After a glowing appraisal from popular (and arguably best) board game reviewers Shut Up & Sit Down, Inis quickly shot into the spotlight as the hot new thing.
It’s the third in a series of games from French publisher Matagot which fall into the genre affectionately known as “dudes on a map games”, the previous two being the highly acclaimed Kemet and the less highly regarded (but still liked) Cyclades.
All the games do things quite differently, however, and in this review I’ll tell you not only how Inis sets itself apart from the others, but also why it makes a good case for being the best of the three.
Even though I’ve done scores of notebook reviews over the years, I should confess that for the most part, I’d not buy the vast majority of them. Not because they aren’t good or even great, but simply because I’ve no interest in many of the traditional form factors. This is simply because I find them too cumbersome. I imagine that for most people it’s not an issue, but I suspect those of you who’ve had to lug around heavy notebooks at airports and on rapid transit systems know exactly what I’m talking about. [If at this point, you’re thinking to yourself, “Well Neo, perhaps you should spend less time in airports and more time working on your notebook-carrying muscles,” I feel I should point out that Neo has many scary muscles, many of which I’ve never even heard of. Dude spends more time at the gym than I do sleeping. So if he’s got an issue with heavy notebooks, I’m fairly certain you will too. – Ed.]
Somehow, the entire reason for the existence of notebooks and portables seems to have been lost, especially considering that many Steam Machines (however misguided that standard is, or rather, was) are considerably lighter than the average gaming notebook. There’s no reason for this other than that the vast majority of notebook vendors (save for Apple, who perhaps caters to a different demographic/user) have essentially zero creativity, and build notebooks based on parts available and not on what any one demographic needs or wants.
Welcome to December, the month of free stuff. Well, it’s also the month of giving, and awkward family dinners, and horrific road accident figures, but let’s ignore all that because we’re straying off topic. On the subject of free stuff, PlayStation has just announced their December line-up of games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Sadly none of them are actually Christmas themed, so maybe they’re slightly missing the point.
Hey look, Ubisoft has more free stuff on offer! Since June, the company has been giving away a game to PC users every month as part of their 30 year anniversary celebrations. This December, that comes to an end, and their final freebie will be Assassin’s Creed III.
Underworld: Blood Wars opens in cinemas on 2 December. That’s tomorrow! I don’t remember much about the Underworld franchise, but I know it stars Kate Beckinsale as a vampire doing assorted vampire things. There are other vampires too, and also some werewolves. It’s a whole vampires/werewolves thing, and there’s lots of drama and shooting and shouting and ludicrous blue eyes and stuff. EXCITING!
To celebrate the launch of the new film, we’ve got our hands on five Underworld: Blood Wars hampers to offer you the chance to win. It’s jam-packed full of sweet, sweet goodies. If you fancy the chance to win one of ’em, follow me below for more details.
So, this is a thing that’s actually happening. According to a press release in my inbox this morning, DICE is deploying its own official game servers in the Middle East, Hong Kong, and South Africa sometime in “early 2017”.
The lack of regional servers was a point of some contention in Michael’s review of Battlefield 1, although as I smugly reminded everybody in the comments, “a lot of local gamers grossly overestimate South Africa’s importance in the global market”. I’m eating humble pie for breakfast today, but it’s okay because it’s pie. Who doesn’t like pie? Mmm, pie.
If you missed War’s big day out back in 2010, there’s still some hope of eternal redemption. Darksiders Warmastered Edition, the (… questionably named) remastered version of the original apocalypse pony-’em-up, has dropped on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and it’s totally free for those of you who already own it on PC via Steam or GOG. For everybody else, it’s a cheap-cheap R329 on console, but it’s also on special on Steam now for an even cheaper-cheap R43.80.
The revamped Darksiders features improved resolution, boosted textures and post-processing effects, 60 FPS, additional visual optinos on PC, and supports 4K screens.
Wow, The Last Guardian is almost out. I truly didn’t think I would see the day. In an adorable video on the PlayStation Blog, Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida and social media director Sid Shuman take a look inside the Collector’s Edition for the game, and show off what’s inside.
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