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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3
2.5 stars

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3

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A new football game instigates yet another opening paragraph proclaiming the state of sporting video game nation. With FIFA 10 being so damn brilliant, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series has a whole heap of catching up to do.Most immediately striking... >>

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360

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After Infinity Ward’s sublime Call of Duty: Modern Warfare astounded all with its representation of up-to-date combat, expectations have continuously soared for the always inevitable sequel. With predictions of multi-millions day one sales (which incidentally... >>

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3
4.5 stars

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3

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While most gamers have pinned all their Holiday gaming hopes on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, despite the mass hype, had slipped a touch below radar, until reviews started appearing that is.. The sequel to Nathan Drake's Tomb Raider-esque... >>

FIFA 10 - PS3
4.5 stars

FIFA 10 - PS3

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After FIFA 09 did such an incredible job at astounding football gamers worldwide with its brilliance, the arrival of this year's iteration appeared with more than just a hint of caution. Change too little and we'll be back in the bad old days when everyone... >>

Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360

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In hindsight, Halo 2 wasn't quite what we'd expected. After the original Halo single handedly made the Xbox a legitimate rival to Sony's PlayStation 2 console, early videos promised that it's sequel was due to include battles on a ruined earth, taking... >>

Championship Manager 2010 - PC
3.0 stars

Championship Manager 2010 - PC

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The story of the split of Football Manager developers Sports Interactive, and publishers Eidos has been told more times than Top Gear gets repeated on that daftly-named Dave TV channel. For a fair few years now, Beautiful Game Studios have attempted to... >>

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360

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Over the last few years, thanks to a selection of fantastic films, Batman is once again at the forefront of our imagination. Yet in the gaming world, the caped crusader hasn’t truly had a title worthy of his epic name etched on the front cover. At least... >>

Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360

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Since the Ashes victory back in 2005, cricket has been well and truly on the minds of the English public like never before. Suddenly, with the likes of "Freddie" Flintoff smashing sixes, knocking down stumps and downing copious amounts of lager, cricket... >>

Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo Wii

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While the Wii console continues to be phenomenally popular, it's still that token bundled title, Wii Sports, that proves the only real constantly fun game. Introduce a previously reluctant gamer to Wii Sports and they can't fail but adore its simplistic... >>

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 - Xbox 360

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It’s only a few years ago that EA were seen as all that’s wrong with the modern gaming publisher. Rather than offer fresh ideas and new experiences, they churned out yearly licenses that merely tweaked the existing formula, and relying on long-term... >>

Fight Night Round 4 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Fight Night Round 4 - Xbox 360

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While pummeling another human being utilising only your fists might seem completely abhorrent to a healthy number of the common folk, the sport of boxing has never suffered from a lack of popularity. Nor have the brawling titles emanating from those talented... >>

Grand Slam Tennis - Nintendo Wii
3.5 stars

Grand Slam Tennis - Nintendo Wii

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The Wii's phenomenal success with its intuitive control system has given traditional game developers a brand new avenue of gaming to explore. With gamer movement and interaction required in earnest, as opposed to a few button prods, a much wider variety... >>

Fuel - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Fuel - Xbox 360

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Once racing titles were populated by finely crafted courses, designed with such a degree of brilliance that they stick firm in the mind of gamers decades later. Fuel, however, has meandered down the recently well trodden route of giving us a huge world... >>

Prototype - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

Prototype - Xbox 360

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As far as blockbuster opening sections go, the first 10 minutes of Prototype are right up there with the best of the best. Finding yourself in control of one Alex Mercer, the game hand-holds you through a ridiculously over-the-top opening section with... >>

Virtua Tennis 2009 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Virtua Tennis 2009 - Xbox 360

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Infectiously appealing, the Virtua Tennis series has been a big hit with gamers for almost a decade. Originally appearing in the arcades before a pair of appearances on the ill-fated Dreamcast console, it’s blend of immediate simplicity and well hidden... >>

Plants vs. Zombies - PC
4.5 stars

Plants vs. Zombies - PC

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As far as gaming reputations go, PopCap Games are right at the pinnacle of all things great and good. With titles like the huge worldwide smash Peggle, the addictive Zuma, and the lovable Bookworm Adventures, PopCap have built themselves into a well recognised... >>

InFamous - PS3
4.0 stars

InFamous - PS3

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Sony’s big PS3 hope for the summer months, infamous, stars one of those twisted super hero types that always seem incredibly popular. As Cole McGrath, you find yourself slap bang in the middle of a hefty blast which does its damndest to destroy the... >>

Bionic Commando - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Bionic Commando - Xbox 360

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Fans of old school gaming will no doubt remember both the original Bionic Commando, as well as the impressive remake released as a digital download last year. Starring a hero packing a huge grappling hook that allowed him to hook onto platforms and head... >>

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Xbox 360

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This years first major summer blockbuster may only just have made it onto the big screen, but it’s not taken too long for the gaming world to have its own representation of the genesis of Wolverine. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a truly action-packed... >>

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360

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Chances are you’re well aware of the Riddick universe. If not from the classic Xbox title Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, then the films starring self confessed video game addict Vin Diesel. Athena packs in two games in one. Not only... >>

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller Premiere Edition - PS3
4.5 stars

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller Premiere Edition - PS3

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The world of gaming peripherals has taken a quite wild turn in the last decade. Previously it was all about quite dodgy third-party controllers that seemed to be cobbled together by a blind meerkat. Now, it’s all about expensive, yet inherently solid... >>

Ninja Blade - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Ninja Blade - Xbox 360

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As far the downright coolest professions go, taking the streets as a ninja must be in the top few. Probably alongside footballer, Formula 1 driver, and Scarlett Johansson’s personal trainer. Essentially being a ninja is considered an incredibly interesting... >>

Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Xbox 360

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Set not long after the close of the Wanted film, Wanted: Weapons of Fate has all the hallmarks of a video game based on a film license. It’s short, packed with action, and ultimately doesn’t do the source justice. First the good stuff. As you progress... >>

The Godfather II - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

The Godfather II - Xbox 360

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EA’s previous attempt at bringing The Godfather films to consoles culminated in a solid if unspectacular effort. A number of decent ideas clashed with poor and downright broken elements which ultimately left us with a title that was a long way from... >>

The Wheelman - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

The Wheelman - Xbox 360

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At first glance, The Wheelman seems to be attempting to travel down the murky old route of copying Grand Theft Auto IV. And doing it quite badly. You’ve got a big open world to explore, missions for different factions to complete, and a multitude of... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii

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The Pro Evolution Soccer series on the Wii bares little relation to its fellow console-based siblings. While they are crammed with arcade style footballing action, the Wii iteration is a whole different breed of sporting animal. As fans of last series... >>

Legends of Wrestlemania - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

Legends of Wrestlemania - Xbox 360

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With THQ’s Smackdown vs. RAW series starting to feel as old as … a very old thing, it’s about time they took a twist on the genre. Hence this time, instead of the latest hulking sweaty grapplers, you’ll be able to take control of some of your... >>

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Directors Cut - Wii
4.0 stars

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Directors Cut - Wii

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It’s part of the unwritten law of the games reviewers (just between adoring the Dynasty Warriors games, and having an unnatural love for all things Sega) that every article involving a modern day point'n'click adventure title should begin with a lengthy... >>

SingStar Queen - PS3
4.0 stars

SingStar Queen - PS3

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The SingStar phenomenon still doesn’t yet show any hints of slowing down. And with SingStar Queen packing so many iconic tracks that millions will no doubt love to drunkenly ruin, things look set to continue in the same vein for quite a while yet. Opening... >>

MadWorld - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

MadWorld - Nintendo Wii

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It’s something of a cliché to announce, that despite the Wii’s obscene popularity, it seems to be lacking in entirely adult video games. Yet with the horrifically crude, vulgar, bloody, obscene MadWorld, Sega seem eager to level the playing field... >>

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS
4.5 stars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS

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With MadWorld, House of the Dead: Overkill, and now Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Nintendo seem intent on shaking off that "kids and families" image that the Wii/DS console generation has initiated. What you need to get out of your head right from... >>

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails - Xbox 360
1.0 stars

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails - Xbox 360

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Horrifically poor FPS titles have never been in short supply. Since it seems to be one of those genres which constantly makes lengthy appearances at the top of he sales charts, you can’t honestly blame publishers for aiming to produce the “next big... >>

Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360

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After the sheer brilliance that was Resident Evil 4, what on earth could Capcom do to top one of gaming’s true classics? Well, if Resident Evil 5 is anything to go by, simply churn out a whole new batch of the same old action. This time the setting... >>

Empire: Total War - PC
4.5 stars

Empire: Total War - PC

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The ultimate dream for strategy gamers has always been that blend of Civilization-esque micromanagement and complete overview, and Age of Empires-a-like brutal battling action. And though numerous titles have come close in the last decade – including... >>

Tom Clancy’s HAWX - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Tom Clancy’s HAWX - Xbox 360

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The Tom Clancy branch of video games takes yet another unusual turn, now encompassing the much underutilised - console wise - flight sim genre. Well, calling HAWX a “sim” is a bit of a stretch really. Those of you with a semblance of knowledge of... >>

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii
2.5 stars

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii

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Released way back in 2006 on the Xbox 360, Dead Rising was an enjoyable zombie-packed romp. It packed potentially hundreds of zombies on screen at any one time, and you had the chance to obliterate them in any way you saw fit. Only an irritating save... >>

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360

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Packs of classic titles may not be new, but none have seemed as jam-packed as this one courtesy of Sega. Including 40 of their most fondly loved Mega Drive classics, you can get away with spending less than a solitary pound per title: a hell of a lot... >>

Halo Wars - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Halo Wars - Xbox 360

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The RTS genre has never truly found a home in the console world. While the Command & Conquer titles have always been a brief distraction, and End War attempted to introduce a brand new control system, the lack of mouse and keyboard based play has consistently... >>

Killzone 2 - PS3
4.0 stars

Killzone 2 - PS3

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As far as major PS3 exclusives go, Killzone 2 is undoubtedly the biggest for Sony so far. Guerrilla, developers of the relatively lukewarm-received earlier title in the series, have thankfully revelled in this unique opportunity, and knocked up a title... >>

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - PS3
3.5 stars

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - PS3

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In these modern gaming days when every stage of development is obsessively covered by the press, discovering a title to be semi-decent only on release day is almost as rare as a decent full scale Sonic title. So imagine my shock when 50 Cent: Blood on... >>

Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360

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Ask just about anyone under the age of 30, and they know what Street Fighter is all about. Whether they owned a Mega Drive or a SNES, had an older sibling packing a copy, or a vague friend who hosted some multiplayer sessions, everyone has enjoyed the... >>

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Xbox 360

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While the idea of PC based add-ons for your favourite games may be as old as the hills, extra content for console titles is still in its infancy. It’s down to those talented folk at Rockstar who seem intent on bringing the option right to the fore,... >>

House of the Dead: Overkill - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

House of the Dead: Overkill - Nintendo Wii

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Once upon a time, the light gun genre was popular enough to flog a console all on its own. The likes of Sega’s sublime Virtua Cop series, and Sony’s Time Crisis titles consistently stood tall in “game of the year” lists, and offered some of the... >>

Five great PlayStation Network games

Five great PlayStation Network games

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Got a PS3 but can't afford to pay top whack for your games? Maybe you are just too lazy to get off the sofa. Well the good news is there are a cracking amount of titles available for download in the console's online market place PSN or PlayStation Network... >>

Skate 2 - PS3
4.5 stars

Skate 2 - PS3

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After years of genre domination, the Tony Hawks series of skateboarding titles was finally overtaken by EA’s Skate. Featuring a finger bending new control method utilising flicks of your analogue sticks, it proved that you didn’t have to be performing... >>

FEAR 2: Project Origin - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

FEAR 2: Project Origin - Xbox 360

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The original FEAR gained a deserved following thanks to Monolith’s brilliant combination of fantastic FPS play, a well implemented bullet time esque slow down feature, and some of the scariest gameplay ever witnessed. After two less than impressive... >>

Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360

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Everyone’s played one of the Dynasty Warriors games before. We’ve all come home from work one day and been eager to go for some brainless hack and slash goodness and watch the body counts spiral up into the thousands. Unfortunately, half an hour’s... >>

Five great Xbox Live Arcade games

Five great Xbox Live Arcade games

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Got an Xbox 360 but can't afford to pay top whack for your games? Or maybe you are just too lazy to get off the sofa. Well the good news is there are a cracking number of titles available for download in the console's online market place. Here are five... >>

Killzone 2 - PS3 - First Look

Killzone 2 - PS3 - First Look

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As far as major PS3 exclusives go, Killzone 2 is the one that Sony have pinned their hopes on the heaviest so far. Guerrilla, developers of the relatively lukewarmly received earlier title in the series, have thankfully revelled in this unique opportunity,... >>

Football Manager Live - PC
4.5 stars

Football Manager Live - PC

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As astoundingly addictive as Sports Interactive’s football management sims have consistently been, they’ve never lent well to online play. With so much to tinker with between games, actually completing a season with some online chums feels like an... >>