12th Dec2017

‘Black Mirror’ Review (Xbox One)

by Matthew Smail

Neither a remake nor a direct continuation of the 2003 game of the same name, Black Mirror is a point and click horror/thriller that takes place in the late 19th Century and features a story of supernatural and the occult, as seen through the eyes of one David Gordon, youngest member and heir of the […]

11th Dec2017

‘Legendary: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although I can’t for the life of me think why it’s happening now (it is twenty years since the original series, so maybe that’s why) Buffy The Vampire Slayer has just been converted into the latest Legendary deck-building game. For those who are unfamiliar with them, the Legendary series is a collection of complete, out-of-the-box […]

05th Dec2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Octodad: Dadliest Catch’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Octodad: Dadliest Catch , a Nintendo Switch port of one of the weirdest indie games in recent memory. For anyone who […]

01st Dec2017

‘Dark Souls: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

“You Are Dead” states a welcoming sheet of jet black paper overwritten with blood red, gothic print. It’s the first thing you’ll see as you ease the deep, deep lid off of the retail release of Steamforged Games incredibly popular release of Dark Souls: The Board Game. It’s a mantra that will be all too familiar […]

29th Nov2017

‘Seafall’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Since it was released last year, Seafall has experienced something of a stormy reception from core gamers and popular critics. If you take an aggregate view of every review out there, you’d find faults ranging far and wide encompassing everything from pieces that won’t stand up straight to a dull theme, too much luck of the dice […]

28th Nov2017

‘L.A. Noire’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

It’s unfortunate, really, that games like L.A. Noire come around so infrequently, considering how well received they tend to be when they do. What kind of game am I talking about? Smart, cerebral games that force the player not to think; not just about individual puzzles, but also about the bigger picture. L.A. Noire offers a very […]

24th Nov2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Rock ’N Racing Off Road DX’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Rock ’N Racing Off Road DX, another of the many indie games now making their way to the Nintendo Switch. Whilst […]

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23rd Nov2017

‘Tallowmere’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

As many have said before, the sheer number of indie games that have made their way onto the Nintendo Switch is simply astonishingly and at the same time, hugely promising. For indie developers, the commonly used NVidia architecture of the Switch makes converting existing games an absolute doddle, which is exactly the case for Tallowmere, an […]

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20th Nov2017

‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

“Make America Nazi Free Again.” Just one of the highly emotive straplines used to promote Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in the past few months and certainly, it feels, the most relevant. You see, whilst it has clearly been in development for some time, MachineGames seem to have captured the current state of world politics absolutely perfectly and […]

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09th Nov2017

‘Demon Gaze II’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

In Demon Gaze II, players take on the role of a mysterious, amnesiac hero who awakens in the bowels of the autonomous, steampunk inspired city of Asteria. Mysteriously lost in a cellar filled with steaming brass pipes and adorned with valves and levers, he or she has no choice but to follow the only people that […]

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07th Nov2017

‘Chaos; Child’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Set loosely in the world of Steins; Gate (if only because it has the same weird approach to naming), Chaos; Child is the direct sequel of Chaos; Head. The game takes place in a Japanese suburb known as Shibuya and the opening scenes of the story advise the player of a suspiciously localised and terribly powerful earthquake that occurred several […]

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03rd Nov2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Revenant Saga’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Revenant Saga, a new RPG available now on the Nintendo Switch. Whilst I’m a huge fan of the Nintendo Switch’s ability […]

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02nd Nov2017

‘This is the Police’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

The low-fi graphics and simple, intuitive game play make This is the Police an excellent choice for adaptation to Nintendo Switch. The game is good too, with a gripping, mature story about a Police Chief on the verge of retirement and his dealings with the various factions that hold power in the city, all of […]

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01st Nov2017

‘The Evil Within 2′ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Following its release around Halloween (surprisingly enough) of 2014, The Evil Within snagged a reasonable number of fans as a result of its visceral horror and engaging story, not to mention it’s association with Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. This year, The Evil Within 2 returns to plague long suffering protagonist Sebastian Castellano with yet […]

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31st Oct2017

‘Pandemic Legacy: Season 2′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Unusually, I’d like to begin this review with a quick note on spoilers. Pandemic Legacy: Season Two is (unsurprisingly) a legacy game that features various different possibilities contained within secret dossiers and chambers inside the box. Within this review, the pictures I have shown include ONLY what you will see upon first opening the box […]

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27th Oct2017

‘The Legend of the Five Rings’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Among all of the settings that I’ve come across in gaming of all kinds, one of my personal favorites is the feudal age of Japan. From the beautiful architecture and manicured gardens to the subterfuge, suppuku and all out war, it’s a time and place filled with intrigue and potential, especially from the perspective of […]

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26th Oct2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Putty Pals’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Putty Pals, a new indie title from developer Harmonious Games, available now on the Nintendo Switch. Putty Pals is an almost perfect […]

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25th Oct2017

‘Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is the latest in the popular series of crossover beat-em-ups that (unsurprisingly) feature characters from Capcom’s massive catalogue of games and the Marvel universe. Past iterations have featured highly detailed and beautifully animated art, drawn in a two dimensional comic book style to suit the combined cast. The last entry, Marvel vs […]

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20th Oct2017

‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’ Review (Xbox One)

by Matthew Smail

Like most sequels, South Park: The Fractured But Whole clearly suffers from the usual questions about how closely it should follow in its predecessors footsteps, whilst still doing enough to justify itself as a standalone product. It answers these questions rather neatly, presenting players with an experience that is similar to 2014′s South Park: The […]

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19th Oct2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Oxenfree’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Oxenfree, which has recently made its debut on the Nintendo Switch. It’s rare for me to become emotionally attached to games, […]

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18th Oct2017

‘Jim Henson’s Labyrinth’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As a child of the 1980’s, I spent a lot of my time recording movies at Christmas on my mum and dad’s VCR. From blockbusters like Star Wars and Indiana Jones to classics like Oliver, I probably had thirty or forty tapes that I watched over and over, occasionally bumping a bad movie from my […]

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12th Oct2017

‘Mansions of Madness: 2nd Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

For most people, the introduction to modern board games comes by way of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride or maybe Carcassonne. For me, it was the original edition of Mansions of Madness. I’ve always loved board games, but for several years in my twenties, I had no one to play them with and MoM was the game that I […]

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