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Fuck Off Trump

I’m not a political kind of person, I never vote as I personally believe all politicians are lying, cheating bastards. But I am the kind of person to defend their own beliefs and opinions. Over the weekend a 21 year old cunt (I never use these cunt’s names, I refuse to acknowledge them) walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and murdered twenty two innocent people, including children with an assault rifle. That was only one of two mass shootings in less than 24 hours. The other one was in Dayton, Ohio where nine more innocent people were shot and killed. That’s thirty one people shot and killed.

Now I have spoken out about America’s problem with mass shootings and guns here before… and it is a problem that is continually ignored. But when you have the POS… sorry I mean the POTUS calling out violent video games as the reason for these shootings, I just have to speak out. After the shooting, Trump had this to say…

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”

Ban video games that are not real, but say nothing about the actual tools used to carry out these heinous crimes, the guns themselves?

So it really has nothing to do with the stupidly lax gun controls in America then? It’s just violent video games that is to blame here? Well allow me to counterpoint. Mass shootings have been around for years now, decades and certainly long before video games existed. Just to add on, guns have been easily purchasable in America just as long as mass shootings have been around… coincidence?

If anyone is going to blame video games on mass shootings, how about some actual proof? Crazy idea I know to ask for proof. You know there have been several studies covering this very subject and no link between video games and violent acts has ever been proven… ever. But let’s just ignore that fact eh Don?

But let me further this point. Video games sell in millions, multiples of millions all over the world. Let me pick the lowest hanging fruit as an example, Grand Theft Auto. The latest in the long running franchise, GTA V is the biggest selling game of all time knocking up impressive sales of a hundred and ten million copies around the world… a hundred and ten million. So if violent games are to blame, then why are there not at least a hundred and ten million mass shootings around the globe due to the GTA V sales?

GTA V is chock full of violent acts and yet the sales of the game do not seem to add up to the mass shootings if Trump’s theory is to be believed. Also note, these mass shootings are mostly always in America? So why is that that this world wide popular pastime of violent video games does not seem to effect the globe in the same way it does America?

I grew up playing violent video games, I’ve played hundreds of them and yet I’ve never felt the urge to go out and commit mass murder. Does Trump have an answer as to why that is ? In short, Trump is talking complete shit. The simple fact is that America still lives by and believes in a piece of paper written centuries ago. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution was written in 1791, almost two hundred and thirty years ago. Times have changed since then and yet gun fanatics of America still think it’s relevant when it’s not. When the Founding Fathers wrote The Second Amendment, they were talking about simple single-fire, inaccurate and slow to reload rifles and muskets. They could never imagine the guns of today spitting out dozens of rounds of ammo within seconds. They would never think that someone would walk into a public place and just start murdering innocent people. How and why America still think anything from almost three hundred years ago is still relevant by today’s standards I have no idea.

The reason these mass shootings continue is because of the stupid gun culture bred into Americans, because guns are way too easy to get hold of with not enough checks on the person buying them are carried out. Because rules and laws change from state to state. How can it be the UNITED States when they are anything but ‘united?’

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I’m not stupid, of course gun crime will never be 100% eradicated, but that doesn’t mean things can’t change or that the problem can’t be stemmed. Of course criminals will ignore the law, that’s what they do. But choosing to do nothing because criminals will be criminals is asinine, that’s like saying paedophiles will rape children anyway, so just leave them to it.

In other countries that have stricter gun laws, there is less gun crime and pretty much zero mass shootings. So why can’t America fix what other countries all over the world have already done? Why is America this blind to the issue?

I’m going off on a bit of a tangent here as this was meant to be aimed at Trump and his idiotic claims that violent video games are to blame. So here’s an interesting Tweet that looks at just that issue…

As I already pointed out earlier with GTA V, the sales of games to the level in gun crime and mass shootings does not add up. So where Trump is getting his view of violent games being to blame for mass shootings I have no idea. It’s utter bollocks, there has been an overwhelming amount of research done on this very subject and no link between games and real life violence has ever been made. Seeing my hobby, my pastime that I have spent decades doing being (no pun) shot down like this by a clueless imbecile is just really fucking annoying. The problem is not games, it’s America and it’s blind ignorance, it’s misguided belief in an ancient piece of paper.

I’m just curious as to how many more innocent people, including children need to be murdered before America wakes up and says “You know what, maybe guns really are the problem here?”

As the headline for this article says, fuck off Trump.

About That Red Dead Redemption Remake…

So I’ve not written any articles for a while now, been busy writing books. I wrote and published Microbrits: A Tapestry OF The British Gaming Industry in June and my second short story collection just last week. And I’ve already begun work on my third book I aim to publish later this year too. So yeah, I’ve been a bit too busy and not written much for this blog recently. But that is something I’m going to change over the next few months and aim to publish a few more articles this year. A bit of (possible) news got my excitement up and compelled me to write this ere’ article.

Red Dead Redemption is one of the greatest games ever made. Not many games manage to come close to it’s sheer brilliance, not even it’s own sequel (prequel)… which is something I aim to cover for RDR II’s 1 year anniversary in a few months.

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I have quite honestly lost count of how many times I have played through RDR over the years since it’s release in 2010. And next year marks the game’s 10 year anniversary… and if a recent rumour proves to be true, then we could be playing RDR once more. The epic Wild West game had seen a wonderful 4K update for the Xbox One X and yes, I played through the game… again. But while a nice 4K update is something that was very welcome, us fans really wanted a full on remake. That remake might be happening of you believe certain gaming sites right now.

Now, this all needs to be taken with a huge pinch of salt as nothing had been confirmed. But a rumour is going around that claims a Red Dead Redemption remake is on the cards to mark 10 years since it’s original release. It all began on Reddit where a user claimed they they have a friend who is an environment artist at Rockstar Games and that they have been working on a RDR remake. The remake is said to use the updated RDR II engine and game features:

“All the new features from the new game are going to be imported into RDR 1 plus the map is getting expanded a bit to make it more vast (rdr 2 map is not apart of this because it is not needed in the story, it’s mostly just making the desert bigger.) Rob has came back and recorded new lines of dialogue to help connect the two stories (References to Arthur and events of rdr 2 naturally) it was originally slated for the 10 year anniversary of RDR 1 but bugs have hindered the development a bit so they’ve shifted 2/3 of the Red Dead Online team to the Remake (hence the lack of an update as of yet.) And it’s currently in the timeframe of being released either December 2020- January of 2021.”

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Sounds amazing. Not just a graphical update, but a complete rebuilding of the game to tie in better with the prequel. Of course RDR fans would lap this up. Just type in Red Dead Redemption remake into Google and you’ll find lots of reputable gaming sites spreading the rumour like butter on toast. I just wonder why people are quick to spread rumours without bothering to do any basic research first. See, I’m not fancy ‘journalist’ working for a popular gaming site, I’m just a guy with his own blog who likes to write stuff. But I like to check and double check info before I post anything. I don’t ways get it right… but I at the very least try.

I just do not see how/why this rumour has spread so much and so fast with zero reliable sources. The whole thing starts with the Reddit user saying that they have a ‘friend’ who works at Rockstar Games… and no one bothered to question that? Plus there was the fact that the post they made making the claim was their first ever post from a new user… and no one bothered to question that?

Long story short, the RDR remake rumours are all bullshit. It’s not happening and never was. The very same person who started the rumour has even admitted as much:

“There is no remake of the first game as far as I know.
This was an experiment I have always wanted to do regarding the spreading of rumors in video game culture. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and wondering how I was going to do it, then I saw red dead online was basically being ignored (most likely not, but the fans are in the dust about it, including me) so this was basically a good starting point for me. So first I thought about here there were a lot of alien references in RDR 2’s story mode, so I started my “leak” on that. I made up a somewhat believable story that my “friend from rockstar” told me. (Real original right?) then I put in small details I thought in my head would make sense such as “Still playing as Arthur”. But I stayed real vague just to build up some speculation. Then I thought of what I wanted out of a story dlc. I wanted a remake of the first game with all of the bells and whistles of the recent game. And the rest is pretty much history, so I expected it to be ignored and the next day I open my reddit and I see the biggest notification list I have ever had! I was simply amazed at how my bullshit rumors could blow up, a couple of hours later I went on the google app, and it has tabs with news, and at the very top was this article by comicbook (who report on every rumor from this subreddit almost) https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/07/20/red-dead-redemption-remake-ps4-ps5-xbox-scarlett-rockstar-games/ And that’s when things got real, so I let people build more speculation for a couple of days. And sure enough, one of the gaming sites I read on reported on it https://www.gamesradar.com/red-dead-redemption-dlc-aliens-leak/ . Then I was curious of the YouTube videos being made, and sure enough there were! https://youtu.be/fF6pCsZNIf4 this was at the very top! And he drank every sip of my tea, and judging by his comment section, they didn’t! I was wondering if there were videos were people didn’t believe me and sure enough there was one by Fizhy! https://youtu.be/kRmVK_9xXsw . Then I realized I was getting to many peoples hopes up, so I decided to write this post. And through this experiment I learned that some people will believe anything that someone says if it sounds believable. And also that mass media is a powerful tool, over 70k people atleast have seen this fake leak that I wrote, and I’m glad that a majority of people saw through it! From now on the original leak will stay up unless the mods say otherwise but I will link this to clarify it was all fake! Thanks for listening!”

So there you go, there is no RDR remake. It’s just a shame that these people who run these gaming sites don’t bother to think before posting their crap.

Bet seriously @RockstarGames, make a RDR remake… and Bully II.

MICROBRITS: My British Game Developers & Publishers Book Update & Info

I’ve been working hard on getting my book published and was hoping for it to be available to buy for a late July/early August release at the earliest. Sadly that’s not going to happen. Mainly because I finished it ahead of schedule and it’s now available to buy from Amazon.

81681 words, 141 pages, (almost) 40 years of gaming history, 15 game studios, 12 months of research, 1 book.

MICROBRITS: A Tapestry Of The British Gaming Industry is a book looking at the history of the British gaming through the very companies who shaped it. Beginning with Imagine Software in 1982, covering almost four decades of British gaming and ending with Rockstar North in 2019.

Imagine, Ocean, Psygnosis, U.S. Gold, Ultimate Play The Game, Rare, The Bitmap Brothers, Gremlin Graphics, Sensible Software, Team 17, DMA Design and Rockstar North are all covered, looking at each company from the start to the very end, the people behind it and some of the games they produced. The book is designed so you can just jump in a read about any of the studios you wish to. But if you read it cover to cover, then an interesting tapestry of British gaming is revealed as many of these companies all cross paths in one way or another. You can play a good game of six degrees of separation with this book. Yarns of interesting partnerships, back-stabbing buy outs, bitter rivalries, surprising interweaving tales and plenty of fascinating tit-bits along the way.

MICROBRITS: A Tapestry Of The British Gaming Industry is a journey through almost four decades of British gaming and how some of the biggest names in the industry, some still working today began… as well as some pretty spectacular failures. But that’s not all. As when you’re done reading this fascinating story of how the British gaming industry was born, there’s a nice bonus at the end. A special three part look at the most important British game designer ever. An in-depth look at the entire career of a certain Peter Douglas Molyneux. I take you through a journey beginning with Peter as a baked bean salesman to his co-founding Bullfrog Productions, via Lionhead Studios and ending with 22Cans.

MICROBRITS: A Tapestry Of The British Gaming Industry is available as a paperback as well as on Kindle Amazon right now.

Oh as a quick aside. I sent an advance copy to the legendary game designer Peter Molyneux last week and he contacted my today…

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So MICROBRITS: A Tapestry Of The British Gaming Industry is Molyneux approved.
Buy your copy today.

 

EDIT: Quick update: Here’s the first review of my book from over at @stoffelpresents .

Xbox One S All-Digital Console: What Are Microsoft Thinking?

Okay so let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. The Xbox One S All-Digital or The Xbox One SAD as people have begun calling it. Right now that niggle is out of the way, I have a perfectly reasonable question regarding this new console – what’s the point?

For those not in the know, allow me to give you a quick catch up.
So Microsoft are set to release a new version of their Xbox One S console on the 7th of May. This new version is exactly the same as the previous console except for one detail, it will not have a disc-drive.  Meaning, the new console will be digital only and it comes with a price tag of £199.99, let’s just call it £200. Or $249.00 for our American cousins.

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So back to my question, what’s the point?
First let me address that price. £200 for an Xbox One S? Just off a quick interwebs search and I found a few deals on the “normal” Xbox One S with the same sized 1Tb hard-drive for around the £180-190 mark with a game, either Battlefield V or Forza Horizon 4. For a few extra £s you can buy the same console with three games. The new digital only console comes with copies of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. Three games can’t be bad… or can it? Well yes as the games are pretty old relatively speaking. I mean Forza Horizon 3 when Forza Horizon 4 is the latest in the franchise? Plus both Minecraft and Sea of Thieves are available via Microsoft’s Game Pass program… along with Forza Horizon 4. 

If you’re going digital only, you’re gonna go with Game Pass because it’s a really cost effective idea. So those three bundled games are meaningless.

There are some great deals on Game Pass as well if you look around. Suddenly the three games don’t seem all that impressive. Add on to the age old point that digital games cost more than physical (currently £60 for the digital version of Red Dead Redemption II or £30 for the physical) and that you can’t trade in digital games, that all equals a very expensive past time in the long run with you paying (sometimes) double for games.

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Then let’s not forget that Microsoft have removed hardware here, the disc-drive. That means more than just losing the ability of physical gaming as there goes the Blu-ray player too. Less hardware for more money? So when you look at it, you’re really paying more for a console that offers less options and more restrictions. Plus with less hardware – wouldn’t that mean lower production cost… so why isn’t the console cheaper?

Then onto my biggest point. A few days ago and Sony officially announced the PlayStation 5 is on the way. No official release date yet but most people seem to think it’ll be 2020. Surely with Sony already giving the word on their new console, Microsoft can’t be far behind. With the new generation of consoles creeping up on us… who the hell would fork out £200 on a restrictive console that limits your options when they could put that money toward a shiny new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Whatever? But if you really, really, really want to by a Xbox One S right about now, just buy the normal model with the disc drive. At least you’ll have the option of both digital, physical games and a Blu-ray player thrown in.

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I believe there is a rumour going around that the new Xbox will come in two flavours – one with a disc-drive and one without. So the reason for this new digital only Xbox One S could be to test the waters and see how popular a digital only console could be. But are they not leaving it a tad late? If this console had been released 3-4 years ago, yeah I can see how they may get some great numbers to draw some intel from. But this close to the launch of the next gen?

I seriously do not understand Microsoft’s marketing here, it makes no sense to expect people to pay £200 for a console without the disc-drive when they can buy the same console with one for around the same amount of money that is capable of doing the same job and then some… plus play Blu-rays too. It’s like having the option of buying two cars. One for 35k with everything you’d except being included and then the second car, same make and model also coming in at 35k but without a fuel tank.

If you really want a digital only Xbox One S, then just buy the normal console and don’t use the disc-drive for gaming. It works out about the same price and at least you get a Blu-ray player thrown in too.

You know, that SAD moniker actually makes a lot of sense.

My British Game Developers & Publishers Book Update

So, for those not in the know, I’ve been writing a book covering the British gaming boom of the 80s. How it all began from simple bedroom programmers up to some of the biggest names in the business working today.

The book is split into chapters with each one telling the story of how companies like Imagine Software, Psygnosis, U.S. Gold (who despite the name were British), Rare, Rockstar North and many others – how they started, some of the people behind the companies and even their games all covered from the start to the end. There’s some really interesting stories revealed through the book. From bitter rivalries and back stabbing buy-outs to surprising partnerships and interesting tit-bits on how many of these companies came to be. A tapestry of British gaming is revealed over the years.

I have a very big vision for the book with a specific design in mind. A glorious, hardback, glossy paged tome. But getting the whole thing together as one package is proving more difficult than I originally thought. So, for the moment, the hardback, glossy paged tome is on hold. In the meantime I’m aiming to self-publish a text only paperback version of my book. This is to hopefully get some interest in the project and even more importantly, raise some funds that I can invest into making the hardback, glossy paged tome I envision.

The paperback version is bring worked on feverishly. The first draft is already completed and I’m currently working on adding more info and general tidying up to get it in a publishable state soon.

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I’m aiming for a summer-ish time release, I’m thinking July/August. So anyone who’s interested can buy a copy. Price will depend on how big the book ends up being, it’s currently at over 75, 000 words already. More info to come closer to release date….

 

Metro: Exodus – Movement Of Jah People Oh Oh Oh, Yeah!

So I have a confession to make – I was never a big fan of the Metro games. It’s not that I thought they were crap but more a case of they just didn’t grab me as they did with others. The previous games, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light released in 2010 and 2013 respectively were both critically and commercially successful with favourable reviews across the board as well as strong enough sales warrant sequels all from the same developer, 4A Games.

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Well 4A Games are back with the third game in the series, Metro Exodus and after being given a review code (thanks to publisher Deep Silver) I thought I’d go back and experience the first two games once more before I tackled the latest entry… and I really enjoyed myself too. I found the games much more entertaining than I originally remembered and seeing as the first game is coming up to 9 years old this year – it holds up surprisingly well. Anyway, the point is that I was initially wrong.

I guess a quick bit of coverage of what the Metro games actually are would be good. Well, the best way to describe them is that they are first person, survival horror shooters – with a blending of resource management, stealth and action. The first game is based on the novel of the same name from writer Dmitry Glukhovsky. And you play as a guy called Artyom who has to fight and defend his home and people from the horrors lurking in the metro tunnels after a nuclear war in Russia. Artyom and others struggle to survive in the harshness of nuclear fallout as they fight the mutants created as well as have to scavenge what they can endure and withstand the horrors of nuclear fallout.

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Look, just go play the games as they’re really enjoyable but make sure you play them on the hardest difficulty to get the most of of the survival horror elements. I need to crack on with looking at the newest game Metro Exodus.

Well Artyom is back doing pretty much what he was doing in the previous games, killing mutants and scavenging whatever he can to help him and his fellow survivors stay alive. I suppose the first thing to cover is the new gameplay style. See, the first two games were pretty linear with you being stuck underground for the most part. Occasionally you would pop up the the surface but the majority of the previous games took place in the underground metro, it’s stations and tunnels. Then when you would go above ground now and then, it was still a linear experience as you had to follow a pre-set path to get to your objective. Now things have changed as while there still is some of that underground metro action (the game starts out like that), most of the game actually takes place in the open. The linearity of the previous games has all but gone, save a few sections, in favour of open world hubs. Now you have the freedom to explore and interact with these open world hubs however you wish.

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While you will always have a main/story objective to complete, there are plenty of side quests you can discover and complete too. And you can do these at your own leisure as long as you are on the hub in question. You’ll find yourself going off the beaten track and seeing what else the map has to offer, not only to find more and more side missions, but also to scavenge for ammo, weapon upgrades and the like. Then each of the open world hubs are graphically very different from each other and offer their own unique characteristics. From snowy areas to deserts (watch out for sandstorms) and cities. One of the things that bored me in the first two games was the lack of variety in the graphics, I just got tired of seeing the same brown tunnels over and over. Metro Exodus addresses this by adding a lot more deviation and this made me want to see what the maps had to offer.

The upgrading of weapons is back from the previous games, only now with a lot more to play round with. These upgrades no only change how the gun looks but also how it feels and works. Add a scope and longer barrel to an assault rifle, an increased magazine size to a sub-machine gun, pimp out a sniper rifle to make it even more deadly – you can take a simple revolver and turn it into a hand-cannon. There is so much to the upgrading and customisation of the guns that I could play around and experiment with it for hours and create new and different guns each time. Speaking of the guns and coming off replaying the previous games recently, I found the gun-play here to be much more snappy and responsive too. Guns will also get dirty with excessive use making them less effective and prone to jamming, so you’ll have to find a workbench to clean it up and repair.

Metro Exodus Gun Upgrades

The open world hubs also give way to open styled missions. Do you go into the enemy camp all guns blazing, killing anyone you see… or maybe you go in sneaky, stealthy quiet as a mouse and just knock the bad guys out. How you play will affect the ending too. If you go around doing as many side missions as possible and knock people out instead of killing them, then you get the good ending. But running around like a loon and putting bullets into any and everyone you see while ignoring the side missions and you’ll see the bad ending… as I did.

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Resources are scarce. Ammo, scrap and ingredients to make equipment and upgrade guns are around… but you’ll really need scour every nook and cranny to find them. Search dead bodies, find and open lockers and lock-boxes to gather much needed ammo and resources. Resources you’ll need to make more ammo, medi-kits, throwables and so on. You’ll even have to look after your gas-mask which will become damaged especially after a particularly brutal fight, as a gas-mask with a gaping hole in it is no good against nuclear fallout. Survival is key and while Metro Exodus isn’t a hardcore survival game, it’s a FPS first and foremost, the survival elements are still important and work very well especially on the hardest setting, which is how a Metro game should be played.

The graphics are stunning too making the world you are in believable. The burnt out husks of what used to be buildings, the desolate wastelands left after the nuclear war, the grotesque and unrelenting mutant animals you’ll come across all look beautiful in a macabre way.

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Metro Exodus is a wonderful game and a thrilling title. For me, the best of the three as developer 4A Games have taken what made the previous games enjoyable and tinkered with the formula just enough to keep the game as it should be but also bring forth a slew of great features to keep the concept fresh.

Now full disclosure here. I played through the game on easy just to finish it so I could do this review. The Metro games (as I previously said) should be played on the hardest possible setting. This is when the survival elements really come to life as you desperately need to conserve ammo and resources, scavenging is harder as there is less loot around and enemies are harder to kill while you are easier to end. I have started a play through on the hardest setting and it’s amazing, the fear is amped as I run out of ammo for my weapons and filters for my gas-mask. On easy, Metro Exodus was thoroughly enjoyable but on Ranger (hardest) difficulty its a whole new game and one I’m loving every second of it’s brutality.

 

The Grand Tour Game

Okay so a few weeks ago I announced how I’m cutting back on this blog to concentrate on writing my books and I have been doing just that too (honest). But I have a little spare time and the kind folk over at Amazon Game Studios sent me a review code for The Grand Tour Game (thanks Will), so I thought I’d have a short sabbatical from my books and take a look at the game.

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The Grand Tour is an Amazon Video show fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May that is basically Top Gear after the BBC fucked up Top Gear. The game is a melding of the T.V. show and gaming to create an interactive T.V. show I guess where you get to “play” episodes from the show itself –  you can even watch episodes of the show from within the game too if you like, via Amazon Prime Video.

So I think the best way to explain this is to just go back to the very start. So the very first episode of the show has a very, very, very long intro that (comically) shows Clarkson leave his old job and teaming up with Hammond and May to begin their new jobs hosting The Grand Tour. That’s exactly how the game starts too, with the exact same video intro. The video then blends seamlessly into the first race of the game with you playing as Clarkson racing against both Hammond and May on their way to The Grand Tour stage to host the first show. That’s how the game works, you watch the episode and then when the car action kicks in, you take control.

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It’s all done very well indeed and the blending of the show itself with the game is wonderful. You do feel as if you are playing the T.V. show. The racing itself is very arcade-like. This isn’t trying to be a Forza or Gran Turismo style hyper realistic racing sim, this is stupid, silly, over the top arcade racing… and it’s great fun. The races are varied from simple one on ones, drifting challenges, time trials, drag races and there are even races with power-ups you can use to trip up your opponents. There are a good mix of races, challenges and cars to play around with and each piece of action always feels very different from the last. You’ll be tearing around The Grand Tour race track going for a fast time in a supercar and later find yourself doing donuts in an abandoned theatre in Detroit using muscle cars in an attempt to create as much noise as possible.

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There’s a lot of content here even though it’s not complete. See, as the game is very closely based on the T.V. show that means you get entire episodes the play round in. However, its not complete because there is only one episode in season one, one episode in season two and one episode in season three. So only three episodes in total to play with right now. But don’t let that deter you as each episode has loads and loads of racing in them with multiple scenes to enjoy in each episode. And the game is continually being updated with more and more episodes. Seeing as season three has just launched, Amazon Game Studios will be concentrating on that season for now and with each newly aired episode of the show, you’ll get a new episode to play in the game. There will be updates for the first two seasons too at a later date to eventually include each and every episode from every season in the show. But right now, season three is the main focus for the production team so that’s where the priority lies with the game. Honestly, that’s a lot of game right there as is even though it’s not finished yet.

Then outside of the singleplayer mode where you play the episodes from the show, there is also a local multiplayer mode… and it’s four player too. So you and three friends can get the beers in and throw insults at each other sitting on the couch while racing. I love it when games do this as split-screen multiplayer is dying out fast and I miss those days. But there is no online multiplayer which I thought was a bit odd. Yeah I love the old split-screen action, but sometimes you and your friends can’t all be together at the same time and online is the only option.

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So it’s all good right? Well not exactly. The game is fun, it’s great fun but there are niggles. The cars feel a bit to heavy for me – especially from an arcade racer like this, maybe I just need to get used to the handling a bit. I’ve not played a racing game for a while (with the exception of Horizon Chase Turbo) so my racing game skills are a little stale to be honest – but the handling just felt sluggish. I think it would benefit from some control options, sensitivity and the like so you can tailor the controls to your needs. You can’t change camera and are stuck in 3rd person view. I hope they add different camera views in a future update as for this type of game, I personally prefer a in car view. Plus you’re also stuck with automatic gears, which I think will deter some racing fans. These are niggles that can be fixed and tweaked and I hope that @AMZNGameStudios will add new features, options and updates to improve the gameplay outside of just adding new episodes.

Overall, The Grand Tour Game is good, could be better – but what is there right now is good. It’s full of varied content – with more coming soon with each new episode of the show. It really does feel like you are playing the show and the seamless transitions are beautiful. Plus the game comes loaded with all that irreverent banter between Clarkson, Hammond and May as the trio needle each other though each episode. I can’t wait to see what stupidly ridiculous challenges lie in wait for future episodes.

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It’s currently for sale at just £12 (or your county’s equivalent) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and I say go for it. If your a fan of the show then you can’t go wrong and you’ll have a lot of fun. Go out and buy @PlayTGTGame right now. Well I’ve got to get back to playing The Grand Tour Game… I mean writing my books.