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by The_reviewist
July 3rd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: INSIDE
Replies: 12
Views: 2922

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (13.7.19) - 378: INSIDE

What a strange little curiosity. I've literally just played Playdead's follow up to Limbo this morning, and it surprised me hugely. Not only because it takes most of the best aspects of their previous game, builds on them and adds in a far more sinister story, but also because despite being an impro...
by The_reviewist
June 24th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Prey (2006)
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Re: 377: Prey (2006)

I blasted my way through Prey many moons ago on the 360, and at the time I remember it being moderately impressive, although never wholly groundbreaking. But it did at least feel like a mish-mash of some of the better aspects of the then-current linear story fps shooters. As well as featuring the us...
by The_reviewist
May 15th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Replies: 14
Views: 3309

Re: 386: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is the best AC game since Assassin's Creed 2. It's the high water mark (excuse the pun) of the series once 2 laid out the groundwork for how the games would progress, but took the wise decision to step away from a lot of the Assassin/Templar stuff and let the player j...
by The_reviewist
May 15th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Replies: 31
Views: 5918

Re: 383: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes/The Phantom Pain

I'll say this up front, I've never been a fan of MGS. I've dabbled in Twin Snakes, and Sons of Liberty, but played a decent amount of MGS4. But in each case, despite some nice mechanics, the games never really worked for me and after a short while, I'd lose interest. Maybe it's the jarring clash of ...
by The_reviewist
April 24th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: >OBSERVER_
Replies: 9
Views: 1652

Re: 381: >OBSERVER_

It's not surprising that the minds behind Layers of Fear would again want to throw their hats into the psychological horror ring. But that they could so expertly turn their skills from that period gothic aesthetic to a stripped back urban futurist dystopia was a genuine joy. The game proudly wears i...
by The_reviewist
April 21st, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: SUPERHOT
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: 384: SUPERHOT

Superhot is that sort of viscerally immediate experience that's so simple you can't help but think, why didn't someone do it before? Graphically, it looks uncannily like a 3D remake Hotline Miami made on the engine of the 1993 Robocop 3 game on the Atari ST, but playing at a speed that would be unth...
by The_reviewist
April 21st, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Replies: 16
Views: 3589

Re: 371: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge

Monkey island 2, was the very first point and Click game I ever played. I didn't have a PC back in the halcyon days of 1991, but my friend did, and over one very intense weekend, we played our way from the start to almost the end. Getting stuck finally when Guybrush fell down the hole and we couldn'...
by The_reviewist
August 3rd, 2018, 11:24 pm
Forum: Volume Seven
Topic: Braid - Cane and Rinse 328
Replies: 2
Views: 6338

Re: Braid - Cane and Rinse 328

I have to echo Alex's comment above! While I completely understand that the guys put themselves up for the podcast partly as a reason to finish the game, it felt very heavy on the negativity overall, which seems like an omission, or perhaps an oversight in assuming that more people would like the ga...
by The_reviewist
July 9th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 2590

Re: Our next podcast recording (14.7.18) - 328: Braid

Braid is an essential distillation of the medium of video games. Which probably sounds like ridiculous high praise, but there it is. I bought Braid within a week of release, having had it recommended to me by a games journalist friend who reviewed it, and loved it. They were right. I was blown away....
by The_reviewist
September 25th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: SOMA
Replies: 10
Views: 4347

Re: SOMA

Being a huge fan of Frictional Games since the original Amnesia, I had been looking forwards to SOMA since the first teaser trailers hit the web. The use of live action in them really intrigued me, but on release my technology had failed me, and it's only this last month I finally got round to picki...
by The_reviewist
August 29th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Room
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

Re: The Room trilogy

Similar to the above, I picked up The Room on Kindle Fire when it was free, and was cheered to see the Trilogywas going to be on Cane & Rinse. I'd always assumed the games would be a typical "room escape" puzzle, as I'd tried a few cheap and nasty similar games, but none had been more than a mild di...
by The_reviewist
July 7th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Videogame Deals
Replies: 1920
Views: 490704

Re: Videogame Deals

Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor is currently £4.80 on the Xbox One Store for the GOTY edition, and is also free to play this weekend. Bizarrely it doesn't seem to be in any of the deals pages.

Also seconding Dishonored 2 for £`10 in ASDA! Great shout!
by The_reviewist
July 6th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Game suggestions for the podcast
Replies: 1794
Views: 437078

Re: Game suggestions for the podcast

Just to toss an idea into the ring, last month I played through The Turing Test, a nice wee FPS style puzzle game from the makers of Pneuma: Breath of Life. Both of which would be good games for the podcast, possibly as a 2 for 1 developer focused issue. I also tried out Never Alone, a 2.5D platform...
by The_reviewist
June 30th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Life Is Strange
Replies: 40
Views: 13568

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (8.7.17): Life Is Strange

One aspect of this game that on reflection does concern me a little, is the dubious morality at play. The game not only tries to convince the player that it's preferable to allow an entire town to die rather than one teenage girl (who may well die anyway) and that it's better kill a man in the prime...
by The_reviewist
June 30th, 2017, 1:48 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Life Is Strange
Replies: 40
Views: 13568

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (8.7.17): Life Is Strange

I've just marathoned Life is Strange this week, despite having played the demo on release and picking it up in a sale last year. Somehow the combination of Telltale-esque gameplay, and Dawson's Creek style teenage angst, never quite appealed to me. So it's with some surprise that I found the overall...
by The_reviewist
April 17th, 2017, 5:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discourse
Topic: Shameless Self Promotion
Replies: 169
Views: 79476

Re: Shameless Self Promotion

Hi folks, I've been a long time listener and occasional contributor here, and I thought I'd just drop a link to the movie review podcast that me and a mate began recording last year. We've been looking at various films that have come out and try to have a somewhat spoilerific but fun "Square Go" at ...
by The_reviewist
March 27th, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Gone Home
Replies: 13
Views: 4137

Re: Our next podcast recording (28.3.17): Gone Home

Gone Home, was a title I was always going to play. As a long time advocate of the importance and potential of games such as Dear Esther and The Stanley Parable, I found that Gone Home was a natural extension of that "walking simulator" game style, I also found it to be a game both evocative, interes...
by The_reviewist
October 20th, 2016, 4:37 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Replies: 4
Views: 4013

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (22.10.16) - Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent first drew me in with its aesthetic, as a long time lover of the old Looking Glass Thief games, I have a deep love of creeping round spooky medieval corridors, and avoiding the denizens therein. So when I heard that Frictional Games, who had made the interesting Penumbra se...
by The_reviewist
September 11th, 2016, 10:12 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Replies: 2
Views: 3360

Re: Our next podcast recording (17.9.16) - D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

Oh, where to begin? Being of the persuasion that came down on the negative side in relation to Deadly Premonition, I have no undue affection for the work of Swery. I found DP a slow, plodding mess with shonky controls, ugly dialogue and the sense that whoever made it had a childlike fascination with...
by The_reviewist
July 25th, 2016, 1:46 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Wolf Among Us
Replies: 91
Views: 27830

Re: The Wolf Among Us

Despite having read a couple of Fables graphic novels and thoroughly enjoying the premise and characters, it took me till the free release on Xbox Live Gold, and with the impending Cane and Rinse podcasts coming up to actually play it. To my surprise, it turned out to be the best example of a Tellta...