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WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship PlayStation 5 review

KT Racing go all out next-gen with WRC 10. The veteran rally game franchise finally gets the makeover it deserves.

For me, the WRC games have always been overshadowed by the polished visuals of Codemasters with its Dirt games. Whilst the WRC franchise has presented itself as a series of licenced pure rally games, the graphics have been a bit lacking. The visuals were a stark contrast to the racing physics which have always been superb if a little unforgiving. Continue reading WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship PlayStation 5 review

D-Link EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router DIR-X1560 review

D-Link continues its foray into the Wi-Fi 6 router space with their EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 router.

If I had a dollar for every new router that crossed my desk boasting “the fastest Wi-Fi speeds yet” I’d have, well, a fair few dollars. The difference with a Wi-Fi 6 like the DIR-X1560 router is that it is, actually, a next-gen Wi-Fi device. Continue reading D-Link EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router DIR-X1560 review

Read Dead Redemption 2 PC review

Read Dead Redemption 2 released last year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to critical acclaim. As full-on Wild West simulator, the level of detail and the depth of the game was a bit too much for some players. The action, whilst intense, is punctuated by long dialogue-heavy journeys on horseback, and less bombastic tasks such as hunting and crafting.

PC owners, somewhat more attuned to this level of deep gameplay experience have had to wait all this time to get their hands on a game that, if I’m honest, seems like it was made for PC. It’s a shame that the last game never made the leap from console to PC as, even now, the original Red Dead Redemption still holds up as an Xbox One Enhanced title. Continue reading Read Dead Redemption 2 PC review

EA Games’ Need for Speed turns up the Heat: PC/Xbox One review

This year, EA’s NFS developer, Ghost Studios, takes us to Palm City, a very thinly veiled version of Miami, for a bit of street-racing with Need for Speed Heat.

Heat puts behind us some of the odd design choices employed by EA Games’ Ghost Studios in the past. There’s no cheesy live-action cut scenes. There are, also, no shoehorned card elements in the game and it’s free from loot boxes. Upgrades and new cars are obtained through gameplay progression and not gimmicks. Continue reading EA Games’ Need for Speed turns up the Heat: PC/Xbox One review

Broforce Nintendo Switch review

Devolver Digital’s seminal retro-shooter, Broforce, brings its awesomeness to the Nintendo Switch.

I’m not, generally speaking, a fan of “90s-style retro shooters”. As a forty-something gamer, the feeling of nostalgia when playing a pixelated mess of a game dissipates very quickly. I was there the first time around, and even before- when computer graphics were no more than inverse ASCII characters.

My inbox is filled on an almost daily basis with press releases from PR firms charged with the thankless task of promoting the latest sprite-based indie shooter. I really feel for them, but doesn’t stop me sending the email straight to the trash.

It is for this reason that, to my eternal shame, I first overlooked Broforce. Continue reading Broforce Nintendo Switch review