Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii
    4 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii

    By 30 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Legends of Wrestlemania - Xbox 360

    By 27 March 2009

    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 out of 5

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

    By 25 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    SingStar Queen - PS3

    By 19 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    MadWorld - Nintendo Wii

    By 18 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS

    By 17 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Shellshock 2: Blood Trails - Xbox 360

    By 16 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360

    By 12 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Empire: Total War - PC

    By 11 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Tom Clancy’s HAWX - Xbox 360

    By 9 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii

    By 4 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360

    By 3 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Halo Wars - Xbox 360

    By 2 March 2009

    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 out of 5

    Killzone 2 - PS3

    By 25 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - PS3

    By 24 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360

    By 23 February 2009

    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 out of 5

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

    By 20 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    House of the Dead: Overkill - Nintendo Wii

    By 18 February 2009

    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

    By 12 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    Skate 2 - PS3

    By 12 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    FEAR 2: Project Origin - Xbox 360

    By 11 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360

    By 10 February 2009

    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

    By 6 February 2009

    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
    0 out of 5

    Killzone 2 - PS3 - First Look

    By 2 February 2009

    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 out of 5

    Football Manager Live - PC

    By 23 January 2009

    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...


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