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Hitman/Hitman 2

These two games are the latest in the Hitman series, and they are actually the first Hitman games I have ever played. I fell in love with them after watching my favourite Youtubers (Outside Xbox) get up to all sorts of mischief with super-tough-guy, Agent 47.

The premise of the game is that you are Agent 47, a hitman (in case you couldn’t guess), and it is your job to eliminate the target. The areas that you will travel to are all quite large, with many different people, as well as different opportunities to take advantage of. This means that there will be many, many different ways for you to eliminate your target.

The game offers you many different challenges which encourage you to explore, experiment, and generally just see what kind of chaos you can cause! There are plenty of fun and helpful unlockables for you to work towards (everyone can find a use for an explosive rubber duck, right?).

The game most certainly has a sense of humour, if Agent 47’s undercover persona, Mr. Rieper, is anything to go by. On top of this, 47 opts for some interesting dialogue options when he is trying to pass himself off as whatever he has disguised himself as. My favourite of such situations would have to be when he dresses as an estate agent (realtor) and gives his target a tour of a charming suburban home, and with each room he gives a speech which in some way insinuates murder …

This is a great game for puzzle-solvers, as there are various challenges and options which will make the game harder, meaning you will have to think and act that much more carefully. The professional difficulty level makes the NPCs much more wise to 47’s antics, but also there are escalation missions, which are multi-stage missions which seem simple enough at first, but with each stage comes either new targets or new limitations!

Hitman has excellent replay value, simply through the main missions having so many different approaches, but also through the previously mentioned escalation missions. And did I mention that you can even create your own contracts, which you can then share with others – and so of course you can also play other player’s created contracts. There’s no denying that this game is fun and gives you plenty of value for your money.


  • Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Hitman Release Date: 11/03/2016-31/10/2016 (Various Episodes), 31/01/2017 (Complete First Season)
  • Hitman 2 Release Date: 13/11/2018
  • Genre: Stealth, Action

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Oh how I love Animal Crossing! This is a franchise that I stumbled across on the Gamecube, and I am so happy to say that it has only got better and better as each new game has come out! As fans of the series find themselves counting down to the release of the next title, New Horizons, I thought I should take the time to talk about my favourite game in the series so far: Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Animal Crossing franchise, the games act as a sort of life simulation game. You are a human moving into a new town, which you will quickly notice is populated by sentient animals! There are 100s of different villages in Animal Crossing, but you can only have a small number of villagers at once. Some do decide to move away, leaving room for a new character to make an appearance!

There are many activities to keep you occupied in the games, such as fishing, bug catching, fossil collecting, donating exhibits to the museum to expand their collection, earning money to pay off your mortgage and expand your house, befriending your neighbour, and even connecting with friends and visiting their towns, or having them visit you! The game follows real time and has a full calendar year with all manner of events for you to take part in. No other game can claim to show off such a great spirit of community!

New Leaf challenged the conventions of the series by saying goodbye to Tortimer, the long-time mayor across the series, and instead you end up becoming mayor! As such, you will have a lot more control over what your town looks like, through the use of Public Works Projects. You will have a list of available projects, and these can range from something as small as a lamppost to something as big as a café!

Are you thinking that the burden of being mayor sounds like too much? Well don’t you worry about that! New Leaf introduced one of the nicest, sweetest characters in the world of video games – Isabelle! This adorable pooch will be your assistant, and she takes care of running special events in the town, helping you figure out where to put your Public Works Projects, and just generally being a lovely character to interact with!

Another thing that I really love about the franchise is how self-referential Nintendo is. There are so many different wallpapers, floors, furniture pieces, and clothing options that are a reference to other Nintendo games and characters! Even some of the villagers themselves are references! Keep an eye on Ganon the pig …

This game has been put into the Nintendo Selects line, which means that it’s standard retail price is £14.99, but I have seen it even cheaper than that in some places. This is a game I can’t recommend enough if you’re just looking for some casual fun, especially at such an incredible price! (It could also be a Christmas/birthday idea for any younger gamers in the family, as it is very easy to understand!)


  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Release Date: 08/11/2012-15-06-2013 (Region Dependant)
  • Genre: Life Simulation, Community

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Marvel’s Spider-man

Now, I’m not here to get into the politics of the best Peter Parker portrayals … but if I was, I would tell you that this game gives us the best Peter Parker I have seen! (Closely followed by Tom Holland!)

I can’t get enough of Spiderman, I think he is an excellent superhero in every way, his awkward humour is second to none, and his personality is strong enough to make you forget he is just a character!

What I’m basically getting at, is that a Spiderman game is TOTALLY MY JAM.

This is by far the best Spiderman game that we’ve had so far in my opinion, featuring a slightly older Peter Parker with all the fun humour and awkward geekiness that we have come to expect from the web-slinging hero!

The gameplay here is phenomenal, the web slinging is very satisfying, and gradually gets better as you gain speed through level ups. You also have a a large choice of new moves and upgrades available to unlock as you gain levels.

As you can imagine, there are lots of things for Spidey to do around the city! There are lots of enemy bases to be cleared out, crimes to be stopped, referential collectibles to find, challenges to complete, and plenty more. As you complete these various tasks, you will also be able to unlock new suits that you will most likely recognise if you are a fan of Spiderman.

Honestly, there isn’t a single part of this game I haven’t enjoyed. I just love swinging around New York City as Spiderman, I love watching the startled pedestrians fall over as you land next to them from a great height, I love watching the story cutscenes unfold with all of the familiar faces we know so well, and I love tackling the Spiderman’s various enemies with his assortment of gadgets and skills!

You might hear a familiar voice as you’re swinging through the streets … None other than the infamous character J. Jonah Jameson! You can expect to hear him shouting about his ludicrous thoughts and opinions about Spiderman on his podcast – provided you haven’t turned it off in the options menu! Personally I find it hilarious, listening to the callers talking about how Spidey saved them and does so much for the city, and Jameson tried to put his negative spin on it.

As of yet, I have not played the DLC, so I can’t pass comment on how that is. I do know that it is definitely DLC that I will be getting though, if the rest of the game is anything to go by, then it will most certainly be worth it.

I’m not sure what else I can say about this fantastic game without making myself sound like some star-struck goof (did I successfully hide my unending love for Spiderman?) so I’ll just say this. FULL RECOMMENDATION.


  • Platform: Playstation 4
  • Release Date: 07/09/2018
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Super Heroes

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Dauntless

As someone who loves to save money, I often find myself trying out Free To Play games, and most don’t find their way into my regular gaming rotation … but Dauntless has certainly ignored that trend.

Dauntless is primarily a squad based game where a team of up to four slayers are tasked with defeating behemoths. There is a hub area where you can craft and upgrade your weapons, armour and consumables, accept and hand in quests, access the store to browse and purchase premium designs and items, and view your progress towards the “Hunt Pass” (think of Fortnite’s battle pass).

The combat is quite in depth, with quite a lot to learn very quickly. Firstly there are the different weapons – all with their own benefits. You have swords, axes, hammers, chain blades, war pikes, aether strikers and repeaters. All of these have different combos and special abilities for you to master, and on top of that there are also different kinds of damage.

You have basic damage, part damage, wound damage and stagger damage. You need behemoth parts to craft and upgrade your weapons and armour, and you get those mostly by breaking them off of the behemoths after you’ve done enough damage to the part in question. Wound damage will eventually expose wounds which then allow you to cause extra damage, and stagger damage will cause the behemoth to fall over, presenting an opportunity for you to get some easy hits in.

Then you also have the elements to add into the mix. Neutral, Fire, Ice, Lightning, Terra, Radiant, and Umbral. Every behemoth has an element, and all of them are weak to another element, with the exception of neutral. The best way to approach these elemental beasts is to have a weapon of the opposite element, and then armour of the same element, so if you were fighting a fire behemoth, you would want to take an ice weapon with fire armour. The element of the equipment you craft corresponds with the element of the behemoth that the parts came from.

Lastly, every weapon and armour piece have their own individual perks, as well as slots for you to add other perks that you will collect as you level up. These have a wide array of benefits, so you can choose which ones best suit your current needs.

I have really enjoyed playing this game, and at the moment I’m liking the challenge of trying to collect lots of behemoth parts so I can craft all the weapons and armours as I level up.

There are a number of different areas that you could end up in when entering a hunt. The weathers and and environments change depending on the elements of the behemoth, but all areas you arrive in appear battle-torn, with huge spears poking out of cliff sides, presumably from airships attempting to attack the beasts.

I really like the designs of the behemoths themselves – it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into creating the creatures, and that’s only made more obvious as you start to aim your shots for certain parts of the monsters in an effort to collect the drops you need.

One of the best things about this game is that it is cross platform! As a console gamer, I often can’t play with some of my friends as a fair few of them favour PC gaming, but I have been able to play Dauntless with these friends which has made it all the more enjoyable.

But Dauntless isn’t quite finished yet, there are still some tweaks and changes to expect, and the website even includes a road map for us to have a look and see what is going to be implemented in the future. Here is a link to the page for anyone who wants to check that out: https://playdauntless.com/roadmap/

All in all, this is definitely worth you downloading and having a go, see what you make of it! The game is free after all, so there isn’t much reason to not try it!


  • Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC (Nintendo Switch release expected)
  • Release Date: 26/09/19 (Official release)
  • Genre: Action RPG, Squad-Based, Hunting

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

The first game I want to talk about is the one which has held most of my attention since it’s release; Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

This is actually the first Fire Emblem game I have owned – as is the case with most Westerners, my first introduction to Fire Emblem was in fact through the Super Smash Bros. series. The sword-wielding characters have always intrigued me, so I was eager to get the new game on release after having read into it and seeing what the game is about.

The premise appeals to me in several ways. I love fantasy RPGs, and I’ve always been a fan of the job/class system, particularly where it is possible to change character’s jobs.

You will also be given the choice between Classic or Casual mode when you start the game. I have opted for casual for my first playthrough as a newcomer to the series, simply because the classic mode features “permadeath” for characters that fall in battle – you will not be able to choose them again. I already find myself wanting to start a second file to test out this classic system, and test myself to see if I can actually avoid such a fate for my characters.

I have so far racked up 40+ hours playtime, and most of that is simply through the battling portions of the game. I would say that the battles are highly enjoyable, the different battlefields offer various tactical challenges (reduced movement in desert/forests, reduced visibility in fog, trap/enhancement tiles etc.).

Possibly the most intriguing mechanic for me is the fact that you are a professor in an academy, and your fighters will be your students (as well as yourself). Each week you will lecture and instruct them to increase their skills, which then in turns allows them to learn new abilities and move on to new classes. It is certainly as aspect I have been enjoying, it’s just something different that you don’t see a lot of, and it’s also quite reminiscent of Final Fantasy VIII’s Balamb Garden and their SeeDs.

The characters themselves all have plenty of personality – I have no doubt that you will quickly decide who you like and who you dislike. However there are plenty of opportunities for your opinions to change – there is a support system where the relationships between all characters develops and provides benefits in battle. Once their support levels are ready to increase, this can be triggered through a cutscene between the characters in question. I have actually found myself starting to come around to some of the characters that I was not that fond of, simply through seeing their personal growth in these cutscenes.

All in all, this is absolutely a game I can recommend for any Nintendo Switch owners, I have been having a great time with it and I really look forward to completing it and having another go in classic mode!


  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release Date: 26/07/19
  • Genre: Tactical RPG, Fantasy