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DARK SOULS 3: ASHES OF ARIANDEL REVIEW

Dark Souls expansions have to work harder than most. It’s everything to do with how Souls worlds are constructed: witnessing how From Software’s environments fan out from a central hub, and tracing the ways landmarks interconnect, is one of the core pleasures of the series. When an expansion [...]

TITANFALL 2 REVIEW

Titanfall 2’s brilliance comes as a surprise, and I say that as somebody who loved the original despite its flaws. In its first attempt, Respawn created a set of traversal, gunplay and mech combat systems that were served well by the multiplayer framework placed around them. I firmly believe that [...]

CLOCKWORK EMPIRES REVIEW

A band of steampunky colonists lands on foreign shores. Their task: to build houses, chop trees, and civilize these barbaric pastures for cog and country. As they expand their settlement they upset the soil, every footfall in danger of waking The Things Beneath. Steampunk and Lovecraftian horror is [...]

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2017 REVIEW

Why did Leicester City draw attention from across the globe during the campaign that saw them become the most unlikely of champions? Why do Roma fans love Francesco Totti so dearly? That’s because, whether it’s the timeless tale of the underdog, or of the hometown boy living the dream, football [...]

HITMAN EPISODE 6 REVIEW

This is a bit different. In last episode’s review, I pointed out that many of Hitman’s systems feel satisfying, regardless of the level they’re in. Great level design is important, obviously. But, thanks to those systems, even a lesser space can still nail Hitman’s core fantasy. What makes [...]

CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE REVIEW

I don’t think Call of Duty campaigns are supposed to be fun anymore. If I’m reckless at all—like, say, having a bit of fun with my jetpack—I start taking fire and my vision smears with strawberry jam, blurry and pulsing. My screen shakes, white text yells ‘get to cover’ at me and I’m forced to the [...]

TYRANNY REVIEW

The story of Tyranny is of delightfully mythic proportions. Within the first 10 minutes, I ushered forth a volcano in the middle of a library full of forbidden texts, condemning an entire civilization’s history and knowledge to the flames. Like that volcano, the power fantasy central to my [...]
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