WipEout HD – Review

Developer: SCE Studio Liverpool
Platform: PS3
Release Date: Sep 2008

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When it comes to racing games, I live by a strict code. If it doesn’t feature fuzzy, cartoony mascots that I’m already familiar with (such as Super Mario or Crash Bandicoot), then I’m not interested. Plain and simple, I want to use hilarious and unbelievable weapons to blow up the next racer, who is probably a walrus in dungarees. For me, there is no hook in ‘just’ racing. And while it is somewhat novel being a futuristic hovercraft racer, the only reason I played this game at all is because it was free. Despite my relentless cynicism though, I have to admit: WipEout HD is one of the most fun games I have played in a long time! (more…)

Rule of Rose – Review

Developer: Punchline
Platform: PS2
Release Date: Nov 2006

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Getting your hands on a copy of Rule of Rose isn’t easy. You won’t find it in any shops, and Amazon sells it for, on average, about a hundred euro. Finding a leprechaun that looks like Roger Moore is far more likely than finding this game anywhere. Why is Rule of Rose so rare? Well, less one week after its release, it was banned in the UK. Bear in mind, games such as Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil have some of the most violent and sexually explicit content you can find in games, so what makes this one so bad? In a word: Children (more…)

The Dark Knight Rises – Review

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotilard and Joseph Gordon Levitt
Released: July 20, 2012

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It was an unenviable task for Christopher Nolan, to try and top the success of The Dark Knight. Expectation for Rises was impossibly high, making it the most highly anticipated film of the year, and one of the most of all time. It reunites the director with many of his Inception cast, as well as the cast from previous films. And it is certainly his most ambitious Batman film to date.
So, the burning question: Is it as good as or better than The Dark Knight?
The Answer?: It’s hard to say (more…)

Pain – Review

Developer: Idol Minds
Platform: PS3
Release Date: Mar 2008

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The idea for Pain is simple, yet terrific. Senseless and idiotic violence is hilarious. Without it, we wouldn’t have slapstick. So, why not make a game that focuses on the concept? Not a beat-em-up, and not an action game. They just aren’t senseless enough. Therein lies the very essence of Pain: Funny, but completely meaningless. (more…)

Mickey’s Wild Adventure – Review

Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Platform: Playstation
Also on: Sega Mega Drive, SNES, Sega CD
Release Date: Mar 1996

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Yes, it has a hilarious name. Yes, it got even worse when they released Epic Mickey. But please, can we be grown-ups? I mean, we’re not children, are we? Well, some of you might be. In which case, you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog. I swear every now and then you know…and reference drugs and sexual relations. Not necessarily in this particular review, because implications of sex and drugs are hard to find in a game made by Disney interactive. I can try though. I’ll give it a go. If you know what I mean 😉 ……anyway (more…)

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Horror

Introduction:
It was with an air of exultation that I turned the last page of The Masque of Red Death and finally finished all of the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. At 763 pages, reading this tome of 19th century writing is not a task that should be considered lightly. The language, while beautiful in an often quite twisted way, is old-fashioned and occasionally outdated. At times, reading through these tales was a slog and felt more like work than leisure. (more…)

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD – Review

Developer(s): Oddworld Inhabitants, Just Add Water Developments
Platform: PS3
Also on: Xbox, PC
Release Date: Dec 2011

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It should come as no surprise to avid readers that I am a big fan of the Oddworld games. Since writing this blog, I’ve already reviewed the first two, and that wasn’t even the first time I’d played them. This is the first time I’ve played Stranger’s Wrath though, and I’ve got to tell you guys, it is different. Not necessarily bad different, not necessarily good different. Just… different. (more…)

Rayman – Review

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Playstation
Also on: Atari Jaguar, PC, Sega Saturn, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy Advance
Release Date: Sep 2005

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With Rayman: Origins doing so well, and Rayman: Legends coming out for the Wii U, I thought I’d have a look back at the first game in the Rayman series, just to see how much things have changed over time. As it happens, the changes are slight, but extremely noticeable. (more…)

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