PS4 Reviews

2064: Read Only Memories (PS4)

2064: Read Only Memories (PS4)

Beds are Turing

2064: Read Only Memories is a game about artificial intelligence. Indeed, it's a game about both the interpersonal intricacies of machine sapience, and its broader societal implications. It's also a game about gentrification, and the way capitalism chews up and spits out disadvantaged people. It's a game about all of these things,...

Siegecraft Commander (PS4)

Siegecraft Commander (PS4)

Under siege

The first casualty of war is potentially your mental health if you fire up Siegecraft Commander, which takes the novel idea of crossing a real-time strategy (RTS) game with the tactical control of a tower defence title. Sounds good and Blowfish Studios has a good track record of making compelling games, so let's slip the dogs of war and...

Spheroids (PS4)

Spheroids (PS4)

Oh dearoid

Spheroids is a 2D platformer made up of pixel-art environments. We understand that that's about as off-putting as an opening line of a review can be, but that's what Spheroids is – and it doesn't do very much else. Set in a world in which circular aliens called – get ready – spheroids have invaded Earth, it's up to our protagonist...

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

Fur the players

The corest of core PlayStation fans caterwauled for more of Kat and crew, and Japan Studio has delivered in abundance: Gravity Rush 2 is a much, much bigger iteration of Keiichirō Toyama's physics defying favourite – and while it's still far from purr-fect, it's hard to deny that its heart is in the right place. This stylish...

Momonga Pinball Adventures (PS4)

Momonga Pinball Adventures (PS4)

Flippin’ squirrels!

Momonga Pinball Adventures is a story-based pinball game with a twist: instead of using a ball you are flipping a squirrel. You take on the role of Momo, a flying squirrel who escaped his village when it was attacked and destroyed by owl bandits. Now with your help, he sets out on a quest to find his "kidnapped" friends and...

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4)

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4)

I whip my hair back and forth

The Shantae series is an odd one, isn't it? It's been around for quite some time, but never made a huge impact. The Metroidvania style gameplay and quirky writing are adored by fans, but despite being quietly very good, the games remain ignored by most. Funnily enough, you can play three of the four titles right now on...

Battle Garegga Rev.2016 (PS4)

Battle Garegga Rev.2016 (PS4)

Rank up

It might seem odd to begin a review with a short history lesson, but in the case of Battle Garegga, it's certainly warranted. Originally released in arcades in 1996 and developed by Japanese firm Raizing (also known as Eighting / 8ing and now primarily responsible for creating games based on the Kamen Rider TV show), this...

Bridge Constructor (PS4)

Bridge Constructor (PS4)

Bridging the gap

We've all travelled across a bridge at some point in our lives, and we've stopped on more than one occasion to marvel at their impressive structural designs. But while crossing these bridges, have you ever wondered what it takes to design and construct perfectly balanced bridges like Isambard Kingdom Brunel's suspension bridges?...

Steep (PS4)

Steep (PS4)

Peak performer

Extreme sports of the wintry variety clearly aren't for the faint-hearted, and anyone that partakes in snowy slopes that have more in common with the vertical than the horizontal need their head examined. Not only is it dangerous but it also happens to be bloody expensive to boot, which means that most of us will only ever be exposed...

Crystal Rift (PS4)

Crystal Rift (PS4)

Null and void

Dungeon crawlers are a popular genre of games these days and there are plenty to experience on the PlayStation 4: The Binding of Isaac, Rogue Legacy, and Spelunky to name a few. However, none of these are as unique in style as Crystal Rift, which takes a very old-school approach to the experience. You control your adventurer from a...

Lara Croft Go (PS4)

Lara Croft Go (PS4)

Go download this game

In an industry so focused on creating ever larger and more expansive experiences, there's something to be said about the power of focus. Lara Croft Go is a title that's not focused on wowing the player with a billion different features that create the illusion of depth, instead opting for a simplified, handcrafted feel that...

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 2: Ties That Bind (Part Two) (PS4)

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 2: Ties That Bind (Part Two) (PS4)

Oh, brother

Alright, the "twist" at the end of this episode is about as subtle as a meat cleaver to a Muertos' face, but The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is really moving at a breakneck pace. Having established a new cast of characters in the first half of this two-part premiere, Ties That Bind (Part Two) ratchets up the tension by plotting the fall...

The Little Acre (PS4)

The Little Acre (PS4)

Little indeed

Surprisingly, this new point and click adventure title from Irish indie, Pewter Games, is up against some stiff competition. The genre, long lost and relatively rare on consoles, has made a small comeback over the last few years, with titles such as Broken Age, King's Quest, and Armikrog all attempting to capture the interest of fans...

Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Shut up and drive

Final Fantasy XV is mostly a game about four guys driving around in a car. Sometimes, they get out and kill monsters. Other times, they don't want to drive at night and seek shelter around a nearby campfire, where they look over photographs and recall their journey so far. Lead character Noctis can be stubborn, moody, and lazy...

Pinball FX2 VR (PS4)

Pinball FX2 VR (PS4)

Flipping out for real

You could never accuse developer Zen Studios of being particularly selective about which platforms its pinball titles appear on. Thus, the number of people who'll be surprised to hear Pinball FX2 has arrived on PlayStation VR will probably be close to zero, especially since it provides a rare opportunity to do something a bit...

The Voice (PS4)

The Voice (PS4)

Will.i.am disappointed

Admittedly, we haven't watched The Voice much – all we know is that Tom Jones used to be on it and swivelly chairs are involved. The series, which has been going strong in many different countries, has finally decided to capitalise on the fact that there's only one other karaoke game releasing every year. But does it give...