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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, 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 [...]

December 19, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

May 18, 2016 Neurotic Editorials, Tips & Tricks, 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 [...]

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 [...]

March 9, 2016 Neurotic Editorials, Varia 1

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 [...]

February 22, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 2

PC Gaming in… 2006

PC Gaming in… 2006

Greetings, XP4Ts. You may have noticed that the XP4T blog here is back in business, which I hope is as happy news for you as it is for us. As you may or may not know, we all work in the industry ourselves, so time is a somewhat limited resource and the site sometimes goes on an unannounced hiatus for a while. But this time of year is often serendipitous for many of our schedules, so here we are again. Welcome back! At Christmas this year I had a cracker in which the motto read, ‘The road ahead is often illuminated by the [...]

February 3, 2016 Neurotic Retro Gaming, Varia 0

Ace of Space: The Case for Spacebase DF9

Ace of Space: The Case for Spacebase DF9

Full disclosure: as a Star Trek fan, I would give this game 10/10 for the title pun alone.  Spacebase DF9’s 2,580 “mostly negative” Steam reviews (at the time of writing) are probably more a testament to Steam’s ubiquity as a content delivery platform than to the game’s own (very real) problems. And it does have problems, to be sure, but depending on your outlook and how much you pay for it, they’re not insurmountable. Its gameplay appears at first glance to be something along the lines of the legendary Dwarf Fortress, Mucky Foot’s 2001 classic Startopia, or Firefly Studios’ 2003 Space Colony, [...]

June 23, 2015 Neurotic Reviews 0

Week in Review (09/2015)

Week in Review (09/2015)

Unless you’ve been living under a Horta for the last week, you’ll have heard the incredibly tear-making news that Leonard Nimoy, the actor behind Mr. Spock, passed away on Friday. He’d had a good run though; 83 years-old, a successful actor, director, writer, poet and photographer, so we perhaps shouldn’t feel too sad. As Spock himself once said, “Change is the essential process of all life.” And what greater change can there be than death? Well, for certain nVidia customers, the change from 4 Gb of RAM to 3.5 Gb of RAM plus 500 mb running at a slightly different speed is [...]

March 2, 2015 Neurotic News, Week in Review 0