Serial Cleaner (Playstation 4 Review)

Once in a while, there will be a game that comes along that tweaks a genre just enough to make it feel new. With Serial Cleaner, developer iFun4all puts you in the bloody boots of ‘The Cleaner’, a man on the mob’s payroll. Cleaning up after the mob finishes ’negotiating’ with clients, mopping up blood, and destroying evidence is all in a day’s work in this 70s-inspired stealth game.
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Black the Fall (Playstation 4 Review)

When you boot up Sand Sailor Studio’s Black The Fall, you can’t help but notice the artistic similarities to last year’s hit Inside. They are both 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformers with a strikingly alike aesthetic and puzzle style, but both telling a different story.
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Playstation 4 Review)

It wasn’t too far back that Crash Bandicoot was considered irredeemable, especially after the series continued to changed hands regularly and an indefinite hiatus was taken after the release of Crash: Mind over Mutant. No one could have imagined Crash Bandicoot being relevant again. However, Sony’s 2016 E3 conference gave fans of the original games exactly what they wanted, an announcement of a remaster of the classic trilogy Crash. In many ways, N. Sane Trilogy is an extremely faithful recreation of those three games to a tee, with Vicarious Visions only changing what sorely need to be fixed. Crash can jump, slide and spin almost exactly like he could in the original trilogy, and of course he performs his signature Crash dance with pure merriment like it’s 1997 all over again.
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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto (Xbox One Review)

After finishing Final Fantasy XV’s first batch of DLC content entitled Episode Gladiolus, I was pining for more of it. With a limited breath of life, Episode Gladiolus fleeting flames had sizzled out as Gladio’s hour-long dungeon escapade came to a close rather quickly, taking with it the epic soundtrack and weighted combat that made his particular adventure so memorable, more so than the main game. Now, enter Prompto. Taking to the stage with high hopes that his own venture of self discovery will technically and emotionally surpass that of his ripped comrade-in-arms Gladio. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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Toby: The Secret Mine (Playstation 4 Review)

Some say knowledge is power. Some say that knowing too much can make you a bit of a know-it-all. If you play Toby: The Secret Mine, you’ll realise just how little you really know. The newest puzzle platformer from Lukáš Navrátil Games is a game where knowledge, hints and explanations are the last thing you’ll receive.
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DiRT 4 (Playstation 4 Review)

Codemasters have been giving us the keys to their motoring world for some time now. Their annual Formula 1 games in recent years have delighted me, but what may seem like a million miles away from the sterile and clinical Formula 1, is the thrilling and nail biting Dirt 4. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tech geekery that comes with Formula 1 games. However, powersliding around that dusty trail with a sheer cliff as your motivator for not losing it, brings the primal nature out in all of us. Will Codemasters’ follow up to the critically acclaimed Dirt 2 and Dirt 3 be a welcome addition or the family outcast?
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A Hole New World (Xbox One Review)

I can only slightly recall the days of my SNES induction, being introduced to games like Super Mario World, Earthworm Jim, Bomberman and Castlevania IV–the latters difficulty taking me by surprise. With a constant flurry of enemies coming at me and with my inadequate gaming skills at the time, this was a challenge I could not overcome but one I still fairly enjoyed. A Hole New World plays on that nostalgia and chooses to go for the more sought after and desired 8-bit style of the NES era that people love in modern indie games today.
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RiME (Xbox One Review)

Sticking with my bread and butter that is the puzzle genre I took on the new adventure-puzzle game RiME from Tequila Works. It begins with a boy being washed ashore, presumably from a shipwreck, on a mysterious island. This is where you come in, as you make a start on exploring the island with the help of a magical fox.
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The Town of Light (Xbox One Review)

The Town of Light is a different type of horror game. Rather than focusing on the classic jump scare or a universal generic trope of a villain like a zombie or demon to get across the sense of terror, instead this horror is very real, and to many something they cannot escape: Mental illness.
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Playstation 4 Review)

With its second (or third, depending on how you want to look at it) expansion launching in less than two weeks, Final Fantasy XIV has made a miraculous recovery thanks to the capable hands of producer and director Naoki Yoshida. It’s now been two years since the first expansion’s release; Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is finally finished. Having found stability after the title’s tumultuous development history, the development team are now prepared to shake things up so that they can finally advance Square Enix’ largest non-mobile moneymaker in over a decade. It’s thanks to Heavensward that they’ve reached this point.
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Tokyo 42 (Xbox One Review)

May has been quite the month, if you’re a fan of Mode 7 games, bookended by two major events. At the start of the month, Twitter entered meltdown as it awaited Paul Kilduff-Taylor’s annual tweet on May 4th. And today, on May 31st… meh, they’ve published a new game, if you’re into that sort of thing.
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Tekken 7 (Playstation 4 Review)

Tekken 7, a story that has been decades in the making and a game that has been perfected through rigorous testing in Asia, is finally here. Almost three years after its initial announcement and two years since it first appeared in Japanese arcades, the world’s most prolific 3D fighter makes its debut on the current generation of consoles.
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Victor Vran: Overkill Edition (Xbox One Review)

As far as ARPGs go, there’s a particular formula that’s ever present, and that’s kill, loot, kill. Rinse and repeat. The loot collecting is an especially addictive part of that habit-forming process that hooks our brain on an non-stop rewarding binge of compensation for time spent invested in that game; a sort of pyramid scheme, with swords. And Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is one such culprit–enslaving gamers hours at a time to keep on grinding, finding better loot only to find out that said loot unlocks more avenues to get even more loot, and it’s oh-so gratifying.
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Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2 (Playstation 4 Review)

There’s been a bit of an ongoing discussion on how new content for fighting games should be brought in. Season passes have become more of a recurring trend in Capcom and Netherrealm Studios titles, and have received more criticism than praise it would seem. Arc System Works, however, have continued the formula they’ve stood by since the early 2000s with both Blazblue and Guilty Gear, with Xrd Revelator 2 being the latest update to the latter. Revelator 2 is a more small scale update compared to the original, having more changes than actual additions. The good news is that the update only costs about £16 if you already have a copy of Revelator.
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Shadow Warrior 2 (Xbox One Review)

Shadow Warrior was originally nothing more than a simple “Duke clone” for its time of release back in 1997. Jumping on the back of the success that was Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior tried to replicate Duke’s simple formula of alien ass kicking and goofy one liners. Instead, Shadow Warrior came off as a somewhat racially insensitive, tryhard wannabe with some simple engine enhancements that gave the environments geometry a more refined look. With Shadow Warrior’s lukewarm reception, it’s hard to believe that gamers would later be met with a remake of the underwhelming ninja warrior title in 2013. And surprisingly, it wasn’t half bad.
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Injustice 2 (Review)

It’s been almost 4 years since NetherRealm Studios (NRS) took their second shot at the comics world with Injustice: Gods Among Us. After the release of the greatly derided Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, NRS’s return to DC was a massive risk, but one that paid off. So, after much anticipation, Injustice 2 is set loose on NRS and DC fans alike.
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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (Playstation 4 Review)

Every year sees Omega Force release at least one Warriors game, whether it’s an entry in the main series, an anime spinoff, or an alternative-genre spinoff. Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is a spinoff of Samurai Warriors 4. Typically, these titles all share a common style of gameplay in which players will beat up hordes of hesitant enemies and sometimes square off with a historical/notable figure. As a franchise, Warriors is often criticised for its repetitive gameplay; however, the spinoffs provide room for the developers to experiment a little with their successful formula. Spirit of Sanada is a small example of this.
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Skylar and Plux Adventure on Clover Island (Xbox One Review)

The first thing that came to mind when I first set my eyes upon Skylar and Plux was Ratchet and Clank. Here we have a story of two people working together to achieve a common goal. That common goal being jumping across platforms and punching evil Cathode Ray Tubes.
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The Surge (Xbox One Review)

When it comes to ARPGs, fantasy reigns supreme. For the better part of a decade, many developers have been chasing after Dark Souls and the high fantasy setting it found itself in. But it’s wearing thin. Thankfully, Deck13 Interactive have stepped outside the norms and embraced the inevitable mechanical future of mankind with The Surge.
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Prey (Xbox One Review)

The word prey often refers to the weak and helpless, the bottom of the food chain. It’s rarely a shifting dynamic–prey will always be prey. But for one instant, Arkane Studios gives the underdog a chance at turning the tides in their reimagining of the 2006 game of the same name.
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Serial Cleaner (Playstation 4 Review)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You start a murder and you can’t even finish it.

Black the Fall (Playstation 4 Review)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fade to Black (the fall).

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Playstation 4 Review)

Monday, July 10, 2017

The OG of “Spin to Win”.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto (Xbox One Review)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Prompto may be trigger happy, but he ain’t hitting a thing.