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[FEATURE] IRL: The Sandy Beaches of Video Games

on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

With summer now in full swing I got about thinking about holidays I would spend with the family at the beach, carefree times where the music flowed and the ice cream was always there to keep me happy. This then led me to think about where in video games I had come across similarly serene places, and if I had the chance to visit these fictional locations, would I whip on the...

[FEATURE] You Should Play This: Hoard

on Sun, Jul 5, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

Welcome to You Should Play This, a feature in which we take a look at some games that may have been overlooked and not gained as much recognition as they deserve. In this entry we look at the fast paced and incredibly addictive Hoard by Big Sandwich Games Inc. The fantasy genre is known throughout the world, The Lord of the Rings trilogy had a huge impact in society throughout...

[FEATURE] The A Team: Call of Duty: World at War’s Zombie Killers

on Sat, Jul 4, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

Welcome to The A Team, where we talk about the biggest characters in gaming; the best heroes, the worst villains, and the flat-out coolest and toughest characters video games have to offer. Taking their places on the pedestal today are the original cast of Call of Duty’s wildly popular zombies mode. There are a grand total of seventeen maps for players to choose from...

[FEATURE] Our Weekend – Issue 16

on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

This edition of Our Weekend is a little light on content, this being because everyone seems to have lost themselves in Gotham to the Batman. Those who have escaped managed to send a comment in, but even then it seems they’ll soon be going back.  Tom Lynch Another weekend spent with Arkham Knight for me too. Story and side missions are done, now it’s just those glowing...

[FEATURE] High Scare Reviews: Outlast: Whistleblower

on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

Welcome to a new entry in the High Scare Reviews; it’s been a while! Outlast was already pretty scary, but developer Red Barrels clearly wasn’t satisfied. The DLC, Whistleblower, throws you back into the hellish Mount Massive Asylum and has you confront mutated freaks and enigmatic psychopaths, all whilst trying to remain calm and escape their nightmarish grip. You...

[REVIEW] Batman: Arkham Knight

on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 | By Tom Lynch

“All that remains is for you to watch as I drag your beloved Gotham into oblivion.”  The haunting words of the adversary at the centre of Rocksteady’s fitting conclusion to their beloved Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight. A final hurrah that builds upon everything we love about the Arkham games whilst innovating across the board to deliver the ultimate...

[FEATURE] You Should Play This: Valiant Hearts: The Great War

on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

Welcome to You Should Play This, a feature in which we take a look at some games that may have been overlooked or not gained as much recognition as they deserve. This time round we’re looking at Valiant Hearts: The Great War. CHECK OUT OUR FULL REVIEW FROM LAST YEAR! Last weekend saw me wanting to add a little variety to the games I was playing and so I decided to check...

[REVIEW] Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 3: Catch a Ride

on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 | By Bryan Dull

“What the hell was that?” That’s actually a line from the third episode from Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride, which is the most entertaining episode from the Telltale series so far, that goes as far as to breakdown the fourth wall. All too often in media do we find the middle episodes of our games series and television shows to be dragging on a bit just to fill...

[FEATURE] The Fighter’s Guide: Salvador the Gunzerker

on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

Welcome to The Fighter’s Guide, where we share our thoughts on how to get the best of some of gaming’s coolest characters. This time we focus on Salvador the Gunzerker from Borderlands 2 and look at the trio of skill trees he has to offer. Gunlust Starting with the Gunlust section of the Gunzerker’s skill tree, this one is best invested in if you want to...

[EDITORIAL] Is The Witcher 3 Better Than Skyrim?

on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 | By Abishek Rolands

Since Bethesda released their epic open-world role playing game in 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has generally been considered the gold standard in western RPGs. It is arguably the yardstick by which all games of a similar genre are measured against, and with good reason. Skyrim is one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling RPGs of all time and is still one...

[EDITORIAL] What Makes an Esport?

on Sat, Jun 27, 2015 | By Cory Wilson

Esports is the frontier of high level gaming and owes its existence to the massive popularity of Starcraft in South Korea. Competitive professional gaming was born largely out of the nation’s fixation with real time strategy games. This fame gave birth to massive competitions and celebrities who played Blizzard’s sci-fi RTS at the top level. Esports have now swept...

[PODCAST] #32: Mr Goddamn Pricklepants

on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 | By Tom Acres

On the debut episode of the brand new HSR podcast we’ve got extended thoughts on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its ode to the world’s finest thespian, initial impressions of Batman: Arkham Knight, a review of Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Game of Thrones Season Five chat, Fallout Shelter, our E3 highlights, and more! ...

[FEATURE] Our Weekend – Issue 15

on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 | By Joseph Dodd

It seems as if one man has taken over many of the consoles that our team choose to play on this weekend; who exactly could it be? Check out below to find out! Joshua Lawrence In what is going to turn out to be another manic weekend, I will end up continuing my builds on Xbox One Minecraft, while also re-doing all of Hitman Go as my phone updated and lost all my progress! Note...

[FEATURE] Throwback Thursday: Kingdom Hearts II (2006)

Clockwise from left: Final Form, Master Form, Wisdom Form, Normal Form, Valor Form
on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 | By Sean Previl

In a previous edition of Throwback Thursday featuring original Kingdom Hearts, we talked about the surprising success of combining two massive franchises, Disney and Final Fantasy.  It was a game originally thought unlikely to succeed, yet, it did and did so in an unprecedented way.  The franchise has since seen sequels, prequels and even some interquels and will be 15...