Aaron Birch

5

Average

WWE 2K18 review: Backstage boredom

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. We all know not to expect the world from each annual WWE iteration. For over a decade now Yukes’ WWE titles, be they published by THQ or 2K, have been largely minor updates. Rather than the major engine overhauls, new fighting systems, and other exaggerated claims made by the studio, each release brings baby steps upgrades, some good, s...[Read More]

7

Good

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen review: Must try harder

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 There are remasters that come along to milk the very last drops from the cash cow, struggling to wring the last remnants of goodness from that dried up, wrinkled old udder. Then, there are remasters that actually warrant a return to an older title, using the best new technology to improve older releases, perhaps even making them into the games the developers originally w...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Project Cars 2 review: Hardcore car porn

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  I wouldn’t call myself a racing aficionado – in gaming or in real life – but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the sport. As a gamer, I’ve played countless motorsport titles, and although I make no excuses for preferring the more arcade and less realistic side of things, I’ve also dabbled in the simulation genre, ...[Read More]

7

Good

Yakuza Kiwami review: Where it all began

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Following on from the recent Yakuza 0, a prequel to the existing series of games, we now find ourselves right back at square one with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the very first Yakuza game that first appeared on PS2 back in 2006. Using the same engine and visual updates of Yakuza 0, Kiwami is a full-blown overhaul of the first game in the seri...[Read More]

7

Good

Agents of Mayhem review: Saintly superheroes

With no sign of the return of Saint’s Row following the fourth game’s DLC, Gat out of Hell, Volition’s sandbox has been missed by its fans, and those who enjoyed the series’ less than serious take on the often gritty or realistically violent genre. Luckily, here we have the answer, in the form of Volition’s new IP, Agents of Mayhem. Set in the same shared universe as Saint&...[Read More]

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]

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