Perched high up on the cliff edge overlooking the enemy warehouse across the lake, target marked over 2000 metres away, I take aim, set the range of the scope, adjust to factor in wind direction, breath held, trigger pulled...missed. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a stealth-based milsim, and is the 6th edition of a series that began all the way back in 2008. Contracts 2 follows a similar formula to its predecessors but it is certainly the most challenging, with sniper shots ranging almost as long as the game's title...
"I was standing on the castle battlements, overlooking the fields ahead of me. It was a hot day. The sun had been beating down on me and my men and fatigue had begun to set in. It was only midday and yet I felt that I had been awake for days. My armour was heavy... Continue Reading →
Biomutant is the first game from Experiment 101, a Swedish studio founded by alumni from Avalanche, the studio behind the Just Cause series. Taking place in a valley around the dying Tree of Life, players explore and fight as an unnamed furry bipedal creature, the prodigal child of a wung-fu master who developed the fighting styles that led to the fracturing of the valley’s people. The Tree of Life is being destroyed by the four Worldeaters, huge beasts that have each taken up on one of the tree’s roots. With a world inspired by several Asian styles of dress and architecture, and blended with post-climate collapse environment design, Biomutant is an overly ambitious and imperfect exploration of how life will persist, even after humans have ruined the Earth.
Excitement, joy, relief, fear, terror, these are but a brief summary of the rollercoaster of emotions that I experienced whilst playing Resident Evil Village, Capcom's 8th addition to one of the heavyweight series from the horror game genre. Ethan Winters embarks on another enthralling trip into one of the most sinister worlds in the franchise, coated in a beautiful sprawling map and fuelled by heart pounding gameplay that seeks to improve on the survival-based mechanics of its predecessor. Some thrilling boss battles, elaborate puzzles and too many jump scares to count really flesh out the environment, keeping you on your toes throughout the entirety of Ethan's decent into the twisted world of the Village.
A lot has happened over the past 14 months which has disrupted sporting events across the globe. Sports fans are slowly starting to get back into their viewing schedules and gaming companies are starting to release titles that cover the now-infamous 20/21 season. It has been two years since Milestone released their hit title MotoGP... Continue Reading →
The year is 2004. Teenage me had spent the last few years enthralled with games like Serious Sam, Quake, and Doom. They were far too entertaining. I needed more. I remember sitting down on a warm summer's evening to install the next chapter in my gaming adventures: "Painkiller". This high-octane slaughter-fest from developers "People Can... Continue Reading →
Admittedly, I've had multiple failed attempts at getting into skateboarding whilst growing up, me and my Star Wars themed board were never fit for the big leagues. Whilst I could never live up to the pros in real life, I fondly remember feeling like the man himself playing the Tony Hawk series back in the early 2000s, and now some 20 years later, they're back. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 is a complete remaster of the original two titles packed into one game with all of the original maps and game modes with some new additions for good measure. It's a mix of old world meets new with similar gameplay and design that feels like a blast to the past, draped in state of the art graphics thanks to the new next gen update. It brings a new lease of life to a cult classic of the PS2 era, and whether you're a seasoned veteran of the originals or new to the series, there's a whole lot of fun to be had.
I can safely say that for a long time my biggest childhood fantasy was to pilot an X-wing from Star Wars, ever since first watching the mesmerising battle for the Death Star I'd dreamt to be able to play a Star Wars space combat game, and some years later, EA answered the call. Star Wars: Squadrons is exactly that, a fully fledged space combat game which is the new addition to EA's growing arsenal of titles for the franchise. It offers fast paced combat and beautiful visuals that at times really do make you feel like you're right there in the cockpit and it is a truly amazing feeling, but a pretty lacklustre campaign and slow paced gameplay bring the experience down to earth.
A notable resident of Earth once wrote that "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Residents of Pandora have a similar expression: "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and explosions...and blood, and betrayal, and psychos...and bike races, sand, skags, and sporks." It doesn't quite have the same ring... Continue Reading →
As exhausting as it is exciting, Nioh 2 just keeps you coming back for more. It's a worthy successor to the first game, building on the strong foundations that made the original game great. Level design, enemy variety, weapons, character customization—you name it, Team Ninja polished it to perfection.