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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - The Bright Lord (PlayStation 4)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - The Bright Lord (PlayStation 4)

Back for Mor(e)dor

Over the several months since its release, minor pieces of DLC have been released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but the prized package that fans have been clamouring for is The Bright Lord. This short campaign story puts you in the armoured boots of the legendary Celebrimbor: the Elf wraith that Talion is bound to throughout...

Bladestorm: Nightmare (PlayStation 4)

Bladestorm: Nightmare (PlayStation 4)

Over the hills and far away

Originally released during the PlayStation 3's earlier years, Bladestorm remains a bit of an outlier as far as Koei games are concerned. Unlike Dynasty Warriors, the series that the publisher is perhaps best known for, Bladestorm is about conquering historical battlefields with brains rather than brawn. Taking on the...

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis (PlayStation 4)

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis (PlayStation 4)

Different, Yeti the same

The latest piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4 – Valley of the Yetis – serves up another sizeable slice of action for the Kyrat faithful, and sees protagonist Ajay Ghale crash landing in the titular valley while investigating reports that Pagan Min's forces are on the hunt for a mysterious relic. After waking...

La-Mulana EX (PlayStation Vita)

La-Mulana EX (PlayStation Vita)

Temple of Doom

Back in the good old days, a game wasn't even considered playable unless it was so hard that you could never actually see beyond the first few levels – that was just how we got our value for money. The late 1980s were a time when men were men – even when they were pre-pubescent or, God forbid, female – and chest hair, flat caps,...

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PlayStation 4)

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PlayStation 4)

Emotion sickness

Final Fantasy Type-0 is a PlayStation Portable title that never made it outside of Japan, much to the dismay of many overseas fans. Boasting real time, action-packed combat and a mission-based structure, it's an example of the franchise stepping out of its comfort zone with a project that's not entirely what we've come to expect. In...

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PlayStation 4)

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PlayStation 4)

Wronged number

Dennaton Games' thrillingly brutal Hotline Miami caused quite a commotion when it was first set free, with the game amassing a diehard following due to its daring art direction and addictive, adrenaline-pumping gameplay. Now, almost two years after its release on PlayStation systems, it's time to don the animal mask once more and take...

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PlayStation 3)

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PlayStation 3)

Back to basics

This author has been lucky enough to see the Atelier franchise slowly evolve over the past five years. With each PlayStation 3 title, new mechanics have been introduced, scrapping those that didn't previously work and improving on those that did. Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is the biggest improvement yet, though, as it...

White Night (PlayStation 4)

White Night (PlayStation 4)

Good night and good luck

White Night, the debut title from OSome Studio, is a bit of an oddball. A monochromatic neo-noir horror adventure, the game is certainly more than capable of standing out from the crowd. Sadly, while it gets a heck of a lot of things right, it also has some issues that let it down. The title's colour palette is almost...

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PlayStation Vita)

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PlayStation Vita)

Boned by blood

Imagine being born as an adult, and then only having around two years to live; that's the terrible fate that awaits your cursed clan in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. But this depressing destiny doesn't just act as a backdrop for the story – it also forms the basis of gameplay and progression, as you work your way through generation...

Flame Over (PlayStation Vita)

Flame Over (PlayStation Vita)

Prepare to fry

Real world fire fighting requires perseverance, and Flame Over, a PlayStation Vita roguelike from British indie Laughing Jackal, demands a similar level of dedication. You control the ironically named Blaze, a London-based fireman with a big hat and a bushy moustache. Your objective is to work your way through the various randomly...

Limbo (PlayStation 4)

Limbo (PlayStation 4)

Arachnophobia

Playdead's critically acclaimed Limbo has been slowly creeping onto just about every platform on the planet since its original release in 2010. Now, a whopping five years after its inaugural outing, the experience has lurched its way onto the PlayStation 4. You play as an unnamed boy on the edge of Hell – the title is taken from the...

Zombie Army Trilogy (PlayStation 4)

Zombie Army Trilogy (PlayStation 4)

Just a little off the top

Zombies have been the perennial whipping boys of the shooter genre for a while now, and it was inevitable that at some point they'd get mashed up with Nazis – second in the cannon fodder league table – to create the ultimate guilt-free targets to blast away at. While Zombie Army Trilogy on the PlayStation 4 is far from...

Pillar (PlayStation 4)

Pillar (PlayStation 4)

Cult of personality

The chances are that at some point in your life, you'll take some sort of psychometric assessment – such as a Myers-Briggs test – where, based on your answers, you'll be given a full rundown on your personality preferences. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, a thinker or a feeler? Whatever the answer, you'll find some...

Starwhal: Just the Tip (PlayStation 4)

Starwhal: Just the Tip (PlayStation 4)

Off the (nar)whal

It's hard to sell someone on a niche indie game when there are so many bigger, more popular options out there – but we're going to try anyway. Starwhal: Just the Tip certainly isn't for everyone, but its couch-based action makes it a real treat for those who crave multiplayer mayhem. Sony's consoles, and the PlayStation 4 in...

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PlayStation 4)

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PlayStation 4)

Boardwalk bliss

There's only one way to build upon a game's success: take the original concept, tack on a Hollywood theme, and pack it full of puns. British developer Roll7's clearly been taking tips from fellow favourite Hello Games, as OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood has followed an almost identical progression to daredevil extraordinaire Joe...