Category: Gaming Reviews

Mar
31

Persona 5 Royal review – both better and worse than the original

It’s a great intro: protagonist Joker darting along the casino roof, quick like a shadow. Making fast work of a handful of enemies while leaving others in the dust, his black coat swishing behind him. The excited voices of his […]

Mar
31

Resident Evil 3 remake review – at times brilliant, but not a patch on its predecessor

The Resident Evil 3 remake comes out just over a year after the Resident Evil 2 remake, which is particularly satisfying timing when you consider the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis came out just a year after Resident Evil 2, […]

Mar
26

Bleeding Edge review: fun fighting let down by a bare-bones launch

Bleeding Edge poses a question I hadn’t considered before: what if the combat from Devil May Cry met Overwatch? A modestly-sized development team at Ninja Theory, spearheaded by DmC Devil May Cry combat designer Rahni Tucker, has worked for the […]

Mar
24

Half-Life: Alyx review – a legend returns in elegant form

The Strider is the greatest of all Half-Life’s creations, if you ask me. Sure, you could argue that it’s just another spin on HG Wells’ tripods, but seriously, look at the thing! Those legs, so horribly long and horribly jointed, […]

Mar
19

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 review – probably the best motorbike game out there right now

A couple of years back, when Kylotonn had its first crack at the Isle of Man’s frankly absurd annual road race, the ambition of the whole enterprise made it easy to forgive any rough edges. Here was the 37.73 mile […]

Mar
18

Doom Eternal review – the same orgiastic thrills with a creeping weight of story

“Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie,” the original Doom’s programmer John Carmack once wrote. “It’s expected to be there, but it’s not that important.” A connoisseur of sleaze might object that story often makes […]

Mar
17

Animal Crossing: New Horizons review – a magical vivarium, and one of Nintendo’s best games yet

It’s 5am, I can’t get back to sleep, so out of habit I reach for the Switch on the bedside table to check in on my island. For the past three weeks this has been how every day’s started. Animal […]

Mar
16

Ori and the Will of the Wisps – masterful Metroidvania hampered by technical problems

Everything here glows. The luminescence smothers the thicket like a warm, snug blanket, dusting the world with a soft, preternatural radiance, piping the edges of the leaves and twigs that dance as you glide and tumble past them, leaving them […]

Mar
11

Nioh 2 review – a vast and engrossing if dutiful follow-up to a landmark Soulslike

The measure of a good Soulslike isn’t the might of its (Nameless) kings, but the deviousness of its pawns. Marquee adversaries like Ornstein and Smough might command the lion’s share of Youtube uploads, but they aren’t, or shouldn’t be, the […]

Mar
06

Murder by Numbers review – a witty, winning combo of puzzler and visual novel

Honor’s having a bad day and now there’s a giant stiletto embedded in the side of a drag bar. I’ll concede that the guy squished beneath the back wheels of the Pride float is probably having a worse day. But […]