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Glass Onion review

Just before Christmas 2022, Netflix released Glass Onion, the next film in the Knives Out seri...

What to expect from TSP in 2023

It’s been quite a ride for The Strat Pack since the site’s original soft launch in September 2...

FIFA 22 Career Mode: TSP United – making history

Last time out in my FIFA 22 Career Mode series I was lucky to hold on to my job as TSP United ...

New Splinter Cell remake details on series' 20th birthday

Fans on the Splinter Cell subreddit were speculating recently about what Ubisoft might do for ...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360) retrospective

With a bit more time on my hands this week, I decided to dust off my Xbox One and play through...

F1 22: How to choose the perfect difficulty and assists

Half of the enjoyment of any racing game comes from achieving the perfect balance between your...

F1 22 is better than the internet says

F1 22’s free-to-play weekend came at a tough time for Codemasters and EA - at least as far as ...

Formula 1 97 (PS1) retrospective

I was shocked on multiple levels to find that one of my favourite childhood games recently cel...

Why is everything a live service?

I caught a streamer I follow playing Marauders recently and the game looks fantastic. For thos...

Fable (PC) retrospective

For my next retrospective, I decided to dive back into one of the most memorable games of my c...

Hitman 3 (PC) review

I finally gave into temptation and bought the final chapter of in one of my favourite series o...

GTA VI leak: Beyond the videos

We saw one of the biggest leaks in video game history last Sunday as a hacker uploaded a huge ...

FIFA 22 Career Mode: TSP United – cup runs to remember

The years are flying by in my FIFA 22 Career Mode series, and after surviving our first season...

How to run a half marathon

I’ve been running on and off for years, but I was in two minds when I first considered signing...

F1 Manager 2022 is like a revival of old movie games

There was a time, certainly in the 2000s but also arguably as early as the 1980s - I’m looking...

Muse – Will Of The People review

I’m back after a longer-than-expected break for COVID-related reasons, and have returned just ...

GTA VI: First details leave plenty of room for scepticism

It was last week, nearly nine whole years after the release of Grand Theft Auto V, that an ar...

Stray (PC) review

Just in case you hadn’t already heard, Stray is a game where you play as a cat. Ever since it ...

Portal 2 (PC) retrospective

There was a time, way back in 2007, when Valve was a company that made video games, and releas...

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition review

I’ve been watching the price of Nvidia 30 series graphics cards for years with a view to upgra...

Cities: Skylines: A guide to schools, universities, and education

Planning and managing a growing city in Cities: Skylines is a lot like building a house of car...

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (PC) retrospective

I rarely bother with downloadable content. Most of the time I’m ready to put a game down by th...

FIFA 22 Career Mode: TSP United – hitting the big time

When we last left my TSP United FIFA 22 Career Mode series, we had just made it into the Champ...

BioShock Infinite (PC) retrospective

I’m on the war path in 2022, finally playing through all sorts of games that I probably should...

Getting the full Martin Brundle experience at Thruxton

I got back to Thruxton last week after nine months away, travelling down to Andover to watch t...

Resident Evil 2 Remake (PS4) retrospective

My journey through the Resident Evil universe continued this month as I picked up 2019’s Resid...

Warzone's Godzilla v Kong event is better than it sounds

Any semi-regular reader of this blog will know that I’m a fairly frequent critic of live servi...

FIFA 22 Career Mode: How to scout and develop youth players

There are different ways to tackle FIFA 22’s Career Mode. Some players prefer to take the Pari...

Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS4) retrospective

Everyone has a series or two that are widely regarded as the pinnacle of video games that they...

Buying MP3s is stupidly difficult

Many video game fans mourn what has happened to their hobby in recent years. With the announce...

F1 22's announcement video was a colossal waste of time

Racing game fans across Reddit and Twitter were excited this week after EA revealed that not o...

FIFA 22 Career Mode: TSP United – escaping the lower leagues

I hadn’t bought a FIFA game in years, but I couldn’t resist picking up FIFA 22 when I learnt t...

Formula 1: Why now's the time to choose a backup series

The last decade or so has been a bad time to be a fan of many things. Your favourite film has ...

Gran Turismo 7: A guide to race strategy and pit stops

Gran Turismo 7’s strategy system is both a blessing and a curse. With everything handled durin...

Gran Turismo 7 (PS4) review

Writing a review for Gran Turismo 7 having observed what has happened to it in the three weeks...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 retrospective

I have good memories of the Modern Warfare trilogy. Between 2007 and 2011, I bought all the ga...

First impressions: Should you buy Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 4?

Gran Turismo 7 is a now a week old and I’ve just finished all the café menus in Campaign Mode....

Parkitect: How to build a rollercoaster your guests will love

Chris Sawyer’s all-time classic RollerCoaster Tycoon will always be the king of theme park man...

FIFA 22 is actually a big step forward

With some time to kill and spotting a decent discount on Steam, I picked up a copy of FIFA 22 ...

The newbie's guide to buying Formula 1 models

Unless you’ve got the money and the space to fill your mansion with real Formula 1 cars, scale...

GTA IV's immersive mechanics may be lost forever

Rockstar practically broke Twitter with its announcement of what will surely be Grand Theft Au...

Gran Turismo 7: Everything we know

It’s no secret that I am very excited for Gran Turismo 7, so when we got a 32-minute “deep div...

Project Zomboid is a true sandbox game

Project Zomboid is yet another game that was sitting in my Steam library for a long time befor...

Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the future of gaming

This isn’t a blog about the business of video games, but there was one piece of industry news ...

In defence of scripting in football games

Spend any length of time reading online forums for football games and you’ll come across compl...

FIFA is my new year's resolution (kind of)

There’s an episode of South Park that first aired about a decade ago where Stan wakes up one d...

Classic Splinter Cell is back after a 15-year hiatus!

Ubisoft has announced that it’s working on a Splinter Cell remake! This Christmas miracle land...

You're in the zone until you're not

Flow is a weird thing, all inconsistent and unpredictable. When I go to play a video game, one...

Things missing from The Sims 4

I wrote last week about my first impressions of The Sims 4 (spoiler alert: they weren’t great)...

Breaking The Sims 4 in ten hours

Having played a lot of The Sims as a child, I was interested to see The Sims 4 on offer for ju...

Easy retro gaming with Retropie

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I like to play some emulated games from time to time...

PC Building Simulator review

This week I decided it was time to start tackling my backlog - all those games sitting on the ...

Sid Meier's Memoir! review

A book I preordered six months ago finally landed on my doormat in October. Sid Meier’s Memoir...

Brands Hatch has the best views in UK motorsport

I went to Brands Hatch this weekend to see some of the action at the 50th Formula Ford Festiva...

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard review

It’s been a few months since I delved into the world of mechanical keyboards for the first tim...

Gran Turismo 3 retrospective: Progression and reward

With Gran Turismo 7 on the horizon, I thought now seemed like a good time to revisit an earlie...

Running is like F1 for your feet

A few years ago, I did a lot of running. I’d wake up early in the week and head out for an hou...

eFootball 2022 is no match for PES

eFootball 2022 rang alarm bells as soon as it was announced. Gone was Pro Evolution Soccer, th...

Transport Fever 2 review

Let’s face the facts: Transport Fever 2 is a lot like Transport Tycoon. You’re dropped into a ...

What if Football Manager was a tabletop game?

What if Football Manager wasn’t a computer game you play alone in front of a screen until the ...

Transport Fever 2: What Production, Shipment, and Transport really mean

In my Transport Fever 2 review I wrote about the how the game sometimes frustrates by leaving ...

Visiting Thruxton for BTCC and Formula 4

With the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic somewhat reduced thanks to the UK’s vaccination progr...

Transport Fever 2: How to fix a broken shipping line

If you’ve read my review of Transport Fever 2, you’ll know that one of the most frustrating pa...

Motorsport Manager review

I’m a little off the pace with Motorsport Manager. Playsport Games’ Formula 1 management game ...

Gran Turismo 7 could be the racing game I've been waiting for

Remember the Sony PlayStation 5 games showcase in June 2020? I wouldn’t be surprised if the co...

PES 5 Master League retrospective ‐ balancing realism and gameplay

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 has always been an all-time favourite of mine, but it is only now, 15 y...

Why Football Manager is the most addictive spreadsheet ever designed

This month’s off-topic post delves into the world of Football Manager – a game I’ve found mys...

Exploring Brands Hatch at the Formula Ford Festival

I’ve been meaning to visit Brands Hatch for a long time, so since I’d just passed my GCFE exa...

Review – How to Build a Car by F1 designer Adrian Newey

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s time for an off-topic post – this time on...

Asus GeForce Dual GTX 1060 O6G review and PC build project update

For this month’s off-topic post I thought I’d give an update on my PC project and a review of...

Project Cars 2: How to find a winning race setup and strategy

I recently wrote about how to find a good setup in Project Cars 2. A few races down the line ...

Kerbal Space Program: How to build your own Formula 1 car

As a pretty big Formula 1 fan, it was only a matter of time until I did my best Adrian Newey ...

How to design and build your own PC – and why you should

A few weeks on from building my first PC from scratch, I thought I’d offer some thoughts and ...

Concorde, F1 cars and retro garages at the Brooklands Museum

It may have taken me eight years to watch The Social Network, but at least I’d heard of it be...

Kerbal Space Program: How to build and fly a plane

After getting a couple of satellites into orbit in Kerbal Space Program, I decided I wanted t...

Project Cars 2: How to tame the IndyCar beast

After my first Project Cars 2 league ended abruptly with a mid-season whimper, I was missing ...