Aaron Birch

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Average

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]

6

Okay

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]

8

Great

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]

8

Great

Dead Rising review: I’ve covered wars, y’know!

Reviewed on PS4. Copy supplied by publisher.  You’re stood still, sweat dripping from your brow. Your hand bears the bruises of gripping your trusty baseball bat too hard, and your only remaining bullet is the one you’re saving for the inevitable should the worst happen. Ahead of you in the local game store they wait, hundreds of them. Filling up the room, greatly outnumbering the othe...[Read More]

8

Great

BioShock Collection review: Would you kindly?

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. The original BioShock, for me, is one of those games that can never be praised enough. Although at heart it hasn’t actually done anything radically new, being as it is a spiritual successor to the simply stunning and objectively superior System Shock 1 and 2, it took the core ideas of the sci-fi series and twisted it into one of them mo...[Read More]

7

Good

Destiny: Rise of Iron review: Return to the light

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Bungie’s divisive online shooter, Destiny, has its fair share of critics, with even hardcore players solidly invested in the sci-fi epic often bemoaning the game’s shortcomings. This was no more apparent than the game’s very shaky first year, in which many of the mechanics were shoddy, and the general content was bland and u...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Resident Evil 4 review: Like a fine wine

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s hard to believe that Resident Evil has had such a titanic fall from grace. Once one of the most respected, and successful series in gaming, popularising the survival horror genre, Capcom’s money spinner has since become an industry laughing stock, with poor release after poor release. Aside from Revelations, which was actually pretty g...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided review: No naturals allowed!

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Deus Ex is one of the most beloved video game titles of all time, and for very good reason. It’s seen by many (myself included) as a game that radically changed the gaming landscape. The original release back in 2000 was a game so far ahead of its time it hurt. It outstripped just about every other game in terms of design and showing ju...[Read More]

The Sunny Side of No Man’s Sky

So, after years of what has to be some of the strongest hype we’ve seen in a very long time, further enhanced by a couple of delays and a general premise that promised so, so much, No Man’s Sky has dropped. As many may have expected (myself included), the game didn’t quite live up to the lofty ambitions of its creators, and importantly, the hopes of the fans. Let’s face it,...[Read More]

3

Oh dear

7 Days to Die review: janky, janky zombies

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. Steam’s early access model has been polarising, to say the least. The idea of paying for an unfinished game is something many just can’t understand, or agree with, whilst other relish the opportunity to play upcoming titles early, perhaps even to help shape them into the eventual final release. On paper, it’s actually a pretty decent ...[Read More]

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Average

Necropolis review: Art Souls

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. It’s no surprise so many devs are no desperately trying to reproduce the winning formula of Dark Souls – it’s fantastic. From Software’s series has become a legitimate classic in every sense of the word, and the industry wants to cash in on this success. We’ve seen good copies of the formula, such as the excellent Salt and Sanctu...[Read More]

Why unfair comparisons with Overwatch killed Battleborn

It’s not uncommon in the gaming industry for two similar titles to go up against each other for sales. Games are compared all the time, especially by fans of a particular series or platform who stand behind their chosen title with almost tribal allegiance. Prototype vs Infamous, Halo vs Killzone, Sonic vs Mario, comparing games with even a passing similarity to each other is something that&#...[Read More]

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