Games

Why I Lost Interest In Gwent and Why That’s Okay

Earlier this week the final version of CD Project Red’s “Gwent” was launched, a stand-alone version of the card game from The Witcher 3. The free game has been in beta for almost two years and received numerous updates and changes throughout. As someone who played it from the very first day during the closed beta that kicked everything off, I’m not happy with how it shaped up. If you…

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Review: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The happiest I can be as a Tomb Raider fan, is that moment when Lara descends into an underground cavern or tomb and you really get the sense of dread and confusion of how the hell you’re suppose to go from there. Those moments when you have been staring at a puzzle or ancient contraption of levers, cogs and pulleys and just when you think “This is impossible” something clicks…


We Need To Get Rid of Classic Difficulty Modes

The easiest difficulty setting in the 1994 DOS game “Rise of the Triad” is called “I’m a Chew Toy” – accompanied with an image of a dog with a toy in its mouth. Probably even better known is Wolfenstein 3D’s “Can I Play, Daddy?” featuring a portrait of protagonist William Blaskowicz wearing a baby bonnet and a pacifier in his mouth. Those are classic tropes, and almost everyone who played…


Red Dead Redemption and the Complexities of Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy is a tricky thing. Because it’s a very subjective matter. We like to think that history is based on facts, but it eventually comes down to the interpretation of the people that are there to record it. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it in his famous quote: “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” And often without realising it, we’re basing…


Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Call of Duty World War II – Review

“Incomiiiiiiing!” The soldier next to me bellows over the sound of gunfire and you can hear the anxiety and fear in his voice. Without thinking twice I hit the B-button on the Xbox One controller to throw myself on the ground. My character “hits the deck” as it is called, I see his hands breaking his fall and the muddy cobblestones zoom towards me. Trucks and jeeps drew deep tire…


Don’t Vote with your Wallet – Vote with your Protest!

When I was a kid, I used to collect Panini stickers. You buy an album, and get card packs with random stickers to fill up the empty squares. You never know what stickers you’re going to get. But for the joy of opening a pack, the excitement of getting new ones and trading the doubles, you gladly paid a price. When you think about it, it was scale model capitalism:…


Winter Wonder Game

Last week, Skyrim was free to play for the weekend. Despite previous reservations I decided to give it a go, using the opportunity to do so without buyer’s regret. I’ve been, in the past, disappointed by the bland emptiness of Oblivion and maintained the conviction that Elder Scrolls games were just not for me. Although I like open world games, I felt that the minimal narrative and complete lack of…


The Amazing and Fearsome Hessians

Ever since playing Assassin’s Creed 3, I have a mild obsession with the Hessians. I think it’s about time we talk about this and take a look into the interesting history of these German mercenaries and the many strikingly correct and incorrect ways they are depicted in the game. Anyone who played Assassin’s Creed 3 is familiar with the Hessians, or Jägers as they are referred to in the game….


Gamescom turned out to be a History Game Bonanza and I couldn’t be Happier

Gamescom turned out to be a history game bonanza and I couldn’t be happier. The European version of E3 in Cologne kicked it off with a trailer of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins, revealing to take place against the background of Julius Caesar’s invasion and the game of thrones (pun very much intended) he played with Cleopatra. Then there was the announcement of Age of Empires IV being in production,…