Reviews

Played on Nintendo Switch, copy purchased. Hotline Miami is one of my favourite indie games, the top down shooter has a great art style, addictively hard combat and just a touch of perverse humour. So when I learned that Mr. Shifty developed by Team Shifty and produced by tinyBuild Games, was a Hotline Miami style shooter with the addition of superpowers, I was intrigued. Mr. Shifty is in a lot of...[Read More]

Reviewed on Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  There’s something special about Mario Kart, it’s one of those rare series that transcends typical games by being so accessible it’s virtually a mandatory social experience. A perfect mix of skill, luck and chaos, it’s managed to stay a relevant Nintendo staple since 1992, and in my opinion, Mario Kart 8 stands out as the pinna...[Read More]

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Come on Tom, I thought, squatting anxiously in a barrel for what seemed like the millionth time during my playthrough of Outlast 2. You haven’t got much battery power left for your camera, and the more you use it to locate that lunatic stalking you, the sooner you’ll have none left at all. Either you hop out now and risk soiling yourself in ...[Read More]

Geek culture loves a good crossover, and seeing two previously unrelated worlds collide, with well-known characters who would otherwise never meet often creates some excellent stories. Just look at the multitude of crossovers between DC and Marvel, and how popular these stories are. Video games are no strangers to this, with high profile crossovers like Nintendo’s Smash Bros series successfu...[Read More]

Played on Nintendo 3DS, copy supplied by publisher. Bye-Bye BoxBoy! is the third and final installment in the BoxBoy puzzle platforming series, which are downloadable titles on the Nintendo 3DS. Created by Kirby developers Hal Laboratory, the series centres on a BoxBoy named Qbby (pronounced “Cubey”) creating duplicates of his box body to traverse a series of puzzles to reach the end of 100+ stage...[Read More]

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  Enter the Gungeon was a critical success when released on PC and PS4 in 2016, it even made my top three games of the year list. Well, good news for Xbox One players who may have missed out, the dodge rolling bullet fest is now on Xbox One, and it’s still just as good. I won’t go balls to the wall with detail here, as the initial review...[Read More]

Something that almost everybody will go through at some point in their life is the loss of someone close to them. This is something that PaperSeven’s Blackwood Crossing explores with two orphaned children, the young boy Finn and his teenage sister Scarlet, the latter of which the player inhabits as they find themselves on a mysterious and seemingly magical train. Blackwood Crossing markets itself ...[Read More]

Reviewed on: Playstation 4. Copy supplied by publisher. As someone who was a huge fan of Bioware’s original Mass Effect trilogy, despite its ultimately unsatisfying conclusion, I had some high hopes going in to Mass Effect Andromeda. I was looking forward to diving back into a sci-fi universe packed with inter-species politics, engaging characters and some real chin-scratching ethical dilemm...[Read More]

Played on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  Putting players in control of adorable little cubes, Death Squared is pretty much a hate crime against controllers. The challenging puzzle game will test patience beyond measure, which makes it all the more rewarding when you successfully navigate the creative levels. With single player and co-op options, Death Squared has story and exhibition modes at t...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  It’s important to note before we begin here: I’ve played many previous Persona games (and the wider, Megami Tensei titles), and have never found myself sucked into the allure like others. The series is seen as one of the best examples of the JRPG by so many, and it’s amassed a huge following. So much so that, even in a year promising ...[Read More]

Functioning as a grand send off of the Dark Souls series, The Ringed City is the final DLC for Dark Souls III, and probably the last DLC for the series, ever. Dark Souls is being retired according the game’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki. As such, the DLC has the job of delivering the fitting send-off the acclaimed series deserves. Like Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City is not for the faint o...[Read More]

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by PlayStation.  Taking you to a time where herds of robot goats gracefully stalk post-apocalyptic ruins, Horizon Zero Dawn has a rich setting and compelling narrative. On paper the premise of robot dinosaurs mingling with tribes of cavemen is kind of silly, it seems like something I would have day dreamed about as an eight year old Fortunately, Guerrilla Games have ...[Read More]

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