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Flashback Review

Resurrecting a cult classic is never an easy task, and one that is likely to be met with a series of cheers from its fans. What people tend to forget,...

Resurrecting a cult classic is never an easy task, and one that is likely to be met with a series of cheers from its fans. What people tend to forget, however, is that just because a game can be brought hurtling into the modern era with a shiny new paintjob, doesn’t always mean that it should. Case in point is Flashback; a rotoscoped adventure hailing from 1992 that, without a good deal of tinkering, would prove too frustrating and unwieldy to stand alongside the side-scrollers of today.

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Payday 2 Review

Payday 2 as the title suggests is the sequel to Payday: The Heist, released back in 2011 for the PlayStation Network. The original Payday allows players to live out their...

Payday 2 as the title suggests is the sequel to Payday: The Heist, released back in 2011 for the PlayStation Network. The original Payday allows players to live out their fantasies as a member of a highly-skilled and well-oiled crime unit engaging in carefully orchestrated hits, complete with custom latex mask and all. Developer Overkill Software had a sound concept, although could have been executed better. Payday 2 steps things up for a fuller, more complete experience with added features and beefed-up content to eliminate all the problems of the original. Still not perfect, but certainly speeding away in the right direction.

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Tales of Xillia Review

Tales of Xillia may have taken the better part of two years to grace our shores, but fans of the Tales franchise will tell you it is well worth the...

Tales of Xillia may have taken the better part of two years to grace our shores, but fans of the Tales franchise will tell you it is well worth the wait. Namco Bandai‘s highly anticipated title has already spawned a sequel in Japan (November 2012), and going by the critical acclaim this installment of Tales has garnered so far, you’d imagine Tales of Xillia must be an amazing testament to J-RPG know-how, right? You’d be absolutely right.

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SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt Review

Much like many gamers, SteamWorld Dig wasn’t a title on my gaming radar until I took a closer look at the 3DS exclusive title. Conceived by little known Swedish developer...

Much like many gamers, SteamWorld Dig wasn’t a title on my gaming radar until I took a closer look at the 3DS exclusive title. Conceived by little known Swedish developer Image & Form, Dig could very well be their stand-out hit, being in my mind a quintessential title which makes owning a Nintendo 3DS so worthwhile. Drawing inspiration from other successful titles, Dig carves its own groove, bringing to life a robots quest for riches and the dangers that lurk beneath.

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Ducktales Remastered Review

It’s been two decades since the adventures of the penny-pinching Scrooge McDuck and his feathery flock came to a close. These long dormant heroes have been championed for a return...

It’s been two decades since the adventures of the penny-pinching Scrooge McDuck and his feathery flock came to a close. These long dormant heroes have been championed for a return this summer, thanks to the folks at Capcom and WayForward; a move which will leave some baffled given such an extensive timespan. As such, it’s tough to pin down exactly who the target audience is for DuckTales Remastered, a reworked version of the NES classic that undeniably made a splash in its day.

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Time and Eternity Review

Time and Eternity (known as Toki Towa in Japanese) is a J-RPG with bucket-loads of potential, but unfortunately stumbles to deliver anything resembling a quality title. The hook here is...

Time and Eternity (known as Toki Towa in Japanese) is a J-RPG with bucket-loads of potential, but unfortunately stumbles to deliver anything resembling a quality title. The hook here is the blend of high-definition 2D anime art style with 3D rendered environments to create what could be described as an interactive anime. The idea is a solid, just poorly executed with plenty of ill-conceived ideas along the way.

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Project X Zone Review

Project X Zone is something of fan fiction. The thought of Capcom, Sega and Namco Bandai’s most beloved characters and franchises coming together in the one title is not something...

Project X Zone is something of fan fiction. The thought of Capcom, Sega and Namco Bandai’s most beloved characters and franchises coming together in the one title is not something you’d ever expect to be developed, let alone unleashed out of Japan onto the English speaking market. It’s a peculiar blend of action, JRPG and strategy that strangely works despite the unusual premise it is built upon.

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The Last of Us Review

Naughty Dog’s acclaim stems from many years of game development, having pushed the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and the more recent Uncharted series into our home systems....

Naughty Dog’s acclaim stems from many years of game development, having pushed the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and the more recent Uncharted series into our home systems. It’s a reputation that’s been well-earned through a winning combination of gameplay and cinematic storytelling. Expect this formula to continue in The Last of Us, which not only blurs the boundaries of what we thought the PlayStation 3 could accomplish, but succeeds in delivering a captivating tale that sticks with you long after the credits have rolled.

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Remember Me Review

When it comes to video games with a chequered development, expectation is usually at a low, particularly with a new intellectual property emerging at the end of a console life-cycle....

When it comes to video games with a chequered development, expectation is usually at a low, particularly with a new intellectual property emerging at the end of a console life-cycle. Remember Me may have suffered a blemished fate early on but after setting up shop at Capcom, Dontnod have managed to produce a title loaded with plenty of potential and originality, but does Remember Me do enough to leave a lasting impression?

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Resident Evil: Revelations Review

Resident Evil: Revelations was first released last year as an exclusive title for the Nintendo 3DS and proved to be a quality Resident Evil experience. Unfortunately being relegated to a...

Resident Evil: Revelations was first released last year as an exclusive title for the Nintendo 3DS and proved to be a quality Resident Evil experience. Unfortunately being relegated to a single platform release meant many gamers may have missed out on this portable horror gem.

After the mixed reception and lacklustre showing from Resident Evil 6, Capcom have ported Revelations over to the home console and Windows PC for more gamers to enjoy, and possibly as a sign of redemption for the Resident Evil franchise.

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