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One Upon Light (PS4)

One Upon Light (PS4)

Linger in shadows

Manipulating light in games has, of course, been done before. There are many a puzzle in many a game that require you to angle beams of sunshine just right to unveil a secret, solve a puzzle, or to allow you to move on. One Upon Light is a game that takes these puzzles and turns them on their head; instead of using light to...

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

Embryonic

A visual novel prequel to the BlazBlue fighting games, XBlaze Code: Embryo has been available on the PlayStation Vita in Japan since July 2013, and North America since June 2014. Having finally reached European players, has it been worth the wait? The premise of the game is relatively simple. The main character, Touya, is faced with a...

GEX (PSone)

GEX (PSone)

GEX-sticulates yelling '90s pop culture quips

A game can be an interesting representation of its generation without being beautiful, timeless, and artistically ageless. Released on the EU's PSone in April 1996, GEX was loud, brash, and in-your-face, but so were films like Point Break and ska-punk bands such as Assorted Jelly Beans during the 1990s...

WRC 5 (PS4)

WRC 5 (PS4)

Muddy good

The racing genre is still poorly represented on the PlayStation 4, with Evolution Studios' hardy DriveClub the only real option on the appliance outside of launch title Need for Speed: Rivals and Milestone's many motorcycle simulations. Polyphony Digital overlord Kazunori Yamauchi doesn't seem in any real hurry to reveal Gran Turismo 7...

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Lemon gel zest

Where to start with Tales of Zestiria? The latest lengthy Japanese role-playing release of a series that's been a staple of Namco's output for what seems like an age, it's the franchise's first PlayStation 4 foray. There's a clear ambition from the developer to make things bigger and to explore themes, concepts, and gameplay mechanics...

Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Don't Gnorc it

While Insomniac Games has become one of PlayStation's most recognised developers, it cut its teeth with the little known PSone first-person shooter Disruptor, which launched in 1996. It was a DOOM clone among many others that populated the gaming landscape at the time, but there were aspects to it that made it stand out among the...

Toto Temple Deluxe (PS4)

Toto Temple Deluxe (PS4)

Goat to catch ‘em all

Goats, eh? They get a bad press with their association with satanic rituals, being the head parts of man eating mythological Chimeras, and generally being the lesser loved when it comes to field sharing with the more cuddly and socially acceptable sheep. But thanks to Toto Temple Deluxe on the PlayStation 4 – building on...

Zombie Vikings (PS4)

Zombie Vikings (PS4)

Norse so bad

Zombie Vikings trades heavily on its character, and what's here shows a lot of heart and creativity – but it's mired by repetition, which means that while this brawler is charming enough to capture your attention, it's unlikely to hold onto it for long. A big part of its appeal is its aesthetic. Much like developer Zoink Games'...

Thief Town (PS4)

Thief Town (PS4)

This town ain't big enough for the four of us

Another day, another retro-styled, multiplayer-focused indie title. This time around, we have Glass Knuckle's Thief Town, a multiplayer stealth action game set in, as the developers jokingly put it, "a pixel-perfect rendition of the Wild West". The tongue is firmly wedged in cheek, then, which is fine by...

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...