Hey all! This week I take a look at a series I’ve long loved, the Sonic franchise! I would usually be excited about this, but I’m afraid there’s bad news: Sonic Forces is easily one of the worst games I’ve ever played. Graphics aside, the game has next to no redeeming features, with it’s controls easily being one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. It’s as if the animations/graphics were made by Hollywood studios, whilst the programming was left to a bunch of primary school children. If you want to read my full opinions on the matter, by all means click the link below: http://www.vgchartz.com/article/270151/sonic-forces-pc/ Until next week, I hope you’re well, and I look forward to seeing you beautiful face once again! -Dan

Hi all! This week I’m linking back to a game I played a few weeks ago; Little Nightmares. Whilst the game may be short, it’s certainly engrossing, and creepy, so should you want to spend 3-4 hours playing in a unique and weird world, give Little Nightmares a look; you won’t regret it. You can read my full impressions on the game by clicking the link below: http://www.vgchartz.com/article/268003/little-nightmares-ps4/ Hope you have a great week, and until next time, stay classy. -Dan

I’m not going to lie; I only happened across Pneuma: Breath of Life because I was worried I wouldn’t finish a game this week and needed a quick and easy game to complete. Checking through game times on HowLongToBeat.com whilst also using my xbox One, I finally happened across Pneuma, and being as I needed to complete a game desperately, I decided to give it a go. The first thing that grabbed my attention (for the worst may I add) was the annoying voiceover that seemed, if anything, detrimental to the game and experience I was having as a whole. I understood why it was there (to give a familiar voice and person to attach to whilst exploring a desolate world), but otherwise, his voice was annoying and his questions were far too philosophical for my liking. Move past the annoying voice in your head and you soon experience a…

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Weirdly enough, in all my years of owning Nintendo consoles; from the very first 3DS that I saved up my own money to buy at the age of 13, to the Gamecube I bought a few years later, I’ve never owned or played a Paper Mario game. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always admired them from a distance; their fantastically stunning presentation always had me attracted to them, and from what I always heard, their RPG mechanics also tempted me time and time again. Alas, years later and at the grand old age of 28, I decided to pop my Paper Mario cherry. Suffice to say, I’m glad I did. There’s more to the game then just the visuals; Paper Mario Sticker Stars takes place in a book/land where the world is not only made of paper, but knows about stickers and their incredible abilities they hold. Once a year…

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Hi all, It’s that special time of year again, the time where we summarise what we liked (and what we didn’t) before our inevitable death. It that’s a bit too dark for you, sorry, but lets get on with my top 10 games! (For those of you who don’t know, this list encompasses both new and old games, and is only a reflection on what I have personally played this year). 10. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Whilst I’ve played my fair share of action games in the past, Metal Gear Rising: Revengence really well and truly was a fantastic game that helped to reinvigorate my love of action games. It’s story was a little non-sensical, but at the end of the day, I’ve heard that of every Metal Gear game of the last few years. 9. Metrico This stylish platformer changed my perspective on what a platformer game truly can…

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Hi all! So this week I managed to get a copy of The Deer God a week before it’s official release, so went about reviewing it as soon as possible. Whilst original in it’s aesthetic, I thought the game was rather hollow considering how amazing it could have been given the mechanics involved. You can read my review and thoughts on the game below: http://www.gamrreview.com/review/92496/the-deer-god-pc Lots more reviews coming in the next few weeks, and expect some games development articles over at gamrReview.com/VGchartz soon! -Dan

Hi all! Apologies for the look of the site at the moment, I need to go back through it and reupload all the images that are missing due to the amount of space everything was taking on the server. Regardless, I managed to get a review copy of Roll 7’s latest game, OlliOlli 2, and went about reviewing it so fast that my review was up on release day at the same time as all of the big publications, GO ME! You can read the review below: http://www.gamrreview.com/review/92515/olliolli-2-welcome-to-olliwood-psv I hope you enjoy it, and apologies again for the look of Caesoose Studios for now, it’s only temporary whilst I reupload everything! -Dan


With Twixel in full charge wanting to be released relatively soon, I haven’t had much time to play games, other than the occasional half an hour here and there on Titanfall after a programming and game design session. This week, I really didn’t want to stop my 80+ week streak, so decided to quickly grab ahold of the game Surge Deluxe for the PS Vita and play it whenever I got a spare minute at work and at home. Surge Deluxe is a puzzle game, one in which you must get rid of as many cubes of the screen as possible by linking them together using the touchscreen to create combos and clear the stage. Whilst you’re doing this, you have two “pressure” meters which must be relieved by clearing blocks at the sides of the stage and releasing valves, whilst also trying to clear the whole level before the timer…

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Hi all, So for the previous two weeks I was actually on holiday travelling the length of my little country: the UK. Unfortunately, this left me little time to work on anything at all, so coming off of holiday I was able to work on getting through Transistor for the PC. The review has been edited, and is currently up over at GamrReview.com, so if you fancy taking a look, click the link below: http://www.gamrreview.com/review/91524/transistor-pc I’ll be doing this for the following weeks as I have quite a few games that I need to review for that site, from Among the Sleep, to Tropico 5. Rest assured that I’ll be back to my usual Friday, 10am posts before long, but for now, I’ll have to consolidate my reviews over there. Thanks for your support, Dan

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So that’s it, I done it. I made a New Years Resolution to complete a game/piece of media a week, and I managed to fulfil that resolution, even when I spent 3 months on the other side of the world. I’ve enjoyed it all, and I feel it’s made me a better person when it comes to critical analysis and thinking about different points of view. I started this journey to get through my massive game collection on Steam, and to experience all the different emotions games and media in general can give. It’s been a fantastic journey, one which I’ll continue after the new year in the form of contributing to The Indie Vault, and adding even more content to this site, from lets play videos to opinion pieces, as well as continuing my weekly gaming review every Friday, 10am GMT. I’ve managed to get over 5000 + views…

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It’s been a long and fantastic year. I went to my first and second gaming conventions, I spent 3 months of the year in America, and started working on 2 games, both of which work, but aren’t polished. I quit a retail job, and went solo to try and make it in the gaming world (which hasn’t happened yet, but will one day!). It’s been a hectic year, but in that time, I’ve made sure to stick to my new years resolution, and have completed at least 1 game a week (it started as 1 piece of media a week, but being as I have a huge steam library and far too many consoles, it eventually changed it to games alone). So to round the year up, here’s my top 10 list of my favourite games I’ve completed this year. Honourable Mention. State of Decay. State of Decay could easily have…

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I have fond memories of Torchlight on the 360, but after playing it for 14+ hours and 100% the game, I couldn’t help but feel a little deflated that there wasn’t more. Torchlight 2 came out 6 months after my first review, but due to other games and other things happening in my life, I gave it a pass as I knew I wouldn’t be able to give it the time and attention it deserved. Finally, I got Torchlight 2 for £4.99 when it was on sale in March, but even then I put playing it off until I had someone else to play with. I can safely say, that as of this week, I have played Torchlight 2 from start to finish. You start Torchlight 2 as you did the first game: selecting a class and a pet to go on your adventure with. From here, you get introduced…

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Organ Trail is a fantastic inventory management sim, one that scales back all graphics and polish to be as raw as possible.  It’s a strategy game at it’s best, making sure you’re not distracted by anything else but the task of keeping your party alive. You start Organ Trail shooting down zombies from the safety of a sandbag wall, mowing them down one by one until you run out of ammo. This triggers for a man to come out of the shadows and help you run down the last of the danger. You’re told that he can help you get to Washington DC, a place where your friends probably are. (A lovely side note here, you get to name your friends, which is hilarious further down the road when things start happening.) Once there, you’re tasked with scavenging items that will try and last you the rest of the game,…

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I have a soul really :(

God of War has long held a special place in my heart. It was about 3 years ago that I decided to finally see what all the fuss was about, upon which I went out of my way to buy a PS3 off ebay. I bought the original so I could still play PS2 games, as I had never touched any GoW game (to the point I believed GoW stood for Gears of War). I always knew they were gory and violent, but looked on them as a DMC clone, how wrong I was. The first game took me about a week of on/off gaming to complete, the second took me 2 days, the third: 1 day. I became obsessed with the fantastic story and fiction, and the graphical improvements of each game kept me hooked. Unfortunately there wasn’t much more out there, and I haven’t touched a GoW game…

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