Reviews

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]

A good controller can make all the difference between enjoying your favourite games, and struggling through them with awkward controls and poor responsiveness. Whilst Sony’s own DualShock controllers are amongst the best around, there’s always room for alternatives, especially if those alternatives are cheaper, and/or offer new features. Sometimes, simply a small change in the controll...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. So, here we are; Metal Gear Survive has been released into the world. The first Metal Gear game to launch following the fallout between Konami and series creator Hideo Kojima. The one that takes a beloved series and turns it into yet other zombie survival game, with barely any connection to previous outings. Is it the game Konami-haters have ...[Read More]

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Civilization VI has been one of my guilty pleasures for some time now. Not guilty in the sense that it’s something to be ashamed of, but due to the sheer number of hours that are sunk into it at the expense of sleep. The latest expansion for Civilization VI, Rise and Fall has reignited a passion in the game for me, but it’s still kind of har...[Read More]

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by publisher. Dragon Ball FighterZ has done something that I feared would never happen, it made me like fighting games again. Aside from some fun with endless Street Fighter II ports, I’d kinda given up on the prospect of sinking into that genre again. The healthy dose of Dragon Ball that comes with Dragon Ball FighterZ sure helps things along, but th...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch. Copy supplied by publisher. It is commonplace nowadays for publishers to re-release previous instalments of the franchises they’re launching sequels to on their new platforms, see PlayStation with the Nathan Drake Collection ahead of Uncharted 4 or Xbox’s Master Chief Collection ahead of Halo 5. Depending on who you ask this is seen as either a good thing ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. When you’re responsible for a video game series that’s more than 20 years old, and has been practically identical in every single release, it must be hard to break the mould, but break it Koei Tecmo desperately needed to do, as the series has become very state and predictable with each successive numbered, and spin-off release. Dy...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher. For the uninitiated, Monster Hunter World can be an overwhelming game. It turns out that hunting monsters isn’t as simple as it says on the tin. As my first Monster Hunter title, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting – it was far better. Jumping into the game it’s clear the level of detail Capcom have put into this title is imme...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Releasing in November 2016, Final Fantasy XV is the latest numbered entry in the hugely popular RPG series, and in the opinion of many also one of the best. A true departure from the usual format of the Final Fantasy games, XV saw the return to a massive, open world and player freedom, with all manner of gameplay features that meshed together...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. A prequel to the almost universally adored Life is Strange, Before the Storm is a smaller outing this time, consisting of only three episodes. It focuses on Chloe as the protagonist, as well as Rachel, a name anyone who’s played the original game will be very familiar with. Rachel was the girl who went missing in the first game, and Bef...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. If ever there was a time where I wish I could be playing a video game again for the first time, this is it. Shadow of the Colossus, as magnificent as it is both as a game and a piece of art (yes, video games can be art!), is a game that is never as good as that first time playing it. That’s not to say it’s not worth revisiting, I have done so...[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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