TEKKEN 7 REVIEW: “A POWERFUL, GRATIFYING, DEEPLY CINEMATIC FIGHTING GAME”

Good news! Tekken is still Tekken. Kicking people still feels great, the Mishimas are still throwing each other off cliffs, all is right with the world. But I need to be honest with you. The game’s enduring Tekken-ness is enough for me, a man of modest needs, who’s happy to play 100 fights in a row with the same two boring characters. But you might rightly expect more from a modern fighting game, and that’s where Tekken 7 trips over its own espadrilles.  Read the rest of this entry »

WIPEOUT OMEGA COLLECTION REVIEW: “A FEROCIOUS BLUR OF SUMPTUOUS, SEARING SIGHTS”

When the first Wipeout came out on the original PlayStation back in late 1995, I was but a freckled faced, ten-year-old whippersnapper. 22 years on, if Future Me could hop in a DeLorean and travel back to show that kid even 30 seconds of Wipeout Omega Collection running at 4K/60 frames per second on PS4 Pro, I think his eyes would implode. This blisteringly rapid, gorgeously smooth anti-grav racer isn’t just one of the sexiest remasters of the current generation, it’s damn near the best looking game on PS4.  Read the rest of this entry »

DIRT 4 REVIEW: “THE SERIES HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNFORGETTABLE… UNTIL NOW”

 


Let’s be totally clear: despite the ‘4’ on the name, this is categoricallynot a return to the bombastic, arcade-hued mayhem of Dirt 2. This is the still-beating heart of Dirt Rally, transplanted into the long-dead corpse of Dirt 3. The result is an incredibly hardcore simulation masquerading as an adrenaline-soaked, close-competitive racer. Fundamentally, that mix just doesn’t work. Read the rest of this entry »

ARMS REVIEW: “AN INVIGORATING BLEND OF GRACEFUL MOVEMENT AND SLAPSTICK VIOLENCE”

You might have noticed a change in tack from Nintendo lately. As a hardware maker and game developer, it’s always gone its own way, but in recent years it’s started to tinker with existing genres and tropes, to great success. Splatoon took a good, long look at online shooters and came at them from a fresh angle. Breath of the Wild, meanwhile, gave established open-world conventions a vigorous shake-up. Arms sees the Mario Kart team effortlessly shifting genres, approaching the one-on-one fighter with a view to bringing a load of crazy new ideas to the table. As you’ve no doubt already gathered from the star rating above, Nintendo’s fulfilled its goal, and then some. Now that’s just showing off. Read the rest of this entry »

Go for Broke!

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First produced in 1965, Go for Bhasbro-parker-games-go-for-brokeroke was a board game that came as a direct response to Monopoly. Instead of making money in this game though, the object is to lose it all, as you might have gathered from the name of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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