Author Simon Parkin

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  • Lost Sphear review

    Lost Sphear is a more ambitious JRPG than its predecessor, yet it risks abandoning its purpose to return to the genre's simpler days.

    PC PS4 Switch

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 review

    The true sequel to the best-loved contemporary JRPG is unrestrained in its ambition, and the result is a chaotic kind of brilliance.

    Recommended Switch

  • Fire Emblem Warriors review

    A harmonious meeting of two traditions, Fire Emblem Warriors explores a different, yet no less beguiling, type of battlefield strategy.

    Recommended 3DS Switch

  • Stardew Valley review

    A modern indie classic on PC finds in Nintendo's Switch the perfect platform.

    Essential PC PS4 Switch One

  • Cuphead review

    A brutal game that's equal parts frustrating and exhilarating, delivered in the mesmerising style of a prohibition-era cartoon.

    PC One

  • Everybody's Golf review

    A vibrant interpretation of golf that expands on the series' distinguished lineage without compromising, or distracting from, its strengths.

    Recommended PS4

  • Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age review

    Final Fantasy's weirdest, most wonderful curio is a bright reminder of the power of crisp invention in high-risk blockbuster development.

    Recommended PS4

  • Final Fantasy 14 Stormblood review

    A rich and rewarding expansion to the Final Fantasy MMO, with a strong storyline, but a little inaccessible to less committed players.

    Recommended PC PS4

  • Birthdays the Beginning review

    The designer behind Harvest Moon returns with a game that frustrates as much as it fascinates.

    PC PS4

  • What Remains of Edith Finch review

    An elegiac, memorable and affecting tale of the misfortunes suffered by the members of a deeply eccentric family.

    Recommended PC PS4

  • Late Shift review

    The FMV thriller is fully exhumed in this splicing of game and cinema, where high production values fail to obscure the creative fissures.

    Mobile PC PS4 One

  • Rain World review

    Relentless and brutal, this post-apocalyptic pixel art survival quest is a gruelling, if often beguiling, challenge.

    PC PS4

  • 1-2-Switch review

    A characteristically imaginative minigame suite that lays out the possibilities of Nintendo's new console, without feeling like a guidebook.


  • Double Dragon 4 review

    This period study of the arcade's formative beat 'em up has its charms, but the sense that this is a game out of time is not easily shaken.

    PC PS4

  • Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS review

    A JRPG classic is revived for 3DS, and the years haven't dimmed its charm in the slightest.

    Recommended 3DS

  • Islands: Non-Places review

    A playful, often humorous tour of the modern world's transition spaces.

    Recommended Mac PC

  • Watch Dogs 2 review

    Ubisoft's sequel borrows from Rockstar's oeuvre to make a richly enjoyable open world game, despite its online troubles.


  • World of Final Fantasy review

    Billed as a grand, lavish piece of fan service, this is as much a tribute to Pokémon's charms as those of the series whose name it bears.

    PS4 Vita

  • Rhythm Paradise Megamix review

    Much more than a mere 'Best Of' compilation, Rhythm Heaven Megamix is a tour-de-force of microscopic, rhythmic ingenuity.

    Recommended 3DS

  • Sunless Sea - Zubmariner review

    Failbetter provides an exquisite expansion to Sunless Sea that runs deep.

    Recommended PC

  • Dragon Quest Builders review

    Offering freedom within structure, Dragon Quest Builders manages to formalise a riveting story within Minecraft's expansive template.

    Recommended PS3 PS4 Vita

  • Mother Russia Bleeds review

    This edgy revival of the scrolling brawler inherits the problems of its influences, and is both boorish and boring as a result.

    PC PS4

  • The King of Fighters 14 review

    The return of SNK's flagship series offers concessions to beginners, and new depths for veterans.

    Recommended PS4

  • I am Setsuna review

    Not just a loving tribute to the JRPGs of the 90s, I Am Setsuna tells a memorable tale, with a few bright design jewels of its own.

    Recommended PC PS4

  • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness review

    A painfully undercooked Japanese RPG that shows how far the genre has fallen behind its western rivals.


  • 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

  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator review

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

    Recommended PS4

  • 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

  • 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.


  • Enter the Gungeon review

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

    Recommended PC PS4 One

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