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Shadow Warrior Retrospective

Shadow Warrior Retrospective

“Everybody dead. I like that” When Doom and Wolfenstein hit the ground running during the early nineties, the FPS publicity began. They were a simple graphical layout by today’s standards and the level design nothing more than navigating a maze. Basic sound effects, coupled together with midi soundtracks created a unique ambience. God knows it was… Continue Reading

Soma Review

Soma Review

“We can coexist, but only on my terms” Play any first person back before 2000 and expect to have a suitcase of weapons, one-liners and disgusting creatures to eradicate. They’re cathartic certainly but they don’t need much of a story. The simple pleasures of level progression and defeating the enemy becomes your only drive. The… Continue Reading

LA Noire Diaries – Day Two

LA Noire Diaries – Day Two

November 17 2017   Day two and I have far less time to game today. Especially as I got a bit obsessed with working out who the PWG Linear champion is (it’s Brock Lesnar). First port of call is locking up nonce Mark Bishop and shooting up the set of Intolerance (the DW Griffith movie).… Continue Reading

LA Noire Diaries – Day One

LA Noire Diaries   November 16 2017   The re-release of LA Noire got us very excited around the RVR offices as we’re all big fans. Originally this game came out on the X-Box 360 and was the reason I got back into gaming. I specifically bought an X-Box with this as the attached game.… Continue Reading

XCOM Retrospective Part Two

XCOM Retrospective Part Two

“Hello, Commander..” Five games later, the fifth XCOM title appeared around the dawn of the millennium. This last entry was entitled Enforcer and it was a simple shooter that had no strategic depth whatsoever. It pitted you on a solo quest to eradicate the aliens from the first game with only a robot. A straightforward… Continue Reading

X-Com Retrospective Part One

X-Com Retrospective Part One

Early Beginnings Sometime in the 1990’s after I’d recently acquired a new 486DX2 personal computer, I began the hunt for games. Back then you were spoilt for choice in numerous electrical stores. Rows upon rows of large boxes contained its share of either a floppy disc or cd-rom and a paper manual. One game caught… Continue Reading

Capcom Cooperative Part Two

Capcom Cooperative Part Two

Resident Evil 5 I’ll be honest here, I came into this series at around the middle mark. As a horror newbie around the Psone era, I wasn’t in a rush to try Resident Evil at all. However, I did dip my toe into survival horror with Fear Effect 2. And while I was impressed with… Continue Reading

Capcom Cooperation Part One

Capcom Cooperation Part One

In the beginning With the advent of the internet, it has become much easier for gamers to play with like minded people around the world. Back in the mid-nineties I experimented with various online titles and met my share of decent friendly folk, sprinkled with the odd idiot and bully. Multiplayer shooters eventually led to… Continue Reading

Red Faction Retrospective Part Two

Red Faction Retrospective Part Two

“See you at the party, Richter!” It finally took seven years before a sequel would appear to Red Faction 2. By then the first person fever had slowed considerably and in its wake came a plethora of sandboxes. Numerous titles that didn’t originate in an open world environment came to be, such as Burnout Paradise… Continue Reading

Red Faction Retrospective Part One

Red Faction Retrospective Part One

“Some couples dance, others go to Mars” For an FPS title to break free of its peers, it needs to have an original gimmick. Something that can set it above and apart from the crowd. The blood soaked DooM and Wolfenstein wasn’t afraid to ignore taboos of gaming during the delicate 90’s. Portal 1 and 2… Continue Reading