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February 24, 2016

Cool Games I Dun Found On Itch.io February 24 2016

Welcome to Cool Games I Dun Played on Itch.io, once a week I will show you some of the neat things I manage to find on Itch.io. I’ll also show you the not so cool stuff so that you can avoid it. Itch.io is essentially the Sunday morning car boot sale of game distribution, there are all kinds of weird and wonderful independently developed games to find there. Let’s get stuck in.

Radical Rockets

Cheesy name aside, Radical Rockets is a surprisingly fun little game. The actual “Game” elements are a little thing and instead the game plays out like a wacky stunt simulator.  Similar to games like QWOP and Mount Your Friends, the game controls counter-intuitively [...]

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February 11, 2016

Cool Games I Dun Played on Itch.io

Welcome to Cool Games I Dun Played on Itch.io, once a week I will show you some of the neat things I manage to find on Itch.io. I’ll also show you the not so cool stuff so that you can avoid it. Itch.io is essentially the Sunday morning car boot sale of game distribution, there are all kinds of weird and wonderful independently developed games to find there. Let’s get stuck in.

Asteroidx

Asteroidx is a remake of the original Asteroids game; the developers have given it a colorful lick of paint and modernized the controls a little bit. There are weapon modifiers and other pick-ups to enhance your power during runs. The game also features a leaderboard so you can measure [...]

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January 26, 2016

Cool Games I Dun Played on Itchi.io Episode 2

Welcome to Cool Games I Dun Played on Itch.io, once a week I will show you some of the neat things I manage to find on Itch.io. I’ll also show you the not so cool stuff so that you can avoid it. Itch.io is essentially the Sunday morning car boot sale of game distribution, there are all kinds of weird and wonderful independently developed games to find there. Let’s get stuck in.

Emily Is Away

Emily is Away is probably the most nostalgic bit of media I have ever consumed. I’m part of the generation that grew up with the early days of the internet when MSN Messenger was seen as a perfectly acceptable way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Emily Is Away brings the memories [...]

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January 19, 2016

Cool Games I Dun Played On Itch.io

Welcome to Cool Games I Dun Played on Itch.io, once a week I will show you some of the neat things I manage to find on Itch.io. I’ll also show you the not so cool stuff so that you can avoid it. Itch.io is essentially the Sunday morning car boot sale of game distribution, there are all kinds of weird and wonderful independently developed games to find there. Let’s get stuck in.

Slipstream Demo

Slipstream is a 2D racer where you must zip along beautifully designed landscapes to reach the next checkpoint. It is a concept that is fully aware of its influences, pulling no punches in its attempt to mime them. Think about the likes of Outrun along with other driving arcade [...]

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January 3, 2016

Is it Time For The Return of Fight Night?

For those who are into sports that involve punching people in the face, this past weekend was brilliant. We had the climactic UFC 194, in which Connor McGregor beat Jose Aldo in a record breaking 13 seconds. Over in my homeland of England, we had a great weekend of Boxing, with two different British Champions winning.  It is a brilliant era for contact sports, with stars like Connor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Floyd Mayweather and Tyson Fury dominating headlines and popular culture. It is no surprise that the UFC games are incredibly popular, with UFC 2 set to release early next year. I’ve spent quite a lot of time playing UFC recently, and it got me wondering, where is Fight [...]

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December 31, 2015

Thomas Hughes Game of The Year 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 presented one of the most mature and rich gaming experiences I have ever had the pleasure of playing through. Developer CD Projekt Red managed to elevate themselves above the standard “We have boobies in our game, so we are mature” trope, due the Witcher’s brilliant approach to adult themes. The writing is believable and relatable, regardless of the game’s mythical and medieval Eastern European setting.

While this brilliantly written world was a new thing to myself and many others, The Witcher series has always been known for its rich lore and expansive worlds. The difference this time around was the commitment to fun and [...]

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December 28, 2015

Rise of The Tomb Raider is Getting a PC Release

Timed console exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider, has been given a PC release date for January 29th. The release date spotted via a listing for the game on the French Amazon website; the website clearly shows a PC case with the game’s box art.

The game released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10th, with Square Enix deciding to release the title against Fallout 4. Releasing the game so close to Fallout 4 had an adverse impact on the game’s sales, with the title selling far below it’s expected targets. The PC version will likely include a higher frame rate and a more consistent resolution, improving the already beautiful visuals. The PC iteration [...]

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October 30, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront Beta First Impressions

To say I was keen on playing the Star Wars Battlefront Beta would be an understatement, I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a kid. I had it forced upon me as a child and then went on to grow a greater appreciation of it during my mid to late teens.  I’ve played countless game tie-ins with KOTOR being my favourite and the original Battlefront games coming in a close second. I approached the beta with a lot of scepticism,  the same scepticism I am holding for The Force Awakens when it releases later in the year. For the most part, my cynicism was unneeded as the Battlefront Beta is awesome, but it isn’t without its problems.

The first thing that [...]

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October 29, 2015

Outlast 2 Trailer Teased

Red Barrels, developers of the popular first person horror title Outlast have released a teaser today for the upcoming sequel. Red Barrel teased that there would be an announcement yesterday evening, with many believing that Outlast 2 would likely be the subject of it.

Outlast 2 will follow in the steps of the first game, exploring the human mind and providing a whole new terrifying experience.  The sequel is going to feature an entirely new area for the player to carefully explore as well as new characters to unwillingly meet. The  much loved night vision camera will be making a return to Outlast 2 from the first game, along with some new toys I imagine.

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October 28, 2015

Can We Give Bethesda and Ubisoft a Pat on The back Please?

This year has brought something new to the industry.  In the past twelve months, both Bethesda and Ubisoft had unveiled games and announced that their release will be within the same year. It is unusual to see this commitment to a release schedule, as well as the confidence in a product to reveal it so late into development. These days it is often common for developers to announce a new title two or so years in advance, very early into development. Watch Dogs is a perfect example. This title was revealed very early in development, and the end product ended up being pretty poor. There are countless examples of games being announced needlessly early to drive pre-orders and build hype. [...]

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