New Review on – Stronghold 3

November 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Stronghold 3 is a weird game. It’s probably the most fun I have ever had in a roughly-dug pit of bugs, if I was honest. Yes, I freely admit it’s a very difficult game to recommend in the broken state it was released in, but damn it – I have spent so many hours in the “free-play” mode, I would be doing myself an injustice if I simply wailed on about how borked the combat is, or how many apples these greedy bastards chomp through during an apple-blight. It WILL be a great game, one day. Mark my words…

Go read them at, and you can decide for yourself if I was being too nice. The most recent patches seem to have evened out a fair amount of crashes and the interface is now at the “tolerable” level, instead of the “bloody broken” one it was at when I reviewed it. But, even with all these fixes, thirty quid is still very steep for such an unfinished game.

It’s your call, but I’m still making castles. That has to count for something.


Battlefield 3 – Pads are Crap

November 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

I know. I am a PC gamer, and as such, should look on at consoles with derision and pity. Poor little boxes trying to cope in a world of hex-core processors and graphics cards the size of a small hatchback… but sometimes, things do look better from behind those two little grey sticks. Racing games are immensely more enjoyable on a 50 inch plasma TV, third-person shooters don’t make me want to vomit, and occasionally (rarely, in all honesty), the casual nature of console-multiplayer makes some FPS games easier to enjoy… Black Ops, I’m looking at you.

Sometimes, it’s for slightly less comfort-related reasons. Battlefield 3 is something of a monster to run, and I was more than a little doubtful my ageing HD4850 would cope with the strain of all that lens-flare… so, I did something naughty.

I bought it for the Xbox 360.

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