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Super Meat Boy (PS4)

Super Meat Boy (PS4)

Meat your doom

You wouldn't believe how much we hated Super Meat Boy at first. We were quick to label this 2D platformer as being needlessly punishing and thought that it was frustrating not because it has devious level design, but because you have to work with flawed gameplay to win. However, we're glad that we stuck with it despite our negative,...

Bedlam: The Game (PS4)

Bedlam: The Game (PS4)

Unreal torn-ament

The biggest problem with Bedlam: The Game is that you'll wish that it was so much better. This is a razor-sharp commentary on the titles that many of you will have grown up with, all wrapped up in a fascinating plot that keeps you hanging on its every word. But while its genre hopping hijinks are well paired with laugh out loud...

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3)

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3)

Anticlimax

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax has made the leap West. Released for the Vita and PlayStation 3 eleven months ago in Japan, the assist-based 2D fighter brings together characters from the Dengeki Bunko portfolio in a Sega-themed world to battle against a mysterious, evil force. Featuring 14 playable characters and 23 more cameo...

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)

Prime slime

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a name that we don't want to write more than once in this review. It's also the name of a very fun action role-playing game that sees the massively popular Japanese franchise step away from traditional turn-based battles and adopt a gameplay approach that's more akin to...

Heroes of Loot (PS Vita)

Heroes of Loot (PS Vita)

​Every little loot helps

In the mood for some mobile-friendly monster murdering, dungeon marauding, and treasure looting on a bit of a restricted budget? Welcome to your new best friend, Heroes of Loot – a kind of Poundland answer to Diablo-style dungeon crawls. This is a rather lovely, simple, and fun mix of the role-playing and roguelike...

LEGO Dimensions (PS4)

LEGO Dimensions (PS4)

Brick in the wallet

LEGO has been a popular children's toy for many years, and we'll happily admit that we still play with it on the odd occasion because, ahem, we have younger relatives. Obvs. Anyway, it's no surprise that LEGO was transformed into a video game blockbuster , using many major franchises to expand the plaything's reach far and wide...

Rock Band 4 (PS4)

Rock Band 4 (PS4)

I'll be Bach

Admit it, we've been through it: that one phase in our lives where we've picked up a guitar and even considered playing it. A couple of shaky renditions of Smoke on the Water later and it's been quickly discarded in favour of our next "thing" that for God's sake isn't just a phase, Mum. Most people have also picked up Guitar Hero or...

Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)

Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)

A beary good time

What a versatile bunch the Persona 4 gang are! Having already appeared in an RPG, a dungeon crawler, and a couple of fighting games, it's clear that they're willing to give anything a go. In their latest outing – Persona 4 Dancing All Night – they're probably furthest from their shadow bashing wheelhouse, but as luck would have...

Mickey's Wild Adventure (PSone)

Mickey's Wild Adventure (PSone)

Traveller's tenaciously timeless theatrical tales

Every gaming generation has a few genre styles that are dominant, and in the early 1990s scrolling shmups, brawlers, and cutesy mascot platformers were the most prevalent titles on a game shop's shelves. Julian 'Jaz' Rignall was prophetic in his editorial for the February 1991 issue five of Mean...

Grand Ages: Medieval (PS4)

Grand Ages: Medieval (PS4)

Everybody wants to rule the world

Strategy games aren't normally associated with console gaming, instead favouring PC, Mac, and Linux as their platform of choice. This is why it's important for Grand Ages: Medieval to succeed: to bring the genre to a brand new audience. Developed by Gaming Minds Studio, the brains behind Port Royale 3 and Patrician...

Transformers: Devastation (PS4)

Transformers: Devastation (PS4)

More than meets the eye

The Transformers license has certainly seen its fair share of solid games; from the PlayStation 2 title based upon the Armada series all the way through to High Moon's Cybertron releases, it's a property that's generally transcended the usual licensed game fodder. Now, the talented team over at Platinum Games has taken the...

Pumped BMX + (PS4)

Pumped BMX + (PS4)

On yer bike

Ah, the iconic BMX bike – made a cinematic icon in the '80s thanks to E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, BMX Bandits, and erm, well, let's just leave it there. Anyway, here's a game that loves the "art" of BMX riding and has been developed by actual "BMXers" – and having been a hit on mobile devices, it hops onto the PlayStation 4,...

Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul (PS4)

Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul (PS4)

As straight as a shooting star

Despite its awkward name, Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul is a very straightforward and accessible PlayStation 4 fighter that's essentially an enhanced version of Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers, which released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2013. It's got more stages, more characters, a longer story, and a couple of extra...

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

Sic Parvis Magnificent

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves changed everything. The critically acclaimed adventure not only went on to win copious awards following its October 2009 launch, but it also kickstarted a chain of PlayStation 3 exclusives, which – alongside a much needed hardware revision – steered Sony's flagging brand back towards commercial...

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS4)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS4)

Sick

The Tony Hawk series has been around for over 15 years, and in that time introduced a new genre in gaming. The fluidity of pulling off crazy street and vert tricks, the stunning soundtracks, inventive levels, and rich mechanics made it a true standout franchise. However, like most series, the franchise started to lose steam, with developer...

Bombing Busters (PS4)

Bombing Busters (PS4)

Busting your bombs

If you've played Bomberman, whether it was Bomberman II on NES or Bomberman Touch on iOS, you've played Bombing Busters. This Bomberman clone won't seduce you with good looks, a catchy soundtrack, or an engaging story. In fact, Bombing Busters doesn't have much going for it at all. But it plays a lot like Bomberman, so at least...

Overruled! (PS4)

Overruled! (PS4)

Case dismissed

Overruled! is a frantic, diverse brawler in which yourself and three other players compete against each other in order to amass points, with the highest total winning the match. Your score is determined by your performance in a selection of objectives, as well through more conventional means, like attacking your opponents – but...

Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4)

Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4)

Blade running

Stuck in a strange realm somewhere between a sequel and an expansion, Samurai Warriors 4-II is, in many ways, a follow up to last year's superb Samurai Warriors 4 – but it's certainly not the inevitable Samurai Warriors 5. It borrows characters, stages, music, mechanics, voice acting, and even artwork from 2015's historical hack and...

FIFA 16 (PS4)

FIFA 16 (PS4)

Pace yourself

It's easy to say that with every year that passes, it gets harder and harder to review FIFA. EA Sports' annual licensed franchise loves nothing more than to stick to its guns, and with no real competition for its popularity crown, it's no surprise that this is the case. FIFA 15 was another solid, very enjoyable instalment in what's...

WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release,...