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Watch Dogs: Bad Blood (PlayStation 4)

Watch Dogs: Bad Blood (PlayStation 4)

Dreadlock screen

Watch Dogs was a solid sandbox title that was let down by a shallow story and a weak cast of characters, and even though it featured a number of well designed missions and some great combat, a severe lack of personality kept proceedings from being truly memorable. Flash forward, and we have the game's first expansion: Bad Blood...

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PlayStation 4)

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PlayStation 4)

Baker treat

Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate alpha male. He may not be particularly strong, but he has the ability to crush any man with his incredible intellect – and in Crimes and Punishments, a PlayStation 4 adventure loosely based upon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous short stories and the BBC’s more modern adaptation, he practically revels...

KickBeat: Special Edition (PlayStation 4)

KickBeat: Special Edition (PlayStation 4)

Kick it into touch

KickBeat: Special Edition is the re-release of Zen Studios’ rhythm fighting game for the PlayStation 4. Now, you may be asking yourself what a rhythm fighting game actually is – or you may not be. Either way, picture a fusion of Mortal Kombat and DJ Hero, and you’ll more or less have the right idea. Sadly, this game sounds...

Run Like Hell! (PlayStation Vita)

Run Like Hell! (PlayStation Vita)

The running plan

Thanks to frighteningly ubiquitous smartphones, endless runners have become quite literally a dime a dozen. However, rather than attempting to separate itself from this pack, Run Like Hell! embraces its heritage, taking some serious cues from popular titles in the well-worn genre. But does its adherence to tradition see it take out...

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PlayStation Vita)

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PlayStation Vita)

The handheld ultimatum

These days, publisher Koei Tecmo is all but forced to shove its Warriors games onto handheld consoles. With portable devices ruling the Japanese market, it makes perfectly logical sense, and what kind of musou fan would turn down the opportunity to wreck thousands of enemies on a small screen from the comfort of a seat on the...

Fairy Fencer F (PlayStation 3)

Fairy Fencer F (PlayStation 3)

Caught off-garde

Sometimes the best way to succeed is to stick to the bread and butter of the genre, rather than mess about with weird gimmicks. In Fairy Fencer F, developed by Compile Heart, it aims to do just that in using fairies, furies, and fencers. Upon overhearing a rumour, our hungry hero Fang removes the sword in the stone to get his one...

NHL 15 (PlayStation 4)

NHL 15 (PlayStation 4)

Too few men on the ice

Last year, when EA made it apparent that NHL 14 would be the only sports game to be skipping out on arriving on the (at the time) next generation of consoles, some people were distraught – this author included. Why would the publisher miss out on introducing NHL to the PlayStation 4 as soon as possible? It was explained to...

Murasaki Baby (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Murasaki Baby (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Balloon fright

Murasaki Baby made this typically composed critic want to toss his figurative toys out of the pram, and that’s never a good sign. Ovosonico’s long in production PlayStation Vita exclusive whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of the real world to a nightmarish fantasy land, where you must guide a wailing infant and her purple...

Flockers (PlayStation 4)

Flockers (PlayStation 4)

Sheep thrills

In the nineties, Lemmings was so popular with gamers that it appeared on a mind boggling number of platforms, as millions tried – with varying degrees of success – to guide the careless rodents to safety. Since those heady days, you don’t see many titles that follow the Lemmings formula, but with the release of Flockers on the...

Destiny (PlayStation 4)

Destiny (PlayStation 4)

Guardians of the galaxy

Expectations breed negativity, and Destiny's long awaited launch has suffered for it. Despite making more money than we dare to imagine in its first 24 hours on the market, Bungie's latest project has attracted the ire of many players since its servers went live. After what feels like an eternity of hype and huge marketing...

Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (PlayStation 4)

Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (PlayStation 4)

Chip off the old block

Minecraft is quite simply one of those games that will go down in history as a truly revolutionary idea. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson’s block busting sandbox has rapidly transformed into a cultural phenomenon, sprouting memorabilia, fancy dress costumes, and, of course, console ports. This PlayStation 4 release is very much...

The Golf Club (PlayStation 4)

The Golf Club (PlayStation 4)

Fore the fanatics

Breaking into the sports genre is almost impossible if you’re an indie outfit. There’s money to be made in pub games and the like, but you’re never going to see a ten man team take on FIFA or Madden – the odds of success are significantly worse than Tiger Woods’ now that he’s busted his back. The Golf Club by Canadian...

The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PlayStation 4)

The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PlayStation 4)

Needs a bit more tinkering

Sony has never been a stranger to having platformers hit its consoles. In a day and age where 3-D platformers are becoming less common than they should, there are occasions when weʼre treated with a fun little title that rekindles our interest in the genre. Developer Mimimi Productions brings PlayStation 4 owners a new...

Madden NFL 15 (PlayStation 4)

Madden NFL 15 (PlayStation 4)

Defensive win

It’s Madden Season, so it's time to pone your rivals and show them what you're made of on the gridiron — well, the virtual gridiron, at least. Unlike previous titles, this year’s release of the American football simulator makes some pretty massive changes to the way that the game is played. Madden NFL 15 has taken inspiration...

Velocity 2X (PlayStation 4)

Velocity 2X (PlayStation 4)

2Xcellent

Since the very beginning of video game history, developers have strived to give us new and exciting ways of blowing stuff up in space. Whether it’s deadly invaders from planets unknown or chunks of asteroids, it’s all been in preparation for Velocity 2X. Strap yourself in, grab yourself a glass of tang, attempt to figure out what the...

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PlayStation 4)

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PlayStation 4)

A good sssstarting point

Warriors titles may be having a decent critical run of late, but even that doesn't help the fact that this year has already had its fair share of titles from Koei Tecmo's slash-'em-up franchises. We've had Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn, and now we've got Warriors...

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (PlayStation Vita)

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (PlayStation Vita)

On the move, dood!

When someone mentions “hardcore gaming,” your mind probably either springs towards the image of an overweight shut-in with poor hygiene and an obsession with the evils of Call of Duty or, failing that, one of those Korean chaps who inexplicably play Starcraft for six weeks straight. You probably don’t think about a cutesy...

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PlayStation Vita)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PlayStation Vita)

Hello addiction

Anyone who played and enjoyed Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is likely to mention one of its greatest strengths when praising the game: its ability to make you think about and consider the title's events, even when you're not playing. Its narrative structure and cast of interesting personalities meant that you'd end up pondering...

Mahjong Gold (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mahjong Gold (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Shiver me tiles

The Mahjong solitaire variant is a popular genre for handheld devices. In fact, it’s ideal for touch screen handhelds due to the nature of the game: bite-size puzzles solvable by matching pairs of symbols. And, indeed, 8 Floor Games' collection of Mahjong titles with their three star challenges, limited special abilities, and...