486 Published Reviews
Unless you've missed a few iterations of NBA 2K, there are few – if any – reasons to delve into this year's offering. NBA 2K21 features the same old insidious microtransactions that have marred MyCareer for years, but provides very little that's genuinely new or fresh. Capping off the generation with a whimper, we remain hopeful that NBA 2K21 is a lot better on next-gen platforms, because this current-gen version is a lukewarm rehash.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-ReckoningPS4
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is certainly starting to show its age, but the game still offers some great combat and a deep, high-fantasy world. If you’re looking for an expansive RPG to get stuck into, you could certainly do worse than Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, as long as you keep your expectations in check.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2PS4
As far as immediate arcade thrills go, few games can compete with the level of gratification you're guaranteed to get from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. If you enjoyed the originals or fancy seeing what all the fuss is about, you're in for an absolute treat either way.
If Marvel's Avengers were an MCU movie, it'd be Age of Ultron. It's perfectly entertaining and well put together, with some great set-pieces, but it isn't necessarily one you're going to return to again and again.
WRC 9 FIA World Rally ChampionshipPS4
KT Racing has excelled itself with this one. WRC 9 is the French studio's best rallying effort to date, with a superb Career Mode, licensed cars and tracks out the wazoo, slick, responsive handling, and a surfeit of options.
Nexomon: Extinction introduces plenty of its own ideas to the monster-collection RPG genre, but it doesn’t quite nail the execution. If you can get past a lot of grinding, some gruelling fights and a cynical story, then there’s an interesting Pokémon-like here, even if the fun can be a little hard to find.
Project CARS 3PS4
While there are numerous better and more comprehensive racing games out there, Project CARS 3 is nonetheless a remarkably solid racer in its own right, with a slew of cool options, customisation features, cars, tracks, and more. If you're in the market for a spiffy new racing title, Project CARS 3 is certainly a solid choice.
No Straight RoadsPS4
After a rocky start, No Straight Roads settles into a rhythm, but its action is off-key, in spite of its edible looks and funky soundtrack. Regrettably, No Straight Roads is an action game that doesn't quite hit the high notes, with execution that falls some way short.
Wasteland 3 is as deep a CRPG as you’re ever likely to play, with meaningful choice and consequence in abundance, if you can get past the frequent crashes and array of irritating bugs.
Manifold Garden is a stunning puzzle game, one that will leave a lasting impact on you, not just for its thought-provoking puzzles, but by virtue of the fact that you're essentially playing an actual piece of art. It's bloody delightful!
Trimming away the fat to reveal a lean and mean sequel, EA Sports UFC 4 puts Career Mode in the spotlight, turns Knockout Mode into an arcade-style one-on one, and throws in backyard bouts for good measure. And while it's a gross oversight that Jean-Claude Van Damme and the soundtrack to Bloodsport are missing from KO Mode's Kumite, EA Sports UFC 4 is nonetheless a worthwhile new entry. We're just surprised there's no Fight Island.
Mortal Shell pays homage to FromSoftware's greats, offering its own unique gameplay wrinkles and an excellent combat system. With only three major dungeons and four weapons, this is a streamlined experience, and if you can push past the slightly frustrating opening hours then you'll find a wonderfully rewarding Souls-like that will keep you coming back for more.
A loving throwback to the grand old days of defunct adventure game masters LucasArts, Darkestville Castle wears its influences on its sleeve, and as such, it's a beautifully orchestrated tribute. Fortunately, it also happens to be a fun and engaging point-and-click yarn in its own right.
Fall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutPS4
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is brilliantly simple and wonderfully addictive once you’re in a game. Ignore a few bugs and some server issues that exist at launch, and you'll find hours of fun to be had, even if there isn’t much to do beyond the game’s headline mode. Takeshi’s Castle meets Battle Royale is a match made in heaven, it turns out.
Cuphead is the kind of game that you only need to play for 10-minutes to realise the attention to detail Studio MDHR has poured into it. It looks incredible, sounds wonderful and is a pleasure to play… then the difficulty kicks in and it turns you into a quivering mess. It’s a game that can evoke frustration one minute and pure elation the next.
Destroy All Humans!PS4
Destroy All Humans! is never better than when you're carrying out the remit of the game's title. When you're doing stealth missions, it's not nearly as fun. As far as its remake credentials are concerned, meanwhile, this is a perfectly solid, serviceable piece of entertainment, if somewhat unremarkable. That said, if you lapped up Destroy All Humans! fifteen years ago, you'll no doubt be more than happy to do it all over again.
Creaks is a wonderfully atmospheric game that is ingenious in its execution, with a unique art style and excellent sound design. The sheer number of mind-teasing puzzles can be a little relentless at times, but the way that the game's systems evolve and interact with each other over time is incredibly impressive. If you have any love for brain teasers, you should probably consider picking it up.
Ghost of TsushimaPS4
Don't worry, Ubisoft – you don't need to make an Assassin's Creed game set in Japan anymore. Sucker Punch has pipped you to the post, creating a genuinely stunning open-world samurai epic that's compelling, memorable, and never anything less than a blast to play. Ghost of Tsushima is yet another reason to hug your PS4 – it's a sensational game.
If this is how F1 goes out on current-gen, Codemasters should be proud of where it's taken the series, not only in making it more open and accessible to players of all skill levels, but also in bringing unprecedented depth, detail and immersion. Make no mistake, F1 2020 is the best Formula One game money can buy and a stellar racing experience in its own right.
Disintegration blends together FPS and RTS elements to create a satisfying gameplay experience, with weapons that feel great to use and battles that will have you constantly on your toes. Campaign missions can be hit-or-miss and the game's storytelling is a little slight, but an enjoyable multiplayer mode will keep you playing once the credits have rolled.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
The Last of Us Part II is the very definition of a masterpiece. If you've already decided that it isn't for you, then you'll be missing out on one of the defining games of this generation and doing the entire undertaking a huge disservice. The Last of Us Part II is not only an exceptional game, it's also one with something pertinent and relevant to say. Absolutely unmissable.
As far as dungeon-crawling RPGs are concerned, then, Minecraft Dungeons is more than a mere Diablo clone. It's a wonderfully charming and hugely accessible genre example that's worthy of your time and attention, even if you have no previous history with Minecraft and its lore. Put in the time with it, and Minecraft Dungeons also proves massively rewarding, even when played alone.
Golf With Your FriendsPS4
Golf With Your Friends is good for a laugh, and the more people you can get involved, the more fun you'll have. The concept is fantastic, but the execution is a little lackluster, resulting in a title that just about makes the par.
Manic marine mayhem, Maneater is a one-of-a-kind shaRkPG that can feel a little one-note at times, but it's never anything less than an unhinged, knowingly daft piece of entertainment. You get to be a shark and eat people, for crying out loud. It's fun and guaranteed to make you smile, (you son of a bitch).
The Persistence does begin to feel rewarding, but it's not the most engaging of roguelikes, with fairly sterile environments and repetitive enemy encounters. That said, The Persistence succeeds in being a solid sci-fi roguelike that provides a decent enough – if somewhat forgettable – survival horror experience while it lasts.