Over the last weekend in November, TN2 Games and Tech Editor Seán Clerkin and I were lucky enough to attend the very first GXI (Games Expo Ireland) in the RDS, organised by the people behind Dublin Comic Con, the exposition … Continue reading A Virtual Reality: A Newbie’s Experience at Games Expo Ireland Games Editor Seán Clerkin and Deputy Games Sam Hayes attended Ireland’s first gaming expedition in November.
Doom was one of my favourite games of 2015 and the Switch is my favourite console of this generation, so naturally this was a highly anticipated port for me. 2015’s Doom reboot brought new life into the franchise as an … Continue reading Doom on Switch Doom on Switch is an incredible technical accomplishment and one of the best games on Nintendo’s fledgling system.
With the advent of triple A computer games and blockbuster films, it is all too easy to leave our concrete world in favour of the digital. Bone-rattling sound systems and slick graphics bring to life what was before limited to … Continue reading Dublin’s Best Geeky Spots: Games Workshop, Liffey Street Home of Warhammer, haven of tabletop gamers.
●●●○○ Star Wars Battlefront II marks the second console entry in EA’s tenure with the Star Wars Games licence. It excels in some aspects, but is let down by complexity and a frustrating grind in both multiplayer and the single … Continue reading Star Wars Battlefront II – PS4 It excels in some aspects, but is let down by complexity and a frustrating grind in both multiplayer and the single player campaign.
Japan In recent years much criticism has been levied against the Japanese games industry by prominent developers such as Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness) and Keiji Inafune (Mighty No. 9) for its over reliance on cinematic spectacle and their inclination … Continue reading Games Around the World: A Dynamic Industry So rarely in video game journalism are there explorations into the global landscape of the games industry itself. Sam Hayes investigates the cultural resonance of gaming around the world.
Information overload is a serious issue. Social media has become a plague, infecting every facet of our lives, and as our phones buzz away, our minds can constantly wander. Maybe I’m the exception and not the rule, but if you … Continue reading App Review: Pushbullet
●●●●○ Super Mario Odyssey, one of the most highly-anticipated titles for the Nintendo Switch, has finally hit the shelves of game stores around the world. Nintendo have been hyping up the game all year, and pre-release reviews have been calling … Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch – review It’s given the franchise a much-needed refresh, though Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach yet again.
Blasting zombies together on a couch is my favourite form of bonding. To this day, I remember my stepfather’s giggles when he would land a headshot on an alien, describing the exaggerated gore “like an exploding watermelon”. I’ve always loved … Continue reading Games for Beginners Taking the leap.
In May this year, Dublin saw the opening of its first true combination of bar and arcade. Token, in Smithfield, follows a recent trend from the US – so called barcades have been popping up in most major cities across … Continue reading Geeky spot – Token Smithfield Nostalgia trends continue
Hiveswap: Act 1 is a point-and-click PC puzzle game, developed by indie developer What Pumpkin Games. Receiving a massive $2.4 million dollars when it was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in 2012, after five years, the game is out and … Continue reading Hiveswap for PC
●●●○○ Nidhogg 2 is the follow up to the multiplayer, critical darling of the same series. In many ways it seems to be the full realisation of developer Messhof Games’ original vision. The simple fencing game in which players would … Continue reading Party of Two? Chaotic Action-Comedy “Niddhog 2” for PS4 There is something special here that neither eclipses, nor is eclipsed by, its predecessor, but instead sits alongside it as something unique.
●●●●○ Gameplay FIFA has always been more of a tiki-taka game compared to Konami’s Pro-Evolution Soccer, where short, quick passes were superior to long balls, regardless of the quality of players you had. In last year’s game, crossing felt obsolete compared … Continue reading An Opportunity to Shine: EA’s “FIFA 18” FIFA’s annual release brings gameplay tweaks and Frostbite Engine cutscenes aplenty.