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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PlayStation 3)

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PlayStation 3)

Damn it all to Hell

Developers have a nasty habit of referring to their games as ‘old school’ when they know that they may not be very good by modern standards. Pitched as a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and designed to serve as both a remake and a sequel to 2004’s Painkiller, does Painkiller: Hell & Damnation dance with the devil or...

Total Recoil (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Total Recoil (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Grind-o-rama

The way that an individual perceives video games as an endeavour, not just in regard to their favourite genre, but their attitude and approach to this fine pastime, determines their entire gaming experience. For example, ask a retro gamer which game they first think of when you mention Naughty Dog and they may answer Crash Bandicoot,...

Tokyo Jungle Mobile (PlayStation Mobile)

Tokyo Jungle Mobile (PlayStation Mobile)

Beast wars

You might be kidded into thinking that there'd be some modicum of peace on Earth if the human race, along with its wide range of squabbles and skirmishes, evaporated one day. The Tokyo Jungle series disagrees. After society collapses, humans go bye-bye and cities become overgrown concrete jungles, the conflicts of the animal kingdom rage...

International Snooker (PlayStation Network - Vita)

International Snooker (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Match ball?

British developer Big Head Games racked up International Snooker on various other formats prior to this high-definition PlayStation Vita port, and generally to favourable reviews. So, given the handheld's repertoire of quality controls and processing power, does this enhanced version of the title build a big break, or sink the white on...

Dynasty Warriors 8 (PlayStation 3)

Dynasty Warriors 8 (PlayStation 3)

Xiahou done

There comes a time when you begin to ask yourself why you’re still playing a series of games that has somehow spawned eight main iterations and countless spin-offs while retelling the same old story over and over again. What could possibly be keeping your interest in a franchise that has done almost nothing but stick to its guns for...

Deadpool (PlayStation 3)

Deadpool (PlayStation 3)

Chimichangas!

Juvenile quips, over-the-top gore, fourth wall breaking referential humour, and excursions into insanity all paint the picture of the perfect Deadpool game, and in some ways this is it. You'll laugh wholeheartedly at the jokes and ridiculous scenes, but despite the excellent realisation of the character, the highly repetitive and...

Strength of the Sword 3 (PlayStation Network)

Strength of the Sword 3 (PlayStation Network)

One knight stand

The ambitious creation of the talented twosome at Ivent Games, Strength of the Sword 3 isn’t actually the third in a series, but rather a standalone title. Peculiar naming tactics aside, it does do a lot to impress despite its developer's diminutive size. As is often the way with budget fantasy titles, a hellish army is marching...

Pinball Heroes: Complete (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Pinball Heroes: Complete (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Flippin' heck

If there’s one area that the PlayStation Vita is not underrepresented, it’s the simulation pinball genre. While the fledgling handheld may have struggled to trigger the multiball on big blockbuster releases, the console already plays host to two flippin’ good bumper-based affairs in both Zen Pinball 2 and the Pinball Arcade. Sony...

Kung Fu Rabbit (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Kung Fu Rabbit (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Carrot-y chop

Adding to the slew of mobile-developed indie games that are finding their way onto Sony’s portable console, Kung Fu Rabbit brings basic yet addictive platforming to the table. It’s a title that won’t win any awards for originality, but its neat presentation and simple charm ensure that it’s a difficult game to put down. As you...

Hotline Miami (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Hotline Miami (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Do you like hurting other people?

Like the Hollywood classic Drive which provided a large helping of inspiration during development, Hotline Miami is a visceral assault on the senses which often leaves you breathless and sweaty-palmed, but also isn’t afraid to offer up moments of shocking frustration. Part action game, part puzzle title, part...

Arcania: The Complete Tale (PlayStation 3)

Arcania: The Complete Tale (PlayStation 3)

Arrow to the GPU

A great fantasy RPG should immerse you completely into its virtual world, making you truly believe in the mysterious realms around you. A great fantasy RPG should compel you to the point that you want to speak to every character in order to learn intricate secrets both pivotal and unrelated to the game's plot, and should encourage...

OMG HD Zombies! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

OMG HD Zombies! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Do you have the deadication?

After some zombie target practice as a PlayStation Minis title, the addictive OMG-Z is back as a full PlayStation Vita game, with Trophies, leaderboards, and a fresh lick of paint. OMG HD Zombies takes the original release's compelling mechanics, and gives them a good old polish, prompting you to venture deeper down the...

Jak & Daxter Collection (PlayStation Vita)

Jak & Daxter Collection (PlayStation Vita)

Naughty Dog's legacy

When you think of the developer Naughty Dog, quality and genre-defining are certainly two terms that come to mind. But for many people the Uncharted series on the PS3 was their first experience of the developer, unaware of the legacy of titles on the previous home consoles with Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. The later of...

Sacred Citadel (PlayStation Network)

Sacred Citadel (PlayStation Network)

Imitation is the sincerest form of splattery

A group of adventurers are attacked while relaxing in a tavern and must flee a town that has been set ablaze: does this sound familiar? Indeed, as the opening of Sacred Citadel mirrors the events of the first stage of Guardian Heroes, co-op brawler fans can look forward to a number of nods in reverence to...

GRID 2 (PlayStation 3)

GRID 2 (PlayStation 3)

Five years in the pit lane

The racing genre is divided between arcade and simulation fans. While other genres have fairly interchangeable skill sets, what works in an arcade racer will send you straight to the hospital in a racing sim; the no holds barred action of Need for Speed caters to the former, while Gran Turismo appeals to the latter. But...

Fuse (PlayStation 3)

Fuse (PlayStation 3)

Blown it

For a game named Fuse, the latest title from Insomniac Games does fittingly merge a plethora of ideas to create a satisfactory experience – but we're not sure that such meek praise was on the developer's agenda when it embarked on its first multiplatform project. This is a competent third-person shooter that ticks every box in the...

The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character (PlayStation Network - Vita)

"I'm spinning around, get out of my way"

The latest title to make the jump from PlayStation Minis to budget PlayStation Vita release, The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character has a lot to live up to given its unusual and quirky name – but it doesn’t quite pull it off. In a hellish alternate universe where sea life has claimed the land,...