Aaron Birch

7

Good

Onrush review: A storm of motors

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Coming from some of the team responsible for the long absent Motorstorm series, Onrush is a racer than makes absolutely no effort to embrace realism whatsoever, and you know what? It’s glorious. Taking the racing genre, Onrush tips it on its head and throws in elements of co-op team play and hero shooter. It’s a game that’s ...[Read More]

7

Good

Vampyr Review: Gentleman bloodsucker

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Creeping up on us like its titular supernatural beings, Vampyr hails from the same studio that brought us the much-loved Life Is Strange, Dontnod. Don’t expect the same, teenage-angst fuelled story, though. This is a much more serious affair, and focuses on a dark, and unsavory depiction of a 1918 London gripped by the Spanish Flu, and ...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Dark Souls Remastered review: The Dark Souls of remasters

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Although the PS3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, technically kicked off the Souls series’ meteoric rise to one of the most critically acclaimed series around, it was the multi-platform Dark Souls that really wrecked the floodgates. Building on Demon’s Souls, but improving on practically every aspect, Dark Souls was the first time ...[Read More]

7

Good

Conan Exiles review: Janky but fun

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Playing everything from Minecraft to Ark, and 7 Days to Die to Trove, all of my experiences have one thing in common – I inevitably get bored. You see, it’s all well and good having an elaborate crafting system that allows the building of all sorts of equipment and impressive bases, tools that help you shape the very world around you ho...[Read More]

2

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Extinction review: Wipe it out

Reviewed on: PlayStation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. If you’re a fan of Attack on Titan, and you’re looking for another game that recreates the epic showdown between man and giant, well, you’d better keep on looking, because Extinction certainly is not the game you’re looking for. Players take on the role of the last Sentinel, a magic warrior able to fight Ravenii– giant...[Read More]

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]

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