Aaron Birch

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Yakuza 0 review: Wanna buy some used panties?

Already available in Japan for two years, we western fans of the long-running Yakuza series finally get a chance to experience the saga’s prequel, which functions as an origin story of the game’s main protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and the reoccurring madman, Goro Majima. Set in the late 80s, it’s a title framed by the era, with vibrant and neon-soaked locations, including the always...[Read More]

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Final Fantasy XV review: More than just a sausage party?

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. When your game has been in development for more than 10 years, has had name changes and several delays, it’s hard enough to live up to the hype. When your game is one of the most famous, successful, and highly anticipated RPG series of all time, it’s even more of a challenge. This is the mammoth task that falls on Square Enix̵...[Read More]

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Dishonored 2 review: Look into my eyes…

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. The Thief series is one of my favourites of all time. Up to and including Deadly Shadows, I’ve always found it to be the best overall stealth game around, mixing the immersion of FPS with the inherent tension of trying to remain undetected whilst you move like a ghost through the shadows. The series boasted fantastic level design and so...[Read More]

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Farming Simulator 17 review: I’ve got a brand new combine harvester…

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Yeah, we’re doing this. We’re going to review a farming simulator. Why? Well, why not? Farms are important, and stuff, and I have to admit, there’s something about the whole idea that’s got me interested to see what it’s all about. So, where better to start than with one of the best? According to the box, anyway....[Read More]

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Skyrim: Special Edition review: Shout, shout, let it all out

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I think we can all agree on one thing – Skyrim is one of the most accomplished and downright excellent RPGs ever created. It rules the open world genre with a dragon bone fist, and has one of the most amazingly detailed and believable worlds, as well as some of the deepest lore around. Stepping foot into the world is like visiting a real plac...[Read More]

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Batman: Return to Arkham review: Na na na na na NAH

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s become all too common for publishers to take the easy route and remaster everything in their back-catalogue to make a quick buck. Sometimes, this may not be out of laziness, but is instead the result of the fan base demanding it, such as the recent re-release Skyrim, or the older release of games like Dark Souls II (still waiting for Dark So...[Read More]

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WWE 2K17 review: So close, yet so far

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. I’ve been playing the WWE games for years, and as a big fan of the series I, like so many, have also become somewhat disappointed in each year’s promise of new engines and radical new features, only to be given yet another lazy touch up. In fact, after the terribly streamlined and gutted WWE 2K15, I opted to skip last year’s...[Read More]

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration review: No place like home

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Crystal Dynamics’ managed to do something very rare with its reboot of one of the most beloved series of all time. It’s 2013 Tomb Raider not only managed to reboot the series with a very successful, gritty and more realistic design for Lara Croft, but it managed to do this whilst also delivering a great game in the process. The re...[Read More]

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Dead Rising review: I’ve covered wars, y’know!

Reviewed on PS4. Copy supplied by publisher.  You’re stood still, sweat dripping from your brow. Your hand bears the bruises of gripping your trusty baseball bat too hard, and your only remaining bullet is the one you’re saving for the inevitable should the worst happen. Ahead of you in the local game store they wait, hundreds of them. Filling up the room, greatly outnumbering the othe...[Read More]

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BioShock Collection review: Would you kindly?

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. The original BioShock, for me, is one of those games that can never be praised enough. Although at heart it hasn’t actually done anything radically new, being as it is a spiritual successor to the simply stunning and objectively superior System Shock 1 and 2, it took the core ideas of the sci-fi series and twisted it into one of them mo...[Read More]

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Destiny: Rise of Iron review: Return to the light

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. Bungie’s divisive online shooter, Destiny, has its fair share of critics, with even hardcore players solidly invested in the sci-fi epic often bemoaning the game’s shortcomings. This was no more apparent than the game’s very shaky first year, in which many of the mechanics were shoddy, and the general content was bland and u...[Read More]

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Resident Evil 4 review: Like a fine wine

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s hard to believe that Resident Evil has had such a titanic fall from grace. Once one of the most respected, and successful series in gaming, popularising the survival horror genre, Capcom’s money spinner has since become an industry laughing stock, with poor release after poor release. Aside from Revelations, which was actually pretty g...[Read More]

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