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Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Yorigami killer

Another dungeon crawling role-playing game from Japanese developer Experience, Ray Gigant is a good entry point to an often complex genre, boasting streamlined mechanics, an enjoyable story, and decent cast of characters. Adding to the Vita's already crowded catalogue of Japanese titles, does this tale of teenagers and colossal...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (PS4)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (PS4)

It's y'arrrrrrrrlright

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a 2D side-scroller in the classic Metroidvania vein, but with a whimsical story and an anarchic sense of humour that helps separate it from the pack. Taking on the role of a half-genie named Shantae, you'll spend approximately ten hours exploring various islands, solving puzzles in dungeons,...

Severed (PS Vita)

Severed (PS Vita)

'Armless

The main character in Severed is missing an arm; we're going to assume that it fell off following a particularly furious session with Drinkbox Studios' latest game. This colourful PlayStation Vita exclusive has grand aspirations: it's a first-person dungeon crawler with Punch Out!!-esque combat and enough crafting to momentarily capture the...

Alienation (PS4)

Alienation (PS4)

"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters"

Housemarque is renowned for a couple of things: its consistently brilliant arcade titles with incredibly moreish gameplay, and its gloriously colourful visual effects. The Finnish developer's body of work is a kaleidoscopic tour-de-force, the games as vibrant as they are deceptively deep. It should...

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Eclipse (PS4)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Eclipse (PS4)

Sins of the sun

With game releases picking up around this time of year, Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC is a tough sell when you could be experiencing the whimsical magic of Ratchet & Clank or the masochistic beauty of Dark Souls III – and rightly so, considering that the strangely-named Eclipse isn't very special at all. The sun doesn't shine...

Enter the Gungeon (PS4)

Enter the Gungeon (PS4)

You're fired

Releasing an indie roguelike in 2016 is tough. There are already several almost perfect and incredibly popular entries in the genre floating around in the wild. Indeed, not only is the market flooded, it's flooded with liquid gold. Thankfully, Enter the Gungeon not only borrows good ideas from its peers, it also plays enough new tricks...

Pang Adventures (PS4)

Pang Adventures (PS4)

Having a ball

Pang always seemed like a strange name for the then-popular game about bursting deadly alien bubbles. The word not only sounds like the perfect title for a shameless rip-off of Pong, but it means "a sudden, strong feeling of physical or emotional pain". When the original game was released in the US back in 1989, it adopted the name...

KOI (PS4)

KOI (PS4)

A missed oppor-tuna-ty

With the introduction of consoles to China comes a new market of consumers and drastically increased marketing opportunities, but also a bigger development pool. KOI's claim to fame, then, is that it's the first Chinese-developed game to be published in the West for PlayStation 4. It perhaps fits that a country often...

LOUD on Planet X (PS4)

LOUD on Planet X (PS4)

Avengers ensemble

With the retail space seeing a resurgence in rhythm games – Guitar Hero and Rock Band most notably – it's good to see an indie developer trying to tackle the long-abandoned genre, too. Step forward LOUD on Planet X, a Plants vs. Zombies, Crypt of the Necrodancer hybrid created by one of the developers of Sound Shapes – an...

Unepic (PS4)

Unepic (PS4)

Er, unepic?

Unepic begins with a few friends playing a table top RPG over one or two beers. Our hero, Daniel, gets up to use the bathroom and, mid-toilet break, the lights suddenly go out. He's in the dark feeling around for a light switch when he discovers that he's not actually in the bathroom that he was in before. Daniel has been magically...

Dark Souls III (PS4)

Dark Souls III (PS4)

Ashes to ashes

Dark Souls II was a tremendous video game – so good in fact that we happily played through it twice thanks to a timely HD remaster – but for some Souls fans, something wasn't quite right. It lacked the focus of the sublime original it was argued, and when it came to finding a scapegoat, such critics didn't have to look far...

Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Outsider art

Stranger of Sword City does a great job of living up to its name. Trapped in a weird, rather haunting fantasy world, you're constantly made to feel like an outsider – someone that's stumbled into a series of events that they can't quite comprehend. This is a dungeon crawler with an atmospheric edge, and although it doesn't do a great...

Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

Everything old is new again

With the release of Ratchet & Clank on the PlayStation 4, this long time Sony series has amazingly managed to go full circle all the way back to where it started in 2002. Re-visiting the first game – and the origin story for the famous space-adventuring duo – this re-imagining of their debut just so happens to be...

Resident Evil 6 (PS4)

Resident Evil 6 (PS4)

Knocked for six

How did this happen? No, really – how did this happen? Resident Evil 6, the most recent numbered entry in Capcom's iconic survival horror series, is an unmitigated mess – a real turd of a game that's so downright bad that it beggars belief. You'd think that with the series celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the publisher...

R.B.I. Baseball 16 (PS4)

R.B.I. Baseball 16 (PS4)

We'll let this slide

R.B.I. Baseball 16 is a game of pure baseball simulation, opposed to MLB: The Show's more gleaming, polished take on the sport. While its Sony-backed competitor is innovating, R.B.I. is content with treading water and refining its gameplay – which is by no means a bad thing, considering how easy it is to pick up and play this...

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 5: Order Up! (PS4)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 5: Order Up! (PS4)

Blockheaded

Telltale released the first four episodes of its Minecraft series fairly quickly – within three months, actually – but opted to wait several months before deploying the fifth episode. We've slung our fair share of criticisms at this series, but one of our biggest complaints was that Episode Four felt like the end of Season One; the...

DiRT Rally (PS4)

DiRT Rally (PS4)

We rally, rally like it

DiRT Rally is a beast – a beautiful, brilliant, and breath-taking beast that will humble you, drive you mad, and leave you grinning like an idiot once you master it's brutally tough driving challenges. Think Bloodborne but with cars and you'll understand the punishing pleasures awaiting those brave enough to strap in and...

Nights of Azure (PS4)

Nights of Azure (PS4)

Take back the night

Nights of Azure is a Japanese role-playing game set in a world where demons are taking over the night. As with any JRPG, there's a lot of lore to get your head around – so buckle in. The game is set after the defeat of the Ruler of the Night, who, once beaten, showered the world in his blue blood. Those who came into contact...