Recent (w)Riting Round-Up

(I’m too tired to think of a non-prosaic title. Sorry.)

It’s been, as always, a while – if someone were assessing my career based only on this blog, they’d think I was only writing about one article every two months and was starving to death. Actually, I’m generally horrifically busy, which I should really be more grateful for. I am starving to death though, but that’s because cooking and eating seems such an enormous hassle. Someone please invent the food pill.

For now, here’s a few word-farts from the last couple of months.
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Published in: on Thursday June 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Exciting Links Round-Up

Whoops – I totally forgot about this place. I’m not sure I have the requisite motivation to be a blogging polygamist.

Anyway, largely for my own reference, here’s some stuff wot I have wrote lately:

A preview of Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
A review of Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (in which I go to desperate lengths to shoehorn in the introductory anecdote)
A review of Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
A review of Warhammer 40,000: Squad Commander
A preview of Pirates of the Burning Sea
A review of Timeshift
A review of Sega Rally

There’s also a review of The Witcher up on PC Gamer’s site, but I’d really rather no-one read that,thankyewverymuch. Note to self: demand a deadline extension the next time someone tells you to review a 70-hour-long RPG, and run away if they won’t give you one.

I do stand by the score (67%, miscontrued by many as being a shoeing, despite working out as a 7 if you mark out of 10) – in a game that’s largely based around people talking at you at length, what they say needs to a) make sense and b) not sound as though they’re hopelessly addled on industrial-strength methadone. The write-up’s not my finest hour though, and that’s made defending my corner trickier than it usually is for a contentious review. The angry fans I’ve encountered are apparently so pleased by this being the first relatively deep and adult PC RPG in quite some time that they’re able to shrug off its staggering array of flaws, most especially in the writing/translation department. While I’m glad folk are digging it (it does do some stuff well and it’s got genuine ambition), unfortunately I’m incapable of enjoying time spent in a world with dialogue that terrible. But to the craziest of the crazies, the only possible explanation can be that I’m inexperienced, unprofessional and hate all RPGs. Thanks, crazies.

And now, in honour of the birth of Santa, I’m taking some time off from playing games for money. Instead, I’m going to play them for fun. It’s been a while. First up: Mass Effect.

Published in: on Thursday December 20, 2007 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Preview: Settlers VI

Which sounds much better than Settlers: Generic Collection of Words Usually Used In RTS titles.

Anyway, here’s some words about why it might be good. I’m currently reviewing it, as it happens, and now worry that my initial optimism was ill-founded. It’s a cold day in hell when I am optimistic about something, so expect the last remaining scraps of cheer in my soul to evaporate if it isn’t any good.

Published in: on Monday September 17, 2007 at 11:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Preview: Kane & Lynch – Dead Men

Currently to be found on PC Gamer’s online arm.

“Cheerfully off the cuff,” so I’m told.

Published in: on Monday July 16, 2007 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment