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The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

The Last of Us: Left Behind (PlayStation 3)

Girls just want to have fun

There was a lot to like about The Last of Us’ core campaign. Naughty Dog’s survival horror opus was not only successful in pushing the limits of the ageing PlayStation 3 from a pure hardware perspective, but it also exceeded expectations from a narrative stance, too. Where other developers stumble, the Californian...

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Trippin’ balls tremendously

You could look at TxK and pass it off as a simple indie game that harks back to the arcade shooter days of old. However, dismissing it as such would not account for the history and significance behind it. Jeff Minter, the game’s creator, has been in the industry since 1982, and is arguably best known for his 1994...

Doki-Doki Universe (PlayStation 4)

Doki-Doki Universe (PlayStation 4)

Everybody do the robot

We’re a funny lot, the human race. Capable on the one hand of compassion and understanding, we’re also simultaneously prone to bouts of some much less desirable traits. Doki-Doki Universe from HumaNature – a team made up of some of the creators of 16-bit classic ToeJam & Earl – takes you on a tour of, well, human...

Outlast (PlayStation 4)

Outlast (PlayStation 4)

Corpse on camera

Outlast is the first title from Red Barrels, a Canadian developer founded by industry veterans. It also happens to be an absolutely cracking debut. Originally released on the PC in September of last year, the survival horror has shuffled onto the PlayStation 4, where it’s available as a free PlayStation Plus download at the time...

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PlayStation Vita)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PlayStation Vita)

Addicted to despair

Hope's Peak Academy: a social melting pot for Japan's best students, and home to a horrific killing game that provides teenagers with the motives for murder. This is Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a title that's part visual novel, part point-and-click adventure, and part courtroom craziness. But is this sinister scenario worth...

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Index addiction

There’s something deadly about the combination of addictive gameplay and online leaderboards. It’s something that we sampled in Rock Band, where grown men would blast out Hannah Montana songs in the hopes of nailing those few extra notes. Surge Deluxe is equally moreish, without ever serving as a gateway to twerking. As such, if...

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4)

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4)

Polished treasure

Rather than force you to sit through a string of paragraphs longer than the average historical textbook, we’ll get straight to the point: Lara Croft’s next generation debut looks the part on the PlayStation 4. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition may be little more than a cleaned up retread of last year’s dirty day-trip to...

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not broken, just bent

Kickstarter has been the proud parent to many creations over the past few years, the latest of which is the fifth instalment in the legendary point-and-click adventure franchise, Broken Sword. Split into two parts for some bewildering reason – with the second episode due out in the first quarter of this year – Broken Sword...

Zombeer (PlayStation Network)

Zombeer (PlayStation Network)

Brain dead

Games that aim to make their audience laugh are a very hard thing to pull off. After all, not everyone’s funny bone has the same comedic sensibilities, and that makes it a difficult line to traverse. As a result, for every Portal there are three stinkers like Deadpool waiting in the wings. Moonbite and Padaone Games are the latest...

Twisted Lands: Shadow Town (PlayStation Network)

Twisted Lands: Shadow Town (PlayStation Network)

Twist and shout

Twisted Lands: Shadow Town is a hidden objects game by Alawar Entertainment, ported from mobile platforms to the PlayStation 3. While it’s been available on the PlayStation Network for a few months now in Europe, it’s just arrived in North America. The big question is: should it have taken the long journey over the Atlantic in...

Adam's Venture Chronicles (PlayStation Network)

Adam's Venture Chronicles (PlayStation Network)

Can you Adam and Eve it?

If there’s one thing that’s missing from Uncharted, it’s puzzles that test your knowledge of the Bible. We’ve all thought it at some point: Nathan Drake just doesn’t believe in God enough. Don’t worry too much, though, as the folks behind Adam’s Venture Chronicles have spotted a gap in the market, and there are...

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Top tiles

Mahjong World Contest is a mahjong solitaire variant with two twists: there’s a three star rating based on objectives, and clearing the board isn’t necessarily your overall goal. These tweaks augment a degree of tactical thinking to a rule set that arguably lacks the original Chinese game’s strategy – and it’s better for it,...

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation Network - Vita)

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Marathon man

Commander Video must be the envy of every eight-bit gym attendee. The intrepid athlete at the heart of – wait for it – BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 – Future Legend of Rhythm Alien never seems to tire of jogging from left-to-right, making our Wendy’s weighted legs shudder at thought of such strenuous exercise. Still, with the...

OlliOlli (PlayStation Network - Vita)

OlliOlli (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Cool boarder

Once at the apex of industry excitement, the extreme sports genre’s popularity has faded faster than the artwork on an abused skateboard. Now a pastime for Hanson imitating teenage misfits, the days of earnestly discussing kickflips over a curry in the office canteen have long faded. British indie Roll7’s hoping to turn back the...

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 - All That Remains (PlayStation Network)

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 - All That Remains (PlayStation Network)

Bite me

When episodic outfit Telltale Games’ macabre The Walking Dead adaptation first shuffled its way onto the PlayStation Network way back in 2012, many people were apprehensive following a string of licensed tie-ins that didn’t quite hit the mark. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Lee and Clementine’s five episode first season proved...

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (PlayStation 3)

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (PlayStation 3)

Poirot Click

Adventure games and mystery novel plots go together like butlers and random acts of homicide. There’s nothing better than a good whodunit, especially when you’re part of the action, neck-deep in clues and yelling at innocent bystanders in the hope that one of them knows something. The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is a decent...

Streetkix Freestyle (PlayStation Portable)

Streetkix Freestyle (PlayStation Portable)

A kick in the balls

Soccer may not be the most popular sport in the United States, but the same can’t be said outside of the country. Around the world, not only is football enormous, but it’s a lifestyle for many. As a result, the beautiful game has its own street iteration, boasting a number of mind-boggling ball tricks. Streetkix Freestyle...

Don't Starve (PlayStation 4)

Don't Starve (PlayStation 4)

The hunger game

Nature is beautiful. We observe it from pictures and videos from the safety of our home. We get up close to it on vacations through tour guides and hikes. And sometimes, we even interact with it by camping in the wilderness, preparing with ample supplies and experiencing only a sliver of what it must be like to rough it for real. But...