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The Order: 1886 (PlayStation 4)

The Order: 1886 (PlayStation 4)

Out of order

The Order: 1886 dares to tread where so many others have fallen, by attempting to fuse interactivity with cinematic qualities. And in some ways, it succeeds: developer Ready at Dawn has clearly sipped from the Holy Grail of the graphics gods, as this is arguably the most technologically accomplished title ever released. However, in its...

Hand of Fate (PlayStation 4)

Hand of Fate (PlayStation 4)

Just short of a full deck

Hand of Fate is the pen and paper RPG that you'll need neither a pen nor paper for (or friends, for that matter). The Kickstarter-funded title combines collectable card game with elements of third-person action and classic choose your own adventure tropes, to create a blend that surprisingly delivers a punishing, rewarding...

Hyper Void (PlayStation 3)

Hyper Void (PlayStation 3)

Black hole sun

In an industry where literally anyone can decide to make a video game, it's almost instinctive to overlook something like Hyper Void. Created by two brothers with a passion for old-school space shooters, this three-dimensional take on the genre has its fair share of shortcomings – but we still think that those interested should at...

Baboon! (PlayStation Vita)

Baboon! (PlayStation Vita)

Ba-boom!

It would be very easy to dismiss Baboon! based on its first few levels. Initially, it adopts the guise of yet another 'earn three medals' challenge game, only this one is specifically built around dropping bombs to propel your ape avatar from ledge-to-ledge, until you reach the top goal – all while collecting bananas along the way. But...

Super Stardust Ultra (PlayStation 4)

Super Stardust Ultra (PlayStation 4)

Rock 'n' roll

Super Stardust HD drew the dual joystick short straw last generation. Released at a time when the PlayStation 3 was really unpopular, Geometry Wars and its Xbox Live Arcade successor tended to lap up all of the downloadable shoot-'em-up plaudits – despite it never, in this author's opinion, hitting the same highs as Housemarque's...

Kick & Fennick (PlayStation Vita)

Kick & Fennick (PlayStation Vita)

Gun game

Kick & Fennick's the gaming equivalent of a warning sign. We'd never even heard of the Jaywalkers Interactive developed precision platformer when it was announced as part of February's free PlayStation Plus roster, and its smartphone-esque art style didn't exactly instil us with confidence regarding the quality of the release...

Nihilumbra (PlayStation Vita)

Nihilumbra (PlayStation Vita)

Fill the void

It's no secret that storytelling has had a renaissance of sorts in video games, where the tale being told is arguably as important as the actual gameplay – and Nihilumbra is cut from the same cloth. While this PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer may not be as moving as the likes of The Last of Us, though, it can still be thought...

RISK (PlayStation 4)

RISK (PlayStation 4)

Risky business

With so many kitten videos on YouTube, taking over the world is something of a hassle these days. Vladimir Putin, with his head as smooth as a baby's first jazz recital, has found this out the hard way, attempting to start a world war while also maintaining his long-distance stalking of PewDiePie. Luckily, there's an easier way to...

Apotheon (PlayStation 4)

Apotheon (PlayStation 4)

Commence the Apotheonslaught

Apotheon is the latest game from Capsized developer Alientrap, and also just happens to be the most recent in a long line of PlayStation 4 releases to debut as part of the Instant Game Collection. The quality of these freebies has been all over the board since launch, leading many to question the quality of this Greek...

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 - The Lost Lords (PlayStation 4)

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 - The Lost Lords (PlayStation 4)

To ice we all return

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 – The Lost Lords marks our second journey to Westeros courtesy of Telltale Games. Those of you with longer memories may recall that we thought that the season premiere was decent, if not outstanding – but fortunately this seems like a better indication of where the series is headed. Naturally, the...

Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PlayStation Vita)

Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PlayStation Vita)

Crack that whip

There's a classic feminist anthem by Devo which goes into great detail on what one ought to do when faced with a problem. Criminal Girls: Invite Only isn't the long-awaited JRPG based on that classic musical achievement, but there are similarities. In fact, put the song on in the background as you play and, like Dark Side of the Moon...

Unmechanical: Extended (PlayStation 4)

Unmechanical: Extended (PlayStation 4)

The little robot that could

Unmechanical: Extended joins an ever lengthening list of PC and mobile games making the jump to PlayStation consoles. But, while this quirky puzzle game runs a very real risk of being lost in an ever expanding sea of indies, there's something enticing about its backdrop and robocopter protagonist that might just give it...

Dying Light (PlayStation 4)

Dying Light (PlayStation 4)

Run to the kills

Unlike a zombie bite, Dying Light gets better with time. You'll feel a little underpowered during the undead-'em-up's opening exchanges, but as you gradually cross quests off your multiplying mission log and sink your teeth into the title's story, Polish developer Techland's parkour-inspired escapade really comes into its own. This...

Grim Fandango Remastered (PlayStation 4)

Grim Fandango Remastered (PlayStation 4)

Back from the dead

We can hear the cries from a vocal minority already: "Oh, come on – another remaster? Enough is enough." In this case, though, we can probably all agree to make an exception. Grim Fandango is, by many, considered to be one of the greatest adventure games ever released, and while it didn't sell especially well at first attempt,...

Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PlayStation Portable)

Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PlayStation Portable)

Resurrect an old friend

Brandish: The Dark Revenant was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1991. Despite its rocky reception, it was eventually ported to the PlayStation Portable in 2009 in Japan. And, after six years, it's finally travelled overseas, with a full English localisation. The big question is: has it been worth the wait? The...

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PlayStation Vita)

A real mouthful

We all know the dreaded curse of video game sequels. Studios will often find themselves with a hit on their hands, and in a feeble attempt to recreate gold, will instead serve up a horrible mess of lost potential. Japanese role-playing game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation steers clear of this trap, instead...

Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4)

Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4)

Playing the hand that’s been dealt

Ironclad Tactics tries to mix things up, and that makes it a bit of an oddball. While it's partly a tower defence game, developer Zachtronics has also taken the liberty to throw in some card elements. The end result of this weird mash up is unforgettable, but not without its problems. Set during the American...

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PlayStation 4)

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PlayStation 4)

You got the power

Saints Row IV is the definitive sandbox game for anyone who's a bit tired of the more serious attempts like Watch Dogs, Grand Theft Auto V, or even inFAMOUS: Second Son. It's constantly in danger of breaking the fourth wall, its storyline is absurd, and its gameplay is completely over-the-top. You're the president of the United...

Shake Spears! (PlayStation Vita)

Shake Spears! (PlayStation Vita)

Meh-dieval

Free-to-play. Whenever these three words are uttered, it's hard to stifle the shudder that follows when you begin to think about microtransactions, "pay-to-win", and the other deceitful, annoying practices often associated with the whole model. There are the rare few with compelling gameplay and fair microtransactions such as Warframe,...