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Backgammon Blitz (PlayStation 4)

Backgammon Blitz (PlayStation 4)

Cured to perfection

Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, dating back thousands of years, and although in modern society it’s overshadowed by more popular timewasters like chess, it’s managed to find a home on the PlayStation 4 and its accompanying handheld, the PlayStation Vita. It’s true that in some instances the classics are...

Aabs Animals (PlayStation Network)

Aabs Animals (PlayStation Network)

Avoid eye contact at all costs

Do you like cute things, specifically animals? Do you like to stare at said animals without interacting with them in any way? Are you a fan of music that sounds like a compilation of the happiest melodies ever conceived by man? If your answer is 'Yes' to each of these questions, then congratulations: Aabs Animals is...

Robot Rescue Revolution (PlayStation Network)

Robot Rescue Revolution (PlayStation Network)

Rust bucket

Robot Rescue Revolution is a strategy puzzle game for the PlayStation 3, which tasks you with guiding multiple robots to a goal while navigating treacherous terrain. Available for a relatively slender figure from the PlayStation Store, the title includes three worlds to explore and over 100 levels to complete. The core gameplay involves...

The Pinball Arcade (PlayStation 4)

The Pinball Arcade (PlayStation 4)

Balls of steel

Following in the steel ball slipstream of Zen Pinball 2, The Pinball Arcade is the second pinball title to fire its way onto the PlayStation 4. With this next-gen offering, developer Farsight Studios aims to ensure that everyone understands what made many of the classic pinball tables great, and it’s hoping to achieve that by...

NBA Live 14 (PlayStation 4)

NBA Live 14 (PlayStation 4)

Slam junk

It’s been a long time since EA Sports actually followed through and tossed a new NBA Live title onto consoles, with nothing but a line of cancelled releases filling the space since NBA Live 10. However, with a new generation of consoles arrives the ideal opportunity to revive the dormant franchise properly. Sadly, the awful NBA Live 14...

Tiny Brains (PlayStation 4)

Tiny Brains (PlayStation 4)

Tiny brains, big character

Science: it’s a wonderful thing. Without science, we’d still be muddling through the dark ages, in a world without Facebook and instant soup. Of course, before such manmade wonders can exist, they need to be tested – and what better way is there to trial such innovations than by exploiting poor animals? Don’t call...

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (PlayStation Network)

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (PlayStation Network)

Don't jump over this one

Twenty years ago, we never would have guessed that today’s generation of consoles would embrace 8-bit side-scrolling platformers. With the release of titles like Terraria, however, this trend does not show any signs of slowing. As these games continue to grow in popularity, developers such as Renegade Kid are fusing the...

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (PlayStation Network)

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (PlayStation Network)

Block party

After what feels like a century since the phenomenon that is Minecraft first appeared on the PC, Mojang's block-'em-up has finally dug its way onto the PlayStation 3 courtesy of 4J Studios. Its basic visual style hides a brilliantly deep, yet relatively accessible adventure that's topped off with some thoughtful little RPG elements...

Zen Pinball 2 (PlayStation 4)

Zen Pinball 2 (PlayStation 4)

Zen out of ten?

One of two pinball titles flipping onto the PlayStation 4 prior to Christmas is Zen Pinball 2, a game that previously graced both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. This next-gen version provides gamers with a chance to battle friends and strangers for the highest score on a range of tailor made tables, a number of which bear...

Terraria (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Terraria (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Landheld gaming

Back when Terraria launched on the PlayStation 3, we praised its diverse collection of content and its overall depth, but felt that the title's awkward user interface and time consuming gameplay held it back from greatness in our review. On Sony's handheld, however, the game makes use of the system's touch screen – but is the new...

The Amazing Spider-Man (PlayStation Vita)

The Amazing Spider-Man (PlayStation Vita)

Not-so-amazing

Cast your minds back to 2012. You may remember seeing The Amazing Spider-Man reboot at the movies, and you may even recall playing Beenox’s anticipated PlayStation 3 tie-in on your beloved console – but you probably won’t remember booting it up on your PlayStation Vita. That’s because someone at publisher Activision forgot...

Rust Buccaneers (PlayStation Network)

Rust Buccaneers (PlayStation Network)

Be a Fisherman’s Friend

Life on the high seas is tough. Forget about the maggot-infested biscuits and longing glances from your salty old sea mates who want to re-enact some of the scenes from the Titanic with your supple young body, as you have worse things to worry about. There be danger off the starboard bow, Jim lad – and it’s coming right...

Indoor Sports World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Indoor Sports World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Six pack

There isn’t a platform on the planet without some form of pub pastime compilation. Simulating the excitement of otherwise social sports such as snooker, pool, and darts has been a fascination among game developers since programming boffins realised that computers could be employed for more entertaining applications than solving the seven...

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PlayStation 4)

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PlayStation 4)

Clash of the titans

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition makes the fighting game genre highly accessible. This DC Comics-themed brawler may be covered in Mortal Kombat’s blood, but that basis means that it’s built around a solid combative core, some classic input commands, and a surprisingly engrossing storyline. Granted, the differences...

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PlayStation 4)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PlayStation 4)

Miniature marvel

Over the years, the LEGO video game franchise has expanded into something of a phenomenon. It all started in a galaxy far, far away when British developer Traveller’s Tales took it upon itself to re-imagine George Lucas’ sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars in brick form. After much critical praise, the studio decided to do the same to...

Eufloria HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Eufloria HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Seedy business

Eufloria HD is quite possibly the most serene real-time strategy game that we've ever played, which seems like a strange thing to say given that the genre typically sees you taking control of armies during tense battles. You'll still be guiding forces and crushing your enemies here, but the title's natural, calm aesthetic makes it a...

Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

It takes Move to tango

Ubisoft’s colossal Just Dance series has become a common name among party gamers and rhythm fans. The gameplay essentially boils down to you mirroring a brightly coloured avatar in order to pull shapes to popular songs across a variety of genres. Compatible with up to four players, the franchise scores you by tracking your...

Gran Turismo 6 (PlayStation 3)

Gran Turismo 6 (PlayStation 3)

Still in pole position

Opening with a tour around the Istituto Ayrton Senna, a school built in honour of arguably the greatest driver who ever lived, Gran Turismo 6 starts in stark contrast to any other game on the market. Cycling through images of children learning, the intro proceeds to show the motoring creation process, from concept to...

A-Men 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

A-Men 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Pray before playing

The A-Men have returned to challenge your deductive skills in another set of devilishly difficult combat scenarios. The rouge robot army that you accidentally unleashed in the original title is still at large, and it’s up to you and your squad of specialists to eradicate them – or perhaps just skirt around them as you get to...

Putty Squad (PlayStation 4)

Putty Squad (PlayStation 4)

Killer Carrots and Crazy Cats

Back in the nineties, the eventually unreleased Amiga version of Putty Squad was praised by the press for its varied level shapes, consistent game logic, and “masterful” animation. Jump forward 15 years, and we no longer get excited by shapes (unless they’re naughty shapes and you’re a member of Reddit), or game...