Aaron Birch

8.5

Great

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix review: You’re a heart-breaker, and we are the nobodies

Geek culture loves a good crossover, and seeing two previously unrelated worlds collide, with well-known characters who would otherwise never meet often creates some excellent stories. Just look at the multitude of crossovers between DC and Marvel, and how popular these stories are. Video games are no strangers to this, with high profile crossovers like Nintendo’s Smash Bros series successfu...[Read More]

9.5

Amazing

Persona 5 review: Take your heart… Take my money!

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s important to note before we begin here: I’ve played many previous Persona games (and the wider, Megami Tensei titles), and have never found myself sucked into the allure like others. The series is seen as one of the best examples of the JRPG by so many, and it’s amassed a huge following. So much so that, even in a year promising ...[Read More]

8

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Dark Souls III: The Ringed City DLC review: Blue moon

Functioning as a grand send off of the Dark Souls series, The Ringed City is the final DLC for Dark Souls III, and probably the last DLC for the series, ever. Dark Souls is being retired according the game’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki. As such, the DLC has the job of delivering the fitting send-off the acclaimed series deserves. Like Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City is not for the faint o...[Read More]

7

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Razer Raiju review: Hair triggers and levelling the playing field

The world of eSports is big business, as is evident by the ridiculous prize funds and millions of viewers. Whether you consider video games as sports or not, you can’t deny the growth of the medium in the professional competitive arena. This has lead to more of a focus on positioning some games as eSports contenders, like the more recent Overwatch, and the term has found its way into our hom...[Read More]

7.5

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Ghost Recon Wildlands review: Not big in Bolivia

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher. It’s been some time since we last saw the Ghosts in action. More action-focused than Rainbow, but still very tactical, the Ghost Recon games have changed with each release, and this latest outing is no different. It ditches the future warfighter setting of the previous entries in favour of a more contemporary setting, and gone are the separate lev...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Nier: Automata review: She ain’t heavy, she’s my reanimated killer android sister

I think it’s safe to say that the original Nier is a game that flew way below a lot of people’s radars. Although it came from the prestigious studios of Square Enix, it just didn’t become the next big thing, and was left to mature into its cult classic status. It was an action RPG that didn’t tow the line, and didn’t stick to the usual formula that most other games of...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Nioh review: Yes, that’s a cat clock, deal with it!

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. If there’s one thing that’s immensely clear as soon as you fire up Nioh, it’s that Team Ninja are obviously big fans of From Software’s Souls series. A blatant clone of the industry juggernaut Dark Souls, Nioh wears its influence right there on its sleeve. However, unlike Lords of the Fallen, another decent, but hardly...[Read More]

8

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Sniper Elite 4 review: Sending gibs flying since 1943

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. A series that’s been boldly going from strength to strength with each successive release, Sniper Elite has carved out a nice niche for itself in the World War II shooter genre. Doing away with the usual bombast we see in most real world warfare titles, this series is all about keeping it on the quiet side of battle. Well, as quiet as a ...[Read More]

7

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Sabotage DLC review: Let’s focus on the zombies

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 Despite having an enjoyable, if safe, solo campaign, I find Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer to be severely lacking when compared to the excellent online component found in Black Ops 3. Treyarch’s last outing was a truly full package, and the multiplayer was just so good out of the box, and was bolstered with some great DLC. So, I was hoping IWR...[Read More]

7

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Yakuza 0 review: Wanna buy some used panties?

Already available in Japan for two years, we western fans of the long-running Yakuza series finally get a chance to experience the saga’s prequel, which functions as an origin story of the game’s main protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and the reoccurring madman, Goro Majima. Set in the late 80s, it’s a title framed by the era, with vibrant and neon-soaked locations, including the always...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Final Fantasy XV review: More than just a sausage party?

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. When your game has been in development for more than 10 years, has had name changes and several delays, it’s hard enough to live up to the hype. When your game is one of the most famous, successful, and highly anticipated RPG series of all time, it’s even more of a challenge. This is the mammoth task that falls on Square Enix̵...[Read More]

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Dishonored 2 review: Look into my eyes…

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. The Thief series is one of my favourites of all time. Up to and including Deadly Shadows, I’ve always found it to be the best overall stealth game around, mixing the immersion of FPS with the inherent tension of trying to remain undetected whilst you move like a ghost through the shadows. The series boasted fantastic level design and so...[Read More]

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