Aaron Birch

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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

Good

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

Good

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]

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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]

8

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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]

7

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Farming Simulator 17 review: I’ve got a brand new combine harvester…

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Yeah, we’re doing this. We’re going to review a farming simulator. Why? Well, why not? Farms are important, and stuff, and I have to admit, there’s something about the whole idea that’s got me interested to see what it’s all about. So, where better to start than with one of the best? According to the box, anyway....[Read More]

8

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Skyrim: Special Edition review: Shout, shout, let it all out

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I think we can all agree on one thing – Skyrim is one of the most accomplished and downright excellent RPGs ever created. It rules the open world genre with a dragon bone fist, and has one of the most amazingly detailed and believable worlds, as well as some of the deepest lore around. Stepping foot into the world is like visiting a real plac...[Read More]

5

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Batman: Return to Arkham review: Na na na na na NAH

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s become all too common for publishers to take the easy route and remaster everything in their back-catalogue to make a quick buck. Sometimes, this may not be out of laziness, but is instead the result of the fan base demanding it, such as the recent re-release Skyrim, or the older release of games like Dark Souls II (still waiting for Dark So...[Read More]

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WWE 2K17 review: So close, yet so far

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I’ve been playing the WWE games for years, and as a big fan of the series I, like so many, have also become somewhat disappointed in each year’s promise of new engines and radical new features, only to be given yet another lazy touch up. In fact, after the terribly streamlined and gutted WWE 2K15, I opted to skip last year’s...[Read More]

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration review: No place like home

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Crystal Dynamics’ managed to do something very rare with its reboot of one of the most beloved series of all time. It’s 2013 Tomb Raider not only managed to reboot the series with a very successful, gritty and more realistic design for Lara Croft, but it managed to do this whilst also delivering a great game in the process. The re...[Read More]

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