Gaming Reviews

Guacamelee 2 review – playing chicken

The only Mexican-themed Metroidvania gets a sequel featuring four-player co-op and lots of wrestling.<p>As many people have already pointed out, the …

Entertainment (UK)

Shenmue I & II review – the day the snow turned to rain

One of the most famous video games of all time finally receives a remaster on consoles and PC, but how does it play today?<p>The press release that came …

Entertainment (UK)

F1 2018: Come for the racing, stay for a career

Small additions, yes, but they add up to a big appeal<p>Reading them on paper before playing <i>F1 2018</i>, this year’s new additions to the game’s career mode didn’t sound like much to me. There are some dialogue options with mild outcomes for the created driver; adjustments to the car’s development and …

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H1Z1 Battle Royale PS4 Review: All Kills No Frills

Battle royale games have established themselves as more than just a fad, and as the space becomes more crowded, games strive to carve out their niche. With the console port of H1Z1, focusing on simplicity and streamlined mechanics is how it stakes its claim. Significant changes were made to H1Z1's …

First Aid

F1 2018 Review In Progress

Despite the cars being the quickest they’ve ever been in the sport’s history, Formula One in 2018 is about much more than pure speed. Impressively, the technical nature of driving the fastest, most advanced cars on the planet is something Codemasters goes to great lengths to portray in F1 2018, and …

Motorsport

Tanglewood Mega Drive review – to be this good takes ages

The Mega Drive celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new fan-made game that pushes the 16-bit marvel to its limits.<p>Despite all their long years of …

Retrogaming

Mars Or Die! Review

For Mother Russia!<p><b>HIGH</b> Getting a perfect fire grid going and wiping out a wave of eyeballs in seconds.<p><b>LOW</b> Why are upgrades so inconvenient?<p><b>WTF</b> So I …

Subpar

Minit Switch review – hours of fun

One of the year’s best indie downloads comes to the Nintendo Switch, with a charming homage to old school Zelda games.<p>With time being just as much a …

Indie Gaming

Omega Strike Review

But There’s A Talking Bear!<p><b>HIGH</b> The final multi-stage fight.<p><b>LOW</b> Trying to remember where I was supposed to use the ‘dash’ ability.<p><b>WTF</b> Who thought …

PS4 Pro

IGN 'Taking Down Pretty Much Everything' From Former Editor

Following an internal investigation, IGN staffers have revealed that the company is in the process of removing "most" of the work produced by their …

Plagiarism

Phantom Doctrine review – from XCOM with love

Stealth is more important than action in this new turn-based strategy that puts the outcome of the Cold War in your hands.<p>Turn-based strategy games …

Entertainment (UK)

The Waking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1 review – Done Running

Zombie survivor Clementine embarks on her final story, as creators Telltale Games give their graphics a much-needed revamp.<p>It’s over six years now …

Entertainment (UK)

Phantom Doctrine Review: Tactical Espionage Action

It's 1983. The Cold War is underway and there's a global conspiracy being perpetrated by a mysterious organization called Beholder. Fighting against Beholder are you and your rival organization, The Cabal. In Phantom Doctrine, you have the choice of playing as either an American CIA or a Russian …

Cold War

The Walking Dead - The Final Season Episode 1: Done Running Review

<b>Editor's note: The review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier.</b> Throughout Telltale's The Walking Dead, we have seen what living in a zombified hellscape can do to people. The one perpetual ray of hope was in Clementine, the little girl whose soul you've been trying to protect …

The Walking Dead

Flipping Death Review: The Scythe Life

Despite its focus on death and the afterlife, Flipping Death is a charming and wholesome adventure. Its zany and often eccentric characters bring the well-paced story to life with fantastic voice acting and a gorgeous 2D art style. Despite some frustrating platforming elements, its campy humor and …

Gaming Reviews

We Happy Few review – still not what you think it is

One of 2016’s most frustrating releases leaves early access a very different game than when it started – but has it changed enough?<p>We Happy Few may …

Entertainment (UK)

Former IGN Reviewer Responds To Plagiarism Allegations: 'Not At All Intentional'

Former IGN editor Filip Miucin, who was fired this week after an investigation into allegations that he had plagiarised a video game review, …

Gaming

We Happy Few Review

Just like the forcibly stretched grins of its inhabitants, the joy found in We Happy Few is a facade. The game's fascinating setting of a drug-fueled society wasting away in fake happiness is squandered on repetitive environments, poorly paced and downright boring quest designs, and a variety of …

Gaming Reviews

Flipping Death review – don’t fear the reaper

The makers of Stick It To The Man return with a new adventure that brings LucasArts style comedy and puzzle-solving to modern gaming.<p>Sequels are so …

Indie Gaming

We Happy Few is uncomfortable, uncanny and brilliant

Role-playing survival game is willing to take risks<p>All video games are worlds of facades, but <i>We Happy Few</i> investigates the very idea of phony fronts. It’s a story about the amount of effort we put it into performative happiness and the concealment of emptiness. Through a meticulously constructed …

Product Reviews

Madden NFL 19 is a game for longtime players, for better or worse

Running in ‘Real Player Motion’ shows this is a game for a core audience<p>My barometer for Madden NFL has always been its running game. That phase of American football, running with the hand-off or after the catch, always tells me the story of this year’s game — where its priorities really lie and to …

Madden NFL 19

Okami HD Switch review – definitive edition

The best Zelda game never made comes to Nintendo Switch and it just might be the best version so far.<p>Considering Bethesda themselves were making …

Entertainment (UK)

Unavowed Review: Dressed To Possess

Unavowed sounds straightforward on paper. It's a classic-style point-and-click game about demonic possession set in New York City with people to talk to, and puzzles to solve. However, as you get to know its characters and fall further into its mystery, it becomes increasingly clear that Unavowed …

New York City

Garfield Kart, As Told By Steam Reviews

Join Garfield and his friends in the funniest fast and fur-ious game! What character do you want to play with? Garfield, Odie, Jon, Nermal... you …

Gaming

Dead Cells review – random inspiration

One of the most anticipated indie releases of the year mixes Dark Souls, Castelvania, and roguelikes into one unpredictable adventure.<p>There are …

Entertainment (UK)

Monster Hunter World Review - Deadliest Catch

While some fans of the series were disappointed when Monster Hunter XX came to the Switch as a Japan-only exclusive, the good news is that we don't have to suffer in region-imposed torture any longer. The latest big fish in the franchise's pond, Monster Hunter World, is finally here, and it blows …

Monster Hunter

IGN’s Dead Cells review removed after plagiarism accusations

IGN’s video review of the recently released Dead Cells bears a striking similarity to that of someone who released their own version a week …

Nintendo Switch

Overcooked 2 Review - A Great Second Course

Following 2016's co-op cooking hit, Overcooked 2 introduces a fresh set of kitchens and recipes to conquer. Like in the first game, simple controls and a cute, cartoony style lend levity to intense dinner rushes where one mistake can lead to culinary disaster. The fun and chaos of playing with …

Kitchens

Overcooked 2 review – too many cooks improve the gameplay

The sequel to one of the best co-op games of recent years gets an online mode and an even less realistic portrayal of the catering …

Entertainment (UK)

Dead Cells Switch review: the Castlevania of Spelunkies

A Metroidvania that doesn’t feel restrained by its influences<p><i>Dead Cells</i> is often going to be called a combination of <i>Castlevania: Symphony of the Night</i> and <i>Dark Souls</i>. That description is not as accurate as it may initially seem, especially since every round starts you off in the same place. If <i>Dead</i> …

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