I have a small confession to make. I am not in fact old enough to remember the glory days of the arcade. You know the ones, the big tower arcade machines which stood in the corners of shops and pubs, dolling out the delights of games such as Street Fighter or something similar. Sadly these were before my time, the notion of such machines passing into legend or becoming trophies for the super rich.

We Happy Few is no different. It has a pill called Joy that each member of its dystopian society takes regularly to make their world a place of happiness and contentment. Don’t take the pill and you’re seeing the real truth, which isn’t very pretty; the authorities hound you down, you’re called a “downer” and thrown into a town of similar malcontents who wander the streets depressed and broken.

On rail shooters are a genre that have been steadily going down hill over the years. Gone are the console releases of classics such as Time Crisis and Point Blank that were both exciting and engaging. Now days we are welcomed with the release of games such as Gal Gun which is a bit of a curve ball for the genre and even fans of the niche in general.

After not playing a retro platformer in a long time, I thought I’d get stuck right into Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castle and reconnect with this almost forgotten genre. After using 63 credits to continue where I perished, I realised that I died a total of 189 times! I forgot how painstakingly brutal these games are, but I bloody love it.

Those amused observations aside, 10 Second Ninja X is a lot of fun - but I recommend it in small doses. The fact of the matter is, this is a tough game - it will induce some rage. It is also a highly repetitive game as the stages become different and more challenging, but the core gameplay never really evolves in any meaningful way. The art direction and sound effects work well and the gameplay is brisk and challenging yet rewarding as well. If you enjoy these types of platforming games, then...

To be honest Meridian: Squad 22 is a game I did not realize I needed until after I played through the first few missions. With its charming throwback to RTS games of yesteryear, and Ede Tarsoly's push for a true single-player experience, Meridian: Squad 22 is shaping up to be a true treat for realtime strategy fans. Though it is early on in the Early Access stages, what is there is a fairly solid successor to one of the better hits of 2014. If you do not mind a hiccup here or there, and would...

Arriving on October 25th 2016, Darksiders Warmastered will retail for a bargain £14.99/$19.99/EUR 19.99 price point with a release on Xbox One, PS4, Wii U and PC. It’ll come with fiull 1080p visuals, 60fps and the usual tweaks that we would come to expect from a remastered game.

The first Darksiders, popular action role-playing hack and slash game is making a comeback to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U in accordance with a listing on Nordic Games’ website. The game was originally developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ however, as of 2013 Nordic Games got their hands on the publishing rights to Darksiders. The current-gen edition of Darksiders has been re-titled the Warmastered edition. The original Darksiders game was released in 2010.

Nicole from Unigamesity writes "Bioshock-style meets survival game in We Happy Few in which the player must survive in a dystopian English city based in the 60’s. Sounds easy enough I hear you say? Well, this particular rendition of a 60’s English City is one in which everyone is flat out on drugs and if you are caught not popping pills yourself, it’s permadeath game mechanic will send you right back to the start of the mayhem and randomly generate another path for you to take. The early-acce...

MX vs ATV Supercross Encore is that competition, and with the added vehicular option of the four-wheeled variety thrown into the mix, with ATV’s running riot throughout, you’d expect that the guys over at Rainbow Studios would have created a clear winner in the fight for best Supercross game of the year.

Available right now, the two Ultimate Alliance offerings on Xbox One will give you the chance to create your ultimate team of superheroes, sending them on epic quests which promise to determine the fate of the universe.

Megadimension Neptunia VII (pronounced V-2) is one of the better entries in the series. IF seems to have fine-tuned their formula to an exact science, the graphics are top-notch, and the characters have enough style and humor added to them that it makes playing the game less of a slog than it might have been normally.

The new Mega Man-themed roguelike platformer from Batterystaple games combines two genres known mainly for their difficulty: old-school platform games, and roguelikes. The issue with this combination is that old-school platformers trade on repetition, muscle memory, and pattern recognition to move their players through the game, and roguelikes usually throw most of this out the window, meaning the players have to learn more to rely on skills and powerups than figuring out level layout.

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Unfortunately, City of the Damned isn't anywhere near as fun as the original product, and that's important to recognize. It tries so hard to get there, and maybe it even does in places-- the atmosphere, setting, and presentation are all fantastic-- but in the end, the mechanics are so byzantine and the gameplay choices are so confusing that it really doesn't make the end product particularly appetizing. Add to this an unfair learning curve that kind of shrugs and says "This is a difficult gam...

A mere two years ago, Fairy Fencer F was released on the PS3. It is now being remastered and brought back with a release on the PS4, bigger and better than before. A lot has been added to the game since the first release. Lovers of the first release will find a lot to appreciate, as the original's hindrances have been attended to, but does that make it a great game? Ryan at The Gamer's Lounge investigates.

1C company have today announced that indie developer Garage227 Studios’ Wall-E / Oddworld action platformer, SHINY, will be making its way to Xbox One and the PC come August 31st 2016.

tinyBuild have today announced that they are bringing their first multi-platform game launch to the masses. Arriving on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come August 30th, The Final Station tasks you with looking after passengers and keeping the train operational whilst exploring the mysterious abandoned stations which you find.

The strongest things about the game are the puzzles (which don't provide much of a challenge, really), and the low price of $2.99. But the simplistic graphics, short gameplay and mediocre story line don't serve as much of an incentive to purchase the game in the first place. Puzzle fans might get a bit of enjoyment in the game, but those looking for a harder challenge or a more in-depth experience may want to pass.

Fatshark and Nordic Games have today confirmed that the highly anticipated Warhammer: End Times Vermintide will be arriving on Xbox One and PS4 from October 4th 2016. You’ll see it both in digital format and as a full retail release too, with Fatshark covering the former and Nordic Games sorting out the latter.

"Need even more of a reason to get involved with NBA 2K17 later this year? How does the chance to join the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and Legendary 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” sound? Yeah, though you may be interested."

Sony is looking to find and accept a collection of beta testers for the new PlayStation 4 system update. In accordance with a post on PlayStation.blog the beta is set to begin sometime in early August (2016) and players have up until then to register to help PlayStation test the update. Once the beta is underway, PS4 players will no longer be able to register. In order to successfully register to play a part in the beta, you have to be aged 18 or older.

Available now, the following Pixies tracks can be downloaded. They’ll cost you £2.39 for each individual song, whilst the four pack itself will set you back £7.99… All are available on the usual formats.

"Video games have been around for quite some time, and in those years some new and intuitive mechanics have been invented. In the quest for developers to make the newest and more original game, some terrible mechanics have been created."

The Xbox Live Deals With Gold sale has hit our consoles yet again, bringing a number of new discounts for Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers to get to grips with. With it being rather close to pay day, then chances are we’ll all be looking for a new bargain to spend our cash on. But what are the best and worst deals on offer this week?

Firstly, a confession: I have no idea what a Metroidvania type game plays like, having played neither a Metroid game or a Castlevania game. This isn’t the worst gaming crime I have committed though; I will save that one for another time. What intrigued me to try Song of the Deep more than anything else was simply that it was being developed by Insomniac, a company responsible for some of the greatest games during my formative years, and who recently developed a bit of a reputation creating so...