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F1 2013 (PlayStation 3)

F1 2013 (PlayStation 3)

Pedal to the Vettel

After an exciting first half to the 2012 season, last year’s Formula One World Championship trudged towards an inevitable third title for Sebastian Vettel, continuing his and Red Bull’s dominance of the sport. The 2013 season was, however, supposed to be more competitive; with stable technical regulations, it was said that...

Superfrog HD (PlayStation Network)

Superfrog HD (PlayStation Network)

Princely or wince-worthy?

Superfrog HD is the remake of an Amiga classic from 1993 and was made by the trusted people at Team 17, who are famous for the Worms series. The narrative is not really groundbreaking, but it tells the sweet love story of a prince and a princess. As with all magical kingdoms, though, fate has something else in mind for the...

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PlayStation 3)

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PlayStation 3)

Explosive penguins, dood!

Strategy RPGs aren't usually known for their humour. Sure, Fire Emblem: Awakening inspired the odd chuckle, but for the most part, devising grid-based battlefield attacks is serious business. Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness on the other hand is chaotic, nonsensical, and absolutely mad – and we mean that in the most...

Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (PlayStation Network)

Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (PlayStation Network)

Peg your nose

Orcs are almost the fantasy genre equivalent of Nazis. They often make up the bulk of an evil army, and represent the dumb grunts that you have to wade through in order to reach your goal. But sometimes we're allowed to play as them. In the The Elder Scrolls series, for example, they're a playable race, while in the ridiculously named...

MediEvil (PSone)

MediEvil (PSone)

Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and modern once, but the heartlessness of time can corrode a once dashing new title into decay and disintegration. It took 100 years following a battle against an evil sorcerer called Zarok to wither and erode our hero knight, Sir Daniel...

FIFA 14 (PlayStation 3)

FIFA 14 (PlayStation 3)

Keeping pace

Now comfortable and confident with its position right at the very top of the football gaming league, FIFA remains a solid and reliable choice this year. But with Pro Evolution Soccer slowly but surely closing the gap between itself and EA's consistent franchise, does FIFA 14 do enough to secure its lead? The short answer is yes –...

The Guided Fate Paradox (PlayStation 3)

The Guided Fate Paradox (PlayStation 3)

Fate fighter

The Guided Fate Paradox starts incredibly slowly. Tutorials hold your hand for the first hour, with only a mere sliver of actual gameplay putting in an appearance. Even when it's over, there's still more to learn, although these intricacies are thankfully taught through a staggered approach over time. This initial phase is also thick...

PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 3)

PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 3)

Putting the Evolution back in PES

Improved physicality has been the goal of many sports titles of late, and while progress has been slow, PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer has managed just that this year. It's this attribute and the overall impact on the beautiful game that has produced one of the best entries in Konami's series in quite some time, and...

Skydive: Proximity Flight (PlayStation Network)

Skydive: Proximity Flight (PlayStation Network)

Don't try this at home

What happened to extreme sports games? They were more popular than Mountain Dew towards the end of the PSone era, but the genre seemed to fizzle out faster than a ska band’s fanbase. Overexposure certainly contributed to Kelly Slater and crew’s sudden crash in popularity, but with only a half-hearted Tony Hawk to compete...

WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release, Ultimate Future Games noted it had “set the benchmark for hover-racing games”, and EDGE praised it as having “the most impressive graphics yet seen on the PlayStation”. Racing games have consistently provided a technical yardstick for...

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3)

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3)

Total eclipse of the heart

When Square and Disney's unlikely collaboration first graced our screens back in 2002, Kingdom Hearts was commended for its fantastic visuals, jaw-dropping cut-scenes, and wonderful animations – all of which still hold up relatively well on the PlayStation 2 today. It must be said, then, that giving the first Kingdom...

Sparkle (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Sparkle (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Glitter bug

The aim of Sparkle is to fling different coloured marbles at a procession of similarly styled balls that are rolling progressively closer to the centre of an on-screen maze. Put three of the same tinted spheres in a row and they will detonate, with your ultimate goal being to spontaneously combust all of the orbs as promptly as possible...

Atomic Ninjas (PlayStation Network)

Atomic Ninjas (PlayStation Network)

Ninja'd

After a guard accidentally nods off over a big red button that rains nuclear fire down on the Earth's citizens, the world as we know it is destroyed. However, in true comic book fashion, Atomic Ninjas' titular characters aren't obliterated by the blast – instead, they're strengthened, sporting increased agility and near invulnerability...

Dragon's Crown (PlayStation 3)

Dragon's Crown (PlayStation 3)

Picture perfect

Atlus has forged something of a rocky relationship with European gamers. It's hard to remember a time when its titles haven't been delayed for seemingly ridiculous periods before making the journey overseas – but thankfully, the Japanese publisher has somehow managed to deliver quality games over and over again. Developer...

Beyond: Two Souls (PlayStation 3)

Beyond: Two Souls (PlayStation 3)

Soul searcher

Beyond: Two Souls is a game that you should play. It may not immediately endear itself to everyone, but Quantic Dream’s ambitious excursion into the otherworld is an experience that deserves to be sampled at least once. This is a daring adventure that’s not afraid to delve into the aspects of life that the medium is often eager to...

Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Buy it, don't Robbit

The 16-bit console wars were merciless. During the early concept stage of the PlayStation console, Sony took part in an ill-fated collaboration with Nintendo to create a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. In September 1995, Jumping Flash! was a PSone launch title, and it's the type of game that makes you wonder what would have happened...

Rain (PlayStation Network)

Rain (PlayStation Network)

Dry your eyes

Rain has the same ethereal quality as ICO. Much like Fumito Ueda’s masterpiece, this is a muted experience, orchestrated only by the sound of running water and composer Yugo Kanno’s twinkly score. It’s also a tale of boy meets girl, where two kindred spirits connect under the starlight of a sodden dream world. The parallels are...

Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (PlayStation Network)

Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (PlayStation Network)

The only thing scarier than dying alone is surviving alone

Lone Survivor manages to concoct a tier of fear that many contemporary horror titles have been struggling to achieve. Through exceptional use of sound and visuals, this indie title creates a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere, and furthers its psychological minefield with compelling...

Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD (PlayStation Network)

Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD (PlayStation Network)

Not-so-clever girl

Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD harkens back to a time when games were simple and focused. Back in the day, the gameplay spoke for itself so there was little need for a narrative, and your overall goal was clear and simple: rescue the princess, shoot the demons, or in this case, hunt the dinosaurs. You play as a nameless hunter,...