Backwards compatibility, but at a price: is PS4 still “for the players”?

Last week, PS4 added “backwards compatibility” – starting with just 8 “fan favourite” PS2 games but no doubt growing over time.  Combined with Playstation Now (Sony’s impressive but expensive game-streaming service) this means PS4 owners have access to a huge catalogue of games from the past 20 years of Playstation.  Together with Shuhei Yoshida’s recent announcement that Sony are working on PS4 streaming to PC and Mac Sony appear to […]

Pneuma review (XBOne) – a breath of fresh air

Whatever some politicians and the Daily Mail would have you believe, not all games are about killing and dismemberment.  I enjoy a shooter as much as the next person but sometimes your mind and gamepad crave something different.  Pneuma is definitely that, and it thoroughly deserves your attention.  Currently (until 30th November) available for free as one of the Games with […]

SPECTRE review – a better, balanced Bond

Expectation is a dangerous thing.   In a world of teasers, trailers and Twitter, it’s all too easy to get over-excited to the point where even the best movie (or game, or book, or … ) can leave you cold.   I was in real danger of this happening with SPECTRE.  From general anticipation, through the excitement of the title […]

Crazy Stupid Love review – this one’s a keeper

Crazy Stupid Love (2011, rated 12A) opens with Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) in the middle of what might just be the world’s most unsuccessful “date night”.   Stuck in a rut and  some comfortable clothing, we see them go through the motions with a mechanical efficiency.  They are a couple on completely different wavelengths – he wants […]