Aaron Birch

8

Great

Burnout Paradise Remastered review: Uninterrupted racing

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Once one of the most popular racing series around, especially after its excellent third outing, Burnout resides in the top few rungs of the genre. Ditching any pretence of simulation, and reveling in total, pure arcade goodness, Burnout is fast and furious racing that anyone can pick up and have fun with. This is one of the reason’s I’v...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Review: Forgiveness, please

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. There’s certainly no shortage of Yakuza action these days. It seem like Sega’s seminal Japanese crime drama releases a new iteration every month at the moment, both new, and remastered, and more and more gamers are getting the chance to partake in one of gaming’s best series. Yakuza 6, however, is not a prequel or remaster, ...[Read More]

7

Good

Nacon Wired Compact Controller review: Small, but decently formed

A good controller can make all the difference between enjoying your favourite games, and struggling through them with awkward controls and poor responsiveness. Whilst Sony’s own DualShock controllers are amongst the best around, there’s always room for alternatives, especially if those alternatives are cheaper, and/or offer new features. Sometimes, simply a small change in the controll...[Read More]

3

Oh dear

Metal Gear Survive review: No Konami! Just… No!

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. So, here we are; Metal Gear Survive has been released into the world. The first Metal Gear game to launch following the fallout between Konami and series creator Hideo Kojima. The one that takes a beloved series and turns it into yet other zombie survival game, with barely any connection to previous outings. Is it the game Konami-haters have ...[Read More]

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo now available

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu’s epic organised crime saga, arrives on April 17, but if you can’t wait that long, there’s a demo you can download and play right now. Available via the PlayStation Store, the demo lets you let loose as the white-suited main protagonist of the series with a penchant for getting easily distracted by nightclubs, arcades ...[Read More]

3

Oh dear

Dynasty Warriors 9 review: The art of bore

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. When you’re responsible for a video game series that’s more than 20 years old, and has been practically identical in every single release, it must be hard to break the mould, but break it Koei Tecmo desperately needed to do, as the series has become very state and predictable with each successive numbered, and spin-off release. Dy...[Read More]

6.5

Okay

Final Fantasy XV DLC review: Fun but should have been in the main game

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Releasing in November 2016, Final Fantasy XV is the latest numbered entry in the hugely popular RPG series, and in the opinion of many also one of the best. A true departure from the usual format of the Final Fantasy games, XV saw the return to a massive, open world and player freedom, with all manner of gameplay features that meshed together...[Read More]

7.5

Good

Life is Strange Before the Storm review: Lacking Burch

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. A prequel to the almost universally adored Life is Strange, Before the Storm is a smaller outing this time, consisting of only three episodes. It focuses on Chloe as the protagonist, as well as Rachel, a name anyone who’s played the original game will be very familiar with. Rachel was the girl who went missing in the first game, and Bef...[Read More]

7.5

Good

LucidSound LS25: Big, bright, but quiet

Heavily billed as an eSports gaming headset, LucidSound’s LS25 sits in a rather strange position within its own range, as well as within the gaming headset market in general. Larger than the slimline LS20, but cheaper than the LS40, this is a decent, headset that has some definite high points, but suffers on a couple of noteworthy features. In terms of visual appeal, the LS25 is, indeed, str...[Read More]

7

Good

Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package review: Silly as ever

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Starting out life a an Xbox exclusive, Capcom’s seminal comedy horror zombie-fest, Dead Rising, has always been an impressive showing of on-screen action. Never afraid to pile on the sheer number of rotting undead, the series has been a polarising one, particularly in its early days, when core game mechanics and a reliance on escorting ...[Read More]

7.5

Good

The Sims 4 console review: Little Computer People

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. These days, it’s relatively easy to port a console game to PC, it happens all the time, but the reverse isn’t as common. This is largely because PC games are often made specifically with the PC gamer in mind, and because the technical elements of the conversion can make it very difficult for a developer to make that jump from home...[Read More]

Aaron’s top three games of 2017

It’s no surprise that critics everywhere are placing 2017 as one of the best years for video gaming in a very long time. We’ve had some seriously great game releases throughout the year, and when it comes to picking only three of these to top any list, it’s a very, very difficult decision. How do you narrow down so many amazing games to a paltry three out of what could easily be ...[Read More]

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