All posts by Danny Lilley
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published Thursday, Aug 28th

Table Top Racing Vita Review

Back in the days of the PlayStation 2 there was a racing game that held a special place in a lot of gamers memories. It wasn’t however the Gran Turismo series but rather a game featuring miniature cars and their attempts to race around the human world, that game was Micro Machines. Table Top Racing from Playrise Digital attempts to reignite those fond memories for the PlayStation Vita.


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published Friday, Jun 20th

Blockstorm Preview

Some games want to see you lay waste to the world around you while others focus on building it up. Blockstorm attempts to blur the lines between the two, combining a first person shooter with Minecraft-style creation.

Currently in early access via Steam, Blockstorm from Ghostshark Games aims to offer more than your average FPS primarily with its suite of customisation tools and unpredictable multiplayer action. At its core Blockstorm is a somewhat basic shooter, allowing players to select a loadout and take on others in frantic combat. It’s not the twitch speed that Call of Duty players are used to, but sits more akin to the Battlefield franchise with slight weight to the weapons.


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published Thursday, May 15th

New Kinect-less Xbox One for £349

Despite the annual E3 conference being just less than a month away, Microsoft have revealed a huge announcement a little early, and it’s one that has the potential to dramatically help increase their console sales.

From 9th June the Xbox One will be available without their previously ‘required’ Kinect camera at a reduced price of £349.99.


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published Saturday, Mar 22nd

Dark Souls II Review

It’s hard to mention either Demon’s Souls, or its successor Dark Souls, without the words ‘difficult’ and ‘frustrating’ springing to mind.

However, laborious qualities aside, the highly rewarding nature and sense of achievement that conquering the challenges on offer by these games can’t be understated. These tests have always been something that series veterans have somewhat lauded, especially over those that can’t rise to the challenge.

During development of Dark Souls II it was revealed that the aim was to make the title ‘more accessible’ — this rang a lot of alarm bells for the franchise faithful. So, does this ‘approachable’ move mean that the game is easier, or does Dark Souls II retain the same ‘soul’ of its predecessors?


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published Thursday, Feb 20th

You’ll Soon Be Able To Buy Mario’s Kart

Many gamers the world over have enjoyed the thrills (and frustrations) of Nintendo’s long-running Mario Kart series, with many no doubt dreaming of taking a real-life version of the famous plumber’s kart for a spin. Thankfully, such a thing is now a reality, at least for children, as Jakks Pacific have unveiled an official Nintendo-licensed Mario Kart ride-on vehicle.


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published Monday, Dec 16th

Is PlayStation Plus Worth It Now?

Back in 2010 we weighed up whether PlayStation Plus, Sony’s then new subscription service for PS3 owners, was worth your cash.

At the time we judged that perhaps the £39.99 annual entry fee wasn’t really worth laying down the cash for. Yes, you may have got your moneys worth in terms of access to games, but with the titles on offer not providing a compelling enough reason to commit, the service proved hard to wholeheartedly recommend. Not only that, but when staked up against Microsoft’s rival Xbox Live service, Sony’s alternative take on a console subscription service was viewed negatively, namely for not providing key features such as cross-game chat.

Since then a lot has changed, and it’s clear that PlayStation Plus is an ever evolving service. So with PlayStation 4’s now in homes across the country is the annual subscription worth your cash today? We take another look to give you our revised thoughts.


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published Thursday, Dec 05th

UK Dev Allgraf Release Sandbox Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Darkout’ On Steam

Independent studio Allgraf, based in the heart of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, have been busy on their newest adventure Darkout, which is available now.

Offering a similar play style to that of the hugely popular Minecraft and Terraria games, Darkout drops players in an open world environment with mining, crafting and building as their main tools. The purpose being to not only explore the world of Illuna for resources, but also to defend themselves from the alien beings that roam the open environment.


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published Tuesday, Nov 19th

Multiplayer Memories — Burnout Paradise

With this console generation coming to an end it’s hard not to get nostalgic about what has made these past several years so memorable. So, we’re looking back at what titles have been the highlights, especially when it comes to gaming with friends.

Danny Lilley reflects over one of this generations most unique and enjoyable multiplayer experiences. Nope, it’s not an entry from the hugely popular Call of Duty, FIFA or Battlefield franchises, but 2008’s Burnout Paradise from Guildford-based Criterion Games.


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published Sunday, Nov 03rd

F1 Race Stars Coming To Wii U

Last year saw the release of cutesey F1-inspired kart racer F1 Race Stars, featuring cartoon-style versions of real world drivers facing off against each other in scaled down cars. Now, the game is making it’s way to the Wii U.

The game originally appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in November of 2012 — arriving just a few short weeks ahead of the Wii U’s late November launch. However, if you’ve been clamouring to play this on your Gamepad then you don’t have to wait much longer, as one year on the game is making its Wii U debut. 


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published Tuesday, Sep 10th

Sony Aim To Reinvigorate The Vita With A New Model And TV Box

Although the Tokyo Game Show may not get underway until Thursday, September 19th Sony Japan preceded it with a rather revealing PlayStation conference.

Alongside confirmation of a February 22nd, 2014 PlayStation 4 Japanese launch date (a whole 3 months after us Brits will see it), Sony also built upon their recent Gamescom showing to further push the PlayStation Vita as an appealing handheld for the masses, introducing a new refreshed model.

Can Sony tempt prospective buyers with a revised Vita console along with something that very few people expected – PlayStation Vita TV.