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Unto The End review

Unto The End review A unique, demanding 2D sword fighting game that frustrates as much as it impresses. Developer: 2 Ton Studios Publisher: Big Sugar Release: 9th December On: Windows From: Steam, GOG, Xbox Game Pass For PC Price: $25 Unto The End is a 2D sword fighting game about a little beardy man trying to find his way back home after getting lost hunting a deer. You’ll guide him through gloomy, cramped caves, climbing and exploring and gathering scraps of leather, bone, and healing herbs. And you’ll fight. Lord, you’ll fight. It’s very much a game about sword fights,…

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Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Complicated, Deep, Perception, Reality

Through the terrible power of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has gone from capping off the last generation to being one of the first huge games of the next – as if the expectations weren’t high enough already. Between delays and a hype cycle that’s lasted the best part of a decade at this point, CD Projekt Red has the impossible task of making good on all the blanks filled in by 8 years of eager imaginations. The scale of Cyberpunk 2077 and Night City is vast, as is its level of detail. But at the same time, it’s definitely not what…

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Chronos: Before The Ashes review

Chronos: Before The Ashes review A substandard soulslike that’s actually a port of the VR original. I’d say you’re better off ditching this version and getting your Oculus on. Developer: Gunfire Games, THQ Nordic Publisher: THQ Nordic Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam Price: £25/€27/$27 I think Chronos: Before The Ashes is very much okay. It’s a prequel to looter shooter Remnant: From The Ashes, but it trades gun-toting, chest-pillaging action for a soulslike experience so grey, I swear my pulse flatlined a few times. It was also previously an Oculus VR exclusive, so the version I played is…

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Haven review

Haven review A relatable, refreshingly grounded sci fi romance weighed down by repetitive chores. Developer: The Game Bakers Publisher: The Game Bakers Release: December 3rd On: Windows From: Steam, GOG Price: TBA You’re supposed to put the genre in the introduction, but then you’re also supposed to write an introduction in the first place, and not a load of delaying tactics where you bang on about the vagueness of genres and how Haven is a hybrid of at least two of them anyway. You spend most of it skate-gliding around a 3D world, some of it fighting corrupted animals, and…

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Immortals Fenyx Rising review: A proper good Greek mythology action game

At a time where we’re all seeking a bit of fantasy escapism from the ongoing pandemic hell, Immortals Fenyx Rising swoops in and whisks you away on a wonderful mythical Greek adventure filled with terrible history-based puns and throwbacks to platformers of old. In our preview, Immortals Fenyx Rising was compared to Breath of the Wild due to a similar art style and its equally vast and mysterious open world. It’s easy to see that Nintendo’s modern classic has had a heavy influence on things, but what’s even more interesting is how it pulls inspiration from retro favourites like Spyro…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review Not an easy entry point if you’re new to the series, but Valhalla is a lively grab bag of all the best bits from Assassin’s Creed games past. Even if that does get a bit much at times. Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Release: November 10th On: Windows From: Ubisoft Price: £50/€/$ Assassin’s Creed Valhalla starts in Norway, spends most of its time in 9th century England, and even has some optional detours to the present day or mythical Asgard if you fancy it. But the latest entry in Ubisoft’s used-to-be-annual franchise about stabbing your way…

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Astro’s Playroom and PS5’s DualSense: The PS5’s secret weapon has made me rethink my multiplatform purchases

Buying the “best” version of a multiplatform release has become trickier than sticking to the most powerful hardware.Astro’s Playroom, which comes with every PS5, shouldn’t be dismissed as a simple pack-in title. In fact I’d go as far as to say that it’s one of the most essential PS5 gaming experiences available at launch.Designed to showcase the PS5’s brand new DualSense controller, Astro’s Playroom is a 3D platformer with zones designed around components of the PS5. One level is the GPU Jungle, for instance, complete with subsections like Renderforest, Teraflop Treetops, Raytrace Ruins, and Mt. Motherboard. There are four of…

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Xbox Series X and S reviews round-up: Here’s what people think of Microsoft’s next-gen hardware

The review embargo is up for Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X – and it looks like critics and commentators around the world are mighty impressed.Microsoft has been sending review units of the consoles out over the past few weeks and months, and now – finally – we can see what everyone thinks of the upcoming next-gen hardware.There are a few themes running through the reviews; there’s almost universal praise of the actual hardware itself. It’s fast, it’s quiet, it’s well-designed and it just works, straight out the box.But many critics have an issue with the…

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Little Hope review

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope review This interactive horror adventure is better than the first volume of the DPA, but it’s still more B-movie snicker-fest than it is spine-tingling. Developer: Supermassive Games Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment Release: On: Windows From: Steam, Humble, Price: £25/€30/$30 Little Hope is the second game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of interactive horror games trying to build on the popularity of 2015’s Until Dawn. In it, you play as a college field trip group (three teenage students, one mature, and a professor, and I bet some of you already have that in…

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Amnesia: Rebirth reviews round-up – all the scores

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 19 October 2020 17:04 GMT The reviews are in for Frictional Games’ latest horror title, Amnesia: Rebirth, and the verdict is looking good for the esteemed developer.It’s been ten years since the release of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and now – emboldened after the success of SOMA – Frictional Games has returned with the horror sequel, Amnesia: Rebirth.Arriving tomorrow, October 20, on PC and PlayStation 4, the game has certainly made an impression with critics around the world. If you’re in the mood to get scared and spooked ahead of Halloween 2020, it looks like this will…

Noita review

Noita review A roguelike in which every pixel is simulated, causing the world to explode, collapse, burn, melt and so on in dynamic ways when touched by your wands and magic spells. Developer: Nolla Games Publisher: Nolla Games Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam, Humble, GOG Price: £15.50/€15.19/$16 Fast and loose, or tight and controlled? That’s the question I ask myself at the start of any run in a game with permadeath – that is, a game that sends me back to the beginning upon death. On this particular life, am I going to try my hardest, and aim…

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Sure, Crysis Remastered is nice, but have you ever played the original Crysis?

Crysis Remastered review Crysis is a first-person stealth playground and a staggering spectacle, but new tech wizardry doesn’t justify the new price. Developer: Crytek Publisher: Crytek Release: Out now On: Windows From: Epic Price: £28/€30/$30 Crysis was always about more than its graphics. Crysis was and is a first-person stealth playground, with destructible buildings, clever enemies, and a set of flexible superpowers with which to make one collide with the other. Crysis Remastered is that game again, with new graphical bells and whistles you probably can’t use, and a substantially higher price than the original game costs now. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 review

Crusader Kings 3 review Crusader Kings 3 makes a fine execution of a daunting brief. I think I’ll need another year of playing it to work out exactly how good it is, but that’s another way of saying I want to play it for a year, so it must be pretty good. Developer: Paradox Development Studio Publisher: Paradox Interactive Release: September 1st 2020 On: Windows From: Steam Price: £42/€50/$50 The way I’d summarise Crusader Kings 3 depends heavily on where you’re coming at the game from. If you never played Crusader Kings 2, but were always interested, then I heartily…