Ben Abbott

Reviews By Ben Abbott

Spelunky Review (X360)

By Ben Abbott () - 8.5 out of 10

Gaming is something of an unusual pastime; it's hard to think of any other medium that can be every bit as frustrating as it is gratifying. Certainly, describing the likes of Super Meat Boy or Dark Souls to the uninitiated will result in understandable bemusement. Read More.

The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved for Help Review (PC)

By Ben Abbott () - 8.5 out of 10

As soon as a tagline like 'difficult moral choices' sneaks into conversation, you know you're in trouble. In gaming, they are usually anything but. With little complexity or consequence to their name, there are few titles which can genuinely bring you up short. Read More.

Joy Ride Turbo Review (X360)

By Ben Abbott () - 6.0 out of 10

We all know that looks can be deceiving, so I'm hardly breaking new ground by wheeling out such an old adage. When it comes to Joy Ride Turbo, nevertheless, I think it's an important point to begin with. It'd be incredibly easy to make a number of assumptions about this follow up to 2010's Kinect launch title; the problem is, many of them would be off-base. Read More.

Fable Heroes Review (X360)

By Ben Abbott () - 6.0 out of 10

Your opinion - and therefore enjoyment - of Lionhead's happy-go-lucky XBLA experiment will be largely dependant on what you go in expecting. If you're anticipating an innovative experience or one deep enough to do the Fable franchise justice you will walk away disappointed. Read More.

Fez Review (X360)

By Ben Abbott () - 9.0 out of 10

Fez isn't remarkably dissimilar to an old family photo-album. Every turn of the page brings back plenty of happy memories that you'd previously misplaced, and for a moment you'll find yourself lost in blissful nostalgia. For many, it'll be nothing short of a bona-fide time-capsule. Read More.

Skullgirls Review (PS3)

By Ben Abbott () - 8.0 out of 10

Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how intimidating a genre like the humble fighter can be. Riding in on a crest of devastatingly complex combo moves and reams of terminology baffling to anyone who isn't familiar with an arcade stick, the barrier to entry has always been high enough to require an escalator. Read More.