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  • 5

    PS4

    Review Impact Winter

    As cold as ice

    The atmosphere and intrigue of Impact Winter's world are truly gripping, and developer Mojo Bones has sculpted an environment that's begging for an incredible gameplay experience to take place within it. This aura alone is enough to make this title engrossing for the first couple of hours, but unfortunately, the gameplay is not nearly...

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    PS4

    Review Way of the Passive Fist

    Wayward fist

    The side-scrolling beat-'em-up is a genre that has been around for almost as long as video games have existed. Countless games have been released in this style to the point where coming up with something that feels original and unique is almost impossible. However, Household Games Inc found a distinctive spin to put on this tried and...

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    PS4

    Review Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory

    Hacked up

    Since 1999, the Digimon franchise has had a constant presence in the video game industry, with dozens of entries in all different genres. However, 2015’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth put the franchise back on the map, surprising both fans and newcomers to the series with how well crafted it was. Media Vision has returned to the series...

  • 5

    PS4

    Review Ben 10

    Ben not-quite-10

    Ben 10 first hit television screens way back in 2005 and quickly became a smash hit for Cartoon Network, spawning three spin-off series, four movies, and eight games. It centres around Ben Tennyson, a boy who discovers a watch called the Omnitrix which allows him to turn into various aliens. The franchise had been dormant since...

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    PS4

    Review WWE 2K18

    Be like everyone

    Wrestling fans across the globe had high hopes for the WWE video game franchise when the license was acquired by 2K Games, believing that with a fresh and more reputable publisher at the helm they would finally get the game they had always dreamed of. Unfortunately, since the franchise has moved to the PlayStation 4 it has been a...

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    PS4

    Review The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game

    Brick breaker

    The LEGO franchise has been a dominant presence in the video game realm for a while now, but only recently has it begun dipping its toes into movies. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game combines both worlds, simultaneously debuting its ninja franchise on the big screen as well as the PlayStation 4. With well over a dozen games based on...

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    PS4

    Review Hue

    Game of many colours

    Republished on Wednesday 27th September 2017: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of October's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Puzzle games often have a serious problem with striking an even balance between being challenging and fun. Too often...

  • 9

    PS4

    Review One Piece: Unlimited World Red - Deluxe Edition

    A pirate's life for me

    One Piece, for those who are unfamiliar, is an insanely popular manga and anime series that has been around for over 20 years now, and has received a slew of video games. The series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat pirate crew as he strives to claim the title of Pirate King. One Piece: Unlimited World Red first...

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    PS4

    Review The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II

    Monster mash

    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing franchise has been releasing regularly on PCs since 2013, but has only just started to reach the PlayStation 4. The first in the series came to the console on the 1st March of this year and was met with a mixed reception. Now, just several months later, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II...

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    PS4

    Review Leaving Lyndow

    Leave me alone

    Leaving Lyndow is less of a full-fledged game and more of a precursor to Eastshade Studios upcoming game, the aptly named Eastshade – it's a bit like what Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was to the Phantom Pain. This experience mainly exists to provide context to the full game coming at a later date, as well as serving...

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    PS4

    Review Toby: The Secret Mine

    Mine your manners

    Toby: The Secret Mine is a game full of promise and potential, but unfortunately isn't able to reach the lofty heights it strives for. Despite taking clear inspiration from a game that in the past several years has made a serious impact on the puzzle-platform genre, one man developer Lukáš Navrátil isn't able to quite nail the...

  • 15

    PS4

    Review Portal Knights

    Knight and day

    It's no surprise that a global phenomenon like Minecraft has inspired countless other games in a similar style. Portal Knights is another title that borrows Minecraft's blocky art style and crafting system, but it manages to put a fresh spin on many things and in some ways outdoes those that have come before it.  The most...

  • 15

    PS4

    Review Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island

    Hatchet & Shank

    Don't adjust your screen: this isn't a brand new entry into the Ratchet & Clank series you somehow hadn't heard about. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a 3D platformer that takes a serious dose of inspiration from Insomniac's incredibly successful series. Unfortunately, it's never able to reach the heights of...

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    PS4

    Review NBA Playgrounds

    Baller?

    NBA fans have been spoiled in recent years, being treated to arguably the most accurate virtual sporting experience with the NBA 2K series. However, the rise of realistic sims has seen arcade basketball games become a thing of a bygone era. The 90s were jampacked with these types of games, while the early 2000s saw its fair share of titles...

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    PS4

    Review Super Rude Bear Resurrection

    Not brrrap

    2D platformers are an ancient genre, so it can be tough to keep new additions to this category feeling fresh. However, Super Rude Bear Resurrection brings a very interesting mechanic to the table, which sets it apart from the glut of platformers available to gamers these days. What makes Super Rude Bear Ressurection unique compared to...

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    PS4

    Review The Inner World

    Outside help

    The Inner World is a fun and charming experience set in an imaginative world, but it's held back by a number of all too common flaws of the adventure game genre. You play as the naive Robert, an apprentice who has spent his whole life living in a castle under the watchful eye of Conroy, a wind monk in charge of ensuring wind continues...

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    PS4

    Review Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

    The Fast and the Firis

    The Atelier series is one of the longest running and most prolific Japanese role-playing game franchises, with Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey being the 18th instalment in the series' 20 year history. Atelier Firis is also, in many ways, the biggest leap forward the series has ever taken, implementing a...

  • 15

    PS4

    Review Ghost Blade HD

    Ghost in the Hell

    Bullet hell shoot-'em-ups can be intimidating to jump into if you're not a diehard player of the genre. Where Ghost Blade HD succeeds most is in finding the delicate balance between offering a level of difficulty that doesn't turn off newcomers, but also challenges seasoned veterans. Before starting the actual game you can jump...

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    PS4

    Review LEGO Harry Potter Collection

    You're a LEGO, 'Arry

    The two LEGO Harry Potter games proved a fun romp through the story of the seven books and eight films back on the PlayStation 3, and now Traveller's Tales has ported the experience as a complete package to the PlayStation 4. Initially released as Years 1-4 and Years 5-7, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection pulls both games...

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    PS4

    Review Jazzpunk: Director's Cut

    Secret agent Polybank

    Jazzpunk: Director's Cut is one of the wildest rides on the PlayStation 4, despite being a relatively short game. Initially released on PC back in 2014, developer Necrophone Games has finally brought it to the PS4 over two years later. It's hard to accurately describe what exactly Jazzpunk is; sometimes it's a first-person...

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    PS4

    Review Slain: Back from Hell

    Still in hell

    Slain: Back from Hell is a game that captures your attention immediately. It's a heavy metal inspired 2D hack-and-slash with some of the most beautiful pixel graphics and art design that you'll see. In an age where games using the pixel-art style are a dime a dozen, Slain stands out from the crowd not only with its metal aesthetic, but...

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    PS4

    Review Moon Hunters

    Full moon

    Kitfox Games has created something quite unique with Moon Hunters. At first it appears to be quite a standard action role-playing game with the option to play with up to four players. However, playing the game for just a couple minutes shows you that there are plenty of unique and fresh ideas on display. The most obvious idea on display...

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    PS4

    Review Dex

    Cyberpunk'd

    Dex is an open world, side scrolling, action RPG that takes place in a far future Cyberpunk setting, and appears to have taken some inspiration from classic Metroid and Castlevania games. This combination seems like a gamer's dream come true, however developer Dreadlocks seem to have neglected including enjoyable gameplay, instead...

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    PS4

    Review 7 Days to Die

    Kill me

    The premise behind 7 Days to Die is strong: it's an open-world zombie survival horror game smashed together with the crafting and building elements of Minecraft. That description sounds compelling, but the final product doesn't come anywhere near to being fun. Before you jump into the actual game, you are given a plethora of options to...