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Transistor (PlayStation 4)

Transistor (PlayStation 4)

Bastion of brilliance

Supergiant Games' first effort Bastion is the quintessential indie: a relatively niche game that won over hearts and minds with its good looks and slick shooting. Now along comes Transistor, the studio's sophomore effort, and a game that, upon first glance, seems remarkably similar to its popular progenitor. However, this...

God of War Collection (PlayStation Vita)

God of War Collection (PlayStation Vita)

Fit for a mortal

It’s perhaps indicative of Sony’s current interest in the PlayStation Vita that its first God of War should be a port of a port. While the PlayStation Portable dined on two exceptional original adventures – both prepared by The Order: 1886 developer Ready at Dawn – the platform holder’s latest handheld is being forced to...

Cel Damage HD (PlayStation 4)

Cel Damage HD (PlayStation 4)

More like cell damage

Did you know that Cel Damage was originally a PlayStation 2 title that released in 2001? If you answered ‘yes’, then you may have seen this obscure, cartoon racer sitting in bargain bins, as this title received middling reviews during its first lap on the track. As such, it’s a bit odd to see the game resurrected for...

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 - In Harm's Way (PlayStation Network)

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 - In Harm's Way (PlayStation Network)

Deeper down the rabbit hole

When writing reviews, it’s always important to avoid spoilers, that way you don’t ruin the experience for future players. This is a particular conundrum that we face each time that Telltale Games releases new episodic content, as each instalment builds upon the last, making our lives a misery as we attempt to dance...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PlayStation 4)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PlayStation 4)

Spider-meh

The Batman: Arkham series of games have a lot to answer for. On the one hand, they showed how to make a truly great superhero tie-in, while on the other, they’ve inspired what feels like an endless procession of imitators that borrow heavily from its formula but fail to deliver experiences of a similar quality. Swinging onto the...

Sparkle 2 (PlayStation 4)

Sparkle 2 (PlayStation 4)

Let it shine

There’s a treasure in the world of Sparkle 2 that’s so well hidden that nobody has ever been able to find it. Some people have spent their entire lives trying to track it down, going mad in the process. Naturally, the only way of succeeding where others have failed is to match three or more coloured balls across dozens of levels –...

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...