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Shantae: Risky’s Revenge: Directors Cut (PS4) Review

Way Forward’s Shantae series has always had a bit of a cult following. The first game in the series, the titular Shantae was released towards the end of Gameboy Colour’s life and never made it to Europe. (Luckily it’s recently been released on the 3DS virtual console if you want to start at the beginning…

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Tales from the Borderlands Review In Progress (ep1-3)

If you’ve read my previous reviews of other episodic games you’ll probably know the rules by now. Each episode will get its own micro review and each is written based on the assumption that you’ve probably played the previous entry in the series, therefore you won’t mind some plot points and spoilers that make reviewing…

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Whispering Willows (PS4) Review: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

There are certain words that will instantly pique my interest in a game; one of them is horror, the other is adventure, but since side scrolling is two words it doesn’t count. But nethertheless, Night Light Interactive’s side scrolling horror adventure game Whispering Willows had me at the word horror. The only problem is that…

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The Red Solstice PC review – Mass Extinction Event

There are many, many reasons why a military career doesn’t interest us in the slightest.  The higher than average chances of getting shot to death (unless you go to a school, church or mall in the US, apparently) notwithstanding, the uniforms are itchy, you have to get up really early and we can’t march worth…

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Yoshi’s Woolly World Review: Drop One, Perl One

Yoshi’s Woolly World is a sequel of sorts. It’s the second game Nintendo have made in which they’ve taken a popular character and reimagined them in wool. It only took a single strand of wool to create an accurate representation of everyone’s favourite devourer of worlds in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, what with his simplistic form. However,…

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Poly Bridge PC Review

Poly Bridge looks harmless. Beneath it’s sweet, blocky visuals and relaxing music though is a very robust and surprisingly deep physics engine. It’s name will tell you everything you need to know: you’re in charge of making many different types of bridges in different scenarios. At first, these tasks are simple. Initially you’ll be making…

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Batman: Arkham Knight Review: We’ll Burn This City Down!

While listening to Mark Hamill’s haunting rendition of Only You as the credits rolled over Arkham City, I was left wondering how Rocksteady could possibly top it. In my mind, AC remains the finest superhero game ever made and also one of the best Batman stories ever written. Sure, it borrowed heavily from The Long Halloween in the…

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Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Review: Harem Havoc

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven shouldn’t exist, by all rights. The developers – Neverland (of Rune Factory fame) went bust just before it was finished. However, in an odd twist, the game’s publisher Marvelous Entertainment reunited core talent from the dev. team and had them finish the game. Was it worth the trouble? I’m inclined to…

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The Escapists Review: Shawshanking!

The message taken from prison break genre movies is simple – getting out of the clink is hard. From Steve McQueen stunt-riding his way to freedom in The Great Escape to Tim Robbins crawling through sewage in The Shawshank Redemption, it’s clear that making a successful bid for freedom requires planning, skill, intelligence and a…

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Perusing Pointless Puzzlers

It’s the weekend so you’ve all probably got some fun filled, action packed adventure planned for the next couple of days, no doubt involving copious amounts of liquor, beaches (if your weather is anything like ours) and optional pirate extras. Of course if your weekend is looking more like the WASDuk teams, in that the…

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LEGO Jurassic World Review: Spared No Expense

By now you have probably played a LEGO game. Every single new IP that gets LEGO sets based on it inevitably gets a blocky recreation of the films or comics that inspired them courtesy of Traveller’s Tales. So when LEGO announced that they were making sets based on Jurassic World. I figured that LEGO Jurassic Park: the…

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Splatoon Review: [INSERT INK PUN HERE]

Only Nintendo would create a competitive third person shooter in which your main aim isn’t killing anyone Taking an approach that on paper at least is completely counter intuitive and in the process take a genre that is as about as stale as a loaf of bread that’s been kept in the bread bin you…