Category: Gaming Reviews


Intel Core i9 9900K review: the fastest gaming CPU money can buy

Intel has been marketing the new Core i9 9900K as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy – and while a massive amount of controversy has surrounded the accuracy of pre-release benchmarks, the logic is sound. After all, the existing […]


Soulcalibur 6 review – a return to form that’s not without its flaws

My fondest memories of Soulcalibur, the long-running 3D fighting game from Bandai Namco, are playing on Sega’s Dreamcast and Nintendo’s GameCube, parrying until I felt like I could parry blindfolded. I’ve always loved Soulcalibur’s parry – a clash of weapons, […]


Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales review – a card game with the heart of a blockbuster

I had concerns about Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. What worried me most was the story. It’s the most important thing; the premise the game is sold on, and a chance to return to the world of The Witcher. How could […]


Return of the Obra Dinn review – prepare to be transported

“You can’t stir things apart,” says Thomasina, the brilliant teenage mathematician and physicist in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Thomasina is talking, I think, about entropy, and entropy is one of those fascinating, dizzying subjects that can make a person wish they […]


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a polished, pulsating battle royale

One of my favourite things to do in Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, is to crash through windows. I know it makes a lot of noise, I know it alerts nearby enemies to my position and I […]


Starlink: Battle for Atlas review – zippy combat meets uninspired busywork

My favourite moment in Starlink: Battle for Atlas occured when, muddled and in the heat of a fight, I attached a weapon the wrong way around. Ubisoft’s latest is a very late entry into the toys-to-life marketplace: when you play […]


The World Ends With You: Final Remix review – quirky classic gets a classy makeover

Back in 2008, video games could be more than a little bit weird. Nintendo’s DS had hit its stride, and before the iOS goldrush truly began, there was a brief window where, it seemed, anything went. It was a wildlands […]


Valkyria Chronicles 4 review – a robust, romantic sequel with a few ropey elements

We’ve become accustomed to a singular artistic illustration of war. Chaotic cinematics that leap from one shocked face to the next, bodies – and body parts – strewn around, sinking into the mud. There’s sometimes an accompanying chorus of plaintive […]


MSI GS65 Stealth review: the ultimate all-in-one laptop?

Have we reached the point where high-end laptop technology has evolved to the point where one machine can cover the majority of potential use-case scenarios? Can the latest thin and light machines featuring six-core Intel processors and Nvidia’s GTX 1070 […]


Super Mario Party review – silly, slick and spotty return for Nintendo’s madcap series

It’s getting towards that time of the year again. With Christmas on the not-too-distant horizon, it will soon be time to consider which title will be the go-to choice for the festivities. For me, the criteria for a Christmas classic […]