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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. 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. If you took...

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...

Worms Battlegrounds (PlayStation 4)

Worms Battlegrounds (PlayStation 4)

At war with itself

Way back in the hazy days of 1995, we doubt that plucky British studio Team 17 imagined that it would be making Worms games a couple of decades later. Alas, we’re now gaming on Sony’s fourth major home console, and the developer’s recognisable wrigglers have arrived to bring their own brand of genocide to the next-gen...

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

You got the touch

Lemmings is a lot like Tetris: no system is complete without an iteration of the iconic puzzle property. Ever since acquiring the rights to the franchise alongside legendary publisher Psygnosis, Sony has made it its mission to chaperone the series onto several of its systems, culminating in an EyeToy compatible edition and a...

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStation 4)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStation 4)

Back to the Führer

"Shooting, stabbing, strangling Nazis," is the response that long time Wolfenstein protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz gives when asked what he's been up to recently. Starting all the way back in the early nineties with Wolfenstein 3D, he’s definitely shown an enthusiasm for his craft, making it seem more of a pastime than a career. In...

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

The number games

There’s one in every family, isn’t there? One person who has to spoil every gathering, causing drama on social media, and jumping out, murdering people all of the time. No? In Drakengard 3, that’s exactly what happens. As moody anti-heroine Zero, you’ll need to trek across mountains or through lush green forests on a quest...

Soul Sacrifice Delta (PlayStation Vita)

Soul Sacrifice Delta (PlayStation Vita)

Grimm not grim

Soul Sacrifice Delta aims to tempt bookworms back to the brutal pages of Librom – the sarcastic yet helpful novella that just so happens to provide a portal into the world of sorcerers. Initially pitched as one of the PlayStation Vita’s saviours, Keiji Inafune’s original adventure didn’t quite reverse the struggling format’s...

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

The questionable quest for cute

There aren’t many games as unusual as Mugen Souls Z. Its main character is a young goddess who carries around a coffin, not for any reason in particular, just because the writers needed some kind of container and that seemed to make sense. That’s not the weirdest thing that you’ll see either. Charged with...