Reviews

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review

In a time where so many gaming mascots are a distant memory, you have to give Namco some credit for keeping Pac-Man alive; whether it be through recent Nintendo appearances in Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, or through it’s Ghostly Adventures TV show and toy line. My fondest memories of Pac-Man take three forms; Pac-Land in the arcade, Pac-Mania on my Amiga, and the Pac-Man board game I got for Chr...

Oceanhorn Monster of Uncharted Seas review

First impressions are everything, and mine was that Oceanhorn looks and plays a lot like Zelda: The Wind Waker – which is no bad thing – but can the Monster of Uncharted Seas craft out its own identity? A request from your father sets you on a journey to learn about a fearsome monster of the deep – Oceanhorn – each island is made up of an isometric area built from squares of varying heights. While...

Awesomenauts Assemble! review

Sometimes I struggle to know where to start with reviews. I’m a bit like this with Awesomenauts Assemble! This Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) has evolved since it was first released on the 360 back in 2012, and Assemble! seems to be more of a compilation of the original game and the multitude of add-ons that you could purchase with it. This doesn’t mean that Assemble! isn’t a very good gam...

NHL 17 review

Whenever I play an NHL game, the first things I attempt are: Smashing an opponent into the glass with a body check Or Starting a fight. Essentially I think of the film ‘Goon’ whenever I play. It wasn’t long before I managed to initiate my first fight in NHL 17. It was even quicker before my Be a Pro player hit the deck and left the rink humiliated for his five-minute penalty. NHL 17 builds on the ...

Jotun: Valhalla Edition review

Thunder Lotus Games’ first outing began life as a Kickstarter dream, like many indie titles in recent years, and after a successful run on the PC, the title has made its transition to console. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior maiden who, after dying an inglorious death at sea, is given a chance to ascend and join her ancestors in Valhalla by impressing the gods. In order to do so she must...

FreezeME review

FreezeME is very good at tugging on those nostalgia heart strings. Indeed, this 3D platformer looks and feels like the classic N64 platformers of yore. However, some of the nostalgia comes from its lack of polish, and the constant battle between its flaws and its strengths threatens to undo the fun. You play as R, a young girl with a magic camera capable of freezing objects and enemies. Your dog M...

The Final Station review

An intriguing beginning, superb ending, but highly repetitive and simplistic middle makes The Final Station a swing and a near miss as a survival horror gem. There’s some great ideas here, with its pixel art and colour palette proving some wonderful atmosphere, but its flaws outweigh a lot of the good in end. You are a lone train conductor transporting equipment for the military, as well as surviv...

Mount & Blade: Warband review

At a mere 1.5 GB, the disc drive of my Xbox One barely had time to spin up to full speed before the game had installed, and from the looks of the screenshots on the game case the reason was clear – Mount & Blade: Warband is not a game that boasts any graphical prowess – it is however a game that is brim full of medieval adventure. The land of Calradia is huge – made up of several countries tha...

Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition review

Chess isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about console gaming. Chess games were often given away on the front of PC magazines amongst the latest demos and never really amounted to anything special. However, Pure Chess has arrived for Xbox One and I had the pleasure of reviewing this bad boy and the result may just surprise you. Developers, VooFoo Studios have taken ches...

Livelock review

Livelock is one of the best examples of its genre. It’s an impressive package that expertly balances its setting, mechanics, difficulty, pacing and visual prowess to provide an isometric twin-stick shooter that’s superb fun to play alone or with friends. You play as one of three Capital Intellects; human minds uploaded into towering robots armed to the teeth with weapons. You are a failsafe, desig...

The Valley review

Now if you think The Valley is a simulator where you run through the Welsh countryside, dodging sheep and going to places with unpronounceable names, well sorry to disappoint you but there is no sheep. However The Valley is a vast game where you can run and explore in a super exoskeleton suit and have the ability to grant life and death to all things around you. Intrigued? Then let me tell you mor...

The Art of Deus Ex Universe review

I’m sure by now you’ve completed at least one play through of Deus Ex Mankind Divided, and if not…why not? If you have played through the excellent campaign, tackled Jensen’s stories or jumped into the Breach, then you may want to invest in the official guide to get the upper hand for when you take on the one life ‘I never asked for this’ difficulty – better yet – pick up The Art of Deus Ex Univer...