Aug 292013
 
Halo Reach

Format: XBox 360 Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 260 hours Modes of play: TBC Challenge Review:  This is a solid fun challenge game with mainly good checkpointing & fantastic AI that makes even fairly standard FPS encounters more interesting. It’s good in single player and actually better in co-op as finally, for a Halo game, they recognised that playing in co-op makes the game FAR easier, and so now you’re rewarded with different Achievements for single […Full Story…]

Aug 292013
 
Call of Duty 3

Format: XBox 360 Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 12 hours Modes of play: TBC My thoughts on Call of Duty as a game series. Challenge Review:  As a single player challenge title, it’s a pretty dull standard first person shooter with scripted AI. In addition COD3 has some atrocious voice acting and some ridiculous QTE-style sequences. However these at least don’t damage the raw challenges the title does ok to provide. Competitive Gaming Design Review: NYR […Full Story…]

Aug 292013
 
Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

Format: XBox 360 Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 15 hours Modes of play: TBC My thoughts on Call of Duty as a game series. Challenge Review:  As a single player challenge title, it’s a pretty dull standard first person shooter with scripted AI. Competitive Gaming Design Review:  I didn’t really play this much as a competitive game for more than a few hours since Modern Warfare 2 was already out and so I gave that more […Full Story…]

Aug 272013
 
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Format: XBox 360 Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 78 hours Modes of play: TBC Read my thoughts on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 as a competitive game here. More on my thoughts on Call of Duty as a game series. Challenge Review:  Whilst the single player parts are pretty dull scripted affairs with no real AI, the co-op challenge “Special Ops” missions are the heart of this game and make this a lot more fun […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 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 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…]

Mar 252013
 
Bomb The Zombies - Review

        Title: Bomb The Zombies Format: Android Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: <1 hour Modes of play: Single Player Bomb The Zombies does actually offer a genuine challenge to the player, which is sadly quite unusual for a mobile game. Each level is essentially a basic puzzle of how to use your limited bombs or abilities to wipe out every zombie on the screen. Where this game falls down is that there are […Full Story…]

Mar 252013
 
Blood Brothers - Review

We did not really consider gambling ‘fruit machines‘ (aka slot machines or just slots) when it came to defining the Agoners review criteria. They clearly aren’t designed to be any kind of challenge or competitive game at all. The best fit they would have to our criteria would be under the “Toy / Experience” category – for those that enjoy the thrill of betting against the odds to try to win money, or of calculating the odds correctly. Of course […Full Story…]