Game Reviews

Street Fighter 5 review

In moving Street Fighter into the next generation, Capcom has rejigged the famous fighting game series not just in its core combat, but in its structure – each with varying success. The match to match fighting, as you’d expect from Capcom, is brilliant. It’s just a shame that features you’d expect to be included at […]

Layers of Fear review

If a tree falls in a forest with nobody present, does it make a noise? Does the moon exist when there’s no-one to look at it? And is the hallway behind me still an ominous jumble of ornate casements and baleful oil paintings, or has it turned into something else? Layers of Fear makes space […]

Firewatch review

Her first question is: what’s wrong with you? That’s Delilah, Henry’s new boss, talking to him over the radio as he takes in his surroundings. As luck would have it, I knew exactly what was wrong with him. I’d spent the game’s opening minutes choosing between quiet human tragedies in order to give Henry a […]

Unravel review

A promising but, in the end, disposable cousin of Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet, Unravel is built around the idea that love is literally a thread – a spool of shimmering red yarn that usefully doubles as a grappling line. Your task as the game’s adorable (if vaguely demonic-looking) doll protagonist is to save a lonely old […]

Gravity Rush Remastered review

This might seem an odd thing to write, but Bluepoint Games is currently one of my favourite developers. You can bemoan the circumstances that this Austin, Texas remaster specialist is profiting from – the holes that, two years in, continue to gape in Sony’s internal game production schedule for PlayStation 4, with multiple major projects […]

Not a Hero review

Not a Hero is released on PlayStation 4 this week. Here’s our review of the PC game, first published on 14th May 2015. All of the action in Not a Hero is precipitated by Bunnylord, an anthropomorphised purple rabbit that wants to win elections by fighting crime. Well, by your fighting crime on his behalf […]

Cobalt review

At first, Cobalt feels wonderfully rambling and wayward, a game that has clearly relaxed into a lengthy development and then decided to just spread out a little. I get the impression its developers have followed whims, and so: campaign, multiplayer modes, challenges. Guns, throwables, melee. Pets, lockpicking, hacking games, loot, stealth, active-reloads, co-op, block-mining, in-game […]

American Truck Simulator review

Other games have promised the free-spirited thrill of the open road, but few have delivered it quite so well as SCS Software’s truck simulator series. Maybe it’s something in the mundane honesty of their sojourns, where long stretches of tarmac between the likes of Southampton and Sheffield pass by with a soporific hum while you […]

The Westport Independent review

Though Pravda is well-known as the Russian Communist Party’s official newspaper, it’s always worth remembering that it didn’t start out like that. Pravda was initially a magazine that covered the arts, literature and society-at-large, before being taken over at editorial level by Bolsheviks and becoming the organ of record for tractor production. At some point […]

XCOM 2 review

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I discovered a tell. Very occasionally, when you go to take a shot with one of your soldiers, you’re treated to a little cinematic camerawork. This being an XCOM game, half the time that means watching your rookie shoot through a wall, or point their gun in some impossible direction. But […]

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak review

If Deserts of Kharak’s development mutation was a difficult, complex or painful one, it certainly doesn’t show. Originally known as Hardware: Shipbreakers, the game was transformed into a Homeworld prequel after Canadian developers Blackbird Interactive were handed the license by the mighty Gearbox (outbidding some prestigious peers to snatch it from the still warm grip […]

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