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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water review

Wet behind the ears Much of Fatal Frame 5’s design centers on water, and that life-giving liquid seeps into gameplay in the form of a ‘wetness’ meter. As each character’s saturation level increases (as they’re rained on or knocked into a puddle by a rude spirit), their attack power goes ...

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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut review

Gear plays a huge part in all of this, too, especially once you’re out in the world, evolving through neatly delivered degrees of necessity. First you’ll learn to survive the turn- and grid-based combat, with weapons that jam when you least expect it and a ragtag sense of always being ...

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The Talos Principle review

Your goal in each room is to acquire a sigil, many of which are needed to unlock the three main worlds, and all of which are needed to ascend the tower and see the story through to its proper conclusion. The rooms themselves are linked by dozens of beautiful – ...

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Bedlam review

How novel… So is the book required reading to get the most out of the game? Not really. If you’re a fan of the novel, than there are plenty of throwbacks to the jokes that would have made you do a laugh when you first saw them written down, and ...

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Transformers Devastation review

The d-pad affords you four weapon slots in which to equip weapons, ranging from sniper rifles and machine guns through to flame-throwers and elementally-charged hammers. Switching between your pre-decided loadout in an instant makes for some wonderfully involving battles, and taking down a flying foe with a burst of fire ...

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The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone review

The Witcher 3 is at its best when it acts as a short story generator for its hero-slash-ronin, Geralt of Rivia. He wanders from town to town, taking on odd jobs for coin, often finding himself with more trouble than he bargained for. It’s in these moments, when The Witcher explores ...

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Disney Infinity 3.0 review

There’s a real temptation to don my cynical hat while booting up Disney’s latest contender in the behemoth toys-to-life genre. Its opening sequence (read: glorified advert), in particular, raises an eyebrow – highlighting game worlds you can’t access without shelling out for more playsets and figures. And yet, it’s hard ...

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance review

The hub world music is also awful. Yes, it’s meant to sound like a cheesy dive bar, but when you spend most of your game hanging out in an area that assaults your ears with off-key warbling, it’s incredibly irritating. It also feels at odds with the game you’re playing. The ...

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Dragon Quest Heroes review

Sticking to tradition Despite this being an action-based spin-off to the Dragon Quest series, it still sticks to a lot of its traditions. The monsters are the same as the ones you fight in the main series, and even the music remains unchanged. Sometimes it’s a little overboard though, like ...

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Rock Band 4 review

Of course, you still have the standard Quickplay mode if you just want to jump in and play some songs without any extra bells and whistles. 65 tracks are included on the disc, ranging from classics by Van Morrison and The Who, through rockers such as Van Halen and Soundgarden, ...

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