Tom Hoggins


174 games reviewed
79.0 average score
80 median score
75.4% of games recommended
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Oct 23, 2013

If Pokemon’s greatest pleasure is the joy of discovery, then I’ve finally discovered it. And hooray for that.

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Dec 3, 2013

The Roman Empire provides the setting fo Xbox One's Ryse, a visually stunning but distressingly shallow hackathon.

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Dec 4, 2013

Resogun is a marvellous, frantic shoot em up, and the surprise star of the PlayStation 4 launch lineup.

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A Link Between Worlds is familiar but fabulous, offering the leanest version yet of Nintendo’s long-standing adventure. Tom Hoggins returns to Hyrule

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Jan 10, 2014

This Xbox One port of the top-down Windows Phone shooter has fizzy gunplay but mediocre missions and questionable monetisation

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The second season of 2012 game of the year builds a strong basis for success, but there are fears it may have lost sight of what made The Walking Dead so good to begin with

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Nintendo's bounding ape returns again in a thumping, enjoyable but unambitious platform game.

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Feb 21, 2014

The terrifying debut of Red Barrels is a masterclass in the art of video game horror that is stretched a little thin

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Slick, deliriously colourful and breezily inventive, Garden Warfare is a curiously engaging shooter.

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Mar 16, 2014

Titanfall may not be a revolution, but its combination of hulking war robots and athletic parkour makes for the most thrilling multiplayer shooter in years.

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Mar 21, 2014

Infamous: Second Son carries a heavy burden of expectation as the newest PlayStation 4 exclusive, but it is a superhero adventure that isn't adventurous enough.

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This collaboration between the DS’s most intelligent and sharply-dressed heroes is a delightful yarn. Tom Hoggins presents his evidence

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May 4, 2014

Rare's collection of sporting mini-games hopes to justify Mirosoft's inclusion of the Kinect camera with every Xbox One. Unfortunately the jury is still out.

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May 14, 2014

You'd be hard pressed to argue against the potency and sheer joy of Mario Kart 8's racing and track design. Likely to be more contentious is its resolutely, almost stubbornly, simple structure in both single and multiplayer.

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Jun 4, 2014

Ubisoft's hotly anticipated open-world action game provides decent entertainment but is let down by over-familiarity and a dreadful protagonist.

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The Last of Us is every inch the modern classic, and this remastering seems entirely appropriate, even so soon after its initial release. As we enter a new generation, it's apt to celebrate the best of what games can do. It might not be essential for those who have already made the journey, but for everyone else, The Last of Us is vital.

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MachineGames haven't exactly reinvented the FPS or even Wolfenstein here, but they have put together a consistently enjoyable, well-crafted action game and given you the motivation to blast your way through its stringier bits. If this is the New Order for Wolfenstein, then this is a promising start.

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Sep 12, 2014

While there is still some work to be done, it is a game that wants you to come in, have fun and perhaps go away with a greater appreciation of the sport its attempting to simulate. In all of this, Madden NFL 15 is a success.

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Disney's ambitious toy-game hybrid returns with improved customisation in its Toy Box, but its Marvel-themed adventures fall short of super.

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Sep 30, 2014

There's no great revolution here and it occasionally lacks for visual variety and challenge, but Horizon 2 earns its stripes with a breezy determination to simply show you a ruddy good time.

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