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The LEGO Movie Videogame (PlayStation 4)

The LEGO Movie Videogame (PlayStation 4)

Block buster

Traveller’s Tales’ familiar LEGO game formula has transformed many famous film franchises into enjoyable family games, with the recreation of iconic protagonists and comic book heroes waving an endearing spell in the direction of consumers around the world. It’s fitting, then, that the recently released flick based on the...

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PlayStation 3)

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PlayStation 3)

Philosopher's groan

Once again focusing on the practice of alchemy and the need to complete countless jobs for the populace, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the latest entry in developer Gust's long running series. It's full of the kind of mechanics, tropes, and characters that fans have come to expect – but does the tried...

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PlayStation 4)

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PlayStation 4)

Super blood lust

Undead shooters are dime a dozen, and sadly the original Dead Nation did little to differentiate itself from the hordes of decaying flesh already pawing the PlayStation Store. With the release of the PlayStation 4, Finnish studio Housemarque has opted to shine its shaky flashlight on the isometric escapade for a second time – but...

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

Co-lette things lie

Tales of Symphonia is a classic JRPG from the GameCube era with a wide following, multiple (mostly Japanese) spin-offs, and now a well-deserved HD remaster. In addition to the underrated and underplayed gem, this new collection also contains the second game in the series, Dawn of the New World – although the primary reason for...

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3)

The Elder Trolls

Licensed video game adaptations are rarely the stuff of legend. Films are easily the worst offenders, as you could probably list the number of decent attempts on one hand – although television properties have played host to a selection of stinkers as well. As such, we were cautious when we first caught wind of South Park: The...

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Bang, bang, bang for your buck

Gunslugs offers the promptest path to a dose of explosive Rambo-esque action on the PlayStation Store. When you first boot up this 2D side-scrolling shooter, you’ll be greeted to an electrifying arcade song and the image of an 8-bit inspired military agent decked out in a facemask. A dead ringer for famous cartoon...

Pac-Man Museum (PlayStation Network)

Pac-Man Museum (PlayStation Network)

Pac's the way I like it

Whether you're a ghost-munching veteran or a total newcomer, there's no better way to experience the multiple old-school adventures of Bandai Namco's infamous yellow orb than Pac-Man Museum. Bringing together nine titles that span three different genres, it's difficult not to feel that you're getting plenty of nostalgic...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PlayStation 3)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PlayStation 3)

Bloody hell

With the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, developer MercurySteam successfully rebooted Konami’s much loved series. Now, with the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on the PlayStation 3, the Spanish studio’s aiming to bring the series to a close, while at the same time attempting to fully deliver on the promise shown by the...

Rambo: The Video Game (PlayStation 3)

Rambo: The Video Game (PlayStation 3)

It's over, Johnny

In an industry where fantastic, marketable games are cancelled all too often and publishers are desperate to make up for years of inflation, the most impressive thing about Rambo: The Video Game is that it exists at all. However, that probably has something to do with the fact that it cost about £30 to make. It’s not all bad...

Strider (PlayStation 4)

Strider (PlayStation 4)

Escape from the city

Frantic, split-second action is what the Strider franchise is all about, and with developer Double Helix's newest entry into the beloved series, fans will be glad to hear that the hectic feel of the older games has been recreated well. The question is: can ageing hero Strider Hiryu maintain the pace with newer sidescrollers?...

Master Reboot (PlayStation Network)

Master Reboot (PlayStation Network)

On and off

An intriguing narrative and a clever setting can go a long way in a sci-fi adventure game, but it’s a difficult thing to pull off. As such, Master Reboot – a Myst-esque excursion by BAFTA Cymru award winning developer Wales Interactive – struggles to combine its great ideas into a compelling whole. The title comes close at times,...

Toukiden: The Age of Demons (PlayStation Vita)

Toukiden: The Age of Demons (PlayStation Vita)

SlayStation Portable

Toukiden: The Age of Demons tells the tale of a world engulfed in war between rampaging demonic hordes – known as Oni – and humanity's last hope of survival: Slayers. This overarching narrative paves the way for gameplay that's undoubtedly similar to Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise – but with the addition of a...

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Deep clean

Have you ever wondered why there’s not a game about dusting? Ponder no more, because developer Hitbox – with the aid of publisher Capcom – has released Dustforce, a platformer built around the idea of everyone’s least favourite household chore. While the premise isn’t full-on Freddie Mercury in that one Queen video, this slick...

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke And Mirrors (PlayStation Network)

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke And Mirrors (PlayStation Network)

Bite me

When the first episode of Telltale Games’ fairytale-infused noire-esque thriller The Wolf Among Us first latched its jaws onto the PlayStation 3 last October, we were completely blown away by how well its comic book source material translated. Thankfully, the agonising four month wait for the story to continue has now concluded – but has...

Ys: Memories of Celceta (PlayStation Vita)

Ys: Memories of Celceta (PlayStation Vita)

Never forget

The Ys series has a peculiar past consisting of large gaps between sequels, a slew of different developers creating non-canon side projects, and an overall lack of localisation in Europe and North America. However, despite all of this turmoil, its refined mechanics and generally dependable quality has earned it a loyal following all...

The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

Girls just want to have fun

There was a lot to like about The Last of Us’ core campaign. Naughty Dog’s survival horror opus was not only successful in pushing the limits of the ageing PlayStation 3 from a pure hardware perspective, but it also exceeded expectations from a narrative stance, too. Where other developers stumble, the Californian...

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Trippin’ balls tremendously

You could look at TxK and pass it off as a simple indie game that harks back to the arcade shooter days of old. However, dismissing it as such would not account for the history and significance behind it. Jeff Minter, the game’s creator, has been in the industry since 1982, and is arguably best known for his 1994...

Doki-Doki Universe (PlayStation 4)

Doki-Doki Universe (PlayStation 4)

Everybody do the robot

We’re a funny lot, the human race. Capable on the one hand of compassion and understanding, we’re also simultaneously prone to bouts of some much less desirable traits. Doki-Doki Universe from HumaNature – a team made up of some of the creators of 16-bit classic ToeJam & Earl – takes you on a tour of, well, human...

Outlast (PlayStation 4)

Outlast (PlayStation 4)

Corpse on camera

Outlast is the first title from Red Barrels, a Canadian developer founded by industry veterans. It also happens to be an absolutely cracking debut. Originally released on the PC in September of last year, the survival horror has shuffled onto the PlayStation 4, where it’s available as a free PlayStation Plus download at the time...