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Pneuma: Breath Of Life review
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Pneuma: Breath Of Life review

Puzzle games, like perhaps no other genre, truly benefit from a sense of conceptual coherence, and Pneuma is a game that throws nothing but relentless curve balls at you. Simple switch puzzles are superseded by complex spatial awareness hoodwinkers, which in turn are followed by elaborate environmental riddles. It’s a...

Bloodborne review
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Bloodborne review

A few hours into Bloodborne, we encountered a shield next to a bonfire. After having to play through Miyazaki’s latest in a manner we were wholly unaccustomed to, learning a new way in which to play and forgetting everything the director’s previous Souls games had taught us, it was too...

Apotheon review
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Apotheon review

There’s a very simple way of putting this: Apotheon is God Of War in 2D. With that, any effort we might’ve expunged detailing its intricacies can be saved, letting you bask in knowledge with only the smallest of sentences. That change in perspective hasn’t done much to alter the gameplay,...

Battlefield: Hardline review
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Battlefield: Hardline review

While it is entirely possible to discuss Battlefield without mentioning Call Of Duty, Battlefield: Hardline is just not a Battlefield game. The sheen and thunder of DICE’s Frostbite engine is unmistakable, and the loadout, perk, and Battlepack menus are all replicas of those seen in Battlefield 4. But if Hardline...

Unmechanical Extended review
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Unmechanical Extended review

It’s nice to pay homage sometimes, to reflect on great experiences and pay tribute to them with a new creative endeavour, but it doesn’t necessarily make for a great game. Unmechanical could hardly be called a clone or rip-off – that would be entirely unfair – but it doesn’t shy...

The Deer God review
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The Deer God review

The Deer God is unfortunate proof that what’s true for books and covers also goes for games and graphics. Its pixel art is gorgeous, naturalistic environments in parallax layers with light streaming through the treetops. It’s stunning. But, aside from that and the music, the only real reason to recommend...

Castle In The Darkness review
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Castle In The Darkness review

Everyone’s experienced the headshake. It’s a subtle thing, a sharp – sometimes even unnoticeable – sidewards shift of the head, a gentle snort of air exhaling from the nostrils, a quick glance downwards and a knowing smirk. It’s the gesture that every gamer has enacted at some point, a sign...

Elegy For A Dead World review
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Elegy For A Dead World review

If you thought BioWare games gave you the power to write your own story through their adventures, then Elegy For The Dead puts it to shame. Planting you on a series of abandoned worlds, you have to write your thoughts on the desolation, flexing the kind of story-telling muscles that...