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Flashback

- PS3

Anyone who remembers the original 1992 release of Flashback will know that it raised the bar for 2D cinematic platformers and changed the gaming landscape for the better. Heavily influenced by games such as Prince of Persia and drawing directly on the success of its spiritual predecessor, Another World, it cemented Delphine Software’s place in videogame lore. Although the developer went into ad...

7.0

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ZombiU

- Wii U

You wake up alone. Disoriented. In a panicked state and in unfamiliar surroundings. You awake to the realisation that you will soon be dead. Your only witness in this broken world is the disembodied voice that barks orders through your ‘Prepper Pad’ - a 21st century survival tool that’s an imaginative cross between a tablet and a Swiss Army Knife. You are the latest recruit of The Prepper, a...

8.0

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Thomas Was Alone

- PS Vita

In October 2010, during a 24-hour game jam at Blitz Studios, Mike Bithell hacked together a flash-based physics puzzler using quadrilateral shapes of varying sizes and abilities. These unassuming rhomboids represented a group of sentient AI programs, trapped within a computer mainframe, who become self-aware and realise a common goal to escape the confines of their system. The game opens wit...

8.0

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Deadlight

- Xbox 360

During a recent power cut at the office, my colleagues indulged in some ‘what-if’ scenarios, debating the pros and cons to surviving an apocalypse of a post digital age. Survival orientation has changed somewhat over the years, with Doomsday Preppers now relying more and more on hi-tech gadgetry than they would have in the days before the internet. This is why Deadlight holds such an intrig...

7.0

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Datura

- PS3

“In the middle of our life’s walk I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight road was lost.” – Dante Alighieri. The above quote from “The Divine Comedy” is probably the most apt opening for a title as abstract as Datura. This is, without doubt, the strangest game I have ever encountered. As with titles such as Dear Esther or Journey, Datura can only loosely be described as a ‘game’. The...

8.0

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 1 "All That Remains"

- PS3

When I first heard that telltale games was developing an interactive version of The Walking Dead, I was quietly optimistic. The original comic created by Robert Kirkman has built a cult following over the past nine years, charting the story of Rick Grimes and his ragtag band of survivors. The recent TV adaptation helped it reach a global audience. telltale has built upon this and is continui...

8.0

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Fez

- Xbox 360

To call Fez a ‘labour of love’ could be the understatement of the year. Perhaps the last five years. Officially announced back in July 2007 - and with a difficult gestation documented in the upcoming “Indie Game: The Movie” – Fez was finally released on a Friday 13th. The pangs of a protracted birth have been clear for all to see. Its creator, Phil Fish, has certainly endured a rough ride th...

9.0

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Escape Plan

- PS Vita

When I first heard rumours back in 2010 about the various patents filed by Sony for the highly anticipated ‘PSP 2’, I was intrigued by the inclusion a rear touchpad that was capable of driving the device’s UI. In retrospect, it was surprising that such an ingenious solution had not been brought to market sooner. I speculated on all the benefits that such an interface could have on the end us...

4.0

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Journey

- PS3

In 1917, Marcel Duchamp famously turned a gentlemen’s white urinal on its side, signed it with a fake name and exhibited it at an art show under the title ‘Fountain’. Originally intended to provoke, nowadays it’s regarded by some as a major landmark in 20th Century art, sparking contextual debate about aesthetics and how beauty can be seen in everyday life. Since then, all forms of media hav...

9.0

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I Am Alive

- Xbox 360

On the face of it, the premise of I Am Alive is extremely enticing: a post-apocalyptic survival horror which focuses on the harsh realities of the human psyche after a cataclysmic ‘Event’ has decimated the planet. Imagine ‘The Road’ as a video game and you’re not far off. Right from the start, the game keeps things simple. This is what Armageddon would really be like. There are no aliens; no...

8.5
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