Review: Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice

As the end credits rolled I realised I wasn’t quite sure what a ‘Growlanser’ was or why the subtitle ‘The Sense of Justice’ was chosen. I looked up the game on Wikipedia – which I hadn’t done before this point – and also saw that there were dating sim elements in the game’s final section that I’d completely missed out on because my ‘friendship’ levels with the female characters wasn’t high enough. The list of unsolved mysteries kept getting longer…

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Super Famicom vs. Nintendo Wii – How to get the best picture from your retro games

I must admit that at some point during the last couple of years the Nintendo Wii got boxed up and put away in the cupboard. Because of this the first part of this week’s venture was a Nintendo Wii hunt in which I opened up a lot of old boxes and discovered that I own more Sega Megadrives than I ever remember buying. My mission: to discover how the graphics on the Wii’s Virtual Console compare against the real thing.

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LQVE: Lion Quest Versus Expanded launches on Steam

LQVE Lion Quest titleJethro and friends return for a hypnotic voyage across the Lion Quest universe in LQVE: Lion Quest Versus Expanded – now available on Steam. Push the boundaries of time and space in this meditative platformer and experimental party game for 1–4 players.

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Review: NieR Automata

It’s taken me a lot longer than it should have to get around to this review. The fact that I’m still playing NieR Automata is certainly a positive, and now it’s been a few months I can safely say it’s one of the most intriguing and all-round excellent games to come out in a really long time.

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LQVE: Lion Quest Versus Expanded – Coming Soon

LQVE Lion Quest Temple 2.5Jethro and friends will be returning for another action-packed adventure. LQVE: Lion Quest Versus Expanded is coming soon to Steam and will launch with support for Windows, Mac and Linux/Steam OS.

For players of the original Lion Quest there’s also good news – version 1.20 will go live on Steam this week and this features numerous improvements to the game including a new dynamic camera tracking system. This was originally developed for LQVE, but I ended up liking it so much that I couldn’t resist configuring it for the first game also.

LQVE Lion Quest Fish Tank 2.5

Review: Wipeout Omega Collection

Wipeout: Omega Collection is the remaster of a remaster, and much of the content goes all the way back to the good ol’ days of the PSP. There’s tracks here I’ve now played through in four different iterations of the franchise, but the fact that there’s now a Wipeout game on PlayStation 4 is certainly nothing to complain about – especially considering that Studio Liverpool closed back in 2012. Although familiar, Wipeout: Omega Collection delivers a further level of refinement to an already masterful series, and that’s pretty great.

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Top 5 games inspired by Twin Peaks

It’s been quite the wait, but this week Twin Peaks has returned after a twenty six year break between its second and third season. In that time, Mark Frost and David Lynch’s cult classic has been hugely influential, and its ambitious storytelling, eerie atmosphere and memorable characters have had a notable influence on many videogames. Today I’ve picked out my top five games that embody everything amazing about Twin Peaks.

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