Gaming

The greatest handheld games consoles – ranked!

During lockdowns, handhelds have come into their own: here’s our Top 20, from Gizmondo to NintendoOK, it’s here more for the amazing backstory than the qualities of the handheld itself, but Gizmondo did momentarily look like a contender back in 2004, o...

Super Meat Boy Forever review – a gristly challenge

PC, Nintendo Switch (version tested), Xbox One, smartphone (forthcoming); Team MeatPrecision and playfulness made the original irresistibly difficult, but this vindictive sequel feels more like a punishmentTen years ago, attempting to conquer Super Mea...

The video games you may have missed in 2020

You heard all about The Last of Us Part 2, Animal Crossing and Cyberpunk 2077. Here are the overlooked gems that kept us sane in the pandemicBy Lewis Packwood, Matthew Castle, Laura Hudson, Jay Castello, James McMahon, Lewis Gordon, Keza MacDonald, Edw...

The 15 best video games of 2020

A queer coming-of-age story charmed us, a balletic shoot-em-up raised our adrenaline and the star game of lockdown provided a desert-island escape from real lifeMore on the best culture of 2020 Continue reading...

A video game garden: the delights of virtual botany

Can rich video game worlds introduce us to nature? A forager, a programmer and a botany professor discuss the educational possibilities of simulated plantlifeSomething is afoot in the sleepy Shropshire village of Yaughton. The locals have vanished into...

Fuser review – ridiculously enjoyable DJ role-player

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox OneYou’re a DJ splicing the drums, bass, melody and vocals of your favourite tracks in dizzy new ways in this latest from the makers of Guitar HeroHarmonix is the Boston-based studio responsible f...

PlayStation 5 launch overwhelms outlets and courier firms

Gamers express anger as demand crashes websites and new console sells outGames retailers have been overwhelmed by demand for the latest Sony PlayStation console, which launched in the UK on Thursday.The rush for the Playstation 5 – which in non-pandemi...