Samuel Horti

I'm a freelance journalist writing about video games, tech, and real estate/housing. Scroll down for article examples, and email me at sphorti@gmail.com 

War Games Become Vital History Lesson as Greatest Generation Dies Out | Glixel (Rolling Stone)

Charles Scot-Brown, 94, is watching Call of Duty: WWII’s soldiers storm Omaha Beach. “It’s basically authentic,” he says. “Whoever designed that knew something about what they were doing.” And he’d know: at just 20 years old, he left his native Canada to take charge of a platoon of soldiers in...
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TechRadar

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a main quest you won't want to stop playing | TechRadar

I can never bring myself to finish open-world games. I've sunk hundreds of hours into the likes of Skyrim, The Witcher 3 and Far Cry 4 without completing their main stories, and I'm completely fine with that. For me, the thrill of marking a distant corner of the map, heading for it and seeing what happens is often far greater than going through the motions of a scripted story. But Kingdom Come: Deliverance feels different. Its story has hooked me in a way that few games manage, and despite its
PC Gamer

Why cracking a tough mission in 2014’s Door Kickers is one of the best things I did last year | PC Gamer

It looks slick, doesn’t it? A polished SWAT squad that knows exactly when to move and which angles to cover. When Door Kickers comes together it’s a fluid dance of flash grenades, muzzle flashes, and dead terrorists. The problem is that you start each mission with two left feet. The short video above is the result of more than two hours of testing and probing, trial and error, and many trips back to the drawing board. Polishing it off was genuinely one of the best feelings I had with a mouse and
Rock Paper Shotgun

Should kids be taught using Minecraft? | Rock Paper Shotgun

“The 14-year-old me was weeping inside” says Tom Bennett, the UK government’s school behaviour tsar. He’s recalling the time that Ian Livingstone – the co-creator of both Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, the series of role-playing books – called him a “luddite”. “It really upset me, I used to love the books and the games that came from them.” The reason Bennett became the target of Livingstone’s ire is because of his views on Minecraft in classrooms. Last November, Microsoft released Minecr

About me — scroll down for more articles

I moved from London to Toronto last year to give the freelance life a go. I started off in journalism writing about pharmacy and real estate, and now I mainly write about video games for places like PC Gamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku, The Telegraph, TechRadar, GamesMaster and anyone else that will have me.

I was previously Digital News Editor of Property Week, and I still write for them on a freelance basis. Here's my Linkedin if you want the full spiel. 

I'm always open to new opportunities, so if you want me to write something for you, or have any questions, just drop me a line at sphorti@gmail.com.

Kotaku UK

Fortnite and the Way of the Assassin – Big Loot for Small Risks | Kotaku UK

Yes it is me: That Guy. The one who, when you were preening yourself after winning a huge Fortnite battle, dropped the hammer – and took all your winnings away. GG. See you next time. I creep to the edge of Pleasant Park and spy two enemies juking it out on the roof of a house. One takes a shotgun blast to the face and drops, but the victor can’t relax because another player starts lobbing grenades from the next building over, and soon a third player wades in from the east of town, spraying his
PC Gamer

Crossing Souls review | PC Gamer

Crossing Souls is a nostalgic buffet of '80s and '90s favourites. Its story harks back to Stand By Me and The Goonies, its mechanics are borrowed from Streets of Rage and Battletoads, and it's packed with references to Star Wars and Back to the Future. While some of its references are overplayed ("I'm sick of running after everyone. What do you think this is, a role-playing game?"), they're generally harmless, and most times you'll at least crack a knowing smile. As a tribute act, it works.
PC Gamer

The 12 best drop locations in Fortnite Battle Royale | PC Gamer

Choose the right drop location in Fortnite Battle Royale and your inventory will soon be bursting with weapons and ammo. Pick the wrong location, however, and you’ll be a fish out of water, running around aimlessly with nothing but a useless pickaxe until another player puts you out of your misery. Last week’s added a ton of juicy spots to the west of the map, some of which I’ll cover in this guide—but some old favourites on the eastern portion remain excellent options, and they’re now less bus
PC Gamer

How the loot box controversy shaped gaming in 2017 | PC Gamer

I opened my first loot box in 2010. It was a TF2 crate, and I’d paid real money for a key in the hope of unpacking a rare hat with fire shooting from the top. All l got were a few stock items (a feeling that I’m sure we’re all familiar with), but it didn’t stop me pouring more cash into the Valve loot lottery in the years that followed. After TF2’s loot box success other companies followed suit. As one developer anonymously told Wes in his examination of the arguments for and against loot boxes
PC Gamer

Fortnite makes it hard to play a silent assassin, but we tried anyway | PC Gamer

In this series, I play Fortnite Battle Royale using a set, restricted playstyle that gives me just enough tools to have a reasonable shot at a win (providing my terrible aim holds up). I’ll play 10 rounds following with each ruleset, hopefully bagging a few kills and learning more about the game on each outing. The rules: I’m an assassin. Naturally, I can only use silenced weapons, which limits me to the silenced pistol and the suppressed SMG. I’m only allowed to shoot another player once I get
PC Gamer

15 ways to solve Human: Fall Flat's ridiculous physics puzzles | PC Gamer

Human: Fall Flat is less dopey than it looks, though it does look very dopey. From screenshots you might think it's just a goofy physics game about gelatinous jelly people straight out of Gang Beasts who flop around castles, power plants, and train depots, but it's also a fairly smart puzzler—once you get the hang of its fiddly controls. Your left and right mouse buttons make you grab with left and right hands respectively. You move your arms up and down by shifting the camera, so if you look u
PC Gamer

Fortnite Battle Royale has become a great, arcadey alternative to PUBG's plodding pace | PC Gamer

I love PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but playing it can feel like banging my head against an armoured UAZ (without a level three helmet). I can play a two-hour session and—if I avoid dropping into populated areas—see perhaps three or four intense firefights. Or I might play for half an hour and come across one enemy, before falling to a headshot from a sniper that I never saw. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for something that slow. And that’s where Fortnite Battle Royale shines.
Kotaku UK

Gang Beasts Puts the Raw in Brawler | Kotaku UK

My gelatinous man in a chicken suit careens across the train platform with all the grace of an uncle on a wedding dance floor. I mash the bumper buttons and he flails his arms in whichever direction he fancies, occasionally catching an opponent’s jellied jaw with a satisfying thwack. Soon, there’s five of us in a ball of death. Heads smash together, people hit the floor, wake up, and rise straight into a dropkick from behind. Occasionally, someone will hoist one of the unconscious above their s
PC Gamer

One Hour One Life gives you 60 minutes to advance civilization and raise children | PC Gamer

For the first three minutes of , your survival is entirely dependent on the help of a random stranger, online. A scary thought. You’re a baby, and they’re your mom—your only source of food. They pick you up to feed you, and in the process their own hunger builds. You’re a burden, in other words, and they’re trying to juggle keeping you alive with digging up carrots, picking berries, and fending off wolves.
PC Gamer

The secret to The Signal From Tölva’s punchy combat | PC Gamer

The valley below me is alive with orange, pink, and green lasers. Two enemy robot factions, bandits and zealots, are battling it out, and neither has seen me yet. One bandit hangs back and fires a sniper rifle, its tracer streaking across the scene with an electronic screech that echoes off the hillsides. The beam smashes into the first zealot with a sound of crunching metal, and the robot crumbles. The second bandit moves forward, powering up a beam weapon, a wide red jet that distorts the air
PC Gamer

Up close with Fortnite Battle Royale's massive map update | PC Gamer

This week’s Fortnite Battle Royale map update is more than a mere tweak. Epic has added five new named locations in the western half in the map, including the biggest town yet—Tilted Towers, where the buildings are six or seven stories tall—and an underground network of mine shafts designed for close-quarters combat. The development team call Tilted Towers the game’s first "city". On the ground, its footprint is about the same size as existing locations like Greasy Grove or Pleasant Park, but l
Rock Paper Shotgun

Wot I Think – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice | Rock Paper Shotgun

The voices won’t stop. They’re whispering in my ear, gnawing at my skull from all angles. “Turn back”, one says. “They’re watching you”. “She falls for their tricks every time,” says another, cackling while Senua screams. More than once during Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [official site] I had to fight the urge to rip the headphones from my ears. As a portrayal of how harrowing it is to live with psychosis it undoubtedly succeeds, and it uses Senua’s illness as a route into an excellent eight-ho
Kotaku UK

Off With Their HUDs! | Kotaku UK

At the time of release, Far Cry 3 was a mess. A great game in many ways but, visually, an absolute dog's dinner. The UI was a mishmash of arrows, icons and waypoints cluttering the screen — a constant distraction from all the good and indeed beautiful stuff beneath. The kickback eventually prompted Ubisoft to introduce new settings, allowing you to turn off the aiming reticule, enemy awareness meters and the annoying XP counter that always popped up during firefights.
PCGamesN

Team Fortress 2 still has plenty of life left in it, and Pyro's new toys prove it

Team Fortress 2’s latest update, Jungle Inferno, is proof that the magic is still alive. Every year there is talk of TF2 running out of steam (no pun intended), and every year it continues to draw a crowd (also no pun intended - or, indeed, present). During the recent four-day Jungle Inferno event the number of concurrent players spiked to its highest level since 2014. It has dropped off a little since, sure, but it looks like it will stabilise around 70,000, which is roughly the same as in 2013
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