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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PlayStation 3)

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PlayStation 3)

Back to basics

This author has been lucky enough to see the Atelier franchise slowly evolve over the past five years. With each PlayStation 3 title, new mechanics have been introduced, scrapping those that didn't previously work and improving on those that did. Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is the biggest improvement yet, though, as it...

White Night (PlayStation 4)

White Night (PlayStation 4)

Good night and good luck

White Night, the debut title from OSome Studio, is a bit of an oddball. A monochromatic neo-noir horror adventure, the game is certainly more than capable of standing out from the crowd. Sadly, while it gets a heck of a lot of things right, it also has some issues that let it down. The title's colour palette is almost...

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PlayStation Vita)

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PlayStation Vita)

Boned by blood

Imagine being born as an adult, and then only having around two years to live; that's the terrible fate that awaits your cursed clan in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. But this depressing destiny doesn't just act as a backdrop for the story – it also forms the basis of gameplay and progression, as you work your way through generation...

Flame Over (PlayStation Vita)

Flame Over (PlayStation Vita)

Prepare to fry

Real world fire fighting requires perseverance, and Flame Over, a PlayStation Vita roguelike from British indie Laughing Jackal, demands a similar level of dedication. You control the ironically named Blaze, a London-based fireman with a big hat and a bushy moustache. Your objective is to work your way through the various randomly...

Limbo (PlayStation 4)

Limbo (PlayStation 4)

Arachnophobia

Playdead's critically acclaimed Limbo has been slowly creeping onto just about every platform on the planet since its original release in 2010. Now, a whopping five years after its inaugural outing, the experience has lurched its way onto the PlayStation 4. You play as an unnamed boy on the edge of Hell – the title is taken from the...

Zombie Army Trilogy (PlayStation 4)

Zombie Army Trilogy (PlayStation 4)

Just a little off the top

Zombies have been the perennial whipping boys of the shooter genre for a while now, and it was inevitable that at some point they'd get mashed up with Nazis – second in the cannon fodder league table – to create the ultimate guilt-free targets to blast away at. While Zombie Army Trilogy on the PlayStation 4 is far from...

Pillar (PlayStation 4)

Pillar (PlayStation 4)

Cult of personality

The chances are that at some point in your life, you'll take some sort of psychometric assessment – such as a Myers-Briggs test – where, based on your answers, you'll be given a full rundown on your personality preferences. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, a thinker or a feeler? Whatever the answer, you'll find some...

Starwhal: Just the Tip (PlayStation 4)

Starwhal: Just the Tip (PlayStation 4)

Off the (nar)whal

It's hard to sell someone on a niche indie game when there are so many bigger, more popular options out there – but we're going to try anyway. Starwhal: Just the Tip certainly isn't for everyone, but its couch-based action makes it a real treat for those who crave multiplayer mayhem. Sony's consoles, and the PlayStation 4 in...

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PlayStation 4)

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PlayStation 4)

Boardwalk bliss

There's only one way to build upon a game's success: take the original concept, tack on a Hollywood theme, and pack it full of puns. British developer Roll7's clearly been taking tips from fellow favourite Hello Games, as OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood has followed an almost identical progression to daredevil extraordinaire Joe...

Helldivers (PlayStation 4)

Helldivers (PlayStation 4)

Lead farming

Super Earth is expanding, and it's your job to do the dirty work. The Helldivers are called in to slaughter alien life forms so that mankind can extend its reach across the galaxy, and that means you're going to need a lot of big guns, air support, and explosives. A co-op shooter for up to four players, both locally and online,...

Motorcycle Club (PlayStation 4)

Motorcycle Club (PlayStation 4)

Death on two wheels

Motorcycle Club is a racing game on two wheels with a few twists. The most notable addition is the ability to switch between three different bikes on the fly. You'll have access to a superbike, roadster, and custom all at once for each race, and tapping L1 or R1 will allow you to hop between saddles depending on the situation...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode One: Penal Colony (PlayStation 4)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode One: Penal Colony (PlayStation 4)

Penal infection

You never know quite what you're going to get with Resident Evil anymore. After all, Capcom's flagship franchise has cultivated so many clangers over the years that it's lucky to be held in such high esteem. Of course, a lot of that goodwill stems from the series' various smash hits: an unforgettable night in the Spencer Mansion, a...

Trivial Pursuit Live! (PlayStation 4)

Trivial Pursuit Live! (PlayStation 4)

Genius in a can

If there's one problem with the physical version of Trivial Pursuit, it's that there aren't enough klaxons. Without loud noises and bright lights, how are you supposed to know how awesome and attractive you obviously are? Ubisoft's latest adaptation drops most of what made the question-and-answer board game such a huge success,...

Dragon Ball XenoVerse (PlayStation 4)

Dragon Ball XenoVerse (PlayStation 4)

Sparking!

If you're a fan of Dragon Ball, be it the brilliantly detailed original manga series or the animated adaptation, the chances are that the story is now embedded deep within your psyche – especially if you've played even just a few of the licensed games over the years. It's hard to surprise a fan, then, because they already know the plot...

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (PlayStation 4)

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (PlayStation 4)

Empires of the Sun

Trying to describe Dynasty Warriors' spin-off Empires series is a difficult proposition, even to someone who's familiar with the franchise's main instalments. At their core, the games are the same, in that gameplay still involves hacking and slashing your way through entire armies in a bid to conquer China, but it's everything...