Kraven Manor – game review

Kraven Manor started out life as a graduate project assigned to 13 students at Southern Methodist University in the US. It was of sufficient quality it built up momentum, winning two Intel University awards, is in the top 100 games over at Indie DB, and finally, following much polishing, was released on Steam by newly-formed Demon Wagon Studios. Having played through twice, I can say this attention and kudos is well-deserved, as this is a well-executed and highly atmospheric title, if perhaps inevitably a little brief […]

The Evil Within – Review

For those of you who don’t know, the director of The Evil Within is Shinji Mikami, who created the original Biohazard/Resident Evil. This has been at the core of a lot of preview articles in the media, as he not only created the series but revived its fortunes when he assumed directorial duties on Biohazard/Resident Evil 4, regarded by many as the pinnacle of the series. These credentials are touted with the greatest of expectations that with The Evil Within he would reinvent ‘Survival Horror’ for the new generation of games consoles […]

Lifeless Planet Review

Hey you. Yes, you, at the back. I see you there, hopping from foot-to-foot, so full of your own humour you’re about to burst. Go on, get it out of your system.

“Walking Simulator 3000! Hurr hurr hurr!”

OK, good, now we’ve got that out of the way, perhaps the adults can continue. […]

Horror Gaming: Murdered Soul Suspect

There is a certain type of person who is going to see Murdered Soul Suspect as an enjoyable and above-average cat simulator with an unnecessary murder-mystery attached to it. There are a number of parts of the game which require taking control of fearless and athletic felines, and these play rather well. I also suspect that one or more of the developers have kitties at home due to the attention which has gone into these sections, including the addition of a “meow” button. I can honestly say I was enormously entertained by this, meowing like a maniac as I zoomed through church air conditioning vents, annoyed repair men, and jumped all over old ladies trying to give their daughters marital advice.[…]

Horror Gaming: DreadOut

I recall reading a newspaper retrospective on the film version of The Exorcist where the journalist authoring the article wondered if the movie’s reputation did it a disservice: for a first time viewer, how could a mere piece of story-telling on celluloid ever live up to that reputation? This is not to say that DreadOut is a hyped or famously scary game; on the contrary, it’s a localised-to-English version of an Indonesian game that had the potential to be an unexpected gem. It is more that once expectations have been set high, disappointment bites all the harder, and after a fantastic start, this game unfortunately lets itself down […]

Horror Gaming: Daylight

One of the first things I noticed on starting Daylight was that the protagonist is female. I nodded in approval, before a millisecond later reflecting it is sad that is still noteworthy. Protagonist gender is a peculiar topic. […]

Horror Gaming – Haunted Memories (Episode One)

Haunted Memories is, without a doubt, an exceptionally mysterious game. As the nameless (but beardy) protagonist, you awaken in a rainy, gloom laden countryside scene. As you make your way down the path, there’s a car by the side of the road – empty, lights on. What is this place? There’s a note on the car – will this shed any light? Yes! It seems that mumble mumble mumble mumble. The plot thickens.

Thank goodness for Goat Simulator

This is not going to be a full review (not least as I am not sure where to begin), about which I am glad as I try not to do spoilers in my reviews, and it would be hard to talk about what makes Goat Simulator so much fun without giving away some of the […]

Horror Gaming: Amnesia – A Machine for Pigs (originally published 2014/03/04)

There comes a point in the career of many a schoolchild where they stumble with delight upon the saying “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” The quotation is from George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman and is undoubtedly the bane of many in the teaching profession. I have always thought this rather unfair. Unfortunately, with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the maxim is appropriate.

Horror Gaming – Outlast (originally published 2013/12/29)

There’s no danger of the faint-of-heart accidentally picking up Outlast thinking it’s a staring contest simulator. It is very obvious what this is. It’s a visceral horror game set in an asylum. You can’t get anywhere near this game without that being as plain as the nose on your face (though whether that nose will continue to be attached to your face is not quite so clear).