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Slain: Back from Hell (PS4)

Slain: Back from Hell (PS4)

Still in hell

Slain: Back from Hell is a game that captures your attention immediately. It's a heavy metal inspired 2D hack-and-slash with some of the most beautiful pixel graphics and art design that you'll see. In an age where games using the pixel-art style are a dime a dozen, Slain stands out from the crowd not only with its metal aesthetic, but...

Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 2: Children of Arkham (PS4)

Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 2: Children of Arkham (PS4)

Cobblehot

Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered, y'know? The second instalment of Telltale's burgeoning Batman yarn wastes no time reminding you of the most pivotal point in DC Comics lore, with brooding billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne casting a shadow over Crime Alley. Fortunately, the episode quickly deviates from the banal backstory that's been...

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (PS4)

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (PS4)

Oh dear oh dear

The PlayStation 4 release of Dear Esther sits in a bit of an odd place. The game originally released in early 2012 on the PC and many players will have already experienced its spiritual successor, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. This new version, dubbed the Landmark Edition, does include a few extras such as developer commentary but...

PES 2017: Pro Evolution Soccer (PS4)

PES 2017: Pro Evolution Soccer (PS4)

Klopp of the table

The Pro Evolution Soccer series has always seemed to play second fiddle to FIFA regardless of its quality, what with EA holding all of the licenses to the biggest football leagues in the world. Yet what PES 2017: Pro Evolution Soccer lacks in the licensing department, it makes up for in terms of pure footy fun and passion. An apt...

BioShock: The Collection (PS4)

BioShock: The Collection (PS4)

As above, so below

When it was released in 2007, BioShock was hailed as a masterpiece by the gaming press and remains to this day a high watermark for the story-driven shooter. A thematic follow up to cult PC game System Shock 2 with a story that explored the objectivist philosophies of Ayn Rand set in a world modelled after the bleak dystopia of...

RIVE (PS4)

RIVE (PS4)

Going out with a bang

There's a moment early on in RIVE where our protagonist self-acknowledges that there may be "one level of Asteroids too many", and he's not far from the mark. Contextually speaking, RIVE is like a smorgasbord of borrowed elements: the nuts, bolts and upgrades from Ratchet & Clank; the typical double jump aspect of just...

The Tomorrow Children (PS4)

The Tomorrow Children (PS4)

Russian around

The Tomorrow Children is something of a departure from Q-Games' vibrant, punchy, arcadey PixelJunk titles. This is a game far grander in scope, darker in tone, and more varied in gameplay than anything from the Japanese studio's previous gen efforts. It also explores new territory, treading the lines between genres and feeling...

MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (PS Vita)

MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (PS Vita)

MehQ

From Compile Heart, the developer of the reasonably popular Hyperdimension Neptunia series, comes a new game from a fresh intellectual property. MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is the story of a world that is suffering an eternal nighttime. Legend tells the story of a chosen Machina Mage who must turn the key to restart the world and restore order...

Fallout 4: Nuka World (PS4)

Fallout 4: Nuka World (PS4)

Capping things off

Fallout 4's selection of post-release content has been divisive. Many will tell you that far too much emphasis has been placed upon the title's settlement crafting system, while others will swear that Far Harbor is better than the main game. From where we're sitting, it feels like Bethesda's latest hasn't quite lived up to its...

Resident Evil 4 (PS4)

Resident Evil 4 (PS4)

A masterpiece revisited

"1998... I'll never forget it." Well, more like 2005 in regards to when this game first released, but you get where we're going with it. There was a time when the Resident Evil name was practically untarnished, full of conspiracy, originality, atmosphere, and downright excellent gameplay. Resident Evil 4 is no stranger to...

Jotun: Valhalla Edition (PS4)

Jotun: Valhalla Edition (PS4)

By Odin's beard

Have you ever realised how much Norse mythology penetrates popular culture? There are numerous spins on its gods in Marvel's movies, inspired elements taken from its races and characters in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels, and countless references spread across video games from Master Chief's Mjolnir armor to equipment and...

One Way Trip (PS4)

One Way Trip (PS4)

Half baked

One of PlayStation's crowning achievements is its diverse range of software. From the original grey box of magic right through to now, Sony's consoles have always been platforms that champion the weird and the wonderful as well as more popular fare. PaRappa the Rapper, a rhythm game with a zany, colourful art style about a dog that loves...

Strike Vector EX (PS4)

Strike Vector EX (PS4)

Ghost Rider, this is Strike (Vector EX)

If you feel the need, the need for speed – and by speed we mean high octane dog-fighting combat in futuristic flying mechs –then Strike Vector EX just might take your breath away. You play as a young talented rookie Vector pilot called Marv, and your mission is to take to the skies and shoot down bogies,...

God Eater 2: Rage Burst (PS4)

God Eater 2: Rage Burst (PS4)

Bound by Blood

God Eater 2: Rage Burst opens with your stereotypical animated intro: it's got punchy Japanese rock, a nice sense of style, and it does a fine job of getting you pumped for some God eating action. Bandai Namco's latest export gives a good first impression, then, but you may struggle to maintain your enthusiasm as you begin to tear...

Hue (PS4)

Hue (PS4)

Game of many colours

Puzzle games often have a serious problem with striking an even balance between being challenging and fun. Too often developers will swing in one direction, making their game either frustratingly hard or a walk in the park. Indie developer Fiddlesticks has managed to strike the golden balance with its charming puzzle platformer,...

Madden NFL 17 (PS4)

Madden NFL 17 (PS4)

Lynch pin

Sports games: the bane of most people's E3 conferences. They're the games that people that call themselves "Serious Moe" play. It's easy to write Madden and other sports games off as "just a roster update" – and, at times, this can be true – but the long-lived American football series has been steadily evolving over the past couple of...