The market of custom controllers is niche, to say the least. It’s often a mixed bag of gimmicks and cheap tricks to try and make controllers stick out from the close-to-perfect vanilla flavours that come with the console in question. Needless to say, they’re expensive toys, and often not much else. But sometimes professional gamers demand a certain amount of control over their games of choice, and that’s where names like Scuf have really marked out their territory.
LittleBigPlanet is one of the PlayStation brand’s darlings. Created by Media Molecule early in the PlayStation 3’s life, it brought about a particular ethos: Play. Create. Share – well before Minecraft even existed. Since then, users have created over 8 million levels using the game’s built-in tools. That’s quite a legacy for new series developer Sumo Digital to live up to with its first stab at the series.
The last generation console's Assassin's Creed game hasn't been getting as much attention as the shiny new one. This a crying shame. With Assassin's Creed Rogue, Ubisoft has reached the pinnacle of the Assassin's Creed experience, and even made me feel better about previous iterations.
Party games are necessary for any gamer, or human being. When friends come around, it can be such a blast to play board games or drinking games, but party video games are equally awesome. Singstar Ultimate Party has come to PS4 and allows everyone to join in the fun, even without a mic. But is it the best singing party game that you can get?
It feels as though all I've done since getting Shadow of Mordor is rave to people about how much fun I'm having. It's been a long time since a game has elicited such a strong and uncontrollably gleeful response in me. There is a lot to love about Shadow of Mordor, and also a few frustrations.
I fondly remember playing co-op action shooters with my brother as a kid. Of course he'd always blame me when he died, but that's besides the point - Crimsonland reminds me of all those old-school arcade shooters and it's filled with plenty of remastered gore.
I am terrible at Mario Kart. Though I’ve played them all, starting with the series introduction on the SNES, I never really seem to get any better at it. I’ve tried, mind you. I play the game regularly with my family, and regularly I get beaten by my boastful children. In all these years, my skills have essentially remained static, barely changing at all. The same could be reasonably argued for Mario Kart itself.
Having played FFXIV: A Realm Reborn in Beta on the PS3, I wasn't really too sure what to expect on the new generation console. Would it be the same thing, just made a bit more pretty? Or would it make a decent game into a fantastic experience? Square Enix has made an excellent contribution to the MMORPG genre, perhaps the best MMO that I've played to date. Most of their awful UI and account management issues seem to be resolved on the new console, which means I could focus on playing the game instead of the chore of its admin.
I’m a huge Japanese role-playing nut. My phone is filled with JRPG battle themes and there was a point in my life when all I could play were JRPGS. I just generally love Japanese culture. Every single platform I own I have a JRPG in my collection of games. From Chaos Rings on my mobile phone to Valkyria Chronicles on PlayStation 3, I just can’t get enough of them. But there are some games that have eluded me over the years. I never really had a GameCube growing up so I missed out on a few awesome games. One of them was Tales of Symphonia.
The LEGO Movie was certainly a surprise. What could have easily been a silly, mindless kids’ movie has ended up as perhaps one of the greatest animated films ever made, perfectly capturing the slapdash, mix-and-match wonder of a child playing with LEGO, infused with charm and genuine comedy. If you were expecting the same sort of surprise from the movie’s inevitable, incredibly meta tie-in, then you’re set for disappointment I’m afraid. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad.
What is this game, but a miserable pile of ramshackle ideas pilfered from better games? That damning statement about Lords of Shadow 2 is unfortunately true. While I, along with many of you, retained hope for Gabriel Belmont and his introspective battle of self and his quest to destroy Satan, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 were very different. They featured differing combat styles, gameplay mechanics and even changes to open world approaches. Lightning Returns, the final installment in the trilogy, carries on the tradition of changing everything. Unfortunately, these changes are not improvements.
The next time you shrug your shoulders and mutter under your breath, when faced with an obvious truism like “Don't judge a book by its cover”, remember this review. If there was ever a title that captured the essence of that saying, it would be indie UK developer Roll7's PlayStation Vita exclusive, OlliOlli.
If you're a JRPG fan, this game has all the features that you probably associate with the genre - cute yet serious and intriguing characters, multi-facetted plot, plenty of side missions, innovative battle system and hours of gameplay. It appears that the best JRPGs can now truly be found on handheld devices.
As the latest iteration in the franchise, Assassin's Creed IV had quite a tall order ahead of it. It had to be bigger and better than previous games, and make up for the problems in Assassin's Creed III. Burdened with comparisons to previous games, as well as other sandbox giant GTA V, there was a lot of pressure for Assassin’s Creed IV to be something amazing. For the most part, it delivered.