Reviews

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I should probably be up front and establish that I have never played Knack’s first outing, as it came out on the PS4 as a launch title before I had bought the system, and nobody was being particularly kind to the game either. Thankfully Knack II had my back, displaying a charming little intro as you start the game giving the cliffs notes vers...[Read More]

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher. It was a pretty soul destroying moment when I realised that – despite playing games everyday for around 25 years – I’m still not good at them. In particular, I’m not good at Absolver. I’d go so far as to say that I’m extremely bad at Absolver. The stylistic online brawling game is tough, especially for new players, and...[Read More]

Pinned down in a ruined city, my squad need to make it to an extraction point. In their way is a small army of alien fighters, a horde of zombies and a bloodthirsty warlord who turns invisible at the drop of a hat. It’s safe to say that not everyone made it out, and both digital and very real emotions were shredded in the process. Revisiting XCOM 2 has been like cutting open a barely healed ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Following on from the recent Yakuza 0, a prequel to the existing series of games, we now find ourselves right back at square one with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the very first Yakuza game that first appeared on PS2 back in 2006. Using the same engine and visual updates of Yakuza 0, Kiwami is a full-blown overhaul of the first game in the seri...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Ubisoft. Mixing Nintendo’s flagship plumber with Ubisoft’s annoying mascots was a questionable choice on paper, however in execution Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the best titles to hit the Switch to date, and that’s saying something. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an engaging, charming and addictive strategic RPG, howev...[Read More]

With no sign of the return of Saint’s Row following the fourth game’s DLC, Gat out of Hell, Volition’s sandbox has been missed by its fans, and those who enjoyed the series’ less than serious take on the often gritty or realistically violent genre. Luckily, here we have the answer, in the form of Volition’s new IP, Agents of Mayhem. Set in the same shared universe as Saint&...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I have a very troubled relationship with racing games. Like I said in my Driveclub VR review, I don’t really like the kind of racing games hardcore fans of the genre like. You know, the “simulators”, where careful attention has been made to make sure the cars feel like real cars, where spinning out and crashing is considered...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t enjoyed Sonic  for a good decade or so. The Sega franchise has taken some pretty strange twists and turns in its lifetime, and – in my opinion – could’t really compete with the success of that Italian plumber everyone likes. Sonic Mania however is a return to form, going back to the basics and rees...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Developed with the aid of neuroscientists and experts in the field of mental health, it’s fair to say Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice isn’t your typical game. Going into it, I had purposely avoided a lot of the run up to the release, as I found the premise very exciting, and wanted to be as fresh as I could to the experience. A...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Xbox One I had almost no idea what Tacoma was about prior to playing it. I’d watched the trailers and read a little bit about it but only garnered that it’s a walking-simulator style game set in space, and that it’s developed by the same team that created Gone Home, Fullbright Company. It’s certainly reminiscent of Gone Home, only set on a space station and with more dialogue. A lot m...[Read More]

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Splatoon 2 is a harrowing shooter in which mutated child soldiers battle it out to make their colour reign supreme. Or it’s a lighthearted ink filled mess, read into it however you want. What it most certainly is though, is a load of good fun. Admittedly I didn’t really get heavily into the original Splatoon, which is surprising ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4 Final Fantasy sure is undergoing something of a resurgence of late. There have been a whole host of releases from Square Enix for its flagship RPG series, not least of which is the excellent Final Fantasy XV. Alongside this, and titbits of news about the in development remaster of the beloved Final Fantasy VII, we now have Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, a remaster of...[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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