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NHL 16 (PS4)

NHL 16 (PS4)

The icemen cometh

When EA Canada said that NHL 14 would be skipping a next generation release so that it could concentrate on making NHL 15 the best that it could possibly be, no one really batted an eyelid. It sounded like a perfectly reasonable thing and for the most part it was accepted. That is, until NHL 15 released. Hockey's first foray onto...

Beyond Eyes (PS4)

Beyond Eyes (PS4)

Feline fine

Video games are like empathy generators. More than any other medium they allow us to feel what it might be like to be another type of person. Beyond Eyes is great example of this – a game which attempts to simulate the experience of being blind. But while it plays host to some fiendishly clever design, its slow pace and slightly...

Fat City (PS4)

Fat City (PS4)

Smash and grab

Fat City is a clever puzzle game with slim depth. The Hitman Go-esque pegged maps make for some interesting solving at first, and a variation of characters add some diversity – but power-ups and stale layouts make the difficulty and frankly, the fun, virtually nonexistent. You'll play as a Chris Knox, a man who has a particular set...

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)

Revenge is a dish best served on the PS4

In a genre that prides itself on balanced gameplay and character building, you can always count on the Disgaea franchise to be the outlier in the strategy role-playing realm with its ability to not take itself too seriously. If you've played previous instalments, you'll know that a wacky cast and...

Destiny: The Taken King (PS4)

Destiny: The Taken King (PS4)

New monarchy

It's been a rocky old road for Destiny, but it's finally found some smooth terrain with The Taken King – the title's biggest expansion to date. The new content marks the second year of Destiny's life, and with it comes the realisation that Bungie has taken a rather large step forward in crafting something special. It's undoubtedly...

SOMA (PS4)

SOMA (PS4)

SOMAch to do, so little time

Horror games should be scary – but this is easier said than done. Sure, there have been some very successful examples such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but all too often the genre relies on jump scares to startle unsuspecting players rather than get inside their head. Swedish outfit Frictional Games did much...

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4)

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4)

By the book

The most recent instalment in the series, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a whimsical point and click adventure title developed by King Art Games. Though the release is centred around the typical core mechanics of the genre – that is to say, you'll be interacting with the environment, objects, and characters in order to overcome...

Flame Over (PS4)

Flame Over (PS4)

Burn baby burn

Flame Over's hot stuff for two reasons: it's got an eye for terribad puns and if you invest the effort it's actually a lot of fun. Laughing Jackal's self-described pyroguelike launched on the PlayStation Vita earlier in the year, offering the fiercest fire fighting foray on PlayStation since Konami's forgotten third-person douser...

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)

A diamond in the rough

Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed Metal Gear franchise is known for its showy, fantastical, and often down-right ridiculous mythos – and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain doesn't handle things too differently. In the fifth entry in the series, you're put in the boots of Big Boss – a rather disgruntled war veteran...

Leo's Fortune (PS4)

Leo's Fortune (PS4)

Fleeting fancy

It seems like every month there are thousands of new platformers released onto the market, and amid this crowd, it can be very hard for original titles to stand out and attract the attention of gamers. Leo's Fortune, developed by Swedish studio 1337 & Senri, aims to buck this trend. It packs plenty of reasons to convince you to...

Mad Max (PS4)

Mad Max (PS4)

What a waste-land

With the recent cinematic success of Mad Max: Fury Road, there has never been a better time for a game based on Max Rockatansky's particular brand of vehicular chaos. With Avalanche Studios – the masters of mayhem behind the Just Cause series – handling development duties for this PlayStation 4 title, confidence was high that...

Knock Knock (PS4)

Knock Knock (PS4)

Nobody's home

Horror games have been in a rut as of late - for every Until Dawn, there's a Daylight or a Slender that's so hell-bent on using jump scares and tropes that they're a chore to slog through. Developers Ice-Pick Lodge have thankfully gone for the opposite of that with Knock Knock, a psychological horror that's more about creeping the...

Dishonored: Definitive Edition (PS4)

Dishonored: Definitive Edition (PS4)

Not Attano improvements

It's almost been three years since Dishonored snuck onto the PlayStation 3, and when we donned the daunting mask of Corvo Attano back then to creep through Dunwall without so much as killing a soul or making a sound, we still regard Arkane Studios' runaway success with much-deserved admiration. Whether you choose to take a...

Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita)

Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita)

A memorable encounter

Amnesia: Memories is an otome visual novel where you play the nameless heroine who has lost her memories. The reason given in the opening scenes of the game is that a sprite named Orion has collided with you and takes up the space in the brain where your memories used to be. A cute notion, but as the storylines unfold, you...

Dynamite Fishing - World Games (PS4)

Dynamite Fishing - World Games (PS4)

We’re going to need a bigger boat

Fish, eh? Sitting under the water, frustrating fishermen by only nibbling their bait once every few hours. Well, no more. A dedicated lowbrow crew of virtual fishers who include Redneck Joe and Wild Wendy are taking the fight back to the fish – with dynamite. And you're invited to throw caution - and large...

Super Time Force Ultra (PS4)

Super Time Force Ultra (PS4)

A force to be reckoned with

At its core, Super Time Force Ultra is a heavily addictive side-scrolling shooter, and a great one at that - even without the intuitive Time Out feature. The game is beautifully smooth to play from start to finish; members of the Super Time Force feel responsive and effortless to control, which is somewhat essential given...

Madden NFL 16 (PS4)

Madden NFL 16 (PS4)

Take a Tebow

There are three types of people when it comes to American Football: the people that love it, the people that don't care about it, and the people who think that it's 'namby-pamby rugby'. Only the people in the first camp would usually play this year's edition of the Madden series, even more so now because of the increasing tactical...

Grow Home (PS4)

Grow Home (PS4)

Son of a beech

Grow Home is yet another small indie-esque release from Ubisoft, following closely in the footsteps of Child of Light and Valiant Hearts. It combines unique gameplay, a stunning graphical style, and a cute story about robots and plants in an attempt to recreate the sensation of rock-climbing. But does this plucky platformer climb to...

Armello (PS4)

Armello (PS4)

Beastly

Board games have had a surprising renaissance in recent years. No longer are they an item collecting dust in your Nan's closet, but a fun and viable pastime. This has led to some video game developers capitalizing on this increased interest, producing titles that emulate the style of a board game. One of the most interesting of these is...

VVVVVV (PS4)

VVVVVV (PS4)

VVVVVV has come to

VVVVVV is an 8-bit retro style platformer that was first developed for the PC back in 2010, and has now been ported to the PlayStation 4. The story follows the journey of six brave space adventurers, all with names beginning with the letter V, that get transported to another dimension while exploring space. As the player, you...