Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3
    2.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3

    By 23 November 2009

    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 out of 5

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360

    By 12 November 2009

    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 out of 5

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3

    By 21 October 2009

    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 out of 5

    FIFA 10 - PS3

    By 30 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360

    By 23 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Championship Manager 2010 - PC

    By 21 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360

    By 7 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360

    By 14 August 2009

    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 out of 5

    Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo Wii

    By 27 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 - Xbox 360

    By 7 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    Fight Night Round 4 - Xbox 360

    By 6 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    Grand Slam Tennis - Nintendo Wii

    By 22 June 2009

    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 out of 5

    Fuel - Xbox 360

    By 15 June 2009

    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 out of 5

    Prototype - Xbox 360

    By 12 June 2009

    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 out of 5

    Virtua Tennis 2009 - Xbox 360

    By 3 June 2009

    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 out of 5

    Plants vs. Zombies - PC

    By 25 May 2009

    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 out of 5

    InFamous - PS3

    By 22 May 2009

    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 out of 5

    Bionic Commando - Xbox 360

    By 19 May 2009

    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 out of 5

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Xbox 360

    By 1 May 2009

    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 out of 5

    Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360

    By 28 April 2009

    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 out of 5

    Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller Premiere Edition - PS3

    By 27 April 2009

    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 out of 5

    Ninja Blade - Xbox 360

    By 15 April 2009

    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 out of 5

    Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Xbox 360

    By 13 April 2009

    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 out of 5

    The Godfather II - Xbox 360

    By 9 April 2009

    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 out of 5

    The Wheelman - Xbox 360

    By 7 April 2009

    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...