Reviews

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]

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by publisher.  Offering up some of the smoothest anime action you can get your hands on, Koei Tecmo’s take on Attack on Titan is not only faithful to the series, but a dream to play. This sequel seems like it snuck up quickly, with the first installment only coming out at the tail end of 2016 in western markets, but it’s still a welcome addition...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Once one of the most popular racing series around, especially after its excellent third outing, Burnout resides in the top few rungs of the genre. Ditching any pretence of simulation, and reveling in total, pure arcade goodness, Burnout is fast and furious racing that anyone can pick up and have fun with. This is one of the reason’s I’v...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. There’s certainly no shortage of Yakuza action these days. It seem like Sega’s seminal Japanese crime drama releases a new iteration every month at the moment, both new, and remastered, and more and more gamers are getting the chance to partake in one of gaming’s best series. Yakuza 6, however, is not a prequel or remaster, ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Normally I’d say launching The American Dream within 24 hours of US students protesting legislative inaction following a mass school shooting was maybe a bit tactless, since audience’s may not have been in the mood to have a laugh about guns. But when you think about it, given the alarming frequency of mass shootings in the US, an...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One Fe is a uniquely gorgeous platformer about a fox-like cub, a ‘Fe’, who uses its singing to unite with other animals to stop an invasion of robots, the Silent Ones, that are capturing the animals for… some reason. At least, that’s how I attempted to explain the story to a friend. Fe doesn’t utilise any dialogue; an interesting narrative concept that’s hard to pull off successfu...[Read More]

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by publisher.  I really wanted to like Kingdom Come Deliverance, on paper it sounds like my kind of game – however in execution I found myself sitting on the couch with glassy eyes and a wandering mind. What should have been an engrossing RPG turned out to be a questionable and often times baffling exploration into the mundane. Set in the Bohemia (whi...[Read More]

Review on PS4, copy provided by publisher. Before there was God of War, Bayonetta or Darksiders, there was Devil May Cry. Originally released in 2001 for the Playstation 2, Devil May Cry (and its two sequels) starred Dante, the cocky half-demon demon hunter – clad in a striking red trench coat and sometimes also a shirt. Collectively, these games were massively popular, and set the standard ...[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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