PS3 Reviews

Risen 3: Titan Lords (PlayStation 3)

Risen 3: Titan Lords (PlayStation 3)

Roll with it

For any series to make it to a third entry is quite an achievement, especially when it’s a perennial underachiever like the Risen games. After leaning heavily into the more piratical aspects for its first sequel, developer Piranha Bytes has doubled down on this approach for Risen 3: Titan Lords, letting you once again sail the high...

Sacred 3 (PlayStation 3)

Sacred 3 (PlayStation 3)

Nothing is sacred

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, while not what you’d call a big success, still managed to garner quite a following among a certain set of gamers, even in spite of a few rough edges. Those that did end up sinking hour after hour into the action role playing game really appreciated its massive open world, extensive loot system, and huge...

El Chavo Kart (PlayStation 3)

El Chavo Kart (PlayStation 3)

Chilli con carnage

Many game developers have tried to enter the kart racing genre, but all with the exception of Crash Bandicoot have failed to score a podium place next to Super Mario. Efecto Studios is the latest outfit to have a pop with El Chavo Kart – a title based upon the apparently popular Mexican cartoon, El Chavo: The Animated Series. As...

One Piece: Unlimited World Red (PlayStation 3)

One Piece: Unlimited World Red (PlayStation 3)

Bits and pieces

As legions of fans will tell you, it's not hard to become captivated with One Piece, one of Japan's most popular manga creations, and its latest video game venture, One Piece: Unlimited World Red, is a good example of how easily this colourful world can ensnare anyone with an eye for crazy pirate adventures. The title itself is a...

GRID Autosport (PlayStation 3)

GRID Autosport (PlayStation 3)

Three-point turn

GRID 2 was largely seen as a disappointment by many of the series’ fans – a step in the wrong direction, lacking the focus and discipline that made the original release such a compelling outing for racing enthusiasts. GRID Autosport, the latest offering from British firm Codemasters, aims to redeem the series – and bar a few...

Enemy Front (PlayStation 3)

Enemy Front (PlayStation 3)

War crime

Set during the turbulent times of World War II, Enemy Front is the latest in a long line of first-person shooters to depict the horrors of one of history’s most fierce conflicts. Depicting the tale of a journalist named Robert Hawkins, you’ll team up with the American resistance as part of an effort to put an end to the Nazis once and...

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3)

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3)

Shoryuken handle it?

Street Fighter has long been one of the most popular fighting games in the genre, with title releases on just about every platform since 1987. The most recent Street Fighter IV demonstrates Capcom’s commitment to keeping the series alive, with a staggering five iterations on the original build making Ultra Street Fighter IV...

NASCAR '14 (PlayStation 3)

NASCAR '14 (PlayStation 3)

Go daddy

NASCAR ’14 sets out its stock racing stall right from the starting line. Rather than bombard you with heavily edited footage of a Go Daddy branded bar of soap on wheels, it instead tempts you in with a Buzz-esque quiz on Jeff Gordon’s past performances in the Sprint Cup series. It’s these nuggets of trivia that link the racer’s...

Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Free-to-plane

Fans of Ace Combat are always hungry for new releases, with the last major instalment Ace Combat: Assault Horizon performing its first barrel roll over three years ago. It was no surprise, then, that when Ace Combat: Infinity was announced, there was much rejoicing – well, until everyone realised that the latest entry in this beloved...

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

The number games

There’s one in every family, isn’t there? One person who has to spoil every gathering, causing drama on social media, and jumping out, murdering people all of the time. No? In Drakengard 3, that’s exactly what happens. As moody anti-heroine Zero, you’ll need to trek across mountains or through lush green forests on a quest...

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

The questionable quest for cute

There aren’t many games as unusual as Mugen Souls Z. Its main character is a young goddess who carries around a coffin, not for any reason in particular, just because the writers needed some kind of container and that seemed to make sense. That’s not the weirdest thing that you’ll see either. Charged with...

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (PlayStation 3)

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (PlayStation 3)

A novel idea

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi is one of those rare video games that aren’t really video games at all. Actually, it’s a novel, cunningly disguised as something that you need a controller for. Occasionally the story will be interrupted with a choice for you to make, but largely the main goal is to keep on reading. It may be...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (PlayStation 3)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (PlayStation 3)

Fist of the flamboyant

A long running manga series that spans generations of different bloodlines, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is just as, er, bizarre as its name suggests. The crazy creation has enjoyed something of a Western popularity surge in recent years, which has resulted in the localisation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – a...

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day (PlayStation 3)

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day (PlayStation 3)

We'd prefer a 'Slightly Longer Peace' next time

What do a polar bear, a Japanese firefighter, a karaoke booth, and a dancing frog made of umbrellas have in common? They all take centre stage in Bandai Namco's latest Eastern offering, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day. Rather than one specific game, this is a compilation of four excellent...

MLB 14 The Show (PlayStation 3)

MLB 14 The Show (PlayStation 3)

Pinch-hit home run

MLB 14 The Show is this year’s entry in the long running and highly respected baseball series from Sony’s own San Diego studio. Being a sports game, it’s to be expected that it ends up feeling a little like an iterative experience as opposed to an innovative one – but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing good going...

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...