Reviews

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo. Mario Tennis Aces brings Mario and gang to the Switch for some sports action, and in doing so highlights the strengths of the Switch for casual gaming. There’s a little bit to dissect with this title, so we’ll start with the adventure mode, which takes Mario and Toad on a quest to stop an ancient threat that Waluigi and Wario have awoken. To ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Creeping up on us like its titular supernatural beings, Vampyr hails from the same studio that brought us the much-loved Life Is Strange, Dontnod. Don’t expect the same, teenage-angst fuelled story, though. This is a much more serious affair, and focuses on a dark, and unsavory depiction of a 1918 London gripped by the Spanish Flu, and ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Although the PS3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, technically kicked off the Souls series’ meteoric rise to one of the most critically acclaimed series around, it was the multi-platform Dark Souls that really wrecked the floodgates. Building on Demon’s Souls, but improving on practically every aspect, Dark Souls was the first time ...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One.  Yes, it’s time for another Destiny expansion. If you guessed that Bungie adds some good things, and bungles up some other things, you’re either psychic or just remember almost every other Destiny release. But don’t worry too much, as Destiny 2’s second expansion, Warmind, does a few more good things than usual. But still the same amount of not so good things. Let’s start wit...[Read More]

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by publisher.  Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human is an ambitious game with a strong story to tell. You’ll be hit with heavy moral questions such as: is slavery still bad if it’s branded and sold to you in a minimally designed vaguely futuristic shop? And do the ends justify the means, but with computers? As with other David Cage games, Detro...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Playing everything from Minecraft to Ark, and 7 Days to Die to Trove, all of my experiences have one thing in common – I inevitably get bored. You see, it’s all well and good having an elaborate crafting system that allows the building of all sorts of equipment and impressive bases, tools that help you shape the very world around you ho...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher. It’s a given that a zombie apocalypse is going to be a bleak time, but that doesn’t mean it should be a tedious time. Unfortunately this is a memo that seems to have been missed in State of Decay 2. There’s an awful lot of milling around one location being upset, with the admittedly fun core of the game becoming lost in the depressing cocoon that s...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Before we get stuck into things, I want to take a moment to establish some subjective context as I sat down to begin playing God of War. If I’m being truly honest, I was beginning to fall a little out of love with video games. That’s not to say I had completely lost interest in them, I just found myself not being as enthralled as ...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One Becoming renowned for their beat ‘em up, Castle Crashers and continuing their success with their platformer, Battleblock Theatre, The Behemoth somehow reinvent themselves with each game they develop. Pit People is their biggest leap of genre, throwing away the side-scroller action for a turn-based strategy RPG. It’s a chaotic game filled with absurdist humour, dumb puns, and g...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One and PC, copy supplied by publisher. Who would have thought setting sail on the high seas could be some of the most exciting gameplay we’ve had in a long time, but also some of the blandest. Sea of Thieves is a bit of a double edged cutlass, doing a lot right and doing a lot wrong. From the get go the free-form approach Sea of Thieves takes is evident. Once you’ve selected your...[Read More]

Reviewed on: PlayStation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. If you’re a fan of Attack on Titan, and you’re looking for another game that recreates the epic showdown between man and giant, well, you’d better keep on looking, because Extinction certainly is not the game you’re looking for. Players take on the role of the last Sentinel, a magic warrior able to fight Ravenii– giant...[Read More]

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by Ubisoft.  Kicking things off with a tense and often horrifying tone, Far Cry 5 is a familiar departure for the series. If that sounds contradictory, it is. It’s hard to look at Far Cry 5’s gameplay and not see Far Cry 4 set in the United States – albeit with a nicer feel. Whilst the game’s narrative is up there with the darkest in the series, it also sti...[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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