Category: Gaming Reviews


Gylt review – Stadia exclusive is genuinely unsettling lite horror

“You can trust me,” it says, as I tip-toe as swiftly as I dare into a dark corner, concealing myself – I hope – against a pile of damp, forgotten boxes. It lurches drunkenly from side to side, eyes glowing […]


Phoenix Point review – saving a new world the good old-fashioned way

I’m saving the world again, much like I’ve saved it a dozen times before. I’ve taken command of yet another team of ragtag soldiers and scientists, and returned once more to frantically scampering back and forth across a terrified planet, […]


Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – pleasantly surprising strategy

When I close my eyes and imagine a game based on drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s life, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels isn’t exactly what springs to mind. Whereas my imagination crafts a stealth-shooter with a bass-heavy soundtrack and slick bullet-time […]


Shenmue 3 review – a faithful follow-up to an all-time classic

Against all odds, here it is. 18 years on from the last episode, and well after most had given up hope that Ryo Hazuki would ever find his way out of the Guilin cave where Shenmue 2 so abruptly ended, […]


Stadia tech review: the best game streaming yet, but far from ready

Is streaming high quality, low latency gameplay over the internet now actually a viable alternative to owning a home console? Google believes so, leveraging its datacentre network and its vast influence over internet infrastructure to set up Stadia – a […]


Terminator: Resistance review: a first-person shooter out of time

I played Terminator: Resistance as a slut. This was not something I expected to be able to do in a Terminator game, and yet here we are in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, struggling to survive the war against the machines, with […]


Bubble Bobble 4 Friends review – a simple, satisfying revival of an all-time great

It’s been a mighty fine year for comebacks, so you’ll be excused if you’ve missed one of the more remarkable revivals of them all. Yu Suzuki and Hideo Kojima’s return to the frontlines of game dev have grabbed the headlines, […]


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review – solid combat mired in shallow storytelling and technical problems

The annoying thing is, for the first ten hours or so, I absolutely adored Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. What a wonderful feeling to finally plunge into a Star Wars game with carefully-crafted alien worlds, references to delight die-hard fans, […]


Pokémon Sword and Shield review – a shadow of a former great

Did you know that Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokémon – the jumbo, Stay Puft forms your little creatures can rather endearingly assume during certain battles – are actually just projections? Your barely two-foot-tall Pikachu isn’t actually growing to the height of […]


Superliminal review: Experimentation with a fresh perspective

At one point in Superliminal the moon came to my aid. I was stuck in a room somewhere with no exits. Up above me I could see the moon through an open skylight, so I grabbed it and brought it […]