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Homefront: The Revolution (PS4)

Homefront: The Revolution (PS4)

Viva la revolución

The nightmare that surrounded Homefront: The Revolution's development is no secret. After being passed between two different publishers and changing its gameplay in favour of a non-linear style, the title has finally staggered its way towards the finish line after a series of setbacks. But has the extra time and attention poured...

Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

Adios, Amiga

Of the numerous reboots, remakes, and remasters this generation has brought us, this one may just be the most drastic. Originally released in 1989 on the Commodore Amiga, Shadow of the Beast was well received and lauded for its mind-blowing visual fidelity. Heavy Spectrum's modern take on the hard-as-nails classic has been a long time...

Battleborn (PS4)

Battleborn (PS4)

Genre blended meta growth

Back in 2014, Gearbox Software head honcho Randy Pitchford incomprehensibly described Battleborn as an "FPS; hobby-grade co-op campaign; genre-blended, multi-mode competitive e-sports; meta-growth, choice epic Battleborn Heroes". While no one could quite decipher just what he was going on about, it was safe to assume that...

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)

Tanks for the memories

When Valkyria Chronicles launched on the PlayStation 3 in 2008, it was a breath of fresh air. A solid strategy title bolstered by a lovingly crafted watercolour art style, it was hit with critics, and quickly amassed a reasonably niche, but enthusiastic following. Fans of the original will be quick to recommend Valkyria...

Neverending Nightmares (PS4)

Neverending Nightmares (PS4)

Make them stop

Fittingly released at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, Neverending Nightmares is a terrifying survival horror with an individual art style and an intriguing concept. The game is inspired by the real life struggles of project lead designer Matt Gilgenbach, who suffers with OCD and depression. You take control of Thomas, a...

Shadow Complex Remastered (PS4)

Shadow Complex Remastered (PS4)

Press X to Jason

Today, independent and digital titles sit fairly comfortably alongside big budget games in terms of critical reception and public acceptance, but when Shadow Complex was released in 2009, it was customary to finish any sentence that started "It's great..." with a

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)

Greatness from small beginnings

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will not redefine the gaming landscape like its predecessors, but Drake's latest adventure is undoubtedly his greatest yet. With this PlayStation 4 exclusive voyage, Naughty Dog has once again raised the bar for what's possible in the cinematic action game space. And while, in its fourth...

Push Me Pull You (PS4)

Push Me Pull You (PS4)

Global worming

Push Me Pull You is a weird game – and not in a "Tim Burton" kind of way. It's weird in a "I really hope no one walks in on me playing this right now because there is simply no way to reasonably explain what's currently happening on my television screen" kind of way. Thankfully, it's also one of the most hilarious and joyously fun...

The Park (PS4)

The Park (PS4)

Do you wanna ride the rollercoaster?

While developer Funcom's last console release, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, never found its way to a PlayStation platform, its newest title, The Park – developed by the firm's Oslo branch – does find its way onto Sony hardware. The Park is a story that supposedly takes place in the world of one of Funcom's...

Coffin Dodgers (PS4)

Coffin Dodgers (PS4)

Six feet under

We'll be straight with you on this one: Coffin Dodgers is not a good kart racer. Sadly, all it really has going for it is a darkly amusing premise. Sunny Pines retirement village is where the Grim Reaper himself has decided to hang up his scythe after a lengthy career of soul collecting – but not before claiming a few more from his...

Invisible, Inc. (PS4)

Invisible, Inc. (PS4)

Inc-redible

Klei Entertainment has garnered a bit of a reputation over recent years for delivering quality games across very different genres. Whether you're stealthily murdering all comers in Mark of the Ninja or trying not to starve in, well, Don't Starve, its titles have carefully woven gameplay systems that make for enjoyably deep experiences...

Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (PS4)

Hitman: Episode 2 - Sapienza (PS4)

Bellisimo

The quiet, picturesque Italian seafront town of Sapienza is a retiree's dream. Bathed in sun, the cobbled streets are full of cafés, trattorias, and street performers – not to mention the diamond blue sea, and the quaint old church that sits next to it. How strange, then, that for all its serenity, Sapienza works exceptionally well as...

Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Yorigami killer

Another dungeon crawling role-playing game from Japanese developer Experience, Ray Gigant is a good entry point to an often complex genre, boasting streamlined mechanics, an enjoyable story, and decent cast of characters. Adding to the Vita's already crowded catalogue of Japanese titles, does this tale of teenagers and colossal...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (PS4)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (PS4)

It's y'arrrrrrrrlright

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a 2D side-scroller in the classic Metroidvania vein, but with a whimsical story and an anarchic sense of humour that helps separate it from the pack. Taking on the role of a half-genie named Shantae, you'll spend approximately ten hours exploring various islands, solving puzzles in dungeons,...

Severed (PS Vita)

Severed (PS Vita)

'Armless

The main character in Severed is missing an arm; we're going to assume that it fell off following a particularly furious session with Drinkbox Studios' latest game. This colourful PlayStation Vita exclusive has grand aspirations: it's a first-person dungeon crawler with Punch Out!!-esque combat and enough crafting to momentarily capture the...

Alienation (PS4)

Alienation (PS4)

"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters"

Housemarque is renowned for a couple of things: its consistently brilliant arcade titles with incredibly moreish gameplay, and its gloriously colourful visual effects. The Finnish developer's body of work is a kaleidoscopic tour-de-force, the games as vibrant as they are deceptively deep. It should...

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Eclipse (PS4)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Eclipse (PS4)

Sins of the sun

With game releases picking up around this time of year, Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC is a tough sell when you could be experiencing the whimsical magic of Ratchet & Clank or the masochistic beauty of Dark Souls III – and rightly so, considering that the strangely-named Eclipse isn't very special at all. The sun doesn't shine...