Here’s one I made earlier.



1996’s Privateer 2 was a great game. That’s no longer the case. Time hasn’t been kind to this strange, wonderful hybrid of big-budget film and space-flight simulator. The movies are fuzzy, the combat basic, the graphics dated. Nevertheless, it still has bags of atmosphere and it’s still a well-crafted game. There’s plenty to do – expect your campaign to include missions, trading, piracy and bounty-hunting – but it’s the star-studded FMV segments that take centre stage. This release has a few glitches, and you’ll need to apply a fan-patch to get it working properly, but patient gamers will find that Privateer 2 is a game that’s worth rescuing from cryosleep. 3/5

Book Review: The Haunted Book

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Books
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Mark Gatiss says that this book is “gripping, twisted and devilishly enjoyable” but, since it’s written by his League of Gentlemen comrade Jeremy Dyson, you’d expect him to.  The Haunted Book contains ten ghost stories linked by a subtle meta-narrative.  Don’t expect outright horror: I found one story to be genuinely creepy, while most of the others were either atmospheric or vaguely unsettling. The period stories work rather well, but a couple of the mid-book pieces and the meta-story feel like filler. Despite this, the variety and imagination on offer make The Haunted Book a reasonably engaging read. 3/5


Actually a reference to Osama Bin Laden rather than any of that Satanic nonsense, Kreator’s Phantom Antichrist is an exceptional album. The title track is the highlight: thunderous kick drums, powerful vocals, a catchy tune and satisfyingly intricate hooks. And METAL, obviously.  While they never match the aggression of the opener, the next few tracks keep up the pace with some virtuoso guitar solos and belt-it-out choruses. The closing songs slide down into the ‘very good’ category, but they still display nuggets of brilliance. It’s also worth checking out the Special Edition DVD, which contains an interesting ‘making of’ together with live concert footage. This is modern thrash at its very best. 5/5

Today’s review comes from the absurdly talented @Furlywurly. Check out that intro! I’ve no idea how he does it. A pact with the devil, probably.

Anyway, we’re giving this one a 3/5. ’tis a sweet little thing, for a while.


P.S. If you need more Kevin in your life, give him a follow at @Furlywurly or on YouTube at FurlyWurlyFilms. He’s always doing stuff like this.

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This review is for @RenderB, who recoiled in horror at the mention of the word ‘bass’ in last week’s Steelseries Flux review. Fear not, my friend. The Flux’s grown-up sibling, the Flux In-Ear Pro, has no such urban pretentions. This time the sound is more Concert Hall than Rock Club, with balanced armature technology which creates an exceptionally accurate soundscape. Drawbacks are a fiddly fit, a poor inline microphone and a weighty price tag. The Pro also shares the Flux’s dislike of cheap PC soundcards. However, if you’re using them with your iThing, and you value precision over power, they’re well worth a try. 4/5 

Here’s the full review:


The headphones that make music fun again. The sound is more Rock Club than Concert Hall, with an enveloping, boomy bass that underlines sweet trebles and clear midtones. There’s clarity here, but not at the expense of power. The Flux features interchangeable cables, so it’s also possible to set them up as a PC headset. They don’t work too well with front audio ports, but they produce decent gaming audio when plugged directly into a soundcard. Like many similar headphones, prolonged use can lead to squashed ears; if you can live with that then you’ll find that this is an exceptional general-use headset at a very reasonable price. 4.5/5  

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