Category: Gaming Reviews

Oct
04

The Bard’s Tale 4: Barrows Deep review – a scruffy puzzler’s delight

I’m sorry this review arrives late, but The Bard’s Tale 4: Barrows Deep is stubborn. Trying to power through it is like trying to solve a great pile of crosswords in one sitting: your brain would turn to mush. You […]

Oct
04

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise review – a lesser Yakuza

Unlike some other games based on enduring animes from the 90s, Fist of the North Star might not be immediately familiar. Initially conceived as a collaboration between writer Sho “Buronson” Fumimura and illustrator Tetsuo Hara, Fist of the North Star […]

Oct
03

Astro Bot Rescue Mission review – genuinely magical

Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a pretty wonderful platformer, but VR does something that lifts it to the heady realms of actual magic: it allows you to climb inside its world. As is often the case with third-person VR, something […]

Oct
02

Mega Man 11 review – pitch-perfect revival for an 80s classic

Want to feel old? Maybe cast a glance over what Mega Man looks like today – or feel how all that muscle memory that held together those older games has atrophied to nothing as you struggle through the almighty challenge […]

Oct
01

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review – a vast and generous voyage

Locations have been the secret star of every Assassin’s Creed game, so the difference between a memorable backdrop and a mundane one can be critical. Odyssey’s Ancient Greece didn’t feel an obvious choice at first. It’s a time period before […]

Oct
01

Forza Horizon 4 review: racing great rolls gingerly into new era

When you hit rank 40 in Forza Horizon 4, a series of events unlocks which is hosted by a vapid streamer character and framed as a countdown of the 10 greatest cars in video games. What it actually is is […]

Sep
20

The Gardens Between review – a short but vivid voyage into a friendship’s past

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the different ways we imagine time, and one, rather obvious thing I’ve belatedly realised is that we do not actually perceive time at all, but matter in motion. Time is not a tangible […]

Sep
19

GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: our first glimpse of next-gen graphics?

It took Nvidia ten years to finalise the real-time ray tracing technology found within the new GeForce RTX cards, but alas, reviewers were given just five days to review what genuinely stakes a claim as next-generation graphics hardware. We’ll be […]

Sep
19

FIFA 19 review – the spectacular, troubling video game modern football deserves

Blame Ronaldo. The moment I saw the then Real Madrid superstar score that overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League quarter finals, I knew it would dominate the FIFA 19 experience. It was too high-profile a goal in too […]

Sep
18

Frozen Synapse 2 review – sharp tactical shenanigans in a fractious cyber-city

What did you do during the incursions? When the city was under threat from within and without, when the petty, tooled-up factions were bristling and looking for any excuse to kick off, and then every few minutes they would burst […]