Weekend Whammy: Void Writing, Control & Cancer

Right, onto the Weekend Whammy. Hello again my friends, another week has somehow slipped by like a ninja in the night, so let’s jump into it.

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Call For Help: Support A Terminal Cancer Sufferer Pay The Bills & Battle The UK Benefit System (updated)

Hey friends,

So obviously this one isn’t video game related or indeed related to any of my usually content. Sorry about that! But the advantage of having my own site is that I can do stuff like this.

I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page for a close family friend who suffers from two different types of cancer. She’s terminal. It could be days, months or maybe even years. She reckons as long as she can watch Netflix and get out the house for some food at the local cafe then it’s worth hanging on.

Below I’ve copied and pasted her story as I wrote it on the Go Fund Me. She doesn’t want to be named, and I’m going to respect that, but she does need help, so if you spare a few coins to help her pay the bills while the battles the UK’s horrendous benefit system then I would deeply appreciate your help.

Official Control artwork depicting lead character Jess Faden

Control Review – Game Of The Year?

The history of Remedy starts waaaaay back in the days of slow motion diving. Yes, I’m talking about the Max Payne games which I first experienced at the tender age of way too young to be playing them. But thanks to my dad play them I did, and while I didn’t understand a word of what was going on I did understand the special magic that Remedy had created. Since then the company hasn’t lost its flair for creating unique things: just look at Alan Wake and Quantum Dream. They’ve struggled to release a big hit, though. Alan Wake did okay but never well enough to get a sequel, and Quantum Dream just sort of vanished into the ether. But Control could be different. This could be the big one.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review – A Passable Offshoot

I really love the idea behind games like Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Cheaper, smaller offshoots of the main series that let the developers play around with some ideas without having to create something quite so vast. Taken in that context, though, reviewing this smaller projects can be difficult because just how much should they be compared to their main series counterparts? Wolfenstein: Youngblood, after all, does do a lot different: new lead characters, co-op gameplay, RPG mechanics and a second developer in the form of Arkane, the folk responsible for Dishonored. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s jump into it.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Review – It’s Quite Good

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Butt Stallion. Its continuing mission to explore strange new worlds filled with potentially lucrative minerals, to seek out new life that can be conned out of some cash and new civilizations filled with new ways to earn a living, to boldly go where no one has gone before and blow everything up. Welcome to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, it’s a bloody space jungle out there.

Weekend Whammy: Rebel Galaxy Outlaw & Pokemon Crystal

I’ve only published a single review this week folks. I’m afraid real life has been sort of getting in the way, and I’ve been having a bit of downer with the ‘ol depression and anxiety. Getting out of bed has been more of a challenge than it should be. But those are just excuses for my lack of work output. I need to learn how to schedule things and balance the site out with real world stuff.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship Review – Keep On Trucking

The human race can be a confusing species indeed. We merrily build powerful trucks designed to transport lots of cargo, and then for some reason decide to go racing with them, despite the fact that we also build incredible cars and bikes designed specifically to race. These trucks are so completely unsuitable for racing that their brakes literally attempt to self-destruct, and yet race them we do. Because humans are bloody stupid. We’re the same species that create energy drinks, slap on a warning that they shouldn’t be mixed with alcohol and then proceed to mix them with alkanol anyway. It’s a wonder we’ve actually made it this far. And that brings us to FIA European Truck Racing Championship, the officially licensed game of the real-life sport of racing things that shouldn’t be raced.

Oculus Rift S Review – Upgrade, Or Downgrade?

The Oculus Rift S is not the next big Rift that we’ve all been waiting for, and Oculus themselves have been careful not to advertise it as one. No, the Oculus Rift S is…uh. Honestly, the problem is I don’t think anyone is sure what the S actually is. It isn’t an upgrade nor arguably even a refinement as many of the improvements have come at the expense of other features. So, let’s review the Oculus Rift S and try to figure who this VR headset is really for.