About Matthew Smail

Matt has been around Videogames since the ZX Spectrum way back in the 1980's. He enjoys a very broad range of games including everything from epic RPG's through to cute platformers and the odd really dumb FPS romp. Matt is in his early thirties and has been writing for XBLA Fans for over three years now.
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Everspace preview: Roguelike squadron
1 year ago

Everspace preview: Roguelike squadron

With the likes of Rebel Galaxy, Starpoint Gemini 2 and of course, Elite: Dangerous, Xbox One owners are already well spoiled when it comes to high-quality, enjoyable space simulators. Nevertheless, …
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Firewatch review: Dowsing the flames
1 year ago

Firewatch review: Dowsing the flames

I like a good walking simulator as much as anyone – in fact, I would say that I like them more than most. There are relatively few experiences in gaming that …
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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review: Another slice of pie
1 year ago

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review: Another slice of pie

Back when Pac-Man Championship Edition was released in 2007, it felt like it was exactly what the classic series needed. A refreshed, revamped take on a game that has often …
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Star Trek Online review: Deep space grind
1 year ago

Star Trek Online review: Deep space grind

I've always loved the Star Trek series, especially the era of The Next Generation. However, despite its deep, rich lore and vast, eager fan base, Star Trek has always struggled to …
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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas Review: An attempted link to the past
1 year ago

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas Review: An attempted link to the past

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I honestly cannot think of another game that is such an obvious and well crafted love letter as Oceanhorn. The game …
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Livelock review: Robots in disguise
1 year ago

Livelock review: Robots in disguise

A huge red robot, roughly the size of a double decker bus, crashes through a throng of enemy robots swinging his car-sized fists and smashes them into a thousand pieces. …
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Armello review: knights of the kitchen table
1 year ago

Armello review: knights of the kitchen table

Board games are having something of a renaissance of late, and I, for one, am delighted by that. Long before I first picked up a control pad, board games like …
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Worms W.M.D Review: Tunnelling Back in Time
1 year ago

Worms W.M.D Review: Tunnelling Back in Time

Most people think of iconic series' like Super Mario or Sonic when describing the games that have influenced them the most. I can't blame them. But most gamers will also …
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#KILLALLZOMBIES review: Dead dull
1 year ago

#KILLALLZOMBIES review: Dead dull

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. There's no other way I can write it, so I might as well get straight to the point; #KILLALLZOMBIES (or KAZ) is a twin …
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Hyper Light Drifter review: 16-Bit soul
1 year ago

Hyper Light Drifter review: 16-Bit soul

The weight of expectation can be a terrible thing for games like Hyper Light Drifter that channel much-loved experiences from the past so directly. And whilst everyone I know (and …
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