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one b...
Jun 24 // Fraser Brown

New releases: Fight in the snow in Company of Heroes 2

This week sees the return of Relic's superb World War 2 strategy series, Company of Heroes, with the bloody conflict in the Eastern Front being presented in a brand new engine. Though it adds little more than extreme weather...
Jun 17 // Fraser Brown

New releases: Luigi is in charge

With E3 behind us, it's time to get back to playing games that are actually out now. And this week we're being treated to the delightfully unexpected New Super Luigi U. Mario's just a boring old plumber, so it's no surprise ...
Jun 17 // Fraser Brown

PC Port Report: Resident Evil Revelations

[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The 3DS version of Resident Evil Revelations was not the success it should have been. In my humbl...
Jun 15 // Fraser Brown

Impressions: Marvel Heroes

The heroes of the Marvel universe have had some success when transposed from their comic pages to the click-fest of the action RPG (ARPG) genre. X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance -- both of which spawned sequels -- provided...
Jun 14 // Fraser Brown

Preview: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded - Land of the Lounge Lizards -- my, that's a big title -- threw some nostalgia my way immediately. Just as in the original '87 version of the game and its '91 VGA remake, Reloaded begins...
Jun 12 // Fraser Brown

Europa Universalis IV arrives August 13

After spending two whole days playing Europa Universalis IV in Stockholm last month, Paradox's flagship grand strategy title has become one of my most anticipated upcoming games. The Swedish studio recently announced a ...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Evading the cops and using tablets in Watch Dogs

Aiden Pearce is up to his old tricks again, getting into all sorts of bother in the PlayStation 4 demo of Watch Dogs. Pearce is shown trying to keep a low profile as he makes his way to a chum who, like Pearce himself, is bei...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Sony bringing a bunch of music, shows, and movies to PS4

Sony has a "brand new original programming plan" that they will be bringing to the PlayStation 4. PS4 and PSN users will have "unique" access to TV, film, and music content, tailored to gamers. Great films like Doom the ...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Rabbids Invasion will be an Xbox One exclusive

Joining Microsoft in making television extremely irritating, Ubisoft has revealed Rabbids Invasion, an interactive kids TV show for Nickelodeon. The show comes with daily missions, encourages children to throw eggs at animals...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Need for Speed Rivals blurs single-player and multiplayer

EA showcased the open world of Need for Speed Rivals, where players can suddenly join races that can turn into pursuits -- with both the cops and the racers being controlled by players. With the All Drive mechanic, a single-...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Max: Curse of Brotherhood has doodling and platforming

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, the sequel to the puzzle platformer Max and the Magic Marker, had some gameplay footage to show off today at E3. After wishing his annoying sibling away, Max must embark on a doodling adve...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Dead Rising 3 exclusive to Xbox One

Capcom's Dead Rising 3 has been revealed to be an Xbox One exclusive, containing an all new protagonist and open-world setting. Nick the mechanic finds himself in the middle of a zombie outbreak in the city of Los Perdidos. ...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

Forza 5's Drivatar will learn from you

Turn 10 Studios was on hand to tout its new Drivatar feature in Forza Motorsport 5 at E3, allowing us all to revel in yet another ridiculous made up word. Taking advantage of cloud processing, the Drivatar removes the need fo...
Jun 10 // Fraser Brown

New releases: The Last of Us is here at last

There won't be many games threatening to draw your attention away from the spectacle of E3 this week, but what we are getting is rather splendid.  The Last of Us seems to have impressed just about everyone, including th...
Jun 08 // Fraser Brown

Review: Wargame: AirLand Battle

It took a truly horrific defeat for me to knuckle down and attempt to break through Wargame: AirLand Battle's tough, uncaring exterior. I'd tossed aside the campaign, had one skirmish match under my belt, and I dived head-fir...
Jun 03 // Fraser Brown

Review: Gunpoint

Gunpoint begins with a man falling several stories out of a shattered window. The man, Richard Conway, is a freelance spy, subscribes to the Humphrey Bogart school of fashion, and is the owner of a newly acquired pair of Bull...






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