Mark Botwright

Mark Botwright (Google+) is the site's Gaming Content Editor - overseeing the gaming reviews and articles - and usually the token gamer on the weekly podcast.

Having started out reviewing Blu-rays many moons ago, he jumped at the chance to branch out into games writing. His interest in all things joystick-related began at the tender age of eight when he was presented with a second hand Commodore 64 and an ice-cream tub overflowing with entirely legal and certainly not pirated cassettes, including the excellent Wizball.

He's since developed a compunction to buy every mainstream console, has a soft spot for Nintendo due to being in the SNES camp (all the cool kids were) and longs for Shenmue 3 and a return to proper 2D Castlevanias.

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    Godzilla PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Bandai Namco try to capture the essence of the absurd low budget monster movie. And they succeed; for better and for worse.  
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    Batman: Arkham Knight Xbox One Review

    by Mark Botwright
    With the Arkham series possibly in trouble, someone flashes the Rocksteady signal, and what follows is a return to form.  
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    Splatoon Wii U Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Nintendo enter the online shooter sphere, and add their own twist to the genre.  
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    E3 2015: Square Enix Press Conference Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    The last big publisher show of E3, here's what Square Enix had to show.  
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    E3 2015: Nintendo Presentation Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    A run down of what Nintendo had to offer with their digital presentation.  
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    E3 2015: Sony Press Conference Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    Sony win the crowd over with a few fan favourites.  
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    E3 2015: Ubisoft Press Conference Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    A run down on what Ubisoft had to show at this year's E3 conference.  
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    Games Team Roundtable: E3 2015 hopes and predictions

    by Mark Botwright
    The games team get together to discuss their hopes for the upcoming E3 games conference.  
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    Toren PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    An adventure about an isolated figure scaling a tower in a mythical setting; Toren proves that being likened to Ico can be both a blessing and a curse.  
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    Tower of Guns PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    An old school FPS that centres on guns and pace, but is that enough?  
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  • Gaming Article

    Games Team Roundtable: Nintendo NX and Mobile Games

    by Mark Botwright
    We get together for a roundtable and air our thoughts on the news Nintendo is working on new hardware and making mobile games.  
  • Gaming News

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    Spotify app released on PS4

    by Mark Botwright
    Spotify launches exclusively on Sony consoles, as part of the PlayStation Music service.  
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    Nintendo's Mobile Gamble

    by Mark Botwright
    Finally committing to mobile games, are Nintendo modernising, or accepting defeat?  
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    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Lauded as the most accessible Monster Hunter yet, and launched alongside the new 3DS, is now the time for newcomers to get into the series?  
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    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Released to coincide with the launch of the new 3DS models, we look at the latest update of a Legend of Zelda title.  
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    Nintendo 3DS XL Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Nintendo's latest revision to an existing handheld console sees some much needed improvements.  
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    Should I Buy a Wii U?

    by Mark Botwright
    With a swelling catalogue of quality exclusive games, perhaps now's the time to take the plunge and buy a Nintendo Wii U?  
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    Games of the Year 2014: Our picks

    by Mark Botwright
    Now that everyone's had the chance to clear their backlogs from 2014, we finally discover what were the team's games of the year.  
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    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Stepping out of Super Mario 3D World's shadow, Captain Toad tries his hand at fronting his own game.  
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    Should I buy an Xbox One?

    by Mark Botwright
    A lot has changed since the Xbox One was first revealed, so we ask whether now's the time to buy one?  
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    Should I buy a PS4?

    by Mark Botwright
    It's been out for just over a year now, and with Christmas fast approaching, we look at whether now's the time to buy a PS4  
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    Best Video Games Christmas 2014

    by Mark Botwright
    With so many games landing in November, we round up the main contenders for a place under your tree this year.  
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    Pure Pool Xbox One Review

    by Mark Botwright
    VooFoo Studios' picturesque pool sim makes its way onto the Xbox One. We see if it doubles the black or goes in off.  
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    Funny Video Games - Is the humour disappearing from gaming?

    by Mark Botwright
    With video games increasingly focussing on the cinematic, is "funny" just not as marketable now?  
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    Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers PC Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Gabe gets an updated return for the 20th anniversary of his first outing.  
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    D4 Xbox One Review

    by Mark Botwright
    The best food-themed time travelling detective game you'll ever play.  
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    PS TV - a few things you need to know

    by Mark Botwright
    The key points about Sony's soon to be released mini console.  
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    Stick It To The Man! Xbox One Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Zoink! Games' zany sticker based adventure finally comes to the Xbox One.  
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    Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Preview

    by Mark Botwright
    With updated visuals and the promise of new content, we look at how the remake of Gabriel Knight's first outing is shaping up.  
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    For Beta or Worse - playing tomorrow's games today

    by Mark Botwright
    With Betas becoming more common on consoles, is this trend for early access always mutually beneficial?  
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    Destiny Beta: First Impressions

    by Mark Botwright
    Your last chance to play Bungie's upcoming FPS MMO hybrid before release has come and gone. I hope you enjoyed it.  
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    The Swapper PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    The critically acclaimed sci-fi puzzler The Swapper makes its way onto Sony's Playstation 4.  
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    Control pads - is their evolution coming to an end?

    by Mark Botwright
    Is the humble joypad nearing the end of its evolution, or will it yet make one more leap?  
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    Valiant Hearts: The Great War PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Inspired by letters from the conflict, Ubisoft Montpellier's ode to the First World War utilises simple mechanics in order to tell a moving story.  
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    Entwined PS4 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    The first game from Sony's latest studio, Pixelopus, proves to be a distinctive but fairly straightforward light show.  
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    Destiny Alpha: First Impressions

    by Mark Botwright
    The Destiny alpha has finished, but it leaves us with a far better idea of what the game actually is.  
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    E3 2014: Nintendo Presentation Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    It wasn't a live show, and there were few surprises, but Nintendo know how to play to their fans.  
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    E3 2014: Sony Press Conference Reaction

    by Mark Botwright
    Free from easy open goals this year, Sony set about capitalising on the PS4's early next-gen console lead at E3 2014.  
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    Kinect pays the price for Microsoft's new approach

    by Mark Botwright
    Mark Botwright looks at the demise of Kinect 2.0, and whether its uncoupling from the One signals the start of a fresh approach for the Microsoft console.  
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    Don Bradman Cricket 14 Xbox 360 Review

    by Mark Botwright
    Big Ant Studios step up to the crease and produce a cricket sim of great depth.  
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