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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4)

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4)

A study in Sherlock

Barely an hour into Sherlock Holmes' latest case, while helping a young boy named Tom find his missing father, you'll be tailing a shady character as a plucky newsboy, who almost suffocates while climbing up a chimney. Next, as Sherlock, you'll grill a local lord and gather more evidence at Tom's home, but not before taking...

Oxenfree (PS4)

Oxenfree (PS4)

Life is strange

Narrative is often overlooked in favour of the more natural forms of interactivity that are inherent to video games. But in the last few years, we've gotten a series of thoughtful and engaging titles that have really pushed the medium forward in this regard. Not only have they changed our perceptions of what constitutes a game, but...

Soul Axiom (PS4)

Soul Axiom (PS4)

Soul sacrificed

Frictional Games' SOMA, last year's sci-fi horror follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, explored the idea of creating a copy of a human being and downloading it into a virtual "ark", thereby preserving mankind in case of global disaster. It proved to be an engaging central conceit, which touched on ideas of identity, morality, and...

Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS4)

Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS4)

Good Faith

When the first Mirror's Edge released in 2008, it performed so poorly on the sales front that it's really quite remarkable that Mirror's Edge Catalyst exists at all. While the original certainly had its fair share of issues, some gamers look back on it quite fondly – especially since there wasn't anything quite like it at the time,...

Neon Chrome (PS4)

Neon Chrome (PS4)

Hacked off

Neon Chrome is a top-down, twin-stick shooter set entirely in what looks like the Shinra Building from Final Fantasy VII given a Blade Runner-esque makeover. You take on the role of a hacker who's trying to bring down a ruthless bad guy known as The Overseer, and to reach him you must work your way through all 32 floors of his heavily...

Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (PS4)

Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (PS4)

Cometh the hour

Those that played Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Sign from here on in) uncovered a fighter with depth, fun, and personality; one that introduced real rewards for aggressive play while also boasting defensive options beyond the genre norm. This bodes well, then, for the Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- (Revelator, from here on in) - a newly...

Hitman: Episode 3 - Marrakesh (PS4)

Hitman: Episode 3 - Marrakesh (PS4)

Don't Morocco the boat

The beauty, complexity, and atmospheric brilliance of Sapienza was always going to be a tough act to follow for IO Interactive, but the bustling Moroccan city of Marrakesh provides ample room for innovation in this month's new episode of Hitman. With crowded markets, labyrinthine streets, and plenty of interiors to explore,...

Dangerous Golf (PS4)

Dangerous Golf (PS4)

Putter fingers

Three Fields Entertainment, the indie studio behind Dangerous Golf, comprises mainly of the same minds responsible for Criterion classics Burnout and Black – and this is abundantly clear from the start. Its debut title is an arcade sports game that shares as much in common with golf as Rocket League does with football. Maybe less...

There Came an Echo (PS4)

There Came an Echo (PS4)

Hearing test

When the topic of voice control in games arises, the conversation rarely goes beyond the thought of a tacked-on feature that could easily have been left on the cutting room floor. Shouting at a guard to distract him in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, voice commands in Binary Domain, and issuing orders to your squad in Tom Clancy's Rainbow...

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS4)

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS4)

By Odin's beard

Odin Sphere looked fantastic back on the PlayStation 2 when it released in 2007, but almost a decade later on PlayStation 4, it looks even better. A stunning side scrolling action role-playing game from Vanillaware, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is a superb remake that oozes quality. The care and attention that's been pumped into this...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)

Shell shock

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a property that has had no shortage of video games over the past two and a half decades. Whether it be sidescrollers, platformers, or arcade-style beat-em-ups, the series has seen its fair share of tie-ins. However, when the franchise is mentioned, the most famous instalment brought up is TMNT: Turtles in...

One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4)

One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4)

Let's burn rubber

As is the case with many manga and anime properties, Eiichiro Oda's One Piece – a hugely successful tale of super powered pirates – is a brilliant basis for a fighting game. Thanks to a massive cast of wacky characters, all of whom boast their own crazy combat abilities, a brawler such as One Piece: Burning Blood seems like a...

Perfect Universe (PS4)

Perfect Universe (PS4)

My God – it's full of stars

Every now and then a game comes out of nowhere with no hype or fanfare and perfectly rocks your video gaming world. Perfect Universe is just such a game – a superb blast of quality indie fun that has an incredibly cool, pretty unique monochrome "hand drawn" art style and a wonderful soundtrack. The title comes...

Overwatch (PS4)

Overwatch (PS4)

Blizz-hard to put down

If you've played many competitive multiplayer shooters, then you've likely spent far too much time celebrating – or, indeed, lamenting – your kill death ratio. Long has this little number been seen as a barometer of your success in online battles, and this in turn helped feed a steady stream of gamers into the Team...

Downwell (PS4)

Downwell (PS4)

My feet are killing you

Well, well, well – if game juice were a real beverage, then Downwell would be the Um Bongo of the fruit flavoured sugar water world. This descend-'em-up by Japanese indie Moppin sees you – and we're quoting the official website here – assume the role of a "young man with gun-boots". The gelatinous protagonist looks...

LUMO (PS4)

LUMO (PS4)

Old school of magic

One thing that's evident from the outset of Gareth Noyce's isometric puzzler is the focus on nostalgia. Noyce is somewhat of an industry veteran working for a number of studios over the past 15 years, including the recently closed Lionhead, Geometry Wars creators Bizarre, and Realtime Worlds. Ostensibly an homage to isometric...

Fallout 4: Far Harbor (PS4)

Fallout 4: Far Harbor (PS4)

Fogging hell

The fog of Far Harbor is to be feared. It inflicts radiation poisoning on those who dare to trek through it, it gives birth to horribly slimy creatures of the deep, and it does an admirable job of obscuring your view of the fiends that stalk the wilderness. The island's residents have a right to fear the mist: it keeps them penned...

Soft Body (PS4)

Soft Body (PS4)

Paint the night

You'd be forgiven for thinking Soft Body is a very unambitious game at first glance. The simple 2D graphics give the impression of a simple Flash game, however upon digging deeper we found that it's incredibly ambitious in its attempt to bring two genres together as one. Soft Body blends the action/puzzle genre with a twin-stick...

Shadwen (PS4)

Shadwen (PS4)

Shatwen

Shadwen is a third-person stealth-action game that begins with the implied murder of a king at the hands of a skilled female assassin. As the monarch's crown falls to the ground, we see the face of a young girl travelling with the killer, and the game flashes back to a