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Ripley’s Return

Ripley’s Return

Here’s a piece of news that both excites and disappoints in equal measure. First the good part, SEGA have confirmed the original cast from Alien, Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett),Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley) will reunite for Alien: Isolation as part of DLC bonus content.

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014

I Thought You Were Dead

I Thought You Were Dead

Time, resource and budgetary (as in we don’t have one) constraints mean we hardly ever post rumours and speculation. But for this little sci-fi horror nugget we’ll make an exception, if only to voice our concern. Those of us who still hold out hope that one day we’ll be graced with a video game adaptation worthy of the Alien franchise’s name (which suffered its most recent setback in the form of Alien: Colonial Marines), we’re looking in the direction of T…

Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review - Outlast

Review - Outlast

The best piece of advice we can impart when it comes to Outlast is this; take your time and enjoy the experience. Avoid spoilers, let’s plays, walkthroughs and, to some extent, reviews. You see, when a new IP manages to achieve its goal and provides a unique, rewarding gameplay experience, inevitably the title’s success will encourage the developers to begin the early design phase of a sequel, one which addresses the criticisms of the original and further …

Published on Monday, September 16, 2013

Review - Resident Evil: Revelations

Review - Resident Evil: Revelations

The majority of the gaming press would probably agree that Capcom’s long-running Biohazard/Resident Evil series has suffered its fair share of injustices over the years (perhaps not surprising, given the number of entries). Often quoted as the (most recent) return to form, Resident Evil 4 served to remind fans why they cared so much about the franchise in the first place. It created a welcome sense of nostalgia as the IP once more became frightening to pla…

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review - Metro: Last Light

Review - Metro: Last Light

Most horror films ask the viewer to sit through a harrowing experience for around an hour and a half, hoping that the images on display will both excite and disgust. How memorable the experience turns out to be, and whether it’s largely positive or negative, depends on the skills of the filmmakers and the quality of their output, but you can be assured that the outcome will always be subjective and opinions always be divided. Video games have additional hu…

Published on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lucius

Lucius

We’d imagine the design document for Lucius was a pleasure to create and even more entertaining to read. The premise alone is enough to make any self-respecting horror video game fan sit up and take notice. Players assume the role of Lucius, a child born on 6 June 1966, who receives an unexpected visit from his real father on his six birthday. Said father happens to be the Devil himself, and gleefully explains that you, being the Anti-Christ, must kill a s…

Published on Monday, May 27, 2013

Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide

For most of us, when faced with a menu of exotic and unfamiliar dishes, we’ll plump for the same thing every time. Yes, there may be an entire menu to peruse, some of which we can even decipher, but on the rare occasions we’re willing to pay over the odds for someone else to feed us, we want something we know we’ll enjoy. This bias towards the familiar, our tendency to play it safe, is a quintessentially human trait, and one Techland are very aware of. It’…

Published on Monday, May 13, 2013

DMC

DMC

While we’ve been called many things in our time, one thing gamers most certainly are is a passionate bunch. Utterly dedicated to our chosen pastime, we transcend traditional definitions of loyalty. We’re happy to forego any amount of quality family time, choosing instead to enter digital worlds and liaise with digital companions, striving to right wrongs, bring justice where there is none, and survive to fight another day. Such passion comes with a voice, …

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3

Like its protagonist, Dead Space 3 engages in a frequent and sustained attempt to switch genres, an attempt to baffle and confuse the player. Allow me to explain. In the original Dead Space we were introduced to the franchise’s reluctant lead, the John McClane of engineers, Isaac Clarke. Isaac was silent throughout the campaign, and, while a force to be reckoned with, his presence did little to alleviate the game’s enduring sense of foreboding. Despite Isa…

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines Post-Patch Review

Aliens: Colonial Marines Post-Patch Review

How do you attempt to address the overwhelming number of problems that plague Aliens: Colonial Marines? Problems that include low res textures, appalling dialogue, broken AI, and linear and underwhelming gameplay? One might suggest the only way to be sure would be to nuke the entire game from orbit, but Gearbox refuse to admit defeat (or accept blame) for 2013’s biggest gaming faux pas to date, and have issued patches in an attempt to salvage the situation…

Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

Long before the game’s release, expectations were low for Terminal Reality’s adaptation of AMC’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The fact that it was a licensed game from Activision notwithstanding, early leaked footage looked distinctly dated, with bland visuals and lacklustre gameplay. Marketing was all but nonexistent, and when it was released ahead of schedule gamers were understandably cautious. The official trailer was released towards the end o…

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

Alien vs Predator: Evolution

Alien vs Predator: Evolution

As horror gaming enthusiasts slowly come to terms with the hugely disappointing release that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, we’re left with questions as to the continuation of the franchise. Seemingly, the iconic Aliens are destined to languish in video game conversion hell as we, the gaming public, struggle to understand exactly why justice remains to be done to what should be video game gold. We have to cast our minds back many years to remember when the …

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Year Walk

Year Walk

From the opening seconds of Year Walk it’s clear that Simogo, developers of Bumpy Road and Beat Sneak Bandit, have set out to make a statement. More than one, in fact. Firstly, they want you to forget the whimsical charms of their previous games and prepare to experience a tale designed for the more mature gamer. Secondly, no matter how accustomed we’ve become to in-game tutorials, detailed user manuals and handy walkthroughs, Year Walk treats the player l…

Published on Thursday, February 28, 2013

ZombiU

ZombiU

We are a nation of consumers; this is not breaking news. For the most part, especially in this testing economic climate, we work to live. Gone are the days of frivolous spending – treating friends and loved ones to the occasional unnecessary yet highly appreciated token of our affection comes with a degree of guilt. Yet as intelligent, independently-minded consumers, we are also brand loyal. Once we have discovered a product, service or company that please…

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

Dexter 2: The Game

Dexter 2: The Game

There were those (ourselves included) who, while not passing judgement, employed a level of caution when iOS gaming entered the already overcrowded gaming arena. We weren’t sufficiently convinced to agree with the “console gaming on the go” mentality which quickly attached itself to the platform, but neither did we dismiss it out of hand. As with any new system launch, the initial avalanche of games significantly varied in quality. Developers were swift to…

Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012