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Gears Tactics Review – Tactically Brilliant

I guess it’s not surprising that a game about slamming huge meat-slabs into cover before gunning down Locus translates so well into genre that’s about slamming into cover and gunning down bad guys. It would be easy to write it off as nothing more than a basic XCOM reskin if Splash Damage hadn’t done such a damn good job of making it feel like a Gears game through and through. The production values for a game within this genre are nothing short of lavish, with cutscenes being up to Gears 5 standards and actual gameplay being able to pass itself off as one of the main games when it zooms into an over-the-shoulder viewpoint. From the stellar sound design to the way special abilities mirror the main series, Gears Tactics feels like a lot more than just some cheap XCOM clone wearing bulky armour and running around with a chainsaw strapped to a gun.

Phoenix Point Review – The New XCOM?

Phoenix Point had an intriguing development before it got launched in late 2019. Julian Gollop was the co-creator of the original X-COM, so its no surprise that Phoenix Point is like a spiritual successor, and a look at what Gallop thinks a modern XCOM game should be. The game’s development came through crowdfunding, but then controversy hit when the developers signed a 1-year exclusive deal with the Epic Game Store, angering fans who had donated money to the project under the belief it would be available on Steam. It was certainly a shady decision, and the developers must have surely known it would rankle their supporters. But for now let’s put that aside and review Phoenix Point, shall we?

Unruly Heroes Review – Unruly Good Fun

While platformers might not be powerful juggernaut that they once were we gamers are still treated to a relatively slow but steady stream of new games in the genre. Unruly Heroes is the latest in that stream, but as always the question is a simple one; is it actually any bloody good? Yes. Yes, it is. This is a hugely entertaining romp that’s near perfect for family gaming.

Battlefield: Hardline Review – Identity Crisis

Battlefield: Hardline doesn’t know what it is. On the one hand it tries to uphold the Battlefield name, a name that has become synonymous with epic multiplayer war. On the other hand it wants to be a police procedural with a hefty dose of action and a cops versus robber multiplayer. It’s almost like developer Visceral had the idea for a police game but couldn’t get the funding to build it, before EA stepped in and demanded a new Battlefield game to meet their quota since DICE were still busy fixing the mess that was Battlefield 4. What we gamers have been left with, then, is a half-baked mixture that can’t live up to the Battlefield name and can’t carve an identity for itself. It’s fun, but it’s not as good as it should be.