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Battlefield Hardline (PlayStation 4)

Battlefield Hardline (PlayStation 4)

Battlefield Vice

We all know what police officers are like, don't we? If semi-documentaries like The Wire, CSI, The Shield, and A Touch of Frost are anything to go by, there's barely a person in law enforcement on either side of the pond that isn't addicted to meth and good-hearted hookers. As easy as it is for us to identify with these fictional...

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode Four: Metamorphosis (PlayStation 4)

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode Four: Metamorphosis (PlayStation 4)

Dumb and dumber

Pin back your decaying lugholes and listen for a second: there are two endings to Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and one will leave you feeling significantly more satisfied than the other. In what's perhaps a nod to survival horror games of old, there's a throwaway choice in an earlier episode that completely changes the complexion of...

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 - Atlas Mugged (PlayStation 4)

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 - Atlas Mugged (PlayStation 4)

Cool story, bro

It's taken an age for Telltale Games to release the second instalment in its Tales from the Borderlands series. The first episode deployed all the way back in December, and in the time since, it's released not one but two episodes in its other ongoing story, Game of Thrones. The question is: has the continuation of Rhys and Fiona's...

Shiftlings (PlayStation 4)

Shiftlings (PlayStation 4)

Janitors of the Galaxy

Co-op titles are all the rage nowadays – and in Shiftlings, this is certainly the name of the game. In it, two alien janitors happen across a special drink known as Black Hola Cola, and when one of the extraterrestrials gulps the syrupy substance, his suit inflates like Violet from Willy Wonka. Funnily enough, the characters...

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...