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Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Ace Combat: Infinity (PlayStation 3)

Free-to-plane

Fans of Ace Combat are always hungry for new releases, with the last major instalment Ace Combat: Assault Horizon performing its first barrel roll over three years ago. It was no surprise, then, that when Ace Combat: Infinity was announced, there was much rejoicing – well, until everyone realised that the latest entry in this beloved...

PlayStation Vita Pets (PlayStation Vita)

PlayStation Vita Pets (PlayStation Vita)

Watch dogs

Virtual pet games have got a bad name. We don’t mean the type of embarrassing monikers that you’re likely to overhear at a haughty dog breeder’s meeting, but more a downright abysmal track record when it comes to quality. Unsurprisingly, the House of Mario set the standard for portable animal interaction with Nintendogs on the...

Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4)

Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4)

Push square to hack

Ever since its announcement and reveal back at E3 2012, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs has ironically been held under close inspection. A sandbox adventure with a focus on hacking, it's an ambitious game that's chocked full of ideas and mechanics taken from some of the publisher's other properties and various open world titles. If you took...

Puddle (PlayStation 4)

Puddle (PlayStation 4)

Hyperactive hydration

If Puddle was a person, it would be a hyperactive four-year-old. Indeed, this perky puzzler-cum-platformer practically percolates with restless aplomb. But does this energetic attitude keep the experience afloat, or will the title’s soggy antics leave you drowning in misery? At its core, this physics-based outing is a pretty...

Worms Battlegrounds (PlayStation 4)

Worms Battlegrounds (PlayStation 4)

At war with itself

Way back in the hazy days of 1995, we doubt that plucky British studio Team 17 imagined that it would be making Worms games a couple of decades later. Alas, we’re now gaming on Sony’s fourth major home console, and the developer’s recognisable wrigglers have arrived to bring their own brand of genocide to the next-gen...

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

You got the touch

Lemmings is a lot like Tetris: no system is complete without an iteration of the iconic puzzle property. Ever since acquiring the rights to the franchise alongside legendary publisher Psygnosis, Sony has made it its mission to chaperone the series onto several of its systems, culminating in an EyeToy compatible edition and a...

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStation 4)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStation 4)

Back to the Führer

"Shooting, stabbing, strangling Nazis," is the response that long time Wolfenstein protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz gives when asked what he's been up to recently. Starting all the way back in the early nineties with Wolfenstein 3D, he’s definitely shown an enthusiasm for his craft, making it seem more of a pastime than a career. In...

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

Drakengard 3 (PlayStation 3)

The number games

There’s one in every family, isn’t there? One person who has to spoil every gathering, causing drama on social media, and jumping out, murdering people all of the time. No? In Drakengard 3, that’s exactly what happens. As moody anti-heroine Zero, you’ll need to trek across mountains or through lush green forests on a quest...

Soul Sacrifice Delta (PlayStation Vita)

Soul Sacrifice Delta (PlayStation Vita)

Grimm not grim

Soul Sacrifice Delta aims to tempt bookworms back to the brutal pages of Librom – the sarcastic yet helpful novella that just so happens to provide a portal into the world of sorcerers. Initially pitched as one of the PlayStation Vita’s saviours, Keiji Inafune’s original adventure didn’t quite reverse the struggling format’s...

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

Mugen Souls Z (PlayStation 3)

The questionable quest for cute

There aren’t many games as unusual as Mugen Souls Z. Its main character is a young goddess who carries around a coffin, not for any reason in particular, just because the writers needed some kind of container and that seemed to make sense. That’s not the weirdest thing that you’ll see either. Charged with...

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...