Archive for Steve Boxer

Ashes Cricket review: Knock it for six!
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Ashes Cricket review: Knock it for six!

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You may not have noticed, but the biggest event on the international cricket calendar is poised to get under way: the England team is in Australia for an Ashes series, commencing 23 November 2017.Cricket nowadays feels like a rather neglected sport –... >>

Star Wars Battlefront 2 review: Amid the controversy there's a great game
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 review: Amid the controversy there's a great game

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Take one of the best-loved franchises in the history of pop-culture, mash it up with an online game and you have a recipe for the sort of fanatical devotion that is naturally combustible. Then add tweaks which would appear to favour those prepared to... >>

Gran Turismo Sport review: Still the best racer going?
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Gran Turismo Sport review: Still the best racer going?

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Any new instalment of Gran Turismo is a major occasion for those who own a PlayStation. Apart from anything else, these games don't come along very often.Kazunori Yamauchi, the legend who runs the series' developer Polyphony Digital, is renowned for taking... >>

Doom review: Redefining the remake
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Doom review: Redefining the remake

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Crafting a modern version of a classic game is fraught with dangers – never more so than with a game as iconic as Doom.As the game which popularised first-person shooters (developer id Software's previous game, Wolfenstein 3D, invented that most enduring... >>

The Evil Within 2 review: Japanese horror thrills and chills
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The Evil Within 2 review: Japanese horror thrills and chills

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Horror movie aficionados will tell you that, over the decades, Japanese film-makers have developed a fearsome reputation for making some of the most out-there, unconventional and bizarre fright-fests imaginable.If you had to characterise a Japanese horror-film,... >>

Assassin's Creed Origins review: A stunning comeback for the much-loved franchise
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Assassin's Creed Origins review: A stunning comeback for the much-loved franchise

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Games publishers face a terrible temptation to relentlessly milk franchises that catch the public imagination and, for a while, it looked as though that fate had befallen Assassin's Creed.But Ubisoft, sensibly, opted to give its hugely popular time-travelling... >>

Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear
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Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear

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Microsoft's flagship driving franchise, Forza Motorsport, has always had to perform a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, it's a big-budget production that boasts some of the most desirable cars ever made and most of the world's top tracks, so it's... >>

Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans
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Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans

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There is a reason why there are two distinct types of driving games: there are also two distinct types of driving gamers. Some want an arcade-style experience which gives a sense of the thrill of driving fast, without worrying about whether it actually... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not

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The decades-long battle for supremacy in the football games market can be seen as a microcosm of the modern games industry itself. In one corner, you have EA Sports' FIFA franchise – the archetypal corporate behemoth, with its expensively acquired official... >>

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle created a stir when it was unveiled at the E3 Show in June. After all, any original Mario-related game is bound to be big news.Back then it sounded like a rather strange proposition though. Developed by Ubisoft, and a cross-pollination... >>

F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever
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F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever

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Because we all fancy ourselves as the next Lewis Hamilton, Formula One videogames have long been an annual staple. But in the past, creating them has been problematic – Microprose, Electronic Arts and Sony, at various times, held the official F1 games... >>

Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure
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Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure

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In an era when everything gets picked over, trolled from every direction, analysed to death and over-thought, a game such as Agents of Mayhem - which merely aims to provide a dollop of good, old-fashioned fun - harks back to a refreshingly bygone age.If... >>

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness
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Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness

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The Wii U may have been an unmitigated flop, but at least one good game came out of it: Splatoon. The clever, third-person ink-shooting platformer seemed to emerge fully formed, and somehow managed to establish itself as a sort of starter e-sport, even... >>

Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played
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Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played

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If you value originality higher than polish and slickness in your videogames, you've probably enjoyed a number of indie games recently. At the moment, the indie developer scene is thriving, and Get Even – created by tiny Polish outfit The Farm 51 –... >>

Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for
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Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for

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When Nintendo finally unveiled the Switch at a showcase just prior to its launch, Arms was one of the games that left everyone convinced that the Japanese giant had recovered its mojo, and that the Switch – cue sighs of relief – wasn't going to be... >>

Injustice 2 review: Among the best beat-em-ups, ever
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Injustice 2 review: Among the best beat-em-ups, ever

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The world of beat-em-ups tends to be a backwards-looking one: new iterations of the big franchises generally run scared of making major changes and thereby alienating their fanatical fan-bases. However, Warner Bros' Injustice franchise, which boasts the... >>

Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down
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Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down

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It seems crazy that, even though we live in a technological whirlwind, space exploration these days has become more or less the exclusive domain of videogames, film and literature, while in real life no human has set foot on another astronomical object... >>

Prey: Release date, videos, formats and everything you need to know

Prey: Release date, videos, formats and everything you need to know

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With a 5 May release date, Prey is nearly upon us. And while it shares its name with a game that came out in 2006, it's a completely different beast.It has been created by Arkane Studios (of Dishonored and Dishonored 2 renown) and published by Bethesda... >>

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch

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If you seek evidence that Nintendo learned some major lessons from the Wii U's humiliating failure, you need look no further than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Its arrival so soon after that of the Switch console demonstrates that Nintendo has well and truly... >>

Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game
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Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game

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When small, so-called indie developers get together to make a game, they have a massive advantage over their established peers: a complete lack of expectations. So they can let their imaginations run riot, without having to worry about commercial viability... >>

Do games predict the future? Ghost Recon: Wildlands could be scarily close

Do games predict the future? Ghost Recon: Wildlands could be scarily close

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Videogames don't predict the future, they imagine it. Well, most of the time.Because games developers have access to incredible world-building tools, any forays into the future they generally feel inclined to make involve the likes of aliens and readily-available... >>

Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king

Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king

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Without Quake, it's debatable whether the eSports scene as we know it would ever have existed. The seminal 1996 first-person shooter introduced multiplayer action - over a LAN in those days - to the genre, and the rest is history. It was Quake that introduced... >>

Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic
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Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic

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You certainly couldn't accuse Ubisoft of playing things safe with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. By opting to give it what may be the biggest play-area ever seen in a mainstream game, and decreeing that it would be playable co-operatively by up to four people... >>

Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer

Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer

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Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not just one of 2017's most-anticipated games. It's also one of the most complex games ever made.This is thanks primarily to a vast, startlingly realistic map depicting a thoroughly believable near-future Bolivia in... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league
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Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league

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Sniper Elite may not be the most glamorous of games franchises, but since the first game was launched in 2005, Oxford-based developer Rebellion's stealth-and-sniping shooter has quietly amassed a notable following – cumulatively, the franchise has passed... >>

Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers
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Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers

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Dragging a revered games franchise into a 21st century landscape of open-worlds and instant action must be a thankless, even scary task – particularly when that franchise emerged in the late 1980s, hit its peak in the 1990s and had as its centrepiece... >>

Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere?

Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere?

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Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game, Steep, finally comes up for air on 2 December, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and it has been widely reported that review copies, like black ice, are thin on the ground.As the game requires many players interacting on hosted... >>

Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made
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Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made

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Following 2016's cataclysmically misguided protest-votes against the direction of 21st-century politics, many people's thoughts have turned to the prospect of living in an authoritarian dystopia. So Dishonored 2's arrival could not have been more timely.Like... >>

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before
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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before

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In the 21st century, life now has three inevitabilities: death, taxes and an annual instalment of Call of Duty.But Infinite Warfare, 2016's effort, comes with an added layer of controversy: the all-conquering first-person shooter's mighty fan-base took... >>

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast
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Titanfall 2 review: A total blast

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The original Titanfall arrived amid a blaze of hype which was impressive even by games industry standards – and which came about due mainly to the game's provenance. It was the first effort made by Respawn Entertainment, a developer formed by the founders... >>

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
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Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR

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So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of gaming hardware, it's in dire need of a so-called killer app: a game which is an abdolute must-play.Battlezone... >>

Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards
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Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards

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For a brief moment, it looked as though Battlefield 1 might fall foul of the stormtroopers of political correctness: when developer DICE announced that the latest instalment of the much-loved multiplayer military first-person shooter would be set in World... >>

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear
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Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear

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Gears of War, the genre-defining third-person cover-shooter, has had a slightly chequered recent history – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind the series, moved on to pastures new after 2011's Gears of War 3, implying he felt the franchise was... >>

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever
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Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever

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Spin-off franchises - equivalent, say, to the way in which Cheers spawned Frasier - are very rare in the games industry, and for such a franchise to outshine its parent title is all but unprecedented. Yet that is exactly what Forza Horizon has done, and... >>

F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill
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F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill

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Making Formula One games is a famously thankless task, but in recent years, Leamington Spa-based Codemasters has picked up that particular F1 baton and run with it in an increasingly impressive manner.Once upon a time, thanks to the niceties of satisfying... >>

Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction
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Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction

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If you were thinking of getting a nip or a tuck, playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided might just make you think again. That's because it examines what might happen when human narcissism extends beyond the mere administration of trout-pouts and the like, to... >>

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

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No Man's Sky needs no introduction: it's one of the 2016's most-hyped games, thanks to a scale and ambition which is possibly unmatched in the history of videogames. For this space-age epic boasts a game-world that consists of more than 18 quintillion... >>

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date
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Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date

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In recent years, it has become fashionable to adopt an air of cynicism about the Lego games. They have continued to come thick and fast and, consequently, have attracted accusations of saminess. Such cynicism generally evaporates once stuck into their... >>

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness
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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness

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The original Mirror's Edge, released in 2008, was the very epitome of a Marmite game. Despite having an inordinate amount of glaring flaws, and not selling particularly well, it still managed to generate a passionate cult following.It was easy enough... >>

Overwatch review: Accessible, addictive and awfully good fun
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Overwatch review: Accessible, addictive and awfully good fun

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If Overwatch was an animal, it would be a small, cute, friendly dog, intent on meeting everybody and licking their faces.From the off, Overwatch is one of the most accessible and inviting games you will ever encounter – which is some achievement, given... >>

Final Fantasy XV: Everything you need to know

Final Fantasy XV: Everything you need to know

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Final Fantasy is one of the world's most revered games franchises. Fans of Japanese role-playing games are in a state of considerable ferment over the prospect of Final Fantasy XV, its latest instalment and the first one custom-designed for the current-generation... >>

Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings
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Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings

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The Wii U may have been a roaring flop, but the precious few who own one know that it isn't a bad console – just a misunderstood one. Its arcane design indisputably throws up opportunities for new forms of gameplay, but it floundered on the twin rocks... >>

Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter preview: Sophisticated sleuthing

Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter preview: Sophisticated sleuthing

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Videogames aren't just about full-on, relentless action requiring total concentration and laser-sharp reactions – although the games that provide those things tend to hog the limelight. Sometimes we crave something a little more sedate, which perhaps... >>

Dark Souls 3 review: As gothic, unforgiving and brilliant as ever
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Dark Souls 3 review: As gothic, unforgiving and brilliant as ever

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Masochists rejoice: From Software's legendarily uncompromising dark gothic RPG is back and its mission, as ever, is to make all other games seem laughably easy. Say hello to frequent profanity spilling from your mouth as a result of playing Dark Souls... >>

Hitman review: Agent 47's regaled return
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Hitman review: Agent 47's regaled return

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For a game that stars a deliberately aloof and detached character, there has always been a curious sense of intimacy about Hitman, arising not from Agent 47 himself, but rather the sandbox-style playgrounds in which he goes about his murky business.Sure,... >>

Lego Marvel's Avengers review: A Marvel-lous return to form
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Lego Marvel's Avengers review: A Marvel-lous return to form

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Recently, Lego games have strayed into dangerous territory which has seen them come uncomfortably close to becoming victims of their own success. While the world at large is still fully in the grip of a Lego moment, TT Games' relentless Lego-ising of... >>

Rainbow Six Siege review: Thoroughly infectious strategy shooter
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Rainbow Six Siege review: Thoroughly infectious strategy shooter

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After a seven-year absence (an eternity in videogame terms), Rainbow Six's return is tragically timely, with the recent Paris terrorist attacks causing publisher Ubisoft (which is a French company) to cancel some of the game's planned marketing support. Like... >>

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 review: Futuristic twist on the familiar formula
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Call of Duty Black Ops 3 review: Futuristic twist on the familiar formula

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It's easy to be cynical about Call of Duty: the first-person shooter franchise has become the very epitome of the modern games industry. Its annual arrival in the run-up to Christmas is as proverbially inevitable as death and, in this day and age, far... >>

Assassin's Creed Syndicate review: London Calling
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate review: London Calling

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In the 21st century, it often seems that the less merit something possesses, the more popular it becomes (look at the likes of One Direction, The Only Way Is Essex and anything with the surname Kardashian if you seek proof of that), and in recent years,... >>