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

Building a £200 HTPC with OpenELEC

Tiny PCs like the Intel NUC are limited as replacements for the desktop, but they’ve come into their own in harnessing the media-decoding prowess of new chipsets to drive an HTPC. Coupled with free media centre software, it’s become possible to put together a powerful little set-top box that can compete with the behemoths of only a few years ago. It’s … Continue reading Building a £200 HTPC with OpenELEC →

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 5:57 pm

Console Wars

As much as I love my well-thumbed copy of Game Over, it’s over 20 years old. Its account of Nintendo’s rise lacks two decades of changing perspective, context, new information that has emerged as people retire, move on and, separated from events by years and expired NDAs, give increasingly candid interviews. It’s from a world … Continue reading Console Wars →

Posted by on 11 July 2014 | 12:34 pm