Portal Stories : Mel

I discovered this game, probably through a random mention in a review somewhere, and it has sat at the back of my game library for the last few months. It's a free community created mod for Portal 2, but in no way let the term 'community created' lead you into…

Summer Games Done Quick

The last week or so, I've been catching Twitch broadcasts of various games on the SGDQ event. The Games Done Quick event is a fundraising gaming marathon that offers donations to various charities (this time was Doctors Without Borders), but the schtick is that everyone participating is a speed runner.…

Cradle - First Impressions

I've had my eye on this game for a bit, after hearing about it, having enjoyed such games as Dreamfall and Syberia, so I was quite glad to be able to buy and download this game this weekend. Following is a brief synopsis, and what I enjoyed, and didn't in…

The *BIFF!* and *POW!* in the Arkham Games

Since the PC version of Arkham Knight was taken off the shelves due to a terrible terrible failure to QA, I thought I'd work my way through the previous games, Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins. Well, maybe not Origins. The Arkham games have pretty much codified the gameplay…

SkyForge - A brief consideration

[insert muttering about how I never update this blog] Right, now that that's done. Skyforge has just entered Open Beta and I've been playing it this past weekend. Brought to you by Allods, who gave the Russians Allods Online, and Obsidian who Kickstarted Pillars of Eternity. As a three word…

Elder Scrolls Online - Crafting

Crafting in the Elder Scrolls Online currently has a few problems to overcome. Being an Elder Scrolls game, there are a multitude of ingredients available to harvest be it ore, types of stone, herbs and flowers, animal parts, liquids, et al. This, if you're the type of hoarder I am,…

Elder Scrolls Online - Combat

The combat is much more MMOey than Skyrimesqe. It's certainly not WoW combat, in that there is less autotargetting and much more focus on position/moving. Your spells either had autotargeting, or they projected 'tells' on the ground to indicate where a spell or ability would affect. For the latter,…

Elder Scrolls Online - Art Style

The art style is obvious, it's not changed much from Skyrim, but Zenimax have expanded the range of landscapes, instead of being endemic to the individual game. All the factions have their own starting area, and zone environment depending on their geographical location in Tamriel. Ranging from seaside rolling hills,…

Elder Scrolls Online

So the NDA has been lifted on ESO, so I can actually talk about it. I got into one of the Beta stress tests a weekend or so ago. It was a nice length of stress test beta, being from 4am Saturday morning to 4am Tuesday, which fit quite well…