The best PC games ever The best PC games of 2018 so far Best graphics cards 2018 Best free games Rainbow Six Siege operators guide Monster Hunter: World guide

Posts tagged “reviews”

Devs Concerned As Steam Makes Big Adjustment To Player Reviews

Valve have again shaken up how the Steam store presents player reviews, this time adding new filtering options which, by default, don't include reviews from people who got the game by activating a Steam key rather than buying direct from Steam. Valve say this is to prevent score inflation from devs throwing out free keys in exchange for reviews. That's a noble goal, but the…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: Anerxophobia

Daylight review

Daylight is a first-person horror game made with the Unreal 4 engine, set in a spooky hospital with a procedurally-generated layout, and is focused on evasion rather than combat. I turned the lights out to see what I could see. I don't scare easily, at least not unless someone puts dead shellfish in front of me. Or tries to stick a needle into my arm.…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: Welcome Return

Warlock 2: The Exiled review

Warlock II is a turn-based strategy game with roleplaying elements (players of both Civilization and Heroes of Might & Magic will be at home here), set in Paradox's comic fantasy universe of Ardania. You play as a Great Mage, building towns, raising an army of assorted pointy-eared things and wielding spells in battle against other Great Mages. Possibly important disclaimer: I played very little of…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: Rhyme and punishment

Child Of Light review

Painted in watercolour and written in verse, Child of Light is a charming, if superficially childish, fairytale RPG. Beneath this breezy fable of lost princesses and talking mice, however, is a complicated combat system that calls back to Final Fantasy’s Active Time Battles - a dense interplay of buffs, interrupts and attacks that injects a realtime element to otherwise turnbased fights. You might call it…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: Looty Here

Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls review

The most interesting thing about Reaper of Souls, the first expansion for Diablo 3, is that it's an admission of guilt. Blizzard are one of the best developers in the world not only because it makes great games, but because it prods and tweaks and adds to them after release until they positively hum with glory. But Reaper of Souls isn't a nip here and…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: All bird or winged gods

Smite review

"Oh God, it's like playing League of Legends crossed with Jumanji," was my initial verdict on Smite. I stand by that assessment but I probably ought to flesh it out a bit in this here Wot I Think piece. Here goes: Smite is Hi-Rez's god-themed MOBA. Hang on, are we calling them MOBAs at the moment? ARTS? Lane pushing game? Lords management? Wizard-em-up? Magi-brawler? Five-a-side…

Tagged with , , , , .

Feature: LEON ME

Resident Evil 4 HD review

The problem with a classic is that it's a classic. The medium doesn't matter – if enough people agree something's great, then discourse around it is reduced to little more than glowing generalisations and snarky counter-thrusts. Some consider Resident Evil 4 one of the best vidyagames ever created; others counter that, good as it may have been, the world has long since moved on from…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: FAILED

10 Second Ninja review

Dan Pearce won a BAFTA for his work with The Tall Trees on Castle In The Sky, a pastel-coloured platforming picture book about a young boy adrift in the clouds. It only makes sense that his solo project 10 Second Ninja, then, is about a ninja hacking his way through legions of inert machines under the command of Robot Hitler. It's a swastika-laden game about…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Feature: Al Lowe, Al Lowe, what's all this then?

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded review

So, to recap... Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is a 2013 remake of a 1991 game based on a 1987 game based on a text adventure from 1981 about a guy with his head in the 1970s. Yow. Ordinarily, that would lead to the question "Why?" This time though, the answer is simple: "14,081 Kickstarter backers donated over $650,000 to make it happen, so shut up."…

Tagged with , , , , .

Feature: Port at the devil

Brütal Legend review

Brütal Legend was Tim Schafer and Double Fine's follow-up to the cult classic Psychonauts, and tragically denied a PC release. Only now, four years late, it's suddenly got one. A strange, very hard-to-describe hybrid of hack'n'slash action, real-time strategy and open-world racing/exploring, it's also an unabashed love letter to the golden age of heavy metal: a tale of a Jack Black-voiced roadie finding himself transported…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: Contrast, y'see.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams review

One of the first of the wave of Kickstarter-funded games has been released today. Crowd-funded as Project Giana, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a 2D platformer inspired by 80s and 90s gaming, but certainly looking like something from this year. But how does it fare? I've been playing it for a couple of days, and am no longer in two minds about telling you wot…

Tagged with , , , .

Settling The Score: Eurogamer Expo Panel Talks Reviews

A couple of weeks ago, at Eurogamer's Expo, there was one other panel that took place. In a room alongside the megalithic auditorium that housed the developer sessions was a cosy gathering of five games industry figures, discussing the complexities and secrets of reviews. Hosted by Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson, the panel featured PCGamesN's James Binns, Eurogamer's features editor Martin Robinson, Ubisoft PR Stefano Petrullo, and…

Tagged with , .

Feature: Another Troubled Season?

F1 2012 review

We tasked Craig Lager with earn pole position on the F1 2012 reviews circuit. After a few laps he's identified the worse bumps in the road, and is keen to tell you wot he thinks. Codemasters have straddled the line of “absolutely not a sim but by no means an arcade game either” pretty well over the last couple of years with the F1 license.…

Tagged with , , , .