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REVIEWS

VideAU Games Review: Tales from the Borderlands - Episode 3: Catch a Ride (PC, 2015)

The newest episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands might be it’s funniest one yet. “Catch a Ride” picks up moments after the conclusion of Episode 2 and sees Rhys and Fiona’s long con becoming more and more perilous with every new hostile encounter, while adding something entirely new to the Borderlands universe - genuine beauty.

VideAU Games Review: The Elder Scrolls Online - Tamriel Unlimited (PS4, 2015)

It’s been a year since Bethesda released the PC version of their massively multiplayer online role-player The Elder Scrolls Online. After promising a console version was forthcoming, and then suffering a number of delays, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has finally arrived on current-gen consoles. It’s often pretty hard to gauge the success of an MMO when the servers only came online very recently but, by the Nine, we’re going to give it our best shot anyway.

VideAU Games Review: Splatoon (Wii U, 2015)

Nintendo are taking a bit of a different tack with Splatoon. The venerable video game publisher’s first new IP since Pikmin and Animal Crossing debuted back in 2001, Splatoon sees Nintendo create the sort of game no-one ever expected to see from them - a multiplayer shooter.

VideAU Games Review: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (3DS, 2015)

When I heard I was to review the latest game from Intelligent Systems, I got pretty excited. I’m a fan of Intelligent’s previous work, the excellent Advance Wars and Fire Emblem games in particular, and I imagined that Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. would continue the developer’s history of smart design. Sadly, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. has some serious problems that keep it from being truly memorable.

VideAU Games Review: Heroes of the Storm (PC, 2015)

If you aren’t especially into the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre, Blizzard Entertainment is determined to change your mind. I’ve played both of the biggest MOBAs in the world - League of Legends and DOTA 2 - and neither of them took. I’ve tried Smite, I even gave the ill-fated DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis a go. None of them grabbed me. Why is it, then, that can’t I stop playing Heroes of the Storm?

VideAU Games Review: Game of Thrones - Episode 4: Sons of Winter (PC, 2015)

With only a few days notice before release, Telltale Games have launched the fourth episode of their ongoing Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series onto Steam with other platforms to follow in the coming days. The story of the permanently embattled children of House Forrester continues as small victories have larger consequences, the past comes back to haunt good friends and King’s Landing continues to be the sort of place where simply breathing in and out near the wrong person will get you into hot water.

VideAU Games Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally here. Years of waiting, delays and many, many trailers with glimpses of what Geralt of Rivia’s next adventure would look like have built fan hype to fever pitch. The question everyone seems to be asking now is: can CD Projekt Red deliver a game that achieves its lofty ambitions and satisfies fans? Hit the jump. We have a lot to talk about.

VideAU Games Review: Wolfenstein - The Old Blood (Xbox One, 2015)

When Machinegames released Wolfenstein: The New Order in 2014, it took the industry by surprise. A near-perfect blend of shooter mechanics both classic and modern, with a bizarre, pulpy story that cheerfully embraced the ridiculousness of its aging premise, The New Order was a sorely needed shot in the arm for modern-day single-player FPS design. With its new stand-alone expansion, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Machinegames has attempted to replicate their feat with mixed results.

VideAU Games Review: Project CARS (PS4, 2015)

Project CARS is that rare sort of game that boasts a healthy ambition in the run up to its release and then actually manages to deliver on it. It gives itself to you, completely, the moment you fire it up and encourages you to play it your way. This, alone, sets it so far apart from most other racing simulators that it may leave you unsure about what to do next.

VideAU Games Review: Age of Wonders III - Eternal Lords (PC, 2015)

It’s been a while since a strategy game really grabbed me. The last one that really sparked my interest was Sid Meier’s Civilisation: Beyond Earth which wrapped me tightly in its addictive embrace and refused to let go for weeks. I had a similar reaction to Age of Wonders III>’s new expansion Eternal Lords.

VideAU Games Review: Broken Age Act II (PC, 2015)

Following a rather painful 16-month delay following one of the biggest narrative reveals in recent gaming history, the second act of Double Fine’s point-and-click adventure Broken Age is upon us. Have Double Fine been able to leap over the crazy high bar they set for themselves with the first installment?

VideAU Games Review: State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One, 2015)

Zombies have become the sort of thing you either love or hate. They’re ubiquitous these days and nowhere more so than in video games. I’ve cleaved my way through an unthinkable amount of shambling video game corpses in my time but State of Decay still managed to come as something of a pleasant surprise to me, despite a wealth of glitches that threatened to derail the entire experience.

VideAU Games Review: Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (PS4, 2015)

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a 2.5D stealth/action side-scroller downloadable title that introduces a new female assassin and a reshuffling of the familiar Assassin’s Creed sneaky-stabby gameplay mechanics and serves as the first chapter in a new Assassin’s Creed series. But is it worthy of the Assassin’s Creed mantle?

VideAU Games Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PC, 2015)

It’s been an exceedingly long wait for PC gamers who were looking forward to getting their hands on Grand Theft Auto V. It finally released, after a nearly two-year wait that was punctuated by delays, with a few new features that allow the PC master race to really make the most of their time in Los Santos, San Andreas.

VideAU Games Review: Ride (PS4, 2015)

Ride is Italian developer Milestone’s first original IP after almost two decades of creating licensed products and it is something of a love letter to motorcycle enthusiasts. Pitched as Gran Turismo for bikes, does Ride manage to ascend to those dizzying simulation heights?