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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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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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Fish Game

Fish Game you say?

I wasn’t sure what to think when the editor asked me to review early access code of a fish tank simulator – yep, another entrant in the simulator genre.

This time where  you create fish tanks, populate them with a variety of fish and plants then work to ensure a thriving ecosystem develops – but you know what, it’s a supremely chill experience that I’m enjoying so far.

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Assassins Creed Mirage, Byte Size Review (XSX)

So apparently Assassins Creed has been around for 15 years now. And after the huge outings involved in Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, Assassins Creed Mirage is a step back in size, and in some ways, in time.

Set in Baghdad during the ninth century is indeed a step back in time but more importantly Assassins Creed Mirage is a journey back to the gameplay roots of earlier games in the franchise.

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Norton Anti-Track, Byte sized review

Norton Anti-Track is an app and browser extension for Windows PCs that, according to Norton, helps consumers “take control of their online privacy and keep their data private”.

In an age where it seems everything online is trying to keep tabs on your, Norton Anti-track seems to be the perfect antidote to hide your online identity from nefarious websites and trackers.

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Replikator, review

Replikator had me at “Top Down Sci-Fi Shooter”. I mean what’s not to love, being a huge Alienation fan and having grown up on the likes of Alien Syndrome, and Alien Breed.

Choose a rag-tag character from a bunch of rag-tag characters, including a Space Racoon. Board some crusty Space Stations and fight your way to the Boss. Yes, we’ve been here before.

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Minecraft Legends Byte Size Review (XSX)

Being completely oblivious to this latest Mojang Studios release, my initial thought was of Minecraft Dungeons  and how I had enjoyed that.

I entered the Legends realm with quite a positive outlook. Bring on the Piglins!

Thanks to Microsoft/Xbox for providing a copy of Minecraft Legends to me for review. I really do appreciate it.

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Startup Company, PS5

Startup Company Console Edition brings a successful business sim to consoles after a strong outing on Steam. Danish devlopers Hovgaard Games have obviously laboured over this title with love.

Starting from the ground level with minimal investment, the aim is to manage your business empire “to the moon”. Interestingly the simulation is heavily geared towards the Social Media / Online Sales platforms we are familiar with.

On paper this game should be right up my alley, should be.

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