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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

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

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

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

Far Cry: How a franchise matured to greatness
Far Cry: How a franchise matured to greatness By Steve Boxer

Gamers can have mixed feelings about franchises – once they become an annual event, they often lose much of their appeal, as the effects of rushed development 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Read more

Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans
4.0 stars 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 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 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 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 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 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 Read more

Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played
4.0 stars 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, 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 Read more

Injustice 2 review: Among the best beat-em-ups, ever
5.0 stars 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 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, Read more

Prey: Release date, videos, formats and everything you need to know
Prey: Release date, videos, formats and everything you need to know By Steve Boxer

With a 5 May release date, Prey is nearly upon us. And while it shares its name with a game that came out in 2006, it's a completely different beast.It 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 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. Read more

Do games predict the future? Ghost Recon: Wildlands could be scarily close
Do games predict the future? Ghost Recon: Wildlands could be scarily close By Steve Boxer

Videogames don't predict the future, they imagine it. Well, most of the time.Because games developers have access to incredible world-building tools, any Read more

Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king
Quake Champions explained: Everything you should know about the return of the eSports king By Steve Boxer

Without Quake, it's debatable whether the eSports scene as we know it would ever have existed. The seminal 1996 first-person shooter introduced multiplayer 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 Read more

Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer
Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer By Steve Boxer

Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not just one of 2017's most-anticipated games. It's also one of the most complex games ever made.This is thanks primarily 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 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 Read more

Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers
4.0 stars Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers By Steve Boxer

Dragging a revered games franchise into a 21st century landscape of open-worlds and instant action must be a thankless, even scary task – particularly Read more

Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere?
Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere? By Steve Boxer

Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game, Steep, finally comes up for air on 2 December, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and it has been widely reported that review Read more

Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made
4.5 stars Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made By Steve Boxer

Following 2016's cataclysmically misguided protest-votes against the direction of 21st-century politics, many people's thoughts have turned to the prospect Read more

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before
4.0 stars Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before By Steve Boxer

In the 21st century, life now has three inevitabilities: death, taxes and an annual instalment of Call of Duty.But Infinite Warfare, 2016's effort, comes Read more

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast
4.5 stars Titanfall 2 review: A total blast By Steve Boxer

The original Titanfall arrived amid a blaze of hype which was impressive even by games industry standards – and which came about due mainly to the game's Read more

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
4.0 stars Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR By Steve Boxer

So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of Read more

Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards
4.5 stars Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards By Steve Boxer

For a brief moment, it looked as though Battlefield 1 might fall foul of the stormtroopers of political correctness: when developer DICE announced that Read more

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear
4.5 stars Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear By Steve Boxer

Gears of War, the genre-defining third-person cover-shooter, has had a slightly chequered recent history – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind Read more

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever
5.0 stars Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever By Steve Boxer

Spin-off franchises - equivalent, say, to the way in which Cheers spawned Frasier - are very rare in the games industry, and for such a franchise to outshine Read more

F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill
4.0 stars F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill By Steve Boxer

Making Formula One games is a famously thankless task, but in recent years, Leamington Spa-based Codemasters has picked up that particular F1 baton and Read more

Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction
4.0 stars Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction By Steve Boxer

If you were thinking of getting a nip or a tuck, playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided might just make you think again. That's because it examines what might Read more

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun
No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun By Steve Boxer

No Man's Sky needs no introduction: it's one of the 2016's most-hyped games, thanks to a scale and ambition which is possibly unmatched in the history Read more

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date
4.0 stars Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date By Steve Boxer

In recent years, it has become fashionable to adopt an air of cynicism about the Lego games. They have continued to come thick and fast and, consequently, Read more

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness
3.5 stars Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness By Steve Boxer

The original Mirror's Edge, released in 2008, was the very epitome of a Marmite game. Despite having an inordinate amount of glaring flaws, and not selling Read more

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