Being drafted...

So I’m sat there, roughly three weeks ago and I receive an e-mail from a ‘talent scout’ from some YouTube network.


Yeah, I know. It’s a hashtag.

Release Day embargos and why they scare me

“We want you to review our game, but you’re not allowed to say anything until it’s already been out for half a day - deal?”

Rogue Legacy (PS4)

The Roguest of Legacies

So this isn’t the first time I’ve attempted to write about Rogue Legacy. Probably about a year ago now (so that’s August 2013) I bought Rogue Legacy on for the PC, played it for what felt like days and then tried to write my impressions about it. I wasn’t being commissioned by a website to do the piece nor was I making myself do it for any reason other than that I wanted to. Roughly half way through my review I realized that it was a terrible attempt at explaining my feelings and promptly deleted it.

Early Access Review - Crypt of the NecroDancer - PC

The idea of having a rhythm based roguelike game sounds ridiculous! The very concept sounds doomed to failure! But here I am, tapping away on a controller to insanely addictive dance music hopping my way through a pixelated dungeon trying to outmaneuver the enemies whilst desperately trying to stay on the beat.

Review - The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

What could I possibly say about The Last of Us Remastered which hasn't already been said both in other reviews and my own piece for This is My Joystick?  Somewhere inside of me I know I’m just stamping up and down on old ground by writing this.  And yet, here I am.

Review - Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

For newcomers to the series, Abe New ‘n’ Tasty will be a fiendishly clever platformer, a caricature of modern life in which a downtrodden and oppressed society fights against the ever present grind of corruption and tyranny. Back in 1997 the game was popular partially because you could make Abe fart on command.

Review: Sacred 3 - PC

I’ll openly admit that I’ve never played a Sacred game, I own them all through various bundles of the Humble variety and several sales online but I’ve never actually found the time to sit and play through them. I’m told by trusted friends that these games are “fun, for action-RPG’s” and usually personally recommendation from the same people who introduced me to Dark Souls is all I need to be interested in a game or franchise.

Imagine my surprise then when I sat down with Sacred 3. Keen Games have taken what was essentially a poor mans Baldurs Gate (which is still a compliment) and turned it into a poor mans Dark Alliance.

Testing, testing. One, Two, Three...

I think Confucius once said "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life" it was either him or one of those quotes at the end of Criminal Minds. Anyway my point is that up until very recently I didn't understand the relevance of that quote. Not until June 2011.

The Stanley Parable - PC Review:

I'll hazard a guess that many video game reviewers, whilst playing The Stanley Parable, felt a sense of horror and dread unlike anything they have felt in a long time - confronted with the same "how am I going to write about THAT?" sensation that I myself found during my time with the game.  Fortunately The Stanley Parable (HD reimagining of the 2011 Source Engine mod) gives you enough to openly talk about without delving into the realms of spoiler-town too much.