Reviews

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]

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]

XCOM 2 review: Unfairly good

Reviewed on: PC There will be few moments in your life when you’ll be required to make decisions as huge, and under the same amounts of pressure, as ones you’ll make when playing XCOM 2. Will you take the 50/50 shot to kill an enemy pinning down a team mate, hold your ground and only fire defensively or relocate to a better position but also expose your flank? Could another team mate b...[Read More]

Firewatch review: Time for a nice, terrifying stroll

Reviewed on: PC Within the first 10 minutes, I knew Firewatch had me in its grasp. Much like the opening to Pixar’s Up, Firewatch introduces a cute, if implausible, story of new love that mere minutes of exposition later broke my heart. The game hadn’t really even begun yet and already I knew it was going to be something special. While I can’t say I felt exactly the same way by t...[Read More]

Unravel review: We’re not crying, you’re crying

  Don’t let its appearance pull the wool over your eyes, Unravel is perhaps one of the realest experiences to hit the gaming market in a long time. Developed by Swedish developers Coldwood Interactive and published by EA, this narrative driven platformer/puzzle game hybrid is a refreshing and emotionally packed experience that will equally captivate you and make you want to scream uncon...[Read More]

The Witness review – a beautiful challenge

Reviewed on: Playstation 4   *Approaches a puzzle* All right, a new puzzle. What have you got for me… *Tests a few possible solutions* OK, no good. What am I missing… *Applies the logic taught by the tutorials for tens of minutes, to no avail* Goddamn it, this is impossible! IT MAKES NO SENSE! STUFF THIS, THIS IS STUPID, PUZZLES ARE STUPID, STUPID STUPID STU- hang on… *Tries...[Read More]

The Bug Butcher: One of the best 2D indie shooters you’ll play

  The Bug Butcher is one of those indie games that you might not pay attention to. On the surface it sounds like so many other games, you play as a masked character tasked with clearing out waves of aliens with a range of laser based weapons. Doesn’t exactly sound groundbreaking, does it? However once you start playing The Bug Butcher, you realise that the devs at Awfully Nice Studios h...[Read More]

Fast Racing Neo review

– Stefan Bradley Reviewed on: Wii U Cue the comparisons to Nintendo’s F-Zero franchise, as well as Sony’s WipEout. Like those two series, Fast Racing Neo is all about futuristic vehicles racing at extreme speeds to a soundtrack fusing rock and electronic music. F-Zero hasn’t seen a new game since F-Zero Climax on the GBA, but most of us fondly remember F-Zero GX as the peak...[Read More]

Pocket Mortys review: Wubalubadubdub

  We usually don’t cover mobile games, and for good reason, in general they are terrible. When apps first became a thing with the release of smart phones there was a brief golden age of free content that wasn’t riddled with ads, but now mobile releases have been tarnished with ungodly amounts of microtransactions and clones of Flappy Bird. Don’t get me wrong, there have been...[Read More]

Ori and the Blind Forest review – so beautiful, so cruel…

Welcome to “January Back Catalogue”, where we’re taking advantage of this quiet release month by catching up on all the games we’ve been meaning to play. Reviewed on: PC Ori and the Blind Forest featured in so many people’s game of the year lists that I just had to try it out. Any side-scrolling indie game that garners that much attention must surely be worth my time. And it certainly was, p...[Read More]

Hardware: Rivals review

  You may have read Hardware: Rivals is a lot like Rocket League, and I understand why. Both were free upon release for PSN members and feature cars, but that’s about where the similarities end, confusing the two past that is like mistaking a Rob Schneider film for something fit for human consumption. Rocket League was one of my favourite games of the year in 2015, and I can say safely ...[Read More]

Hard West review: XCOM meets The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Welcome to “January Back Catalogue”, where we’re taking advantage of this quiet release month by catching up on all the games we’ve been meaning to play.   Many of you may not know about Hard West, a turn-based strategy title from Creative Forge games, that released on Steam way back on November 19. That day ring a bell? It should, it was the launch day of Star Wars Battlefront and anyt...[Read More]

Fat Princess Adventures review

  I’m not too sure where to start with this review, every fiber of my being wanted the latest addition to PlayStation’s exclusive Fat Princess series to be good, not that Fat Princess Adventures is terrible, but it just isn’t Fat Princess as we know it. Fat Princess Adventures has seen the beloved capture the flag style multiplayer game turned into a RPGish hack and slash ga...[Read More]

Rainbow 6: Siege review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

– Aaron Birch Bringing a classic franchise back to life for both existing and new audiences is never going to be an easy challenge, especially one that’s as unique and revolutionary as Rainbow 6. First released on PC back in 1998, Rainbow Six has always been about tactical realism. A single bullet can kill, and one wrong move can lead to mission failure. The series has also thrust co-o...[Read More]

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