Category Archives: Gaming

Xbox Series X unboxing

So, earlier in the week a box arrived from the USA with a shiny new Xbox Series X inside. As is often the case, I couldn’t talk about, or even switch it on until the allotted time. Whilst I still can’t tell you much about Microsoft’s new console, I can show you what the box looks like and what is inside. Continue reading Xbox Series X unboxing

Age of Empires III Definitive Edition PC review

Ensemble Studios’ classic real time strategy game returns with fresh visuals as Age of Empires III Definitive Edition.

The last of the series, Age of Empires III wasn’t a game that I play much, back in the day. For me, it was Age of Empires II that was my particular favourite. This third outing, taking the series into the colonial period, whilst a leap forward visually, seemed overly contrived compared to its forebears. Continue reading Age of Empires III Definitive Edition PC review

EPOS Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro audio amplifier review

EPOS’s GSX 1200 Pro provides gamers with a switchable headset/speaker audio amplifier and linked chatting for LAN gaming.

External soundcards like the EPOS Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro can turn any half-decent wired headset into an audio extravaganza. The GSX 1200 Pro is a one-stop solution, as it can also output to desktop speakers and well as a headset, switchable with one button press. Continue reading EPOS Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro audio amplifier review

FIFA 21 Xbox One/PC Review

EA’s tentpole sports franchise gets it’s 2021 edition. It’s time to take to the pitch for FIFA 21.

Say what you will about FIFA, you can’t fault EA Sports for providing an all-encompassing simulation of the world’s favourite game. FIFA 21 is packed with over thirty leagues and all the top football tournaments, including the UEFA Champions League.

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Ride 4 PC review

Milestone, free of the licencing restraints of their excellent MotoGP franchise give us more bikes to play with in Ride 4.

Motorcycle racing games are not for the faint-hearted. At best they are a punishing war of attrition with a fiendish learning curve that opens up into a rewarding experience, at worst they are a cartoonishly easy or frustratingly annoy mess.

Ride 4 navigates this narrow road dangerously close to losing balance. This is not a game where you can expect to pick up and play. Continue reading Ride 4 PC review

Star Wars Squadrons PS4/PSVR/PC/VR review

Is the force with EA Games’ Star Wars Squadrons? We find out.

A long time ago, in a country far, far away (well, 1978, in the UK), your author, only seven years old, first pondered on what it would be like to sit in the cockpit of an X-Wing Fighter. Continue reading Star Wars Squadrons PS4/PSVR/PC/VR review

Art of Rally PC review

At a time when racing games are getting closer and closer to photoreal, it is getting harder and harder to tell them apart. Art of Rally bucks this trend with glorious stylised graphics and some great rally driving.

At first glance, Art of Rally very much reminds me of early 90s arcade racers, as pixels started to give way to real 3D graphics. But instead of being a technical limitation, the simplistic visuals of Art of Rally are a design choice and one that really makes the game special. Continue reading Art of Rally PC review

eFootball PES 2021 Season Update PS4/PC review

Football, as they say, is a funny old game. Konami’s naming convention for its eFootball PES 2021 Season Update is, to be frank, rather bizarre.

Whilst I’ve been away playing EA Sports’ FIFA with all it’s polish, licences players, teams, competitions and razzamatazz, Pro Evolution Soccer has evolved. Konami, it seems, unlike EA Games, have moved beyond the pretence that we are getting a new football game this year. Instead, what we have here is PES 2020, but updated with this year’s stats and Euro 2020. Continue reading eFootball PES 2021 Season Update PS4/PC review