Overwatch BETA Thoughts

Today, I’m trying something new. Rather than put my thoughts of the Overwatch BETA into video and written form, I’m just going to put it in video form for your consumption!

Leave a comment if you’d like to see more video content or if you have any constructive criticism of the video!

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Mirrors Edge Catalyst BETA Thoughts

One of my favourite games of last generation is finally getting a sequel. When EA unveiled the teaser trailer for ‘Mirrors Edge Catalyst’ last E3 I became an excited quivering mess and I’m not embarrassed about who knows that! At all.

When they announced that there would be a closed BETA for it though, I instantly signed up for it and hoped to get selected. Last week was quite unpleasant for me, the BETA began and I had received no email. I feared the worst and was hugely disappointed – especially in the wake of the delay announcement – how was I going to wait until June?

Slowly but surely I came to terms with my snub and got on with my life….

….then, on the Saturday, my code arrived in my inbox. I was elated – question is though is the game worth (free) running to, or should you (free) run away from it? Continue reading

Battleborn BETA Thoughts

BETA season is upon us; and in a rather generous move, Gearbox and 2K allowed gamers a full 10 days of their new MOBA ‘Battleborn’. On top of this long time to play there was also an absolute metric ton of content in that BETA too, 2 story mode missions, 2 multiplayer modes, 25 heroes and 3 progression systems!

Almost too generous; but it’s better than struggling for things to do!

While it was undoubtedly heaving with content all of it would be for naught if it wasn’t worth playing. So the question is, should you buy ‘Battleborn’ come May 3rd? Continue reading

Doom BETA Thoughts

‘Doom’; the grand-daddy of the modern FPS genre is staging a comeback. Bethesda are the latest to try to capture what made ‘Doom’ such a runaway hit in the early to mid 90s and over the weekend they opened a BETA to the general public and allowed us all to sample what they have in store for us on May 13th.

Recently Bethesda has had a massive amount of success by resurrecting ancient franchises; ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ successfully melded old-school ideals with more modern trappings we’ve all become used to. They’re obviously hoping to capture lightning in a bottle again with a much bigger franchise…

…the question remains though whether it was worth resurrecting the ‘Doom’, or is this a franchise best left in the annuls of history. Continue reading

Updated: The Division BETA Thoughts

Splash The Division

It is now less than two weeks until the launch of ‘The Division’ and also a few days after the second BETA has closed. This is the last time we’ll see the game until March 8th (only two short weeks away) so this will be my last post on the game until the review in early March.

I played the open BETA and I’m here to offer you my updated thoughts and feelings about the game. To save you some time I will offer the following disclaimer; my thoughts on the gameplay, graphics etc can be found in my original post here! In this follow-up post I’ll be concentration on the things that I was less impressed by in the closed BETA and assess if they have been improved upon and; of course, to give you my final thoughts on the state of play.

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Trans-Galactic Tournament Beta Thoughts

…May not be representative of final product.


Rewind to Wednesday morning and I was just casually browsing the internet when I came across a tweet from Playstation Europe reading “Trans-Galactic Tournament now available in the EU!” Now, I can’t be the only one but my first thought was “What in gods name is Trans-Galactic Tournament?!” So I thought I would try it out so you don’t have too – but really, you should! Continue reading

The Division BETA Impressions


‘The Division’ is, arguably, the highest profile title to release in Q1 2016. For those of you who haven’t heard of the game (or the “graphical downgrade”, but more on that later) it is a third-person shooter with RPG elements and a persistent world. In this case a post-apocalyptic New York City after a weaponised disease has wiped out most of civilisation. Your job as an agent is to find out where the disease came from, who unleashed it, take back the city and restore society. Simple really!

Now that the BETA has closed and we will see no more of the Division until March 8th, how was it? Is it going to be the next big thing…

…or could ‘The Division’ be beta (see what I did there?) Continue reading

Call of Duty: Black ops 3 – BETA Impressions


Well the ‘Black Ops 3’ BETA has just recently closed and I; being the man of the people, spent a good amount of time playing it (in fact it was the only game I’ve played on PS4) just so I could relay my thoughts to you.

I’m basically a superhero.

You’re welcome.

Before we get to the meat and potatoes of this little impressions post I will say one thing about BlOps 3 – it is still very much ‘Call of Duty’; the gun-play is tight and has excellent feedback, the movement is fast, frenetic but with weight and a sense of momentum. All this said, if you are a person who dislikes ‘Call of Duty’; this is not the game to change your mind. Continue reading

PS Now BETA – Thoughts

Videogame streaming has long been a dream of many gamers, it negates the need for powerful, and expensive, hardware and allows instant access to a library of games. A few companies have tried to make this dream a reality but they have all since folded or been bought by a bigger company.

Gaikai was one such company, it was absorbed by Sony in 2012 PS Now is Sony’s attempts to bring videogame streaming into the mainstream. It’s taken 3 years but PS Now has been released in BETA form in the U.K.


I was lucky enough to get on the closed BETA phase and at the time of writing I have been in the PS Now BETA trial for a little over a month. I’ve played with setups and tried a few games out. There’s good news, bad news and worse news.

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Battlefield:Hardline BETA…my thoughts


Bad Boys, Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do?

I recently played the “BETA”; and I use that term lightly, for the latest in the super-successful battlefield series, ‘Hardline’. The reason I’m down on calling this a BETA is because it is so close to release that our input will make no real impact on the final product; well beyond the expected day one patch.

I just wish publishers would bring back the term demo, because that is what this is.

What did I think of the experience?

Grab a pew and listen closely!

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