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Why You Should Own… A Sega Saturn

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When the Sega Saturn was released back in the rosy old days of yore, it failed for two reasons. One; it wasn’t a PlayStation and two; it wasn’t an N64. Even though the N64 was still a year away, gamers were willing to wait – I can remember having in-depth discussions about the anticipation building… Read more »

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Old vs New – Are Modern Games Better?

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Raff and I (Matty B) have been having some heated discussions about the nature of the evolving games market. I maintain that video games are on a steady, downward slope into monotony and degradation, whilst Raff’s opinion is that we are in the golden age of gaming right now, and that my outdated opinions are… Read more »

Assassin’s Creed Revelations

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It has been a long journey for Ezio. I had to admit to feeling somewhat melancholy at the idea of Assassin’s Creed Revelations being his concluding escapade. In the last forty-or-so years of his life, Ezio has valiantly fought the tyrannical forces of the Templar order, but has suffered great losses along the way; family… Read more »

Grim Fandango

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Tim Schafer could never be described as a one trick pony – unless that one trick is continually creating believable universes out of the most bizarre situations, time and time again making incredible games set in them. LucasArts’ Grim Fandango is one such game. Released for the PC only in 1998, Grim is in this… Read more »

Batman Arkham City

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When I was sixteen I read a comic book called Batman: No Man’s Land. The comic is based around a post-cataclysm Gotham, where the city has become walled-off from the rest of civilisation; a Kowloon of the United States. From within the walled city Batman struggles to maintain control with no police, with gangs running… Read more »

Tetris [Game Boy]

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One thing that always struck me as peculiar about Tetris is the unnervingly universal appeal. I’m yet to meet somebody who actively dislikes Tetris. It’s everywhere – there are a million clones on the internet, it’s on every device imaginable (including calculators) and people have even played it on the side of buildings. Sure, some… Read more »

Rage

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Id Software have an impressive CV: kings of the early FPS, a driving force of the shareware movement and responsible for driving hardware to keep up with their tech. Doom described the rules of deathmatch, Quake heralded the 3D hardware acceleration era with John Carmack working with the hardware companies. The front of the box… Read more »

Deus Ex Human Revolution

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The biggest problem with releasing a game like Deus Ex Human Revolution is the fact that it’s the latest game in a franchise long-loved by its fans, but has laid much-neglected for most of a decade. The last time I felt this excited about the revival of an old franchise was queuing up to see… Read more »

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

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Genuinely original games are thin on the ground these days. Games which force us to look at video games from another viewpoint or to challenge our preconceptions of the medium are even less so. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet might be such a game. The mission is simple: to explore a bleak, surreal landscape, to meet… Read more »