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Overruled! (PS4)

Overruled! (PS4)

Case dismissed

Overruled! is a frantic, diverse brawler in which yourself and three other players compete against each other in order to amass points, with the highest total winning the match. Your score is determined by your performance in a selection of objectives, as well through more conventional means, like attacking your opponents – but...

Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4)

Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4)

Blade running

Stuck in a strange realm somewhere between a sequel and an expansion, Samurai Warriors 4-II is, in many ways, a follow up to last year's superb Samurai Warriors 4 – but it's certainly not the inevitable Samurai Warriors 5. It borrows characters, stages, music, mechanics, voice acting, and even artwork from 2015's historical hack and...

FIFA 16 (PS4)

FIFA 16 (PS4)

Pace yourself

It's easy to say that with every year that passes, it gets harder and harder to review FIFA. EA Sports' annual licensed franchise loves nothing more than to stick to its guns, and with no real competition for its popularity crown, it's no surprise that this is the case. FIFA 15 was another solid, very enjoyable instalment in what's...

WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release,...

Rayman (PSone)

Rayman (PSone)

Ray-manifestation of UbiArt

Even twenty years ago, any love felt towards PSone Rayman's luscious art style could quickly turn into hate due to its spikily relentless difficulty barrier, but a cathartic sense of satisfaction could also be found by perseverant gamers who endured to conquer all eighteen of its levels. As a December 1995 EU launch...

PES 2016: Pro Evolution Soccer (PS4)

PES 2016: Pro Evolution Soccer (PS4)

(Un)license to thrill

Pro Evolution Soccer, supposedly Konami's last AAA series, has spent the best part of a decade trying to catch up with FIFA's success. EA's behemoth of a sports game consistently has more licenses, fans, and sales than PES could ever dream of, and the sad thing is that it'll probably stay that way for a long time to come. That...

Xeodrifter (PS4)

Xeodrifter (PS4)

Renegade skid

It's apparent that the PlayStation 4's 2015 gaming year will most notably be remembered for a handful of exemplary AAA open world games, but pulsating under the radar there has also been a fine array of pixel art 2D games released on the console this year. With examples like Shovel Knight and Super Time Force Ultra, this is partially...

NHL 16 (PS4)

NHL 16 (PS4)

The icemen cometh

When EA Canada said that NHL 14 would be skipping a next generation release so that it could concentrate on making NHL 15 the best that it could possibly be, no one really batted an eyelid. It sounded like a perfectly reasonable thing and for the most part it was accepted. That is, until NHL 15 released. Hockey's first foray onto...

Beyond Eyes (PS4)

Beyond Eyes (PS4)

Feline fine

Video games are like empathy generators. More than any other medium they allow us to feel what it might be like to be another type of person. Beyond Eyes is great example of this – a game which attempts to simulate the experience of being blind. But while it plays host to some fiendishly clever design, its slow pace and slightly...

Fat City (PS4)

Fat City (PS4)

Smash and grab

Fat City is a clever puzzle game with slim depth. The Hitman Go-esque pegged maps make for some interesting solving at first, and a variation of characters add some diversity – but power-ups and stale layouts make the difficulty and frankly, the fun, virtually nonexistent. You'll play as a Chris Knox, a man who has a particular set...

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)

Revenge is a dish best served on the PS4

In a genre that prides itself on balanced gameplay and character building, you can always count on the Disgaea franchise to be the outlier in the strategy role-playing realm with its ability to not take itself too seriously. If you've played previous instalments, you'll know that a wacky cast and...

Destiny: The Taken King (PS4)

Destiny: The Taken King (PS4)

New monarchy

It's been a rocky old road for Destiny, but it's finally found some smooth terrain with The Taken King – the title's biggest expansion to date. The new content marks the second year of Destiny's life, and with it comes the realisation that Bungie has taken a rather large step forward in crafting something special. It's undoubtedly...

SOMA (PS4)

SOMA (PS4)

SOMAch to do, so little time

Horror games should be scary – but this is easier said than done. Sure, there have been some very successful examples such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but all too often the genre relies on jump scares to startle unsuspecting players rather than get inside their head. Swedish outfit Frictional Games did much...

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4)

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4)

By the book

The most recent instalment in the series, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a whimsical point and click adventure title developed by King Art Games. Though the release is centred around the typical core mechanics of the genre – that is to say, you'll be interacting with the environment, objects, and characters in order to overcome...

Flame Over (PS4)

Flame Over (PS4)

Burn baby burn

Flame Over's hot stuff for two reasons: it's got an eye for terribad puns and if you invest the effort it's actually a lot of fun. Laughing Jackal's self-described pyroguelike launched on the PlayStation Vita earlier in the year, offering the fiercest fire fighting foray on PlayStation since Konami's forgotten third-person douser...

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

A diamond in the rough

Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed Metal Gear franchise is known for its showy, fantastical, and often down-right ridiculous mythos – and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain doesn't handle things too differently. In the fifth entry in the series, you're put in the boots of Big Boss – a rather disgruntled war veteran...

Leo's Fortune (PS4)

Leo's Fortune (PS4)

Fleeting fancy

It seems like every month there are thousands of new platformers released onto the market, and amid this crowd, it can be very hard for original titles to stand out and attract the attention of gamers. Leo's Fortune, developed by Swedish studio 1337 & Senri, aims to buck this trend. It packs plenty of reasons to convince you to...

Mad Max (PS4)

Mad Max (PS4)

What a waste-land

With the recent cinematic success of Mad Max: Fury Road, there has never been a better time for a game based on Max Rockatansky's particular brand of vehicular chaos. With Avalanche Studios – the masters of mayhem behind the Just Cause series – handling development duties for this PlayStation 4 title, confidence was high that...

Knock Knock (PS4)

Knock Knock (PS4)

Nobody's home

Horror games have been in a rut as of late - for every Until Dawn, there's a Daylight or a Slender that's so hell-bent on using jump scares and tropes that they're a chore to slog through. Developers Ice-Pick Lodge have thankfully gone for the opposite of that with Knock Knock, a psychological horror that's more about creeping the...

Dishonored: Definitive Edition (PS4)

Dishonored: Definitive Edition (PS4)

Not Attano improvements

It's almost been three years since Dishonored snuck onto the PlayStation 3, and when we donned the daunting mask of Corvo Attano back then to creep through Dunwall without so much as killing a soul or making a sound, we still regard Arkane Studios' runaway success with much-deserved admiration. Whether you choose to take a...