Code Vein: hands-on preview

Code Vein: hands-on preview

Sep 27, 2017

It has been dubbed “Anime Dark Souls”. A lazy categorisation, but it’s easy to see how the comparison might arise. Code Vein is an unforgiving action role-playing game, where you will die over and over again, fight infinitely respawning enemies, and be expected to learn the intricacies of combat if you expect to succeed. You’ll also swear a lot and...

Yakuza Kiwami 2: hands-on preview

Yakuza Kiwami 2: hands-on preview

Sep 26, 2017

Tokyo Game Show and the Yakuza series go together like wine and cheese; Sonic and Tails; Nintendo and needlessly complicated voice chat functionality. Going back to the days of Yakuza 3, the series has had a major presence at the show and has dominated Sega’s booth almost every year since. It’s just not TGS if there isn’t a new Yakuza to play. Yakuza...

Ni No Kuni II: hands-on preview

Ni No Kuni II: hands-on preview

Sep 24, 2017

What will come as no surprise to anyone who played the previous Ni no Kuni game is that Revenant Kingdom looks beautiful. The art style can be described as a 3D implementation of the Studio Ghibli aesthetic; simple, clean character designs in gorgeously detailed, vibrant worlds. But Ni no Kuni II is a significant visual improvement on its predecessor. The first...

Monster Hunter World: hands-on preview

Monster Hunter World: hands-on preview

Sep 23, 2017

When the doors opened on day one of Tokyo Game Show, I ran straight for the Capcom booth and the Monster Hunter World demo. It had been a last minute decision, but it turned out to be a good one. It was perhaps the most in-demand demo of this year’s show, and I was able to try it twice, in both multi and single-player. I’m a lapsed monster hunter. I briefly...

Grumpy Gurevitz: Microsoft could outflank Sony (with Nintendo’s help)

Grumpy Gurevitz: Microsoft could outflank Sony (with Nintendo’s help)

Sep 19, 2017

Yes, you read that right. With Nintendo’s help, Microsoft could outflank Sony. Right now, Sony has a commanding lead when it comes to the home console market. Sure, when it comes to the USA, Microsoft are still there in the thick of it. They are making great strides in parts of the UK but, truth be told, Europe has abandoned the Xbox One and Japan never gave...

Splatfests we need to see

Splatfests we need to see

Aug 6, 2017

I was basically in love with the original Splatoon (R.I.P. Wii U), and the sequel has earned every last one of its phenomenal sales. The regular Splatfests – where players can pick one of two sides, then battle it out online in a meta game to determine a winner – are now established as a series tradition. Past choices have seen players compete in ice cream...