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Review Roundup – Gears of War

I’ve threatened/promised to cover a series of films or games from beginning to end on a number of occasions, but as of now the only complete (so far at least) film series I’ve managed to complete is Jurassic Park/World – but I’ve also recently completed my series of Gears of War game reviews too (aside from Judgment, which isn’t a […]

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Board Game Review: The Quacks of Quedlinburg

It’s been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into a proper Euro-style board game, but The Quacks of Quedlinburg most definitely fits into that category. It has an unusual theme – with players cast as quack doctors, competing to brew the most potent potion. Try pushing your potion’s potency too far and you may end up with no mixture […]

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Review: Creature Street

Available now on PC (itch.io – pay what you want) It seems like everyone and their anthropomorphic dog is playing Animal Crossing right now, which is great. Though Animal Crossing has always been popular – I’ve been a huge fan since 2004 – with the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons at a time when many people have an unusually […]

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Review: Gears 5

Though Gears of War 4 wasn’t without issues – as I noted in my review – it was an extremely satisfying game with a story that finally hit the right tone and shook off the Michael Bay-isms that had plagued the series from the beginning. Though the story felt like it ended abruptly, the final scene was a masterclass in […]

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Mobile Game Review: D&D: Lords of Waterdeep

Version Played: Android (also available on iOS, Windows and Mac) Based on a board game that was first released in 2012, Lords of Waterdeep is a worker placement game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Players take turns placing their agents at different locations in the titular city, hiring adventurers or getting other bonuses that will allow them to […]

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Board Game Review: Bunny Kingdom

With Magic: The Gathering and King of Tokyo alone, Richard Garfield is behind two of my all time favourite games. What I find appealing about Garfield’s games is that they’re generally simple to grasp – albeit quite often with a bit of a learning curve – but with a wealth of choices available to players on each turn. This gives […]

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Board Game Review: Star Wars: Empire vs Rebellion

I’m a few days late with this one, considering that Star Wars Day was on Monday – but I thought it was well worth covering anyway. A small card game with a surprising amount of theme and playability, Star Wars: Empire vs Rebellion is a relatively straightforward battle between two players for control of events that have occurred throughout the […]

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Board Game Review: Horrified

The ‘Universal Classic Monsters’ movies – the first example of a cinematic shared universe – kicked off in the 1920s with The Phantom of the Opera, though the most famous and widely seen Universal Monsters are Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. All of the most […]

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Review: Gears of War 4

Note: as with my other Gears of War reviews, I’ve not checked out the vast and popular suite of multiplayer options; my thoughts here are based on the campaign alone. As the first post-Epic Games, post-Xbox 360 and post-original trilogy Gears of War entry, Gears of War 4 had an awful lot to prove. Could it work without Cliffy B’s […]

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Weekly Round-Up

It’s been a while since I’ve done a round up of articles, but I’ve covered quite a bit of ground this week and even managed to finish off the original Gears of War trilogy too. Thanks COVID-19! Alien Day Last Sunday was Alien Day, it being the date which matches the number designed to the planet under threat in 1986 […]

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TV Review: The Mandalorian

When I first heard about The Mandalorian, I have to say I was concerned that a live action series simply wouldn’t be able to pull off a convincing dive into the Star Wars universe on a TV show budget. Not only that, but I felt that the focus on a Bona Fett-esque character would simply be looking to capitalise on […]

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Review: Gears of War 3

Despite the fact that I played through the original Gears of War back when it was first released in 2006, I was never a fan. The gameplay felt way too linear and predictable, the story was full of unintentionally hilarious moments that were supposed to be badass (not to mention the smirk inducing, accidental homoeroticism), the visuals – while technically […]

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Mobile Game Review: Fighting Fantasy Classics

Version Played: Android – Price: Free (Bloodbones included, other books available as in-app purchases) When I covered the Steam version of Fighting Fantasy Gamebook Appointment With F.E.A.R., I mentioned how much the series meant to me. With very little money in the mid- to late-80s, Fighting Fantasy books provided me with interactive, imaginative and exciting fun at a much more […]

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Preview: Pope Simulator

Ultimate Games seem to be trying to corner the market in bizarre, controversial ‘Simulator’ games. Despite the Polish indie making their name with a straightforward and highly regarded sim game – Ultimate Fishing Simulator – they’ve released other sims, some more straight faced than others, but perhaps the most oddball (not to mention the most deliberately controversial) sim they’ve been […]