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The Golf Club 2 – The Best Golf Game Ever

A little while ago I professed my absolute love for The Golf Club and how much I hoped that The Golf Club 2 would be all I dreamed about. You can check out the previous article here So now with the released of The Golf Club 2, I finally got to get my gloved left hand on the controls. The game once again being developed by HB Studios they have given us what could be the greatest golf game released. Gameplay The Golf Club 2 builds upon the unique gameplay that made the first game such a joy yet a nightmare at the same time. Hitting straight shots is no easy feat, having the slightest deviation from the thumbstick causing the ball to veer off drastically either way. The game takes you through a pretty comprehensive tutorial when you first start the game. Taking you through shot shaping, ...
AereA Review – Musical Hit or Musical Tragedy?
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AereA Review – Musical Hit or Musical Tragedy?

AereA is a music themed action RPG (ARPG) developed by Triangle Studios and published by SOEDESCO.  Presented in 4K resolution, you are to play as one of the Great Maestro Guido's disciples as you explore the mysterious floating island of Aezir.  Your quest? to find 9 primordial instruments in order to restore balance and peace to the world. With a fair amount of ARPGs currently currently on the market such as Victor Vran and Super Dungeon Bros, I was wondering how AereA would squeeze itself into the genre and set it apart from the others. Gameplay The intro kicks in and a simple menu appears set to a background containing Aezir broken into a number of smaller islands and a floating airship.  Selecting "start game" I embark on choosing my save slot and selecting my character. ...
3 Things to Move F1 2017 From Good To Great
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3 Things to Move F1 2017 From Good To Great

Artificial Intelligence The AI on the F1 2016 career was brilliant, drivers moving out of the way if you are lapping them. Allowing you through when you are on a fast lap in qualifying. Each driver seemed to have their own characteristics. Thankfully Maldonado wasn't in the game! Move onto a custom online championship and every driver suddenly turns into a totally useless moron. You drive up the inside and overtake into a corner, and BANG you get sideswiped. Driving nice and slowly on the formation lap warming your tyres. BANG, the driver behind just decides that he wants to slam into your rear end. Don't even think about settling for a mid grid start, that first corner with all these morons about turns into a destruction derby. So what do Codemasters have to address? simple, just give...
Nex Machina Review – Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck and Dodge
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Nex Machina Review – Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck and Dodge

Nex Machina, a collaboration between Housemarque (Resogun and Alienation) and legendary game developer Eugene Jarvis (massively famous for Defender, Robotron & NARC), is an explosive arcade experience that gives a strong nod towards the fun coin-op games I used to play down the arcades in the 80s/90s. As I patiently wait for the game to load I am greeted by the intro screen showing a machine of death, its eyes glowing on and off, red with power.  The retro arcade electronic music kicks in and I am prompted to press X to continue. Gameplay A list of game options presents itself and allows you to either experience arcade mode; an arena; or a single world.  A grin crosses my face as I see that local 2 player co-op is supported (I'm easily pleased as I seldom get to play on my own...
Dead By Daylight – Death Has Never Been Creepier
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Dead By Daylight – Death Has Never Been Creepier

Dead By Daylight is the latest asymmetric horror survival game out on the market. This one having been developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by Starbreeze Studios. With such a simplistic four versus one method the game takes on the hunter versus hunted gameplay head on. Gameplay Essentially the premise behind the game is you either play as a survivor or a hunter. As a survivor you have to fix up five generators scattered in random places through the seven locations. Each location being that where the hunters became killers. Fixing a generator involves standing in front of it holding down a specific button for a very long time. Or at least it feels that way. Every now and again you have to press another button which gives you experience points that can be later redeemed against...
Drifting Lands Review – A Nostalgic Return To The Shmup Era
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Drifting Lands Review – A Nostalgic Return To The Shmup Era

There ain’t nothing wrong with a little shmup and grind…or is there? Alkemi is a small french independent studio focused on creating original and polished games with a tendency to mix genres in unexpected ways. The main goal of the team : creating medium sized games with high production value, appealing to hardcore players but not exclusively. Story Drifting Lands takes place in the skies of a shattered planet. Centuries ago a huge cataclysm fragmented and froze this world in a state of partial disintegration. Powerful and mysterious gravitational anomalies keep the huge chunks of rock from drifting away in space or collapsing into a single body. The last floating continents fit for human civilization are controlled by big private corporations acting as totalitarian states. These so c...
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition Review – Wanderer, Adventurer, Hunter
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Victor Vran: Overkill Edition Review – Wanderer, Adventurer, Hunter

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition, developed by Haemimont Games and published by Wired Productions is an award winning isometric action RPG crawler that lets you take on hordes of demons and clever bosses as you battle through your adventure as Victor Vran. Originally made for PC, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition makes its debut on Playstation 4 & Xbox One.  Having been completely rebuilt from the ground up, the new improved version running at 60FPS includes two new expansions; Fractured Worlds and the head banging Motörhead: Through the Ages. “We’re delighted to finally bring Victor Vran to consoles, answering the call of many Victor fans,” said Gabriel Dobrev, CEO at Haemimont Games. “We are incredibly proud to have collaborated closely with Motörhead during the development of Mot...
Le Tour De France 2017 Review – Cycling Got Tactical
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Le Tour De France 2017 Review – Cycling Got Tactical

Le Tour de France 2017 is developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Focus Home Interactive and attempts to bring the excitement of the event to consoles. Having never played a Tour De France game before I was intrigued to see what the appeal was. I mean they release them pretty much every year so somebody is buying them somewhere. If you are unaware of this annual cycling event then you probably aren't reading this review, but for those of you who want to know, let's get stuck in. The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for the newspaper L'Auto; which is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has been held...
Renowned Explorers: The Emperor’s Challenge Review – Let’s Go Exploring!
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Renowned Explorers: The Emperor’s Challenge Review – Let’s Go Exploring!

Renowned Explorers, by Abbey Games, is a turn-based strategy adventure game available on PC.  Set in the 19th century,  you are in charge of putting together a team of explorers each with their own skills and traits in a global search to seek out legendary treasures. Following on from their successful launch back in September 2015, Abbey Games released their first expansion More to Explore in May 2016.  This included for two new expeditions and introduced a new gameplay mechanic whereby resting the crew around a campfire revealed crew back stories and the chance to gain upgrades.  The expansion had such a great response that a second expansion called The Emperor's Challenge was introduced a year later. The Emperor's Challenge expansion takes you and your team of explorers to the Far ...
The Town of Light Review – A Chill Down Your Spine!
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The Town of Light Review – A Chill Down Your Spine!

The Town of Light, by LKA.it and Wired Productions is a first person story driven game that tells the chilling tale of Renée as she returns to her former home, the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum located in Tuscany, Italy, where she had spent much of her youth.  Here Renée goes back to discover the secrets of her past and reveals the psychological, sexual and physical abuse that happened within her asylum. The Volterra Psychiatric Asylum has been inspired by real life Italian institutions that were shut down in the late 1970's due to the passing of an Italian law that instructed all asylums to immediately close and return civil rights back to patients.  As a result, the now derelict asylum is strewn with the haunting remnants of wards, operating theatres, kitchens and through the eyes o...