Aaron Birch

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]

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]

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