Red Crucible Reloaded

Red Crucible Reloaded is, for all intents and purposes, an archetypical modern military shooter, and I don’t mean that in a good way. It has the bare minimum in every category to qualify as a multiplayer FPS, with almost nothing to give it any sort of identity beyond that. I first became aware of the game thanks to my brother, as its predecessor Red Crucible 2 was the first-ever online game he got really addicted to. So for me personally, my main motivation for playing was to spend time with him doing something he enjoys. The main perk for him… [Continue Reading]

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Trying EverQuest in 2020

Despite not considering myself an MMO kind of guy, I’ve somehow put in hundreds of hours in both World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy 14, mostly because they’re great games to play while plowing through my TV backlog on the second monitor. Both of them were highly influential games for their generation of MMOs, cornering the market by setting the standards many of their competitors would try and (for the most part, fail to) surpass. But they’re only two parts of the triumvirate. There’s a third game, one that first put 3D MMOs on the map. Most of the earlier… [Continue Reading]

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Portal Stories: Mel Review

Part of me feels unsure about writing an article on Portal Stories: Mel, because it’s the sort of game that’s best played by leaping in without knowing anything beforehand. That was how I did it, and I’m very glad I didn’t perform my usual pre-game research. Not because there are twists or spoilers or anything, this isn’t Doki Doki Literature Club or Undertale. The game is very straightforward, but the player character has no idea what she’s gotten herself into, and ideally you should be in a similar state if you give the game a try. The Portal series will… [Continue Reading]

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Why Would I Want a Child Robot?

I got an email in the Daily SPUF inbox the other day, saying how they loved aabicus’s old Doki Doki review and requested that we review their game. Although I passed it on to aabicus to see if he wanted to review it, I decided to give this game a try. It was free, so why not? The title of the game? I ordered a cute child robot! (I don’t like that term. I’m a household android.) I don’t think this game is made for people like me. I never really enjoyed visual novels with choices in them because the… [Continue Reading]

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Book Review: The Elder Scrolls Official Cookbook

For Christmas, I got a very strange selection of gifts that I absolutely adored. The most peculiar gift I got though was from my brother, which, as the title of this article suggests, was a cookbook, based on the Elder Scrolls universe. Written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, this book is part of a collection of cookbooks spanning a range of popular, fantasy themes like Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft. Brother, having seen how much time I’ve spent playing Skyrim, wisely picked this book out for me. And it’s a really, really nicely laid out book, with an obviously fantasy… [Continue Reading]

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Jackbox Party Pack 6 – A Pleasant Surprise

Whenever there is a new Jackbox Party Pack available, I can always count on my brother to buy it and bust it out at the next family gathering. I’ve discussed some of the Jackbox Party Packs before, including the standalone games like Drawful, but the 6th edition of the Party Pack is a genuinely great addition to the collection. Actually, I’ll go ahead and say that it’s probably the most rounded of the party packs in general. There are five games in the 6th Party Pack, one of which is a sequel to an old game from a previous party… [Continue Reading]

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Pokemon GO had its first premium event. Was it worth getting?

Pokemon GO has extensively used in-game events to spice up the playerbase or showcase a new pokemon, and for the most part they’ve been very well received. But the recent Colossal Discovery, heralding the return of the Regis and the arrival of their overlord Regigigas, received a tepid response from the community at best due to being a premium event. You had to shell out $7.99 if you wanted to experience the event spawns, complete event researches, and catch the early-access Regigigas at the end. Was it worth it? Do you have a ticket for A Colossal Discovery? Be sure… [Continue Reading]

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A Short Hike – A Cute Little Game

I don’t normally subscribe to things like Humble Monthly, but this month was an exception so I could get the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. I mean, I can’t say no to Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and a Call of Duty game for €12, can I? And alongside my purchase of Humble Monthly, I gained access to the Humble Trove, which contains a bunch of DRM-free games that I can download and forget about. That was how I managed to stumble into a Short Hike, published by the Humble Bundle group themselves. A Short Hike is a little exploration game where you control… [Continue Reading]

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Thoughts on the Joker Movie

I went to see Joker at the cinema the other night, after not really seen any movies for a while, and frankly, it was worth the trip. The cinema was packed but everyone was pretty quiet throughout the whole movie. Understandably because Joker was a genuinely really good movie. The plot was great. The acting was great. The music was great. The cinematography was outstanding, with some really amazing and beautiful shots. This is a well-crafted world, even if it is anachronistic at times, with believable characters and scenarios. You can see this horrible transformation from a hollow soul clinging… [Continue Reading]

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Quick Thoughts on Borderlands 3

Ages ago, I considered doing a series of reviews on games based on the first half an hour of gameplay and nothing more. I never really got around to it because of just how varied that half an hour can be, and I was never really sure what rules to have. Should it be 30 minutes of straight gameplay only? Should I include troubleshooting and cut scenes? I never knew,so I never did it. But it was something I also considered doing with Borderlands 3. Anyway, after many troubles trying to obtain Borderlands 3, I finally have the game installed… [Continue Reading]

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