Posts Tagged ‘review’

Wot I Think: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

By John Walker on September 29th, 2014.

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, the first game from The Astronauts, offers a strikingly beautiful haunting journey exploring the mystery of the disappearance of a young boy. From the developers who brought us Bulletstorm (when they were People Can Fly), it couldn’t be a more different game. Here’s wot I think:

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Wot I Think: Ancient Space

By Jim Rossignol on September 26th, 2014.

Space games are having something of a renaissance of late, but it’s only in the fly-and-shoot genres that we’re seeing much concrete promise (specifically with the rise and rise of Elite: Dangerous). The RTS meanwhile still pines for Homeworld, and while there are a number of games on our space-radar, nothing has yet to really spool up our jump drive and push into the next sector.

Could Ancient Space take up this critical astro-gauntlet?

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Wot I Think: Gauntlet

By Adam Smith on September 25th, 2014.

Gauntlet has always been a simple pleasure. Run through a dungeon with up to three pals, killing hundreds of monsters as a team, nicking treasure from one another like arch rivals, and shooting the food a split second before your wounded wizard chum manages to grab it. Arrowhead, of Magicka fame, have taken the reigns for this latest installment of the veteran series. Here’s wot I think.

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Wot I Think: Wasteland 2

By Adam Smith on September 19th, 2014.

Wasteland 2 is formidable. The word ‘sprawling’ comes to mind but it’s not quite right. There’s a bit of sprawl, if such a thing as sprawl can happen in bits, but the game’s density is a more distinctive feature than its actual size. InXile’s Kickstarted RPG is a large game and rewards repeated playthroughs with previously unseen content, but it’s the sheer quantity of stuff that has astonished and occasionally overwhelmed me. As to whether the effort of seeing it all (or most of it) has been worthwhile? Here’s wot I think.

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Iron Fisticle: Wot I Think

By John Walker on September 18th, 2014.

I am not very good at Iron Fisticle. I am having a lot of fun playing Iron Fisticle.

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Wot I Think: Planetary Annihilation

By Brendan Caldwell on September 17th, 2014.

Planetary Annihilation is best enjoyed if you are a robot. A cold, cybernetically enhanced supercomputer capable of thousands of thoughts per nanosecond. No emotion, no mercy. Just a deathly, speedy logic and a finger that clicks like a woodpecker’s beak. It is a brilliant, ludicrous RTS and I will probably never try to play it again. Because I am a frail, fleshy human being whose idea of multi-tasking is using a fork AND a knife at the dinner table. But you may not be like me. You may be one of the Machines.

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Wot I Think: Train Fever

By Tim Stone on September 17th, 2014.

After a series of ghastly accidents, train jousting was banned in the UK in May 1866.

In Train Fever you don’t play Basil Batchley-Lytton, a Holmes-style epidemiologist investigating a gruesome skin disease sweeping Victorian Britain. Pressing ‘h’ doesn’t hail the nearest hansom cab. Pressing ‘m’ doesn’t bring up a microscope view. The climactic scene doesn’t take place in the horsehair storeroom of the GWR upholstery shop in Swindon. Accept these crushing disappointments – recognise that £20 has secured you a compelling Transport Tycoon replacement with a few annoying yet surmountable flaws, rather than a fog-wreathed microbial mystery – and enjoyment is almost inevitable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wot I Think: Hatoful Boyfriend

By Laura Hudson on September 15th, 2014.

At one point during the dating simulation game Hatoful Boyfriend, I found myself walking through a park with the guy I had a crush on as he confessed his profound grief over a lost love—how her absence had broken something deep in his heart that he might never be able to put back together.

The catch, of course, is that he wasn’t a “guy” at all; he was a bird. But here I was anyway, getting legitimately choked up over whether or not a quail was ever going to love again.

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Hack ‘N’ Slash: Wot I Think

By John Walker on September 11th, 2014.

Double Fine’s devious hacking/programming action puzzler Hack ‘N’ Slash is now out of Early Access and into Version 1.0. I’ve run around jabbing USB sticks into ports all over the place, until I hit a wall of complexity I couldn’t find the will to pass. Here’s wot I think:

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Wot I Think: The Sims 4

By Richard Cobbett on September 10th, 2014.

The joke isn't that The Sims can play The Sims. It's that their copy has way, WAY more features...

Hurible badda flabber? Wibble durble booby. Fasherk! Yes, you don’t need to speak Simlish to know The Sims 4 is now out and ready to let you spend your precious life ensuring little computer people have far sexier and more successful ones. Only now you can’t drown them in your pool. Does the rest have what it takes to compensate for that shocking omission? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Wot I Think: Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition

By Alec Meer on September 5th, 2014.

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition is a game about killing zombies. Lots of lots of zombies, and then lots and lots more. Previously the series has been set primarily in a mall, but now it moves to a GTA-style open-world city. The clock’s ticking, and you – and anyone you can rescue – need to find a way to escape before Bad Things happen. There’s still time to play dress up and build your own mad weapons and vehicles, though. An Xbox One ‘exclusive’ last year, today it releases on PC. Here’s what I made of it.
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Hexcells Infinite: Wot I Think

By John Walker on September 1st, 2014.

I wasn’t subtle about how much I enjoyed Hexcells last year. The original Hexcells appeared from nowhere in my inbox in September, and I fell instantly in love. The second game, Hexcells Plus, arrived in December, after we’d already decided the original deserved a spot in our top games of 2013. I’ve replayed both games multiple times, because it’s a puzzle game of exquisite pleasure, delivered with calm poise and utter beauty. I was primed to think I might quite like Hexcells Infinite. Here’s wot I think:

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Wot I Think: Cloud Chamber

By Adam Smith on August 29th, 2014.

Cloud Chamber is a multiplayer narrative adventure, in which players discuss, theorise and contemplate. It’s a cooperative game in which everyone is anonymous and the only goal is to understand. Original live action footage is spliced together with documentary videos from the European Space Agency to create a sci-fi story that is, at least in part, a changeable thing, created by the commentary and input of human observers.

It’s FMV focus makes it seem like a portion of the past but it’s approach to multiplayer gaming feels like a slice of the future. Here’s wot I think.

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