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    Review WWE 2K18

    Debuts don’t come more botched than this

    Disclaimer: At the time of writing, developer Blind Squirrel has yet to patch the significant performance problems hampering WWE 2K18 on Switch, so we've published our review - and a score that reflects its current state - in full below. However, we do know that a patch is being worked on, so in the...

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    Review Portal Knights

    To me, to you

    It’s easy to instantly compare any sandbox-type game with crafting, combat and building elements to Minecraft; many games have tried – to varying degrees of success – to re-create what Mojang’s mammoth franchise has done so well over the last few years. Luckily, though, whilst Portal Knights does have a number of features that...

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    Review Superbeat: Xonic

    Xcellent

    From touchscreen jams like Deemo and VOEZ to the button-based beats of Thumper and Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical, the Switch has already assembled an impressive collection of music games in its first year, and that trend doesn’t look set to end anytime soon. Superbeat: Xonic is the latest début to hit the

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    Review Snow Moto Racing Freedom

    Snow joke

    Without the spectre of Wave Race lurking over its shoulder (unlike label-mate Aqua Moto Racing Utopia), Snow Moto Racing Freedom would seem to be free to carve out its own arcade racing niche on Switch. In this case developer Zordix shifts its attention from jet-ski to snowmobile racing, and the result is a slightly rough arcade racer...

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    Review Aqua Moto Racing Utopia

    Just wave as it races past

    From one perspective Nintendo's Switch is slowly striking the N64 classics off its hit list - in the nicest possible way. Over the past year the likes of Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have passed the torch to the likes of Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 De

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    Review Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Is the Switch feeling it?

    It seems so long ago now, but the latter half of the Wii lifespan had an overarching tale focused on localisation. Fans in the West kicked off 'Operation Rainfall' when it was clear that three intriguing Nintendo-published games would be Japan-only. Eventually they made their way to the West, and of the three titles...

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    Review Ginger: Beyond the Crystal

    Beyond redemption

    The resurgence of collectathon 3D platformer is something the gaming community has seen in recent months, with the acclaimed release of Super Mario Odyssey and the high profile releases Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time. Even smaller indie titles like Poi have made their mark in this new 3D platforming renaissance. However,

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    Review Resident Evil Revelations Collection

    Split personalities

    Like one of its famously implacable boss creatures, the Resident Evil series keeps mutating into new shapes. It also has the uncanny habit of getting back up again when you think it's done and dusted. Which brings us to Resident Evil Revelations Collection, a loose splicing together of two well-regarded franchise spin-offs...

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    Review Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together!

    Still a snip to pick up

    When the Switch launched in March three games were picked by a hefty percentage of early adopters - pretty much everyone bought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, plenty purchased 1-2-Switch despite some sensing they were potentially making a mistake, and the most successful download title was Snipperclips - Cut it out,...

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    Review Batman - The Telltale Series

    Be the man, become the bat

    Long-time fans of Telltale Games will no doubt remember when the independent publisher and developer - specialising in the creation of episodic point-and-click games - hit its stride. Having worked with various IP including Sam & Max and Monkey Island since its inception in 2004, the company became more widely known...

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    Review LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

    It's about time

    The LEGO effect has benefited many a popular fiction franchise since 2005, from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to Harry Potter. Throughout that time, though, there’s arguably been no better fit for the Danish toy brand than Marvel. With the comic giant’s peerless roster of colourful characters, developer Traveller’s Tales has the...

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    Review Gear.Club Unlimited

    Aiming for top gear

    When it comes to video game expectations, context really is king. As the first thing resembling a ‘proper’ racing game on Switch, Gear.Club Unlimited has a certain amount of goodwill stored up for it. Conversely, Gear.Club’s mobile past means that racing fans will be watching with an unusually critical eye. It initially...

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    Review Ben 10

    Not bad Ben, but it ain't a 10

    Licensed games are a slippery slope. You’d like to believe that developers and publishers are going about them from a good place; obviously there’s something there that people love, so why not make an interactive experience of it? A devil’s advocate would say they’re nothing but a shill, a way to prey on...

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    Review L.A. Noire

    A city of undercurrents, where not everything is as it seems

    Back in 2011, L.A. Noire was a revelation. It captured the feel of 1940s Los Angeles in manner that was so convincing and immersive that it put many live-action TV shows and Hollywood movies to shame; centered around the earnest and driven detective Cole Phelps, the now-defunct Team...

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    Review Ittle Dew 2+

    It'll do, indeed

    The Switch is rapidly amassing a library of wonderful titles, both from major, big-name developers and publishers, as well as creative indies. Ittle Dew 2+ is definitely the latter, and we mean that in the best possible way.  To answer the inevitable question around what this young series is all about, the most direct...

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    Review Lumo

    Triumphant return of a lost genre

    Upon launching a Switch game you don’t expect to see a ZX Spectrum loading screen, but that’s precisely what happens with Triple Eh? Ltd’s Lumo. It’s entirely appropriate for this isometric platformer, however, as the 8-bit computer featured a number of classic examples of the genre. As well as being fun to...

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    Review The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Stay frosty

    The dream that, to be fair, probably only a handful of complete weirdos ever truly had, is nevertheless now a reality: with its much-heralded release on Switch, in a DLC-complete edition, it’s now possible to play Skyrim on the toilet. Or, more likely, in bed, or on a train or plane. Or even in the toilet of a train or plane. And so...

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    Review Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

    Girls Just Wanna Draw Blood

    Some developers become so associated with a particular property that their name is almost synonymous with the series; such is certainly the case for Gust, whose annual alchemy-based Atelier titles have been delighting PlayStation gamers with intricate crafting and sunny slice-of-life storytelling since the PS One days. In...

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    Review RiME

    RiME or reason?

    Since this review was originally published, patches have reportedly addressed or improved one or more of the issues cited. While we unfortunately cannot revisit games on an individual basis, it should still be noted that the updated game may offer an improved experience over the one detailed below. After what feels like forever,...

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    Review Farming Simulator: Nintendo Switch Edition

    Is this the cream of the crop?

    Farming might not be the first option that springs to mind when thinking about which careers you’d most like to see simulated in video game format, yet this series is a hugely successful one that has been going for some time. Farming Simulator: Nintendo Switch Edition is the latest offering in a franchise that has...

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    Review DOOM

    A bloody good time

    It's 2017, and this is a review for DOOM on the Nintendo Switch. Even after having completed the 8-to-10 hour campaign, spending a few more hours in multiplayer and having tried out arcade mode, it still feels unreal. After 20 years, id's magnum opus is back on a Nintendo console. "They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you...

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    Review Sonic Forces

    Gotta go fast

    Sonic Forces has found itself in a rather tricky position at launch; some of the build-up to the game’s release suggested a potential flop in the making. Early impressions from the game’s demo and previews told a story of apprehension, and the fact that most review codes were sent out so incredibly late suggested that even...

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    Review Syberia

    Toying with your emotions

    Point-and-click adventure games have historically found their audience on PC, especially in the heyday of the early-to-mid '90s with series such as Broken Sword and Monkey Island. While there has always been a core fanbase for this style of game on mouse-driven systems, the genre has been brought into both the console with...

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    Review Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers

    "Suckin' at something is the first step to being sorta good at something"

    There’s definitely a weird charm to Cartoon Network’s original programming that plays to the sensibilities of children today but also harkens back to animated shows of yore. They’re pithy in their delivery of laughs, willing to riff off of in-show in-jokes and are even a...

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    Review Monster Jam: Crush It!

    A giant flat tire

    Even to someone without an earnest interest in them, monster trucks are an awe-inspiring sight. The giant wheels, the loud engine and a gauche chassis upholding a crazily designed body scream power both literally and figuratively. It’s not hard to imagine wanting to drive one, jumping over destroyed cars and hills whilst the...

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    Review Monopoly for Nintendo Switch

    Should you take a 'Chance'?

    If you had to think of one household board game that almost everyone is likely to know, it would be Monopoly. The centre of countless family gatherings over the years, Monopoly is often seen as that one game that can get the whole brood involved and that everybody loves; that is until they remember how ridiculously long...

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    Review Just Dance 2018

    Strut your stuff

    Just Dance is a series that likely needs no introduction; for the last nine years Ubisoft has regularly released a new version of its smash-hit franchise every October, helping the franchise’s sales to reach staggeringly high figures. This year is (predictably) no different as Just Dance 2018 takes over as the newest entry, hoping...

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    Review This Is The Police

    "180 Days Of Quiet, Jack - That's All I Need"

    Freeburg City is suffering. Far from a shining beacon of American civilisation, it bears closer resemblance to a wounded fighter on the ropes, reeling from hit after hit but too old and stubborn to give up entirely. The neon skyline of the '80s is fading, giving way to a new decade painted in varying...

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    Review Poi: Explorer Edition

    An Odyssey alternative

    We can’t help but feel sorry for Poi: Explorer Edition. As a 3D platformer, releasing in the same week as Super Mario Odyssey on Switch must be incredibly disheartening; the latter has been receiving praise left, right, and centre – and will likely be slotted firmly into many players’ consoles as we speak –...

  • Review Super Mario Odyssey - A Globe-Trotting Extravaganza You Have To Experience

    Odys-sey is what you get

    For some gamers the idea of a ‘sandbox’ Mario game is pure retro. Super Mario 64 played a big part in revolutionising gaming, not just 3D platforming, and then Super Mario Sunshine took the idea in some interesting new directions on GameCube. Yet the Wii was a transformative console in taking Nintendo back to the top of...