Assassin’s Creed 3 Review (Xbox 360)

  Learn history through stabbing!

Assassin’s Creed 3 is disappointing. That’s not to say that it’s a bad game, but it’s below expectations. This console generation Assassin’s Creed has probably been the franchise that has shown the power of current-generation technology. The animation, the settings, the freedom. The series has told a story that is grand in scope, and has interwoven real history into its fibre. As a whole, the series is a real accomplishment for Ubisoft, one of the few publisher developers who have come out of the last few years relatively (ignoring the DRM issue) unscathed by financial or legal woes. But sadly this entry is a misstep, it’s a weak (supposed) end to an impressive trilogy (in five parts, Douglas Adams would be proud).

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Dishonored Review (PC)

 Whatever you do… blink.

Dishonored is the latest game by Arkane, the developers of the criminally overlooked Arx Fatalis, and published by Bethesda, who is quickly becoming one of the big superpowers of gaming alongside EA and Activision. As a new IP it is firmly in the spotlight despite its inspirations being clear for all to see. Dishonored is essentially a mashup of Deus Ex, Thief and Bioshock. But is it as good as any of those?

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Review (PC)

It’s a Panda Monk Pandemic

Blizzard has a tough time with World of Warcraft these days. I mean aside from the millions of dollars they make every month in fees, it’s hard to get excited about the game. As a business, they are living on easy street, but creatively I imagine they’re in a difficult position. If they do something completely new, a World of Warcraft 2, they can only cannablise their own customers (not literally) and so business-wise it doesn’t make sense. For whatever people say about the state of MMOs, WoW is still the undisputed king. So instead of a reinvention of the game we get these expansions, and as far as I know this won’t be the last one. So is it any good?

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The Walking Dead Episode 4 Review (PC)

Walking the Dead is a completely different game. Like Nintendogs.

Telltale is now up to Episode 4 with its excellent Walking Dead series of adventure games. I have never played anything so gut-wrenchingly upsetting and loved every single minute of it. I don’t want the next episode to come, but I know as soon as it does I’ll play it in one sitting.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Hands-on Preview

At the Eurogamer Expo 2012 we got a two-game hands on with the multiplayer of Black Ops 2. To be honest I wasn’t particularly excited about the game. I wasn’t impressed with Modern Warfare 3 and the videos did nothing for me. But at the expo we met up with some friends and after lunch decided to face the hour long queue to play a couple of games and see what it was like. I was shocked.

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Eurogamer Expo Debrief

On Saturday we spent the day at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London. Every year it’s real treat for gamers as a chance to not only play games from the next few months, but also to hear directly from developers and ingratiate themselves in gamer culture. This year was no different, with some huge titles on show and some pretty fantastic developer sessions and cosplay. Individual game previews will come soon but for now, just a word on the event itself.

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Borderlands 2 Review (PC)

Give me guns… lots of guns.

Borderlands 2 is everything you expect of it and maybe a little more. A sequel to Gearbox’s success story ‘Borderlands’, the sequel is an open-world RPG-esque FPS that blends horrific violence, steampunk post-apocalyptic cel shaded stylings and a Diablo mimicking loot system into some kind of delicious yet morally bankrupt smoothie.

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One Small Step for Kerbal

Kerbal Space Program is mind numbingly addictive. I’ve been taking small steps in my progress so far, first finding a way to get off the launchpad in one piece. Then I mastered the art of going up a few thousand metres before landing safely in the sea. Once that goal was out of the way, I got to space and back again. All of these objectives were fairly simple matters of lift, weight, and equipment. The biggest hurdle I have faced was achieving a stable, intentional, circular orbit. This took me a few days but I managed it with the help of a tutorial explain the map screen.

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