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Sniper Elite III (PlayStation 4)

Sniper Elite III (PlayStation 4)

Boom headshot

It’s ironic that so soon after the release of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, another title with a very different outlook on war has stealthily marched onto the PlayStation 4. In Sniper Elite III, rather than making you think about the needless loss of life, this latest instalment in the distance shooter series asks that you revel in...

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3)

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3)

Shoryuken handle it?

Street Fighter has long been one of the most popular fighting games in the genre, with title releases on just about every platform since 1987. The most recent Street Fighter IV demonstrates Capcom’s commitment to keeping the series alive, with a staggering five iterations on the original build making Ultra Street Fighter IV...

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mix it up

Shop keepers are an important part of almost every RPG, but they very rarely get the attention that they deserve. They focus a bunch of effort into putting together a nice collection of weapons and potions, and do they even get a spot in the final cutscene? Were they even asked? In Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland, you’re...

Monster Monpiece (PlayStation Vita)

Monster Monpiece (PlayStation Vita)

Cover-up girl

It’s fair to say that Western support for the PlayStation Vita has dwindled in the past year or so, setting the stage for several Japanese ports to step up and plug the hole. None, however, are more questionably sexualised than Monster Monpiece; a card game where leveling up monster girls by rubbing the handheld’s touchscreen in a...

Battle Princess of Arcadias (PlayStation Network)

Battle Princess of Arcadias (PlayStation Network)

Such a peach

Being a princess is overrated. You’ll soon wear out your waving hand, you have to speak to poor people (which even poor people hate doing), and the occasional gifted helicopter from the in-laws does little to take the edge off. Being a battle princess, alternatively, is a completely different affair. It means you get to go out and hit...

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Be kind, rewind

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse has been made possible due to the generosity of franchise fans courtesy of a successful Kickstarter campaign. The only catch with this funding drive was that the game would be split into two episodes, with the intention to get the package into the hands of backers as quickly as possible. This...

Mind Zero (PlayStation Vita)

Mind Zero (PlayStation Vita)

Never mind this one

Without a doubt, Mind Zero appears to be a genuinely high quality JRPG. It has an enticingly sleek art direction, an atypical twist on its familiar gameplay, a diverse cast of characters, and a promising story premise, so we were naturally impressed by the brainpower that must have gone into the game. But as we delved a little...

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PlayStation 4)

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PlayStation 4)

Dead to rights

Not many games actively attempt to avoid putting you in danger, but Murdered: Soul Suspect on the PlayStation 4 attempts to walk this less travelled road by having very little combat and putting you in the shoes of a ghost. This unique perspective means that you have limited influence on the physical world around you, making you feel...

NASCAR '14 (PlayStation 3)

NASCAR '14 (PlayStation 3)

Go daddy

NASCAR ’14 sets out its stock racing stall right from the starting line. Rather than bombard you with heavily edited footage of a Go Daddy branded bar of soap on wheels, it instead tempts you in with a Buzz-esque quiz on Jeff Gordon’s past performances in the Sprint Cup series. It’s these nuggets of trivia that link the racer’s...

ZRun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

ZRun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The running dead

The endless runner and the zombie are seemingly at opposite ends of the video game spectrum. The former is reserved almost exclusively for smartphone-fuelled exercises in mediocrity, while the latter is usually deployed only in the hardest of hardcore horror games. With ZRun, Beatshapers has attempted to reconcile these two warring...

1001 Spikes (PlayStation 4)

1001 Spikes (PlayStation 4)

Another spike bites the dust

1001 Spikes is a retro-inspired platformer from Nicalis, the firm of Cave Story fame. It’s a remake of Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes – an Xbox Live Arcade indie game from way back in 2011 – and is an 8-bit side scrolling adventure that, on first appearances, is somewhat similar to the throng of other...

Entwined (PlayStation 4)

Entwined (PlayStation 4)

Always together, forever apart

Entwined is the first game from new studio Pixelopus, a brand new addition to Sony’s Worldwide Studios network. The title’s trailer premiered this week during PlayStation’s big E3 2014 press conference, and to the delight of many – this author very much included – it was announced that the game would be...

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 - In Sheep's Clothing (PlayStation Network)

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 - In Sheep's Clothing (PlayStation Network)

A sheep in wolf's clothing

We’re just one episode shy of wrapping up the debut season of Telltale Games’ episodic Fables adaptation, and while we look to the final instalment to tie up loose ends and answer burning questions, it’s equally important that the penultimate chapter takes the time to set it up properly – and that it seemingly...

Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (PlayStation Vita)

Let's nep nep

The colourful lands of Gamindustri are once again under threat – not from an evil organisation or an enraged Histy, but rather by an influx of idols in the charts. One idol group in particular, MOB48 – a take on the insanely popular Japanese girl group AKB48 – have been causing a bit of a kerfuffle, having stolen all of the CPU's...

Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Free-to-plane

Fans of Ace Combat are always hungry for new releases, with the last major instalment Ace Combat: Assault Horizon performing its first barrel roll over three years ago. It was no surprise, then, that when Ace Combat: Infinity was announced, there was much rejoicing – well, until everyone realised that the latest entry in this beloved...

PlayStation Vita Pets (PlayStation Vita)

PlayStation Vita Pets (PlayStation Vita)

Watch dogs

Virtual pet games have got a bad name. We don’t mean the type of embarrassing monikers that you’re likely to overhear at a haughty dog breeder’s meeting, but more a downright abysmal track record when it comes to quality. Unsurprisingly, the House of Mario set the standard for portable animal interaction with Nintendogs on the...

Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4)

Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4)

Push square to hack

Ever since its announcement and reveal back at E3 2012, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs has ironically been held under close inspection ever since. A sandbox adventure with a focus on hacking, it's an ambitious game that's chocked full of ideas and mechanics taken from some of the publisher's other properties and various open world titles...

Puddle (PlayStation 4)

Puddle (PlayStation 4)

Hyperactive hydration

If Puddle was a person, it would be a hyperactive four-year-old. Indeed, this perky puzzler-cum-platformer practically percolates with restless aplomb. But does this energetic attitude keep the experience afloat, or will the title’s soggy antics leave you drowning in misery? At its core, this physics-based outing is a pretty...