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Secret Ponchos (PlayStation 4)

Secret Ponchos (PlayStation 4)

All hat, no cattle

Secret Ponchos is a Spaghetti Western-themed multiplayer game that, at the point of its arrival on the PlayStation 4, is also available to play through the Early Access programme on Steam. This is a little worrying, as for all intents and purposes, the PC version isn’t considered ‘finished’, but yet the console edition is...

Rollers of the Realm (PlayStation 4)

Rollers of the Realm (PlayStation 4)

They see me rollin'

There are some unusual mash-ups of game genres out there that are either smashing successes or faltering failures. There are RPG third-person shooters like Mass Effect, hack-‘n’-slash action RPGs such as Darksiders II, and then there’s something like Destiny, an MMORPG open world first-person…well, you get the gist of...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PlayStation 3)

It's dangerous to go alone

WayForward has been toying with the Adventure Time property in games for a while now, and hasn’t quite managed to merge the show’s wacky personality with a compatible interactive experience up to this point. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom finally gets the pairing right, and while it’s not without...

BlazeRush (PlayStation 3)

BlazeRush (PlayStation 3)

Blaze of glory

Missiles and bullets flying past cars; monster trucks and flying saucers whizzing down tracks; collisions, crashes, and that all-important final lap overtake – this is BlazeRush, a brand new PlayStation 3 racer from Russian developer Targem Games. This drive-‘em-up offers a short story about underground racing and your...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PlayStation 4)

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PlayStation 4)

Bat to basics

The LEGO series has been on a roll lately, with multiple high scoring titles over the past 12 months or so. The question is: does LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham have what it takes to topple the others – or should it have simply stayed in the shadows? Contrary to LEGO game tradition, the story in this edition is fairly forgettable...

The Crew (PlayStation 4)

The Crew (PlayStation 4)

Thank you for driving dangerously

If you’ve ever fancied taking a coast-to-coast road trip across America, then you were probably excited by the announcement that Ubisoft's latest driving game The Crew was offering the chance to do just that. Even with its abbreviated version of the USA, the scale of its game world, coupled with the chance to tear...

Teslagrad (PlayStation 4)

Teslagrad (PlayStation 4)

Fatal attraction

Teslagrad’s opening scene is bold, beautiful, and utterly beguiling, cleverly drawing you into its world, without wasting a single second on needless exposition. Unfortunately – while certainly a lot of fun – the rest of the game fails to live up to the lofty precedent set by this prologue. It’s a shame, as hidden just below...

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PlayStation 4)

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PlayStation 4)

Take off your pants and jacket

Welcome back to the land of the undead and undressed, where you are a modern day vampire roaming the streets of Akihabara, stripping others of their finest threads. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed has been doing the rounds on Sony’s systems for a while now, finally arriving on the PlayStation 4 following a...

Speakeasy (PlayStation 4)

Speakeasy (PlayStation 4)

Don't lose your head

Speakeasy is what happens when you take a great idea, strip it of all but the very bare essentials necessary for it to work, and then release it at about ten times its worth and hope that people buy it based on the premise alone. If it were free-to-play, you’d feel ripped off. This game isn’t just bad, it’s insultingly...

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSone)

Jill sandwich, please, petrified with mixed herbs

Republished on Friday, 5th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 31st October 2013: Spencer Mansion, set deep in Raccoon Forest, looming loftily in the...

MediEvil (PSone)

MediEvil (PSone)

Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

Republished on Thursday, 4th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 19th October 2013: It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and...

WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

Republished on Thursday, 4th December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release, Ultimate...

Tomba! (PSone)

Tomba! (PSone)

The pig-eating caveboy gets a second chance

Republished on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Monday, 12th November 2012: While many retro enthusiasts will grumble endlessly about how digital...

Final Fantasy IX (PSone)

Final Fantasy IX (PSone)

I want to be your canary

As far as Final Fantasy games go, Final Fantasy IX is one of the most cohesive, charming entries in Square Enix's beloved series. It marked the franchise's last showing on the PSone, and although Final Fantasy VII is always brought to the forefront of conversation whenever Japanese RPGs are mentioned, it's definitely...

Crash Bandicoot (PSone)

Crash Bandicoot (PSone)

Marsupial madness

At one time, Crash Bandicoot was the face of the PlayStation brand, but through licensing headaches and the creation of other characters, the spunky star hasn’t quite gone on to fill the role of Nintendo’s Mario or Microsoft’s Master Chief. However, the hero’s titular game remains a signature PlayStation classic that served...

Driver (PSone)

Driver (PSone)

Reflections in your rear-view mirror

Before Driver rolled onto the PSone in 1999, developer Reflections Interactive had already delivered two enjoyable driving experiences, in the form of the Destruction Derby games on Sony’s first console. With a physics engine that delivered a fun drive, and destructible vehicles that had debris flying off their...

Metal Gear Solid (PSone)

Metal Gear Solid (PSone)

Liquid gold

You’ve just infiltrated a highly secure enemy base using only your cunning and the scant equipment that you happened to find on your way. After rendezvousing with your hostage, you’re showered with a stirring speech on the importance of global nuclear disarmament, as well as the horrific impact of an increasingly militarised world...

Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Buy it, don't Robbit

Republished on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary this week. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 5th October 2013: The 16-bit console wars were merciless. During the early concept stage of the PlayStation console,...