05th Oct2017

‘Project Cars 2′ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I’m not intentionally going directly to the end of this review (without passing Go! or collecting two hundred pounds) I feel like I simply must start by saying something that I would usually reserve for my conclusion. That something is the exclamation that Project Cars 2 is an exceptional game that has the better […]

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27th Sep2017

‘Distrust’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

If you’ve seen John Carpenter’s The Thing you’ll know that feeling of claustrophobic isolation that the film created so well. When looking for a fun game, this probably isn’t the experience you are looking for. Distrust looks to give just that, but thankfully doesn’t give up on the fun. When starting the game, you have […]

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26th Sep2017

‘WRC 7′ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Without putting too fine a point on it, WRC 7 is a hard game to recommend. I’m a huge fan of rally racing and rally games, yet the gameplay in Kyloton’s third installment of the WRC series (the others being WRC 5 and 6) feels as if it has barely advanced in three years. Considering […]

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20th Sep2017

Digital Shorts: ‘League of Evil’ 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 the popular League of Evil, released recently on the Nintendo Switch. Shovelware is a strong and unpleasant word. It conjures up […]

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19th Sep2017

Digital Shorts: ’36 Fragments of Midnight’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

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 36 Fragments of Midnight, a brand-new platform/puzzler on the Nintendo Switch. From Ratalaika Games, known most recently for the highly playable […]

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19th Sep2017

‘Baja: Edge of Control HD’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

A remastered version of the original off-road racer from 2008 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Baja: Edge of Control HD once again gives players the opportunity to race a myriad of off-raod vehicles around the globe on 100 tracks, nine open worlds and 1000 miles of drive-to-horizon landscape… I’ll admit, as someone who counts […]

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15th Sep2017

‘Last Day of June’ Review (PS4)

by Paul Metcalf

I don’t often start a review with a spoiler warning, but this time I feel I should. If you’ve not played Last Day of June, it is best to play it through before reading a review. If you are willing to have minor spoilers that will inevitably leak through, then you have been warned. Suffice […]

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12th Sep2017

‘Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (just Mask of Truth from here on in) is the rapid fire sequel to Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, which was released earlier this year. The original Utawarerumono was first released in 2004, but only came out in Japan, although a 26-part anime series and some other assets did make it west. For whatever reason, developer Aquaplus […]

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05th Sep2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Piczle Lines DX’ 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 Piczle Lines DX, a mobile puzzle game ported over to the Nintendo Switch Piczle Lines DX is a straightforward, single player […]

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04th Sep2017

‘Observer’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

When you think of Rutger Hauer, one of the first movies that springs to your mind is of course Blade Runner. This is probably one reason that he was picked to be the lead role in Observer. The first thing you notice in the game is that the game also feels very much like Blade […]

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31st Aug2017

‘Yakuza Kiwami’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

For fans of the Yakuza series, things have been rather rosey lately. In Yakuza Zero (launched earlier this year) the series finally brought together complex fighting, interesting plot, visual appeal and lasting challenge in a package that appealed to gamers the world over. Enter Yakuza Kiwami, which clearly intends to build upon the success of […]

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29th Aug2017

‘Rabi-Ribi’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

In Rabi-Ribi, players control Erina, a so-called “Bunny Girl” who begins the game trapped inside a cardboard box, having been transformed from an actual bunny into her current, humanoid form. It’s a weird intro, and the very basic pixel art of the main game juxtaposes with the finely drawn, anime-style stills of Erina kneeling in […]

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22nd Aug2017

‘White Day: A Labyrinth Named School’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

As far as walking simulators go, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School easily ranks among the scariest that I’ve ever played, and believe it or not, it’s actually one of the oldest. You see the 2017 PS4 version of White Day is actually a remake – a remake of a remake in fact. The original game was launched in […]

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21st Aug2017

‘Agents of Mayhem’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Agents of Mayhem is the latest outing from Volition Studios, the creators of the much loved Saints Row series of games. Oddly, whilst it’s set in the same world and features interlinking characters, Agents of Mayhem works hard to distance itself from the Saints games in structure and gameplay. As an example, it features a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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