David Haden

“My god, it’s full of bugs…”

Oh dear, The Escapist review of the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game is in… “Unfortunately, Andromeda misses the mark” The story… “quickly devolves into something that’s going to sound all too familiar to fans of the series”. “… the game’s writing seems oddly out of sync, varying from quests that feel agonizing and meaningful to […]

Titan Quest: 10th Anniversary Edition

One of my all-time favourite games Titan Quest (2006) (my review), recently had a 10th Anniversary release. This mega bufferooni of a release was slipped out in August when I wasn’t paying much attention to such things, and I’ve only just discovered it. The new edition is on GOG.com and apparently also on Steam (I […]

Skyrim Special Edition for PC

I just heard something about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PC). But where is it? Erm, Amazon UK “knows nurthing…”, not even a release date. Durh. Steam may know something, but it slams me with an age verification check before it’ll show me anything about the game. And yet search engines show me […]

Life on the Mississippi as a videogame

The audiobook of Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi provides, in its first half, a near-perfect template for a business tycoon / colonisation / steamboat piloting videogame. Admittedly, in the PC Windows market anything that comes within a league of being a sailing/pirates game falls overboard and gets eaten by sharks. And I guess the […]

Civilization VI: Queen Victoria

Civilisation II was once one of my favourite PC games, but the follow-up Civ III was a buggy mess. So I switched to Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (Civ in space, basically), and that was fun for a few days. But it just didn’t grip like Civ II had. I read the magazine reviews of the […]

Morrowind megamod for Skyrim – getting closer

The latest edition of PC Gamer magazine (June 2016, both the US and UK editions) has an interesting three-page profile of the team making the Morrowind total conversion mod for Skyrim. Yes, we’ll be able to play the complete Morrowind in Skyrim, enjoying the enhanced graphics and meshes, side quests as well as a whole […]

Far Cry: Primal

Looking down “the PC games of 2016” list, Far Cry: Primal looks like my game-to-watch for 2016. At least until someone faithfully remakes and ships Unreal Tournament 2004 (which is actually sort-of-maybe happening, but is still in alpha). Primal had me at “Badgers”. Any game with prehistoric badgers has to be fun… “Players can tame […]