Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney – Review
Sep01

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney – Review

Crossovers. We all love them. And the famous combination of Professor Layton and the Ace Attorney franchise has been a remarkably successful one, having been enjoyed in Japan and Europe for some time now. But with the game touching down Stateside, Nintendo, Capcom and Level-5 have been affording the title extra attention — and, as we return to the title to peruse its brilliance once again, it seems such attention is extended...

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Review: Metro Redux
Aug24

Review: Metro Redux

A whole raft of games are getting re-done, touched up and re-sculpted for PS4 and Xbox Ones at the moment and the latest to have gone under the knife is 4A Games’s Metro series. We didn’t review the first game, Metro 2033, as the site didn’t exist then but you can read Gareth’s Metro: Last Light review. There you can read his opinion on every aspect, especially the story, which I won’t be dwelling on here...

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Review: Pokemon TCG – Furious Fists
Aug13

Review: Pokemon TCG – Furious Fists

With the recent successful launch of X and Y, together with the anticipated release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Pokemon series is striking out to reclaim fallen fans and integrate new players into the fold. The same can easily be said of the Trading Card Game, which has continued to keep pace with the release of the software titles, introducing new tricks and playstyles with each iteration. Given that the videogame series...

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Review: Sacred 3
Aug12

Review: Sacred 3

It’s hard to avoid the shadow of Diablo when approaching a similar game in the same genre. You can either refer to it as a ‘watered down’ version or an admirable alternative. Sadly this game falls under ‘watered down’. But there is something else poisoning the water too; atrocious humour. Sacred 3 is a less tactical affair than Diablo, owing a larger debt to hack and slash titles. The combat is more visceral and less deliberate, but...

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Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Jul23

Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War

The Ubiart framework engine has had a pretty good year, hasn’t it? In the last 12 months alone we’ve had the fantastic and frantic platformer Rayman Legends followed by dreamy RPG Child of Light – both utilising the Ubiart engine to produce a gorgeous hand-drawn aesthetic. The first impression you get when playing Valiant Hearts is a sense once again of this illustrative style, but its look is distinctive from the other titles using...

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Review: The Hooligan Factory
Jul19

Review: The Hooligan Factory

With the cliché ridden football hooligan genre reaching over-saturation point some time ago, it’s surprising we haven’t really had much in the way of spoofery yet. But The Hooligan Factory aims to put that right. Focusing on budding young lout Danny and his chance meeting with legendary ’80s hard man Dex, the film is a knockabout comedy which plays moments of casual violence for laughs and occasionally references the well...

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Review: Tomodachi Life
Jun08

Review: Tomodachi Life

‘Random’. It’s a word bandied around with reckless abandon nowadays; your scatty friend’s sense of humour is ‘random’, that man’s ill-advised hat is ‘so random’, and anyone who’s a stranger is increasingly referred to as ‘some randomer’. Yet randomness is increasingly the bedrock of internet and mainstream comedy, and is also an apt descriptor that is consistently...

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Review: Watch Dogs
Jun01

Review: Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs was first showcased nearly two years ago at Ubisoft’s E3 conference and took home the gold medal for most anticipated new IP. A couple of delays and a whole lotta hype later and we finally get to experience Ubisoft’s latest creation. Here’s how it lives up to expectations… Story Watch Dogs follows the story of Aiden, a former criminal turned hacker with a conscience. After the death of his niece Lena...

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Review: The Crazies
May26

Review: The Crazies

The Crazies is directed by Breck Eisner, who also did that fun action movie Sahara back in 2005 and who, according to IMDb is going to be directing the new The Karate Kid 2 – which based on my experience of the other two films is probably going out to be something that’s solidly done but nothing special. Because unfortunately, I did not find The Crazies particularly special. The plot is as follows…a plane containing...

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)
Apr06

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)

Dragons, Dwarves and New Zealand location shoots. These things can mean only one thing; another trip to Middle Earth, courtesy of Peter Jackson. This instalment of Hobbity goodness picks up with a flashback to a meeting between Gandalf and Thorin, their encounter revealing the master wizard to be the instigator of the would be Dwarf King’s quest to reclaim his homeland. After that the narrative remains relatively straightforward; the...

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