Author Simon Parkin

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  • Mighty No. 9 review

    A tribute to and evolution of Keiji Infaune's Mega Man, Mighty No. 9's moments of brilliance are tempered by its preposterous challenge.

    PC PS3 PS4 Wii U 360

    76
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator review

    The definitive version of one of the best and most overlooked fighting games of recent years.

    Recommended PS4

    72
  • Lumo review

    Gareth Noyce's revival of the British isometric puzzle game offers a deep and amiable dungeon filled with eccentric wonder.

    Recommended PC PS4 Vita One

    54
  • Shadow of the Beast review

    Heavy Spectrum's affectionate, idiosyncratic reboot summons the spirit of the original Shadow of the Beast, as well as some of its faults.

    PS4

    98
  • Enter the Gungeon review

    Enter the Gunegon combines familiar ingredients but the result is unique and delicious.

    Recommended PC PS4 One

    108
  • Dirt Rally console review

    Dirt Rally transcends its simplistic presentation to offer one of the most engaging and dramatic representations of the motorsport yet.

    Recommended PC PS4 One

    143
  • Bezier review

    Eight years in the making, Philip Bak's debut project is a twin stick shooter in which chaotic genius can be found.

    Recommended PC

    21
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime review

    An exquisitely presented co-op space shooter that can be burdensome when played solo, but delights when played with a friend.

    Recommended PC PS4 One

    42
  • Resident Evil Zero review

    Abstruse, demanding and silly, Resident Evil Zero has nevertheless stood time's test, thanks to its ingenious design and exquisite style.

    Recommended PC PS4 One

    120
  • Amplitude review

    Having dispensed with the rock-star posturing, Harmonix's return to its abstract rhythm action roots is a textured, vibrant triumph.

    Recommended PS3 PS4

    58
  • BigFest review

    Music festivals offers an alluring theme for a management sim, but BigFest's simplistic approach fails to make the most of its metaphor.

    Vita

    17
  • Fast Racing Neo review

    Fast Racing Neo offers a welcome and competent substitute for the long-absent F-Zero that's light on extras, but commanding on the track.

    Recommended Wii U

    95
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X review

    Majestic, vibrant, almost peerlessly handsome, Xenoblade Chronicles X is Japanese RPG-making at its most ambitious and determined.

    Essential Wii U

    220
  • Rodea The Sky Soldier review

    Glimpses of Yuji Naka's outmoded genius can be seen in Rodea's barren skies, but a paucity and dissonance of ideas make this a failure.

    Wii Wii U

    54
  • Mushroom 11 review

    Untame's experimental puzzle game pioneers a new style of interaction, layered onto a familiar premise, and finds gold among the ruins.

    Recommended Mac PC

    23
  • Dragon Quest Heroes review

    Dragon Quest gets the Dynasty Warriors treatment, but there are more fundamental changes than a mere asset swap; this is Musou re-imagined.

    PS3 PS4

    69
  • Transformers: Devastation review

    Platinum's brisk and breezy take on the 1980s Transformers cartoons is a joy, albeit one that wears itself out a little too quickly.

    Recommended PC PS3 PS4 360 One

    126
  • Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 review

    Glitch-ridden and seemingly unfinished, this is a tragic swansong for Tony Hawk's video game career.

    Avoid PS3 PS4 360 One

    121
  • Armello review

    A rich, occasionally abstruse digital board game, where assured victory can turn either on the roll of a die or a rival's act of cruelty.

    Recommended Mac PC PS4

    70
  • Beyond Eyes review

    This whimsical and original game mimics the disorientating effects of blindness, but fails to build meaningfully on its initial idea.

    PC One

    40
  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional review

    An elegant, idiosyncratic galactic roguelike that recalls both the style and unflinching challenge of 80s-era Japanese shoot-'em-ups.

    Recommended PC PS4

    93
  • N++ review

    A twitch epic in which the journey from beginner to master is told not via new abilities, but in your hands and muscle memory.

    Recommended PS4

    55
  • The Magic Circle review

    A caustic, often-prickly satire on contemporary game making, with an ingenious core mechanic that is, perhaps, yet to be fully explored.

    PC

    13
  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess review

    This eccentric and often hilarious sadist 'em up has more expanse than finesse, but, through humour, makes cruelty a virtue.

    Recommended PS3 PS4 Vita

    40
  • Infinifactory review

    Infinifactory is a rare and ingenious treat: a puzzle game that allows players to combine creativity and logic to craft their own solutions.

    Recommended Mac PC

    12
  • Her Story review

    Her Story is a novel piece of interactive fiction, applying the flexibility of game structure to the ambiance of the murder mystery film.

    Recommended iPad iPhone Mac PC

    43
  • Chip's Challenge 2 review

    A long overdue sequel to a puzzle classic, Chip's Challenge 2 has been well worth the wait.

    Recommended PC

    31
  • Sunset review

    Tale of Tales' latest uses the routine of labour to exquisite effect as a framework to tell a story about class and political revolution.

    Recommended Mac PC

    36
  • Neon Struct review

    David Pittman's neon-lit stealth game creeps into politically charged themes of surveillance with grace and style.

    Recommended PC

    6
  • Titan Souls review

    Titan Souls' barren landscapes and memorable battles with ancient giants provide a unique, if divisive journey.

    PC PS4 Vita

    65
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