Devil’s Third: A cruel joke for Wii U owners (Wii U)

I wasn’t going to write a preview for Devil’s Third, the first game from the Tomonobu Itagaki-fronted Valhalla Game Studios. Reviews hit next month ahead of the game’s August 28 release, and I thought that would be enough for a fairly low-key release. But then I played it. This is a game so jarringly bad …

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review (Xbox One)

Rise of the Tomb Raider is everything I want a video game to be. That might sound rather hyperbolic, but Crystal Dynamics really couldn’t have delivered a game more tuned to my tastes. Not only is the world in Rise of the Tomb Raider one ripe for exploration, but the quest is epic, the action …

PES 2016: a generational leap for football games (PS4, Xbox One)

PES 2016 is my E3 2015 game of the show. You know that, of course, because you read it up there. But by now you’re no doubt questioning the choice. ‘How can that be?!’, you’ll squeal. ‘What crack have you been smoking over there?’, you may ask. The answers, respectively, are ‘easily’ and ‘none, sadly’. …

The Asus Matrix squeezes a monstrous 1500 MHz out of the GTX 980 Ti

The reference Nvidia GTX 980 Ti is a powerhouse graphics card in an unassuming shell. Like the rest of Nvidia’s recent barebones cards, it has a simple silver body and a single fan that keeps it reasonably cool. Inside that body is a $650 card that can go toe-to-toe with the $1000 Titan X, but …

E3 2015: Super Mario Maker is perfect for Wii U (Wii U)

What was it? A 15-minute hands-on with both the creation and play elements of the game. What did we learn? — Wii U GamePad is well utilised, a natural fit. — Interesting creative combinations on offer, emphasising playfulness. — Five tiers of creation equipment, from warp pipes to enemies to coins. — Flip between different …