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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...

Let's Fish! Hooked On (PlayStation Vita)

Let's Fish! Hooked On (PlayStation Vita)

Plenty moe fish in the sea

The closest that we’ve ever come to a fishing rod is the one that shipped alongside the Dreamcast – which is fitting seeing as PlayStation Vita exclusive Let’s Fish! Hooked On was designed by many of the people that worked on SEGA Bass Fishing. And it really shows: from the overenthusiastic speech samples to the...

Orgarhythm (PlayStation Vita)

Orgarhythm (PlayStation Vita)

Beat it

A little music can be a powerful thing. A blast of a favourite track can give us a burst of energy to complete a gruelling gym session; it can give us the strength needed to battle back against the monotony of another dreary work day. An impassioned chant, or the beat of a drum, can lend us the resolve to overcome a foe, whether it's on the...

Chimpact (PlayStation Mobile)

Chimpact (PlayStation Mobile)

Simian-ply amazing

“Chimpanzees are members of the Hominidae family, along with gorillas, humans, and orangutans, and live in large multiple-male and multiple-female social groups called communities. Well known for making nests at the top of tall trees, chimps are constantly falling down 2-300 meters only to have a mysterious force fling them...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PlayStation 3)

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PlayStation 3)

Not quite lightning in a bottle

The amalgamation of Platinum Games action and Hideo Kojima absurdity is realised with Metal Gear Rising: Revengence. The title's high octane, adrenaline-fuelled combat is complemented by a melodramatic narrative involving a band of unique and powerful warriors, fighting for ideals, honour, and the love of war...

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (PlayStation 3)

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (PlayStation 3)

Fist of the bore star

Sequels are generally a straight forward affair – or at least they have been this generation. Ideally, a sequel should remove or fix problems that plagued the first game, while adding new, polished content and improving core gameplay. With Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2, developer Koei’s job should have been a...

Zombie Driver HD (PlayStation Network)

Zombie Driver HD (PlayStation Network)

Rot gear

Guts, guns, and gasoline: it’s a match consummated in the underworld. At least it should be, but EXOR Studios’ matter-of-fact PlayStation Network racer Zombie Driver HD gets its wheels in a spin in some crucial areas. It results in a braindead isometric zombie slayer which sadly lacks the bite of its subject matter. You fill the...

Sumioni: Demon Arts (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Sumioni: Demon Arts (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not worth the Monet

Sumi-e is a form of ‘ink wash painting’ popularised in Asia approximately 1,400 years ago. It’s a striking art form that aims to capture the soul of its subject rather than attempt photo-realism and has been used to great effect in videogames before, with Okami being a notable example. Developers are always looking for...

Dokuro (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dokuro (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Undead good

Are you itching for a smart and interesting puzzle platformer? One with an undead theme and a hero faced with the challenge of rescuing a princess from his evil master? Then Dokuro's got you covered. Having witnessed the Dark Lord capture a beautiful blonde monarch, your envy and renewed moral standing compels you, a mere skeleton...

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PlayStation 3)

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PlayStation 3)

Crikey! This game is flippin' tidy, mun!

Nowadays, large-scale RPGs seem to be everywhere, and with such a rich choice of games available, it’s hard to discern the classics from the rabble. It can also be easy to exaggerate the quality of the very best in the genre, due to long development processes and the length of the adventures on offer. But...

Beats Trellis (PlayStation Mobile)

Beats Trellis (PlayStation Mobile)

Pocket producer

Beats Trellis may sound like the name of a hip rhythm action game, but it’s actually a barebones digital audio workstation. Designed by Sony Computer Entertainment’s research and development department, the digital download allows you to compose simple audio motifs on the move. It’s designed in the style of Ableton and Reason,...

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PlayStation Portable)

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PlayStation Portable)

Shock till you drop

With a title like Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, it’s immediately clear that you’re going to be in for a bumpy ride. The sequel continues the sadistic, horribly twisted atmosphere of the first game perfectly well – but it doesn’t bring much new to the table. It’s admittedly more of an expansion to the first game than a...

Gun Commando (PlayStation Mobile)

Gun Commando (PlayStation Mobile)

All outta gum?

It’s been a good 20 years since DOOM blasted its way onto the scene and laid the foundations for the rise of the first-person shooter. Some people may look back on its arrival with dismay given how stagnant the genre has become, but its legacy cannot be denied. Developer Green Hill Studios hopes to capitalise on that with its latest...

The Cave (PlayStation Network)

The Cave (PlayStation Network)

Cavern club

The first adventure game ever to be released was a text title created by computer programmer and caver enthusiast, William Crowther. It's fitting, then, that Double Fine’s latest bid to revive the forgotten genre is also set in a cave. But this is not Crowther’s 1976 exploration game – it's a modern experience, complete with Ron...

Beats Slider (PlayStation Mobile)

Beats Slider (PlayStation Mobile)

A new riff on an old classic

We don’t know about you, but we’ve always been hopeless at those pesky slider puzzles. Rather than try to solve our alphabetical one as a child, we decided to rearrange our understanding of the order of letters. It’s proved a nightmare in later life, we have to admit. Still, trust FuturLab – the developers of...

Haunt the House: Terrortown (PlayStation Mobile)

Haunt the House: Terrortown (PlayStation Mobile)

Phantom menace

The latest in Sony’s PlayStation Mobile initiative, Haunt the House: Terrortown sees you adopt the role of an ethereal being named Ghost and challenges you with the task of scaring people for, well, no apparent reason really. Ghost’s story begins in a clock tower that serves as the game's central hub. With the mysterious music,...

escapeVektor (PlayStation Network - Vita)

escapeVektor (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The great escape

Part of what makes escapeVektor so charming is how wonderfully simplistic it is. The title's Pac-Man-esque gameplay sees you navigating minimalistic mazes in order to open up an exit, all the while avoiding deadly traps that threaten to thwart your progress. It's a really basic idea, but despite its lack of complex mechanics, the...

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Poker face

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune was always going to feel like a letdown compared to the epic adventure of Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Billed as a classic card game, the title lacks the explosive attraction of its parent franchise. But can the cheap and cheerful digital title succeed on its own merits, irrespective of the property that it's...