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For the love of Games #2

The second of our (ir)regular looks at new (and not so new) games we've discovered or are playing.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remastered

A nostalgic look back to a seminal classic of skater culture, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are being remastered with updated visuals but retaining all the original levels, characters and tricks. New features will be added too, like multiplayer. There is a rumour that the original lineup of characters return but in their current-day guise, which we think is brilliantly funny.

Before: Tony Hawk's original After: Tony Hawk's remastered

Images are courtesy of Polygon who's article is well worth a read as it outlines some of the issues with making old games new again, such as music licensing which was a huge part of the original game's style.

Command & Conquer Remastered

Remastering is a trend we've seen in films for a while, and now it's been coming to games. Another childhood classic gets a remaster this time in the form of the absolute classic and genre-defining Command & Conquer. Matt is a past master at this series, whilst Rob is very much not. Having had this on our wishlist's since it's announcment we'll soon get to be back on the battlefield. Excited Matt has already retrieved his old copies of all the games, on CD no less, and installed them for a quick blast.

Fallout 76: Wastelanders

Not a new game per sé, but a new expansion pack that attempt to reinvigorate the beleaguered game. For those not in the know, Fallout 76 carries on an illustrious and very succesful line of games in the Fallout series from Bethesda, who are also responsible for the outstanding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It was less than well received when it first launched by critics and players alike, not least of which was the fact it was online only and plagued with technical issues. Wastelanders is an attempt at getting it back on track and bring some credence back to the series. Rob has been playing this and whilst it's not as good as Fallout 4, in his opinion, it's still pretty good. You can see some of his (under-voiced / a bit chit chatty when other people join) gameplay on Twitch or our YouTube channel if you fancy experiencing some utterly rubbish gaming on his part. There has been a Fallout tv series announced recently for Amazon Prime video, so that's one to keep an eye on too.

Fallout 76 Image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.


We love the visual style and irreverent humour in this game, which comes through in the silly launch video. It all looks great fun. The art style looks to bring medieval tapestries to life in a fun strategy combat game.

You can see more details on their Kickstarter page.

Virtual meetings in a game?

Yes please! It doesn't feel like a natural place to have a business meeting, but to be honest using Zoom or Google Hangouts all day is more than a little draining and very dull especially with their terrible user experiences. So why not go a bit left-field and use a game to host a meeting? Apparently cowboys sitting around a campire chatting is a perfect way to immerse and engage the attendees.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Image courtesy of Rockstar Games.


Much like the 80's classic "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", Obsidian Entertainment's Grounded pits you as a tiny person, shrunk down to ant size surviving everything that's thrown at you. It's a pretty cool looking 4 player co-op game where you can build bases and fight off beasties with your mates. Looks like it could be good for teambuilding after all those team meetings RDR2.

Until next time. Yipikiyay!

by Rob Mason.