Rik Henderson

Rik Henderson has been writing about videogames and technology for the best part of 33 years. Also a former deputy editor of Home Cinema Choice, he not only enjoys playing games, he looks to do so in the best formats possible. Currently also a senior editor of news & features on Pocket-lint, he has edited and written for a wide variety of magazines, including CVG, Your Commodore and PC Review. He also appeared and produced on 90s TV shows, GamesMaster and Games World.
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    Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X) Review
    Master Chief returns to Zeta Halo with a few extra tricks up his sleeve for a romp through an open-world campaign that's impressively cinematic and free-flowing fun. The free multiplayer experience adds thrilling action too with more modes and maps to come.  
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    Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (PS5) Review
    It's great to revisit the streets of Liberty City, Vice City and the multiple locations in San Andreas. Added to the great stories and acting are new combat and movement controls from GTA: V and some nice looking textures in 4K. Unfortunately, no amount of nostalgic, rose-tinted fuzziness can skirt the fact there are loads of bugs and some odd remastering choices.  
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    Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS5) Review
    It's good to be back in the WWII fray with a punchy, great-looking campaign mode employing a number of strategies and gameplay styles. There's a slightly underwhelming multiplayer mode but the zombies make up for it.  
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    Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X) Review
    Forza Horizon 5 features the largest and most diverse map in the arcade driving series, a new weather system and mini multiplayer games alongside a huge number of cars to add to your collection. Is all this enough to make it stand out from its excellent predecessor?  
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    Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5) Review
    After the po-faced and worthy The Avengers, Square Enix shifts gear to an altogether more light-hearted and bants filled experience for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which maintains a decidedly old school single player approach. And remember, don't call them 'Plucky', they don't know what it means,...  
    9
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    Death Stranding Director's Cut (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Death Stranding Director's Cut (PS5) Review
    Sony's makeover of 2019's Death Stranding for the PS5 polishes an already stunning world and adds some new weapons and side missions... but does it make the story any less bamboozling?  
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    Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut (PS5) Review
    Ghost of Tsushima was one of the last great PlayStation 4 exclusives and quite possibly the best-looking game of the last generation. Now available as an updated Director's Cut version, we see how it looks and plays on Sony's newest console.  
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    Returnal (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Returnal (PS5) Review
    The PS5 takes a step foward in gameplay for an absorbing, immersive and challenging experience as you battle through a time loop on a mysterious planet in this exclusive space-based third person shooter.  
    9
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    The Nioh Collection (PS5) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    The Nioh Collection (PS5) Review
    Remastered versions of Nioh and Nioh 2 for PS5. Relive the entire saga, including all DLC, with 4K resolution and up to 120fps gameplay. Data from PS4 versions can be transferred over to pick up where players left off.  
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    PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Which Next-Gen Console is Best?

    by Rik Henderson
    PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Which Next-Gen Console is Best?
    We compare Sony's PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X game consoles and try and resolve the thorny question - which one is best?  
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    Sony PlayStation 5 Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Sony PlayStation 5 Review
    Sony's new games machine is here. The PlayStation 5 is bursting with power, has decent games at launch and the best controller on the planet.  
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    Microsoft Xbox Series X Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Microsoft Xbox Series X Review
    The teasing, the previews, the information one-upmanship are all over now and the Xbox Series X, Microsoft's newest gaming and media powerhouse, is finally here.  
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    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4) Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4) Review
    A remaster of the first two games in the Tony Hawk series: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999) and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000) which includes tricks introduced in later games such as the revert, spine transfer and wall plant plus the ability for players to create their own skater and skate park.  
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    Paper Mario: The Origami King Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Paper Mario: The Origami King Review
    Paper Mario returns at last, with his first appearance on the Nintendo Switch being one of 2020’s biggest gaming releases.  
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    Ghost of Tsushima Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Ghost of Tsushima Review
    Evoking the samurai movies from such well-renowned directors as Akira Kurosawa, Ghost of Tsushima is quite beautiful and offers your samurai character the chance to try new warrior tactics in the fight against invading forces.  
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    The Last of Us Part II Review

    by Rik Henderson
    The Last of Us Part II Review
    The Last of Us Part II explores the next chapter in Ellie's struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic United States as she comes into conflict with a mysterious cult.  
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    Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

    by Rik Henderson
    Final Fantasy VII Remake Review
    Square's classic Final Fantasy VII has had the remake treatment - will this updated retelling find a whole new generation of fans and still hit all the right nostalgia buttons?  
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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review (Nintendo Switch)

    by Rik Henderson
    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review (Nintendo Switch)
    Nintendo's first Animal Crossing for Switch sees your character persuaded to move to a desert island by a brochure that promises "A carefree new life just beyond the horizon." Does it live up to that pledge?  
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