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PES 2015: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 4)

PES 2015: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 4)

A humdinger

With last year’s PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer opting to skip the PlayStation 4, Konami has had an extra year to consider its next-gen debut. Against the much more popular FIFA, PES has tended to trail slightly behind EA Sports’ juggernaut in recent years, catering to a much smaller section of the footballing market with its less...

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

A remastered oddysee

When the Oddworld franchise made the move to 3D, the developer decided that many of the older 2D mechanics needed to come along with it. Saving captured innocents while solving puzzles and farting way more than is funny was still the name of the game, only now there were beautiful, wide environments to explore and a new...

Tetris Ultimate (PlayStation 4)

Tetris Ultimate (PlayStation 4)

From Russia with indifference

The puzzle game used to be the staple of every platform’s portfolio. Be it Tetris, Columns, or Bust-a-Move, no console was complete without a score chasing outing of its own. In an age of Facebook and smartphones, though, those days are long gone, with Tetris the last bastion of a genre that’s largely been left...

Syberia (PlayStation Network)

Syberia (PlayStation Network)

Clickbait

Originally released in 2002, Syberia is one of the most fondly remembered examples of the point and click adventure game genre. With a clever story, and equally ingenious puzzles, it remains as relevant today as the day that it was released. But while the title itself makes a strong case for the revival of this antiquated style of...

Destiny: The Dark Below (PlayStation 4)

Destiny: The Dark Below (PlayStation 4)

We can see the bottom

It seems like you can't go a single day without seeing someone criticise Destiny. Bungie's shooter has been nothing if not divisive, but for all its flaws, many still enjoy scouring the same missions and maps in the hopes of buffing up their Guardian. If you're one of these players, then it goes without saying that this...

Resogun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Resogun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Pocket rocket

Housemarque’s cylindrical shooter Resogun is still one of the major highlights in the PlayStation 4’s library. Its simplistic mechanics epitomise the very idea of pick-up-and-play, while its flashy visuals and smooth performance make it something of a showcase for Sony’s next-gen hardware. The title’s oft-requested PlayStation...

Secret Ponchos (PlayStation 4)

Secret Ponchos (PlayStation 4)

All hat, no cattle

Secret Ponchos is a Spaghetti Western-themed multiplayer game that, at the point of its arrival on the PlayStation 4, is also available to play through the Early Access programme on Steam. This is a little worrying, as for all intents and purposes, the PC version isn’t considered ‘finished’, but yet the console edition is...

Rollers of the Realm (PlayStation 4)

Rollers of the Realm (PlayStation 4)

They see me rollin'

There are some unusual mash-ups of game genres out there that are either smashing successes or faltering failures. There are RPG third-person shooters like Mass Effect, hack-‘n’-slash action RPGs such as Darksiders II, and then there’s something like Destiny, an MMORPG open world first-person…well, you get the gist of...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

It's dangerous to go alone

WayForward has been toying with the Adventure Time property in games for a while now, and hasn’t quite managed to merge the show’s wacky personality with a compatible interactive experience up to this point. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom finally gets the pairing right, and while it’s not without...

BlazeRush (PlayStation Network)

BlazeRush (PlayStation Network)

Blaze of glory

Missiles and bullets flying past cars; monster trucks and flying saucers whizzing down tracks; collisions, crashes, and that all-important final lap overtake – this is BlazeRush, a brand new PlayStation 3 racer from Russian developer Targem Games. This drive-‘em-up offers a short story about underground racing and your...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PlayStation 4)

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PlayStation 4)

Bat to basics

The LEGO series has been on a roll lately, with multiple high scoring titles over the past 12 months or so. The question is: does LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham have what it takes to topple the others – or should it have simply stayed in the shadows? Contrary to LEGO game tradition, the story in this edition is fairly forgettable...

The Crew (PlayStation 4)

The Crew (PlayStation 4)

Thank you for driving dangerously

If you’ve ever fancied taking a coast-to-coast road trip across America, then you were probably excited by the announcement that Ubisoft's latest driving game The Crew was offering the chance to do just that. Even with its abbreviated version of the USA, the scale of its game world, coupled with the chance to tear...

Teslagrad (PlayStation 4)

Teslagrad (PlayStation 4)

Fatal attraction

Teslagrad’s opening scene is bold, beautiful, and utterly beguiling, cleverly drawing you into its world, without wasting a single second on needless exposition. Unfortunately – while certainly a lot of fun – the rest of the game fails to live up to the lofty precedent set by this prologue. It’s a shame, as hidden just below...

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PlayStation 4)

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PlayStation 4)

Take off your pants and jacket

Welcome back to the land of the undead and undressed, where you are a modern day vampire roaming the streets of Akihabara, stripping others of their finest threads. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed has been doing the rounds on Sony’s systems for a while now, finally arriving on the PlayStation 4 following a...

Speakeasy (PlayStation 4)

Speakeasy (PlayStation 4)

Don't lose your head

Speakeasy is what happens when you take a great idea, strip it of all but the very bare essentials necessary for it to work, and then release it at about ten times its worth and hope that people buy it based on the premise alone. If it were free-to-play, you’d feel ripped off. This game isn’t just bad, it’s insultingly...

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Jill sandwich, please, petrified with mixed herbs

Republished on Friday, 5th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 31st October 2013: Spencer Mansion, set deep in Raccoon Forest, looming loftily in the...

MediEvil (PSone)

MediEvil (PSone)

Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

Republished on Thursday, 4th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 19th October 2013: It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and...

WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

Republished on Thursday, 4th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release, Ultimate...