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Bloodborne

Yes indeed, more hard to understand and even harder to play but nonetheless unique and rewarding dark fantasy roleplaying action from From Software, the guys who crushed my heart with Demons Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 (I actually managed to complete that, one of my proudest achievements). Once again you are a nameless individual […]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

I liked Dragon Age: Origins a lot when it came out way back in 2009.  I’d long been a fan of Bioware’s D&D based fantasy RPGs, especially Baldur’s Gate I and II.  Dragon Age seemed to introduce a new level of grittiness both moral and physical to the genre, with some interesting characters, dark themes, […]

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Destiny

Destiny! A revolution in gaming that will finally justify the new generation of consoles! That will seamlessly fuse the compelling plot of single player games with the freewheeling interactivity of multiplayer ones! That offers tense gunplay in vast open-worldy vistas with oceans of content and customisability to explore! So I was led to believe, anyway. Hmm. […]

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Dark Souls 2

It is without a shadow of a doubt dark, it undeniably involves souls, but the 2 is something of a lie, as this is actually the THIRD in From Software’s super dark, totally soul-related, and super duper unforgivingly hard connoisseur’s choice RPG series. The first was Demon’s Souls, which I very nearly completed some years […]

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2013 in Review

Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Birthday dear MEEEE-EEEEE.  Three cheers, anyone? Yes, indeed, another year has flowed beneath the bridge at ever-increasing speed and I am 39 today.  It’s round about 12 years since I started writing The Blade Itself back in 2001.  Some 9 years since I signed my first […]

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The Walking Dead (Telltale)

What an amazing game.  I suppose you’d call it a gruelling point-and-click struggle for survival set in the milieu of the zombified graphic novels of the same name.  It’s actually in very similar territory to Beyond: Two Souls, which I played a couple of weeks back – an interactive drama, you might say – but […]

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Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls seems to have somewhat divided opinion, and indeed it’s divided my opinion rather.  An amazing technical achievement in some ways with great acting impressively captured, some stupendous visuals and spectacular sequences, an intense piece of storytelling that hits much more than it misses, but as a game it can be a limited […]

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Grand Theft Auto V

There’s been a great deal of virtual ink expended on Grand Theft Auto V, by some margin the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.  Plus it’s been out a while now, so I’ll keep it relatively simple… I remember playing the original top-down, most definitely niche GTA back in, er, 1806, I think it was, and […]

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The Last of Us

A good friend of mine with whom I play a lot of games often tells me, with good reason, that I hate everything.  So it is with some surprise that I admit to having really liked – if not to say loved – the last three games I’ve played.  More surprising still, my long-established taste […]

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