Bournemouth in the Premier League

Strictly speaking, I’m not an AFC Bournemouth fan. I’ve been a supporter of Manchester United since I was a kid and always will be. But I am a lifelong Bournemouth resident – no United fans actually live in Manchester, remember – and I remember going to Bournemouth games with my dad and uncle. I remember watching on … Continue reading Bournemouth in the Premier League →

Posted by on 27 April 2015 | 4:44 pm

Returning to the Resident Evil remake

I know I’ve complained about the preponderance of recent remasters, which makes my current enthusiasm for this, the 2015 remaster of the 2002 remake of 1996’s Resident Evil, as well as the long-awaited Majora’s Mask 3D, seem odd. I’ll defend my position, though, since neither of those games has been seen on shelves in more than … Continue reading Returning to the Resident Evil remake →

Posted by on 8 March 2015 | 6:40 pm

Wolfenstein: The New Order

I’ve written before about how much I miss the B-tier of gaming, that time when there was something between a $100 million “AAA” release – the shifting definition of that term is another post in itself – and a quirky indie game from two blokes in a garage. Every so often you get something that channels … Continue reading Wolfenstein: The New Order →

Posted by on 5 February 2015 | 1:53 pm

Best of 2014 #1: South Park: The Stick of Truth

The South Park games are an eclectic mix, from an FPS in the days before everything had to be an FPS, through kart racing, game shows and tower defence. An RPG must have been the obvious choice, then, thankfully after they had the revelation that South Park games work better when they look like the TV show. But even … Continue reading Best of 2014 #1: South Park: The Stick of Truth →

Posted by on 31 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #2: Infamous: Second Son

That this is the only first-party game to make my list may be an admission that I don’t have a Wii U more than any lack of trying from the platform holders, but the fact is Microsoft and Sony haven’t been particularly prolific in 2014. But even without caveats, I thought Second Son fulfilled the promise … Continue reading Best of 2014 #2: Infamous: Second Son →

Posted by on 30 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #3: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Here’s another late addition, which I admitted to missing out on barely a month ago but have since fallen for in a big way. I wish I could say it wasn’t the Assassin’s Creed ripoff that I called it back when it was unveiled because, gameplay-wise, that’s essentially what it is. But it’s polished nonetheless – that’s … Continue reading Best of 2014 #3: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor →

Posted by on 29 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #4: Dark Souls II

The consensus on Dark Souls II seems to be that it’s the weakest of the three games in the tenuously linked Souls series, so perhaps I’m unusual in finding it more immediately engaging than its direct predecessor. I admittedly lack the patience to go all that far and sample their full depth, so the “immediately” part … Continue reading Best of 2014 #4: Dark Souls II →

Posted by on 28 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #5: Threes

A real surprise, this one, which literally only displaced my original choice for the fifth spot, Monument Valley, in the last few hours, having been a post-Christmas purchase in light of its presence on a couple of other lists. Even now that puzzle games are my iPhone distractions of choice, most of what I play … Continue reading Best of 2014 #5: Threes →

Posted by on 27 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014

Last year I complained about what a disappointment 2012 had been and in the last few weeks I bemoaned 2014 too, thus proving that video games are the opposite of Star Trek movies in that you should only bother with the odd-numbered ones. Except Into Darkness. That was shite. I filled a couple of gaps … Continue reading Best of 2014 →

Posted by on 26 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

2014: Everything was Remasters

I’m planning out my annual Game of the Year list for 2014 and I have a serious problem: I’m fairly sure I haven’t even played ten new games this year. I still don’t have a Wii U, meaning I’ve so far missed out on a couple of gems there – Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2 would almost … Continue reading 2014: Everything was Remasters →

Posted by on 25 November 2014 | 5:02 am