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In Defence of DOOM


Prior to this weekend, I couldn’t have cared less about ID’s revamped DOOM. Another modern reimagining of a 20-year old franchise was hardly a turn-on, and I was content to ignore the new shooter until it inevitably showed up cheap in a Steam sale. But the few hours I spent on the

The World Inside the TV

Persona 4

Dedicated fans of us here at Level Clear may have noticed we’ve been a little quiet lately. The podcast has been on hiatus while we’ve prepared for ‘Season 2’, technical issues have plagued the streaming shenanigans, and even Bonus Level’s been out for a couple of weeks, which is entirely my

Pure Pwnage: Teh Movie

Pure Pwnage Movie

When I excitedly announced to my friends and colleagues last month that I’d be attending the London premiere of ‘Pure Pwnage: Teh Movie’; the blank stares I was met with caused me to despair a little. In my opinion, Pure Pwnage was the funniest gamer-centric comedy to grace a dial-up modem

Rage Fest

Street Fighter V

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a prestigious and exclusive event, known simply to its attendees, as Rage Fest. Listeners of The Level-Clear Podcast will likely have heard us discuss Rage Fest before; but for the uninitiated, I’ll explain the basic premise. Once every three months: myself, the website

The Level-Clear Gallery

Just the other day, I had my local comic book store order in yet another statue for my collection. It was the Bishoujo version of Street Fighter’s Juri (for anyone interested), as with the release of SFV imminent, it seemed as good a time as any to pick up some


Xcom 2

Historically, I’ve never been one for impulse purchases. Especially when it comes to video games. In an industry where ‘standard’ releases retail for £50 apiece, it’s essential to shop around for a bargain and know exactly what you’re letting yourself in for. Sometimes though, you can find a great title at

Style of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

This past week, I’ve been playing a whole lot of Crystal Dynamics’ new-to-PC, Rise of the Tomb Raider. As an overall experience, it’s been solid, but there’s one particular element of ROTTR’s design, which I’ve utterly adored – crafting new outfits and gear. Call me superficial, but I've loved changing Lara's look

Happy Birthday, Castlevania

Castlevania 64

Exactly one week ago today, Konami’s vampire-hunting, action-platformer, Castlevania 64 celebrated its 17th birthday. And Christ did that make me feel old. It seems like only yesterday I was being hunted through a hedge-maze by the Dracula Estate’s invincible, chainsaw-armed gardener. But perhaps it’s the emotional trauma of being repeatedly murdered