140 Published Reviews

Return of the Obra Dinn

Switch
10.0
Daniel NewOct 28, 2019
Return of the Obra Dinn makes the journey to Nintendo Switch content and feature complete in a sparkling port from Warp Digital. The game is, simply put, one of the best ever made. It’s intricate, macabre, involving and essential. It’s aesthetically phenomenal and intellectually satisfying. Like the very best games, Return of the Obra Dinn is an experience that could only ever exist as a game. It’s’ a masterwork of narrative Sudoku and a recommended purchase on any platform.

A Hat in Time

Switch
8.00
Callum WilliamsOct 22, 2019
A Hat In Time’s Switch port is sadly the worst way to play the game, however, beneath all its bugs and poor visuals, it’s the same aggressively fun and ruthlessly charming platformer. Its nine-hour runtime is filled with fluid gameplay, hilarious characters and diverse set of levels that toy around with the genre in the best way possible. A Hat In Time is simply one of the best platformers in years, and it’s worth dealing with the Switch’s technical limitations to experience.

The Surge 2

PS4
8.00
Callum WilliamsOct 16, 2019
The Surge 2 is a satisfyingly challenging game with fluid, fast and intense combat that rewards players investment. It’s not going to change the minds of Soulsborne detractors, but it’s got enough smart, unique features and interesting evolutions of the genre’s systems to put it on the radar of its fans. It’s far from a FromSoftware level game, but it’s a worthy alternative with a lot to offer.

GRID

PS4
8.00
Tom BainesOct 08, 2019
The career mode is a little underwhelming, but Grid’s racing is as on-point as ever. A culmination of Codemasters’ years of experience – combined with brilliant assists and that oh so clever Nemesis system, that makes trading elbows with competitors as much fun as the racing itself – make this an ideal motorsport sim.

EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Nintendo Switch Legacy Edition

Switch
6.00
Daniel NewSep 27, 2019
EA’s legacy of support for the Nintendo Switch might not be very impressive but FIFA 20: Legacy Edition plays a good game of football, particularly for portable gamers. If you’re new to the franchise on Switch, it’s recommended. If you own last year’s edition, or another games console, it’s an easy pass.

GreedFall

PS4
6.00
Callum WilliamsSep 26, 2019
Greedfall is an ambitious and, at times, enjoyable RPG that makes use of its unique setting to deliver a story full of intrigue and compelling themes. However, its clumsy presentation, slow gameplay and bug-prone nature leave it a game that always feels a few steps away from greatness. Greedfall definitely has its moments, but unfortunately, you’ll have to break through its severely rough exterior to find them.

GRID Autosport

Switch
8.00
Daniel NewSep 25, 2019
A wealth of content and a sparkling port make Grid Autosport the best non-kart racing game on Nintendo Switch. It’s an essential purchase for fans of the genre and a great entry point for players ready to graduate from their Cat-Cruisers and Biddy-Buggys.

Star Wars™ Pinball

Switch
8.00
Daniel NewSep 20, 2019
To enjoy Star Wars Pinball it will certainly help if you a) like digital pinball and b) love Star Wars. Assuming that’s the case, you’ll find plenty to savour in this excellent collection of themed tables. If not, knock a star off and try your luck with Pinball FX 3 first.

Untitled Goose Game

Switch
8.00
Tom BainesSep 20, 2019
Almost everything that’s wrong with Untitled Goose Game – and to be fair, there isn’t that much – is inherently wrong with the stealth genre in general, and a silly game about a goose wrecking someone’s flower beds was never likely to change that. But what it does do, over and above other stealth games, is combine charming visuals and glorious audio with such a ridiculous and unique premise, it’s impossible not to honk through this one with a massive smile on your face.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series

PS4
8.00
Callum WilliamsSep 18, 2019
This is easily the best way to experience The Walking Dead on a technical front. The graphical revamp of the first two seasons is impressive, the special features are a nice touch, and having all the games in one package is a convenient deal. However, it’s the content you’re here for and (for the most part) the games hold up exceptionally well. They may be slightly dated, but there’s no doubting this package serves as a glowing reminder of Telltale’s best work.

Solo: Islands of the Heart

Switch
4.00
Megan WaltonSep 17, 2019
Solo: Islands of the Heart is a game that feels representative of the changing world, and it is nice to see this. It’s a shame that the game has little else about it, as it could have been seen as a kind of stepping stone and paved the way for future games of the like. Sadly, with minimal puzzling in a world that looks pretty but offers too little else, Solo misses the mark.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 4

PS4
7.00
Callum WilliamsAug 30, 2019
A disappointing third act and weak moral choices aside, Faith is the best episode since Life Is Strange 2’s debut. It unravels Sean’s character in interesting ways, has some expansive areas to visit and delves into the more mature aspects of the sequel’s world to create some deeply poignant moments. With the finale right around the corner, the Diaz brothers’ last chapter has all the ingredients to be a doozy.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

PS4
6.00
Tom BainesAug 28, 2019
It may be clever, scary and intriguing, but Man of Medan rarely reaches the heights of its stablemate and elder sibling, Until Dawn. Perhaps its a case of difficult second album syndrome, or more likely, it’s just too weighed down by the tropes and trappings associated with the genre. (And the sooner Supermassive ditches its penchant for fourth-wall-breaking, creepy old narrators, the better.)

Control

PS4
8.00
Callum WilliamsAug 26, 2019
Control is another Remedy title that shoots for the stars. It might not quite hit in every respect – with a lacklustre third act and some glaring technical issues – but its ambitious scope means what lands does so exceptionally well. The combat is satisfying, the world is overflowing with secrets and the atmosphere is second to none, ensuring Control is yet another stellar addition to Remedy’s portfolio.

Beyond: Two Souls

PC
5.00
Callum WilliamsAug 22, 2019
If you’re a fan of Beyond: Two Souls and want to revisit its world, this is easily the best way to do it. The visuals look superb and the new additions are welcome. However, age hasn’t been kind to Beyond: Two Souls’ story. Without the innovative glean that made this game so unique, Beyond is a poorly written experience that lacks player engrossment. It feels like David Cage’s attempt at directing a movie and, sadly, a tacky one at that.

Effie

PS4
4.00
Callum WilliamsAug 16, 2019
While Effie has its heart in the right place, it can’t seem to find the spark that made its iconic platformer inspirations such lovable classics. It’s simplistic and just a little too bland to work, and while there are definitely elements that show care, it can’t save what is, at its core, a forgettable experience.

Forager

Switch
8.00
Megan WaltonAug 15, 2019
Forager is a game that appeals to all kind of gamers and that is part of its charm. It’s hard not to love the game for what it is. It doesn’t try too hard, and offers you a relaxing but busy place for you to spend your free time in. If you’re looking for something not too taxing, where you can catch some fish, mine some ore and fight some monsters, then you’ve come to the right place.

Tech Corp.

PC
5.00
Callum WilliamsAug 08, 2019
Tech Corp is the very definition of an early-access game. It’s got numerous bugs, confusing gameplay elements and, most crucially, lacks refinement in near every aspect. Yet, when it shines, there’s something about Tech Corp that superbly captures that addictive tycoon feeling. I wouldn’t recommend investing your time into it just yet, but with a little passion, it has the potential to be remarkable.

Etherborn

Switch
6.00
Megan WaltonJul 31, 2019
For a platformer puzzler hybrid, Etherborn ticks most of the boxes in terms of having complex puzzles that are neither too easy or too difficult. The soundtrack and environment both compliment the game’s theme, but you don’t really spend enough time with it to be wowed. An interesting mechanic with the gravity-based puzzles means it’s recommendable to genre fans, but it’s not for everyone.

A Short Hike

PC
9.00
Tom BainesJul 29, 2019
Developer Adam Robinson-Yu began developing A Short Hike when he was feeling burned out working on another project. It’s fitting, then, that what began as an act of self-care for the game’s developer has blossomed into a welcome respite from the modern world that everyone should experience.

Summer Catchers

PC
8.00
Callum WilliamsJul 25, 2019
There are definitely elements of Summer Catchers that work. The visuals are astounding, the music is brilliant and, when you get lucky, there’s some solidly fun endless runner gameplay to be had. However, its strange focus on luck over skill means every element suffers, the fun level design never given the chance to shine as it should. In the end, Summer Catchers feels so insistent on being deeper than a simple runner that it ends up stumbling at every hurdle instead.

Pathologic 2

PC
7.00
Callum WilliamsJul 10, 2019
I can’t say I’ve ever played something quite like Pathologic 2. The systems are intricate, the choices have serious consequences and the story is perhaps the most mind-boggling I’ve ever experienced in a video game. At times, it’s too much, the unforgiving learning curve and hard to follow story making it wildly inaccessible. However, if you are patient and stick with it, Pathologic 2 opens up into a completely unique, surreal and harrowing experience that I can assure you won’t have played anywhere else.

American Fugitive

Switch
8.00
Daniel NewJul 01, 2019
A few technical issues – and the over-reaching arm of the law – tarnish American Fugitive slightly, but it’s a game with a wonderful sense of place, impressive levels of detail, and a slew of engaging gameplay mechanics.

My Friend Pedro

Switch
7.00
Tom BainesJun 20, 2019
My Friend Pedro is one of those activities – like skateboarding, or playing the guitar, or any form of dancing – that always looks that much cooler when someone else, someone more proficient is doing it. Don’t let that discourage you, though. You’ll still have a lot of fun playing a slick, stylish game built almost entirely out of those brilliant, cinematic, single-shot hallway fight sequences.

Gato Roboto

Switch
8.00
Tom BainesMay 30, 2019
Don't let the endearing protagonist and lo-fi, vintage visuals fool you: Gato Roboto is a challenging, pedigree Metroidvania. But what sets it apart from its peers are the quality of life improvements that redress all of the genre's worst flaws, without blunting any of the barbs. This is a Meowtroidvania worthy of the name.

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