Rogue One tie-in for Star Wars Battlefront?

Over the weekend, I took a look at the new trailer for Star Wars:Rogue One, and it looks great. Star Wars is a well worn universe, which comes with its own set of tropes. With that in mind, I’m willing to tolerate a certain amount of cliches in order for it to feel like a Star Wars movie. Of course …

First impressions of XCom 2: Familiar, fun and a little frightening

Despite my previous doubts over whether I’d buy XCom 2 as a new release, I gave in and picked up a copy earlier this month. Perhaps I was psionicly seduced in to it by a Sectoid? With my first campaign heading for doom, here’s my impressions of the game so far.           Familiar For those that have …

When big brands make love: Lego Star Wars and ‘The Force Awakens’

The marketing department assigned to Star Wars is probably as large as The First Order, and merchandise is a big part of Disney’s plan for galactic domination. So  it’s no real surprise we have a new Lego Star Wars game to go with the latest movie. Most serious Star Wars fans by now will have seen ‘The Force Awakens’. By …

Can XCom2 deliver the tactical brilliance of Enemy Unknown?

   XCom2 is only a couple of weeks away, and I’m tempted to make it my first major game purchase of 2015. For those not familiar with the franchise, here’s what I loved about its predecessor, ‘XCom: Enemy Unknown’.  Turn based combat suits this middle aged gamer better  As a middle aged gamer (MAG), my reflexes and coordination aren’t what …

From Test Drive to Total Recall: The visual experience of gaming

Gaming has changed a lot in my lifetime. One of my earliest gaming experiences was playing the original ‘Test Drive’ car game on my uncle’s PC. At the time, the Hercules graphics card was the state of the art in home computer graphics. The video below, though it’s an emulation, gives you a pretty good feel for what that experience was …