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Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (PlayStation 3)

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi (PlayStation 3)

A novel idea

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi is one of those rare video games that aren’t really video games at all. Actually, it’s a novel, cunningly disguised as something that you need a controller for. Occasionally the story will be interrupted with a choice for you to make, but largely the main goal is to keep on reading. It may be...

Bound by Flame (PlayStation 4)

Bound by Flame (PlayStation 4)

Dragon rage

Bound by Flame is the PlayStation 4's first foray into the magical land of fantasy role-playing games. Over the last few months leading up to release, developer Spiders has thrown numerous trailers and screenshots online, and although you can never judge a finished product from its media, it's worth pointing out that this particular...

Pure Chess (PlayStation 4)

Pure Chess (PlayStation 4)

Rookies welcome

Way back in 2012, UK developer VooFoo Studios converted the mighty game of chess to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Despite looking the part, however, Pure Chess was hindered by its limited multiplayer options. Now, the Hustle Kings developer has returned for a second round, wielding the power of the PlayStation 4 in the process. Has it...

Sportsfriends (PlayStation 4)

Sportsfriends (PlayStation 4)

Couch joustice

Everybody knows that the two absolute worst things about outside sports are being forced to leave the house and actually having to exert energy. That’s where Sportsfriends comes in. Forget about wet weekends on muddy football fields, and think about trashing your BFFs in a fine game of Johann Sebastian Joust instead. With four games...

SoulCalibur: Lost Swords (PlayStation Network)

SoulCalibur: Lost Swords (PlayStation Network)

En garbage

Forget about missing blades, we suspect that the folks at Bandai Namco may have misplaced their minds while developing SoulCalibur: Lost Swords. This wretched free-to-play fighter serves up the gaming equivalent of seppuku, except the ancient Japanese suicidal rite isn’t riddled with obnoxious loading times, and thus is preferable to...

Demon Gaze (PlayStation Vita)

Demon Gaze (PlayStation Vita)

Should have gone to Specsavers

When Demon Gaze first burst onto the scene in Japan last January, it sold 25,316 physical copies in its first week alone, outselling Compile Hearts' Monster Monpiece which launched on the same day. Subsequently, PlayStation Vita owners outside of Japan rejoiced as Kadokawa Games’ dungeon crawling success story was...

Outlast: Whistleblower (PlayStation 4)

Outlast: Whistleblower (PlayStation 4)

Shhh

Red Barrels’ excellent Outlast was one of the earlier PlayStation 4 indie releases, deploying at the start of the year to critical acclaim from many corners of the enthusiast press. Plotting a return to the survival horror format of old, the core campaign served up a tense survival horror affair that found you using a video camera to not only...

No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not badman

The world of free-to-play gaming may be fraught with peril, but that doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely no fun to be had. Retro inspired puzzler No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! represents yet another foray into this potentially deadly minefield by Sony. But is its classic gameplay enough to elevate it above the competition, or...

Titan Attacks (PlayStation 4)

Titan Attacks (PlayStation 4)

Attack on Titan

When it hit arcades, Space Invaders revolutionised video games, making what was viewed by many as a novelty into a global industry. At that same time, it also provided inspiration for a legion of today’s game developers, and this influence is abundantly clear in Titan Attacks from British developer Puppygames. Coming to the...

Muramasa Rebirth (PlayStation Vita)

Muramasa Rebirth (PlayStation Vita)

Radiant revival

While most widely known as the family-friendly home console featuring a myriad collection of party games and fitness titles, the Nintendo Wii was also home to some of last generation’s better adult-oriented forays. Many of these titles got swept under the rug due to poor sales and a missing target audience, but some received much...

Starlight Inception (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Starlight Inception (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Failure to launch

The space combat genre seems to be making something of a comeback lately, with releases like Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut lighting up the dark corners of space. As such, it’s only right that the PlayStation Vita should get its own spaceship game, and Starlight Inception by Escape Hatch Entertainment is a Kickstarter project...

Daylight (PlayStation 4)

Daylight (PlayStation 4)

Low battery life

Daylight is the procedurally generated horror game from Zombie Studios, the indie outfit best known for free-to-play first-person shooter Blacklight Retribution. It has the distinction of being the first game released using the new – and largely impressive – Unreal Engine 4, making this an attractive proposition for visual...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels (PlayStation Network)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels (PlayStation Network)

Pick a card

Trading card games are everywhere these days, mostly thanks to smartphones and the free-to-play model. Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels looks to present the genre in a more traditional way. With thousands upon thousands of cards available to collect and utilise in battle, as well as both single player and online modes, it’d be easy to spend...

Stick It to the Man (PlayStation 4)

Stick It to the Man (PlayStation 4)

Scratch and sniff

Stick It to the Man is the story of a young adult with a hand sticking out of his head. This tale also includes aliens, a few clowns, a crocodile with a taste for human flesh, and a skeleton pirate. With the kind of dark humour that you may remember from the likes of Ren and Stimpy – and an art style to match – this is an...

Child of Light (PlayStation 4)

Child of Light (PlayStation 4)

Painted paradise

Child of Light, a new two-dimensional role-playing game from Ubisoft, is best described using the titles that it was so obviously influenced by. With a Limbo-esque atmosphere, a Final Fantasy IX-inspired narrative, a visual style straight out of a storybook, and the occasional smattering of Rayman-style platforming, this is an...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PlayStation Network)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PlayStation Network)

Half shelled

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – a game developed by Red Fly Studios and published by Activision – released in August last year on both Steam and the Xbox 360 to a largely atrocious reception. With the game taking around eight months to hit the PlayStation 3, then, one would expect (or at least hope) that the delay...