Reviews

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. We all know not to expect the world from each annual WWE iteration. For over a decade now Yukes’ WWE titles, be they published by THQ or 2K, have been largely minor updates. Rather than the major engine overhauls, new fighting systems, and other exaggerated claims made by the studio, each release brings baby steps upgrades, some good, s...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 There are remasters that come along to milk the very last drops from the cash cow, struggling to wring the last remnants of goodness from that dried up, wrinkled old udder. Then, there are remasters that actually warrant a return to an older title, using the best new technology to improve older releases, perhaps even making them into the games the developers originally w...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. Racing simulators have never been my forte, as I’ve acknowledged previously. I like my racing games to be crazy bouts of super fast, teeth clenching, explosive fun. The simplest way I can put it is, for me, a great racing game is one where smashing an opponent into a wall is not only acceptable, but encouraged. Forza Motorsport 7 is the comp...[Read More]

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. There are few things more disappointing than a game that features some great ideas but ultimately fails to live up to any of them. Like having a combination of ice cream and jelly for dessert. I love me some ice cream, and jelly too is a wonderful concoction of deliciousness and wobble, but put them together in a bowl and all you have is a slimy, squidg...[Read More]

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]

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]

Reviewed on 3DS, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Nintendo’s Miis have been popping up all over their consoles for over a decade now, appearing as stars in games such as Tomodachi Life, Miitomo, the 3DS Streetpass games and Wii Sports. I feel like the Miis themselves work best as elements of a game rather than being the main focus, but here we are with Miitopia. Miitopia is a turn-based RPG with life s...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  I wouldn’t call myself a racing aficionado – in gaming or in real life – but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the sport. As a gamer, I’ve played countless motorsport titles, and although I make no excuses for preferring the more arcade and less realistic side of things, I’ve also dabbled in the simulation genre, ...[Read More]

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]

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  I feel bad for how much I enjoyed the first Destiny. Despite all the issues, I found enough nuggets of fun to last me an absurd amount of time. But Destiny 2 makes the original and all its expansions look like nuggets of shit. I suppose that’s good for a sequel, but it just seems to show how rocky the launch of Bungie’s franchise was, with a ‘cine...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Originally touted as the first singleplayer DLC for the Uncharted franchise but later evolving into a larger standalone release, The Lost Legacy is an interesting departure for the series. For many, it needed to answer a burning question: can Uncharted survive without its signature wisecracking, swashbuckling protagonist, Nathan Drake? Well, ...[Read More]

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]

7

Good

Mafia III review: Welcome to the 60s…

This article originally appeared as an impressions piece on October 13, but has since been removed and updated with my final thoughts in this full review here. Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Well, you can all rest assured that Hangar 13’s Mafia III is a lengthy experience because, as I mentioned in my initial impressions, it took me some 10 hours to pass the introduc...[Read More]

Gear review: KontrolFreek CQC Destiny edition

Reviewed on: PS4. Gear supplied by manufacturer. So I’ve spoken before about how much I froth over controller augmentation. It’s my guilty pleasure, and it’s something that has begun to spiral out of control. I now own more PS4 thumbsticks than I thought ever possible. And yes, I do use them all on the regular, they’re my hand’s tiny plastic children. On my last ravin...[Read More]

6

Okay

No Man’s Sky review: Ground control to major disappointment

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. In my 12 hours of game time I’ve found No Man’s Sky to be equal parts compelling and boring, some aspects of it are amazing, and others are a galactic snore fest. Arguably the sheer amount of hype after years of anticipation, mixed with the lack of any concrete info in the build up, let minds run wild as to what No Man’s Sky could be....[Read More]

Batman: A Telltale Game Series episode 1 – come on, it’s BATMAN!

The DC Cinematic Universe might be flapping about like a fish out of water right now, but it’s good to know that the Dark Knight himself can still spin a good yarn. In fact, it’s not just the Caped Crusader giving us a compelling narrative, but also his time out of the suit as Bruce Wayne dealing with problems of politics and his family legacy. Honestly, I don’t know what else we...[Read More]

Gear review: KontrolFreek S.C.A.R.

Reviewed on: PS4. Gear supplied by manufacturer. For those that haven’t augmented their controllers before, this article is about to open up a whole new world for you. It was only a few months ago that a friend bought me some Kontrolfreek grips for my PS4 controller, prior to that customising was something I’d never really thought about, but now it has become a bit of a hobby. Finding ...[Read More]

Uncharted 4 multiplayer impressions: a worthy addition to a great game

Last week I described Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as “one hell of a gaming experience”, praising its fantastic story, solid gameplay and “unreasonably good” graphics. That review was based solely upon the single player portion of the game because that was all I had access to prior to launch, and in the interest of being timely I opted to publish it first and then have ...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Dark Souls III review: Deadja Vu

I’m slowly walking through a corpse-strewn village, clutching a sword tightly, ready to swing, and holding my shield high. I’m ready for battle, and gaze intently towards the doorway ahead, expecting an attack from within. It’s dark, there’s no sign of life, and even as I enter the gloom, I see no foes. No creatures baying for my blood. And then, I die. You see, in the worl...[Read More]

DOOM multiplayer beta impressions: Just like old times

  Finally, after being teased on the cases of countless copies of 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, the closed multiplayer beta for the new DOOM is here. It’s nearly over now but is running for the rest of today, so if you have an old beta code and haven’t yet jumped in there is still time! But anyway, I imagine what you all want to know is what the actual game is like now ...[Read More]

Quantum Break review: Maybe some things are inevitable

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear about a AAA game/TV show hybrid? If you answered “that doesn’t sound like it will work all that well,” then congratulations! Your gut instinct is pretty darn good. Quantum Break is an ambitious project, it picks up the worn out sci-fi trend of time travel, puts it in a game ...[Read More]

The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 2: NOW we’re talking

Reviewed on: PC All right, now THIS is more like it. MINOR SPOILERS for the episode, obviously. When writing about the premiere episode of the Michonne mini-series, titled “In Too Deep”, I said my major beef was that the story wasn’t particularly engaging given the fact both its main protagonists are already established to survive everything that will be thrown at them. The only ...[Read More]

Fallout 4 Automatron review: The Silver Shroud strikes again

  Some of you may be hesitant to reenter Fallout 4 for the latest Automatron DLC, I know I was. It’s like reopening an old wound that could take another 90 hours to heal, I wasn’t sure that my spare time can take a hit of  that magnitude again. Well it turns out that Automatron won’t take up too much of your time, and I’m okay with that. The DLC presents the Lone Wande...[Read More]

Day of the Tentacle Remastered review: THIS is how you remaster a classic

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. There’s certainly never a dull moment in Day of the Tentacle Remastered. Few games, or heck even novels or films, can say they allow one to seamlessly jump from tricking George Washington into chopping down a kumquat tree, to staging a jail break right under the nose of the IRS to getting a mummified entrant ready for the Annual Human Show in the ...[Read More]

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