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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

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

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, [...]

March 3, 2016 Laserus Varia 3

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

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 System Shock 2. He was named one of the “Storytellers of the Decade” by Game Informer and was the 1UP Network’s person of the year in 2007.  We were honored when he agreed to answer some questions for us, but how to make the most of this opportunity? Why not enlist another games writer to interrogate interview Mr. Levine from the perspective of a colleague? We [...]

February 15, 2016 Jonas Editorials, Interviews 0

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 to a pretty famous one who happens to run a “game cheating” website which sells these hacks. He chose to remain anonymous, so for the rest of the interview, we’re going to refer to him simply as “L3p3r“. XP4T: How long have you been hacking and how did you get started with hacking? L3p3r: I have been making cheats for games since somewhere in the [...]

February 8, 2016 PsychoSyd Varia, XP4T Exclusives 0

X-COM 2 Survival Tips

X-COM 2 Survival Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned Commander, or an aspiring recruit, these tips and suggestions will help to improve the longevity of your team and maybe, just maybe give you the upper hand. The key to success in Xcom 2 lies in the survivability of your agents. The longer they live, the better abilities they acquire and more deadly they become. Xcom is all about managing probabilities and taking RNG into account, but no matter how good cover you find, how resistant armour you equip, the laws of probability dictate that at some point you WILL get hit. Even if an enemy [...]

February 8, 2016 Mega Karaczan Tips & Tricks 0

Most Anticipated Games of 2016

Most Anticipated Games of 2016

From the dying embers of lackluster 2015 we look ahead to 2016 with hope, hope that finally shit is going to get real, hope that Ubisoft is going to deliver on its promises, hope that these f@cking rigs we built with our bare hands are going to get punished by some motherfunking bitching gaming awesomeness. And what gives us this hope? these mofo’s right here…….. Cyberpunk 2077   Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming ARPG that was announced back in 2012, based on the Cyberpunk 2020 series of tabletop role-playing games. It’s currently being developed by those those busy boys and girls at CD Projekt [...]

February 6, 2016 PsychoSyd Editorials, Impressions, News 0