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'Infamous'' offers gamers the first real reason to buy a PS4

By Rhuaridh Marr
April 10, 2014 10:15 AM |
There's a reason we're so infatuated with superheroes: power. Flight, fire, invulnerability, invisibility -- whatever the special ability, we're envious of and enthralled by it. The idea of rising above our banal normality into the strata of demigod is an elixir too intoxicating to ignore. Given our lack of actual superheroes (military and emergency services personnel not included -- ... [Read]

Clash of the Titans

''Titanfall'' is a welcome drink of action and excitement

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 27, 2014 9:12 AM |
I'm going to cut through a little of the hype surrounding Titanfall, the first-person, multiplayer shooter from Respawn Entertainment. It debuted to rapturous acclaim at E3, with many publications claiming it to be the best game of E3, and Xbox One's "killer app." That hype has carried through to launch, with near-universal praise for Titanfall. Let me say this: Titanfall is worthy of ... [Read]

Review - South Park: Stick of Truth

Side-splittingly funny, ''South Park: Stick of Truth'' offers the same offensive humor as the show, while immersing you in its world

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 6, 2014 9:59 AM |
Let's get this out of the way first: if you're coming to South Park: The Stick of Truth because you like turn-based RPGs, you're going to be disappointed. This isn't a game for RPG fans. This isn't a game for those who love in-depth gameplay or intense battles. This isn't a game designed to engross you in minute details of inventory ... [Read]

Review: 'Thief' is a stolen opportunity

In ''Thief,'' half-baked ideas and shoddy programming rub shoulders in the shadows with moments of sheer genius

By Rhuaridh Marr
February 25, 2014 10:26 AM |
They say honesty is the best policy, so let me preface this by saying I've never played a Thief game. The original trilogy, which spanned 6 years and two developers, is beloved by many as a classic standard for the stealth genre of video games. It dropped players into a steampunk world and gave them the tools to strip ... [Read]

Shiver Your Timbers

"AC4: Black Flag" delivers the next best things to an actual trip to the Caribbean, right down to frolicking dolphins and pirate booty

By Rhuaridh Marr
February 13, 2014 8:31 AM |
Every child has that moment. You don a hat or wrap a piece of cloth around your head in a makeshift bandana, put on an eyepatch or draw on a fake goatee, grab a stick or toy sword and then proceed to swashbuckle and terrorize your way across the imaginary seven seas. Playing pirate is a classic role-play for ... [Read]

West Winging It

Can a British citizen take over the American presidency and fix all the ills in the land while remaining vastly popular?

By Rhuaridh Marr
January 30, 2014 8:00 AM |
Given my nation of birth, Britain, it could be expected that my personal politics would be heavily influenced by the ethical socialism that proved popular in the 20th century. I do, however, draw several of my influences from American idealism, and the notion of the American Dream. Using capitalism and the benefits of a free market economy to better ... [Read]

Reviews of Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Doki Doki Universe, Resogun

Now that you're shopping for your new PS4, check out these titles that range from addictive apocalypse to cartoon cute

By Rhuaridh Marr
January 9, 2014 2:48 PM |
There's always one major conundrum with any new console launch: What games do you get? As the second wave of PS4 stock hits retailers, many people will be facing this question just now as they stare at games on store shelves. In the case of the PS4, though, it's a fairly easy choice -- the gaming giant brought relatively few ... [Read]

Review - Beyond: Two Souls

''Beyond'' isn't much of a game, but as an experience, it has few peers. It's as close as we've gotten to an interactive film.

By Rhuaridh Marr
December 12, 2013 7:37 AM |
I can't quite decide if Beyond: Two Souls is a masterpiece or a train wreck. One of the PS3's swansongs, it and a handful of other exclusives represent the finale of seven years of gaming on the console. There is no doubt that, at least technologically, Beyond is an astonishing achievement -- but it's when considering it as a game, not a piece ... [Read]

Battle Tested

After 15 years, it's immensely pleasurable to see just how far Pokémon has evolved since its 8-bit origins on the Game Boy

By Julian Vankim
October 31, 2013 6:53 AM |
After 15 years and five installments, Game Freak has released a sixth edition to the Pokémon canon of games that originated with Red/Blue and finds itself present today in Pokémon X/Y. As with past entries, much of the formula will be familiar to series regulars, but X/Y also adds a plethora of fresh content to keep fans and newbies alike excited. X/Y is technically two separate games, ... [Read]

Grand Theft Auto V: Mayhem Meets Masterpiece

GTA V is an art form spread across a digital state, a breathtaking, jaw-dropping, mind-melting experience

By Rhuaridh Marr
October 18, 2013 8:47 AM |
What is there to say about Grand Theft Auto V that hasn't already been said? Rockstar's magnum opus has crushed every competitor, dominated every sales chart, consumed every gaming forum and proliferated itself across the Internet to near-saturation point. Racking up $2.5 billion in sales, with that number still rising, garnering seven Guinness world records and outselling its predecessors by a ... [Read]