25th Oct2017

PLAY Expo Manchester 2017: ‘Lightseekers’ Hands-On

by Kat Wheat

Lightseekers is an epic action and adventure role playing game for mobile and tablet that connects smart action figures, accessories, augmented reality trading cards. Imagine Pokemon meets Skylanders… Card Game Thrown in at the deep end, bombarded with instructions on how to play the game from one of the assists on the stand at PLAY […]

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24th Oct2017

‘Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

The console re-release of an existing mobile game, with added co-op AND “arena” modes – hence the Arena Edition tag – Squareboy vs. Bullies is an 8-bit style old-school side-scrolling beat ‘em-up that looks and plays like Double Dragon meets Super Meatboy. The game sees you play as the titular Squareboy who finds himself standing […]

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23rd Oct2017

‘Super Ping Pong Trick Shot’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

The third game in the Ping Pong Trick Shot series (the two previous entries appeared on the 3DS), Super Ping Pong Trick Shot is essentially, for want of a better word, one of the first true examples of shovelware on the Nintendo Switch. Fun and addictive shovelware, but shovelware nonetheless. The aim of the game […]

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20th Oct2017

‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’ Review (Xbox One)

by Matthew Smail

Like most sequels, South Park: The Fractured But Whole clearly suffers from the usual questions about how closely it should follow in its predecessors footsteps, whilst still doing enough to justify itself as a standalone product. It answers these questions rather neatly, presenting players with an experience that is similar to 2014′s South Park: The […]

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19th Oct2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Oxenfree’ 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 Oxenfree, which has recently made its debut on the Nintendo Switch. It’s rare for me to become emotionally attached to games, […]

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19th Oct2017

‘Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

A spin-off from the Touhou Project, aka Project Shrine Maiden, franchise – originally a bullet-hell shmup series that now incorporates a myriad of media including over 16 video games across multiple formats, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a 3D fighting game that pits cute anime characters against each other in a bullet hell/beat ‘em-up […]

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17th Oct2017

PLAY Expo Manchester 2017: ‘Raging Justice’ Hands-On

by Phil Wheat

I’ve been playing games for over 30 years, from my very first home computer back in the mid-80, the ZX81, to my current consoles, the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, and in all that time, like may other gamers, I’ve come to know what games I’m good at and what games I’m not. And more importantly, […]

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16th Oct2017

‘Ninja Shodown’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Not to be confused with the legendarily terrible Flash game Ninja Showdown, Ninja Shodown is an appealing, super-fast-paced hack ‘n’ slash party game from UK-based developer Bitmap Bureau. The controls are simple: jump, sword-swipe, shuriken and special. The shoulder buttons also give you access to a virtually useless block move, as well as an amusingly […]

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13th Oct2017

‘Tumblestone’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Originally released on consoles and PC in 2016, Tumblestone is an ostensibly simple match-3 puzzle game, which becomes devilishly challenging very quickly. Each level is made up of a selection of differently-coloured tiles. You must move your character from side to side, shooting three tiles of the same colour to make them disappear. However, you […]

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11th Oct2017

‘Sine Mora EX’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

First released in 2012 on the previous generation of consoles, Sine Mora EX is a beautiful, cinematic and modern bullet hell shoot-em-up that channels classic genre staples from 1942 to Ikaruga. I tend to find this kind of recent-release-remake fairly contrived due to a lack of new features but, obviously, this iteration of Sine Mora […]

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05th Oct2017

‘Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

I’ve always stayed away from a game like Guild Wars 2 because I’ve known the amount of time I’d have to put into it. The fact I love the “grind” of games makes me a prime target for the style of gameplay that Guild Wars requires. Giving into Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire though, […]

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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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