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4 days ago

Feature: Assassin's Screed

Everything that’s wrong with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is clearly a very good game. Or at least, a very big game with an awful lot to do. The line is getting increasingly blurred in AAA's current obsession with impossibly large open worlds, that took everything we learned about compulsive playing from last decade's MMOsplosion and put them into single-player icon-tickers. It's a game I don't want to stop playing, certainly.…

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1 week ago

2 weeks ago

Feature: A stick on the moon

Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna review

Oh, endings. Wouldn't life be better without them? It would certainly last longer. And it would make a lot of games an awful lot better. I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed Deliver Us The Moon, right up until the moment it ended. Now I want to find the developers and kick them all in the shins. But how much does that matter? Here's wot I think:

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Feature: Derelicte

Deep Sky Derelicts is a deck-building strategic game for those scared of such things

I'm really not one for deck building games. I think it's primarily a matter of constantly feeling like I'm doing something wrong, always certain I should have a better selection of cards, that if I'd made a different choice I'd be having another experience... it's an anxiety-inducing way to play anything. So clearly I was unsure starting Deep Sky Derelicts, despite liking the sound of…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Memorable

Path to Mnemosyne review

As a collection of puzzles Path To Mnemosyne is a peculiar conflation of ingenious and over-familiar, as well as having a name you'll never remember when you want to find it on Steam later. As a small vignette, it looks beautiful (if slightly held back by clunky controls) offering smart puzzling ideas, in between some of the most hackneyed puzzles you can think of. I…

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Feature: Finally some expertise

Steam Charts: Flibble Glibble Pants Edition

Daddy: Hey Toby, can I get your help with some work please? Toby: OK, but they might be disappointed I'm a cat. This week on Steam Charts, my three-year-old son tells us all about the top ten grossing games on Steam.

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4 weeks ago

Feature: It can go whistle

The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a shoddy old mess burying some nice ideas

Are you nostalgic for The Bard's Tale? I certainly played them back between 1985 and 1988, but being under 10, that was a very long time ago. I don't really remember them with any special degree of affection. And I'm certainly free of the peculiar reverence of those for whom such cows are too sacred to criticise even the decades-later follow-ups (subtweet). What I've been…

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Feature: Escaping Croft

How to save Tomb Raider: A proposal for where the series should go next

With Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Lara has now completed another trilogy, probably by falling through its roof and shooting it in the face. This would be the second set of three games from Crystal Dynamics (with help from other parts of Eidos), following on from the six titles created by Core (if you don't count the Game Boy ones). She's twelve main games old,…

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Feature: Shadow Of Their Former Self Charts

Steam Charts: Reshuffle Edition

Take last week's Steam Charts, give them a little shuffle, and then breathe out a long, despondent sigh. Oh, and then entirely randomly add an Early Access racing sim. And then start sighing again, and never, ever stop.

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1 month ago

Feature: It looms large

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider review

Update: We've made some substantial changes to this review to reflect the dramatic technical improvements made by the day one patch released on the 12th. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is, we're told, the final entry in the latest trilogy of Lara Croft adventures. And is, I'm pleased to report, by far the best of the three. It remains a muddled affair, never quite sure…

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Feature: From: Aunty Jill

Steam Charts: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Edition

Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: steam Charts will PAY $2 for evry time u forwad this Article.# If you do not fwrard this article to TEN of you're Friens YOU WILL DEFINITELY DIE!!!!!!!11

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Feature: New Entry Bonanza!

Steam Charts: Crikey! Edition

I imagine in direct response to all my moaning insightful criticism, everyone in the world has upped their game and started buying some more interesting games from Steam. Such that this week's Steam Charts, with an extraordinary four new entries, barely resembles those of the last couple of months! Hurrah! And you clickbait won't believe clickbait where Playerunknown's Battlegrounds falls this week! CLICKBAIT!

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2 months ago

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