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Blood Bowl 2 (PS4)

Blood Bowl 2 (PS4)

Fantasy football

With turn-based strategy games usually taking place in some sort of military or empire building setting, it's always nice to see a title bring something a little different to the table. In Blood Bowl 2, American football's been forced through a Warhammer fantasy filter to create a violent sport where Humans, Orcs, Elves, and Dwarves...

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS4)

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS4)

Extended for your pleasure

With BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, Arc System Works' much admired 2D fighting series has arrived on the PlayStation 4, bringing its 28 characters to duke it out on Sony's newest console. Is this a good thing? In short, yes, it is. BlazBlue games are crafted with care and attention, and this pays rich dividends for...

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)

Raging for the machine

Guitar Hero Live is Activision's answer to Harmonix's Rock Band 4, and seems to be the complete polar opposite to it. While the new Rock Band allows you to use old instruments, Guitar Hero introduces a completely new one; where Rock Band 4 allows you to import old songs, Guitar Hero Live doesn't. The two rhythm games, despite...

NOW That's What I Call Sing (PS4)

NOW That's What I Call Sing (PS4)

Grand(e)

SingStar PS4 divided opinions when it first launched – it was missing a lot of important features, and seemed rushed out to capitalise on the success of Sony's new system. NOW That's What I Call Sing, a game that many of you probably haven't even heard of, aims to capitalise on the otherwise near-empty console karaoke market, and it does...

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized (PS4)

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized (PS4)

Say goodbye to the Strangerhood

Well, the moment is finally here. After nine months and five episodes, the first season of DONTNOD's Life is Strange has come to a close. We can pretty confidently say that we're not alone in hoping there are more seasons on the horizon, but for now, the story of Max Caulfield, Chloe Price, and the ensemble cast of...

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4)

Ten a penny

Yes, it's better than Assassin's Creed Unity. Ubisoft's romp through revolutionary Paris was a steaming mass of merde, so the publisher had little margin for error with Assassin's Creed Syndicate – the latest instalment in the French firm's flagship open world franchise. But while transposing the property's iconic undercover killing to...

SkyScrappers (PS4)

SkyScrappers (PS4)

Scrapping the barrel

UK-based developer Ground Shatter's debut title comes in the form of SkyScrappers – a vertically-orientated brawler that sees two or more combatants fight their way up a crumbling tower and attempt to navigate all sorts of falling clutter as they do so. It's a fresh enough twist on the genre's often infamous auto-scrolling...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (PS4)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (PS4)

A Witcher's work is thankfully never done

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone is downloadable content done right. After being supported for weeks after its initial launch with free bits and pieces, the open world role-playing game's first of two expansions is here, and it's absolutely essential for anyone who enjoyed Geralt of Rivia's main...

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Survive and endure

Set two months after the events of the previous game, Corpse Party: Blood Drive sees Ayumi Shinozaki return to make amends for the havoc that she wrought. Ayumi is told if she returns to the Heavenly Host Elementary School and casts a spell from the magic grimoire, the Book of Shadows, then she can bring back her deceased friends...

One Upon Light (PS4)

One Upon Light (PS4)

Linger in shadows

Manipulating light in games has, of course, been done before. There are many a puzzle in many a game that require you to angle beams of sunshine just right to unveil a secret, solve a puzzle, or to allow you to move on. One Upon Light is a game that takes these puzzles and turns them on their head; instead of using light to...

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

Embryonic

A visual novel prequel to the BlazBlue fighting games, XBlaze Code: Embryo has been available on the PlayStation Vita in Japan since July 2013, and North America since June 2014. Having finally reached European players, has it been worth the wait? The premise of the game is relatively simple. The main character, Touya, is faced with a...

GEX (PSone)

GEX (PSone)

GEX-sticulates yelling '90s pop culture quips

A game can be an interesting representation of its generation without being beautiful, timeless, and artistically ageless. Released on the EU's PSone in April 1996, GEX was loud, brash, and in-your-face, but so were films like Point Break and ska-punk bands such as Assorted Jelly Beans during the 1990s...

WRC 5 (PS4)

WRC 5 (PS4)

Muddy good

The racing genre is still poorly represented on the PlayStation 4, with Evolution Studios' hardy DriveClub the only real option on the appliance outside of launch title Need for Speed: Rivals and Milestone's many motorcycle simulations. Polyphony Digital overlord Kazunori Yamauchi doesn't seem in any real hurry to reveal Gran Turismo 7...

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Lemon gel zest

Where to start with Tales of Zestiria? The latest lengthy Japanese role-playing release of a series that's been a staple of Namco's output for what seems like an age, it's the franchise's first PlayStation 4 foray. There's a clear ambition from the developer to make things bigger and to explore themes, concepts, and gameplay mechanics...

Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Don't Gnorc it

While Insomniac Games has become one of PlayStation's most recognised developers, it cut its teeth with the little known PSone first-person shooter Disruptor, which launched in 1996. It was a DOOM clone among many others that populated the gaming landscape at the time, but there were aspects to it that made it stand out among the...

Toto Temple Deluxe (PS4)

Toto Temple Deluxe (PS4)

Goat to catch ‘em all

Goats, eh? They get a bad press with their association with satanic rituals, being the head parts of man eating mythological Chimeras, and generally being the lesser loved when it comes to field sharing with the more cuddly and socially acceptable sheep. But thanks to Toto Temple Deluxe on the PlayStation 4 – building on...

Zombie Vikings (PS4)

Zombie Vikings (PS4)

Norse so bad

Zombie Vikings trades heavily on its character, and what's here shows a lot of heart and creativity – but it's mired by repetition, which means that while this brawler is charming enough to capture your attention, it's unlikely to hold onto it for long. A big part of its appeal is its aesthetic. Much like developer Zoink Games'...

Thief Town (PS4)

Thief Town (PS4)

This town ain't big enough for the four of us

Another day, another retro-styled, multiplayer-focused indie title. This time around, we have Glass Knuckle's Thief Town, a multiplayer stealth action game set in, as the developers jokingly put it, "a pixel-perfect rendition of the Wild West". The tongue is firmly wedged in cheek, then, which is fine by...