News Smurfs Kart Targets Game of the Year Status on PS5, PS4
Dabba dee dabba die
Smurfs Kart is launching on 22nd August for PS5 and PS4, bringing disruption to the ongoing Game of the Year debate. All insincerity aside, the arcade racer from French duo Microids and Eden Games first launched on Nintendo Switch last year, and is now getting a wider release across PlayStation and various other platforms,...
News Inspector Gadget: Mad Time Party Hangs Up Its Trench Coat on PS5, PS4 This Fall
As far as unexpected announcements go, where does this one rank? Microids is bringing Inspector Gadget: Mad Time Party to PS5 and PS4 later this year, a one-to-four-player title that promises to immerse you in the “iconic” world of the trench coated detective. “Stroll through the environments of the original series, meet characters...
News Flashback 2 Will Fade to Black in November 2023 on PS5, PS4
Conrad makes a comeback
Flashback 2, the sequel to 1992’s legendary side-scroller, will target a November 2023 release on PlayStation platforms – and here’s your first look at gameplay. Scheduled to release on both PS5 and PS4, the title looks to have retained the original’s perspective, but added depth to the scenes. This means you can run...
News Tintin Reporter - Cigars of the Pharoah Uncovers Adventure of Epic Proportions on PS5, PS4
Hooray! Hooray! The end of the world has been postponed!
Tintin Reporter - Cigars of the Pharoah was teased a while back now, and we finally got a look at the rambling adventure in a new trailer, which is due out on PS5 and PS4 in 2023. After a chance meeting with a famous Egyptologist, Professor Sarcophagus, Tintin (and his faithful companion...
Mini Review Arkanoid: Eternal Battle (PS5) - Retro Revival Can't Overcome Sticker Shock
Taito’s Arkanoid may not have been the original brick breaker – that accolade, of course, rests with Atari’s Breakout – but it’s probably the best. With the addition of weapons and power-ups, as well as 3D enemies recompiled as sprites, it took a primitive concept and completely reinvented it. Now, over 35 years removed from its...
News Give Up a Promising Career as a Pianist to Fight Fascism in Syberia: The World Before
Something worth fighting for
The release of Syberia: The World Before on console is almost upon us, with the next adventure set in the colourful world of dearly departed auteur creator Benoît Sokal launching on 15th November. We got a new character teaser trailer, giving us some small insight into the motivations of deuteragonist Dana Roze. Taking...
Mini Review XIII (PS5) - Improvements Can't Save This Remaster Redo
Isn't 13 supposed to be a lucky number?
Considering the XIII remake's original launch was a disaster, it's admirable that publisher Microids tried to fix things. Following the launch from developer PlayMagic, a new team, Tower Five, has been brought in to try and rework the release into something more appealing. The results are mixed, but it's...
News Blistering Barnacles! Embark on a New Adventure in Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharoah
Just don't forget Snowy.
French publisher Microids has just announced Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh, a new game based on the classic Belgian comic character of the same name, and it's coming to PS5 and PS4 in 2023. Based on the fourth volume of The Adventures of Tintin comics, Cigars of the Pharoah, this new adventure will see Tintin (and...
News Cult PS2 Comic Book FPS XIII Looks Much Improved on PS5
And running at 60fps
The original XIII for PS2 wasn’t exactly an outstanding shooter, but it’s etched into the memories of many due to its distinctive cel-shaded artstyle. When French firm Microids brought it back for PS4, then, there was some nostalgic excitement from those who remembered the original. Unfortunately,
News Celebrate Syberia's 20th Anniversary with a Trailer Looking at Its Legacy and Future
A mammoth achievement
The Syberia series is point-and-click adventure royalty, and the colourful and romantic clockwork worlds of Benoît Sokal's devising are classics of the genre. The first and second entries are playable on PS3, the third on PS4, and a fourth game, Syberia: The World Before, is coming to PS5 in November, and to PS4 in 2023. To...
News Separate Fact from Fiction in Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo, Coming to PS5, PS4 in September
On the shoulders of giants
Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo is an upcoming psychological narrative adventure game inspired by the seminal 1958 movie of the same name (well, the Vertigo part), and it's coming to PS5 and PS4 on 27th September in Europe and on 4th October in North America. Telling an original story of obsession, manipulation and madness,...
News The Abysmal XIII Remake Gets a Huge Overhaul in September
60fps on PS5, online multiplayer
The complete and utter disaster that was the XIII remake released back in November 2020 is being overhauled by a new developer. Instead of Darguad, publisher Microids has entrusted French team Tower Five with changing the art style and implementing a number of new features. After more than a year's worth of work, the...
News Arkanoid Finally Turns to Battle Royale on PS5, PS4
Last brick standing
Taito’s iconic arcade brick breaker Arkanoid is getting an update for an all-new audience on PS5 and PS4 – and yes, Battle Royale is in. Arkanoid: Eternal Battle is being developed by Pastagames, and promises a “fully modernised and revamped version” of the classic. Don’t worry if your heart’s still stuck in the 80s,...
News Conrad B. Hart Returns in Flashback 2 on PS5, PS4
Fade to black
There may have already been a 1995 sequel to Flashback in the PS1’s forgettable Fade to Black, but that’s not stopping Microids from releasing Flashback 2. The game – coming 30 years after the original – appears to adopt a kind of 2.5D perspective, and will once again plot the return of protagonist Conrad B. Hart. “After his...
Mini Review Beyond a Steel Sky (PS5) - Classic Adventure Game Sequel Is Held Back by 3D Design
Union City limits
Beyond a Steel Sky is the long, long awaited sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky — the critically acclaimed 1994 point-and-click adventure game. This return to Union City — a towering metropolis surrounded by wasteland in a distant future — manages to recapture the wit and charm of its predecessor, but its move to 3D environments...
News Surprise! Cult 90s Platformer Flashback Is Getting a Sequel
Fade to black
Hold your horses! Before you all rush angrily to the comments, we know 1992 platformer Flashback already received a PS1 sequel in the form of Fade to Black – but publisher Microids is literally calling this new game Flashback 2. There’s even a logo with the number on it, so don’t shoot the messenger, okay? Now we’ve got that...
News PS Plus Game Oddworld: Soulstorm Gets Physical Release This July
For both PS5 and PS4
You won't have to pay a penny to play Oddworld: Soulstorm on PlayStation 5 next month if you're a PS Plus subscriber, but we know there's some amongst you still committed to a completely physical collection. Good news for that slowly dying community then because the latest title from developer Microids will receive a physical...
News Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! Brings Cartoon Beat-'Em-Up Mayhem to PS4 in 2021
Hand drawn brawler coming this fall
A brand new game set in the world of Asterix and Obelix is on the horizon. The popular European comic has been adapted to video games before, but Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! looks like it could be a step up. It's a 2D beat-'em-up in which you play the titular heroes, and going by the short teaser...
News Murder Mystery Machine Connects the Dots on PS4 This Year
Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? UK readers will be able to relate: a drizzly Saturday evening is nothing without a mug of Bovril and an old episode of Midsomer Murders on the box. Good news, then: ex-Apple Arcade exclusive Murder Mystery Machine will investigate PlayStation 4 later this year, with Microids on publishing...
News Publisher of Poor XIII Remake Seems to Miss the Point with Apology Post
Focused on bugs rather than art style
The PlayStation 4 remake of XIII very quietly released on PlayStation 4 last week, and to say it was met with an overwhelming amount of negativity would probably be an understatement. The classic comic book art style is nowhere to be seen, instead looking like a Fortnite rip-off, and bugs and glitches have been...
News The XIII PS4 Remake Looks Like a Massive Disaster
What happened to the art style?
Raise your hand if you forgot that the PlayStation 4 remake of XIII was coming out this week. Now, raise your hand if you forgot it even existed. We're willing to bet a large chunk of you would look pretty silly right now if your boss caught you on webcam via a Zoom call. Yes, the PS4 remake of XIII launched...
News XIII Remake Seemingly Launches This November on PS4
It's kind of crazy to think that the PlayStation 4 remake of XIII was originally scheduled to launch all the way back in November 2019. It was delayed into this year and now, six months into 2020, we now know when we'll be able to get our hands on it. This PlayStation 2 classic is coming back on 10th November 2020 if listings for a limited...
News There's a New The Smurfs Game in Development
What’s the deal with The Smurfs these days? Are the little blue dudes still popular, or did that evaporate after Sony’s dodgy animated movies? We’re not sure, but Microids is banking on the franchise, announcing a new 3D adventure developed by Asterix & Obelix developer OSome Studio. We’re not sure this press release could...
News The Adventures of Tintin Will Continue in a New Game from Blacksad Dev Microids
And that's Snowy joke
Who's asking for a game based on The Adventures of Tintin? Well, probably quite a few people, given over 250 million of the original comics have been sold through the years. Developer and publisher Microids is clearly a fan of the books, as it's just struck a deal with Moulinsart to create a brand new game based on the...
Review Blacksad: Under the Skin - A 1950s Whodunit with More Bugs Than Mysteries
Blacksad: Under the Skin is an adventure game set in 1950s New York where all the characters are anthropomorphic animals. It’s based on a gritty comic book series created by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, but you don’t need to be familiar with the source material to enjoy the game. There’s a definite film noir style going...
News Blacksad: Under the Skin Accidentally Releases Early, Publisher Advises Not Playing
Blacksad: Under the Skin is available on the PlayStation 4 in Europe right now – except it’s, er, not supposed to be. Microids recently delayed the title to 14th November, but a “technical malfunction” means that it’s currently available from the PlayStation Store – even if the publisher recommends you don’t play it...
News 25 Minutes of Blacksad: Under the Skin Gameplay Looks a Bit Rough
We've been quietly looking forward to Blacksad: Under the Skin since we got some hands on time with the detective thriller a few months ago, but just a week before its PlayStation 4 release, this latest slice of gameplay has given us pause. 25 minutes of footage gives us a great look at what to expect come 5th Nov
News XIII's Cel-Shaded Visuals Still Feel Unique on PS4
But it's showing its age
XIII was a PlayStation 2 game that this author talked about a lot at high school. Our friends group found the first-person shooter’s cel-shaded visuals fascinating the second they were first printed in Official PlayStation Magazine, and we all eagerly anticipated the release as a result. The final product wasn’t all that...
News XIII PS4 Remake Delayed into 2020
Cel-shaded shooter needs to reload
In case you missed it, the stylish PlayStation 2 first person shooter XIII is getting a remake on modern hardware. Published by Microids and developed by PlayMagic, the updated take on the cel-shaded action title was initially due for release on 13th November 2019. However, this has unfortunately been pushed back...
News Garfield Kart Poses a Threat to Death Stranding with November Release Date
Give us the lasagne
You know when developers delay their games in order to give them a better release window, devoid of bigger titles that could take away market share? Well, Hideo Kojima might want to consider doing the same because Garfield Kart: Furious Racing has just come along and blown Death Stranding's spot with a 5th November launch date...
News Detective Thriller Blacksad: Under the Skin Delayed to November
Blacksad: Under the Skin, the promising looking detective thriller title based on the Blacksad comics, has been delayed. It was previously meant to release for the PlayStation 4 on the 26th September, but now it's been pushed back to the 5th November. According to publisher Microids, the extra time will allow the team to "provide players...
Hands On Detective Drama Blacksad Will Get Under Your Skin
Paws for thought
Unless you have a moustache and wear garlic in place of jewellery, we’re going to assume you’ve never heard of French graphic novel Blacksad. A favourite among furries, the dark detective series has spawned five volumes, and is actually the work of a couple of Spanish lads – proof, perhaps, that the European Union is still...
News If You Like The Wolf Among Us, You're Probably Gonna Like Blacksad: Under the Skin
Blacksad: Under the Skin is a narrative-driven detective title coming to PlayStation 4 later this year. It promises plenty of player choice, puzzle solving, and story-defining quick time events. Blacksad is actually a comic series that revolves around the titular character and his work as a private investigator. It's set in 1950s...
News Cel-Shaded Shooter XIII Returns 13th November on PS4
We can’t help but feel old when we consider there's an entire generation of gamers who haven’t seen PlayStation 2 copies of XIII in a GAME bargain bin. But with the cel-shaded shooter now being over 15 years old, there will be kids sitting their GCSEs this summer who are younger than the artistically inspired FPS. For those of you...
Review Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum - Well Done But Well Expensive
Asterix and what now?
Nothing about Asterix & Obelix XXL2 seems attractive at all from an outsider’s perspective. It’s a remaster of the second game in a duo of licensed PlayStation 2 and PC games based on a series of French comics – and that’s not even getting into that complete mess of a name. Given how inaccessible it all seems from...
News Asterix & Obelix XXL 2 Remaster Releasing 29th November
Vive la France
We’ve officially reached the point where obscure European PlayStation 2 titles are getting the remaster treatment. Microids announced earlier today that it’s bringing 2006’s forgotten Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum to the PlayStation 4 on 29th November. Bizarrely this will actually mark the second re-release of...
Review Yesterday Origins (PS4)
Yesterday came suddenly
You might not know it in the modern era of gaming, but you can have an extensive and detailed narrative told on a much smaller scale than the open world blockbusters we've become accustomed to. It wasn't really that long ago that games such as the Monkey Island series or the Broken Sword games were the highlight of narrative...
News Rely on Your Grey Cells in Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on PS4
One must seek the truth within
With the new Sherlock Holmes game a little way away, a certain Belgian detective is eyeing a fresh set of crimes on the PlayStation 4. Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders will see everyone's favourite moustachioed super sleuth breathing down the necks of cel-shaded criminals, as he tracks down a serial killer using his...