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by The_reviewist
July 15th, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Last of Us Part II
Replies: 89
Views: 11841

Re: The Last of Us Part II

I don't think tension is an inaccurate word here. There certainly were strong feelings at play and there was an undercurrent of disagreement that went beyond the usual "friendly bants" of most episodes. Ultimately, it's an emotive issue, and while I don't share Tom's utter disbelief at Ell...
by The_reviewist
May 14th, 2021, 10:30 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 11
Views: 2322

Re: Our next podcast recording (15.5.21): 469 - Overwatch

Overwatch is, IMHO, a game where the only way to get a truly great experience, is to have a solid and dependable team of allies. I was lucky enough to get a free copy of Overwatch for participating in a pre-release event for a website. Immortalising my terrible performance at it for all time on a yo...
by The_reviewist
April 18th, 2021, 8:32 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Sonic the Hedgehog
Replies: 28
Views: 5452

Re: 473 - Sonic the Hedgehog

There's little to say about this game, that hasn't been said, other than, the Megadrive was my first console, and the first game I had on it, and it's always had a special place in my heart. I knew it inside out, I played it till I had SEGA thumb, and used to stand up while playing tricky parts and ...
by The_reviewist
March 5th, 2021, 11:23 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Quake
Replies: 14
Views: 2877

Re: 475 - Quake

Quake was a landmark game for me. Not only did it come out when I was at the impressionable age of 16, it was also the game that forced me to upgrade my PC that xmas, having stared at the shareware release's depressing message about needing a Floating Point Processor for months, I finally booted it ...
by The_reviewist
March 3rd, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 10581
Views: 2455719

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I'm finally playing Mass Effect: Andromeda. Not far into it. Having only just semi-completed clearing Eos, so very early days, but currently, I'm not seeing the "terrible game" that I'd have been led to believe this is. If this turns out to be one of those situations where people only disl...
by The_reviewist
March 3rd, 2021, 12:48 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Dragon Age II
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

Re: Our next podcast recording (27.2.21): 458 - Dragon Age II

They had seemingly just repainted Mass Effect 2 with a weird looking reimaging of DAO. Maybe, people could have seen that as a good thing? ME2 is an amazing game, even if, admittedly, I hadn't played the game, and wouldn't for a few years, but DAO wasn't trying to be like Mass Effect or ME2. Hating...
by The_reviewist
February 20th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Dragon Age II
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

Re: Our next podcast recording (27.2.21): 458 - Dragon Age II

I didn't play Dragon Age 2 until some time after release, with Inquisition upon the horizon, and for the first third of the game, I was more than a little baffled by some of the choices. I did like the setting, although the choice to force your character into being Human initially seemed stifling, I...
by The_reviewist
July 3rd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: INSIDE
Replies: 12
Views: 4838

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: 1643

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: 5210

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: 9971

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: 2674

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: 2805

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: 5639

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
July 9th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 3717

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: 5703

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: 2724

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 ...
by The_reviewist
July 7th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Videogame Deals
Replies: 1989
Views: 652198

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: 1881
Views: 595566

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: 18120

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...