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First Impressions: Beating Up Siblings in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Beating Up Siblings in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Keep it in the family

For the uninitiated, the constant wave of previously Japanese-only titles getting a Western release can be extremely daunting. Despite the recent successes of Persona 4 Golden, Catherine, and even the likes of Demon’s Souls, there still exists a barrier that very few people are willing to cross in the name of newer, more...

First Impressions: Sliding Down the Slipway with Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

Sliding Down the Slipway with Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

Ranko's Creed

In case you're unaware, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is not technically a game in the normal sense of the word. Instead, it's a rather big bundle of delight, featuring four short anime movies from acclaimed directors who brought you cult classics such as the 1988 blockbuster Akira, and a rather quirky gameplay segment...

First Impressions: Murdered: Soul Suspect Makes a Compelling Case on PS4

Murdered: Soul Suspect Makes a Compelling Case on PS4

Ghost crimebuster

A plunge from a fourth floor window to the street below isn’t quite enough to kill hard as nails detective Ronan O’Connor. The seven bullets that follow are. The introduction to our hands-on with the PlayStation 4 version of Murdered: Soul Suspect was certainly arresting, and made us eager to find out more about this upcoming...

First Impressions: Rolling with the PS4 Port of Skating Smash OlliOlli

Rolling with the PS4 Port of Skating Smash OlliOlli

Deck the mall

We won’t need to expend too many sentences to summarise the PlayStation 4 port of Roll7’s surprisingly strong skateboarding sim OlliOlli: it’s the PlayStation Vita game amplified to the size of your television screen. Rather than develop the title in-house, the British-based studio has offloaded the heavy lifting to BlitWorks,...

First Impressions: Is the PS Vita Dragging Murasaki Baby Back?

Is the PS Vita Dragging Murasaki Baby Back?

Who loves ya, baby?

Murasaki Baby is a gobstoppingly gorgeous title – but it’s yet to prove that it’s an entertaining one. The inaugural escapade by Italian outfit Ovosonico shares similarities with creative director Massimo Guarini’s previous outing Shadows of the Damned, in that it provides an inviting aesthetic, but not enough immediate...

First Impressions: Staying Alive in Alien: Isolation, the Tensest Title on PS4 So Far

Staying Alive in Alien: Isolation, the Tensest Title on PS4 So Far

Ripley's believe it

That we’ve already sneaked through a short sample of upcoming PlayStation 4 survival horror Alien: Isolation says a lot about the game and its developer. Knowing that it could have easily been haunted by the spectre of Gearbox’s atrocious Aliens: Colonial Marines, The Creative Assembly has instead punctured any scepticism...

First Impressions: Turtle Rock Is Transforming Co-Op with Evolve on PS4

Turtle Rock Is Transforming Co-Op with Evolve on PS4

Evolve or die

Boss battles are quite common in games. Usually equipped with a sequence of rules, they give you the opportunity to face a gargantuan challenge in search of closure or progression. So what happens when you open this ideology up and create a game that’s a constant non-scripted, unpredictable, and intense boss fight? Well, Turtle...

First Impressions: Toukiden Looks to Forge a Strong Handheld Slay-'Em-Up

Toukiden Looks to Forge a Strong Handheld Slay-'Em-Up

Face your demons

From the developers of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors comes Toukiden: The Age of Demons, a monster-slaying, loot-grinding, Eastern-styled action RPG that seems tailored to portable play. Publisher Tecmo Koei's dedication to Sony's troubled handheld console is admirable – but does its newest creation shine like a beacon of...

First Impressions: Shining a Spotlight on Free PS4 Shooter Blacklight: Retribution

Shining a Spotlight on Free PS4 Shooter Blacklight: Retribution

No cost CoD

Blacklight: Retribution has never been subtle about its similarities to Call of Duty. The popular Kill Confirmed mode, which first appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, took only a short time to appear in the Zombie Studios developed shooter, and supposed leaked screenshots of Call of Duty: Black Ops II tu

First Impressions: Tearaway Is Cut Out to Be One of the Vita's Best Titles

Tearaway Is Cut Out to Be One of the Vita's Best Titles

No glue required

There comes a point when playing Tearaway where it's near impossible to remove yourself from the delightful world that developer Media Molecule has crafted. Indeed, if there was one word we could use to describe the papercraft platformer, it would be 'delightful'. Like LittleBigPlanet before it, the game doesn't appeal to just a...

First Impressions: Switching Genres on the Fly in Velocity 2X on Vita and PS4

Switching Genres on the Fly in Velocity 2X on Vita and PS4

Oh Kai

During its short spell at the forefront of PlayStation production, FuturLab has profited from its ability to surprise. Straightforward concepts are at the core of the company’s ethos, but the award-winning developer always manages to marry them with clever twists. That commitment to reinvention resulted in the firm refreshing the entire...

First Impressions: Unmasking Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on PlayStation Vita

Unmasking Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on PlayStation Vita

Holy handheld, Batman

There’s some serious pedigree behind Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The portable spin-off is being assembled by Armature, the Texas-based game production workshop founded by a trio of ex-Retro Studios employees, and is attempting to piggy-back off the success of Rocksteady’s wildly popular Arkham escapades, only on a...

First Impressions: Hitching a Ride in the Stalling Grand Theft Auto Online

Hitching a Ride in the Stalling Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Manual

Unless you've been hiding away from the federal government for the past week, you'll have no doubt heard about Grand Theft Auto Online's rough start. Connection problems plagued the highly anticipated multiplayer addition to Rockstar's opus, as the title's servers crumbled within minutes of it going live. Even if you were lucky...

First Impressions: Testing Our Reactions in Resogun, the Prettiest Game on PS4

Testing Our Reactions in Resogun, the Prettiest Game on PS4

Machine of sparkle

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to reside within the general vicinity of this particular author over the past month or so, you’ll have been forced to suffer through an excited recount regarding Resogun. The spiritual successor to Super Stardust HD has been lighting chemical fireworks in our subconscious for several weeks...

Video: Reporting for Duty in DICE's Battlefield 4 Beta on PS3

Reporting for Duty in DICE's Battlefield 4 Beta on PS3

Stand to attention

War never changes – it just gets refined. Never ones to shy away when the world’s plunged into military madness, we’ve been testing our Rambo-esque resolve in Battlefield 4’s beta over the past couple of days. But does the game feel like a true step forward for the franchise, or is it merely more of the same? Check out our...

First Impressions: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Covers Us in Zombie Blood

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Covers Us in Zombie Blood

No braaains

The weird Ninja Gaiden spin-off that is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z surprised us during a recent hands-on. For a series that's always been known for its gory disposition, it feels like proceedings may have gone a little bit overboard, with so much blood and mutilation that we found it difficult to discern what was even happening on screen...

First Impressions: Sailing Around Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Open Waters on PS4

Sailing Around Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Open Waters on PS4

We can almost smell that salty sea air

Only a short time away from launch, Ubisoft has been bombarding the web with countless promotional trailers, developer commentaries, and swag-heavy competitions for months now – but not even this avalanche of content could prepare us for the sense of freedom that we experienced during a recent Assassin's...

First Impressions: Sliding and Slicing in Warframe on PS4

Sliding and Slicing in Warframe on PS4

Named and framed

Occupying just three PlayStation 4s at Sony's Eurogamer Expo booth, Digital Extreme's free-to-play co-op sci-fi romp shared the same floor as juggernauts like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Warframe's presence brought a homey feel to the otherwise bustling show, as members of the development team talked...