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7 Days to Die (PS4) Review – The Gods Forgot They Made Me

You awake to find yourself in a dark room! Okay, maybe not this time. You awake to find yourself bollock-naked in the snow, with no idea where you are, no clothes, no resources and no clue. In the distance, a dilapidated homestead. As you press forward, you can hear a strange groaning, and there’s a…

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Prison Architect (PS4) Review – I Shot a Man in Reno

Some genres are synonymous with the PC. They just demand a mouse and keyboard. The sim genre it is generally accepted as one of them. As such, porting these games to consoles is a tricky affair, with complex systems and charts that are difficult to follow on the TV when you’re slumped on the couch,…

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Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (Vita/PS4) Review

Despite its flaws, Odin Sphere was one of my favourite games on the PS2. It was a beautiful, fun and incredibly addicting action RPG that was sadly hamstrung by serious amounts of slowdown whenever either a large mob or massive boss showed up (Most of the bosses are huge, and taking out groups of creatures…

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The Technomancer (PS4) Review – The Freakiest Show

David Bowie once famously asked “is there life on Mars?” Spiders’ new Cyberpunk RPG the Technomancer answers this age old rhetorical question: yes, and its bloody horrible. The sequel to 2013’s Mars: War Logs, the Technomancer once again takes players back to a red planet which has been colonized by humanity for hundreds of years. Technomancer‘s…

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Deadlight: Directors Cut (PS4) Review – Where is my Mind?

Originally released back in 2012 as part of Xbox’s Summer of Arcade, Deadlight was that year’s 2D platformer. It gave the genre the now-too-familiar zombie apocalypse treatment, with fairly positive results, mixing the puzzle and platforming elements of Flashback (the original, not that awful fucking remake) and the shadowy aesthetics and grim tone of fellow Summer…

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Dead Island: Definitive Collection Review – That’s a Paddlin’

Everyone remembers that first cinematic trailer for Dead Island, with the family desperately trying to get away from a zombie attack. It was touching, heartrending and not representative of the final product at all.  The game we actually got was somewhat schizophrenic; while the narrative was incredibly dour in tone, in keeping with the aforementioned…

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Lichdom: Battlemage (PS4) Review – Klatu Verata….

Being a massive fan of Hexen, I was really looking forward to Lichdom: Battlemage. In my not-so-humble opinion, there should be more magic-based First Person Shooters out there. The little bit I had seen of the game on PC made me think that this oddly overlooked title could be just what I was after. It seems that…

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Project CARS Review – Clarkson’s Wet Dream

I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the more realistic racing sims.  As much as I love a good arcade racer, I find it hard to get to grips with them. I still remember fully upgrading my Dodge Viper in the original Gran Turismo, and thinking it’d help me win, just before ploughing…

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Stranger of Sword City (Vita) Review – Blood Diamonds

It seems that decent dungeon crawlers with a focus on harvesting monster organs for fun and profit on the Vita are like Buses. There’s none for ages and then two show up at once. I am, of course, talking about Drinkbox Studios Severed (review here, TL:DR it’s bloody brilliant)  and Experience inc.’s Stranger of Sword…

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Life Goes on: Done to Death (PS4) Review – Tis But a Scratch

Life Goes On: Done to Death is an inventive and pythonesque platform puzzler that turns the conventions of the genre on their (admittedly quite dated by now) heads. You see, rather than punishing a player for dying, sacrificing members of the brave (read: utterly foolhardy) band of knights is the only way to progress. On…

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SteamWorld Heist (PS4/Vita) Review – Real Folk Blues

SteamWorld Dig is easily one of my favourite games of the last few years. A charming Metroidvania, replete with a beautiful art style and a marvellous cast of characters that didn’t outstay its welcome. Its sequel, SteamWorld Heist (which has finally made its way to PS4 and Vita) is a very different, yet still ultimately…