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BDTB: Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles combines the aesthetics of World War Two, Anime and a fairly robust turn-based combat system on top with tremendous success. It is a recipe that could’ve easily gone wrong, it might’ve become...

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Film Torments: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

THIS TIME on Torments, Dan looks at a sequel to a video game movie. There’s a visceral pleasure to be found in playing fighting games. Even beyond the competitive aspect and deep mechanics, chaining...

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Film Torments: Christmas Wedding Planner (2017)

THIS TIME on Torments, Dan sees off 2018 with a Yuletide log. Christmas has come and gone. Whether you’ll be pleased or not about this fact will suggest something about your character, but it goes without saying that the...

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Joe’s Best Songs of 2018

IN MY opinion, 2018 has been the one of the best years for music in a good while. Perhaps last year’s crop of albums were a little stronger, shout out to Scum Fuck Flower...

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SCM Music’s Top 50 Albums of 2018

THERE is no point in one occasional music editor telling you how tumultuous of  a year 2018 was. But if you take away the increased risks of climate change, the useless politicians, rising rates...

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Breaking Down The Backlog: Tokyo Jungle

IN this week’s Breaking Down The Backlog, I killed, ate and screwed my way up the food chain.   I love a good rogue-like. The challenge of the genre really appeals to me, even...

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Breaking Down the Backlog: Drakengard 3

IN this week’s Breaking Down… I spent a fortnight on one boss battle and almost punched my television.   I decided to cap off my own trilogy with perhaps the oddest game I have...