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Dance like nobody's watching

Published December 19, 2015

Dance like nobody's watching

The long-awaited update to the Apple TV that allowed third-party apps has been a mixed blessing. On the one hand, there are lots of new apps to play with and some of them are fan-flippin-tastic! On the other hand, usability and simplicity has taken a big knock, and there were some pretty serious niggles that are, thankfully, gradually being ironed out. Better to dwell on the good, though, and I’ve found the apps to be a breath of fresh air.

Definitive is a pretty strong word

Published February 18, 2014

Definitive is a pretty strong word

Recently, we’ve been playing Tomb Raider, the definitive edition on the PS4. It’s the game that actually made us interested in the new generation consoles in the first place, and it’s a highlight in what has been a very quiet early market for this new Playstation. I was intrigued by the game trailer when we saw it so very long ago, it looked good but I was concerned about the level of screeching and pained noises that Lara was making.

I feel the need

Published January 20, 2014

I feel the need

I wrote about our difficult initiation with the Playstation 4, but once it finally started working, there is no question that it’s a great bit of kit. We’ve played a couple of games and been pretty impressed with what we’ve seen, but most of our attention has been on Need for Speed Rivals. I am the first to admit that my virtual driving skills are practically non-existent, and racing games don’t really do it for me.

The Playstation 4 - A rocky start

Published January 9, 2014

The Playstation 4 - A rocky start

Console gaming is a slow moving beast, particularly when compared with the fast moving online and app world. But after twenty years in the business, and with a desperate need to distinguish themselves from Microsoft’s offerings, Sony should know better, try harder, get the digital side working seamlessly. Santa brought us an incredible gift this Christmas, in the shape of a Playstation 4. It’s been well documented that we don’t really do gifts, but this was something we wanted and would have bought ourselves as soon as we could have found stock, so it was really the perfect present.

Tomb Raider 1 makes a comeback

Published December 20, 2013

Tomb Raider 1 makes a comeback

The chaps in charge of Tomb Raider these days, Square Enix, have in their infinite wisdom released the first installment of the game for iOS devices for just 69p. I was always more of a fan of Tomb Raider 2, but getting access to any of the early games has been tricky of late. Now, the game that made Lara Croft famous has been released for next to nothing and it looks great!

Links roundup - Games, apps, biographies, books and more

Published July 14, 2013

Links roundup - Games, apps, biographies, books and more

Since I’ve been catching up with my news and views on Feedly, I’ve been making good use of the “Save for Later” feature - particularly when I stumble across things I might want to blog about. I managed to scrawl out something on that New York swimming pool, but the rest just isn’t inspiring me for a full post. With that and the fact I’m struggling with the heat, I thought it might be better to round up some of the things I’ve saved recently in brief, rather than leave them languishing forever!

Welcome to Sunset Valley, or: 2009 called, wants its Sims 3 review back

Published March 18, 2013

Welcome to Sunset Valley, or: 2009 called, wants its Sims 3 review back

Normally, I would call this kind of post my “early thoughts” on something. Kindles, phones, games, they all get the same kind of treatment. The Sims 3, however, was first released in 2009 and I have just managed to get my hands on it now… the year 2013. Part of it was reluctance. I loved The Sims 2 and had no particular desire to replace it. Part of it was time.

Temple Run - Like running around in a Tomb Raider movie

Published October 8, 2012

Temple Run - Like running around in a Tomb Raider movie

I know I am very far behind to have only just discovered Temple Run. In fact, I saw the Brave tie-in before I saw the actual game, and because I haven’t seen Brave, I instantly dismissed it. I can’t remember why I suddenly decided to download it, but I was reading through some news feeds and they talked of other games of a similar nature to Temple Run. I opted to head back to the original and download it to see what all the fuss was about.

On a desert island, games would have to be my luxury

Published September 6, 2012

On a desert island, games would have to be my luxury

I just recently finished playing a new, actually old, game on the iPad called The Island: Castaway. I can’t remember why I bought it, except that I love islands and the concept of being cast away on one. That’ll probably do it. There’s a video ad for the game that explains it better than I could. It’s really very simple, you just run around picking things up, and interacting with other characters.

Tomb Raider at E3 - too realistic for its own good?

Published June 4, 2012

Tomb Raider at E3 - too realistic for its own good?

That E3 stuff is going on right now, and with it comes a bumper crop of Tomb Raider goodies. Except, I’m not finding them so good. Watch this trailer for the actual gameplay (I watched the trailer, and then muted the rest to ogle the goodness without the commentary). Is it me or is this just too realistic? I don’t get how you can play it. I was watching the scenes thinking: “Yea, I want to see this movie.