Author Simon Parkin

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  • 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

    32
  • Stardew Valley review

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

    Essential PC PS4 Switch One

    111
  • Cuphead review

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

    PC One

    224
  • 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

    93
  • 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

    86
  • 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

    46
  • Birthdays the Beginning review

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

    PC PS4

    9
  • 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

    63
  • 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

    28
  • Rain World review

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

    PC PS4

    23
  • 1-2-Switch review

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

    Switch

    65
  • 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

    98
  • 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

    63
  • Islands: Non-Places review

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

    Recommended Mac PC

    13
  • Watch Dogs 2 review

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

    Recommended

    142
  • 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

    55
  • 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

    15
  • Sunless Sea - Zubmariner review

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

    Recommended PC

    31
  • 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

    68
  • 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

    62
  • The King of Fighters 14 review

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

    Recommended PS4

    47
  • 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

    58
  • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness review

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

    PS4

    90
  • 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

    63
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator review

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

    Recommended PS4

    69
  • 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

    53
  • 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

    84
  • Enter the Gungeon review

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

    Recommended PC PS4 One

    107
  • 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

    131
  • 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

    20
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