Friday, 31 October 2014

Whiskey Commentary: Destiny DLC "The Dark Below"

Apologies for there not being a Whiskey Review this week - however there is one coming in the next few days. I'll be posting a Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare review either Tuesday or Wednesday, as time permits.
However, to fill the time I really wanted to address something that leaves a sour taste in my mouth, the expensive and meager Destiny DLC and the president of Bungie's reactions during an interview with Eurogamer. Hit the link and learn what I'm on about!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Platform: PC
Release Date: 24 October 2014
Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K
Where to get it: Steam
Price: £29.99

Civilization Beyond Earth is the latest Civ game from Firaxis, a company that feels like they can do no wrong - for years they've put out quality games and expansion packs that substantially improved those games and though some changes to the formula have upset some fans, most have found each new game to be better than the last. Have Firaxis built another wonder? Hit the link to find out!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

What's the deal with all the adverts?

Some astute readers may have noticed that there's a sudden influx of advertisements hogging the side bars and you might be wondering what's up with that, well I'm here to explain.

I've considered a multitude of ways to try and make Whiskey Reviews provide enough money for me to eat at least a couple of times a week and they've fallen thoroughly flat. The Patreon attempt only gathered as many views as it took me to preview it and get it all set up the way I wanted it.
Another avenue I really wanted to try, since it's fairer to the readers, was GameFanShop - basically an online game store that would sell the games I review at reasonable prices, the readers get a game and I get a little bit of the profit to help me keep working on reviews. Unfortunately, GameFanShop haven't reopened their affiliates program for several months now and my bank account is officially overdrawn so I needed to start looking elsewhere.

Poking around Bloggers control panels I found the earnings tab and a way to sign up for a Google Ads account. This isn't an ideal solution but I'm hopefully doing a half decent job of explaining why there ended up being ads on the site right now.
While not ideal, Google Ads still allows you, the readers to decide if you want to support me or not - if you don't mind seeing the odd advert in the side bars then please turn off your ad blocker for this site, there won't be any pop-ups or ads shoehorned into the middle of the articles and if there ever are I will drop the Google Ads instantly.
Naturally, the other choice is that you maybe don't want to support Whiskey Reviews and that's great too, maybe you do want to support me and don't want to see the ads even - great news is, you can just keep your ad blocker on and everything will be business as usual.
Basically, the idea is that once I get everything figured out you should only see advertisements for videogames and videogame related products in the side bars but in the meantime you might see a bunch of weird ads like dating sites or Shamwow (that's still a thing right?)

On a closing note, if I ever can get the game shop idea up and running I'll drop the ads too. It doesn't matter if they're earning me more than the game shop will, it's simply that the shop would provide the absolute fairest way for readers to support Whiskey Reviews.

Thank you all for having the patience to take a look, our regular videogame reviewing will continue next week!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Metal Gear Solid: Turf Zeroes

Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: 18 March 2014
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami/Microsoft
Where to get it: Xbox Live (Or anywhere that sells Xbone games)
Price: £19.99

I've long considered what I'd say about Ground Zeroes if it came to an actual review, and quite a while ago I decided that I simply wouldn't bother because I'd probably end up writing a bunch of contradicting nonsense and you, dear readers, wouldn't really get anything out of it.
However, Ground Zeroes is coming to PC in a couple of months, along with The Phantom Pain at some point in the future so what better time than now to talk about how pretty the weather effects in Guantanamo Bay - Uh, "Camp Omega" are.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Whiskey Previews: Road Rash... Uh Redemption.

Platform: PC
Release Date: 18 September 2014 (Early Access)
Developer: Dark Seas Interactive, The Fisch Brothers, Pixel Dash Studios, Fish Factory Games
Publisher: Dark Seas Interactive, The Fisch Brothers, Pixel Dash Studios
Where to get it: Steam
Price: £14.99

Road Rash was a classic motorcycle combat game from the heated 16-bit era that sadly fizzled out with a mediocre Playstation game and slipped from the public eye to snuff it while huffing gasoline fumes in a gutter. But like any much loved series it eventually comes back around, Electronic Art's 'leaked' pre-alpha footage rekindled interest in the series but again ultimately died before coming to fruition.

Thankfully we have a savior; Road Redemption is here to clobber your senses with a bit of pipe at a hundred miles an hour and it doesn't miss the mark.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Whiskey Reviews: Destiny

Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: 9 September 2014
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Where to get it: (or anywhere that stocks Xbox One games)
Price: £49.99

A little while ago I gave the Destiny beta a glowing write-up in which I gushed over the lovely graphics and space bollocks and gave the rest of the experience a fair shake. You can consider this more of an update than a full review and we'll inevitably be returning a lot to what I've already said and reexamining the experience.

There's a lot more content in Destiny now, and more to come, but does it live up to the hype and expectations? Are those different things? Will little Timmy get out of the well? Click the link to find out in the next thrilling installment of Whiskey Reviews!