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Virginia review
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Virginia review

[Reviewed on Xbox One] The design of many a modern videogame owes a clear debt to cinema. But this often manifests itself in the most intrinsically uninteresting form imaginable. Just think about it, how often have you had camera control wrestled out of your hands – forced from active participant...

Forza Horizon 3 review
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Forza Horizon 3 review

In Forza Horizon 3’s opening moments, you’ll zoom a Lamborghini across picturesque hillsides, transition seamlessly to a pack of 4x4s hurtling along Byron Bay, before racing through the dense rainforest against a Jeep that’s dangling from the bottom of a helicopter. It’s a supremely confident introduction that epitomises Playground Games’...

Paper Mario: Color Splash review
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Paper Mario: Color Splash review

You know when you see a picture of the actor you used to fancy when you were at school? The one you had a huge, A3 poster of above your bed? And now they’re all haggard and saggy after 30 years of aging and substance abuse? Okay, the Paper Mario...

FIFA 17 review
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FIFA 17 review

[Reviewed on Xbox One] Success leads to complacency that in turn breeds contempt – that’s the inherent problem with a development cycle that favours speed over finesse. With a resurgent rival in the form of Pro Evolution Soccer, EA had to return to the pitch in 2017 fresh and vibrant,...

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit Of Justice review
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit Of Justice review

Ace Attorney is a master of minutia – the intricate waltzes between testimony and evidence; the tension-filled tango between defence and prosecution. It’s also a game where characters have names like Luke Atmey and Jack Hammer. It’s a beautiful yin-yang of subtlety and obviousness. Spirit Of Justice is a little...

Destiny: Rise Of Iron review
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Destiny: Rise Of Iron review

[Reviewed on PS4] You can’t help but admire the Exotic legs on Destiny. For a game that was slammed at launch for how little content there was compared to what had been shown off in the run-up to release, Bungie’s ridiculously tight core systems have kept numbers healthy and ensured...

Mafia III review
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Mafia III review

[Reviewed on PS4] Mafia III does not mince words. It’s bloody, it’s fast, it’s intoxicating and irresistible. In that spirit, it’s worth opening on a firm, frank point: Mafia III is the smartest and most original sandbox game in years. Assassin’s Creed, nowadays, is drowning in lore, features and endless...

Gears Of War 4 review
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Gears Of War 4 review

In the months leading to the release of Gears Of War 4, long-serving producer and studio head Rod Fergusson was confident – defiant, almost – that the team he had assembled under The Coalition was prepared to bring such an integral Xbox-exclusive franchise into the next generation. The old guards...