Reviews

The world of eSports is big business, as is evident by the ridiculous prize funds and millions of viewers. Whether you consider video games as sports or not, you can’t deny the growth of the medium in the professional competitive arena. This has lead to more of a focus on positioning some games as eSports contenders, like the more recent Overwatch, and the term has found its way into our hom...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher. It’s been some time since we last saw the Ghosts in action. More action-focused than Rainbow, but still very tactical, the Ghost Recon games have changed with each release, and this latest outing is no different. It ditches the future warfighter setting of the previous entries in favour of a more contemporary setting, and gone are the separate lev...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting and rolling delays, Zelda Wii U finally entered the world with a bang… and on an entirely new console. Of course the old working title for Breath of the Wild is kind of funny looking back, but at least the final product more than makes up for it. And hey, those that bought a Wii U in anticip...[Read More]

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]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Basically Dynasty Warriors meets Just Dance, For Honor incorporates a whole lot of features gamers will be familiar with, and creates something unique in the process. Available in single and multiplayer modes, the game has quite a lot going for it, and it really does shine in some areas, but unfortunately is cringe inducing in others. LetR...[Read More]

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]

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. The original Halo Wars was the best-selling and highest rated RTS game on console. Why? Because it refined the genre’s controls and gameplay for consoles, using its limitations as strengths; plus it didn’t hurt to be a Halo game at the height of the franchise’s popularity. But now that Halo has fallen a little to the wayside, Halo Wars 2 needs to ...[Read More]

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]

Reviewed on Xbox One Candleman is an indie platformer developed by Spotlightor Interactive. You play as the titular Candleman, who’s more candle than a man, making his way through a dark but beautiful world. The game portrays itself like a children’s storybook, splitting its levels into chapters and having a mother-like narrator. It’s a charming world with some dark depth, despite the simplistic n...[Read More]

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]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Resident Evil 7 sure was riding on a lot of intrigue in the lead up to its release. What with the revelation the next instalment in the exclusively third-person franchise would be shifting to first-person, and it being about a guy trapped in a dilapidated house with some mad hillbillies rather than the old zombies, cities and Albert Wesker fa...[Read More]

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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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]

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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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