Hate-Box: The HATE Awards of the Generation

By now, I hope you’ve all read our Games of the Generation run-down (click here, if you haven’t). While we’ll have a Games of the Year feature in December and other little awards ceremonies on the way, we know what you want. HATE. Yes, resident angry man Matt Reynolds is here with an awards feature with a twist – the games that DESERVE your ire and hatred from the past generation. Hold on to your hats… Continue reading

Hate-Box: Why The Eyes Of Nostalgia Are Blind

Rose-tinted specs. We’ve all wore them at some point. Resident angry man Matt Reynolds believes there’s no place for them in gaming – we should be looking forwards, not back. HATE-BOX returns… Continue reading

Hate-Box: Far Cry from GOTY

As you might have heard in our latest FatCastMatt Reynolds really doesn’t like Far Cry 3. In fact, he thinks Far Cry 2 is much better and he’s going to tell you why…

Far Cry 3 was my most anticipated game of 2012. Having attended the Eurogamer Expo in September and played a frankly stunning PC build of the game, I couldn’t wait. They had given me a timed play session of fifteen minutes, during which I could do as I pleased. I began in the Rakyat village and made my way to the first radio tower. I climbed to the top, marvelling at the miles of lush vegetation stretching as far as the eye can see. ‘My god,’ I thought; ‘I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me in the rest of the game’.

Well, it turns out that what they had in store was a steaming pile of HORSESHIT. Continue reading

Hate-Box: If you liked The Witcher 2 – you’re wrong!

We’re back with another Hate-Box! This week, angry man Matt Reynolds tells us his thoughts on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. This is going to be interesting…

Ah, The Witcher 2. Critical darling, loved by the sweaty gaming masses and media outlets alike. The saucy, bloody tale of a monster-slaying mutant; ostracised by the society around him but fighting on for the good of the world regardless. It has action, romance, monsters, political intrigue, and good ol’ ass n’ titties. LOTS of ass n’ titties. What most don’t realise is there is a problem. A big problem. Its one that only a select elite have discovered, peering through the veil like old soothsayers; parting the curtain to get to the ugly truth beneath – and the ugly truth is this.

The Witcher 2 is a huge, steaming turd of a game. A real Grade A stinker. With bits of sweetcorn stuck in it. Continue reading

Hate Box: F2P Scares the Crap Out of Me

In the first of his new column, our man Matt Reynolds tells you why “Free to Play” might not be so free after all…

Why Free-To-Play Scares The Crap Out Of Me

There’s a model looking your way across the crowded room. Her eyes meet yours; a seductive smile plays on her ruby red lips. A batted eyelash here; a flash of leg there and you’re hooked. You meet at the bar. She doesn’t say a word; she doesn’t have to. Its all in her expression, ‘I’m all yours if you want me’. You abscond to a nearby hotel; the latest in a long line of whiskeys tipping your coherence over the edge. This is it; you are going to have the time of your life. Its something new and exciting, surely this is too good to be true? Continue reading