Ben Tyrer

Darkspore – Review

Darkspore, PC – £23.49 delivered

Review by Ben Tyrer

When I heard that Darkspore was comparing itself to Diablo, a favourite series of mine, I immediately knew I would have to take a look and see what all the fuss was about. I was surprised that Maxis had decided to have a stab at creating something a little more daring than their usual expansions of the never-going-to-disappear Sims franchise. I just didn’t think Maxis had it in them to create a visceral action RPG, but was I counting my loot before it had been identified?

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – Review

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, PC – £3.39

PC version review by Ben Tyrer

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Right now, this game is on offer over at Steam as part of the Square Enix week promotion. What better time to share my thoughts on the latest escapade of beloved raider of tombs, Lara Croft?

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Fallout: New Vegas – Review

Fallout: New Vegas, PC – £22.99, or if you don’t care when you get it, The Hut have it for £22.44 when you use a 10% off voucher.

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The days leading up to the release of New Vegas were something of an emotional roller-coaster for me. My anxiety was painfully high, having read the numerous terrifying accounts of it being a hilariously broken game from the onset. Had I squandered my pennies on nothing more than a broken mod? Not only that, but I received my disc copy (having decided the Steam servers were too much for my already-frayed nerves) excruciatingly early. Normally, this is an excellent thing, but the game being tethered to Steam’s unlock countdown meant I was in for a gruelling wait, and the box smiling down at me served only as a teasing reminder of that fact. When I was finally presented with the game’s splash-screen, I had no idea what to expect. Twenty-something hours in, here’s what I think.

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Medal of Honour Beta – Some Thoughts

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Medal of Honour, PC – £23.99 delivered

When I first caught wind of the new Medal of Honour (yes, Honour) game, I was sceptical to say the least. Having being disillusioned to the frostbite engine during the course of Battlefield Bad Company 2, and seeing the inevitable resemblance to Modern Warfare from a mile off, I wasn’t sure what exactly this new title could bring to the table. Having played the beta, I can certainly say I’m feeling far more optimistic about it.

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Amnesia: The Descent, PC – Review

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Fresh from the Penumbra series, I pre-ordered Amnesia: The Dark Descent with a spring in my step. Interested not only to see whether the formula had improved any, but whether my experience with Overture and Black Plague had made me any less of a coward, I launched into the grissly world of Brennenburg Castle. Was I still a pathetic craven? Was the game scary? And just what makes a survival horror horrific?

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Blade Kitten – Review

Blade Kitten, PC – £9.99
Also available on XBLA and PSN.

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My first concern with Blade Kitten was the notion that two vastly different words could be juxtaposed in such a disconcerting way. A blade is a weapon of slashing and maiming, whereas I have it on good authority that a kitten is a device used only to a fluffy and endearing end. In what twisted world could the two drastically dissimilar nouns coexist in a single, shameless title? Surely not a world I would want to live in, and yet there I was. Linguistic emotional rollercoaster aside and images of murderous felines suppressed deep into my subconscious, my second concern was that I hadn’t even heard of the comic series on which the game was based. Not a good start at all, I’m sure you’ll agree, but this didn’t seem to matter once I got down to actually playing the thing. So, how was it?

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Tidalis – Review

Tidalis, PC/Mac – £7.68 (actually a little cheaper on Steam, but do them a solid and buy it direct from them)

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Tidalis. A vast, unexplored continent, shrouded in mystery and void of all life… But is it really?

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