who's laughing now
Evil Dead: The Game Review - A groovy gore-fest, but something is missing
Henrietta is out to try and swallow Ash William's soul again, and again, and again....
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt review: An authentic newcomer, thirsting for the competition
Bloodhunt brings a lot of interesting twists to the table, but can this bloodsucker hold its own in a saturated genre?
stay in your lane
Nintendo Switch Sports review: a simple, formulaic nostalgia-fest – and one of the most fun games of the year
It may not exactly be reinventing the wheel, but Nintendo Switch Sports is exactly what I wanted from the Wii Sports' successor.
Meesa Jar-Jar Bricks
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review: A meme-laden mosey through a galaxy far, far away
This retelling of a story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is funny, good-looking and easy enough that you won't need to Force your way through it.
Sonic 2 cements it: the hedgehog’s transformation to film is the best video games have ever managed
With the sequel, Sonic has made the most successful jump from games to films ever.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands review – Borderlands gets a magic makeover
Tiny Tina runs her own TTRPG campaign where you are the hero in a fully-fledged Borderlands spin-off, but the fun falls flat rather quickly.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land review – Almost a complete mouthful
Kirby goes fully 3D and brings along a new gimmick, but doesn’t quite reach the level of Nintendo’s platform king.
a show of hands
Ghostwire: Tokyo review –?Possessed of spirit and enchanted by that Shinji Mikami magic
Tango Gameworks’ departure from survival horror into a more action-orientated setup is pretty and weird –?and undermined by its writing and story.
No Fox Given
Tunic review: A perfect ‘palate cleanser’ game in a year of huge releases
Tunic has been in the works for a while, but every second has apparently been worthwhile in this oblique adventure gem
You don’t know, Jack
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin review – One of the best 3/5 games I’ve played in years
Team Ninja’s Final Fantasy spin-off is awkward, ugly, dumb, and irritating. Yet, it also has this unwieldy, compelling charm.
life on cars
Gran Turismo 7 review: Birthing a new generation of petrolheads
Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 7 is so good, it could probably turn casual players into bonafide petrolheads
switch it up
Steam Deck review: it’s a chunky marvel, brimming with potential… when it works right
Small and mighty, loud and occasionally buggy, the Steam Deck is finally here. But can it hold a candle to the Nintendo Switch and redefine handheld gaming?
Elden Ring review - Lording it over everything else
Elden Ring has been worth the wait.
Total War: Warhammer 3 review – Embrace your demons, and everyone else’s
Total War: Warhammer 3 is a robust and incredibly detailed strategy game that sometimes falls over itself.
Take a bow
Horizon Forbidden West review: Another beautiful string to Aloy's bow, despite some open world drawbacks
Empowering and fluid combat makes for killer bow-based action in Horizon Forbidden West, but open world woes keep the game from scoring a bullseye.
Fists of Fury
King of Fighters 15 review - sticking to its roots
Can SNK’s latest instalment in the KoF series challenge all comers and steal the fighting game crown?
undead to the world
Dying Light 2 review – unique and exhilarating, messy and uneven
An exhilarating, much-improved sequel that hasn’t quite found its identity.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus review – the best Pokemon in 20 years
Pokemon Legends: Arceus gets the formula right, bringing major change and upheaval to the series without tossing out the baby with the bathwater. Minor issues with the technical presentation and pacing be damned - it’s the best Pokemon adventure in 20 years.
Sprawling in my skin
Rainbow Six: Extraction review: Ubisoft’s experimental shooter tries its best, but it’s still under Siege
In this tactical, sci-fi FPS from Ubisoft Montreal, I feel caught between past successes and a bold new direction.
Halo Infinite campaign review: the ultimate solo Halo experience
343 Industries comes of age, superbly referencing the past and building for the future.
Solar Ash review - burns bright and fizzles out
Chef's kiss mechanics in a game that loses its fizz before the end.
can't do it
Battlefield 2042 review – I don’t have it in me to stick with Battlefield through another terrible launch
Battlefield 2042 is not DICE's return to form.
Emmy - ny
Arcane Review - Riot Games smashes their Netflix Debut
Dorrani and Connor talk through their impressions of Arcane, Riot and Fortiche's Netflix original.
Focusrite Scarlett Studio Bundle Review - Do you need the Scarlett 2i2 or Solo for streaming?
Do you need an XLR mic and audio interface for streaming?
Tuned to Perfection
Forza Horizon 5 review: a potent formula perfected, and one of the best games of the year
Forza Horizon 5 is the natural evolution of the series so far - expanded, tweaked, and turned up to eleven. The result is a game that's been incrementally upgraded in the direction of perfection.
Call of Duty: Vanguard review - a lot better than expected, but nothing you haven't seen before
Three distinct game modes vary so much in quality - this is the most up and down Call of Duty in years.
X Games Mode!
Riders Republic review: an open-world racing game that lets you do whatever you want
Riders Republic is Ubisoft's latest go at an extreme sports game, and it's great.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 review - a brutal RPG that goes all-in on battles of attrition
A hard-as-nails RPG with great combat, but a paper-thin plot that disappoints.
We Are Groot
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy review: one of the best story-focused games of the year - with some catches
You'll enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy if you go into it with the right expectations.
We band of brothers
Age of Empires 4 review — A learning experience
A safe, but absorbing real-time strategy game that respects its history.
Tap Square to live
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes review - caught between a video game and a movie
A horror game for everyone, but at what cost?
Back 4 Blood review - modern co-op done right
Back 4 Blood proves you can balance old-school with modern without compromising on either.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy review - defying time
You can finally play Crysis (all of them) well, which is actually pretty great.
Metroid Dread review: a strong adventure that’ll delight fans
The latest adventure of Samus has its share of tense moments and frustrations, but it’s anything but dreadful.
Whole Yara Fun
Far Cry 6 review - Chaos in paradise
A fun guerrilla sandbox that’s a little shallower than it could have been.
remedy your mistake
Alan Wake Remastered review - It's made me realise I was right to love the original so much
As a long-time Alan Wake fan it's been hard seeing the game get so much hate over the years.
pedal to the mattel
Hot Wheels Unleashed review - almost powersliding to greatness
The brand's plastic track pieces ultimately work against this fun arcade racer.
Astria Ascending review - A confusing slog that's also pretty
Beautiful visuals can't save a real slog of an RPG.
Sable review: A beautiful, meditative journey through an engrossing world
Sable presents a stripped back, slow-paced take on the open world formula - a feast for the eyes and a welcome balm for the mind.
Deathloop review: a thrilling, slick adventure - and Arkane's best game yet
By refining the studio’s strong suits and introducing a killer new gimmick, Deathloop is Arkane’s finest game yet, and one of the best games of the year.
Life is Strange: True Colors review - magic and mundane combine
More of the same but better?
WarioWare: Get It Together! review: fantastic mini-game mayhem with a multiplayer twist
The latest WarioWare offers up a new way of playing and a moreish story mode, but the real value of the package is as a multiplayer party game.
Mini Motorways review: a sublime and brilliant time-waster
Mini Motorways is a game that I can just vibe with. I can barely say a bad word about it.
No More Heroes 3 review | Is Travis' latest adventure a touchdown?
Written and co-directed by now-legendary developer, SUDA51
Psychonauts 2 Review - fun, funny, heartfelt, and a game of the year contender
Psychonauts 2 handles its themes with a deft and gentle hand, nails its humour, and is great to play to boot. It's a game of the year contender.
Reset the Clock
Twelve Minutes review: a thrilling loop with classic adventure game issues
Twelve Minutes is a strong adventure game with a brilliant core conceit - and minor struggles with typical genre challenges can't hold it back too much.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC review | City of Fights
Get the definitive verdict on Eivor's adventure in Francia with our Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Siege of Paris review!
The Ascent review - a consistently stunning and surprising action game that sets a new standard
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Review | Turn-based for what
Legend of Mana HD Remaster review: a faithful, gorgeous recreation of a PS1 classic - warts and all