Games

Marvel’s Spider-Man Makes You Feel Like You’re Spider-Man

Posted by Matthew on September 11, 2018
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There aren’t that many games that I would consider to be among my favourite games of all time. I have played games on various platforms since I was a kid, but not a lot of them have really stuck with me. The ones that have though have generally stuck because they resonated with me on some deeper level. Firewatch is a great recent example of this, a game that made me cry in its text-based introductory chapter and punched me directly in the emotions at the climax. Bioshock is another, a game that scared me relentlessly for hours before unveiling one of the best video game story twists of all time.

I’ve been thinking about these games for the past few days because I am pretty sure that Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 is going to end up on my list of all time favourite games.

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Simon’s Games And Movies Of 2017

Posted by Simon on December 20, 2017
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It’s been a hell of a year, to put it mildly. Thankfully, we’ve had a great twelve months of games and movies to take our minds off the world slowing falling into a Trump-shaped festering sinkhole.

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Review: Uncharted – The Lost Legacy

Posted by Simon on October 04, 2017
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Truck? What truck?

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FIFA 18 on Switch is a Revelation

Posted by Simon on September 30, 2017
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The first complete, portable football game that gives an almost perfect experience – just as long as you don’t want to play online with friends.

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Butcher on Switch is Psycho Lemmings

Posted by Simon on September 29, 2017
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What is this? DOOM for ants?

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The new ‘Spider-Man’ game looks kinda great

Posted by Matthew on June 14, 2017
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I’m tentatively excited about a game. That hasn’t happened in a while. Let’s take a look.

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Simon’s Best Games and Movies of 2016

Posted by Simon on December 30, 2016
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Hello.

2016 has been conspicuous by our absence. It almost seems strange that, in a year where everything went wrong, with so many adored artists and creators being whisked off to the afterlife, the events of the last twelve months have barely been registered on Awesome Friday.

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Review: SUPERHOT (Xbox One, PC)

Posted by Simon on May 13, 2016
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Lukewarm.

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The Top Movies And Games of 2015, According to Simon

Posted by Simon on January 01, 2016
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Happy New Year! As you may have noticed, we had a quiet second half of the year here at Awesome Friday, but that’s not to say we weren’t busy. It’s the opposite, actually; between work, and kids, and writing an entire bloody book in November, I’ve barely had time to indulge in my twin pleasures of games and movies, let alone write about them. Looking back over the year, there are a number of titles that I wish I’d had the chance to watch and play, but I also discovered I engaged with enough entertainment to put together a list.

So, here is it: my Best Of 2015.

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All Hail PS4’s Sleep Mode

Posted by Simon on September 27, 2015
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And praise be to the Suspend/Resume function.

Childbirth is a miracle. I’ve seen a tiny human being come out of another human being twice – the first emerging like a stone skimming over water, the second grumpily being pulled out after refusing to budge, both heralded by the battlecry of a woman adding a +1 to the world with thunderous determination  – and it’s really something. And by really something I mean completely changing your view of yourself and the Universe, but it’s a more relatable summary.

Having kids reframes your world in the best, most exhausting ways possible, but one of the biggest hits comes to gaming time. The nightly hours playing TimeSplitters are a memory so ancient they might as well be from another dimension. Even finishing a game becomes a novelty, and up until recently there was no solution to the frequent sudden instances where the game has to go off now. Thankfully, Sony has solved this with a firmware addition that should be renamed Every Dad’s Best Friend – the glory and brilliance of PS4’s Sleep and Suspend mode.

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Review: Absolute Drift (PC, Mac)

Posted by Simon on August 14, 2015
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I can’t stop playing Absolute Drift, and in order to properly explain why, I have to tell you a little story.

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Review: Galak-Z (PS4)

Posted by Simon on August 10, 2015
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Spelunky has a lot to answer for. Ever since it single-handedly championed procedurally-generated levels back in its enhanced 2012 version, many other games have been lining up to try and emulate its perfect blend of slow progression and brutal punishments. 17-Bit’s Galak-Z is the latest to follow this trend, openly shifting from its initial open-world design in favour of a chaotic and frustration-filled set of tough challenges. And it so nearly gets it right.

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E3 2015: Nintendo Liveblog

Posted by Simon on June 16, 2015
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Nintendo’s Digital Event kicks off the second day of E3. What can it do to possibly top Sony’s ridiculously gratifying show last night? Let’s find out!

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E3 2015: Sony Liveblog

Posted by Simon on June 15, 2015
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This is it, then. The last big show of the day. Let’s see what secrets Sony has ready for us.

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E3 2015: Ubisoft Livestream

Posted by Simon on June 15, 2015
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Bonjour. Ici est Ubisoft pour la E3 presentation. Joinest moi ici.

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