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Just Cause 4 review: The master of mindless destruction
4.0 stars Just Cause 4 review: The master of mindless destruction By Adrian Willings

Sandbox fun with repetitive missions full of mass destruction like no other. It's mindless rather than high-brow - but sometimes that's just perfect.... 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

The Xbox One X is a pricey package but is by far and away the most capable 4K games console around.... Read more

10 best gaming accessory gifts for Christmas
10 best gaming accessory gifts for Christmas By Stuart Miles

What do you get the gamer in your life? Here are our favourite picks of some of the best gaming accessories around Read more

Fallout 76 review: What’s all the fuss about?
3.0 stars Fallout 76 review: What’s all the fuss about? By Lucy Orr

The wasteland evolves into a massive multiplayer online game, but it's not got the narrative to feel like a Fallout title, plus there are lots of bugs... Read more

PlayStation Classic review: Fun-filled 90s party but with a few no-shows
3.5 stars PlayStation Classic review: Fun-filled 90s party but with a few no-shows By Rik Henderson

A splendid slice of mid-90s gaming fun that comes with a great selection of games. There are notable absentees in the games list, however.... Read more

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

The slimmed-down update to the original PS4 is affordable and a great entry point into Sony's exclusive games and third-party ones too.... Read more

Battlefield V review: A state of the art WWII shooter – but it’s not all there yet
4.0 stars Battlefield V review: A state of the art WWII shooter – but it’s not all there yet By Steve Boxer

An epic WWII first-person shooter that impresses by its storytelling, yet which lacks parts of the game which we won't see untiul March 2019...... Read more

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

The Switch is a revolutionary console, bridging the gap between TV and portable play. Its exclusive Mario and Zelda titles make it extra special too.... Read more

Hitman 2 review: An utterly sublime stealth game
5.0 stars Hitman 2 review: An utterly sublime stealth game By Adrian Willings

Agent 47 returns for another brilliant outing of assassination, fun and frolics all across the world.... Read more

Pokémon: Let's Go review: An epic Nintendo Switch adventure
4.0 stars Pokémon: Let's Go review: An epic Nintendo Switch adventure By Lucy Orr

Available in Pikachu and Eevee forms, the Nintendo Switch's epic Pokemon RPG is compatible with the Poke Ball Plus controller and can be co-op played.... Read more

Starlink Battle For Atlas review: Toys to space
4.0 stars Starlink Battle For Atlas review: Toys to space By Andy Robertson

A surprising and welcome return to toys-for-life. Starlink doesn't try to rip you off, while its space theme is a lot of fun.... Read more

FIFA 19 review: Journey's end
4.0 stars FIFA 19 review: Journey's end By Rik Henderson

FIFA 19 is the result of years of tweaking and is therefore the best in the series yet, without being particularly groundbreaking.... Read more

Assassin's Creed Odyssey review: Sparta-cular
5.0 stars Assassin's Creed Odyssey review: Sparta-cular By Rik Henderson

The biggest game in the AC franchise and the most in-depth yet. Find out why we love it so much.... Read more

Super Mario Party review: Proving the Switch is the best party console
4.0 stars Super Mario Party review: Proving the Switch is the best party console By Steve Boxer

The perfect family game? Super Mario Party revamps the board game-based formula with mini-games and fun antics to keep the formula feeling fresh.... Read more

Forza Horizon 4 review: Best racing game ever?
5.0 stars Forza Horizon 4 review: Best racing game ever? By Rik Henderson

Moving the Forza Horizon series to the UK is a masterstroke, offering more varied terrain and driving conditions than ever before.... Read more

Starlink Battle for Atlas: Playing toys to life with a real-life astronaut
Starlink Battle for Atlas: Playing toys to life with a real-life astronaut By Andy Robertson

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a rip-roaring space adventure game for all ages. We play it with a real-life astronaut to see what it's all about... Read more

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile review: The go-to battle royale game
5.0 stars PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile review: The go-to battle royale game By Chris Hall

The definitive battle royale game, reviewed. Here's why it's at the pinnacle of mobile gaming.... Read more

Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Stealthy finale for Lara Croft trilogy
4.5 stars Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Stealthy finale for Lara Croft trilogy By Rik Henderson

The third part of the modern Tomb Raider trilogy brings a stealthier play-style than the two before, with Lara's bow and sleuthing tactics imperative.... Read more

Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 review: Catches thieves just like flies
4.5 stars Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 review: Catches thieves just like flies By Rik Henderson

PlayStation’s biggest PS4 exclusive since God of War is finally here and it’s every bit the game we’d hoped for.... Read more

F1 2018 review: Top of the podium
4.0 stars F1 2018 review: Top of the podium By Steve Boxer

The most life-like F1 game ever, with updated role-play, mechanics, multiplayer and all the accurate cars, drivers and teams represented.... 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

The Spyro trilogy gets an amazing makeover for a new generation and we play several levels ahead of release.... 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

Here's what we think of Destiny 2 Forsaken so far, based on playing the beginning of the story and Gambit multiplayer mode.... Read more

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

Fancy an open-world online driving game with cars, planes, boats, both on- and off-road? The Crew 2 is fun and is way better than the original game.... 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

This dinosaur sim finds its way into the best sim games ever made. Whether you're a fan of the movies or sim games in general, Evolution has it all.... 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

Cyberpunk 2077 is a sprawling open-world game from CD Projekt Red of Witcher fame. And it might be the best open-world game ever.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more

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