PS4

9

Flippin' great

Rise of the Tomb Raider

I’ve scrapped so many drafts for this review, but I really want to give Rise of the Tomb Raider the justice it deserves. It’s a spectacular game. It has a well-written story played by outstanding actors set in an open world that isn’t needlessly filled with pointless sidequests. There are ...

5

Meh

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered

Many years ago, a little 2D dog burst on to the PlayStation scene bringing one of the earliest games of the music and rhythm genre. It featured addictive songs and funky characters including a flower, a chicken and an onion. I remembered PaRappa the Rapper to be one of the most-played games in a party setti...

7.5

I'm smiling

Mass Effect: Andromeda

In absolutely everything it does, this game reminds me of Mass Effect. It feels like Mass Effect. From the awkward character movement to the hours spent talking to all the NPCs, Mass Effect Andromeda is definitely Mass Effect. As I expected when I first opened the game, half the time I spent playing was tal...

9

Flippin' great

Styx: Shards of Darkness

When it comes to a stealth game, Cyanide Studios has put together a combination of elements that from the get-go feels surprisingly intuitive and believable. In this follow-up from the first Styx game you play a smart-mouthed goblin assassin who has a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to getting what h...

6

Good

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

The latest instalment to the Ghost Recon series, Wildlands takes the classic tactical shooter and throws it into a massive (really massive) open world. After a single American agent is captured and tortured, the Ghosts are sent in to take down a big drug cartel in Bolivia. It’s not a bad game, but it’s not ...

10

Experience this

Horizon Zero Dawn

As soon as you open the game and choose a language, you are thrust into a very beautiful opening cinematic, one that ended with a strangled croak as I tried not to cry. Already I could see the depth of the story and the world that I was entering. I was then greeted with a beautiful menu screen that I contin...

8

Great

For Honor

For Honor is the totally historically accurate tale of Knights versus Vikings versus Samurai. It’s a “complicated hack-and-slash” where the tactical mind is not only needed in your approach to a group of enemies but also in the middle of the fight. So don’t go into this game thinking it’s gonna be a cake-wa...

6

Good

Rocketbirds 2: Evolution

Despite innuendos in the trailer about male chickens and how much harder they could be the second time around, I was relieved to find that Rocketbirds 2 followed the similar innocent style that I’d enjoyed in Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken. Rocketbirds 2 is a return to the classic side-scrolling plat...

Stories: The Path of Destinies

There aren’t many games that have convinced me to ignore logic and keep playing for the sake of the story. Uncharted had me wowing for hours on end and I played all three Mass Effect games back to back in a week (the week that just so happened to be the week before all my final uni assignments were du...

Steep

Stunningly gorgeous, right out of the gate. Wind howls dramatically through crisp snowflakes which blows aways to reveal Ubisoft’s logo, “I remember these lads” I think, “they did Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, I must be in for a real treat.” The show’s not over: beautifully detailed powdery snow, radiating ...

7.5

I'm smiling

The Last Guardian

You’re a young boy. You go to your bed and fall asleep, probably have a bit of a bad dream and then you stir. But the familiar roof you’re used to waking up to is no longer there. Instead, it’s the shadowy ceiling of a cave. What is this place? Where the heck are you? You hear some ragged breathing beside y...

8.5

Great

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

I had tried the demo of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, pre-release, and I hadn’t been overly impressed with the giant screaming pig carcasses. It made the game seem a little too ‘try-hard’ at being gross and pretty unimaginative. If you’ve only tried the demo and had similar feelings, do...

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