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System Shock (Remake), PS5

Remakes of old games usually do a couple of things for me. They remind me what an amazing experience a particular classic game was back in the day. Highlighting just how “ahead of its time” it was.

Conversely, said Remakes if not done with enough modern vigour, have a damaging effect on my rose-tinted glasses, laying bare how very far video game design has actually come. 

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Game ReviewsGamingPC / MacSteamdeck

Ghost of Tsushima PC (reviewed on Steam Deck)

Ghost of Tsushima was my favourite game of 2020 so you can imagine my delight when the esteemed editor-in-chief of this site asked if I’d be willing to review the PC version, that has been ported by fabled dutch master Nixxes.

“Don’t have to ask me twice,” I chirped, given I’d already completed the game on PlayStation 4 and then played it on PlayStation 5: I jumped at the chance to play it on PC.

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Game PassGame ReviewsGamingPC / MacXbox Series SXbox Series X

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Review (XSX)

I can’t remember a more anticipated title release with less marketing than Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from 2017 was an award winning hit. So it can as no surprise we have a sequel, but to have such a low key release is just downright strange.

Maybe with it releasing Day 1 onto Game Pass was the reason?

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GamingHardwareHardware Reviews

Quantum 360X, wireless for xbox

The Quantum 360X is a welcome addition to the range we looked at in December with the Quantum 100X. Bringing JBL quality sound and wireless connectivity to the market in a more accessible package. While it also comes in a Playstation themed (white and blue) Quantum 360P, it differs purely on an aesthetic basis.

Where the 100X was a wired and wonderful entry level unit, the 360X brings wireless, surround sound and dual source input.

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Byte Size ReviewGamingPC / Mac

Norton 360 Premium review (PC)

The day that the esteemed editor of this site asked if I wanted to review Norton’s 360 Premium was the day that I found out that one of my email accounts had been compromised in a cyber attack on a New Zealand media organisation.

I think I had entered some competition to win some glamourous prize (as you do) and didn’t give entering my email address as a contact point a second thought. Turns out it was one of thousands caught in the compromising attack.

There was no harm done in the breach, but it did make me think about just how secure I was online, which is where Norton Utilities steps in.

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Game ReviewsGamingPS5Sony

Stellar Blade, Review

Anyone who doubted South Korea is now a total powerhouse of game development, needs to read the tea leaves. Stellar Blade is the first “AAA” outing for Seoul based developer Shift-Up and they have knocked it outta the park. Part Nier: Automata and part Sekiro but still… unique and most importantly, brilliant fun.

The PS5s arsenal of exclusives is even stronger for having this game in its quiver of titles.

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Byte Size ReviewGamingPC / MacSteamdeck

Horizon Forbidden West PC

Ever since I bought a Valve Steam Deck last year (an original LED model, not the newer OLED one), I have tried to do much of my PC gaming these days on it.

An interesting game I like to play with my Steam library is “Will my Steam Deck play that?”

So when my editor asked if I was keen to review Guerilla’s PlayStation 5 game Horizon Forbidden West, which has been ported to the PC, I immediately asked … “Will my Steam Deck play that? – and it can but with a few caveats.

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Pepper Grinder (PC review)

Gamers looking for a sedate game that they can just tootle about should steer clear of Pepper Grinder: It is a game that definitely couldn’t be described as sedate…

Pepper Grinder is a non-stop, frenetic 2D platformer/puzzler/explorer where you control Pepper, a young girl who washes up on a sandy beach after a shipwreck, finding her grinder (powerful drilling device) is missing and so is her treasure!

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Game ReviewsGamingPC / MacPS5

Rise of the Ronin, PS5 Review

That sweet middle ground of an immersive open world RPG, combined with the challenge of a From Soft game has always been on my Wishlist.

Now, before you take a breath to scream…” Elden Ring”. Yes, it was wonderful! But for me, the story and world lore were too convoluted to be engossing. And the combat, the bosses in particular, was just too hard for me…….so, a wonderful game, but not fun.

Rise of the Ronin though, seems to sit in this sweet spot though, or I thought it was going to.

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