Critical News

Antstream aims to bring retro gaming to a modern audience

Posted by on May 9, 2019

Antstream is a new gaming service which aims to bring a vast catalogue of retro games to PC, Mac, Xbox One and Android via streaming tech. It’s basically aiming to be a...

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Interviews

Exclusive Q&A with the Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness localisation team

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

Psycho Pass is a jolly awesome two-season anime (plus one film) and, in Japan, it’s also a multiple-ending visual novel with a unique story and three new characters. We’ll soon...

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Articles

Trust vs fear in player engagement and monetisation

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019

The industry has been desperately trying to convince consumers that they want exclusively online experiences for years. Despite EA’s much-publicised assertion that players...

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Reviews

Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary pack: review

Posted by on May 29, 2019

Format: Switch (version reviewed), PS4, PC (Guilty Gear only) Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: PQube Developer: Arc System Works Players: 1-2 (Guilty Gear offline only, GG Accent Core...

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Recent Posts

The Stillness Of The Wind blows in next week

The Stillness Of The Wind blows in next week

Jan 30, 2019

Vane may have turned out to be a crushing disappointment, but there’s another indie game just around the corner so full of promise, it just might pop. Originally announced as a PC-only game, The Stillness Of The Wind will also be available for iOS and that hero of indies, the Switch, when it launches next Thursday, 7th February. Published by Fellow Traveller...

HoPiKo: review

HoPiKo: review

Jan 29, 2019

Format: Switch (version reviewed), PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Merge Games Developer: Laser Dog Players: 1 Site: http://www.hopiko-game.com/ Game code provided by the publisher HoPiKo sounds like it could be a breed of Pokemon, but in actual fact it is a speedrunner puzzle game from developer Laser Dog, where you control...

Vane: review

Vane: review

Jan 18, 2019

Format: PS4 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Friend & Foe Developer: Friend & Foe Players: 1 Site: http://www.friendandfoegames.com/ Game code provided by PR It’s fair to say that at this stage of the game industry’s life, the prospect of an indie title with high art aspirations is an enticing one. After all, these games include classics...

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden – review

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden – review

Dec 19, 2018

Format: PS4 (version reviewed), PC, Xbone Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Funcom Developer: The Bearded Ladies Consulting Players: 1 Site: https://www.mutantyearzero.com/#1 Game code provided by PR Although the first characters you meet (and, indeed, control) are a talking duck named Dux and a talking boar named Bormin, this isn’t a kids’ game....

Crimson Keep: review

Crimson Keep: review

Dec 11, 2018

Format: Switch (reviewed), PC Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Merge Games Developer: Ian Atherton and Ben Rog-Wilhelm Players: 1 Site: http://www.escapecrimsonkeep.com/ Crimson Keep is a first person rogue-like on both Switch and PC. It’s unwieldy, unpolished, and terrible to play. It’s not so bad it’s good, it’s just thoroughly unfun. It’s a...

The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition – review

The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition – review

Nov 18, 2018

Format: Switch (version reviewed), Xbox One, PS4 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Merge Games Developer: StillRunning Players: 1-2 (offline only) Site: https://www.mergegames.com/the-walking-vegetables-radical-edition/ Game code provided by the publisher The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition is a twin-stick shooter, which sees players battling a horde of...

Tetris Effect: review

Tetris Effect: review

Nov 11, 2018

Format: PS4 (PSVR compatible) Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Enhance, Inc Developer: Resonair Players: 1 Site: https://www.tetriseffect.game/ Game purchased by reviewer If Tetris Effect is just Tetris with special effects, then an aeroplane is just a car with decorative wings, because it has wheels and drives along the ground. Sure, this is a game that...

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Nov 10, 2018

Like most people in possession of a PS4 or Xbone, I’m currently playing through Red Dead Redemption 2. That game has an incredible, generation-defining open world that is unlikely to be surpassed for at least a decade. It is also a fundamentally flawed experience. One does not preclude the other, nor does this fact mean RDR2 is anything less than amazing...