Devil's Third

Review Posted 27|Aug by
Devil's Third

Disappointment from two points of view

Ever since the previews for Devil's Third went live I've seen the same question popping up on forums and social media.

"Is it so bad that it's good?"

Allow me to finally answer this question for you... No.

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Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

Review Posted 14|Aug by
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

Total Wipeout, but evil

I haven't touched a Deception game since the first one, but I could not have picked a better time to return to the series. There is something utterly delightful in waiting for the target of your torment to run up to you with the hope of clobbering you only to unleash a series of traps upon them that tosses them around like a mouse being played with by a demented cat.
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Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Review Posted 4|Aug by
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Back in ti-i-i-ime...

Originally released in 2006, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time was the sequel to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the third outing of the Mario franchise into the RPG genre. Now it’s made its way onto the Wii U’s virtual console for a new audience to experience. But have ten years of age diminished what was a highly well-received game in its day?
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Batman: Arkham Knight

Review Posted 28|Jul by
Batman: Arkham Knight

On being Batman

Over the last few years (six, it's been six!) I've spent no small amount of words on the delights of being Batman in Rocksteady's (and WB Montreal's, that one time) Arkham series. Here is a series of games that, for the first time, has created a pretty clear sense of what it's like to don the lightweight tactical armour and spandex of one of Western pop culture's greatest heroes. The stealth, the tactical thinking, the finely-tuned timing in life or death situations...
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F1 2015

Review Posted 24|Jul by
F1 2015

Fast but not furious

I feel a bit sorry for the developers of F1 2015.

It can’t be the most inspiring job. The sport is what it is. They race similar looking cars around the same track every year and although for fans, the excitement is still very much alive, those that find F1 dull are hard to reach out to.
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Total War: Attila: The Last Roman

Review Posted 23|Jul by
Total War: Attila: The Last Roman

Vandals and Visigoths

The Roman expedition to reclaim the lost lands of the Western Empire progresses well. The Vandalic Kingdom in Africa lies in ashes, reclaimed for my Emperor, the Ostrogothic Kingdom is on the back foot, crushed under the might of The Last Roman. But I, Belisarius am not satisfied. The machinations of the Emperor, his wife and my own wife are becoming tiresome. I am declaring independence, and creating a new Western Roman Empire.
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Devil's Third

Preview Posted 16|Jul by
Devil's Third

Third wut?

You’d be forgiven if you told me that this was the first you’ve heard of Devil’s Third. In fact the first I’d heard of it was when The Bosses at SPOnG banged on my door, wrote the embargo details on my walls in permanent ink and left my usual payment of £20,000 in £5 notes on the table.
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Yoshi's Woolly World

Review Posted 7|Jul by
Yoshi's Woolly World

A big cuddle from Nintendo

After a poor showing at E3 I was considering selling my Wii U.

It’s in no way a bad console. Every time I’ve loaded it up I’ve had a good time with it and it has some incredible exclusives. There just seems to be nothing on the horizon and although games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario World are some of the best the company have developed, they’re not games that I consistently play.
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J-Stars Victory VS+

Review Posted 2|Jul by
J-Stars Victory VS+

Does it have the special sauce?

For many years now it seems I have been on an epic quest to find the perfect fighting game. Countless copies of games later and I still find myself being disappointed in one way or another – still searching, still waiting for that one fighter that has that certain something that separates it from the others and will make me claim that I have just found the greatest thing since sliced bread.
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Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3

Review Posted 1|Jul by
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3

Big battles, small screen

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is not the usual kind of game I would choose to play a on handheld. This isn't to say that it's bad, but it certainly doesn't suit a small screen or the shorter play sessions that usually accompany a handheld console.

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Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure

Review Posted 23|Jun by
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure

Pop another pill

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure takes the old rules and gives them a slight twist. A bit like changing medication just enough to combat a new virus in the real world, the game's challenges have grown in complexity. No longer do we just have the easy to swallow standard pills made of two tiles, now we have L-shaped tiles... Which would be bloody hard to swallow if Mario was a real doctor.
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The Escapists

Review Posted 16|Jun by
The Escapists

Freedom is in the mind

Gamers of a certain age harbour nostalgic thoughts of games from the SNES era, we remember them being a lot better than they actually were, usually in both graphics and gameplay. The Escapists felt like being handed one of those treasured memories intact and just as good as I remembered it.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Review Posted 11|Jun by
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Getting in deep

When I think about some of my favourite games there seems to be a common thread between most of them. Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 5, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Dark Souls... I could go on.

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Destiny: House of Wolves

Review Posted 3|Jun by
Destiny: House of Wolves

Some lessons learned

It’s no secret that Destiny fans were a little let down by the game’s first expansion, The Dark Below.

It was more of the game we love but didn’t add enough to warrant the high price, along with making the highest level armour in your inventory useless for hitting the new level cap.
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Project CARS

Review Posted 19|May by
Project CARS

A tough surprise

I went go-karting once.

It was on a stag do up in Liverpool and we were all absolutely lagging from the night before. Before we were allowed to drive the karts ourselves we were huddled into a hut and given a safety briefing. I felt sorry for the bloke that gave it. None of us were listening. We were too busy trying to sip our energy drinks down without throwing up and making jokes about chucking red shells to listen to what he had to say.
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