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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

February 22, 2016 Neurotic Reviews 2

Ori and the blind Forest

Ori and the blind Forest

I know what you played last Season…. Four people, scattered all over the world, communicating mostly through Skype, four years of development, a ton of „Best of E3 2014“ awards, A ton of “Best of 2015” awards, 14.000 positive reviews on Steam … meet Moon Studios, meet Ori and the Blind Forest, a „Metroivania“-like 2D plattformer game in the spirit of (so the developers) Super Metroid and A Link to the Past. With the pure facts out of the way: Ori and the Blind Forest is a stunningly beautiful, highly emotional and intense experience which yet has to meet its [...]

February 4, 2016 geekycatlady Reviews 0

Far Cry Primal PC Requirements

Far Cry Primal PC Requirements

A couple of days ago , Ubisoft announced the PC specs for Far Cry Primal, which will be available on March 1st for PC (and February 23 for PS4 and Xbox One). Below is a full list of the system requirements. It is important to note that Far Cry Primal will ONLY support 64 bit operating systems MINIMUM Supported OS Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) Processor Intel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent RAM 4GB Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB VRAM) | AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1GB VRAM) or equivalent Hard [...]

January 11, 2016 PsychoSyd Hardware, News 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

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

With a name like Love Hulten, you’re gonna make things happen. Even though it may sound like a stage name for a Las Vegas stripper, the Swedish designer, craftsman and innovator has more to offer than slinky pole work. He is the one man show behind the R-KAID-R which is a solid wood portable console emulator which presently supports 14 different game systems. Supported game systems MAME Neo Geo PC Engine / Turbo Grafx 16 Playstation 1 Atari 2600 Game Boy Game Boy Advance Nintendo Super Nintendo Sega Master System Sega Genesis Scummvm Doom Duke Nukem 3D Additionally you can [...]

February 27, 2015 PsychoSyd Hardware, Retro Gaming 0

Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

I’ve talked a bit about the Saints Row games before, and on this occasion I’m going to talk about them again, and at some point give you my opinion on the latest one, the numberless Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, which launched just a couple of weeks ago. In fact, let me give it to you right now: Buy it if you’re a Saints Row fan or have at least really enjoyed either SR3 or SR4. Don’t buy it if you’ve never played a Saints Row game before (because you’ll be lost, and it’s not a great way to [...]

February 11, 2015 Neurotic Reviews 1