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Control (PS4)
A new IP from industry veterans Remedy, Control is a twisting journey in to a twisting building and twisted minds. Good fun, yet not too hard in most places.

Erica (PS4)
A surprisingly strong story with quality acting performances and innovative PlayLink controls make this interactive movie a must-play game. At only two hours long it's short enough to breeze through while still offering replay-ability.

Gears 5 (Xbox One)
As the sands of time inescapably roll on, so does this franchise. Nothing really new to see here, just another good fun Gears title. Great for fans of the franchise.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4)
Brilliant gunplay makes this game incredibly fun to play but cringeworthy dialogue and performances fail to bring the story to the level of the previous Wolfenstein games.

Age Of Wonders: Planetfall (PS4)
This huge game which combines the strategy elements of Civilization and XCOM is a delight to play as a fan of the genre. Newcomers may enjoy it too but the rich universe of the game does come with a very steep learning curve.

Furwind (PS4)
An old school pixel-style platformer which has pretty fun level design which can hit the spot for fans of the genre. While it's not exactly unique it's still a worthwhile and reasonably challenging game.

Rage 2 (PS4)
Despite having great gunplay and skill progression systems Rage 2 doesn't quite live up to the hype. With a repetitive world and uninteresting characters and dialogue it doesn't quite achieve what it set out to do. While still a fun game, it's definitely lacking in areas.

Blood & Truth (PS4)
SIE London Studio's follow up to London Heist improves on the great elements of their last game to provide what is without a doubt one of the best games available for the PS VR. Compelling story and great performances combine with gameplay which absolutely suits the VR platform to make this a must have game.

Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)
Incredible combat and another excellent MK storyline shine bright in the latest entry in the franchise but a heavy microtransaction focus bloats and overshadows what would otherwise be a brilliant game.

Days Gone (PS4)
With only a few things to set this apart from other zombie shooters Days Gone falls a little short. While it has plenty of content, it tends to be a little repetitive and uninspired but it definitely has its moments.

Trials Rising (PS4)
The latest Trials game is exactly that, a Trials game. It combines great visuals with addictive gameplay loops and challenging levels in a perfect mélange to create a game that you want to keep coming back to.

The Division 2 (PS4)
Ubisoft have built on the success of The Division and stepped it up a notch with this sequel. Despite a weak story and some funny glitches The Division 2 is a masterpiece online loot shooter with near countless hours of fun to be had.

Far Cry: New Dawn (PS4)
A colourful reimagining of the Far Cry 5 world with enough uniqueness to make it worth playing. The weak story lets it down but New Dawn provides a world full of fun.

Awesome Pea (PS4)
A retro green monochromatic visual style is the main defining feature of this simple 2D platformer. Tight controls and challenging levels make it good to play but it doesn't bring anything special to the table.

Pode (PS4)
A charming but short indie game which grows on you as you grow its world. Perfect for couch co-op with a friend but entirely enjoyable solo as well.

Anthem (PS4)
Despite initial worries based on the demo we were pleasantly surprised with Anthem. Technical glitches and crashes were common but the fun gameplay loop kept us going back. The future looks bright for this loot shooter.

Resident Evil 2 (PS4)
For a game that is 21 years old it holds up very well. Possibly the best remaster I've ever played.

Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
This is a game that either should have been made a generation ago or not at all. Slow, easy, and lacking any heart or feeling.

Sleep Tight (Switch)
An imaginative twin-stick shooter/tower defense mash up which lets you finally test how well you could defend your bedroom if it was attacked by a swarm of boogey men!

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
An incredibly full world with unrivalled levels of interaction and graphical fidelity. We expected the best from Rockstar Games for this prequel and they provided. Countless hours of stuff to do mixed throughout

LEGO: DC Super Villains (Switch)
A fully customizable main character for the first time ever gives this new entry in the LEGO franchise a bit of a fresh feeling. Add to that the enourmous list of masterful voice actors involved and a plot which twists the LEGO template on it's head and you have a game which proves that the LEGO games aren't played out yet!

WWE2K19 (Xbox One)
WWE 2K19 provides the big hair, small costumes, and bad acting in the wrestling ring but gets a folding chair in the back for it's efforts. Graphical issues and repetitive gameplay keep this game from taking home the belt.

Paw Patrol: On A Roll (Switch)
A generally uninspired formulaic side scrolling platformer. Excruciatingly linear and repetitive levels let this game down, however the chance to play as their favourite pups may be enough to keep young kids interested.

LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Switch)
LEGO games don't stray far from what has always worked for them, and the Harry Potter Collection is a great example of how well those gameplay mechanics have aged. Ten years after it originally came out this re-release for Switch and Xbox One is a great chance for new gamers to try out a classic LEGO game.

Starlink: Battle For Atlas (PS4)
Picks up where No Man's Sky left us wanting with action, fast paced exploring and missions. A confusing new IP in a played out genre but still perhaps does enough to keep kids entertained.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PS4)
A massive game with plenty to see and do while taking us on an epic journey into Greek history. Crippling technical issues on the PS4 version are really disappointing but the game still manages to be beautiful and gripping.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (PS4)
A classic isometric style RPG with modern touches in all the right places. This is possibly the best RPG of this generation, smoothly converted from PC to console. An epic game which should definitely be experienced by any fans of the genre.

Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One)
Possibly the most beautiful game ever created. Forza Horizon 4 proves yet again that Forza games are the best racing games around. Visually astounding while packed full of content. customization, and crisp gameplay. A must buy for the Xbox One.

NBA2k19 (Xbox One)
A stronger focus on the in-game currency disappoints while the extended story mode seems to drag on with cut scenes, however it's still the best NBA game out there and plays really well.

FIFA 19 (PS4)
An expanded story mode with The Journey combined with big updates to the Kick-Off mode make this a great new entry in the series. Addition of the Champions League as well adds to the authentic feel of FIFA, and gives more ways to play.

Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)
Some dated gameplay mechanics, repetitive side stuff, and some pacing problems take a little bit away from this game but the combat and traversal mechanics are so refined that it is incredibly fun to play. Combine that with an exceptional story and you have a definite winner which is well worth playing.

Flipping Death (PS4)
Light hearted and very well written with a distinctive art style. The length of the game is just right to leave you satisfied and the jokes throughout make it a bloody fun experience!

Guacamelee 2 (PS4)
Drinkbox Studios return with a sequel which expands upon the brilliance of the original game. Brilliant level design, extra powers, more chickens, and four player co-op make this an absolute must-have.

The Crew 2 (PS4)
The stunning visuals and robust vehicle performance upgrade system can't save this game from it's repetitive and shallow gameplay. Hopefully future updates will improve the game but right now it's underwhelming.

Unravel Two (PC)
While not quite managing the same level of charm as the first game, this sequel brings much needed improvement to the platforming mechanics. Not as challenging as we'd like but the addition of co-op is a great move. A lot of fun with impressive visuals.

Rainbow Skies (PS4)
A great classic style tactical RPG with cross-play across PS3, PS4, and Vita. While it can be a little uninspired in places it's still a solid game and great for fans of the genre.

Moonlighter (PS4)
A great little indie title which manages to mix a RPG and a store management sim into one charming little game. With rogue-lite style dungeon crawling by night and surprisingly engrossing shop-keeping during the day this game is definitely worth a look.

Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
Another visually stunning Quantic Dream game with all the usual stuff that comes with that. Slightly finicky controls hold this game back a little, but a really well crafted story and world with meaningful game-defining decisions and superb voice acting make it a must play game.

Knack 2 (PS4)
An excellent sequel which improves upon the flaws from the original. A new co-op mode adds another layer to the game, and extra challenge modes add a bit of fun replayability. A really fun game and great for small kids.

Morphite (PC)
Space exploration shooter which has similarities to No Man's Sky but with clunky gameplay and a lack of polish. Lots of content to explore but it gets repetitive quickly. A little interesting but ultimately underwhelming.

Pinball FX 3 (PS4)
Another great entry in the Pinball FX series. The new online tournament system adds an entire new level to pinball video games while new "special abilities" and challenges add a huge amount of gameplay to freshen up the genre and keep gamers busy.

Ruiner (PS4)
Fast-paced ultra-violent twin-stick shooter with a gritty dark cyberpunk/sci-fi visual style and an atmospheric soundtrack. All of the gameplay elements work well enough but the campaign is disappointingly short with repetitive level design.

Project Cars 2 (PS4)
Visually stunning, with really strong sound design, but let down by the

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
Hits the usual beats of an Uncharted game which while not new, are still great to experience. The dialogue between Chloe and Nadine and the story overall was really well written. Naughty Dog have proven that they can make a solid Uncharted game without Nathan Drake.

Destiny 2 (PS4)
Despite having so many similarities to Destiny 1 this game has enough new features to entice old players to get on board. It's definitely just as fun as the original and a great multiplayer experience to enjoy with friends.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PS4)
Beautiful and relaxing game for all ages. An open-world adventure game without combat but with plenty to explore and do. Quite a slow plodding game but that suits it's nature to a tee.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)
A great remaster of a classic platforming game in a time where good platformers are few and far between. We wish it came with Crash Team Racing as well but getting to replay the original trilogy is a real treat.

Masquerada: Songs and Shadow (PS4)
An intriguing story with well written characters, smooth isometric visuals, and a very well built world. Tactical RPG although the gameplay mechanics aren't great and it's pretty linear. At only 20 hours long though it's definitely worth it to experience the story.

Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4)
A new Mass Effect entry without Commander Shepherd was a risky move but it turned out okay after all. With many similarities to the original trilogy this game is a must play for fans of the series.

The Podfather/Convo Controller
Super salesman by day, Batdad and Gamersutra by night. As a self-confessed technology pacifist, he prefers to sit on the console-war fence and play games on his PC.
PlayStation Fanboy/Motormouth
Electrician by trade and yet also highly skilled at finding time to game around work and family commitments. A PlayStation fanboy with a platinum count and obvious podcast bias to prove it. Thinks DC is clearly superior to Marvel. Has been known to rant.

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