Foul Play

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Side-scrolling brawlers had their heyday in the late Eighties and early Nineties and since then technology has very much moved on and left them behind. Games like Devil May Cry remain strong titles but have pulled the brawler genre in a different direction and most attempts to breathe a little life back into the old… Read more »

Rayman Legends

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The Wii U’s underperformance might finally be a good thing. For it’s meant that the formerly exclusive Rayman Legends has been ported across to machines that people actually play. And let’s make no bones about it – this is great news for fans of 2011’s Rayman Origins. For Rayman Legends has improved upon almost every… Read more »

Beatbuddy

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After 4 years in development, THREAKS finally bring us their labour of love in Beatbuddy; Tale of the Guardians. Featuring an all-star lineup of contributors including music from Grammy-Nominee Austin Wintory and story contribution from the outspoken and much-loved Rhianna Pratchett, the game has already made plenty of waves in terms of Awards and Recognition…. Read more »

The Last of Us

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Zombies. Love or hate them they’re clearly here to stay.  Yet some developers, clearly keen to avoid gamer fatigue, are continually trying to do something different with the undead.  And with The Last of Us, Naughty Dog have put a surprisingly plausible and fresh spin on the mouldering concept. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aDhfTGkLTg Taking their inspiration from the… Read more »

Persona 4 Arena

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So how do you follow up a critically acclaimed RPG? With a sequel? The next iteration in a series? No – with a 2D side-on fighter of course. Whilst an unusual move, it’s not utterly without precedent. There’s the questionable 3D fighter Ehrgeiz saw fit to add a host of Final Fantasy 7 characters to… Read more »

Guacamelee!

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Take an old school Metroidvania style platformer, mix together with combo based melee brawling and add in lashings of distinctly Mexican flavourings. It’s a recipe which just shouldn’t work yet has resulted in Guacamelee! – arguably the gaming world’s first Mexploitation title. And based on this offering, it’s one we’d like to see an awful… Read more »

Bioshock Infinite

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Without spoiling things too much, there’s a part right at the end of the game where the constant question of whether Infinite’s floating city of Columbia exists in the same universe as the original Bioshock’s Rapture is categorically answered – albeit in a deliciously ironic fashion. It’s not quite what you would have expected which… Read more »

God of War: Ascension

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With all of the talk of multiplayer, it would be easy to forget that God of War even was a single player game. After all, Santa Monica themselves seem to have. Indeed, anyone who thought that God of War 3 was showing the series’ age will find little to change their opinion here. Yes it… Read more »

Tomb Raider

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In the wake of the movement known henceforth as ChristopherNolanism it seems that every man and his dog wants to make a dark and gritty reboot of their IP. It most cases this turns out to be poorly-written pulp fiction neo-noir rubbish with subdued, muddy graphics and the art direction of a 14-year old emo… Read more »