PS3 Reviews

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

Finders weepers

Once upon a time, titles like Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom were ten a penny. The movie tie-in boom ensured that supermarket shelves were crammed with action platforms, each bearing colourful characters on the cover and containing gameplay more average than the mathematical mean. Gradually, consumers started to realise that these...

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PlayStation 3)

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PlayStation 3)

Burn bright, burn blue

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is the latest game by Japanese developer Arc System Works. It’s the third title in the 2D fighting series BlazBlue, and takes place after the events of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The release was originally conceived as an arcade game, which deployed in late 2012. It then received a PlayStation 3...

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PlayStation 3)

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PlayStation 3)

Dead and Alive

Ryu Hayabusa – gaming icon and goody two-shoes – is a little bit too awesome, don’t you think? He’s worked his way through some of the hardest games on the market, hardly breaking a sweat. He’s faced all sorts of fiendish enemies and has come through mostly unscathed. But not anymore – Yaiba Kamikaze, a psychopath ninja,...

Magus (PlayStation 3)

Magus (PlayStation 3)

For God's sake

A downloadable and retail title for the PlayStation 3 that’s currently only available in North America, Magus is a premium priced role-playing game that sees you step into the shoes of the aforementioned titular hero in his quest to become an all-powerful God. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The release adopts a rather...

Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3)

Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3)

Death imminent

As a cursed individual banished to Drangleic, it’s your goal to collect the requisite souls required to prevent yourself from becoming a hollow while learning about the mysteries that surround you. This may be a sequel to Dark Souls, but it exists very much in a realm of its own, and doesn’t rely too heavily on the series’...

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3)

Three's a charm

Taking place 500 years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the latest instalment in Square Enix’s mega franchise begins with pink-haired protagonist Lightning being shaken from her crystal slumber by God Bhunivelze. The heroine’s task? To save humanity from an imbalance between life and chaos which has prevented people from...

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PlayStation 3)

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PlayStation 3)

Philosopher's groan

Once again focusing on the practice of alchemy and the need to complete countless jobs for the populace, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the latest entry in developer Gust's long running series. It's full of the kind of mechanics, tropes, and characters that fans have come to expect – but does the tried...

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

Co-lette things lie

Tales of Symphonia is a classic JRPG from the GameCube era with a wide following, multiple (mostly Japanese) spin-offs, and now a well-deserved HD remaster. In addition to the underrated and underplayed gem, this new collection also contains the second game in the series, Dawn of the New World – although the primary reason for...

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3)

The Elder Trolls

Licensed video game adaptations are rarely the stuff of legend. Films are easily the worst offenders, as you could probably list the number of decent attempts on one hand – although television properties have played host to a selection of stinkers as well. As such, we were cautious when we first caught wind of South Park: The...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PlayStation 3)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PlayStation 3)

Bloody hell

With the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, developer MercurySteam successfully rebooted Konami’s much loved series. Now, with the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on the PlayStation 3, the Spanish studio’s aiming to bring the series to a close, while at the same time attempting to fully deliver on the promise shown by the...

Rambo: The Video Game (PlayStation 3)

Rambo: The Video Game (PlayStation 3)

It's over, Johnny

In an industry where fantastic, marketable games are cancelled all too often and publishers are desperate to make up for years of inflation, the most impressive thing about Rambo: The Video Game is that it exists at all. However, that probably has something to do with the fact that it cost about £30 to make. It’s not all bad...

The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

Girls just want to have fun

There was a lot to like about The Last of Us’ core campaign. Naughty Dog’s survival horror opus was not only successful in pushing the limits of the ageing PlayStation 3 from a pure hardware perspective, but it also exceeded expectations from a narrative stance, too. Where other developers stumble, the Californian...

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (PlayStation 3)

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (PlayStation 3)

Poirot Click

Adventure games and mystery novel plots go together like butlers and random acts of homicide. There’s nothing better than a good whodunit, especially when you’re part of the action, neck-deep in clues and yelling at innocent bystanders in the hope that one of them knows something. The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is a decent...

Gran Turismo 6 (PlayStation 3)

Gran Turismo 6 (PlayStation 3)

Still in pole position

Opening with a tour around the Istituto Ayrton Senna, a school built in honour of arguably the greatest driver who ever lived, Gran Turismo 6 starts in stark contrast to any other game on the market. Cycling through images of children learning, the intro proceeds to show the motoring creation process, from concept to...

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PlayStation 3)

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PlayStation 3)

Seiya ain't so

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is almost the very definition of 'anime fighter'. It's chock full of colourful playable characters, crazy storylines, and over-the-top voice acting. If you've ever tried a Dragon Ball Z or Naruto brawler, then you'll generally know what's in store here – even if the original anime never quite caught on...

Angry Birds: Star Wars (PlayStation 3)

Angry Birds: Star Wars (PlayStation 3)

Use the birds, Luke

A long time ago (well, 2009), in a galaxy far, far away (Finland), an unassuming development studio named Rovio Entertainment gave birth to a mobile gaming franchise which would ultimately take over the world. Three years later and still going strong, Angry Birds and the beloved Star Wars empire would join forces to create a...

WWE 2K14 (PlayStation 3)

WWE 2K14 (PlayStation 3)

Laying the Smackdown

An orphan of THQ’s unfortunate demise at the beginning of this year, the WWE videogame license was quickly snapped up by 2K, and while its role appears to have been limited to simply overseeing WWE 2K14’s completion, the final product is the most comprehensive wrestling package yet. As the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania...