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Call of Duty: Ghosts (PlayStation 4)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (PlayStation 4)

Same old sheet

Over the past five years, the Call of Duty franchise has slow-motion breached its way into popular culture, with millions of fans worldwide eagerly enabling last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II to earn over $500 million in just 24 hours. Whether this trend continues remains to be seen, but the bigger question is: does Call of...

Final Exam (PlayStation Network)

Final Exam (PlayStation Network)

Fight school

The PlayStation 4 is fast approaching, and the PlayStation 3 is still drowning in new downloadable releases every week. The ageing system's PSN catalogue is fit to burst at this point, with stunning titles like Journey and The Unfinished Swan garnering more praise than most retail releases could hope for. Final Exam may not be as...

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Jill sandwich, please, petrified with mixed herbs

Spencer Mansion, set deep in Raccoon Forest, looming loftily in the Arklay Mountains, is the true star of Resident Evil. The colossal and creepy house setting of the game was inherited from Capcom’s 1989 Famicom title Sweet Home, but it was Resident Evil on PSone that popularised the survival...

Proteus (PlayStation Network)

Proteus (PlayStation Network)

Kaleidoscope eyes

On our journey through Proteus, we witnessed history, mythology, nature, industry, death, ascension, and enlightenment. We experienced all of these things, but there's a chance that you may not, because part of the appeal of the release is that it's entirely subjective. As such, this is one of the most thought-provoking titles on...

Batman: Arkham Origins (PlayStation 3)

Batman: Arkham Origins (PlayStation 3)

Flatman

Over the course of two games, the Batman: Arkham franchise has solidified itself as one of the most critically acclaimed properties of this generation. Both instalments have proven that with a lot of love for the source material, licensed titles don't have to be horribly rushed, soulless productions – but without developer Rocksteady at...

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PlayStation 3)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PlayStation 3)

Nautical but nice

There’s more treasure to plunder in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag than in an entire sunken Spanish fleet. Ubisoft’s seafaring sequel represents another colossal endeavour for the ambitious organisation, leaving you free to sail the colourful Caribbean Sea in search of fame, fortune, and more grog than an honest mariner...

F1 2013 (PlayStation 3)

F1 2013 (PlayStation 3)

Pedal to the Vettel

After an exciting first half to the 2012 season, last year’s Formula One World Championship trudged towards an inevitable third title for Sebastian Vettel, continuing his and Red Bull’s dominance of the sport. The 2013 season was, however, supposed to be more competitive; with stable technical regulations, it was said that...

Superfrog HD (PlayStation Network)

Superfrog HD (PlayStation Network)

Princely or wince-worthy?

Superfrog HD is the remake of an Amiga classic from 1993 and was made by the trusted people at Team 17, who are famous for the Worms series. The narrative is not really groundbreaking, but it tells the sweet love story of a prince and a princess. As with all magical kingdoms, though, fate has something else in mind for the...

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PlayStation 3)

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PlayStation 3)

Explosive penguins, dood!

Strategy RPGs aren't usually known for their humour. Sure, Fire Emblem: Awakening inspired the odd chuckle, but for the most part, devising grid-based battlefield attacks is serious business. Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness on the other hand is chaotic, nonsensical, and absolutely mad – and we mean that in the most...

Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (PlayStation Network)

Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (PlayStation Network)

Peg your nose

Orcs are almost the fantasy genre equivalent of Nazis. They often make up the bulk of an evil army, and represent the dumb grunts that you have to wade through in order to reach your goal. But sometimes we're allowed to play as them. In the The Elder Scrolls series, for example, they're a playable race, while in the ridiculously named...

MediEvil (PSone)

MediEvil (PSone)

Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and modern once, but the heartlessness of time can corrode a once dashing new title into decay and disintegration. It took 100 years following a battle against an evil sorcerer called Zarok to wither and erode our hero knight, Sir Daniel...

FIFA 14 (PlayStation 3)

FIFA 14 (PlayStation 3)

Keeping pace

Now comfortable and confident with its position right at the very top of the football gaming league, FIFA remains a solid and reliable choice this year. But with Pro Evolution Soccer slowly but surely closing the gap between itself and EA's consistent franchise, does FIFA 14 do enough to secure its lead? The short answer is yes –...

The Guided Fate Paradox (PlayStation 3)

The Guided Fate Paradox (PlayStation 3)

Fate fighter

The Guided Fate Paradox starts incredibly slowly. Tutorials hold your hand for the first hour, with only a mere sliver of actual gameplay putting in an appearance. Even when it's over, there's still more to learn, although these intricacies are thankfully taught through a staggered approach over time. This initial phase is also thick...

PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 3)

PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer (PlayStation 3)

Putting the Evolution back in PES

Improved physicality has been the goal of many sports titles of late, and while progress has been slow, PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer has managed just that this year. It's this attribute and the overall impact on the beautiful game that has produced one of the best entries in Konami's series in quite some time, and...

Skydive: Proximity Flight (PlayStation Network)

Skydive: Proximity Flight (PlayStation Network)

Don't try this at home

What happened to extreme sports games? They were more popular than Mountain Dew towards the end of the PSone era, but the genre seemed to fizzle out faster than a ska band’s fanbase. Overexposure certainly contributed to Kelly Slater and crew’s sudden crash in popularity, but with only a half-hearted Tony Hawk to compete...

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...