Category: Gaming Reviews

Jun
19

Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion review – a brutal and brilliant single-player add-on

I will be honest: my worry, for the first few hours, is that Octo Expansion, the new single-player DLC for Splatoon 2, was going to be Splatoon 2: The Lost Levels. As in Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. The […]

Jun
14

Jurassic World Evolution review – a beautiful, overly brutal park sim

I need to keep 900+ guests in my park for three consecutive minutes. This is a doddle, I reckon. I’m making $350,000 a minute here. Everyone seems pretty happy. They’re lapping up the new gift shop which boasts a “fun” […]

Jun
07

Sushi Striker review – fantastic puzzler proves that not everything’s better on Switch

In all the excitement around the Switch’s first year, it’s been easy to lose sight of what’s been lost now that Nintendo has effectively brought its handheld and homebound hardware together. Handheld gaming, Nintendo-style, was never just about being able […]

Jun
05

Onrush review – an eccentric and excellent spin on the arcade racer

Bacon cornflakes. That’s what Gareth Wilson said of Blur as he pondered the reasons where it all went wrong for one of the last great arcade racers; how Bizarre Creations mashed together Mario Kart with authentic cars and a downbeat […]

Jun
05

Vampyr review – a beautiful premise wasted in this bland action RPG

Great Gothic horror is all about colour, or lack thereof. The black of night, the white of bone, the monochrome of a gloomy cobblestoned street illuminated dimly by a single paraffin lamp. When colour is used, it’s to highlight scenes […]

May
31

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection review – Capcom gets this compilation (mostly) right

Now this is more like it. Last May, still uncertain about the prospects of Nintendo’s Switch, Capcom tentatively tested the waters with Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers. The end result, though, felt more like a kick in the […]

May
31

Cultist Simulator review – a crabbed but intoxicating bargain with otherworldly forces

Cultist Simulator is about forbidden knowledge, forgotten histories and terrible pacts with entities who aren’t so much gods as unsettling cosmic frequencies, felt rather than understood, but it would be nothing without its monotony. Starting the game, you are confronted […]

May
30

PixelJunk Monsters 2 review – a colourful treat and a workout for the brain

Tower defence games are tricky things, I reckon. At their worst – and their worst is generally still pretty entertaining – they can feel a bit like clicker games. You buy stuff and place stuff and the enemies obligingly shuffle […]

May
30

Wild West Online review – western MMO tragically wastes its potential

You’d think that a few more hours out in the wilds – trotting through the scrub, listening to the world as dusk spills across the sky – would be enough to take the edge off those rough first impressions of […]

May
29

Yoku’s Island Express review – a pinball/platforming hybrid that works brilliantly well

You could probably build a fairly tedious argument around the premise that video games have two key parental figures. There’s pen-and-paper RPGs on one side, with all the stats, the loot, the character sheets and the narrative choices. And then […]