• Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones (PC)

    This was going to be a review; however, I got very stuck finding myself unable to progress. So instead this will be my first impressions on Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones. Stygain is a Lovecraftian point and click RPG and it sure has some style. You start in...
  • They are Billions Review (PlayStation 4)

    They are Billions is a steampunk zombie survival RTS that originally released on the Steam early access program back in 2017 and has now lurched its way onto consoles. It’s hard. It’s bloody hard. Even with the difficulty on low. I grew up playing RTS games. My childhood mainly consisted...
  • Power Rangers Battle for the Grid Review

    Disclosure – review copy was provided for this review Going into Battle for the Grid I was cautiously optimistic. For someone like me, a casual fighting game fan there needs to be a strong theme and more importantly good fun fighting mechanics. My expectation where met and even exceeded...
  • Bombslinger – Nintendo Switch Review

    The man in black fled across the desert and the gun BOMBslinger followed… The Bombslinger, from the two-man indie team Mode 4,  is a western take on the classic Bomberman gameplay, and by western, I mean that of the spaghetti variety. This isn’t just a cowboy skin slapped on the...
  • Super Daryl Delux – Switch Review

       Super Daryl Delux is super duper weird, and the developers know it. This RPGvania with brawler-style combat is unique, to say the least. Coming from artist-programmer duo Dan & Gary games and funded by Kickstarter this game is clearly a labor of love. I played this on...
  • Tesla vs Lovecraft Review

    (Review Code Was Provided For This Review)   The initial concept although promising; taking a literary legend and an irreplaceable inventor and pitting them against one and other. Unfortunately this tantalizing concept is nothing more than a framing with a squandered potential in what is a truly interesting mash...
  • Mantis Burn Racing – Switch Review

    Mantis Burn Racing has landed on the Nintendo Switch, and honestly, it’s a very welcome return to the top-down racing genre as well as a worthy addition to anyone’s game library. From the moment I booted it up to the second I put it down I was taken back...
  • Punch Club Review

    Punch Club, published by Tiny Build and developed by Lazy Bear Games, made its fighting debut on the PC back in January of 2016 but now it has entered a new league and decided to take the belt on consoles now too. Punch Club is a management sim where...
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands Review

    I’m new to the Ghost Recon franchise, and, having missed previous entries in the series, it wasn’t really on my radar until I had a chance to try out the first closed Beta. Even then, as much as I enjoyed the sizable portion of the map and missions available...
  • Nioh Review

    Team Ninja slashes back into the action genre after a long hiatus with the critically acclaimed action-RPG, Samurai Souls- I mean “Nioh”. Joking aside, there are huge similarities between From Software’s juggernaut title and Team Ninja’s fledgling new IP. But does “Nioh” do enough to set itself aside from...
  • ‘Logan’ The Review

    Guest Writer Jack Gash drops by to review Logan, the latest movie in the wolverine franchise. Want to write for us? email the team at outoflivespod@gmail.com for more information!   “Logan” is the latest entry into Fox’s long running X-Men series and is the final portrayal of Hugh Jackman...
  • Bear With Me Review

    It was a wet, dark February evening. I’d had a long day chasing leads and was ready for a quiet evening. Little E crawled into the room and locked eyes with me. I could tell she was tired from brawling rummys all day so I let her rest and...
  • The Lego Batman Movie Review

    The Lego Movie charmed audiences back in 2014 with its mix of humor, heartwarming story and expert use of licensing from the companies decades-long history. It was choc-a-bloc full of blink and you miss it cameos, but front and center was Will Arnett’s Batman. His bad boy attitude, was...
  • Resident Evil 7 Review

      New to Out of Lives as a guest author is Ross Falconer, Dropping by to give us his opinion on Capcom’s return to the Resident Evil Franchise… When the first pieces of promotional material for Resident Evil 7 were drip fed to us, the reaction was a mixed...
  • Ellipsis Review

    Ellipsis is the seventh studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, it’s also an action-packed avoid ’em up from Salmi Games. For anyone still unsure, this is a review for the recent Steam release of the latter. What is an Avoid ’em up? well, it’s pretty self-explanatory so I’m...
  • Orwell – An Opinion

    You’re one of the first human users of Orwell, the government’s new security programme. As an investigator, you have the power to store information about specifically targeted citizens. You delve into websites, bank statements, phone conversations, and even private files. Data you pick is given to an adviser, who...
  • Shu Review

    Shu is a 2.5D sidescrolling platformer not too dissimilar from the original Sonic games. With an emphasis on speed you play as Shu, a member of a species of bird people, who must race across 5 different locales before an ensuing destructive storm can catch up. Shu isn’t just...
  • Soul Axiom Review

    Puzzle game Soul Axiom is the latest title released by developer Wales Interactive and takes players on a cryptic journey through castles, jungles, space and, quite literally, through time. This bamboozling adventure will awaken long dormant parts of your brain and even cause the odd cry for “help!” but...
  • KOI – Review

    Last year China finally lifted its longstanding game console ban allowing consoles to be manufactured and purchased within the country’s borders. Whilst there are still some stringent rules in place and whether the lift will lead to a seismic change in attitude or policy remains to be seen but...
  • Sing Street Review

    Sing Street tells the story of a boy from a broken home forming a band to get the girl he meets outside his new public school. Form a band: get the girl, we’ve seen this story hundreds of times before but Sing Street’s presentation of it makes it feel...
  • Severed – Review

    Despite having a passionate user base the PlayStation Vita has often felt like the black sheep of the PlayStation family whilst its younger, more successful brother continues to break records and steal the headlines. Although Drinkbox Studios have always supported the Vita, with Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack...
  • SteamWorld Heist – Review

    I’m not really a fan of turn-based strategy games. The idea of undoing several minutes worth of calculated and methodical planning with a single error of judgement or lapse in concentration doesn’t appeal to my gaming sensibilities. That being said, my reticence towards turn-based gameplay quickly evaporated just a few minutes into SteamWorld...
  • Love You To Bits – Review

    Many gems go unnoticed in the overcrowded AppStore and one of the games you may have overlooked in the last few years is Tiny Thief; a charming point and click adventure game from Alike Studio. In the years since Tiny Thief’s release, the Barcelona-based dev consisting of twin brothers have been...
  • Adventures of Pip – Review

    With the rise of indie game development there has been a concurrent upswing in the number of retro platformers available on the market and they’ve quickly become a dime a dozen. Few are able to stand out from the crowd but Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games manages to...
  • Doggins – Review

    After catching a glimpse of the newest trailer for upcoming PC and mobile game Burly Men At Sea(which you can watch here), I reached out to husband and wife developer Brain&Brain to enquire about their game. Since Burly Men At Sea won’t be out until the end of the...
  • 101 Ways To Die – Review

    Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, developer Four Door Lemon’s 101 Ways To Die is a challenging and satisfying puzzle game that will appeal to your inner sadist and strategist. Featuring a wide range of mechanics, tools and open-ended levels, 101 Ways To Die provides you with the freedom to flex your creative muscles but ultimately the...
  • Lieve Oma – Review

    Lieve Oma, which means Dear Grandma in Dutch, is developer Florian Veltman’s ode to his grandmother who, like for many of us, is an emotional anchor and pivotal figure in his upbringing and development. In Lieve Oma you play as a young girl who is brought to the woods...
  • Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered – Review

    Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered from Canadian developer Bacon Bandit Games takes the best traits of word games and turn-based RPGs and combines them to make an excellent and addictive game that’ll have your inner logophile rejoicing. Available since 2014 on PC and mobile, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered...
  • Samorost 3 – Review

    Hot-tubbing monkeys, a giant anteater-polar bear hybrid, silkworm singing a hymn to their deity. These are just some of the weird and wonderful creatures and situations you’ll encounter whilst exploring the whimsical worlds of Samorost 3. Developed by Czech studio Amanita Design, who you may know from adventure games...
  • Skyling: Garden Defense – Review

    Okay I’ll start off by saying that Skyling: Garden Defense isn’t a tower defence game; it’s an isometric maze puzzle game. Before you say it, developer Mighty Studios have admitted that their choice of nomenclature is slightly confusing. Whilst Skyling: Garden Defense may not be the next Plants vs....
  • Ratchet & Clank – Review (PS4)

    It was billed as a reimagining of the original but Insomniac Games have done a lot more than that. They didn’t just recreate the old game, throw some glitter on it along with a couple shiny new weapons and send it on its way. The development team have done...