Preview: The Order 1886

I recently had the opportunity to play a preview build of The Order 1886, coming in February form the team at Ready at Dawn. While many people feel positive and excited by what the game may be, there are some people sceptical about how the game plays. Unfortunately, the preview I played solidifies any concerns regarding gameplay and pacing and it almost feels like a “How Not to Preview Your Game” ...[Read More]

Early Access: Night Shift

In a world where the sun has gone missing, you are a lone driver in a custom muscle car that can illuminate the mystery. This is the concept of Night Shift, a new game in Steam’s early access program from Brandon Brizzi, an artist on Skull Girls and the developer of 1000 amps. One of the major appeals to the game is the art style and music. The game uses a 3d sprite render akin to the original Doo...[Read More]

Preview: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II

The first Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was a pleasant surprise. Releasing just after the disappointing launch of Diablo III, Neocore Games had the opportunity to capitalise on the fans angry at Blizzard for their decisions by bringing a different spin on the genre. The pretty cool aesthetic of steampunk and Victorian coupled with a slight twist on gameplay and snarky dialogue made it a sur...[Read More]

Preview: Toukiden: The Age of Demons

The Monster Hunter craze is very hard to replicate. The Nintendo exclusive games have been nothing short of massive in Japan as well as a growing following in the US. That does mean there’s no Monster Hunter on the PlayStation Vita, despite it being a better fit possibly on Sony’s handheld. There have been some games on PlayStation Vita that aimed to be system’s Monster Hunter including Ragnarok O...[Read More]

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta impressions

It’s been almost five years since the last time we walked a mile in Ghost Recon’s shoes and after numerous delays, the next game in the franchise titled: “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” is almost here. Ubisoft launched a multiplayer beta for people on Xbox 360 who bought Splinter Cell: Conviction two years ago or for those who have PlayStation Plus on the PS3. What was on offer was slim ...[Read More]

Hands-On Preview: Battlefield 3 Close Quarters

Battlefield 3 went head to head against the juggernaut Modern Warfare 3 last year and honestly held up really well. The game has sold over 13 million copies to date and in Ireland especially is remaining in the top 10 selling games each week while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now holding on dearly to stay in the top 20. It seems as though the open battlefields with infantry and vehicles has g...[Read More]

Hands-off Preview: Crysis 3

It’s safe to say that I’m quite a big fan of Crysis. I remember playing the original game on my laptop chugging along at 13 FPS but I still completed it. It’s one of the only game franchises that make me feel like I’m playing more than just another shooter. You can imagine my anticipation then when I got to see Crysis 3 in action a couple of weeks ago in London. Here’...[Read More]

Chillingo mobile games hands-on impressions

Whether you play them or not, casual and mobile games have made their mark on the gaming industry. This has further been made in concrete by the fact that one of the biggest publishers in the world has been buying casual and mobile game developers in recent years and one of those developers being Chillingo. I recently had the chance to sit down and try a couple of their newest mobile games The Act...[Read More]

Hands-off preview: Medal of Honor Warfighter

When Medal of Honor was rebooted and released in 2010 it really felt like it was releasing just to add a little spice to the military shooter window against its competition. Although it sold well enough, it just didn’t resonate that well with critics and then eventually fans. Medal of Honor Warfighter feels quite different in terms of it direction and honestly I walked away from the hands-off prev...[Read More]

Hands-On Preview: Mass Effect 3

Keep your eyes on the sky because any minute now the reapers will be here to wipe out humanity. Mass Effect 3 is almost here. Throughout its showing of gameplay in the past year, some fans have been vocal about their worries when it comes to the core gameplay. Some of them feel as though the game is becoming more Gears of War than Role Playing game. I recently had the chance to play 90 minutes of ...[Read More]

Preview: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

With a packed Q1, some games may find a hard time making its mark on consumers minds come release but one game that should be imprinted on your anticipation list is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The game brings with it a dream team of designers and creators. It’s vast and expansive world is reassuring to know that when you get your hands on the game, you’re really going to get your moneys worth. ...[Read More]

Hands-On Preview: Need for Speed: The Run

The Need for Speed franchise has had a rollercoaster ride. Since its beginnings nearly twenty years ago, the Need for Speed series has seen its high points and low ones. Last year though, Criterion Games, makers of Burnout, developed their first Need for Speed game and was seen as the best game in years. Developers Black Box has returned to the series to take over where Criterion left off. I had t...[Read More]

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