Author: Darren Forman

Ys: Memories of Celceta Review

A Passing Philanthropist

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HIGH Mastering the combat engine and watching enemies explode into piles of loot under a blinding storm of attacks.

LOW The momentum-killing final dungeon.

WTF Some of Adol's dialogue choices are unexpectedly insane.

The Banner Saga Review

Hiking with Vikings

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HIGH Setting up four enemy units to be cleared out in a single Warhawk Tempest swing.

LOW The final battle is terribly, terribly designed.

WTF ‘There must be at least 898 of them' is pretty accurate guesswork when estimating enemy numbers.

Killzone: Shadow Fall Review

Shadow Fail

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HIGH The multiplayer can provide good times, though the campaign doesn't.

LOW The sadistically awful freefall section littered with instant death moments.

WTF Why can the protagonist suddenly fire rockets out of his face whilst airborne?

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Stealth action, delivered with Conviction.

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HIGH Ghosting through a battleground of enemies shooting at where they think Sam might be hiding – and never once realising their mistake until it's too late.

LOW Hello, wildly out of place first person shooting segment.

WTF Andre Kobin goes from being an intensely detestable two-bit thug to the coolest character in the series? How did that happen?

Xcom: Enemy Within Review

Mechs come

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HIGH My Mec unit punching an Exalt scumbag through a wall and halfway down the street.

LOW It all feels a little too familiar despite the changes.

WTF Those engineering lads at Xcom suggested cutting our agents apart just a little bit too quickly for comfort.

Forced Review

No going back

HIGH Clearing a difficult arena within a hair's breadth of bloody failure.

LOW No mid-mission checkpoints can lead to some mindless repetition.

WTF I'm unsure whether Balfus is supposed to be comic relief or not. He's so deliciously deadpan!

Alien Rage Review

Alien Irrelevance

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HIGH It looks pretty.

LOW It plays like a dog.

WTF The person recording the audio logs actually mentions that they'll have to be collected from all around the station.