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Reviews

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...

  • Super Mario Maker 3DS review: what’s the internet?

    Nintendo and the internet have a notoriously strained relationship. From the GameCube's support for online gaming (only supporting Phantasy Star Online and its sequel) to weird friend code implementation, the company hasn't always kept up with the times. But last year's Super Mario Maker (review) on the Wii U was a triumph, as Nintendo harnessed the power of the internet to bring a fantastic experience. A large part of the game was sharing your created levels with other players, but an even bigger aspect was playing levels made by people around the world. And the results were mesmerising, infuriating, jaw-dropping and just...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] review: a better breed of game

    French developer and publisher Ubisoft released the first Watch Dogs game in 2013, being noted for an extremely divisive reception. Now, the release of Watch Dogs 2 brings with it the hope that Ubisoft has learnt its lessons and actually delivered a game to meet expectations. Following the events of Aiden Pierce in Chicago, the game moves to an entirely new map in San Francisco and follows the exploits of a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway. Once Marcus is scouted and recruited by hacktivist group DedSec, he begins the seemingly righteous journey of freeing the public from their blinding technological comforts. DedSec itself comprises...

  • Dishonored 2 [Xbox One] review: this game is Attano fun

    2012's Dishonored is one of last generation's greatest original titles, offering relatively open-ended level design, an array of innovative supernatural powers and a variety of solutions to tackling enemies. It's a hitherto unseen formula and one that's still a rarity in today's videogame landscape. So there wasn't much that a sequel had to do to in order to stand out. The real question is whether Arkane Studios went above and beyond the call of duty though... New engine, same style Fire up the game and you've got a familiar art style in tow, being somewhat pastel-like yet grounded in reality. In other words,...

  • Beholder [PC] review: Orwellian errand man

    Beholder is an indie adventure title developed by Russian-based studio Warm Lamp Games. According to the developers, the game is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government”. It takes place in a fictional Totalitarian state run by the cold and calculating “Ministry”. You play as Carl Stein, a newly state-appointed landlord of an apartment building who has been ordered to keep an eye on the tenants and report any suspicious activity that goes against the Ministry’s wishes. To do so you will be profiling your tenants, secretly installing cameras in their apartments and, in certain cases, will have...

  • Destiny: The Collection [PS4] review: the better Halo collection

    Gamers around the world had high hopes for the FPS MMO, Destiny. The former developers and creators of the Xbox-staple Halo Series, Bungie, was purchased by Activision and were set on creating an online game. After initial mixed reviews, the game has received several expansions and many tweaks. With Destiny 2 arriving in 2017, is now the right time to pick up the first game and its expansions? What’s in the collection? The recently-released Destiny: The Collection is a battle chest that collects all of the Destiny content on the latest generation consoles... to an extent. It includes all of the previously...

  • Batman: Return to Arkham [Xbox One] review: at least it doesn’t have Jared Leto

    When Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studios released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, it blew away the minds of gamers around the world. It was the first true Batman video game. The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, released two years later to another collective of blown minds, upped the ante compared to the original. Now, updated versions of the games have been released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but does the Dark Knight strike again, or is this collection just a Killing Joke? The story behind both games is simple enough and they share basic plot ideas. Something has gone wrong in Arkham...

  • LG V20 review: the definitive live gig smartphone?

    The LG G5 (review) was a rare misstep of sorts for the South Korean firm, delivering an innovative but ultimately flawed design and pricey add-ons that weren't readily available at launch. But the LG V20 seems to take a step back from the drastically over-engineered G5, being a refinement in many areas and introducing meaningful improvements at first glance. Hardware The biggest change is that LG has dropped the innovative but ultimately unpolished gun magazine slot seen on the G5. Instead, the phone mimics the Samsung Omnia 7 and uses a removable aluminium back that pops off thanks to a button on the side....

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition [Xbox One] review: old familiar

    Five years after its initial release, Bethesda has re-released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on current generation consoles (and PC once more) with a new lick of paint. Is this the RPG you should be picking up for the holiday season, or throwing it into a dragon's hellfire? If you're reading this then there's a good chance you've already played some of Skyrim. In fact, you probably just want to know if it's worth the extra cash for this "upgraded" version. Let’s get one thing straight: this is identical to 2013's release of Skyrim: Legendary Edition in content. It includes the base...

  • Mafia III [Xbox One] review: a game of contrasts

    Picture this: your friends and family have been murdered, you’re left for dead and your ties to the Mafia have all but betrayed you. What are you gonna do? Kill everyone for revenge, of course. A story of revenge Okay, so that’s a basic rundown of the latest open-world crime simulator, Mafia III. Set during 1968 in America, the game uses the Vietnam War and counter-culture as the backdrop for this tale. You take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a black man, and recent war veteran and special ops veteran with ties to the Mafia. Upon his arrival in New Bordeaux,...