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The Crew 2 review: Turning the USA into an automotive toybox
4.0 stars The Crew 2 review: Turning the USA into an automotive toybox By Steve Boxer

Open worlds are now more or less obligatory in videogames, and with Ubisoft's franchises like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry already under its belt, the French publisher has led the charge to create ever huger and more elaborate ones.But its first foray... Read more

Spyro Reignited Trilogy initial review: The most lovingly created remaster yet?
Spyro Reignited Trilogy initial review: The most lovingly created remaster yet? By Rik Henderson

Spyro the Dragon will be more familiar to younger gamers as one of the Skylanders - indeed, the first Skylanders game was subtitled Spyro's Adventure. However, he started out as the star of his own 3D platform series in the 90s and early 2000s, with the... Read more

HP Omen laptops: No-compromise gaming on the move
HP Omen laptops: No-compromise gaming on the move By Pocket-lint Promotion

There’s an easy way to tell whether someone you know is a truly committed, diehard gamer: simply ask them whether they play on a console or a PC. Sure, the current consoles on the market are comparatively cheap and easy to set up. But if you’re determined... Read more

Destiny 2 Forsaken initial review: Cayde's dead baby, Cayde's dead
Destiny 2 Forsaken initial review: Cayde's dead baby, Cayde's dead By Rik Henderson

Cayde-6 is really dead. We mean, really, really dead. Deader than a dead squirrel with a dead leg found in the dead of night under a flashing neon sign blinking "DEAD!". It's not a trick. Cayde-6 is no more. He has ceased to be. He is an ex-Vanguard.That... Read more

Jurassic World Evolution review: Dinosaur sim offers plenty to dig your claws into
4.0 stars Jurassic World Evolution review: Dinosaur sim offers plenty to dig your claws into By Steve Boxer

Continuing advances in genetic science mean that one day, breeding dinosaurs and housing them in a park might graduate from being a figment of the imaginations of Michael Crichton and Hollywood into reality. Best upcoming PS4 games 2018 Best upcoming... Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 initial review: The most stunning open world RPG we've seen by far
Cyberpunk 2077 initial review: The most stunning open world RPG we've seen by far By Rik Henderson

Wow! Even three days since the show doors opened, we were still undecided on our favourite game of E3 2018. Having seen 50 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 played in front of us there is no further doubt.Based on the tabletop role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2020,... Read more

Vampyr review: All talk and no bite
3.5 stars Vampyr review: All talk and no bite By Adrian Willings

When we hear the words "vampire" and "RPG" in one sentence, there's something that gets our blood racing. Maybe it's because a decade ago we were happily playing Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.Fast-forward to 2018, however, and the throwback kid... Read more

Detroit Become Human review: Taking back control
4.0 stars Detroit Become Human review: Taking back control By Rik Henderson

When is a game not a game? Some might say, when it’s a David Cage game.Although his studio Quantic Dream is known for its adventures, it can be argued that it is more a film studio than game developer. It has a reputation for creating big budget stories... Read more

State of Decay 2 review: Zombie nation
4.0 stars State of Decay 2 review: Zombie nation By Steve Boxer

Nobody would argue that the world is lacking in zombie games – especially open-world ones that lack conventional storylines. Miraculously, though, State of Decay 2 manages to achieve a new spin on the well-worn genre. Perhaps the best way to describe... Read more

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 initial review: Hardcore play of Multiplayer on PS4 Pro
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 initial review: Hardcore play of Multiplayer on PS4 Pro By Rik Henderson

Plenty was revealed during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Community Event in Los Angeles. Developer Treyarch unveiled its additional modes, in the form of Zombies and Blackout - the all-new Battle Royale game mode to take on the likes of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's... Read more

Atari VCS initial review: Imagine the SNES Classic Mini and Nvidia Shield TV combined
Atari VCS initial review: Imagine the SNES Classic Mini and Nvidia Shield TV combined By Rik Henderson

The Atari VCS - formerly Ataribox - has had a relatively rocky ride since it was announced last year. A delay to its crowd funding phase, let alone launch, brought the cynics out of the woodwork. Even though they, like everyone else outside of the development... Read more

The C64 Mini review: Retro console remake of Commodore's finest hour
3.5 stars The C64 Mini review: Retro console remake of Commodore's finest hour By Rik Henderson

The retro games console market is raging at the moment, not least thanks to Nintendo's decision to release remakes of the NES and SNES in miniature form. That's prompted others to follow suit, including Sega with a Mega Drive Mini planned for late 2018... Read more

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Turn-based RPG sensation, or a bit of a stinker?
4.0 stars South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Turn-based RPG sensation, or a bit of a stinker? By Mike Lowe

A lot has happened in the years since the release of the last major South Park videogame, the controversial Stick of Truth. For starters, there's an elected president who has arguably been more controversial than the potty-mouthed protagonist fourth-graders... Read more

Sony PS4 review: The entry-level PlayStation 4 with HDR thrills
4.0 stars Sony PS4 review: The entry-level PlayStation 4 with HDR thrills By Rik Henderson

Although the PS4 Pro gets most of the attention these days, with its 4K visuals, the slimmer, standard PlayStation 4 is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into console gaming and doesn't have a large budget.It is, by far, the most widely... Read more

God of War review: Stunning reinvention marks Kratos' triumphant return
5.0 stars God of War review: Stunning reinvention marks Kratos' triumphant return By Rik Henderson

When the original God of War was released 13 years ago for the PlayStation 2 it successfully combined fast-paced, combo-based combat with excellent platforming and puzzle solving. It soon became a fan fave.A sequel followed and was equally well received,... Read more

Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch
4.5 stars Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch By Stuart Miles

Zany, wacky, crazy, mind-boggling, pointless, bizarre, very Japanese. I don't get it.These are just some of the words and phrases that we've heard from others when talking about Nintendo's latest gaming concept: Nintendo Labo.But do any of the above really... Read more

Sea of Thieves review: Terrific team-play let down by tedious tasks
3.5 stars Sea of Thieves review: Terrific team-play let down by tedious tasks By Steve Boxer

Sea of Thieves well and truly busts the commonly held myth that videogames are all about full-on, constant action. At times, it can be positively restful, and it must be the only game out there which can sometimes feel like taking a yachting holiday.Developer... Read more

Sony PS4 Pro review: 4K HDR gaming for PlayStation fans
4.5 stars Sony PS4 Pro review: 4K HDR gaming for PlayStation fans By Rik Henderson

Although Microsoft makes a song and dance about its powerful Xbox One X console, and justifiably so, it was Sony that beat its main rival to the 4K punch, with this, the PlayStation 4 Pro.It is capable of playing games with resolutions up to 4K and with... Read more

Far Cry 5 review: Politically charged and powerful return for the first-person shooter
4.0 stars Far Cry 5 review: Politically charged and powerful return for the first-person shooter By Steve Boxer

Well over five iterations into the series (lest we forget the likes of Primal and Blood Dragon), we know what to expect from a Far Cry game. Namely, first-person shooter gameplay in a lush open-world setting, pitching you against some bunch of crazed... Read more

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious
4.0 stars Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious By Rik Henderson

After the Xbox One X was released in 2017 you could be forgiven for thinking the lesser specced Xbox One S would be slowly phased out. Not so. Considering its beefier stablemate is over twice the price, this machine is more accessible; a better family... Read more

Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this
4.5 stars Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this By Rik Henderson

When Microsoft first announced it was creating “the world’s most powerful console” – under the working title “Project Scorpio” – there were few 4K HDR TVs around and even fewer sources for Ultra HD content to feed them.Now though, there... Read more

Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom review: As irresistible as Zelda and as heavyweight as The Witcher 3
5.0 stars Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom review: As irresistible as Zelda and as heavyweight as The Witcher 3 By Steve Boxer

Back in 2010 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was the epitome of a cult game, delighting the non-conformist subset of gamers who harbour an obsession with Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs, as they're universally known) but refusing to pander to... Read more

Dragon Ball Legends initial review: The PVP mobile game set to take over the world
Dragon Ball Legends initial review: The PVP mobile game set to take over the world By Rik Henderson

When Bandai Namco announced Dragon Ball Legends during a Google talk at the Games Developers Conference, it was strangely sandwiched between lectures about in-game monetisation and the importance of analysing user data to give gamers exactly what they... Read more

Nintendo Switch review: Redefining the games console
4.0 stars Nintendo Switch review: Redefining the games console By Rik Henderson

After the relative failure of the Wii U, and in the era of Ultra-HD gaming from PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, some were beginning to think that the days of a console with 'Nintendo' slapped across its front may have reached their last. Nintendo Switch vs PS4... Read more

Monster Hunter World review: Taking down beasties in glorious fashion
4.0 stars Monster Hunter World review: Taking down beasties in glorious fashion By Steve Boxer

Gamers love to sniff out off-the-beaten track, cultish games and, until now, that has been the only way to describe Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise.For years, Monster Hunter games - primarily confined to Nintendo handhelds, with the occasional port... Read more

Ashes Cricket review: Knock it for six!
4.0 stars Ashes Cricket review: Knock it for six! By Steve Boxer

You may not have noticed, but the biggest event on the international cricket calendar is poised to get under way: the England team is in Australia for an Ashes series, commencing 23 November 2017.Cricket nowadays feels like a rather neglected sport –... Read more

Star Wars Battlefront 2 review: Amid the controversy there's a great game
4.0 stars Star Wars Battlefront 2 review: Amid the controversy there's a great game By Steve Boxer

Take one of the best-loved franchises in the history of pop-culture, mash it up with an online game and you have a recipe for the sort of fanatical devotion that is naturally combustible. Then add tweaks which would appear to favour those prepared to... Read more

Gran Turismo Sport review: Still the best racer going?
4.0 stars Gran Turismo Sport review: Still the best racer going? By Steve Boxer

Any new instalment of Gran Turismo is a major occasion for those who own a PlayStation. Apart from anything else, these games don't come along very often.Kazunori Yamauchi, the legend who runs the series' developer Polyphony Digital, is renowned for taking... Read more

Doom review: Redefining the remake
4.5 stars Doom review: Redefining the remake By Steve Boxer

Crafting a modern version of a classic game is fraught with dangers – never more so than with a game as iconic as Doom.As the game which popularised first-person shooters (developer id Software's previous game, Wolfenstein 3D, invented that most enduring... Read more

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus review: Intelligent, funny and brutal - a first-person shooter not to miss
4.5 stars Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus review: Intelligent, funny and brutal - a first-person shooter not to miss By Mike Lowe

If you seek pedigree from your first-person shooters, you can't beat Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Its bloodline can be traced back to the first ever proper FPS: 1992's Wolfenstein 3D. And in the process, it offers a mightily impressive illustration... Read more

The Evil Within 2 review: Japanese horror thrills and chills
4.0 stars The Evil Within 2 review: Japanese horror thrills and chills By Steve Boxer

Horror movie aficionados will tell you that, over the decades, Japanese film-makers have developed a fearsome reputation for making some of the most out-there, unconventional and bizarre fright-fests imaginable.If you had to characterise a Japanese horror-film,... Read more

Monument Valley 2 review: Beautiful yes, but is it worth £5?
4.5 stars Monument Valley 2 review: Beautiful yes, but is it worth £5? By Rik Henderson

Monument Valley 2 was one of the few genuine surprise reveals during Apple's WWDC 17 keynote in San Jose. The HomePod Siri speaker, iOS 11, even the new iMacs had been rumoured in the preceding months. But, we'd not heard that Ustwo was ready to unleash... Read more

Assassin's Creed Origins review: A stunning comeback for the much-loved franchise
4.5 stars Assassin's Creed Origins review: A stunning comeback for the much-loved franchise By Steve Boxer

Games publishers face a terrible temptation to relentlessly milk franchises that catch the public imagination and, for a while, it looked as though that fate had befallen Assassin's Creed.But Ubisoft, sensibly, opted to give its hugely popular time-travelling... Read more

Shadow of the Colossus preview: PS4 remaster that is almost an entirely new game
Shadow of the Colossus preview: PS4 remaster that is almost an entirely new game By Rik Henderson

We fully understand why so many remastered games are appearing for PS4 and other modern consoles, after all there are large, new audiences who never played the originals. However, many of them are simply tarted up graphically, or have resolution jumps... Read more

Super Mario Odyssey review: Nintendo nails it
5.0 stars Super Mario Odyssey review: Nintendo nails it By Rik Henderson

The Nintendo Switch couldn't have had a better start, with a game as scintillating as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and sales figures the Wii U could only have dreamt about. After its spring launch, however, things went quiet.We've had other... Read more

SNES Classic Mini review: Super Nintendo does it again
4.0 stars SNES Classic Mini review: Super Nintendo does it again By Rik Henderson

As soon as the NES Classic Mini was released last year we set our hearts on a follow-up, after all, the Super Nintendo was a better console and the first that really set our hearts a'flutter.That's why the announcement of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super... Read more

Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear
3.5 stars Forza Motorsport 7 review: Racing in reverse gear By Steve Boxer

Microsoft's flagship driving franchise, Forza Motorsport, has always had to perform a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, it's a big-budget production that boasts some of the most desirable cars ever made and most of the world's top tracks, so it's... Read more

Destiny 2 review: The perfect blend of MMO and single-player
4.5 stars Destiny 2 review: The perfect blend of MMO and single-player By Rik Henderson

Destiny was, and still is, a great game. It was overly ambitious to begin with, and a little pompous and overblown in its sci-fi tropes, but with each expansion pack it evolved into the epic first-person shooter we’d originally hoped for.We had one... Read more

Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans
4.0 stars Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans By Steve Boxer

There is a reason why there are two distinct types of driving games: there are also two distinct types of driving gamers. Some want an arcade-style experience which gives a sense of the thrill of driving fast, without worrying about whether it actually... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not
4.0 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not By Steve Boxer

The decades-long battle for supremacy in the football games market can be seen as a microcosm of the modern games industry itself. In one corner, you have EA Sports' FIFA franchise – the archetypal corporate behemoth, with its expensively acquired official... Read more

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite review: Easy to learn, difficult to master
4.0 stars Marvel vs Capcom Infinite review: Easy to learn, difficult to master By Dom Peppiatt

There's something rather special about being able to form a team of Iron Man and Rocket Raccoon and face off against some of Capcom's biggest and baddest characters. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite makes that possible in the most bombastic of ways.Infinite... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive
4.0 stars Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive By Steve Boxer

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle created a stir when it was unveiled at the E3 Show in June. After all, any original Mario-related game is bound to be big news.Back then it sounded like a rather strange proposition though. Developed by Ubisoft, and a cross-pollination... Read more

F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever
4.5 stars F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever By Steve Boxer

Because we all fancy ourselves as the next Lewis Hamilton, Formula One videogames have long been an annual staple. But in the past, creating them has been problematic – Microprose, Electronic Arts and Sony, at various times, held the official F1 games... Read more

Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure
3.5 stars Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure By Steve Boxer

In an era when everything gets picked over, trolled from every direction, analysed to death and over-thought, a game such as Agents of Mayhem - which merely aims to provide a dollop of good, old-fashioned fun - harks back to a refreshingly bygone age.If... Read more

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers
Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers By Rik Henderson

On the Sunday prior to Gamescom 2017, Microsoft pulled a couple of console announcements out of the bag.There is an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition for die-hard fans to pre-order for day one. And a special version of the 1TB Xbox One S was unveiled... Read more

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: Short but oh so sweet
4.5 stars Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: Short but oh so sweet By Rik Henderson

Not only was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End a superb and fitting end to the adventures of Nathan Drake, it seemed to be an end to the series full stop.The game engine had evolved to near perfection over the years and how could Naughty Dog top it? Best... Read more

Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun
4.5 stars Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun By Rik Henderson

There’s no doubt that the future of Nintendo looks rosy or, at least, rosier than it did a couple of years ago.The Switch has proven a tremendous success, the decision to recreate former console glories in miniature form has also gone down rather well,... Read more

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness
4.5 stars Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness By Steve Boxer

The Wii U may have been an unmitigated flop, but at least one good game came out of it: Splatoon. The clever, third-person ink-shooting platformer seemed to emerge fully formed, and somehow managed to establish itself as a sort of starter e-sport, even... Read more

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review: The PlayStation mascot’s triumphant homecoming
4.5 stars Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review: The PlayStation mascot’s triumphant homecoming By Dom Peppiatt

The N. Sane Collection is exactly how you should do a remaster: it's three full Crash Bandicoot games, all lovingly redone, with no corners cut.This isn't a dodgy port of some 20-year-old games to a new PlayStation system, either. This isn't the same... Read more

Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played
4.0 stars Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played By Steve Boxer

If you value originality higher than polish and slickness in your videogames, you've probably enjoyed a number of indie games recently. At the moment, the indie developer scene is thriving, and Get Even – created by tiny Polish outfit The Farm 51 –... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action By Mike Lowe

In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... Read more