Charlie Braithwaite

Editor/Co-owner

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Metroid: Samus Returns review: Stop, drop and spider roll

Reviewed on 3DS, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Metroid: Samus Returns is yet another flagship title that has returned to its roots. After some missteps in a franchise that has a bloated history, this return to basics splendour is exactly what was needed. Taking place shortly after the very first game and just before Metroid II:The Return of Samus, the lanky mercenary Samus is hired to eradicate the ...[Read More]

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Okay

ARK: Survival Evolved review: The tale of Snek

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Before we get started I want to address the fact that this review may be unusual, but ARK is an unusual game. So, instead of a conventional piece, you can read about my attempts to make a pair of pants for a strangely proportioned woman. Coming into the world in a fit of pain – trapped underneath floorboards and confused – Snek didn’t ...[Read More]

DOOM and Wolfenstein II are coming to the Nintendo Switch

Great news for Switch fans, Bethesda have announced they will be releasing DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on the Nintendo Switch. Joining Skyrim on Nintendo’s portable console, DOOM will be available during the holiday season this year, and Wolfenstein will be available at some point next year – despite coming out on PC and console October 27th. Skyrim also has a release dat...[Read More]

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Good

Absolver review: I sucked at this game

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher. It was a pretty soul destroying moment when I realised that – despite playing games everyday for around 25 years – I’m still not good at them. In particular, I’m not good at Absolver. I’d go so far as to say that I’m extremely bad at Absolver. The stylistic online brawling game is tough, especially for new players, and...[Read More]

Games should give the slow moving injury sequences a rest

Destiny 2 is the latest in a long line of games to feature an extended sequence where the protagonist is injured – which naturally causes them to move like a snail. The mechanic isn’t exactly new. In fact there are so many examples of it that I can’t think of them all off the top of my head (feel free to comment some examples below). Controlling a slow moving character is basical...[Read More]

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Amazing

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen review: X will indeed give it to you

Pinned down in a ruined city, my squad need to make it to an extraction point. In their way is a small army of alien fighters, a horde of zombies and a bloodthirsty warlord who turns invisible at the drop of a hat. It’s safe to say that not everyone made it out, and both digital and very real emotions were shredded in the process. Revisiting XCOM 2 has been like cutting open a barely healed ...[Read More]

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Brilliant

Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Surprisingly amazing

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Ubisoft. Mixing Nintendo’s flagship plumber with Ubisoft’s annoying mascots was a questionable choice on paper, however in execution Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the best titles to hit the Switch to date, and that’s saying something. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an engaging, charming and addictive strategic RPG, howev...[Read More]

Overwatch hero updates: Mercy won’t be dishing out team revives and D.Va gets a new ability

The sheer crushing disappointment of seeing Mercy revive an entire team won’t be around much longer. In a hero balance update that is now live on the PTR, Mercy has a new ultimate, and her revive ability is now a slow to regenerate secondary that can only resurrect one teammate at a time. You can see lead designer Jeff Kaplan discuss the changes in the video below: Mercy’s new ultimate...[Read More]

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Sonic Mania review: The hedgehog renaissance

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t enjoyed Sonic  for a good decade or so. The Sega franchise has taken some pretty strange twists and turns in its lifetime, and – in my opinion – could’t really compete with the success of that Italian plumber everyone likes. Sonic Mania however is a return to form, going back to the basics and rees...[Read More]

Trees will mess you up in first person Battlegrounds servers

FPP servers are now available in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds for NA, EU and AS regions. The update allows players to battle it out only in first-person mode, which makes the already sweat inducing game that much more terrifying. I decided to jump into a solo round and try my hand at the new mode, and luckily for me, my first FPP round would also be in the rain, making it that much more te...[Read More]

One does not simply respect consumers: Shadow of War will have paid content

Sons of PC! Of PlayStation! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of gamers fails, when we forsake our friends and buy shitty additional content, but it is not this day. An hour of lootboxes and shattered wallets, when the age of common sense comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold...[Read More]

There’s something horrific hiding in Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a child friendly game, or at least it presents itself that way. However, lurking beneath the surface is a tale so horrific it boggles the mind. Part of what makes Splatoon 2 a great title – as you can read in our review – is the world building in Inkopolis, where you can visit stores and kit yourself out with new weapons, fancy clothes and purchase some pure unadulterated...[Read More]

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