Reviews

Reviewed on Xbox One Less is more. That seems to be the theme behind Aer: Memories of Old, an open world exploration game developed by Forgotten Key. They’ve tried to create a simple game that is greater than the sum of its parts. The result is something that could have been remarkable, but doesn’t quite fit together the way it should. Aer is set in a surprisingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world,...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Although clearly flawed, with some odd design decisions, the original Evil Within was nonetheless are good survival horror that featured some memorable encounters and a bizarre story containing twists, turns, and a great premise if you played through to the end. Similar in many ways to Resident Evil 4, with a darker, grittier and more brutal ...[Read More]

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]

The Division review: Come to the Dark Zone, we have loot

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. So there you are, in the centre of New York City with a really cool pair of gloves, you really want to wear those gloves, but because some tosser stood in front of you while you were shooting, you now have to fight a bunch of self riotous assholes screaming for revenge. You fight them because if you don’t they might steal your gloves, except afte...[Read More]

Hitman Review: 47 ways to die

-Aaron Birch Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. As a fan of the Hitman series, one who’s played every entry so far, including the first, PC-only title, I’ve seen IO Interactive’s flagship series evolve over the years in ways both good, and bad. What started out life as an unapologetically challenging and unique game quickly established a formula of stealthy k...[Read More]

Blood Alloy: Reborn review: a tease of things to come

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Blood Alloy: Reborn sure travelled a rocky road to release. Developed by Suppressive Fire Games, it began in 2013 as a Kickstarter for a much larger project called Blood Alloy that failed to raise the required funds, but the positive reception of its fast-paced, 2D retro combat system inspired the team to continue developing it. Several years later, the...[Read More]

Gunscape review: DIY retro shooter

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Gunscape may have caught your attention in recent times, it’s been presented as a customisable retro shooter. The PS4, Xbox One and PC game provides all the elements that are reminiscent of classic FPS titles such as Doom and Wolfenstein, and leaves them at the player’s disposal to create their own maps. Players can then try out other people...[Read More]

Assault Android Cactus review: One of the best indie games on PlayStation

Reviewed on: PS4. Copy supplied by publisher. There are hundreds of thousands of rogue robots filling a space station with their murderous rage. Who are you going to call? If you answered “a rag tag group of android chicks to smash the robots with their arsenal of kickass weaponry,” you were somehow completely right. Assault Android Cactus is a twin stick arcade shooter made by Austral...[Read More]

Street Fighter V review: Gets the job done

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. As someone who is generally not that into one-on-one fighting games, I found reviewing Street Fighter V rather tricky. It is a game that you clearly need to invested the time to hone your skills in order to get the most out of it. Whilst button mashing the range of basic punches, kicks and throws will let you breeze through most matches against AI oppon...[Read More]

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD review

Copy supplied by publisher. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the latest Zelda classic to be given the HD treatment, this time for Wii U. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this release is the fact Twilight Princess is turning 10 this year… that certainly went by fast. The game itself  hasn’t changed much from the original Wii/GameCube version, yet there are enough bells and...[Read More]

The Flame in the Flood review: A boar broke both my legs

Reviewed on: PC, also available for Xbox One. A calming harmonica plays folk music as I stroll around an island with my dog. This is the first haven I’ve discovered in the flooded ruins of America, I’m excited and optimistic to find what goodies it has to offer. Is that a pig I see? How delightful! Oh, wait… is it charging at me? It’s totally charging at me. Okay well there...[Read More]

The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1: old dog, some new tricks

Reviewed on: PC It’s no secret I’m a fan of Telltale Games’ Walking Dead series. It’s dark, intense, makes you anxiously squirm with some of the decisions it throws at you and will deliver a swift gut-punch to your emotions at a moments notice. Now while many of us are anticipating The Walking Dead Season 3, given Season 2 left us in a very interesting situation, Michonne i...[Read More]

Far Cry Primal review: BEES!?

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. Crouching in a dense Mesolithic treeline you slowly creep towards your enemy. They’ve eaten members of your tribe and attacked your village, this attack is going to be personal.  You look over your  weaponry to see which is best to take them down, at your disposal you have spears, clubs, a bow and a motherfucking sabre tooth tiger that you s...[Read More]

Layers of Fear review: Revisiting the horror masterpiece

  After borderline obsessively playing horror games for years, it comes to a sad point where you feel like you’ve seen it all. Sure, you get the occasional gem that stands out from all the rest but you can’t help but think “I’ve seen this before.” Horror, to me, is the genre that constantly goes back to its root stereotypes and cliches. “Oh look a group of ...[Read More]

Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition Review: The Driving Dead

-Aaron Birch Beginning life as a large piece of DLC for the vanilla Dying Light, The Following soon grew out of its initial scope, and developer Techland quickly re-purposed the project as a full-fledged expansion. This is no paltry bit of wasteful DLC you’ll complete in under an hour (Arkham Knight, I’m looking at you!), this is a full campaign that has plenty to offer. The fact that ...[Read More]

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