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Ian Collen has been working as a journalist and writer for more than 20 years. After cutting his teeth in a radio station newsroom, he moved into print, working on a variety of magazines including Essential Home Cinema back when 5.1 was considered a luxury.
The majority of his magazine life was spent in videogames, writing for and editing a number of titles, primarily XBM, 360 GAMER, ONE GAMER, PLAY GAMER and the innovative custom-made digital title GAMER Interactive. Most recently he was editor of Drone Magazine - the clue is very much in the title on that one.
Now working as a freelance writer, Ian is still spending far too much time playing games and considering it 'research', while also trying to follow the latest developments in drone technology and regulation. He is not fun at parties.
Focusing purely on multiplayer, with up to 128 players causing unbridled chaos across PCs and new-gen consoles, 2042 certainly delivers on spectacle; but when it comes to the actual gameplay it’s a little more hit and miss…
Taking some obvious cues from the greats of the RPG genre, Biomutant is a charming action-adventure that’s light on action but has a rich open world that’s ripe for leisurely looting and near-endless exploration.
Picking up where Biohazard left off, Resident Evil Village builds upon this very welcome return to form, dipping back into the classics from this now 25-year-old series to add a little more action to its survival-horror origins.
It’s had its share of tech issues, but this RPG shooter-looter takes inspiration from the classics to deliver some of the best fun-and-gun action around. Outriders is great on your own, but even better with friends.
A delightful two-player adventure that demands genuine co-op gameplay, this highly creative puzzle-platformer is a great way to embrace social distancing with your friends.
Stubbs the Zombie Review (Xbox One)
by Ian Collen
The 15-year-old cult classic rises from the grave with a zero frills port, leaving a first-gen Xbox title to walk among those living in a new-gen world... but there's still some life in this undead antihero.