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Escape Plan (PlayStation 4)

Escape Plan (PlayStation 4)

The great escape

Lil and Laarg are in trouble. They’ve been imprisoned by the dastardly Bakuki who’s intent on recycling them as part of some evil plan. If they’re going to avoid being turned into black sludge then they’ll need help escaping from a prison packed to the brim with deadly traps all baying for their blood. Escape Plan...

Worms: Revolution Extreme (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Worms: Revolution Extreme (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Extreme port

Originally released for the PlayStation 3 last year, we found Worms: Revolution to be “a game that will appeal more to old school fans, as newcomers will find it frustrating due to its control issues”. Having made the jump to the PlayStation Vita with all three of its DLC packs and a subtle name expansion, does the touch-friendly...

Angry Birds: Star Wars (PlayStation 3)

Angry Birds: Star Wars (PlayStation 3)

Use the birds, Luke

A long time ago (well, 2009), in a galaxy far, far away (Finland), an unassuming development studio named Rovio Entertainment gave birth to a mobile gaming franchise which would ultimately take over the world. Three years later and still going strong, Angry Birds and the beloved Star Wars empire would join forces to create a...

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PlayStation 4)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PlayStation 4)

Livin' the sweet trade

Ubisoft has outdone itself with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, as there’s more to see and do than ever in this exciting world of pirates. As you sail the open seas, you really do get the feeling that anything is possible, with the far-away horizon filled to the brim with treasure, assassination targets, and dark secrets...

SoulCalibur II HD Online (PlayStation Network)

SoulCalibur II HD Online (PlayStation Network)

A tale of souls and swords, eternally re-bought

When the original SoulCalibur II appeared on the PlayStation 2, it was universally praised for its fantastic 3D fighting engine, its diverse cast of characters, and its plethora of modes. Even today, Namco's brawler is remembered fondly by many as the series' greatest achievement. SoulCalibur II HD...

flower (PlayStation 4)

flower (PlayStation 4)

Instant grassification

Originally swept onto the PlayStation 3 in 2009, flower soared away with a slew of critical acclaim that would set the benchmark for developer thatgamecompany’s successor Journey three years later. At its release, the floral indie favourite pushed boundaries by exploring the idea of what interactive entertainment can be, and...

Battlefield 4 (PlayStation 4)

Battlefield 4 (PlayStation 4)

'Til it goes click

While narratives have never really been DICE's strong suit, Battlefield 4, the next entry in its popular series of shooters, at least takes things in the right direction. While Battlefield 3 delivered an incredibly boring campaign that bordered on dreadful at times, the new entry at least seems like it tried. The story is not...

Valhalla Knights 3 (PlayStation Vita)

Valhalla Knights 3 (PlayStation Vita)

This ain't heaven

With such a miserable and lacklustre franchise history, you’d be forgiven for expecting Valhalla Knights 3 to fall short of almost all expectations, and unfortunately, you’d probably be right. Where does this apparently doomed franchise keep making wrong turns – and has anything improved over the three years since the last...

WWE 2K14 (PlayStation 3)

WWE 2K14 (PlayStation 3)

Laying the Smackdown

An orphan of THQ’s unfortunate demise at the beginning of this year, the WWE videogame license was quickly snapped up by 2K, and while its role appears to have been limited to simply overseeing WWE 2K14’s completion, the final product is the most comprehensive wrestling package yet. As the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania...

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock 'n' roll)

Let's cut to the chase: Rocksmith 2014 Edition will not miraculously teach you how to play guitar like Slash in 24 hours. Learning the guitar or bass takes years of dedicated practice, repetition, self-motivation, and real technique. That doesn't necessarily mean that Rocksmith is useless –...

Resogun (PlayStation 4)

Resogun (PlayStation 4)

Scoring points

From the makers of the fantastic Super Stardust HD, Resogun offers a twist on classic twin-stick shooters by adopting a cylindrical field of play. The narrative is based upon an alien race called the Keepers, who are imprisoning humans. It’s your goal, then, to destroy any and everything that you see, while snatching up any...

Knack (PlayStation 4)

Knack (PlayStation 4)

Old-school platformer, new-school technology

Way back in February of this year, millions of viewers around the world witnessed the reveal of Sony’s next generation console in New York City, the PlayStation 4. With lead architect Mark Cerny on stage to underline the advancements of the swish piece of hardware, the Marble Madness creator unveiled...

Trine 2: Complete Story (PlayStation 4)

Trine 2: Complete Story (PlayStation 4)

A dreamy journey

How would you sum up a typical children’s fantasy story? Perhaps words like whimsical, imaginative, and magical come to mind. For some reason, fairy tales have this strange ability to captivate the minds of not just children, but adults as well, because they bring out feelings of wonder and longing for adventure. Trine 2: Complete...

Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)

Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)

Royal mail

It's been over five years since LittleBigPlanet made a huge impact on the gaming scene – its 'Play, Create, Share' slogan paving the way for what was almost a new genre entirely. With developer Media Molecule's latest title Tearaway we find a smaller but much more focused adventure that's delightfully charming, accessible, and...

Killzone: Shadow Fall (PlayStation 4)

Killzone: Shadow Fall (PlayStation 4)

For the glory of next-gen

Killzone: Shadow Fall takes place shortly after the events of PlayStation 3 exclusive Killzone 3, as the ISA and Helghast are forced to co-inhabit the planet Vekta. Living together in peace is not on the agenda for either faction, however, as the Helghast fight to push the humans out of their own home. This location has...

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (PlayStation 3)

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (PlayStation 3)

We can't recommend a reason either

Adventure Time is ridiculously exuberant. Its characters are eccentric and weird, its storylines are convoluted and odd, and its humour is a mix of silly, low brow, and exceptionally well timed. It's a show of complexity and deep lore based on the insane. Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!...

Contrast (PlayStation 4)

Contrast (PlayStation 4)

If it's broke, fix it

Contrast is the first game by indie developer Compulsion Games. It, along with Resogun, shares the distinction of being the one of the first free PlayStation Plus giveaways on the PlayStation 4. The title follows a young girl named Didi, who works to reunite her estranged parents with the help of her imaginary friend Dawn (the...

Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 4)

Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 4)

Doesn't quite drop the ball

Madden NFL 25 is a celebration of one of gaming's most iconic franchises – and on its silver anniversary, EA Sports delivers a decent experience that will get fans chanting. This is a largely lifelike release with real drama, energy, pain, and sweet victories – and the power of the PlayStation 4 boosts the release by...

Super Motherload (PlayStation 4)

Super Motherload (PlayStation 4)

Digging into a new world

Super Motherload is the latest game from indie developer XGen Studios, and is the sequel to a well-loved, free PC title named Motherload. Deployed alongside the PlayStation 4 in North America, the title plots the escapades of the Solarus Corporation, which discovers vast reserves of ore and gems beneath the surface of Mars...

Stick It to the Man (PlayStation Network)

Stick It to the Man (PlayStation Network)

"I know what you're thinking"

Stick It to the Man wonderfully treads the line between dark and silly. It's Ren and Stimpy-esque aesthetic is plopped on top of a paper craft construction, which gives it a unique and endearing look that brings each character – whether it be human or otherwise – to life in a surreal and smile inducing way. Add to...