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Horror Tale 2: Samantha Review

Making a sequel is hard. In fact, it could be seen as a frightening prospect.  On one hand, if a game has gone well and the audience loves it then producing another along the same lines is like printing money. But the downside is that the audience wants a new experience, albeit in a similar world. Sometimes the adventure goes

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Dead Island 2: Haus Review

The startling contrast between the blood and the sun-drenched luxury of Hell-A was one of many highlights when Dead Island 2 first released. That did come at a bit of a cost though, sacrificing any real horror in terms of atmosphere (Santa Monica Pier not included). That changes with the first DLC for Dead Island 2, Haus. It may be

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Saw X – Film Review

Saw X Film Review It would be fair to say that the yearly releases in the Saw saga stagnated, to the point where not even Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson could save it. But now a new Saw film has arrived, the tenth one in fact. But this one is alright. Actually, it’s better than alright – it’s one

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TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK – Expedition Review

Transformers, those robots in disguise, haven’t really had the treatment they deserve in video game form in a long time. The last games that did justice to the franchise were High Moons War for Cybertron and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, both fantastic action titles and highly respected. Since then we haven’t been treated to any real stand out Transformers titles.

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Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition Review

It is a common refrain in the gaming world – there is nothing new in games these days. And this game I’m here to review is a classic example.  The original Rise of the Triad was released way back in 1995, as a kind of sequel to the daddy of them all, Wolfenstein 3D. While it deviated away from the

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Project Blue Review

I keep forgetting just how far video games have come. I still assume that everyone is familiar with the NES, totally misremembering just how long ago it was when Nintendo’s first home console hit the shelves. We’re talking 40 odd years ago now. What a terrifying thought. Anyhow, during its reign, a distinct style of platformer proved to be very

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The Boogeyman – Film Review

the boogeyman film review The Boogeyman probably won’t like the comparison, but it shares a lot with Monsters Inc. It showcases a creature that likes to hide in closets, under the bed and in the dark, feeding off the fear of young children. We half-expected a reveal of Sully and Mike at the halfway point. We’re being facetious of course,

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Zumania Review 

There’s a bit of an old school reunion party going on in the gaming world in 2023.  Over recent times Atari have been found picking up the nostalgic stick, reimagining and Recharging their classics from decades past. And there have been a ton of arcade icons popping up on the digital stores too; Operation Wolf and the like. It’s like

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Blue Beetle – Film Review

Blue Beetle Film Review It’s hard to know whether Blue Beetle arrives at the best or worst time for the DC cinematic universe. Everything around it is dying. Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill are gone as Wonder Woman and Superman. James Gunn has taken the reins from, nominally, Zack Snyder. A refresh is coming, with (almost) every role being recast,

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Mystic Gate Review

Is there such a thing as good déjà vu? We felt like we had played Mystic Gate dozens of times before. It’s a twin-stick roguelike, which is a double-hander that isn’t exactly new, and it offers no real spin on the formula. But if you’re not going to do something new, then do the old stuff well, and that’s what

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Afterdream Review

I had a dream recently in which I had a robot arm that wasn’t working properly.  You may think that sounds like an exciting sci-fi dream, but all it meant is that I was on the phone trying to arrange an appointment with the NHS to fix the thing. And believe me, here were a lot of phone calls and

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Rayland 2 Review

Rayland 2 is an isometric puzzle game where lasers need to be guided across various square, or mostly square, shaped levels. I didn’t play the first Rayland, but I am assuming that the developers haven’t suddenly abandoned a deep and complex narrative in a game that is built using mainly cubes. Who is placing these lasers? Why do they need

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Sympathy for the Devil – Film Review

Horror and thriller movies have made a lot of everyday things uncomfortable. Jaws made swimming in the sea threatening. Ghostbusters made me scared to go into libraries as a kid. Now, Sympathy for the Devil has made pulling into hospital car parks something we’ll think twice about. Is nothing sacred? Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad) is pulling into

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No Hard Feelings – Film Review

no hard feelings film review No Hard Feelings had us nostalgic for a very specific point in movie history. We’re talking about the five years from 1999 to 2004, starting with American Pie and ending around the release of The Girl Next Door. Inbetween, you had Sex Drive, Road Trip, Harold + Kumar and Dude Where’s My Car?, among others.

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Daymare 1994: Sandcastle Review

In 2020 there was a game that released to some middling reviews. But it was a game that managed to gain a loyal fan base nonetheless. That game was Daymare: 1998.  Originally put together as a possible fan remake of Resident Evil 2 (before the actual one) it then turned into a game that was inspired by the mechanics of

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Creepy Tale 3: Ingrid Penance Review

I always feel like I’m playing catch-up when I join a series with a second or third game.  Thankfully it seems that the narratives being told in the Creepy Tale series are pretty standalone. The franchise has taken a host of influences from Grimm Fairy Tales to Hans Christian Anderson, working a brilliant mix of childhood adventure and deep horror;

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Urbek City Builder Review

We have been obsessed with building gaming cities for decades, all thanks to the classic, SimCity. I think it might be the whole experience of starting from nothing, building up a whole infrastructure from the bare bones to the complex city of your dreams that appeals to gamers.  On Xbox consoles, there have been a ton of similar games but

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Ultimate General: Gettysburg Review

What I love about playing games is not just the entertainment, nor the storytelling or the world-building. It’s the fact that some games give an insight into history.  Recently I’ve learned about the 1980’s Soviet Union and the 1979 revolution in Iran. I’ll admit that the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War wasn’t a subject I knew too

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Saints Row: A Song of Ice and Dust Review

Even as someone who enjoyed the base Saints Row game, I am on the side of the fence that hopes this is the final piece of DLC. What has come so far has been disappointing and repetitive in the form of The Heist & the Hazardous and Doc Ketchum’s Murder Circus respectively. Saints Row: A Song of Ice and Dust

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Fluffy Milo Review

Pushing boxes around a warehouse isn’t just the pastime of the expensive robots working for Amazon, it’s also what Sokoban enthusiasts enjoy doing too. There are quite a few variations of this puzzle concept, like SokoBunny where you’re in control of a bunny kicking boxes around. But what if the boxes were cartons of milk instead, and you had to

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LOUD: My Road To Fame Review

There’s the flimsiest of chances that if the Activision-Blizzard acquisition goes through, Microsoft might deem to resurrect the Guitar Hero franchise. We sit here in hope, having spent a minor fortune on an Xbox 360, guitar and all the old Guitar Hero games, from Aerosmith to Van Halen. Surely it has to be on Phil Spencer’s shopping list? Right, Phil?

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