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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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... >>