Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Forbidden Siren 2 - PS2 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Forbidden Siren 2 - PS2 review

    By 8 August 2006

    After the relative success of Asian developed scare-a-thon Forbidden Siren earlier on in the PS2’s life, it’s little surprise to see a sequel approaching as quickly as a certain ex-footballer when he spies an aging mother of three. Unlike the majority...

  • SingStar Anthems - PS2 review
    3.5 out of 5

    SingStar Anthems - PS2 review

    By 8 August 2006

    With the game industry’s craving for different demographics surpassing even the Big Brother housemeerts’ appetite for fame, what better way to entice new punters than the drunken Friday night tradition of karaoke. The previous SingStar releases have...

  • Juiced Eliminator - PSP review
    2.5 out of 5

    Juiced Eliminator - PSP review

    By 1 August 2006

    The racing genre’s always been packed to the very brim of the metaphorical cup. There’s pure breed racers such as GTR, Forza Motorsport and the endless stream of official F1 variants, a huge variety of twists on the normal routine like Destruction...

  • Field Commander – PSP review
    4 out of 5

    Field Commander – PSP review

    By 1 August 2006

    If handheld strategy action is your bag, we feel for you. You’ve been a bit short changed in recent times. Nintendo handheld owners are well catered for with The Advance Wars series, but for PSP owners? Well, both Metal Gear Acid games are unmitigated...

  • Capcom Classics Collection Remixed - PSP review
    2.5 out of 5

    Capcom Classics Collection Remixed - PSP review

    By 26 July 2006

    Some people are always eager to try and convince you that the old days were better. You know, when black and white TV was all new and exciting and you could leave your back door unlocked and return to find your home in one piece. These people are wrong...

  • Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires - Xbox360 review
    2 out of 5

    Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires - Xbox360 review

    By 26 July 2006

    The Dynasty Warriors series has got to be the longest gaming joke ever. You see, very little has changed since the original title was released on the PS1 almost a decade ago. How can something as "retro" as this still keep selling? Set in ancient Japan,...

  • Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - Xbox360 review
    4 out of 5

    Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - Xbox360 review

    By 18 July 2006

    Flip over Tolkien’s trilogy and you’ll find a quote on the back. The world is divided into two, it reads. Those who’ve read the LOTR books and those who’re going to read them. You could almost say that about the game too, given the lack of decent...

  • Prey - Xbox360 review
    3 out of 5

    Prey - Xbox360 review

    By 18 July 2006

    Prey’s been a long time in coming. In fact when its release was first slated, Jumanji was wowing kids everywhere and Foo Fighters released their debut album. Oh how we remember 1995. During its lengthy gestation period, Prey’s been sliced and diced...

  • Chromehounds - Xbox360 review
    2 out of 5

    Chromehounds - Xbox360 review

    By 12 July 2006

    There’s too few Xbox360 games on the shelves. See, I said it. I know we’re in the middle of the summer lull, but the pitiful amount of games available is a joke. For those of us who splashed out on Microsoft’s next gen wonder, the lack of variety...

  • Street fighter alpha anthology - PS2 review
    4 out of 5

    Street fighter alpha anthology - PS2 review

    By 12 July 2006

    The Street Fighter series still holds the hearts and minds of many a beat ‘em up fan. While the likes of Tekken and Soul Calibre offer greater visual flare, ye olde 2D Street Fighter still matches them punch for punch on playability. Well makers Capcom...

  • LocoRoco - PSP review
    4.5 out of 5

    LocoRoco - PSP review

    By 6 July 2006

    Even the most hardened PSP nut would be hard pressed to claim that Sony’s slinky handheld has been the success they hoped it would be. The majority of titles are simply ports from other consoles – not ideal when you’ve laid out a few hundred quid....

  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers  - PS2 review
    2 out of 5

    Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers - PS2 review

    By 27 June 2006

    There’s something about war that lends itself particularly well to video games. Maybe we’re all sick in the head and crave blood? Or it’s just that it gives us a wicked sense of excitement and fulfils our hero complex? The original Full Spectrum...

  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PS2 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PS2 review

    By 27 June 2006

    GTA can only be described a major cultural phenomenon. Barely anyone even moderately up to date with modern pop culture knows about the stealing cars, murdering prostitutes, and attacking random passers-by with a conveniently placed chainsaw. But what...

  • FlatOut 2 - PS2 review
    4 out of 5

    FlatOut 2 - PS2 review

    By 21 June 2006

    How many of you have started playing the alleged latest, greatest, most realistic car racing title out there, and after a half hour of play, spun around 180 degrees and decided to plough head on into the fellow racer traffic? Admit it, we’ve all done...

  • New Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo DS review
    4.5 out of 5

    New Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo DS review

    By 21 June 2006

    Way back in the early-90s, when Nirvana were changing the music industry and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were enthralling a generation of youngsters, the most recognisable face of video games was a Ron Jeremy-a-like rotund plumber by the name of...

  • Rise of Nations - Rise of Legends - PC review
    3 out of 5

    Rise of Nations - Rise of Legends - PC review

    By 16 June 2006

    Microsoft's Real Time Strategy is back for yet another outing, but can the popular RTS bring enough new elements to warrant the spend? With long-term series like Civilization and Command and Conquer, strategy gamers have never had it so good. The first...

  • Hitman: Blood Money - PC review
    3.5 out of 5

    Hitman: Blood Money - PC review

    By 9 June 2006

    The Hitman series has been the ultimate way to live your blood lusting fantasies. No doubt about it, almost all of us – usually after watching one of the Bond films at Christmas – craved the spy lifestyle. Sneaking around, silently dispatching lots...

  • Half Life 2 – Episode One - PC review
    4.5 out of 5

    Half Life 2 – Episode One - PC review

    By 9 June 2006

    Valve Software is the master of the modern day first person shooter. No doubt about it. With jaw dropping titles like the original Half Life and the still awe inducing Half Life 2 in their collective lockers, they deserve all the success they can get....