Category: Games

Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3 exclusive, 2013) – 8/10 action game review

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Cast / crew
Ratchet: James Arnold Taylor
Clank: David Kaye

Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (2013)

Ratchet, Clank, Kronk and Zephyr are transporting intergalactic baddie Zendra Prog to prison when her brother catches up to them and breaks her out. Ratchet and Clank wind up marooned on a nearby planet and have to catch Zendra and put her back where she belongs. However, they’re going to need help from an unexpected source.

8/10

Into the Nexus‘ constantly evolving gameplay features lots of toys, lots of fun and lots of quality shooting; there’s so much opportunity for majestic overkill. It helps that these adventures are always good-natured in tone with a friendly feeling between Ratchet and Clank, smack-talking henchmen who aren’t above receiving a good jump-scare and even a scene where someone keeps their word and goes to prison willingly. Nexus‘ antagonists Vendra and Neftin Prog are good value but no Dr. Nefarious. It’s such a shame that the frame rate doesn’t remain smooth; Ratchet and Clank really should be prioritising a 60 frames per second update yet Nexus doesn’t maintain 30. Though it feels impressively frenetic and remains playable, the 30 fps at best means that it is difficult to track anything on screen.

This game contains violence

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PS4 vs Xbox One Head-to-Head Face Off: December 2015

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the web site icon for a very quick summary.

  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Just Cause 3
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Rainbow Six: Siege

PS4 vs Xbox One Head-to-Head Face Off: November 2015

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the web site icon for a very quick summary.

  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
  • PS4 / Xbox One equalXbox One / PS4 equal  Fallout 4
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Need for Speed (2015)
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

LEGO Jurassic World (2015, PS4) – 7/10 family action puzzle game review

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Cast / crew
Director: Jon Burton

LEGO Jurassic World (2015)

7/10

More of the same with the odd good gag (there’s a terrific Jaws gag in the The Lost World segment that I almost wish had been in the actual movie) but while the tinkle of collected LEGO studs and minifig animation remains as delightful as ever (the diving animation is hilarious the first time you see it and adorable every time after that and the bald caps are wonderful), the core gameplay sadly requires no thought or attention at all. This isn’t light puzzling; collect A, B, and C and take them to D isn’t a puzzle, it’s following a list of instructions. Unfortunately, fun, readable puzzles are time-consuming and difficult to come up with and TT Games are busy squirting a few of these out every year. The general absence of rewarding gameplay in the last few years of LEGO games should be hurting the franchise more but although the game part has all but disappeared the charm has not.

This game contains violence, unpleasant and scary scenes

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PS4 vs Xbox One Head-to-Head Face Off: October 2015

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the web site icon for a very quick summary.

  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One Transparent 16x16 Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One Transparent 16x16 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Transformers: Devastation

PS4 vs Xbox One and PS3 vs Xbox 360 Head-to-Head Face Off: September 2015

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the web site icon for a very quick summary.

  • Xbox One better than PS4 Transparent 16x16 Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • PS4 / Xbox One equalXbox One / PS4 equal Transparent 16x16 FIFA 16
  • Xbox One better than PS4  Mad Max
  • PS4 is better than Xbox One  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Seventh Generation

Every so often, Eurogamer run a series of technical comparison reviews for games released on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

This is the latest update to the full list and you can hover over the publications icons for a very quick summary.

  • 360 better  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain