Category: Gaming Reviews

Nov
20

Fallout 76 review – a bizarre, boring, broken mess

Fallout 76 strips away most of the things I love about Bethesda’s Fallout games and replaces them with human-controlled avatars. But while other players are doing the best they can with what they’ve got, this is a game world that […]

Nov
15

Battlefield 5 review – DICE’s most entertaining shooter in years is also its most compromised

Battlefield 5 is a mess. It’s the glitchiest, most technically troubled DICE’s sandbox multiplayer has been since the infamous launch of Battlefield 4, and even the launch itself is all over the place. Here’s a game that’s not out for […]

Nov
15

Overkill’s The Walking Dead review – a limp Left 4 Dead-a-like

It was the environmental storytelling that hooked me first; a thousand tiny, inconsequential props that told me a story that the characters alone could not. Broken glasses. Discarded teddy bears. Solitary shoes. Barbed wire. Crimson stains. Suitcases spilling their disintegrating […]

Nov
14

Déraciné review – VR busywork elevated by the master of atmosphere

When I was a kid, libraries were often Victorian things. Alongside books, they sometimes had funny little exhibits: stuffed owls and old bones and things under bell jars, everything lining the lonely parqueted expanses of paneled corridors and generally in […]

Nov
14

Pokémon Let’s Go review – an assured balancing act for fans old and new

Over time, Pokémon games have developed themselves a bit of a conundrum. These are family games, bright and inviting and unquestionably filled with joy. Yet a lot of their audience – and I can say this because it includes me […]

Nov
13

Spyro Reignited Trilogy review – a gorgeous remaster that’s perhaps a little too faithful

It’s 9 o’clock on a Sunday evening, and after what feels like hours of grinding, I’m seconds from throwing down my controller in absolute disgust. It’s all due to a toad: an irritating, wretched toad that won’t stop rolling around […]

Nov
10

Tetris Effect review – the eternal puzzler reimagined on a truly cosmic scale

Timeless, immediately compelling and utterly without mercy, Tetris has always been a game about what isn’t there – or rather a game about what isn’t there yet. It’s a game about the puzzle pieces you don’t currently have, and all […]

Nov
08

Hitman 2 review – a surgical to the point of slender sequel

In a characteristically indirect show of political engagement, I spent much of this week’s US mid-term elections wandering around Whittleton Creek, Hitman 2’s idyllic slice of suburbia. If nothing else, there’s a (more coherent) parody of Donald Trump canvassing the […]

Nov
08

PlayStation 4 Pro CUH-7200 review: the latest, quietest hardware revision

Two years on from its initial launch and PlayStation 4 Pro has been quietly tweaked once again, with new hardware that sees Sony revisiting the super-charged console with a new design that improves once again on the machine’s perennial noise […]

Nov
07

The Quiet Man review – a juvenile, incompetent embarrassment

It’s hard to know where to start with this misbegotten game, a short interactive drama with a deaf protagonist and live-action sequences that succeeds only in replicating the experience of flicking between the Starz channel and a substandard PS2 brawler […]