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  • 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

  • Interview with the Devs: Deliver Us the Moon

    Interview with the Devs: Deliver Us the Moon

    Deliver Us The Moon is set in the near future where the earth’s resources are nearly depleted. The nations of the world have come together to create the Worldwide Space Agency (WSA). Under the banner

  • Interview with the Devs: SQUAD

    Interview with the Devs: SQUAD

    Have you heard of SQUAD?  Well, if you like realistic first-person shooters and cooperative gameplay, then this is the game for you. The game is still in early access on steam, but Keith “Litoralis” Weisglas from Offworld

  • Interview with a Cheat (Developer)

    Interview with a Cheat (Developer)

    If you’ve been playing video games for more than a week, you’re sure to have run into a cheater or two. We wanted to get in the head of a cheater/hacker so we reached out

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 0
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 living under a rock for the past four years, here’s the deal. The Division is a curious undertaking. It was originally planned to be more or less a sandbox MMO in the same style as Bungie’s much-maligned Destiny was intended to be, and The Division has been through just as many feature cuts, revisions and delays as Destiny. But it’s still somehow managed to keep the interest of Console and PC gamers alike, Read more ---

March 3, 2016 Laserus Varia 3
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 halo and his wings. His goal is to now to find a way back home. But our world is strange for an Angel, so Talorel needs advice from his old friends in heaven and from some new and unlikely companions that he will meet on his adventure. In Heaven’s Hope the Inquisition has risen again under the rule of the fanatic nun Greta. Suppression, fear Read more ---

March 2, 2016 geekycatlady Interview with the Devs, Interviews 1
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 a stealth/hacking game developed by an indie studio in Denmark called Logic Artists. It features hard-core stealth mechanics, a fun asymmetrical co-op mode and a nail biting story that keeps you coming back for more. It is set in 1996, a string of accidents and murders have put the world of international espionage on high alert, veteran Cold War operatives from both sides of the Read more ---

February 23, 2016 Markus Pursche Reviews, Videos 0
Review: Rise of The Tomb Raider

Review: Rise of The Tomb Raider

I’ve been playing computer and video games for almost 40 years, and Tomb Raider games specifically for about half that time. Games and writing are my two things, and I’m lucky to be able to combine them in work that either pays money, or rewards me in other ways. One of those rewards – perhaps the best one – is the occasional game that comes along and actually does what all escapist fantasy has aspired to do, from Beowulf to The Force Awakens, and takes me on a journey. Most games are memorable and rewarding in all kinds of great Read more ---

February 22, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 1