Category: Gaming Reviews

Jun
19

Assetto Corsa Competizione review – an authentic racer that doesn’t feel ready to leave early access

Consistency is everything. Nailing one hot lap is fine – the real trick is stringing together a succession of scorchers all within a split second of one another. That’s the essence of endurance driving, really, and it’s something that’s baked […]

May
31

Gato Roboto review – a pet-sized Metroidvania filled with delights

Metroidvanias are an inherently clever genre, and the cleverness can sometimes sap a little of the energy. I’ve played plenty of Metroidvanias that were very easy to admire but a bit of a drag to play. It can be slightly […]

May
30

Outer Wilds review – an irresistible miniature solar system for the laidback explorer

The world’s oldest still-operational planetarium was created to disprove the end of the world. In May 1774, the Frisian clergyman Eelco Alta published a book on an impending planetary alignment, declaring this “a preparation or a commencement of the demolishing […]

May
29

Blood & Truth review – a VR trip to the Ritchieverse that’s filled with charm

I don’t know if you can recall playing cops and robbers in the school playground as a kid. I’m old, so it’s all getting a bit hazy for me. What I can remember is that there was always one kid […]

May
29

Layers of Fear 2 review – eagerly anticipated horror sequel falls flat

The atmosphere sticks like a sweet, damp odour. As the door swings shut behind you – instantly snuffing out the meagre light – something shifts in the darkness. You’re just hearing things, you admonish yourself – it’s only the drip […]

May
22

Alt-Frequencies review: a time-looping radio mystery that doesn’t quite get there

In George Orwell’s 1984, you’re swept along in a revolution you don’t really know anything about. It’s so secretive because the stakes are so high. One wrong move and, kachunk, you’re disappeared, and it’s frightening. It feels the same in […]

May
22

Observation review – a simple puzzler elevated by its sublime atmosphere

Developer No Code has tirelessly described Observation as “2001 but from the perspective of HAL”, a proposition that is as intriguing as it is unique, especially coming from a studio that features several people who used to work on Creative […]

May
20

Bubsy: Paws on Fire review – gaming’s neglected bobcat returns as a runner

I spent the first few minutes with Paws on Fire in a sort of Bubsy Fugue. I would reach the end of a level, watch the score counter spin past the million mark and see the various collectable parts of […]

May
17

Team Sonic Racing review – a smart spin on the character kart formula

Here’s hyperbole for you. Just as Sonic Mania saw a group of talented fans going wild with Sega’s icon to create something as good as, if not better than the very best 2D Sonic games, then the enthusiasts at Sumo […]

May
17

Rage 2 review – sparkling combat is let down by a hollow open world

For all its promise of anarchic mayhem and its striking punk palette, Rage 2 is a surprisingly vanilla experience. Though on paper it delivers a lot of the contemporary triple-A features we’ve come to expect – meaty combat, open-world exploration, […]