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Overdue Reviews: Lego Jurassic World

A Lego dinosaur chasing some Lego men across a Lego landscape. In Lego.

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Lego Jurassic World on PC.

Whenever positive things stack up against negative ones in a game it's difficult to decide where the tipping point is. If there are more good points than bad points, is it a good game? Or does the severity of one of the bad points cancel out all of the good ones?

Take Lego Jurassic World, for example.

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Overdue Reviews: Little Big Adventure

Screenshot from Little Big Adventure, showing a boat and some characters

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Little Big Adventure on PC.

Oh, Steam users. You don't know how privileged you are. Content and bug fixes delivered directly to your computer, often without you even noticing. The smooth machinery of the digital future, working tirelessly in the background for your benefit.

It wasn't always like that. When I purchased my copy of Little Big Adventure on CD-ROM in the mid-nineties, it had a bug. There was no automatic downloading of patches back then. Instead, there was a mysterious note in the box.

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Overdue Reviews: Dawn of War 2

A space marine from the game

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Dawn of War 2 on PC.

Dawn of War 2 is a very serious game. It's full of serious sounding men, with serious names like Cyrus and Thaddeus. I was given the option at the start of naming my character, so to lighten the mood a little I named him Billy.

It did not make the game any less serious.

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Overdue Reviews: Aliens vs Predator 2

An alien

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Aliens vs Predator 2 on PC.

There's a rule in horror movies. The less you show of the monster, the more scary it is. As soon as the audience sees what they're supposed to be afraid of, they stop being afraid. The fear of the unknown is far worse than a man in a rubber suit.

Aliens vs Predator 2 uses this technique to great effect in the first level of the marine campaign. It was almost terrifying.

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