Aaron Birch

8

Great

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice review: Be wary of the voices in your head…

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Developed with the aid of neuroscientists and experts in the field of mental health, it’s fair to say Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice isn’t your typical game. Going into it, I had purposely avoided a lot of the run up to the release, as I found the premise very exciting, and wanted to be as fresh as I could to the experience. A...[Read More]

8

Great

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review: Still great 10 years on

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 Final Fantasy sure is undergoing something of a resurgence of late. There have been a whole host of releases from Square Enix for its flagship RPG series, not least of which is the excellent Final Fantasy XV. Alongside this, and titbits of news about the in development remaster of the beloved Final Fantasy VII, we now have Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, a remaster of...[Read More]

6.5

Okay

Get Even review: Even across the board

Coming out of nowhere we have Get Even, a rather intriguing title that mixes first person shooting and exploration, with puzzle solving and a dab of psychological drama. It also stars a very angry, very northern Englishman. As Cole Black, players travel through a strange and surreal adventure in which Black has no idea what’s going on, or where he is. Guided by the enigmatic, Red, and with h...[Read More]

5

Average

Valkyria Revolution review: One step forward, two steps back

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. You’d better like the word “loading”, because if you play Valkyria Revolution you’ll be seeing it a whole lot. That’s one of the first things I noticed when I fired up this spin-off from the Valkyria Chronicles series. This is not good, not at all, especially when you get tired of loading screens before you even ...[Read More]

7.5

Good

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind review: Return to Vvardenfell

I wasn’t overly impressed with the initial release of TES: Online. I found it to be a hollow shell of the license it’s built upon. A plain online MMORPG with an Elder Scrolls skin applied, but missing the heart and soul to go along with it. TES: Online wasn’t a bad game, but I found it could have been any MMO, and taking the Elder Scrolls name away from it wouldn’t have mad...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Tekken 7 review: Packs a punch

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  Aside from the obvious exceptions of people turning into demons, robotic super soldiers, and hair gel that could probably glue a super tanker to the ceiling, Tekken has always been a more realistic fighter than most. As with its ilk, such as Virtua Fighter, Dead or Alive, and even Soul Calibur, to a point, Tekken‘s combat has always been slower a...[Read More]

8

Great

Injustice 2 review: Why did you say that name?

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. WB and NeatherRealm Studios have been on a roll of late, with Mortal Kombat raking in critical acclaim, and the original Injustice being well-received by fighter and comic fans alike. It was so popular, it even spawned an actual DC comic. It’s been a while since the first game introduced us to a bad guy Superman, and a fractured Justice...[Read More]

7

Good

The Surge review: Sci-Fi Souls

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. There have been various attempts to clone From Software’s Souls series ever since the punishing action RPG burst onto the scene following its Playstation exclusive début with Demon’s Souls. Most recently we had Sony’s own Nioh, from Team Ninja, and it was a very solid effort that’s already won itself a loyal following....[Read More]

8.5

Great

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix review: You’re a heart-breaker, and we are the nobodies

Geek culture loves a good crossover, and seeing two previously unrelated worlds collide, with well-known characters who would otherwise never meet often creates some excellent stories. Just look at the multitude of crossovers between DC and Marvel, and how popular these stories are. Video games are no strangers to this, with high profile crossovers like Nintendo’s Smash Bros series successfu...[Read More]

9.5

Amazing

Persona 5 review: Take your heart… Take my money!

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s important to note before we begin here: I’ve played many previous Persona games (and the wider, Megami Tensei titles), and have never found myself sucked into the allure like others. The series is seen as one of the best examples of the JRPG by so many, and it’s amassed a huge following. So much so that, even in a year promising ...[Read More]

8

Great

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City DLC review: Blue moon

Functioning as a grand send off of the Dark Souls series, The Ringed City is the final DLC for Dark Souls III, and probably the last DLC for the series, ever. Dark Souls is being retired according the game’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki. As such, the DLC has the job of delivering the fitting send-off the acclaimed series deserves. Like Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City is not for the faint o...[Read More]

7

Good

Razer Raiju review: Hair triggers and levelling the playing field

The world of eSports is big business, as is evident by the ridiculous prize funds and millions of viewers. Whether you consider video games as sports or not, you can’t deny the growth of the medium in the professional competitive arena. This has lead to more of a focus on positioning some games as eSports contenders, like the more recent Overwatch, and the term has found its way into our hom...[Read More]

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