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Episode One sets the benchmark. The Ties That Bind builds upon the standards Telltale set in previous seasons. Thrust straight into a new compelling story whilst continuing with that of Clementine is a perfect blend. A nostalgic trip to The Walking Dead universe ensures you’ll want to return, but it also offers enough to be able to pick up the story from here without having to play the first two seasons. At a time where the TV series is stumbling, Telltale has given Walking Dead fans reason to rejoice.
Frank's a likeable protagonist - witty, gruff, and we suspect he has a heart of gold to go with the elixir of eternal life he's clearly been sampling. And, to be frank, Frank deserves a little more polish and a lot more jeopardy than Capcom Vancouver has delivered with Dead Rising 4. Slaying zombies with a variety of ridiculous weapons is as fun as ever, but we hoped for more.
Tennis in the Face is the very best game about hitting people in the face with a tennis ball we've ever played. It's probably the best ragdoll-physics-bouncer game we've ever played - please don't be Angry with us, Birds. It's hard to think of ways the game could be improved upon, without it being a different game.
The puzzles are fiendishly tricky, the writing is witty, and once you get to grips with the not-particularly-slick controls, you may even love it. But we just keep coming back to that tragic voice acting. We can’t see past it. We can’t hear anything other than the stiff delivery. And it ruins the immersion of a game we desperately wanted to enjoy.
Infinite Dreams has managed to achieve a fantastic conversion from mobile to home console. With only minor flaws against its bosses, you can’t help but feel the need to better yourself and move further through Sky Force Anniversary right until the end.
An audiovisual tour-de-force and a lesson on how to fuse the shoot 'em up and beat 'em up genres, Furi is a must have game for any fans of challenging beat 'em ups. The difficulty and precision required will put some casual gamers off, but Furi sets out to please the hardcore crowd and over-achieves.
Clouds and Sheep 2 makes a decent transition to the big screen, but its mechanics expose its mobile heritage. That being said, it's packed full of humour and charm, and there's nothing disagreeable to be found within. And, in this world of guns, gore and death, Clouds and Sheep 2 offers a delightful kid-friendly experience that every family member can enjoy.
Xbox has been crying out for a Power Stone type of fighting game, so it’s good to see LASTFIGHT filling that particular niche, but the game has a void of its own when it comes to content. Hopefully, that will be addressed by the developer Piranaking, but currently that does devalue LASTFIGHT in comparison to other fighting games on the market. Still, you do get a satisfying brawler that truly comes into its element at a party or with friends and family.
Whilst there's a lot of enjoyment to be found from carving the aliens into tiny pieces, the campaign offers nothing of real consequence. Earth's Dawn feels like a game that could have been improved using permadeath or more significant time management implementation. Instead, we've got a fun, if disposable beat ‘em up.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is an opportunity for gamers who don't own an Elder Scrolls game to lay claim to the best in the series. For others, this Special Edition offers the chance to relive some of the best open-world adventuring ever seen. Other than audio issues and some slightly odd-looking NPCs, this is a remaster tour de force.
Expect perfect gameplay that’s as wonderful as you remember, let down by lazy and unnecessary remastering. And part of us thinks that the Clown Prince of Crime is behind it all, because the last laugh is on you. You may don the cowl and cape, but don’t expect to see Arkham in a different light.
God games can be terribly complex but Reus sweeps away those barriers to offer a bright and engaging experience. The more you play it, though, the more the design limitations make you feel less like a God, and more like a bureaucrat. Nevertheless, Reus is unique and quirky, and we love it all the more for that.
The old adage goes "War Never Changes". The same could be said for EA and DICE's historical shooter, and we wouldn't have it any other way. With the single player campaign delivering engaging stories and informative training, and the multiplayer being as frantic and unpredictable as usual, Battlefield 1 offers shooting fans the complete package.