Oct 172013
 
Steel Boots 2 - Sheffield Divekick Tournament

Well the first Steel Boots tournament was a lot of fun, and this time we doubled the players! Here’s the results The tournament format was Double Elmination, best of 3 matches, loser can change character (& gem) after each match loss.   Remy77077 played as: Dr Shoals, Kenny, S-Kill, Markman & The Baz Navan Daughn played as: Redacted, The Baz id0ru played as: Kick ineedleladybra played as: S-Kill FieryBiscuit8 played as: Dr Shoals Kimble played as: Kung Pao The turning [...Full Story...]

Jul 302013
 
Bastion - Review

              Format: PC Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 22 hours Modes of play: Single Player, Online Leaderboards Bastion looks & sounds really pretty and it’s quite novel these days to see an action adventure game from an overhead isometric viewpoint rather than a 3D one. This gives rise to more space related gameplay as it’s much easier to judge the overall action from your overhead viewpoint & play more tactically. Controls [...Full Story...]

Jul 252013
 
Apple Jack 2 - Review

              Format: Xbox Live Indie Games Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 19 hours Modes of play: Single Player Apple Jack 2 is basically another 61 levels of Apple Jack. So there’s not too much to add to my previous review of that as it really is more of the same. Jack still comes with an immensely appley head, the levels are still incredibly varied and fun and the challenge levels [...Full Story...]

Jul 242013
 
Lane Pushers vs MOBAs

The term ‘MOBA’ is one that’s really bugged me recently as I’ve begun trying out a few, what I call, ‘Lane Pusher’ games. MOBA supposedly means “Multiplayer Online Battle Arena” – which to me sounds like it would mean anything where there were two teams of more than 1 a side, all battling online in some kind of arena manner so all players can fight all other players. So this term would apply to many games like team based first [...Full Story...]

Jul 232013
 
Apple Jack - Review

              Format: Xbox Live Indie Games Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 36 hours Modes of play: Single Player Apple Jack is a fantastic platform game with great puzzle elements. It’s emphasis varies greatly from level to level, however it’s generally more on the platforming ‘execution’ side than the puzzle solving, but both feel significant. As a gameplay blend and as a challenge, this is a really fantastic title that hits a [...Full Story...]

Jun 282013
 
Half-Life 2 - Review

      Format: PC Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 30 hours * (* unknown exactly how much of this was active time, as I frequently left the game on pause & in the background a lot more than usual) Modes of play: Single Player Half-Life 2 has all the flaws of Half-Life and it’s atrocious blend of appalling save system with boring skill-tests. However it’s now lost the only good thing going for Half-Life now, as [...Full Story...]

Jun 182013
 
Xboned!? Why?

A lot of people are wondering ‘why‘ when it comes to all the many mis-steps Microsoft have taken with their Xbone release announcements. Here’s my brief take on it. In my opinion they are living in ’2 years ago’ land when they probably started spec’ing and finalising their next-box ideas. They also believed their own conclusions from their own data too strongly and made the wrong conclusions about what that meant going forward. One point of anecdotal evidence I have [...Full Story...]

Jun 142013
 
Half-Life - Review

      Format: PC Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 29 hours * (* unknown exactly how much of this was active time, as I frequently left the game on pause & in the background a lot more than usual) Modes of play: Single Player I’ve written quite a bit about Half Life before, enough to practically consider it a review already. In summary, this game makes for an atrocious challenge-based game due to it’s pathetic [...Full Story...]

Jun 142013
 
Thomas Was Alone - Review

      Format: PC Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 5 hours Modes of play: Single Player This is another puzzle-platformer style single player game. It’s immediately comparable to lots of it’s contempories – VVVVVV and Apple Jack were the two games it reminded me most of, except Thomas Was Alone is far easier & shorter than either of those. I completed everything in Thomas Was Alone, including getting every Achievement in under 5 hours & [...Full Story...]

Jun 102013
 
The day competitive fighting games died?

Well, the FPS genre has all but been ruined by grinding, ‘pay to win’, ‘grind to compete’, ‘free to play’ models of sales that all but kill off any way to play those games as fundamentally competitive endeavours. The MOBA genre is only just about hanging on, but the anti-competitive designs like League of Legends are cannibalising the better models in other RTS games. Now, will fighting games be dealt a KO blow themselves? Tekken Revolution Here’s the twist: you [...Full Story...]

May 242013
 
Xbox One and done?

Naturally we’ve been following the Xbox One news closely on Agoners. Everything announced so far is barely even related to agonistic gamers’ concerns, which is a bad thing in and of itself really. As we’ve commented on before, Microsoft has been moving on a steady track away from everything agoners care about when it comes to gaming for some time now, and I wasn’t surprised to see the Xbox One become a culmination of that at all. There have been [...Full Story...]