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Stardew Valley review
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Stardew Valley review

Stardew Valley is a game about jobs – cool jobs you’ll probably never have in real life. In fact, its entire premise is about escaping the monotony of the dreaded desk job and disappearing far away, to a decrepit farm left to you in your grandfather’s inheritance. From there, it’s...

Star Fox Zero review
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Star Fox Zero review

You know what? We’re going to have some fun here before we get into the nasty business of picking through the smouldering wreckage of this Arwing crash-site; the charred remains of Fox McCloud a testament to Nintendo’s inability to properly utilise its own hardware, let alone take command of a...

Yo-Kai Watch review
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Yo-Kai Watch review

It’s impossible to talk about Yo-Kai Watch without addressing the Snorlax in the room. Much as Nintendo would go to great pains to stress that its latest Japanese export can co-exist with the Pokémon series, it’s clear that for Yo-Kai to enjoy the same success in the west as it...

Ratchet & Clank review
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Ratchet & Clank review

It’s rare to find a videogame so singularly intentioned as Ratchet & Clank. From its visuals to its audio, its platforming to its shooting, its levels to its cutscenes, this is a game focused on delivering one thing: enjoyment. Too often, fun and escapism are conflated with idiocy. “Dumb fun”...

Sheltered review
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Sheltered review

[Reviewed on PS4] Sheltered’s title not only refers to the impossibly grim situation facing its protagonists, but also the complacent minds of the people destined to play it. Never before has a game set in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse pulled fewer punches: it offers a malleable narrative that...

EA Sports UFC 2 review
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EA Sports UFC 2 review

[Reviewed on Xbox One] The feeling we get as we enter the third round of a bout in EA Sports UFC 2 is not entirely unlike how we feel in a Dark Souls boss battle. Our shoulders are hunched and tense. There’s a sense of fear, foreboding and determination looming...

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End review
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End review

Naughty Dog is simply better at this than anyone else. When it comes to marrying narrative and gameplay, creating an interactive adventure where you can be both participant and audience, agent of events in the game and spectator of the drama this developer is ahead of all others. It gets...

Pokkén Tournament review
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Pokkén Tournament review

Pokkén Tournament is a surprising game. It’s surprising in a number of ways, not least because it even exists in the first place. For The Pokémon Company – usually notoriously protective over its IP – to give its blessing to a game in which Pokémon kick seven shades of Scizor...