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The Turing Test is an entertaining first-person puzzler where we are tasked with navigating a series of rooms in an empty, eerie research station. As if finding ourselves on the largest moon of Jupiter wasn't enough; our only companion is a mild-mannered artificial intelligence and a wickedly atmospheric soundtrack. While there is nothing ground-breaking about the gameplay - and comparisons to ‘Portal’ are obvious and far too easy - the storytelling really helps make for a game you’ll struggle to put down until the end credits roll. 

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Pure Chess is a game developed by VooFoo Studios, and published by Ripstone. It originally released April 11th 2012 on the PS3 in Europe, and launched on other platforms since. It has now released on Xbox One and PC as Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition.

Now I already know what you're thinking. Just how different can you make chess from real life? I mean, it's chess right? There's not really any way you could change the game. If you thought that, you'd be correct, because you can't change the game. However, one thing video game chess does allow is improvement, more so than real life would offer. Pure Chess offers the opportunity to learn how to play the game from beginner to professional, and allows you to play opponents that are better (or worse) than your standard family member that you'd usually force to play a game of chess.

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As a soft reboot to 2011's Homefront, Homefront - The revolution tasks the player in a situation where the United States has been invaded by a more technologically advanced North Korea. If you are of a certain age then this sounds a lot like the plot to "Red Dawn", Which in a way Homefront - The Revolution is.

The game has a lot of ideas and where some of these are good, others just do not seem to work. The main aspect of the bad for me is the way the combat is set out. Initially the guerrilla warfare is quite refreshing and entertaining, you do generally feel that you are fighting a well equipped army. But sadly as the upgraded roll in you do not seem to get any better, I found that I had most times had to resort to stealth based tactics even though I was at this point in the game a well equipped soldier.

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It was not long ago that I was at Resonate Glasgow representing XBLG and checking out the new Indie Titles as well as the video game competitions it has to offer. The event was a fantastic first gaming event and I look forward to the next one. But I also look forward to seeing Ant Workshop return with another title like Binaries.

At Resonate I had the chance to play Binaries having followed the developer, Tony Gowland, through the Scottish game development of Binaries. Having played a handful of levels and enjoying the subtle charm of the game. I am now reviewing a copy of the full game and all i can say is. It's challenging. 

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F1 2016 is the latest in a long line of annual releases for the Formula one series by Codemasters. F1 2015 was met with some negativity from the fans as they found that it was a bare bones experience, but was praised for its driving mechanics which critics said where the best they have ever been. So does F1 2016 follow suit and fall short or does it break free to become the best F1 game to date let’s find out.

The graphics in F1 2016 are pretty good, a few rough edges in places but the game looks great in the places that count. The cars are the best they have ever looked which is good as you spend most of your time looking at the cars. The tracks look great as well, although only in the track confines, anything outside the track doesn’t look that good but it won’t really bother you as you will be going past it at such a speed you won’t see it. The weather effects also look amazing especially when it rains, this is when F1 2016 comes alive. Like I said there are a few rough edges in the game, mainly the character models and their animation, the game has some of the worst character models and character animations. Although this shouldn’t bother you as you will spend most of your time on the track. There is also some screen tearing in places, but this rarely happens that often.

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