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Putting on a Clinic with Two Point Hospital

I am, I will admit, a Theme Hospital child. Theme Hospital was one of the games I played to death back in the 1990s, always making it roughly halfway through the campaign before failing miserably at one scenario or another, normally the level that had regular earthquakes which damaged all your machinery. Despite Theme Hospital’s… Continue reading Putting on a Clinic with Two Point Hospital

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Bringing Up the Bodies with Graveyard Keeper

There’s an old Monty Python sketch I’ve always enjoyed, that I thought of while playing Graveyard Keeper. Four pallbearers in traditional attire are carrying a coffin on their shoulders up a steep hill. It is hard work. Suddenly, one of the pallbearers staggers and passes out. The other three slowly set the coffin down, open… Continue reading Bringing Up the Bodies with Graveyard Keeper

PC, Reviews

A Rite from the Stars: A rite song and dance

Hawaii is a lovely place. Seriously, if you get a chance, you should go to Hawaii. Lovely islands, gorgeous weather, friendly people. It has it all. What it also has is a surprisingly long history. Before the British/American invasion, it had an almost thousand year old culture and heritage, one that was by and large… Continue reading A Rite from the Stars: A rite song and dance

PC, PS4, Reviews, XONE

Uncover an intergalactic mystery in The Station

Star Trek is one of my favourite science fiction universes. A galaxy where humanity has overcome nearly all petty national differences to establish a futuristic, utopian world without money, based on bettering each other and the rest of society. Earth represents just a part of the greater United Federation of Planets, with hundreds of different… Continue reading Uncover an intergalactic mystery in The Station

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Gareth’s Top Games of 2017

If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back for making it through 2017. It hasn’t been easy; a lot of the time it has been an uphill slog. And signs are 2018 isn’t likely to get a whole lot better. But we’re eventually going to get there, together, and along the way… Continue reading Gareth’s Top Games of 2017

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Into the valley of death, rode Billie Lurk

I have found myself a great admirer of the Dishonored series since it sprung from obscurity in 2012. Dishonored is what some call an “immersive sim”, a term I dislike but which is nonetheless a useful means of describing the genre. Immersive sims are played from a first-person perspective where you live the role of… Continue reading Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Into the valley of death, rode Billie Lurk

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Neofeud: Do Androids Dream of a Fulfilling Future?

The path for humanity into the future is looking increasingly uncertain in 2017. Numerous events, from the financial crisis, the rise of automation, global warming to the election of a certain so-called President, brought about a strong sense that the world is not heading in a great direction. Neofeud takes this bad path to one… Continue reading Neofeud: Do Androids Dream of a Fulfilling Future?

PC, Reviews

Subsurface Circular: Going Underground

I’ve always had a secret love of the London Underground. True, the Tube can be ridiculously overcrowded, confusingly laid out and a nightmare for tourists to navigate, but for the canny commuter or regular visitor, the Underground can feel like an old, reassuring friend. The usual familiarity of the stations with their varied designs; the… Continue reading Subsurface Circular: Going Underground

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Hearthstone: A great, fundamentally broken game

As 2017 marches through August and into September, Hearthstone has just experienced the launch of its sixth expansion in three years. Since March 2014 when the game originally released, it has been regularly supported with the launch of new cards sets and occasional single-player adventures. I’ve played Hearthstone semi-regularly throughout this time, playing enough games… Continue reading Hearthstone: A great, fundamentally broken game

PC, Reviews

Scanner Sombre Review – In the dark and quiet spaces

Caves have long been a difficult subject for video games. Getting caves right has been a labour of love for some and an exercise in futility for others. There are innumerable games with boring or repetitive cave environments, with either simple repeating geometry copied endlessly into tedium or they lack any notable and interesting features… Continue reading Scanner Sombre Review – In the dark and quiet spaces