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Unto The End review

Unto The End review A unique, demanding 2D sword fighting game that frustrates as much as it impresses. Developer: 2 Ton Studios Publisher: Big Sugar Release: 9th December On: Windows From: Steam, GOG, Xbox Game Pass For PC Price: $25 Unto The End is a 2D sword fighting game about a little beardy man trying to find his way back home after getting lost hunting a deer. You’ll guide him through gloomy, cramped caves, climbing and exploring and gathering scraps of leather, bone, and healing herbs. And you’ll fight. Lord, you’ll fight. It’s very much a game about sword fights,…

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Chronos: Before The Ashes review

Chronos: Before The Ashes review A substandard soulslike that’s actually a port of the VR original. I’d say you’re better off ditching this version and getting your Oculus on. Developer: Gunfire Games, THQ Nordic Publisher: THQ Nordic Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam Price: £25/€27/$27 I think Chronos: Before The Ashes is very much okay. It’s a prequel to looter shooter Remnant: From The Ashes, but it trades gun-toting, chest-pillaging action for a soulslike experience so grey, I swear my pulse flatlined a few times. It was also previously an Oculus VR exclusive, so the version I played is…

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Haven review

Haven review A relatable, refreshingly grounded sci fi romance weighed down by repetitive chores. Developer: The Game Bakers Publisher: The Game Bakers Release: December 3rd On: Windows From: Steam, GOG Price: TBA You’re supposed to put the genre in the introduction, but then you’re also supposed to write an introduction in the first place, and not a load of delaying tactics where you bang on about the vagueness of genres and how Haven is a hybrid of at least two of them anyway. You spend most of it skate-gliding around a 3D world, some of it fighting corrupted animals, and…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review Not an easy entry point if you’re new to the series, but Valhalla is a lively grab bag of all the best bits from Assassin’s Creed games past. Even if that does get a bit much at times. Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Release: November 10th On: Windows From: Ubisoft Price: £50/€/$ Assassin’s Creed Valhalla starts in Norway, spends most of its time in 9th century England, and even has some optional detours to the present day or mythical Asgard if you fancy it. But the latest entry in Ubisoft’s used-to-be-annual franchise about stabbing your way…

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Little Hope review

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope review This interactive horror adventure is better than the first volume of the DPA, but it’s still more B-movie snicker-fest than it is spine-tingling. Developer: Supermassive Games Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment Release: On: Windows From: Steam, Humble, Price: £25/€30/$30 Little Hope is the second game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of interactive horror games trying to build on the popularity of 2015’s Until Dawn. In it, you play as a college field trip group (three teenage students, one mature, and a professor, and I bet some of you already have that in…

Noita review

Noita review A roguelike in which every pixel is simulated, causing the world to explode, collapse, burn, melt and so on in dynamic ways when touched by your wands and magic spells. Developer: Nolla Games Publisher: Nolla Games Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam, Humble, GOG Price: £15.50/€15.19/$16 Fast and loose, or tight and controlled? That’s the question I ask myself at the start of any run in a game with permadeath – that is, a game that sends me back to the beginning upon death. On this particular life, am I going to try my hardest, and aim…

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Sure, Crysis Remastered is nice, but have you ever played the original Crysis?

Crysis Remastered review Crysis is a first-person stealth playground and a staggering spectacle, but new tech wizardry doesn’t justify the new price. Developer: Crytek Publisher: Crytek Release: Out now On: Windows From: Epic Price: £28/€30/$30 Crysis was always about more than its graphics. Crysis was and is a first-person stealth playground, with destructible buildings, clever enemies, and a set of flexible superpowers with which to make one collide with the other. Crysis Remastered is that game again, with new graphical bells and whistles you probably can’t use, and a substantially higher price than the original game costs now. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 review

Crusader Kings 3 review Crusader Kings 3 makes a fine execution of a daunting brief. I think I’ll need another year of playing it to work out exactly how good it is, but that’s another way of saying I want to play it for a year, so it must be pretty good. Developer: Paradox Development Studio Publisher: Paradox Interactive Release: September 1st 2020 On: Windows From: Steam Price: £42/€50/$50 The way I’d summarise Crusader Kings 3 depends heavily on where you’re coming at the game from. If you never played Crusader Kings 2, but were always interested, then I heartily…