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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,...

Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 3)

Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 3)

Touchdown

Ditching its typical naming pattern for something a little more celebratory, Madden NFL 25 marks the silver anniversary for EA Sports' massively popular American Football series. However, even though this is still a great game, it's not quite the commemoration that you may have wished for, offering plenty of tweaks and enhancements, but...

Elminage Original (PlayStation Portable)

Elminage Original (PlayStation Portable)

Classic dungeon crawling

Elminage Original harks back to the early days of dungeon crawlers. It's an RPG that revels in simplicity, yet cloaks it in a shroud of ill-explained character classes and nonlinear progression. It very much looks and feels like its 80s and 90s ancestors, such as the Wizardry series and early Dragon Quests. It imitates the...

Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 3)

Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 3)

Three is a magic number

Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. These three personalities are at the very core of Grand Theft Auto V – one of the most anticipated games of this console generation. Everything that happens within the title revolves around the trio, from the gripping get-rich-quick heists that punctuate the story to the side activities that...

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PlayStation 3)

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PlayStation 3)

Reborn to try

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a remake of the failed PC release of the same name, only this time, Square Enix has ported the title to the PlayStation 3. It’s a completely cross-platform game, where PC and PS3 players all reside on the same servers with the exact same content. Purchasing the game includes a 30 day subscription,...

Farming Simulator (PlayStation 3)

Farming Simulator (PlayStation 3)

Under thresher

Much like life on the land, Farming Simulator will not be for everyone. The agricultural adventure’s plodding, methodical pace is a far cry from the high-octane antics that the majority of developers tend to plant on the PlayStation 3, and as such it will demand a very determined personality to reap anything from the experience at...

Diablo III (PlayStation 3)

Diablo III (PlayStation 3)

The path to paradise begins in Hell

We've spent the past few days hacking and slashing through hordes of monstrosities, hoovering up loot, dazzling fellow adventurers with grandiose spells, instilling fear into the hearts of our enemies, and preventing Hell from consuming the world. Not literally, of course – we are referring to Blizzard...

Dragon Fantasy: Book II (PlayStation Network)

Dragon Fantasy: Book II (PlayStation Network)

Less is more

A direct sequel to Dragon Fantasy: Book I, Dragon Fantasy: Book II continues the story of Ogden and his party. It's still full of cheeky humour, silly dialogue, and old school JRPG gameplay – but does it improve enough upon its predecessor? Developer Muteki Corporation could have easily stuck to what it had already created with the...

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PlayStation Network)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PlayStation Network)

Sibling Revelry

Renowned for developing first person shooters, it may surprise some to discover that Starbreeze Studios are behind this charming indie adventure. Whether they choose to continue developing titles like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is unclear, but they’ve certainly proven that they’re more than capable of expanding their scope...

Puppeteer (PlayStation 3)

Puppeteer (PlayStation 3)

Ahead of the game

Within minutes of starting Puppeteer, it's clear that it's an absolutely stunning game. The art style, the animation and the sheer amount of detail packed into each and every visual asset make the title a joy to behold. Trailers and screenshots simply don't do the product justice – this is something that you need to see in motion...

Disney Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Disney Infinity (PlayStation 3)

It's a kind of magic

Let's start off by addressing the flying Dumbo in the room: Disney Infinity is not simply a Skylanders clone from the House of Mouse. It's pure, unadulterated Disney magic – and completely worth the arm, leg, and kidney that you're inevitably about to spend on it. Even before Pixar's seminal 1995 blockbuster Toy Story,...