Category: Gaming Reviews

Aug
09

We Happy Few review – a rich and dizzying social satire that is seldom great fun to play

For a British person of a certain age, playing We Happy Few is like being spoonfed your own sick. I intend this entirely as praise. To be more specific, it’s like being spoonfed sick originally vommed up by King Arthur […]

Aug
07

Dead Cells review – one of the slickest Metroidvanias you’ll ever play

After 30-odd years of pillaging fantasy realms I’m pretty sick of video game loot, but I do love poring over the vicious trinkets I’ve harvested from the tissues of Dead Cells, Motion Twin’s superb, handsome blend of Spelunky and Metroidvania. […]

Aug
07

Overcooked 2 review – a new and improved recipe

In many ways, playing Overcooked 2 is like returning to a favourite restaurant after a long absence and ordering what you always used to have. The comfort of familiar, nourishing food is hugely enjoyable, of course, but it’s the sense […]

Aug
06

WarioWare Gold review – a glitter-trumpet of sheer joy

What to make of Wario in 2018? From one perspective, he’s been all but absent for a while, shuffled into Mario Kart and Mario Tennis, but with no new instalments of the WarioWare series since Game & Wario in 2013. […]

Aug
06

Semblance review – a wibbly, wobbly platformer that turns the genre upside down

Before there were fidget spinners, there were stress balls. You remember them, right? Those squishy, malleable balls of goo that could be squeezed and pulled and manipulated in a myriad of eye-watering ways, ostensibly to help people channel their frustration […]

Jul
30

Titan Quest review – not all Switch ports are created equal

Titan Quest is often mentioned in the same breath as Diablo, as though a long but monstrously tough rope binds them together. I’m not sure who this annoys most – Titan Quest’s creators Iron Lore or even Diablo creator Blizzard […]

Jul
26

The Banner Saga 3 review – mournful tactical excellence

While the world outside beckons with summer sunshine, I have decided to return to the cold, faraway lands of Stoic Studio’s The Banner Saga instead. Since the last part of this series, which now finds its conclusion with The Banner […]

Jul
24

The Persistence review – a tense Sci-Fi Roguelike that’s perfect for VR

I’ve always found good horror games to be the most immersive of all virtual experiences. A strong dose of terror laser-focuses your attention onto the illusion and causes the world outside your visor to melt away. Virtual threats can seem […]

Jul
15

Microsoft Classic Intellimouse review – now hardware is getting the remastering treatment

Microsoft just released the Classic Intellimouse, a thoroughly modern gaming mouse with a stylish white LED tail light and an advanced BlueTrack sensor that works on glass. However, some of you might notice that this ‘new’ mouse looks pretty familiar […]

Jul
12

Octopath Traveler review – a slow but stately and compelling JRPG throwback

“New games in the old style” is the deceptively pat label Square Enix has adopted for smaller JRPG projects like Octopath Traveler, and one that invites an obvious question: which parts are old, and which parts are new? Far from […]