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  • Review: Lara Croft GO (Plus: Happy Holidays!)

    Review: Lara Croft GO (Plus: Happy Holidays!)

    Greetings, XP4Ts. There’s less than a week to go before Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus etc, and also that universal celebration of December gaming known as the Steam Winter Sale (22/12-04/01). I’m sitting here late on a Saturday night,

  • Mafia Series NPCs Not In Latest Installment

    Mafia Series NPCs Not In Latest Installment

       NEW BORDEAUX, LOUISIANA –  It’s been a rough couple of years of Miss Molly Scaret. Back in 2000, she started working on the original Mafia production and which took place in Lost Heaven. She

  • GTA Online Prostitution Ring Uncovered

    GTA Online Prostitution Ring Uncovered

    LOS SANTOS, CA – The city never sleeps. Neither does the constant hustle. Players are always trying to find the next glitch or bug to increase revenues and get the upper-hand, it is the nature

  • Review: Viscera Cleanup Detail

    Review: Viscera Cleanup Detail

    After you’ve taken a long break from a game, what was it that made you go back to it again? In the past, I’ve been on walks in woods and large parks that made me

  • Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

    Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

    Since re-playing Spelunky back in March, I’ve been on it extensively every day since. It’s a bit like Minecraft in that respect. You may only hit it from time to time, but when you do

  • The Division: Fun despite Ubisoft’s best efforts

    The Division: Fun despite Ubisoft’s best efforts

    In one short week (or less, depending when you read this), the tactical 3rd person shooter/RPG/open world game Tom Clancy’s The Division will be hitting shelves and digital storefronts worldwide. For those of you who’ve been

  • Interview with the devs: Heaven’s Hope

    Interview with the devs: Heaven’s Hope

    „Heaven’s Hope tells the story of the Angel Talorel, who has literally fallen from Heaven. He is now stranded on Earth in the 19th century next to a town called Heaven’s Hope, having lost his

  • Review: Clandestine

    Review: Clandestine

    WELCOME BACK TO  1996, WE MISSED YOU (for the sake of full disclosure, the Senior Editor of www.xp4t.com worked on a number of Logic Artist projects as a voice actor and voice director). Clandestine is

  • Interview with the Devs: Ken Levine

    Interview with the Devs: Ken Levine

    As the Creative Director  and Co-Founder of Irrational Games, Ken Levine is one of the most well known and respected writers in the games industry, responsible for such classic games as BioShock, Thief: The Dark Project and

  • The Division: Faction Facts

    The Division: Faction Facts

    “When our city started to collapse, the dark side of humanity took control of the streets.” Crisis situations bring out the best of people….and the worst. In the aftermath of the Black Friday attack, New York

Review: Lara Croft GO (Plus: Happy Holidays!)

Review: Lara Croft GO (Plus: Happy Holidays!)

Greetings, XP4Ts. There’s less than a week to go before Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus etc, and also that universal celebration of December gaming known as the Steam Winter Sale (22/12-04/01). I’m sitting here late on a Saturday night, relaxing with Lara Croft GO, which was released just this month by Squeenix’s Montréal, Canada branch. And as I sit here thrilling at my tiny, perfect, polygonal Lara, it occurs to me that I opened this year on XP4T with a review of Rise of The Tomb Raider and a bit of a flap about Tomb Raider (2013). So what better way to close the Read more ---

December 19, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 0
Mafia Series NPCs Not In Latest Installment

Mafia Series NPCs Not In Latest Installment

   NEW BORDEAUX, LOUISIANA –  It’s been a rough couple of years of Miss Molly Scaret. Back in 2000, she started working on the original Mafia production and which took place in Lost Heaven. She had a number or roles, ranging from hot dog vendor, random pedestrian 1 as well as secretary.  “We were a family. Working on the original (production) was an amazing experience. We were all so young, and full of hope.” Miss Scarlet said. Fast forward to 2008. Production for the sequel began, and as luck would have it a majority of the original cast was used Read more ---

October 12, 2016 PsychoSyd Varia 0
GTA Online Prostitution Ring Uncovered

GTA Online Prostitution Ring Uncovered

LOS SANTOS, CA – The city never sleeps. Neither does the constant hustle. Players are always trying to find the next glitch or bug to increase revenues and get the upper-hand, it is the nature of the beast. Investigators have uncovered a prostitution ring they say was run by a Navy computer expert that advertised via Lifeinvader and various magazines.  The ring was organized by Petty Officer 2nd Class Billy Mayton, a computer scientist at the Easter Basin Naval Station, and Jiang Liang, a local massage parlor chain owner. At least 50 prostitutes and 350 patrons are involved according to police Read more ---

September 28, 2016 PsychoSyd News 0
Man Can’t Get Past lvl 2 in Pitfall

Man Can’t Get Past lvl 2 in Pitfall

WINSLOW, ALABAMBA – Jerome Pitney Watson has a problem. Ever since the day his father bought the Atari 2600 for him back in 2nd grade he’s been obsessively attempting to get past the second stage in Pitfall.  Mr. Pitney Watson Sr. had this to say “When I gave Jerome that there game thingy, I thought he’d go and make me proud. It’s been 23 years and he inability to progress farther in the game has brought shame to me. Shame to the family. I just reckoned that he’s one day get up and say, “today is the day! I’m gonna Read more ---

September 28, 2016 PsychoSyd News 0
Review: Subnautica (Early Access)

Review: Subnautica (Early Access)

My reviews here on the XP4T blog put me in something of a Catch-22. Whenever I find a game that really grabs me, I eventually think ‘I must write about this one, it’s so good everyone needs to know about it.’ But that’s also when the Hellerian trap is sprung, because once I’ve written about a game it creates a sort of mental book-end, and I know I won’t be playing it again for the foreseeable future. Today though, I’d like to acquaint you with one game that I think has broken the mould – a game that I know Read more ---

July 27, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 0
Review: Viscera Cleanup Detail

Review: Viscera Cleanup Detail

After you’ve taken a long break from a game, what was it that made you go back to it again? In the past, I’ve been on walks in woods and large parks that made me re-visit various fantasy MMORPGs, inspired by the scenery and the peaceful feeling of exploring a natural space. I took my kids to our city’s military museum a few summers ago, and that inspired me to pick up Combat Wings again, and finally finish CoD: World at War. I once started reading Norman Davies’ Europe: A History, and put it down half-way through to play Civilization Read more ---

June 22, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 0
Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

Since re-playing Spelunky back in March, I’ve been on it extensively every day since. It’s a bit like Minecraft in that respect. You may only hit it from time to time, but when you do it’s probably for long, intensive bursts. I find it to be hugely addictive, partly because it taps into the simple, colourful pleasures of the arcades and the 16-bit era of my youth, and partly because the game is so beautifully and precisely polished mechanically. (In fact, Spelunky’s mastermind, Derek Yu, has written an entire book about its creation). But behind the simplicity and the chunky little Read more ---

May 18, 2016 Neurotic Editorials, Tips & Tricks, Varia 0
The Division: Left Hand Fail

The Division: Left Hand Fail

According to Scientific American, 15% of people are left-handed, and males are twice as likely to be left-handed than females. Also, according to research conducted by Dr. Nick Cherbuin, lefites are better at handling large amounts of stimuli, making them naturally better at playing video games. With this in mind, it’s clear why Ubisoft decided to cater to this segment group by adding the option of switching the keybindings to left-handed. Regretfully, their efforts are in vain. Their solution is to simply offer a streamlined option to remap the keys according to what they THINK southpaws require. This option utilizes Read more ---

March 17, 2016 PsychoSyd Varia 0
5 Great PC Games that Really Rock a Joypad

5 Great PC Games that Really Rock a Joypad

With Dig Bick on holiday, Neoheresy up to his eyeballs in work and the rest of the team ensconced in Tom Clancy’s Shenanigans, it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. I’ve been pootling about in Path of Exile’s new update, Ascendancy. But whilst PoE makes a refreshing change from my last few weeks of non-stop tomb raiding, I’m left with something of an action hangover from my time with Lara. And whilst I think that every good PC gamer should have a joystick, or a joypad of some sort, the X-Box pad on my desk doesn’t get too much use now Read more ---

March 16, 2016 Neurotic Varia 1
Re-skin of The Tomb Raider

Re-skin of The Tomb Raider

Since the recent conclusion of my adventure with the most excellent Rise of The Tomb Raider, I’ve been playing the earlier entry in the rebooted Lara franchise, Tomb Raider (2013). Not having played it before, I was concerned that – as often seems to happen when you play a series out of order – it would prove to be a lesser experience. Less polished, less presentable, less friendly, less… less. But on the technical front, which is the biggest stumbling block for backwards-playing gamers, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. With Rise I experienced only one problem, which was most likely Read more ---

March 9, 2016 Neurotic Editorials, Varia 1