Monday, 24 December 2012

A New Beginning: Final Cut Review

It isn’t very often that we see a game that is focused on a strong social or ethical issue. Games are so often seen as throwaway and juvenile, but we have seen, over the last few years, that there has been at least somewhat of a shift, with video gaming being taken more seriously as a story-telling medium. Story has always been important, and often very successful, in the adventure game genre. Thought of as the thinking gamers genre, the games have long been able to tackle more serious and adult themes, A New Beginning is no different and that is what really makes it stand out above its contemporaries.

Click here for the full review.

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Review

The Book of Unwritten Tales may well have been stuck in development for a long, protracted length of time – due to a slow and mammoth task of localisation from German – but when it finally received an English-language version, the game was hugely impressive. A deep, complex story split between four heroes, detailed graphics that were full of character and a brilliant rousing musical score, with impressive voice acting. Not to mention a sense of humour that was legitimately funny.
So it comes as no surprise that a sequel was soon under way, and just over a year later, The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles has emerged – actually a prequel to the first game – still following two of the protagonists we met before, namely the adventurer Nate and his strange, furry sidekick Critter.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Retro Corner: Christmas Special Two

Last Christmas the Retro Corner tried something a little different from usual. Instead of selecting just one title from the past to focus our attention on, we took you on a journey through some of our favourite seasonal video games.
So now that the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are dropping and Santa Claus is checking his list twice, the Retro Corner is once again feeling very Christmassy. As was the case last year, not all of the games are specifically Christmas based, but they will be festive or wintery in one way or another. We still also want to hear your own list of Christmas titles. What games do you hold close to your heart at this time of year?