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Melanie Hawthorne

Melanie Hawthorne

Mel is a London-based copywriter that has been writing about video games for a few years now. After growing up in Vienna, Austria she followed her dreams and moved to London. Said dreams took her through a few different jobs (which included working as a web developer, shopkeeper and translator) before she settled on what she really wanted to do – periodically anger video game fans by expressing her opinions on games through various online publications. When she’s not writing about video games, she’s probably playing them... or walking her dog in a park. Since that depends largely on the English weather, Mel has plenty of time to indulge in her favourite games. These include but are not limited to Ark: Survival Evolved, Skyrim, GTA V, and oddly enough, Amnesia: Memories. She loves Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. She thinks Star Trek is way better than Star Wars and isn’t afraid to admit it – Live long and prosper!

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review

Despite issues with AI and a level of complexity that will likely frustrate new players, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a well-rounded experience with stunning visuals and extensive replay value. 

Godhood Early Access Review

Godhood isn’t perfect — the complete lack of interactive combat is quite annoying, but the strategy and planning elements are superb.

Sea of Solitude Review

A title that aims high, but is severely undermined by clunky controls, painful camera movements, and  confusing, cartoonishly over-the-top story elements.

Esports Life Tycoon Early Access Review

In its current state, nobody could really enjoy Esports Life Tycoon. Here’s to hoping that, as it moves through Early Access, things change.

The Sinking City Early Access Review

A challenging detective experience with interesting gameplay mechanics that will appeal to horror fans, but is hindered by wonky controls, loading screens, and an empty world.

Team Sonic Racing Review

A visually stunning and entertaining way to pass the time. As far as arcade racers go, this is definitely a solid one, though it isn’t entirely without flaws.

Xenon Racer Review

Ideal for casual players or arcade racing fans not looking for too much of a challenge, Xenon Racer has pretty environments, futuristic cars, and varied tracks.

Volcanoids Early Access Review

With more things to do around the map, clear guidance through the storyline and quests, and perhaps a more comprehensive tutorial, Volcanoids could turn out to be a star on the stage of survival titles.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Review

A successful PC port with exceptional storytelling that lacks important control options and falls short of expectations in certain technical areas.

UBOAT Early Access Review

This unique simulation still suffers from certain aches and pains that we have all come to know and loathe from Early Access titles, but it’s a solid concept paired with great attention to detail and a surprisingly in-depth simulation make for a stunning (if currently unpolished) submarine simulator.

ONE PIECE World Seeker Review

While swinging around with Luffy is a lot of fun, gameplay is far too repetitive.

DEAD OR ALIVE 6 Review

It looks better than its predecessor, but content-wise its rather stingy and the story needs work, dampening excitement for this title.

Treasure Hunter Simulator Review

This slightly peculiar game has a surprising amount of appeal, despite a few small flaws. Pretty environments paired with decent replayability provides a fun, relaxing few hours, at the very least.

RIDE 3 Review

Create exactly the motorcycle you want, then ride it on an impressive number of tracks, with great visuals and awesome sounds for an experience that feels realistic.

Cities: Skylines - Industries Review

This exciting addition to an in-depth city-building simulator introduces a level of granularity players have been hoping for. Whether you want to run a bustling mining company or introduce rolling plains and farmlands, this latest addition gives you plenty to look forward to.

MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE Review

Though it is not without its flaws, MHOJ has plenty of appeal both for fans of My Hero Academia and for fans of the genre. All in all well-rounded, the characters and abilities encountered during play compliment each other well and though there are some notably stronger and weaker characters, the fact that you can almost always choose from a selection makes it easy to avoid the not-so-great ones.

STARDROP Early Access Review

STARDROP is a lovingly crafted, first-person exploration title. If you enjoy a bit of mystery and like the idea of discovering the unknown in the depths of space then this is definitely the title for you.

Strange Brigade - The Thrice Damned 1: Isle of the Dead Review

New maps, new puzzles, and the beginning of more adventures makes this content DLC worth checking out.

WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Review

Strong mechanics, fun combat, and a lot of replay value are brought down by so-so graphics and a story that’s impossible to follow, yet you’ll still have fun mowing down scores of enemies.

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