Charlie Braithwaite

Editor/Co-owner

9

Amazing

Cuphead review: Turns out the 1930s hate you

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  Radiating charm, Cuphead is an ode to early 1930s animation and good old fashioned boss battles. Grabbing your attention with its distinct hand drawn aesthetic, the game is hard not to be impressed by. Static crackles across the screen as you play, and the big band jazz soundtrack pops for authenticity. Through and through, this is a passion proje...[Read More]

9

Amazing

RUINER review: Hello darkness

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Building on what made Hotline Miami  great and then drenching it in cyberpunk goodness was always going to make for an memorable title, and RUINER definitely doesn’t disappoint in that respect. One of the most addictive and gripping games I’ve played this year, RUINER  is an adrenaline filled sci-fi adventure that doesn’t pull any punc...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Pokkén Tournament DX review: Fly like a Butterfree, sting like a Beedrill

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Pokémon battles are usually something we experience from the view of a DS or Gameboy. They are relatively static fights in which cute animals use magic so some orphans can hoard badges, rarely do we experience the sheer ferocity of nature that is animals fighting. Well, thanks to Pokkén Tournament DX , you can now take a mobile cockfighting ...[Read More]

8

Great

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]

6

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]

7

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]

9.5

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]

10

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]

8

Great

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]

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