Luke Jones

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Dark Souls II (PS3) by Namco
Dark Souls is one of my favourite games of all time (so is Demon's Souls, for that matter). So to say I was incredibly excited for the release of Dark Souls II is... putting it mildly.

But when I actually got it? I was... a little underwhelmed.

As many will attest, Dark Souls II is no way a bad game. In fact it's a rather fantastic one, and if I hadn't played the previous Souls games I'd probably be praising it to the skies.
So lets start off with what it does better than before.
Movement is noticably better and smoother (though the few moments where you have to use the jump controls are as obnoxious as ever). The engine update means the lighting is stunning,… Read more
Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War, Book 1) by Mark Lawrence
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed Mark Lawrence's previous work (the Broken Empire trilogy) so I went in with high expectations.

It didn't meet those expectations. Do you remember the protagonist of the previous books, an immoral, self-interested high-born prince with a quick wit, skilled with a sword and followed around by a much more morally upstanding protector? Well prepare to meet him again, with a different name.
The biggest disappointment here is the waste of potential. It would've been great to see some of the events of the previous books from a fresh perspective, but instead it feels like a rehash.

There are some redeeming moments; the run-in with the aforementioned… Read more
Three New Fairy Stories (Stalk Holding Super Heroe&hellip by Bertram George
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is quite a difficult book to review. It's essentially three stories bound together, though with connecting themes and one or two characters linking them.
Overall, the greatest strength here is its heart; it was clearly written with a lot of love. The book has an almost hand-written feel... though perhaps that's not quite the right phrase. Some books (mentioning no names) feel quite... soulless, mass-produced, almost as if they were churned out in a factory. This book is the polar opposite of that.
The narrator is often cutting in to deliver comments directly to the reader, and lots of moments are quite tongue-in-cheek (count the times 'etc' is used in actual speech). As a… Read more