17th Aug2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Sine Mora EX’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Sine Mora EX, the extended version of the critically acclaimed original shmup. First released in 2012 on the previous generation of […]

14th Aug2017

‘Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

Witness life in a Castle Town as it grows from quiet and peaceful to bustling and prosperous. Reside during missions and prepare for the next battle or talk to the officers and townspeople to gain a deeper insight into their daily lives. The fear of war and the celebration of victory both have their own […]

07th Aug2017

‘Fate/Extella: Umbral Star’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Expanding upon the extensive Fate universe with an original story from acclaimed series writer Kinoko Nasu (of Fate/stay night fame), Fate/EXTELLA: Umbral Star takes place after the events described in Fate/EXTRA, and depicts the world as it appears following that previous Holy Grail War. Told from the independent perspectives of the three heroine Servants, the […]

07th Aug2017

‘Slime-san’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

This amorphous oddity was released on Steam in April, and now it’s squirmed onto Nintendo Switch. A fairly playable mashup of Super Meat Boy, Downwell and Life of Pixel (with a hint of Shovel Knight), Slime-san is a devilish retro-modern platformer with an old school aesthetic, new school flaws, and a predictably insane difficulty crest. […]

04th Aug2017

‘Next Up Hero’ Beta Preview

by Paul Metcalf

It seems these days that anything can be crowdfunded, it gives the chance for things that may not get funded to actual go into production. Next Up Hero takes the idea of using a crowd, and use them to complete procedurally created gaming sessions. Creating something that feels unique in gaming. The idea of creating […]

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02nd Aug2017

‘Namco Museum’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

A staple of a number of console generations – previous iterations have appeared on consoles before, including on PS2 and Nintendo DS – Namco Museum (released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch) features catalogue favourites from Namco’s classic arcade collection, including PAC-MAN, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaga ‘88, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, […]

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01st Aug2017

‘Splatoon 2′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It’s only been a couple of years since Splatoon washed up on Wii U and became an instant cult hit. A very, very Nintendo take on the arena shooter, it didn’t involve regular “killing”. Rather, the player controlled an Inkling: a humanoid creature with an arsenal of superpowered paintball weapons. The paint could destroy NPCs […]

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31st Jul2017

‘Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

When the re-release of Final Fantasy XII was announced, I really began to wonder if I had been living under a rock at the time of the original release, way back in 2006. I’ve always been a huge Final Fantasy fan, and I love FF VII, VIII, IX, X and X-2. What I really don’t know, upon reflection, is why I never played XII. There […]

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17th Jul2017

‘Vaccine’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Find a vaccine for your infected friend before the time runs out, but be aware your friend will relapse sooner or later and you will have to find a new vaccine in a new randomly rebuilt house. Will you be able uncover the mystery to save your friend once and for all? Sounds easy right? […]

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14th Jul2017

‘Accel World vs Sword Art Online’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

There are many famous crossovers in gaming history, and whilst many of them are flawed, some (such as Marvel vs Capcom 2, Battletoads vs. Double Dragon and many more) are sublime. I’d never played either an Accel World or a Sword Art Online game when I came into Accel World vs Sword Art Online, so […]

10th Jul2017

Digital Shorts: ‘I and Me’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at I and Me, an interesting new puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch. I and Me is a platform puzzle game based […]

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10th Jul2017

Digital Shorts: ‘GoNNER’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at GoNNER, a new roguelike game for the Nintendo Switch. GoNNER is the first two-dimensional roguelike that I’ve played in a long […]

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07th Jul2017

‘Drive Girls’ Review (PS Vita)

by Guest

Review by Dave Aubrey There have been times in my life where I’ve seen a piece of machinery and felt something. Perhaps a throb of the heart, a mild chill down my spine as I see some fantastic specimen of modern technology spring to life. It happened when I first turned on a new high-end […]

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04th Jul2017

‘Perception’ Review (PS4)

by Paul Metcalf

If you’ve played the Outcast or Amnesia games then you’ll know all too well the experience of running through corridors escaping an unknown entity. Perception is a similar game, but to complicate things it removes your vision, and pushes you into the world of the unknown. In Perception, you play the role of Cassie, a […]

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30th Jun2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Toby, The Secret Mine’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Toby, The Secret Mine – an indie game finally making an appearance on the PS4. Considering that Toby, The Secret Mine […]

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29th Jun2017

Digital Shorts: ‘I Want to be Human’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at I Want to be Human– a new ndie game that’s just arrived on the Plaustation 4. I Want to be Human […]

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21st Jun2017

‘Arms’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Nearly four months after the launch of Switch, Nintendo’s system gets its first major first-party exclusive (let’s ignore 1-2 Switch) – and it’s a cracker. A cartoon one-on-one (or two-on-two) fighting game with stretchy limbs, bulging eyes, mad music and gibberish voices, it’s as colourful, accessible and unputdownable as anything the Kyoto gaming gods have […]

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16th Jun2017

‘DiRT 4′ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Right from the beginning, DiRT 4 obviously seeks to build on the success of the critically acclaimed DiRT Rally, whilst simultaneously reaching for the more mainstream audience of the previous entries in the series. It’s a much calmer experience than the other numbered entries, and where the art of the traditional rally has lost ground […]

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09th Jun2017

‘Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

If you’re going to emulate a classic series like Diablo, you might as well get it right. So many action RPG’s have sought to recreate the same kind of balance between combat, advancement and loot collection of Blizzard’s revered classic, but few of them are able to match the formula. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is […]

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07th Jun2017

‘Zheros’ Review (PS4)

by Paul Metcalf

If, like me, you loved beat’em ups and miss the days of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage – where the focus was to just beat up the bad guys and have some fun – well Zheros is a fairly generic throwback to that same idea of hitting things till they blow up, […]

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06th Jun2017

‘The Town of Light’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

I have a love/hate relationship with walking simulators at the best of times, but a particular bugbear of mine is when they perform badly, which is almost always on consoles. From Layers of Fear to Firewatch, I’ve played some cracking games that were ruined because of poor console conversions. The Town of Light is firmly […]

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01st Jun2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Oh… Sir!! The Insult Simulator’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Oh… Sir!! The Insult Simulator – an indie game making the move from a very successful PC release to PS4 and […]

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