Monaco Competition Winners

Well, the results are in and the votes have been counted, and I’m pleased to announce the winners of’s first ever competition:

  • Andy Burn – with a review of a retro classic Tyrian. Check it out, and then fire up your DOS box and prepare for some ‘Intense Serious Fun’. (I’m sure that is the precursor to the tagline of the Metal Gear Franchise – ‘Tactical Espionage Action’). While you’re at it, check out Andy’s website for more reviews and some awesome analysis of video game music.
  • Sam Hogarth – with a review of 2011’s smash indie hit Bastion. If you’ve never played it, you owe it to yourself to give it a try, and I’m sure Sam would agree. Head on over to Sam’s website for blogs on various topics from Android development to running!

Both of these lucky winners received a copy of Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine.

Competition Entry: Intense Serious Fun

A review of Tyrian, a winning entry for the July 2013 Monaco competition by Andy Burn

Tryian Box Art

Epic Games, Inc. You might have heard of them. Back when they were Epic MegaGames they enjoyed some moderate success with a game called Unreal, and later as Epic Games they made a bit of a name for themselves with the Gears of War series. But obviously, like all right thinking people, you remember them best for the 1995 masterpiece Tyrian.

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Competition Entry: In Case Of Trouble

A review of Bastion, a winning entry for the July 2013 Monaco competition by Sam Hogarth

Once in a while you experience a moment of serendipity while engaging in an activity. Something is so fresh, so novel, that you proclaim (in your head) “YES! This is why I play video games / read books / read comics!” It’s happened twice for me with comics (Watchmen and When the Wind Blows), it happened with Majora’s Mask and Arkham Asylum. Recently, it happened too with Bastion.

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Scalpel… Suction… Hammer?!

The Steam Summer Sale has descended upon us once again, offering the usual massive discounts on triple-A titles and indie games that we all love. I managed to last until day 2 before I caved and bought Surgeon Simulator 2013 – an indie game created in just 48 hours for Global Game Jam 2013 and released by Bossa Studios.

It’s hard to define what genre the game fits into, but it doesn’t quite fit into ‘simulation’ despite the title. I would probably classify it as ‘educational’, as it has taught me one thing and one thing only… that I should never be allowed near an operating theatre.

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The Best Of Them? (Part Two)

As promised, here is part two of my review of Naughty Dog’s blockbuster hit ‘The Last Of Us’. While yesterday’s article focused on some of the little things that the game missed the mark on, today I’ll be looking at what the game excelled at, and believe me, I’m spoiled for choice!

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The Big One-Eighty


You do have to feel a little bit sorry for them I guess.

For those of you that haven’t been following the news recently, last week at E3 Microsoft and Sony both unveiled the details on their next generation console offerings. In terms of hardware, most tech news sites are reporting a slight edge for the PS4, but overall there isn’t a huge amount between them. The two competitors do distinguish themselves somewhat on price though, with the PS4 coming in about £80 cheaper than the XBox One. However, the subjects of price, hardware, and even the launch title line-ups have been utterly eclipsed by the controversies surrounding Microsoft’s policies on connectivity, game sharing, and pre-owned games.

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