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Just Dance 2016 (PS4)

Just Dance 2016 (PS4)

Tonight's gonna be a good night

Just Dance is the bane of every Ubisoft press conference – from last year's huge group of dancers to this year's out-of-tune and insanely awkward Jason Derulo, it's never been a property that's been taken too seriously. Yet this year's edition has plenty of new features and content – most of which isn't available...

Goosebumps: The Game (PS4)

Goosebumps: The Game (PS4)

Say cheese and die

The title screen for Goosebumps: The Game issues a warning to players in a cute nod to R.L. Stine's corny but effective "reader beware" slogan – but there's more than just Monster Blood to fear here. Novels like It Came from Beneath the Sink and Stay Out of the Basement were enormous in the early to mid-90s, and this author...

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 5 - The Vault of the Traveler (PS4)

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 5 - The Vault of the Traveler (PS4)

Finger-gun fight at the O.K. Corral

Tales from the Borderlands ended its first season recently – coincidentally, on the same day that Life Is Strange concluded – after nearly a year. While the release "schedule" for this series has been shaky at best for most of its run, Telltale remained a little more consistent as we got closer to the...

Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition (PS4)

Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition (PS4)

Sin-ply divine

PC gamers have been roaming through Divinity: Original Sin since the middle of last year, after a successful Kickstarter campaign and some hefty delays. For these day-one players, it's been yet another long wait for the Enhanced Edition to roll out: an immense - and free - update to the initial release that fleshes out and extends an...

Blood Bowl 2 (PS4)

Blood Bowl 2 (PS4)

Fantasy football

With turn-based strategy games usually taking place in some sort of military or empire building setting, it's always nice to see a title bring something a little different to the table. In Blood Bowl 2, American football's been forced through a Warhammer fantasy filter to create a violent sport where Humans, Orcs, Elves, and Dwarves...

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS4)

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS4)

Extended for your pleasure

With BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, Arc System Works' much admired 2D fighting series has arrived on the PlayStation 4, bringing its 28 characters to duke it out on Sony's newest console. Is this a good thing? In short, yes, it is. BlazBlue games are crafted with care and attention, and this pays rich dividends for...

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)

Raging for the machine

Guitar Hero Live is Activision's answer to Harmonix's Rock Band 4, and seems to be the complete polar opposite to it. While the new Rock Band allows you to use old instruments, Guitar Hero introduces a completely new one; where Rock Band 4 allows you to import old songs, Guitar Hero Live doesn't. The two rhythm games, despite...

NOW That's What I Call Sing (PS4)

NOW That's What I Call Sing (PS4)

Grand(e)

SingStar PS4 divided opinions when it first launched – it was missing a lot of important features, and seemed rushed out to capitalise on the success of Sony's new system. NOW That's What I Call Sing, a game that many of you probably haven't even heard of, aims to capitalise on the otherwise near-empty console karaoke market, and it does...

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized (PS4)

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized (PS4)

Say goodbye to the Strangerhood

Well, the moment is finally here. After nine months and five episodes, the first season of DONTNOD's Life is Strange has come to a close. We can pretty confidently say that we're not alone in hoping there are more seasons on the horizon, but for now, the story of Max Caulfield, Chloe Price, and the ensemble cast of...

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4)

Ten a penny

Yes, it's better than Assassin's Creed Unity. Ubisoft's romp through revolutionary Paris was a steaming mass of merde, so the publisher had little margin for error with Assassin's Creed Syndicate – the latest instalment in the French firm's flagship open world franchise. But while transposing the property's iconic undercover killing to...

SkyScrappers (PS4)

SkyScrappers (PS4)

Scrapping the barrel

UK-based developer Ground Shatter's debut title comes in the form of SkyScrappers – a vertically-orientated brawler that sees two or more combatants fight their way up a crumbling tower and attempt to navigate all sorts of falling clutter as they do so. It's a fresh enough twist on the genre's often infamous auto-scrolling...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (PS4)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (PS4)

A Witcher's work is thankfully never done

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone is downloadable content done right. After being supported for weeks after its initial launch with free bits and pieces, the open world role-playing game's first of two expansions is here, and it's absolutely essential for anyone who enjoyed Geralt of Rivia's main...

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Survive and endure

Set two months after the events of the previous game, Corpse Party: Blood Drive sees Ayumi Shinozaki return to make amends for the havoc that she wrought. Ayumi is told if she returns to the Heavenly Host Elementary School and casts a spell from the magic grimoire, the Book of Shadows, then she can bring back her deceased friends...

One Upon Light (PS4)

One Upon Light (PS4)

Linger in shadows

Manipulating light in games has, of course, been done before. There are many a puzzle in many a game that require you to angle beams of sunshine just right to unveil a secret, solve a puzzle, or to allow you to move on. One Upon Light is a game that takes these puzzles and turns them on their head; instead of using light to...

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

Embryonic

A visual novel prequel to the BlazBlue fighting games, XBlaze Code: Embryo has been available on the PlayStation Vita in Japan since July 2013, and North America since June 2014. Having finally reached European players, has it been worth the wait? The premise of the game is relatively simple. The main character, Touya, is faced with a...

GEX (PSone)

GEX (PSone)

GEX-sticulates yelling '90s pop culture quips

A game can be an interesting representation of its generation without being beautiful, timeless, and artistically ageless. Released on the EU's PSone in April 1996, GEX was loud, brash, and in-your-face, but so were films like Point Break and ska-punk bands such as Assorted Jelly Beans during the 1990s...

WRC 5 (PS4)

WRC 5 (PS4)

Muddy good

The racing genre is still poorly represented on the PlayStation 4, with Evolution Studios' hardy DriveClub the only real option on the appliance outside of launch title Need for Speed: Rivals and Milestone's many motorcycle simulations. Polyphony Digital overlord Kazunori Yamauchi doesn't seem in any real hurry to reveal Gran Turismo 7...

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Tales of Zestiria (PS4)

Lemon gel zest

Where to start with Tales of Zestiria? The latest lengthy Japanese role-playing release of a series that's been a staple of Namco's output for what seems like an age, it's the franchise's first PlayStation 4 foray. There's a clear ambition from the developer to make things bigger and to explore themes, concepts, and gameplay mechanics...