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Review: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PlayStation 3)

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PlayStation 3)

Seiya ain't so

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is almost the very definition of 'anime fighter'. It's chock full of colourful playable characters, crazy storylines, and over-the-top voice acting. If you've ever tried a Dragon Ball Z or Naruto brawler, then you'll generally know what's in store here – even if the original anime never quite caught on...

Review: SoulCalibur II HD Online (PlayStation Network)

SoulCalibur II HD Online (PlayStation Network)

A tale of souls and swords, eternally re-bought

When the original SoulCalibur II appeared on the PlayStation 2, it was universally praised for its fantastic 3D fighting engine, its diverse cast of characters, and its plethora of modes. Even today, Namco's brawler is remembered fondly by many as the series' greatest achievement. SoulCalibur II HD...

Review: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PlayStation 3)

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PlayStation 3)

Girls just wanna have fun

It’s been less than a year since we last went toe-to-toe with Team Ninja’s curious cleavage meets combat comeback Dead or Alive 5, and now – following a temporary detour on the PlayStation Vita – we’re strapping up our appendages and digging out our most inappropriate fighting gear again. As its name so...

Review: Spartacus Legends (PlayStation Network)

Spartacus Legends (PlayStation Network)

Are you not entertained?

Ubisoft’s first foray into the free-to-play market on consoles arrives in the form of Spartacus Legends, a one-on-one fighter that pits upgradable gladiators against each other both online and offline. It’s an historical premise that slots wonderfully into the genre, but does its freemium nature take away from the...

Review: Tekken Revolution (PlayStation Network)

Tekken Revolution (PlayStation Network)

King of free-to-play fighters

The video game industry is changing faster than a Tekken character’s costume. The digital era has ushered a flurry of new distribution models for publishers to exploit, and that’s left major firms like Namco Bandai juggling dozens of ideas in the hope of happening upon a critical hit. Tekken Revolution, one of the...

Review: Dynasty Warriors 8 (PlayStation 3)

Dynasty Warriors 8 (PlayStation 3)

Xiahou done

There comes a time when you begin to ask yourself why you’re still playing a series of games that has somehow spawned eight main iterations and countless spin-offs while retelling the same old story over and over again. What could possibly be keeping your interest in a franchise that has done almost nothing but stick to its guns for...

Review: Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD (PlayStation Network)

Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD (PlayStation Network)

Towers above, casting a superior shadow over generic brawlers

Retro history teaches us that it must not be easy to create a fun and hugely replayable side-scrolling beat-'em-up. The genre is riddled with pitfalls, including repetitive gameplay, tedium and dull button-bashing controls. For every gem like Streets of Rage 2 there has been an abundance...

Review: Sacred Citadel (PlayStation Network)

Sacred Citadel (PlayStation Network)

Imitation is the sincerest form of splattery

A group of adventurers are attacked while relaxing in a tavern and must flee a town that has been set ablaze: does this sound familiar? Indeed, as the opening of Sacred Citadel mirrors the events of the first stage of Guardian Heroes, co-op brawler fans can look forward to a number of nods in reverence to...

Review: Persona 4 Arena (PlayStation 3)

Persona 4 Arena (PlayStation 3)

Velvet boom

Atlus has had to bear the brunt of much criticism from gamers due to its decision to region lock Persona 4 Arena, giving eager European fans no option but to wait a frankly preposterous length of time for the game to release. There’s no denying, however, the quality and brilliance of Arc System Works' take on the fantastic Japanese RPG...

Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us (PlayStation 3)

Injustice: Gods Among Us (PlayStation 3)

Immortal Kombat

When it comes to the fighting game genre, you're often forced to select your preferred type. Are you a player of 2D or 3D titles? Tekken or Dead or Alive? Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat? Each series has its own unique identity, restricting its audience to a specific brand. As such, you'd expect Injustice: Gods Among Us, the latest...

Review: Darkstalkers Resurrection (PlayStation Network)

Darkstalkers Resurrection (PlayStation Network)

Once bitten, twice fly

While Capcom’s Darkstalkers franchise has never enjoyed the same level of fanatic enthusiasm as its bigger brother Street Fighter, the monster mash of fighting games has still maintained a devoted following despite not receiving a true new entry since 1997. Ardent fans have been howling for the return of Felicia and company...