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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PlayStation 3)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PlayStation 3)

"Is that your 'please punish me' face?"

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is a hard-sell. It’s what reviewers like to call ‘a niche title’, meaning a game that the majority of PlayStation 3 owners will pick up and then swiftly put back down. Set in a land governed by gaming tech, it's the third instalment in the Neptunia JRPG series, a franchise...

Dead Island: Riptide (PlayStation 3)

Dead Island: Riptide (PlayStation 3)

Better off dead

Dead Island: Riptide brings you back to the unfortunate backdrop of the Banoi archipelago where 2011’s flawed Dead Island left off. The infection has spread to a neighbouring island, forcing the four survivors of the previous game and one newcomer (John, a rude ex-soldier) to try and make it through another tropical apocalypse. As...

Dragon Fantasy: Book I (PlayStation Network)

Dragon Fantasy: Book I (PlayStation Network)

Dragged out fantasy

Harkening back to the days of rather basic 2D Japanese RPGs like the original Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior, Dragon Fantasy: Book I at first appears to be little more than a tribute to the games that created a genre. However, on closer inspection, the title manages to craft its own thoughtful identity through a clever use of...

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PlayStation 3)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PlayStation 3)

On par

The threat of stagnation with annual sports titles is something that EA faces with a large chunk of its catalogue. This year's iteration of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is no exception, delivering another enjoyable digital facsimile of golf, with just enough tweaks and additions to tempt truly committed fans into upgrading. For everyone else,...

Guacamelee! (PlayStation Network)

Guacamelee! (PlayStation Network)

Viva la lucha

Besides being a brilliant pun, Guacamelee! is a potent mix of platforming and brawling, wrapped-up in a cartoon-styled Mexico. The delightful Metroidvania-inspired adventure takes plenty of props from the greats that solidified the genre, but gracefully manages to maintain its own charm and personality, resulting in a digital download...

BioShock Infinite (PlayStation 3)

BioShock Infinite (PlayStation 3)

Queen Elizabeth

Columbia doesn’t feel all that familiar at first. Zachary Hale Comstock’s secluded slice of Americana promptly presents itself as a sunbaked tapestry of carnival attractions and hallowed gardens; a blue skied paradise basking in the ideals of a prophet bold enough to secede from the sodom of the corruption lurking below, and set...

Darkstalkers Resurrection (PlayStation Network)

Darkstalkers Resurrection (PlayStation Network)

Once bitten, twice fly

While Capcom’s Darkstalkers franchise has never enjoyed the same level of fanatic enthusiasm as its bigger brother Street Fighter, the monster mash of fighting games has still maintained a devoted following despite not receiving a true new entry since 1997. Ardent fans have been howling for the return of Felicia and company...

Hungry Giraffe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Hungry Giraffe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Head and shoulders above the rest

Originally launching over a year ago as a free PlayStation Mini with PlayStation Plus, Hungry Giraffe is the latest game to make the jump from watered-down budget piece to fully-fledged PlayStation Vita title. But while we enjoyed Mr. Giraffe’s original outing, do the new features in this upgraded version warrant...

Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (PlayStation Network)

Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (PlayStation Network)

Rally no good

Jeremy McGrath garnered much fame during the 90s, even earning the title ‘King of Supercross’. So, any fan of the man would hope that Jeremy McGrath's Offroad lives up to the name on the box. Sadly, this is a dull and repetitive paint-by-numbers racing game. The title does the minimum required for a game of this generation and...

Life of Pixel (PlayStation Mobile)

Life of Pixel (PlayStation Mobile)

Not quite pixel perfect

Life of Pixel takes you on a nostalgia fuelled trip through the early era of video games. Playing as a fed-up green pixel – named, er, Pixel – you venture through worlds based upon the Atari 2600, Sinclair Spectrum, BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC464, Commodore 64, Game Boy, NES, and more. Like the classic platformers that it's...

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PlayStation 3)

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PlayStation 3)

Crime traveller

It’s fairly obvious that newcomer Sanzaru Games has poured its heart and soul into Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The long-awaited fourth instalment in PlayStation’s premier theft simulator is bursting with reverence for the franchise that Sucker Punch introduced over ten years ago, and that’s evident in every inch of the...

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not cluckin' easy to pigeonhole

It may not be as perplexing as the cause and effect quandary of which came first, the chicken or the egg, but describing PlayStation Vita title Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken by assigning it to a single specific gaming genre may leave you flapping. Take a glance at screenshots and you could be tempted to make...

Germinator (PlayStation Network)

Germinator (PlayStation Network)

Best left in the incubator

We’ve seen our fair share of bubble-puzzle games over the last few years, each attempting to put a new spin on the genre, be it through engaging art styles or subtle but original gameplay tweaks. Germinator attempts the latter, requiring you to match up coloured germs in order to make them expand and explode, hopefully...

WRC Powerslide (PlayStation Network)

WRC Powerslide (PlayStation Network)

Stuck in the mud

Simulation racers are not for everyone. Settle down for a casual round of Gran Turismo 5 with the folks from the cricket club and you’ll spend more time staring at barriers than the actual road ahead. It’s with that in mind that Italian developer Milestone has concocted WRC Powerslide, an isometric riff on its hardcore licensed...

Tomb Raider (PlayStation 3)

Tomb Raider (PlayStation 3)

Uncharted territory

Lara Croft, one of the most iconic protagonists in gaming, has finally returned with a contemporary tale designed to reboot the Tomb Raider series. And it's a magnificent comeback. Crystal Dynamics' new take on the heroine mixes combat and exploration in a compelling fashion, resulting in one of the best action adventure titles...

God of War: Ascension (PlayStation 3)

God of War: Ascension (PlayStation 3)

Banishing demons

God of War: Ascension is the strange type of title that could only exist at the end of a console’s lifespan. The prequel to Sony Santa Monica’s savage Spartan series thrives on years of iteration, delivering the slickest entry in the series yet. But it’s also bankable, and as a non-numbered instalment in a long-running...

Urban Trial Freestyle (PlayStation Network)

Urban Trial Freestyle (PlayStation Network)

Trials Devolution

The runaway success of the Trials series on the Xbox 360 has exposed the need for a motorcycle platforming game on the PlayStation 3, and, finally, a mere four years since the release of Trials HD, a clone of the series is available on the PS3 and Vita. Sadly though, it fails to bring the magic of the Microsoft games to Sony's...

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PlayStation 3)

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PlayStation 3)

Game over, man

If you’re even remotely plugged into the online gaming ‘ether’, then you’ll be fully aware of the controversy surrounding Aliens: Colonial Marines. Infamously stuck in development hell for several years, the shooter was supposedly passed from pillar to post behind the scenes, and it really shows. One of the first things that...

Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (PlayStation 3)

Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (PlayStation 3)

Far more than pushing square

In many ways, Dynasty Warriors' long running Empires spin-off series is more refined than the set of original games that form their basis. Typically, they add in new characters, weapons, and stages, overhaul a few mechanics, and overlay everything with relatively simple strategy elements. Indeed, Empires games are known...