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Latest Podcast: Episode 175 – Inside The Next-Gen
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla continues on Ubisoft's path away from the simple stealth-assassin style AC games of the past. Immersive and fun as hell, great world design and packed with beautiful scenery (which is made all the more beautiful with the PS5 free upgrade). A story and world you'll sink 50+ hours into.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4)
Astounding visuals and a compelling story make this continuation of 2018's Spider-Man a must play game for fans of the web-slinger. Although the game is short it packs some punches.

Astro's Playroom (PS4)
A tech demo for the DualSense, a platformer, and a love letter to Playstation history all rolled into one and pre-loaded for free on the PS5. This game only lasts around 3 hours but they are three hours packed with fun and nostalgia.

Watch Dogs Legion (PS4)
The much anticipated "play as anyone" gameplay mechanic of Watch Dogs Legion didn't end up living up to expectations in this sequel which fails to really innovate in any meaningful way in the franchise series. Still fun and packed full of stuff to do but in the end it feels a bit hollow and meaningless.

Star Wars Squadrons (PS4)
A really great Star Wars dogfighting game with really robust flight controls which makes the game a real pleasure to play. Squadrons is a phenomenal game to play in VR as well, however the game overall is let down by a weak narrative and some odd gameplay choices outside of the actual spaceship flying.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS4)
It's been 22 years since the last proper Crash game and Toys For Bob have taken the reins from Naughty Dog with the passion and love that true Crash fans deserve. It's an absolute treasure and a fitting way to see this Gen's consoles out.

Mafia: Definitive Edition (PS4)
Hangar 13 have nailed it with this remake of the 2002 classic. This is probably one of the best quality remasters we have seen with it's fresh modern graphics, improved controls, and all new voice acting, while remaining faithful to the original. Absolutely recommended.

The Outer Worlds: Peril On Gorgon (PS4)
More content for an already great game. Although this DLC doesn't add much in the way of new features it does add a good sized area to explore, a bunch of new dialogue, and a fun new side quest during it's 6ish hour playtime.

Wasteland 3 (PS4)
An excellent post-apocalyptic CRPG from InXile. The combination of classic CRPG with XCOM-style combat is really enjoyable and the dialogue, voice acting, and story-line keep it fresh throughout. Innovative RPG systems make this a really great game to experience, especially on console. Absolutely recommend.

Marvel's Avengers (PS4)
Crystal Dynamics have aimed for Destiny but landed at Anthem with this confused game which doesn't quite know what it wants to be. The classic comic book style plot and well acted characters are definitely the highlight of this game, as well as a bunch of fan service. Unfortunately a hodge podge of Games As A Service systems detract from the genuinely fun single player campaign.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4)
If you haven't played this remake of the iconic skater game, get off your butt and do it now! This game nails every aspect of fun on a console. Perfect for jump in & out gaming, local and online multiplayer and park building. It's just gnarly man!

Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (PS4)
Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars is a solid turn-based strategy game with elements of card games and empire building thrown in. Some well designed campaigns and unique environments keep it fun.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (PS4)
THQ Nordic have revisited the ill-fated Kingdoms of Amalur. This remaster gives the game a graphical polish while tightening up some of the systems. It looks fairly dated but the amazing world created by the original developers is well worth experiencing.

UFC 4 (PS4)
Historically each release of EA Sports UFC gets a little better than the last and this is no exception. The removal of last years Ultimate Team addition is a surprisingly welcome move, while stand up fighting has been further refined. Ground work is still a little sketchy but overall this is the best MMA video game experience you will find.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PS4)
The curse of CRPGs on consoles strikes again with this otherwise excellent video game version of the Pathfinder tabletop RPG. The dreaded load screen mars what is otherwise a quite well rounded and fun RPG experience. The addition of the robust Kingdom Management system provides a nice challenge alongside the classic isometric RPG gameplay.

PGA2K21 (PS4)
The precision of The Golf Club franchise shines as usual in this next entry of the series. Added accessibility via expanded difficulty options opens up the game to more casual players while still satisfying the more serious golf lovers. The partnership with 2K has led to a bit more gamification of the game outside of playing actual golf but the core that makes The Golf Club games great remains, including the excellent course design system.

NBA2K21 (PS4)
NBA2K21 has returned to the days of old, with a solid, yet challenging, b-ball entry for 2021. Providing players with the option to live the NBA2K20 lifestyle (with all it's money hungry, merchandising, superfluous costumes and micro-transactions) or to just focus on playing games, training and development of your on-court player. My prayers have been answered, thank you for listening 2K.

Relicta (PS4)
Relicta is a solid first development entry by Mighty Polygon. A puzzle game that uses multiple environments and solid physics to challenge the player. The story is rather basic and limps along through minimal interactions with NPCs.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4)
Charmingly frustrating online multiplayer game which provides hours of fun whether playing or just watching. It's a bit like the classic gameshow Wipeout with jellybeans instead of people.

Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
Evocative and beautiful visuals combine with intuitive UI design to make the most meditative game of katana slaughter that has ever been. Innovative game design and a world you can get lost in make this a real contender for GotY.

Carrion (Switch)
A great twist on the classic metroidvania genre as you inhabit a tentacled flesh-eating monster. Brilliant sound design brings the game to life but slightly frustrating controls on the console versions lets it down, but it's perfect on PC.

Destroy All Humans! (PS4)
A remake of a cult classic which is extremely faithful to the original game, sometimes to a fault. Repetitive audio and long load times are tiring but the nostalgia factor is definitely there.

F1 2020 (PS4)
F1 2020 adds a new My Team thrill; where you manage the team, design the development strategy and race to the chequered flag. A fantastic game for F1 fans, but unfortunately it drops the ball on fun for someone outside of the sport.

Iron Man VR (PS4)
Excellent controls and fun combat make this a must play for PS VR owners but it is let down by some intermittent technical issues and a lacklustre story.

Desperados 3 (PS4)
A great new entry in an almost forgotten franchise. This classic Western story of revenge is one of the best stealth real time tactics game out there. With unique characters and a challenging levels combined with great replayability it's definitely worth picking up for fans of the genre.

Minecraft Dungeons (PS4)
Diablo for kids! This is a great dialled down version of the classic loot hunting in Diablo with a good selection of level environments and a flexible difficulty rating system to provide continued challenge. The 4-player co-op is particular handy for gaming with the kids.

The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
Stalking infected in this sequel feels just as good as the original and incredible visuals and perfect voice performances make this game a real must-play. The slightly disjointed story unfortunately fails to live up to the quality of the first game despite the pedigree of the developer but it's still one of the best games of the generation.

Saints Row The Third Remastered (PS4)
A remaster of a 9 year old game so it’s not particularly outstanding but a great opportunity to revisit a really fun game. Dumb fun, but fun nonetheless. The ridiculousness of SR3 is a nice escape from the upheaval in the world at the moment.

Mafia 2 Remastered (PS4)
Making a port of the PC version of Mafia 2 rather than remastering the console version has left us with a pretty poor port riddled with bugs and glitches. Although the fun game and really great story are intact the technical issues really detract from the experience.

Maneater (PS4)
Think GTA but you’re a shark. A bit rough around the edges but quite enjoyable and a fresh new experience since we haven't played an open world shark game before. Chris Parnell's narration really is a highlight of the game as it turns this aquatic slaughterfest into a fun and educational experience.

Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
A re-imagining of the original rather than a simple remaster, this game expands upon the first part of the original game to tell more of the story and it does so in a visually breathtaking way. Some filler weighs the game down but overall it's a great game for old fans and new.

Resident Evil 3 (PS4)
This short and fast-paced remake breaks away from the roots of the franchise and falls short of the expectations built up by last year's RE2 remake despite the inclusion of a new multiplayer experience in Resistance. Series fans should resist the urge to buy it.

DOOM Eternal (PS4)
With Earth overrun by demons who you gonna call? A grunting Doom Slayer to rip, tear, and disembowel along his way to free the planet. DOOM Eternal shoots, chainsaws, punches, and totally kicks ass!

Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire (PS4)
Exceptional writing and great improvements to combat and overall game mechanics compared to it's predecessor are let down by offensively long and annoying common load times. An incredible RPG which has been ported to consoles poorly.

Hunt: Showdown (PS4)
Crytek blast back on to the scene with a scare your pants off zombie hunter. Not for the faint-hearted, but definitely worth a look.

Darksiders Genesis (PS4)
Despite being a breath of fresh air for the franchise with a move to a new genre Genesis continues the Darksiders trend of not really doing anything new. While still a solid game Genesis isn't groundbreaking.

Dreams (PS4)
Media Molecule have taken the LittleBigPlanet level creation to an entirely new level with Dreams. An incredibly robust "Dream Shaping" creation mode allows gamers to build and share almost anything they can think of. It really is a masterpiece.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4)
Respawn have brought us the single player Star Wars experience we have been waiting for. Fallen Order has that iconic Star Wars feel thanks to a well written story and brilliant sound design and paves the way for an all new SW gaming franchise.

Need For Speed Heat (PS4)
An amalgamation of all of the best bits from the Need For Speed games over the years. Strong graphics are only let down by lacklustre character models but they don't matter much in a racing game. Gameplay is fun and there is plenty to do but is let down by some disappointing AI.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PC)
Call of Duty returns with a stellar line-up, a great campaign and ditches wall running, zombies and double jumping (thank Cod!). Definitely worth picking up.

The Outer Worlds (PS4)
A refreshing take on the RPG genre with the high level of writing we have come to expect from Obsidian Entertainment. Engaging characters and solid combat mechanics make this a must-play for any RPG fan.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (PS4)
Despite some big changes from Wildlands this sequel doesn't quite manage to differentiate itself in a crowded market. While still an immensely fun game with a strong story, it is another Ubisoft 4-person co-op shooter by numbers.

Concrete Genie (PS4)
What starts off as a beautiful and unique experience loses it's way fairly early into this short game. While still managing to be a charming game throughout, the painting mechanics aren't quite nuanced enough to hold up for the journey through. A disjointed combat mechanic thrown in mid-way doesn't help either.

MediEvil (PS4)
A loving coat of fresh paint gives this PSone classic a new life on the PS4. While it still has some of the quirks of PSone gaming it is still great to nostalgically revisit the epic story of Sir Daniel Fortesque.

NBA 2K20 (PS4)
This year's NBA2K must stand for Need Bank Account 2 Kontinue as parasitic micro-transaction systems ruin a great game. The Best part of this game is the addition of a very well rounded and perfectly executed WNBA game mode.

FIFA 20 (PS4)
Although the campaign mode after the end of the Hunter trilogy last year is noticeably missing, a fully fledged Volta Football mode does fill the gap. Some big changes on a gameplay level shake things up and new additions to FUT flesh out that game mode.

Ni No Kuni Remastered (PS4)
Although this remaster is purely a graphical upgrade the game itself is still as charming and fun as ever. A magical fantasy world and a well written story make this game a pure delight to play even on the second time around.

Borderlands 3 (PS4)
A lackluster script which tries to be funny but falls flat at every turn combines with average shooting and repetitive level design to make Borderlands 3 a pale imitation of the games which came before it.

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.

Lucas
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.
Matt
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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