Dustbowl Review | Gaming Respawn

Despite their well-documented flaws, I absolutely love the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. As a series it certainly ranks among my all-time favourites and for some time now I’ve been seeking a worthy spiritual successor to the rich, mysterious and bleakly atmospheric world of the Zone. At last, I think I’ve finally found one, though little did I…

Zombie Night Terror Review | Gaming Respawn

Zombies, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, there’s no denying they’re everywhere these days. Personally, I’m becoming increasingly ambivalent. While I initially appreciated the undead renaissance of recent years, it is starting to feel more than a little done to death as a genre. And no place is this truer than in the world of video…

Phantasmal: City of Darkness Review | Gaming Respawn

I’m a sucker for a decent horror game, especially ones that combine an intriguing setting with interesting mechanics and an immersive atmosphere. Throw in a bit of Lovecraft and I’m pretty much sold. Inevitably then, I was drawn to Phantasmal: City of Darkness when I saw it left Steam early access last month. Developed by…

Elite: Dangerous – one year on

Yes, it’s now over a year since Elite: Dangerous (ED) left beta and went into retail release. In that time I’ve clocked up 489 hours, earned (and spent) hundreds of millions of credits and own multiple ships. I’ve had a good bash at every profession, taken part in community events, teamed up with other Commanders…

Fallout 4 – have Bethesda finally nailed it?

War. War never changes. And not much changes with regards to Bethesda’s approach to making ambitious open-world role-playing games (RPGs). Good news if you loved the previous two instalments of the Fallout franchise or their fantasy RPG Skyrim (2011). The bad news is that many of the problems that plagued those games still persist. After…