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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

Xbox One X review: Stacked with power and potential
4.5 stars

Xbox One X review: Stacked with power and potential

By Rik Henderson

We've been writing about the Xbox One X for so long, even before the "Project Scorpio" was announced at E3 2016, that it doesn't really feel like a new console. And, to be honest, in many ways it isn't.Like the PS4 Pro, it is a mid-generation update –... 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
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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

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?
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South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?

By Mike Lowe

A lot has happened in the three-and-a-half 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... Read more

SNES Classic Mini review: Super Nintendo does it again
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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
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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
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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
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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

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

By Mike Lowe

Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... Read more

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

By Mike Lowe

The Crew was an ambitious game when it launched in 2014: an always online racer that left players to freely roam five regions of America as they pleased. Whether in single player or competing other online players, it was a racer unlike any other. The... Read more

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

By Mike Lowe

Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... Read more

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

By Mike Lowe

Far Cry is back with a bang. The fifth game in the main series is a politically charged and unflinchingly brutal first-person game, set in fictional present-day Montana.And it's rather brilliant.That's perhaps no surprise, as when Far Cry is at its best,... Read more

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

By Mike Lowe

Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... Read more

Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for
4.0 stars

Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for

By Steve Boxer

When Nintendo finally unveiled the Switch at a showcase just prior to its launch, Arms was one of the games that left everyone convinced that the Japanese giant had recovered its mojo, and that the Switch – cue sighs of relief – wasn't going to be... Read more

Tekken 7 review: The king of fighters
4.0 stars

Tekken 7 review: The king of fighters

By Dom Peppiatt

Fighting games more than any other often get stick for not innovating, for not changing up the core gameplay they're built on. Tekken 7 manages to balance a decades-old fighting system with some fancy new mechanics that charge the game up with enough... Read more

Injustice 2 review: Among the best beat-em-ups, ever
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Injustice 2 review: Among the best beat-em-ups, ever

By Steve Boxer

The world of beat-em-ups tends to be a backwards-looking one: new iterations of the big franchises generally run scared of making major changes and thereby alienating their fanatical fan-bases. However, Warner Bros' Injustice franchise, which boasts the... Read more

Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down
4.0 stars

Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down

By Steve Boxer

It seems crazy that, even though we live in a technological whirlwind, space exploration these days has become more or less the exclusive domain of videogames, film and literature, while in real life no human has set foot on another astronomical object... Read more

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch
5.0 stars

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch

By Steve Boxer

If you seek evidence that Nintendo learned some major lessons from the Wii U's humiliating failure, you need look no further than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Its arrival so soon after that of the Switch console demonstrates that Nintendo has well and truly... Read more

Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game
4.0 stars

Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game

By Steve Boxer

When small, so-called indie developers get together to make a game, they have a massive advantage over their established peers: a complete lack of expectations. So they can let their imaginations run riot, without having to worry about commercial viability... Read more

Mass Effect Andromeda review: RPG heavyweight returns with promise... and pitfalls
4.0 stars

Mass Effect Andromeda review: RPG heavyweight returns with promise... and pitfalls

By Rik Henderson

Role-players have had a great year so far. First, Horizon: Zero Dawn, then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now Mass Effect: Andromeda has arrived after many years of eager anticipation. You can say goodbye to spring, that's for sure.The last... Read more

Super Mario Run review: Is Mario on your phone worth £10?
4.5 stars

Super Mario Run review: Is Mario on your phone worth £10?

By Rik Henderson

When Nintendo announced that it was to move into the smartphone app arena, Mario was the star we wanted to see the most. We didn't expect Super Mario Run specifically, but the Japanese gaming giant was always going to bring its biggest franchise to mobile... Read more

Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic
4.0 stars

Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic

By Steve Boxer

You certainly couldn't accuse Ubisoft of playing things safe with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. By opting to give it what may be the biggest play-area ever seen in a mainstream game, and decreeing that it would be playable co-operatively by up to four people... Read more

Nintendo Switch review: Return of the king?
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Nintendo Switch review: Return of the king?

By Rik Henderson

There is always plenty of attention afforded a new games console launch, not least when it has Nintendo slapped across the front. But after the relative failure of the Wii U, it seems there are more eyes on the company's new machine - the Nintendo Switch... Read more

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already
5.0 stars

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already

By Rik Henderson

It might be early to be thinking such things but there’s every chance there won’t be another game as good as the latest Zelda this year. Yes, we have Mass Effect: Andromeda, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Mario Odyssey still to come in 2017, and... Read more

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far
5.0 stars

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far

By Rik Henderson

There is something hugely satisfying in booting up an all-new intellectual property in gaming, not least one that has been subject to a fierce hype machine for the last couple of years. Even more satisfying to find out it's good. Scrub that. It's great;... Read more

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017
4.0 stars

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017

By Mike Lowe

Swordplay has long been a staple of videogames, but primarily on the PC: it's much easier to emulate fencing-type skills with a keyboard and mouse than a typical console gamepad.However, For Honor – a bold new mediaeval-style IP from Ubisoft that pitches... Read more

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

By Steve Boxer

The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... Read more

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league
4.5 stars

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league

By Steve Boxer

Sniper Elite may not be the most glamorous of games franchises, but since the first game was launched in 2005, Oxford-based developer Rebellion's stealth-and-sniping shooter has quietly amassed a notable following – cumulatively, the franchise has passed... Read more

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good
4.0 stars

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good

By Mike Lowe

Once it reached its fifth and sixth iterations, Resident Evil – the franchise that defined survival-horror – had queasily mutated into a very different beast. Its horror element had more or less been shelved in favour of Hollywood-style action sequences,... Read more

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

By Mike Lowe

As classic multiplayer games go, few can match the might of Bomberman. Way back when it was the ultimate way to get your mates around and strategically blast them into oblivion. In, you know, a fun and friendly kind of way.The premise of any Bomberman... Read more