Allow us to introduce ourselves…
We know it’s important that you know who’s writing your review so we’ve created an entire page dedicated to who we are and what we like, so without further ado, allow us to introduce ourselves starting with…
Name: Paul (obvs) Pablo, Casso, or more recently P.
Contact: @ThePaulCollett / firstname.lastname@example.org
A/S/L: Way too old / always / Laaaaaaaandan Taaaaaaaaaaan (Translation: London)
Occupation: Co-Founder of Finger Guns, Long lost Graphic Designer, Dreamer, Illustrator, Dude.
Favourite Movies: Back to the Future, Dead Poets Society, Star Wars, Warrior, Casino Royale (Daniel Craig version)
Spectrum: Chucky Egg
Master System,: Wonder Boy
Atari ST: Speedball 2
SNES: Super Mario World,
Megadrive: Streets of Rage
Gameboy: Castlevania 2,
Atari Lynx: Bill & Ted
PSONE: Ridge Racer.
Saturn: Sega Rally
N64: Blast Corps
PS2: GTA San Andreas,
Xbox: Splinter Cell
Gamecube: Resident Evil 4
DS: That Sega game when you blow on shit and stuff happens
PS3:Red Dead Redemption
Xbox 360: Outrun
PS4: Watch Dogs 2 or REZ Infinite
PSVR: Resident Evil 6
Favourite TV Shows: I love all the TV shows except Dr Fucking Who (OI PRICK I CAN READ THIS SCUM – Rossko) – just deal with it. It’s proper anus. (URANUS….HAHAHAHA THAT’S A SPACE JOKE ABOUT RECTUMS – Also Rossko)
Favourite Music: Anything that makes me cut some rug
What’s the most interesting aspect of yourself: I won a design competition once to design a Poster for The Kingsman. Director Matthew Vaughn even compared the work to that of legendary poster designer Saul Bass. This made me happy. Oh and I also had a coke fueled, slippery sex orgy with Anna Kendrick. (I’LL KILL YOU COLLETT. I WILL ACA-KILL YOU – Rossko)
What do you bring to FingerGuns: Not a lot. Pretty pictures sometimes. A few badly spelt words. Translation service for those that don’t speak London.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why: Teleportation, cause then I could stick a great big fuck you brick up the dick hole of my travel anxiety.
Your drink of choice: Coffee or beer, Maybe a Mojito if I’m feeling cheeky
Next up is…
Name: er. Ross. Or Rossko. Or Anna Kendrick’s long lost love machine.
Contact: @RosskoKeniston / email@example.com
A/S/L: 30/Yes/Yours…I’ll call first. Do you need me to bring the cheese grater? (Somerset born and bred, currently residing in South Wales).
Occupation: FingerGuns co-founder. Live-tweeter. Occasional video creator. Full-time dreamer of long lost hopes and impossible dreams of blue boxes that are bigger on the inside. Sometimes you may find me on stage singing popular songs from history for pennies, seducing miserable married women with renditions of Music of the Night was my superpower back in my 20’s..
Favourite Movies: Leon: The Professional is the greatest movie of all time. Only one film comes close to matching its 100% perfection and that’s the original Beauty and the Beast and I swear to God I will fucking fight you on this.
NES – Super Mario Bros.
MEGA DRIVE – Sonic 2
SATURN: Panzer Dragoon Saga
NINTENDO 64: Ocarina
DREAMCAST: Shenmue / Quake III Arena
GAMECUBE: Metroid Prime / Mario Kart Double Dash (the superior MK racer)
DS: Animal Crossing: Wild World
PS3: The Last of Us
XBOX 360: Halo Reach (Forge FTW…do people still say FTW?)
PS4: As of right now…Resogun. Or Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Oh, and What Remains of Edith Finch. Or Horizon Zero Dawn..um, damn. The PS4 is bloody great console, isn’t it?
Take your pick…I can’t choose between them.
Favourite TV Shows: Doctor Who……those all important thirteen weeks a year we actually get it.
Favourite Music: A variety of genres. A good song is a good song eh? As I write this a playlist in the background has thrown together Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Damien Rice, Usher, My Chemical Romance and The Beatles.
What’s the most interesting aspect of yourself: I can sing 5-part One Day More from Les Miserables on my own and absolutely crush it and it would seriously blow your fucking mind. That and I once performed on stage with Michael Jackson at Wembley Stadium, but whatever…
Oh and I can match the Guiness World Record for fastest speed run on Sonic The Hedgehog 2’s opening level. But apparently Guiness ‘don’t care’ about that. Pfft.
What do you bring to FingerGuns: Just the right amount of snark and happy thoughts in a delicate zen balance. I write news, reviews, get games for myself and the other guys to review and I’m super proud of how far we’ve come. If you see us livetweeting there’s a chance it’s probably me, too.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why: I’d probably have the ability to cure humanity of its love of electing wealthy liars into political power. And be able to shit once for the whole year, Anna Kendrick would totally fall in love with me then, right?
Your drink of choice: Dr.Pepper Zero is my jam. Or Cherry Pepsi Max. Not much of an alcoholic drinker. Is there such a thing as an Anna Kendrick cocktail?
Lastly, let’s finish off with…
Name: Sean Davies AKA Sean O’mac AKA Omac_brother
Contact: @Omac_Brother / firstname.lastname@example.org
A/S/L: 31 / Male / Stoke
Occupation: FingerGuns CoFounder. I work as a Heart Failure Analyst at the Royal Stoke University hospital by day (that’s not as glamorous or as important as it sounds) and raise my 4 awesome kids at night. Oh, and I write about movies and games when I should be sleeping too.
Favourite Movies: The Goonies. Lost In Translation. Fight Club. Aliens. Every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Yes, Even Thor 2). Nightcrawler. Star Wars IV-VI. Lion King. The Incredibles. The Power Rangers Movie (the 1995 version).
Favourite Games: Aladdin (on the SNES – NOT the MegaDrive), Earthworm Jim, Final Fantasy VII & VIII, Pokemon Red, Goldeneye, Jak & Daxter, God of War, Every Oddworld game to date, Uncharted 2, Persona 4 Golden, Burnout: Paradise, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Velocity 2X, Mario 64, Sonic 1 to Knuckles, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Syndicate, Monkey Island, What Remains of Edith Finch.
Favourite TV Shows: Marvel’s Netflix Shows, Fringe, Lie To Me (RIP), Grimm, Breaking Bad, Heartland, Game of Thrones, Star Wars: Clone Wars & Rebels, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Paw Patrol (Rubble 4 lyfe).
Favourite Music: Everything from Fall of Troy to Running the Jewels to the Prodigy. My playlists are a mess.
What’s the most interesting aspect of yourself: I once ate 36 slices of pizza and a curry during an all-you-can-eat buffet. There’s a plaque in a restaurant somewhere in Stratford-Upon-Avon to celebrate this achievement. No, I don’t ever want to do it again.
What do you bring to FingerGuns: Typos. Words. Bad, honest opinions that’ll make you question everything you love in this world. Angry rants. I mostly write features or opinion pieces but turn my hand to reviews and news as often as I can.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why: I already have a superpower. I was granted the ability to deal with the incessant bullshit from Ross and Paul on a daily basis. I’m also not obsessed with Anna Kendrick which must also be a superpower based on the answers above.
Your drink of choice: Cherry Pepsi Max, a Long island iced tea or a Bloody Mary.
FingerGuns Review Policy
Here at FingerGuns, we like to provide honest, impartial game reviews. We believe in full disclosure so whether we received a review code from a developer/publisher, bought the game ourselves or attended a review event, we promise to disclose it (just incase you think that might affect the score we award or words we write in a positive or negative way).We promise never to accept any financial incentive (other than in-game currency/content that’s necessary to write a review) for coverage of any kind.
A game reviewer is chosen from the FingerGuns team based on a number of factors – experience with a certain genre or series, an interest in the game, availability, workload and much more. Where we feel it necessary, we’ll include some background on our experience (or lack thereof) with certain games or genres. This is to ensure that the review is valuable to the reader which might not be you – if we’re new to a series, our review will be informative to others who are new to a series too.
We want to publish reviews you can trust so we will never base our reviews on anything other than the quality of the game we’re reviewing. Our reviews can’t be bought, sold, traded in favour for future favours, held to ransom over future review opportunities or influenced in any way by anyone but the reviewer. The words we write and the score we award is our opinion and our opinion alone. Developers, Publishers and PR firms will not be privy to the review contents or score before publication.
We also want our reviews to be full and complete at the time of publishing. We won’t ever publish “reviews in progress” or part-reviews. This might mean that our reviews are a little later than other publications/outlets. We will, of course, endeavour to release reviews on, or as close too, a pre-agreed embargo date (usually agreed with the provider of the review code) but if we feel like we need more time with a game or the game has an online portion that we are unable to test before the game is released, we’ll hold back until we’re happy to hit publish. The review we publish will be true at the time of publishing. We won’t ever re-review a game but may revisit a game after release to provide an update in a different format.
To make sure our reviews are as informative, we endeavour to provide analysis and opinions of a game in as many words as we see necessary to cover everything we need to – but we know you don’t always have time to read thousands of words. We’d love for you to read the words that we write but we know some of you like to skip to the tl;dr version, summarised in the review score.
At FingerGuns we use a review score of 0 to 10, 10 being the best (but not perfect). For absolute clarity and to save you some time, here’s what each of our scores mean;
0 out of 10: Reserved for those games that are unplayable because of glitches, bugs or crashes. If we’ve award a game a 0/10, it means that game is broken and we couldn’t finish it.
1 out of 10: Terrible – The lowest score that a functional game can get. If a game is awarded a 1/10 it may have functional issues (but is still somewhat playable) or have incredible design/execution flaws (or both).
2 out of 10: Very Bad – Although not quite as bad as a 1/10, a 2/10 suffers from serious design/execution issues that mean they are not enjoyable and are not recommended.
3 out of 10: Bad – Games that fail with plot, design or execution and are considered by us to be in the bottom 30% of the games created in that genre.
4 out of 10: Below Average – Games awarded a 4/10 are below average but are not “bad”. These games will have issues with plot, design or execution but have some small enjoyable aspects.
5 out of 10: Average – The middle of the road. Rather than 5 being a “bad score”, here at FingerGuns we consider Average games to be exactly that – Average. That’s not to say these games are not worth your time – Some days, it’s okay to delve into something distinctly ordinary and these might still possess quirks or aspects that appeal to certain players. A game awarded with a 5/10 may be mundane or with as many positives as there are negatives.
6 out of 10: Above Average – Better than a “Average” but still not quite “Good”. Games awarded a 6/10 will have more positives than negatives but their plot, design or execution lacks enough for it to be awarded more than Above Average.
7 out of 10: Good – A 7/10 at FingerGuns means that we consider the game to be have far more positives than negatives and that we recommend it but with a few caveats.
8 out of 10: Very Good – These are the games that stand out from the crowd. An 8 out of 10 still has a few issues but have impressive design, execution, innovation or scope that we highly recommend them.
9 out of 10: Excellent – When it comes to Game of the Year discussions, these are the games we are going to be talking about. These games have very few issues and we feel they stand head and shoulders above the other games in their genre. An easy recommendation.
10 out of 10: Essential – There’s no such thing as a “perfect game” in our estimation but when we award a 10/10, it’s because the game is absolutely essential. When we award this score, it’s because it’s the best game in the genre because it has, in our opinion, almost no issues and has masterful design, execution, innovation or scope. These are the games that raise the bar for the other games in the genre and that we believe you absolutely must play.
The 10/10 List
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