Jude Trainor

Jude Trainor

"Lifelong gamer turned writer. Loves Kickboxing, Gaming and Kung Fu movies. Favourite heroes are Batman and Spider-Man. Favourite game is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion but enjoys many other RPGs and open world games."

7

Good

Hammerting

Ok, so there is no actual contract to speak of, but I imagine it would be a very one-sided document. Hammerting is brought to us by the same publishers of the famous Worms series, Team 17, and is already recognizable with a similar core design. This new game is a mining sim, with some additional elements from the RPG genre such as stat management and requires the player to manage a team of miners ...[Read More]

Our Thoughts on the PS5

I’ll say nothing on the terrible launch, because I don’t want to reach the end of the supposedly infinite word count, so this will only contain the detail of the PS5 itself, as a product. Fuck it’s marketing. There, I’m glad I got that out of my system, so now I’ll focus on this brand-new gaming system instead. To keep a long story short, the PS5 is a fantastic machine and more than lives up...[Read More]

Jude’s Ghastly Games List

It’s back to this time of the year where the dark denizens of the night roam the streets, mindlessly sucking out the souls of everyone around them, or as we would call it, a typical day in Northern Ireland. Halloween is upon us, and along with the spooky themes of pumpkins, witches, ghosts and Arlene Foster, there is a nice selection of games that help us get in the mood. That’s what we all do, ri...[Read More]

8

Great!

Partisans 1941

Fighting on the eastern front, or more specifically Russia, is a group of resistance fighters that are clad in the typical brown overcoats you would expect from the stereotypical freedom fighters. From within Russia’s version of Sherwood Forest, we plan our raids against Nazi bases, and generally try to piss off the big man with the toothbrush moustache as much as possible. We are the brave souls ...[Read More]

7

Good

Space Crew

For anyone that doesn’t know, Space Crew is a crew management game, where the player is in control of a space vessel and the little Minecraft-looking crew members. Each little dude, or dudette, sits at a station and has a purpose, and my job is to issue commands to each of them, so they are expected to carry out their tasks in order to complete the objectives and return safely to their families…ye...[Read More]

6

Average

As Far As The Eye

My job now, is to manage the journey of a tribe of adorable little animal things, as they travel to safety, staving off their hunger by farming for food, improving their structures through crafting, preparing for events and running away from large volumes of water. I am the wind that will push these little animals towards the only safe haven during this event, called the Eye. This is a turn-based ...[Read More]

6

Average

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind

Having played the first few levels, I think I have grasped enough of the mechanics and gameplay to decide if it’s worth playing through, and it wasn’t too bad, but at the same time it isn’t what I would have asked for in a game about gangsters in post-WW1 England. The TV show, which streams on Netflix and is on its fifth season, is filled with sly tactical decisions, discretion, gang violence and ...[Read More]

9.5

Brilliant!!

Ghost of Tsushima

I never allowed myself to get too excited for this, and I kept my expectations low because I never imagined I would have every single box ticked for my dream game. Sucker Punch, just like the name applies, caught me right off guard from the moment I first started up until my wife made me put the controller down so we could “watch something we both like”.  This game, for me and many others, has bee...[Read More]

9

Brilliant!!

Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Retro Review

This was one of the earliest games I have played on my Sega Mega Drive console, and is still one of the most difficult games I’ve had the pleasure of playing. Despite my young age at the time, I loved jumping into the 2D medieval realm filled with all kinds of monsters, and would ceaselessly battle my way through each level. The further you progress through the game, the more disastrous things bec...[Read More]

Pride in Video Games

With 2020 being the equivalent of a colonoscopy being performed by a rusted Edward Scissorhands with one eye, we have now entered the summer stages of the year, meaning that we have passed the halfway stage, and it will just be a bad dream, or a fond memory if the universe decides to be dick about 2021. In honour of Pride month this year, where we can still celebrate people being equal to one anot...[Read More]

9

Brilliant!!

Nioh

The story takes place in Japan, beginning in the late 16th century and carrying over into the first year of the 17th century. From what the cinematics try to explain, briefly in the beginning, is that there is a substance called amrita that can be harvested and used to attain great power, and becomes more prevalent during times of war and discord, particularly found in Japan. The power itself is n...[Read More]

Our Most Anticipated Games of 2020

This year hasn’t been kind to us, with Australia burning, threats of a new world war, a virus that has claimed thousands of lives, and now every social media site is plagued with those fucking TikTok videos. The only solace can be found in gaming, and lots of it. But, due to the pandemic there has been a severe reduction in productivity, which is understandable considering the circumstances. Still...[Read More]