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Star Fox Guard Review – Five Nights at Grippy’s

The first time I played Star Fox Guard was a couple of years ago at a Nintendo press event held in a basement in London. back then, it was a simply known as Project Guard –  a prototype tower defence game that Miyamoto had been tinkering with. The brief demo was simple, but strangely compelling. I remember…

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Party Hard (PS4) Review – How to be a Homicidal Bastard!

We’ve all been there. It’s 3am on a Sunday night.  You have to get up for work in three hours, and the inconsiderate gobshites next door are still in the middle of a party, with no end in sight. The paper-thin walls do nothing to stop the endless thump of awful dance music, the cackling…

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Severed (Vita) Review – Feels Like Home

Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee! was one of my favourite games of 2013. The art style, the simple yet effective game design…the chicken jokes. At the time, I said it was one of the best games on the PS Vita, and I’d stick by that assessment to this day. Even if the much improved Super Turbo Edition skipped…

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Star Fox Zero Review – Do a Barrel Roll

Ever since I played the flying sections in Platinum’s Wonderful 101, I thought to myself: This is the studio that should be making the next Star Fox. From the way the Virgin Victory handled to the huge and impressive bosses, this seemed like a company pitching for a job they wanted in the subtlest way possible.  Someone…

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LOUD on Planet X Review – The Other Shoe

It’s been a while since I’ve gone out of my way to bother downloading the additional tracks from a band I’ve heard as part of a soundtrack to a game, but strangely, that’s the first thing I did after playing LOUD on Planet X, a new indie rhythm action/ tower defence game. It’s got a cracking soundtrack.…

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (PS4) Review – Keelhauled

I’m  a big fan of WayForward. Their beautiful remake of A Boy and His Blob is easily one of the finest games on the Wii (and now the PS4), while the work they did bringing Duck Tales flapping and quacking into the 21st Century is admirable.  However, despite being well known for their brilliant remasters, I always…

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Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4) Review – Don’t Judge a Book…

Despite the somewhat generic name, Stories: The Path of Destinies is in fact a charming, unique and thoroughly entertaining action RPG (and the name really doesn’t do it justice).  Players take on the role Reynardo, a roguish anthropomorphic fox, former sky pirate and reluctant hero. He’s thrown into a struggle against an insane monarch, hell-bent on resurrecting…

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Nitroplus Blasterz : Heroine’s Infinite Duel (PS4) Review

I didn’t realise that Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Extreme was a crossover game in the same vein as Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax until I started playing it and  noticed that Saber from Fate/Zero and Akane from Psycho Pass were included as a playable character and a support character respectively. Up until this point, I just thought…

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Minecraft: Story Mode (PS4) Review – Never Say Die

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode, is a curious concept to say the least, taking Mojang’s wildly popular blocky sandbox and turning it into an adventure game in a similar vein to Tales From the Borderlands and The Walking Dead. Initially, I wondered how this would even work.  Minecraft never had any kind of fixed narrative, instead…

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No Time to Explain (PS4) Review – Time Warp

No Time To Explain opens with a guy happily gyrating in front of his TV (possibly doing the Time Warp), then out of nowhere, his future-self teleports into the room with a dire warning “There’s no time to explain…”. Suddenly, the side of the house is torn away and his future self is dragged off kicking and…

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Unepic (PS4) Review – Dungeons & Drunkards

Initially released back on the PC in 2011, before subsequently being released on WiiU and Xbox One, Unepic has finally made it’s way to PS4 and Vita (complete with cross play and cross save). The premise will be instantly familiar to anyone who watched the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon as a kid; in other words…

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Hyrule Warriors Legends (N3DS) Review – Zelda All-Stars

Hyrule Warriors on WiiU gave the Warriors series the shot in the arm that it desperately needed. Although the main series had begun to feel a little samey, somehow, taking the series’ slap happy core gameplay and mixing it with The Legend of Zelda’s characters, lore and a dash of gameplay, has resulted in the…

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Pokkén Tournament Review – Eye of the Raikou

Ever since playing Pokémon Blue all those many moons ago, I have always hoped one day we would get a proper fighting game spin off. Sure, the likes of Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Colosseum gave you Pokémon battling in 3D, but they’re basically prettied up versions of the main series’ turn based battles without the…