All posts by Vic B'Stard

Marvel’s Midnight Suns PC review

Firaxis, master of the turn-based strategy game refocuses its efforts away from civilisations and alien invasions and instead towards the Marvel Universe with Marvel’s Midnight Suns.

Adapting Marvel Comics to other media is fraught with risk. Decades of complex, and often contradictory, continuity makes for quite the creative minefield. Whilst everything Marvel Studios touches in the cinema turns to gold; others have not fared so well when it comes to video games. Continue reading Marvel’s Midnight Suns PC review

The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me PlayStation 5 review

Supermassive Games rounds off the first season of The Dark Pictures Anthology with The Devil in Me, a sinister tale set in a hotel based on the crimes of America’s first serial killer.

Like an interactive TV show, season one of The Dark Pictures Anthology has had us exploring a creepy ghost ship, revisiting the witch trials, and running from vampires in a subterranean vault. Each bite-sized game has players guiding characters and interacting with an ensemble cast trying to get them all out alive. Decisions not only affect each character’s fate but also how they react to one another. The result is an edge-of-seat experience that is different with every playthrough. Continue reading The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me PlayStation 5 review

Evil West Xbox Series X|S review

Flying Wild Hog developer of the bonkers Shadow Warrior series turns its attention to the Wild West, but with vampires and monsters, in the third-person shooter, Evil West. Continue reading Evil West Xbox Series X|S review

Sackboy: A Big Adventure PC review

Without much in the way of any fanfare, Sumo Digital’s 3D platformer, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, comes to PC.

Sony’s support for the PC as a gaming platform continues with another PlayStation franchise making the leap to the PC. Hot on the heels of Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection, Sackboy: A Big Adventure brings the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 game to PC gamers. Continue reading Sackboy: A Big Adventure PC review

Kingston 2TB NV2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD review

Kingston’s NV2 is a fast PCIe 4.0 NVMe (non-volatile memory express) M.2 solid-state data storage drive. It is primarily intended for laptops and small form-factor PCs.

Even with the proliferation of cloud-based data services, you can never have enough local data storage. But gone are the days of finding space for large hard disk drives and their associated cabling. It’s great to finally see mechanical drives going the way of the dodo, replaced by tiny, energy-efficient NVMe M.2 drives no bigger than a stick of Juicy Fruit. Continue reading Kingston 2TB NV2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD review

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Switch review

The rise and fall of the pioneering video games company Atari reads like a modern myth. It’s a surreal tale of how a few enterprising computer engineers saw the future of interactive entertainment and laid the foundations for what is now a billion-dollar industry.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is an incredibly well-presented digital museum of video gaming heritage. It follows the timeline from Atari’s first Computer Space cabinet right up to the ill-fated Atari Jaguar console. Continue reading Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Switch review

Asus CM3 Chromebook review

Does the Asus 10.5-inch CM3 Chromebook offer a viable alternative to a Windows notebook? I find out.

For reasons unknown, whilst I’ve reviewed more than my fair share of laptops and notebooks, I’ve never used a Chromebook. So, when Asus asked me to take a look at their CM3000DV Chromebook, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading Asus CM3 Chromebook review

Kobo Clara 2E e-reader review

The Kobo Clara 2E is an e-reader made with recycled plastic. But is it any good?

I’ve never used an e-reader before. I’m old school and prefer paper books, hardbacks if possible. You can’t get further from an e-reader user than me. But I was keen to see if the Kobo Clara 2E would sway me. Continue reading Kobo Clara 2E e-reader review