Aaron Birch

7.5

Good

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds review: More of a great thing

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Understandably high up on many game of the year lists, Horizon Zero Dawn was already an immense, and brilliant open world romp in its vanilla form, so the idea of having more of the game to plough through is enough of a reason to give DLC, The Frozen Wilds, a go. What we have here is an expansion that adds a whole new area to the world map, i...[Read More]

8

Great

Warframe: Plains of Eidolon review: more like Free-to-RAD

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. A shining light amidst the current ugliness of microtransactions and loot boxes, Warframe is, and always has been, one of the best examples of free-to-play done right. In fact, today, I’d comfortably say it’s the best of the bunch, bar none. Warframe has been growing and evolving constantly over four years, and while it started ou...[Read More]

3

Oh dear

Elex review: One heck of a slog

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Coming from Piranha Bytes, the same team behind cult RPG series, Gothic, as well as Risen, there’s quite some experience behind open world action RPG, Elex. Gothic has a lot of fans, but Risen is not exactly well known for its quality. This leaves Elex as a bit of a wild card, so how does it fare? Elex is a sci-fi fantasy RPG that takes...[Read More]

6

Okay

Friday the 13th review: Where players drop out like flies

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. As one of the most iconic movie villains of all time, Jason Voorhees has had his fair share of video game appearances. From the Atari 2600’s basic rendition, the NES’ awful, confusing mess, and home computer failures, he’s not exactly had it good, though. An appearance in Mortal Kombat X was a highlight however, with the sil...[Read More]

6.5

Okay

Rogue Trooper Redux review: I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. There’s no stopping the remaster train, it seems, and even games that didn’t exactly set the world on fire on their initial release are being given a second chance. Today we have the eleven year-old 2000AD title, Rogue Trooper. Initially released in 2006, the original game on PS2 and Xbox was a decent cover-based shooter that did ...[Read More]

9

Amazing

The Evil Within 2 review: Come in, have a terrifying hair monster

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Although clearly flawed, with some odd design decisions, the original Evil Within was nonetheless are good survival horror that featured some memorable encounters and a bizarre story containing twists, turns, and a great premise if you played through to the end. Similar in many ways to Resident Evil 4, with a darker, grittier and more brutal ...[Read More]

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]

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