148 Published Reviews

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Switch
7.00
Daniel NewDec 30, 2019
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger comes to Nintendo Switch in fine fettle. A solid port with plenty of memorable moments cover the cracks to make it a wild west story worth retelling.

Alien: Isolation

Switch
8.00
Daniel NewDec 17, 2019
Although Alien: Isolation wanders somewhat to its conclusion, it’s a thrilling, chilling, tense and unnerving video game. It’s also that rarest of things, an excellent game based on a movie license. The sparkling port from Feral Interactive and wealth of DLC content make this an essential Nintendo Switch release.

Terminator: Resistance

PS4
4.00
Callum WilliamsDec 12, 2019
Terminator Resistance is a forgettable, dull and uninspired shooter that lacks focus and a true sense of identity. While there’s a commendable authenticity to the original movies in its design and some strong stealth sections, the game winds up a soulless shooter that lacks purpose. Not even Arnold Schwarzenegger could’ve saved this one.

Life is Strange 2 - Episode 5

PS4
7.00
Callum WilliamsDec 09, 2019
Life Is Strange 2: Wolves is by no means a perfect finale, but it’s a heartfelt and emotionally charged conclusion that refuses to shy away from the morally complex nature of the story so far. After the credits roll, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t agree that the end of the Diaz Brothers’ story is impactful, unpredictable and, ultimately, deeply touching.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Switch
8.00
Tom BainesNov 15, 2019
Final Fantasy VIII may still be deeply flawed, but the speed boost makes the worst bits bearable. Then, and only then, is the game’s ridiculius brilliance allowed to shine through. I still hate Laguna, though. Even 20 years apart won’t change my mind on that.

Planet Zoo

PC
8.00
Callum WilliamsNov 13, 2019
Despite its unapproachable first few hours and some severely rough edges, Planet Zoo is one of the best tycoon games of the year. It offers near-limitless potential through its construction and exhibit tools, while Frontier’s visually stunning animals feel authentic and supremely detailed. With some patches, there’s no denying Planet Zoo could wind up being something extraordinarily special.

Song of Horror

PC
6.00
Callum WilliamsNov 11, 2019
In terms of moment to moment gameplay, Song of Horror can feel a little bland. The puzzles are inconsistent, it lacks scares, and the narrative is forgettable. However, the game’s willingness to go all-in on its interesting permadeath mechanic makes it a unique horror experience that manages to disguise its flaws with ambition. It may be largely centred around a gimmick, but with each episode feeling relatively brief, its one that doesn’t wear out its welcome.

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.

Tropico 6

PS4
8.00
Callum WilliamsSep 27, 2019
If you’re a console-owner that’s been waiting to play Tropico 6 since its debut last March, you’re in luck. Not only is this the same game content-wise, but it’s also an intuitive and accessible port with a great control scheme. The graphics aren’t exactly stunning, but if you’re a console-only player looking to try Tropico 6, this is a practically identical port that’s simple to play.

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.