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Will Porter


Will ‘Velvet Owl’ Porter is a roaming freelance writer who most recently worked with The Creative Assembly on Alien: Isolation. You can find out how cold/hungry he is by following @Batsphinx on Twitter.

Featured articles

Feature | Chet and Erik's stolen zombie game

From the archive: Long before Left 4 Dead, the Valve pair were making a very different zombie game.

Feature | Far Cry retrospective

We liked them apples.

Feature | The cult of TotalBiscuit

The life and times of professional YouTube malcontent John Bain.

Review | Painkiller: Hell & Damnation review

Do not exceed the stated dose.

Review | 007 Legends review

The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

Feature | An audience with Syndicate

How a regular northern teen became a YouTube gaming sensation.

Feature | Revisiting Black Mesa

Is the long-awaited Half-Life mod a remasterpiece?

Feature | The Cunning Stunts of Stainless

The Carmageddon story: from controversy to Kickstarter, via Portia the Pig.

Feature | SimCity Preview: A Classic Returns

Things'll be great when you're down town…

Feature | Far Cry 3 Preview: Trouble in Paradise

Does Far Cry's multiplayer sink or swim?

Feature | Civilization 5: Gods and Kings Preview: Restoring the Faith

Firaxis' expansion reintroduces some of the series' complexity.

Feature | Syndicate Preview: Need a Reboot?

Starbreeze's game concerns and delights in equal measure.

Feature | Retrospective: Max Payne 2

Let the bodies hit the floor. (Sometimes the ceiling).

Feature | Assessing COD Elite

New maps begin to drop. Do they justify the Premium?

Feature | Champion Jockey

Just let your feet go clippety-clop.

Feature | Retro: The Good Old Naughty Days

Putting the seedy into CD-Rom.

Feature | Starhawk

Bird of play.

Feature | Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Ten hours played. Your questions answered.

Feature | Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Gunpowder, reason and plot.

Feature | Crysis 2

Suited and booted.

Feature | Retrospective: The Acorn Archimedes

Yes, it had games on it. Shut up.

Feature | Why I Love… Doom III

Happiness is a warm gun.

Feature | Retrospective: All hail the BBC Micro

Do pay attention. This is very BASIC.

Feature | In the shadow of Black Ops

What hope for Breach and the downloadable shooter?

Indie at the Expo

Highlights from the Eurogamer Expo's Indie Games Arcade.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Multiplayer unmasked.

Sid Meier's Civilization V

Hex and the city state.


A dose of the claps?

Feature | Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The Revolution will not go unscrutinised.

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