Gimbal Review (PC)

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Gimbal is an indie title that is currently passing through Steam’s GreenLight service. GreenLight is a way for users of Steam to sift through the reams of titles that want to be published through the services, and vote up ones that they have an interest in, Gimbal being one such title. It’s easy to see why it has attracted so much attention already, it involves designing spaceships from tiny modular parts and then going to war in an eye-catching, if not stunning, 2D environment. But does the (already released outside Steam) finished title hold up to expectations?

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Playing Lord of the Rings Online: Part Three

Everyone knows you need at least three episodes to tell any kind of Lord of the Rings Story. Right Peter?

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It’s been a while since our last update, and so much has happened. My brave hobbit left the Shire, and it’s not that I’ve suddenly taken to role-playing, but it’s almost hard not to with this game. My hobbit feels like more of a real character than my Guild Wars or World of Warcraft characters ever did, and that is a sign of how immersive this version of Middle Earth is. Read on for discussion of dungeons, levelling, alternate characters and the shop.

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Actual Sunlight Review (PC)

Writing a review in a room with the blinds drawn about a game called Actual Sunlight. Fitting.

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Actual Sunlight is a game about a very specific feeling that I’m almost certain most people think is unique to them. It’s a game about drowning, about struggling and about deferred responsibility. It’s about a lot of the most depressing things that a lot of people have to deal with, and because of that it is quite possibly a dangerous game. Rarely does a game have the kind of effect that the media clamours after, a game that could drive someone to depression or worse because games usually aren’t that great as art forms. Sure there are exceptions, and in the last year we’ve had some get closer to real emotional impact or thoughtful significance than ever before (Spec Ops:The Line, The Walking Dead, Journey) but Actual Sunlight has in many ways surpassed those, even if it’s just for a fairly specific audience.

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Playing Lord of the Rings Online – Part Two

Baggins…. Shire….

Read the first part here

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So I have found my adventurous hobbit in the Shire. After playing through the tutorial quests you are pushed through to the shire with all the other hobbits. I have to say I was expecting to arrive with less style but I’m now sporting a flowing red cape and an adventurer’s hat with a feather in it, bit flash for a hobbit but still, I’m off on an adventure!

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Razer Lycosa Hardware Review

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A couple of years ago, excitedly buying a new desktop PC for gaming, I did a very foolish thing. I didn’t do any research. Instead, I wandered into PC World, saw a decent PC in clearance for a good price, and bought it. It had a weak graphics card, and as far as I knew, it was just the tower, so I went around the shop to get the bits I needed to get it running. I ended up with an nVidia GTX 550Ti graphics card, which wasn’t bad but I could have got the 560Ti for the same money if I had looked online.

My biggest mistake was picking up a gaming keyboard thinking ‘That one’s made by Razer and is fairly expensive, must be good’. How wrong I was.

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Mark of the Ninja Review (PC)

Inflicting some ninjuries

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Mark of the Ninja is another in the long line of successful and critically acclaimed indie releases of 2012.  A 2D Stealth-em-up you are tasked with completing objectives in vaguely linear two-dimensional worlds without being seen. Over the last few years there’s been a little bit of a resurgence in 2D platforming and this is clear evidence that not every platformer is the same.

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Playing Lord of the Rings Online – Part One

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.  lotroclient 2012-12-22-11-11-42-211

I played Lord of the Rings Online at launch and thought it was fantastic. Eventually I moved on to other games, but it’s always held a special place in my gaming heart as an MMO with an amazing community and world. With the transition to free to play, graphical updates and a new expansion pack, I thought it was time to go back to the game and see what it’s like. SPOILERS – it’s really good. Through this series we’re going to chronicle our experiences playing the game from the beginning of a new character, and try to look at all of the game mechanics and free to play system as we go.

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TPReview Game Awards 2012

Every year we’d like to highlight some of our favourites from the past twelve months. There’s something immensely satisfying about making lists, and with the benefit of hindsight, some games appear very differently. We’ve tailored the categories to things we care about, and not bothered with ‘best for each platform’ as so many games are multiplatform now. So, without further ado…

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Wii U First Impressions

Wii U get!

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We picked up a Wii U on Sunday for the grand price of £400. For that money we got a Deluxe (black and 32GB) Wii U console, a gamepad, a Pro Controller, Zombi-U, a charging dock (that is ugly as all hell), New Super Mario Brothers U and some junk screen protectors. This seems like a huge amount of money to splash out on a soon-to-be last gen console, but with the Wii-U it seems there is more than meets the eye.

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