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Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360

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As far as brand names go, The Lord of the Rings is one of the biggest and most iconic. Quite why the gaming world has had to suffer without a decent LotR title to gorge itself on is odd considering the wide variety of genre’s and gameplay styles that... >>

Samsung NC10 notebook
4.5 stars

Samsung NC10 notebook

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Initially perceived as a bit of a fad, the netbook phenomenon is definitely here to stay. With shelves cluttered up with well over two dozen representatives of the slinky little devices, and with most packing similar specs, it’s been tricky to sort... >>

Grand Theft Auto IV - PC
4.5 stars

Grand Theft Auto IV - PC

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There’s absolutely little doubt whatsoever that Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the very best gaming experiences currently available. The tale of Niko Bellic, and his drop into the murky underworld of Liberty City, was enough all on it’s own to be an... >>

Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - Nintendo Wii

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While Nintendo’s money spinning Wii Fit with balance board usually spends less time on the shop shelves than overpriced tat at a Next sale, titles making excellent use of the handy peripheral have been thin on the ground. In fact outside the fairly... >>

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Xbox 360

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Everyone remembers the first time they saw one of those brutal fatalities featured in the Mortal Kombat series. Whether it was a ripped out heart, a deathly plummet onto sharpened spikes, or an arcade cabinet dropping on your head, spying one of these... >>

Need For Speed: Undercover - PS3
2.5 stars

Need For Speed: Undercover - PS3

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Once upon a time the Need for Speed games were incredible fun. All about cop chases in top class motors, the first games were truly fantastic titles that still remain decent examples of the four wheeled genre. Sadly the latter years has seen the series... >>

Lips
3.0 stars

Lips

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For the decade that proceeded the appearance of all things Wii and DS, Sony were praised for inviting groups that wouldn’t traditionally game into our world of electronic fantasy.Of all the franchise that have played a major part in this shift in customer... >>

Prince of Persia - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Prince of Persia - Xbox 360

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The rebirth of the Prince of Persia franchise with the Sands of Time on the last generation of consoles was a true delight. Once again we had some stunning platforming brilliance, rounded off by a gorgeous graphical style and the fresh ability to rewind... >>

Microsoft SideWinder X5 mouse
3.5 stars

Microsoft SideWinder X5 mouse

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After a number of gaming mice emanating from Microsoft intent on claiming the higher priced end of the gaming market, the SideWinder X5 is the first attempt at cracking the budget end of the mouse buying public. The SideWinder X5 is essentially a bare... >>

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Xbox 360

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Whenever a classic series is awarded remake status, quizzical glances from both fans and the press are instant. The number of remakes that have been complete and utter disasters roll off the tongue easier than the bed fellows of one Pamela Anderson. Their... >>

Microsoft SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard
4.5 stars

Microsoft SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard

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Microsoft has long hoped to rule the roost with PC gaming peripherals, and the sleek SideWinder X6 keyboard is their latest attempt at grabbing this huge share of the PC market. Immediately you’ll be well aware of the keyboard's ample size. At over... >>

The Last Remnant - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

The Last Remnant - Xbox 360

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What is it with these Japanese RPG’s and their strangely unsuitable names? Look back towards what most consider the ultimate JRPG series, the Final Fantasy games, and ponder just why Square decided to call them FINAL Fantasy. Final? Considering the... >>

Sonic Unleashed - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Sonic Unleashed - Xbox 360

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You’ve got to feel sorry for Sonic. After starring in not only the quickest, but some of the best 2D platforming ever thought of at the start of the 90s, his recent career has been spoiled by some horrific jumps towards genres that Sonic’s unique... >>

Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360

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The world being overrun with zombies isn’t exactly a brand new premise. It’s been touched upon in film, literature, TV, and gaming numerous times before, often to obscenely high levels of polish and brilliance. Left 4 Dead does pack a snazzy new twist... >>

Tomb Raider: Underworld - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Tomb Raider: Underworld - Xbox 360

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The life of Lara Croft has taken many twists and turns over her lengthy existence. After an incredible introduction and a swift - yet brilliant - sequel, she’s starred in numerable poor quality gaming and movie fare, only slightly combated by the latter... >>

Resistance 2 - PS3
4.0 stars

Resistance 2 - PS3

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Looking back in hindsight, the initial batch of PlayStation 3 titles were far from special. The hyped Resistance, Sony’s answer to the Xbox’s all conquering Halo, stuttered and essentially failed to recapture the system selling magic that Bungie’s... >>

Alone In The Dark: Inferno - PS3
3.5 stars

Alone In The Dark: Inferno - PS3

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If you look back at our review of the Xbox 360 version of this latest in the long running Alone In The Dark series, we were heavily critical of the irritating camera system, horrible driving sections, and a pretty dull and tedious gaming experience. Well... >>

SingStar Volume 3 - PS3
2.5 stars

SingStar Volume 3 - PS3

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As far as grabbing a large slice of the public who simply refused to previously "game", the SingStar series has been an absolute wonder at shifting consoles for Sony. Never underestimate the general public’s obsession with embarrassing themselves crooning... >>

Guitar Hero: World Tour - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Guitar Hero: World Tour - Xbox 360

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With EA’s Rock Band improving on the much loved Guitar Hero series by simply adding more to do, its little shock to find Activision about to unleash their own take on the full band gaming genre. The biggest addition over the last Guitar Hero title is... >>

FIFA Manager 09 - PC
2.5 stars

FIFA Manager 09 - PC

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The FIFA Manager series has always struggled when compared to Sports Interactive’s Football Manager titles. While the latter was jam packed with intelligent AI, a realistic transfer system, and more tactical options than you could shake a hefty stick... >>

Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360

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The development of the Call of Duty series is a touch odd. Infinity Ward (Call of Duty 1, 2, and the stupendous 4) trade design duties with Treyarch (Call of Duty 3, and 5) to make sure a new one hits the shelves every holiday season. Unless you’ve... >>

Dead Space - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Dead Space - Xbox 360

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Titles created with the intention of inducing a bit of a stink in your boxers certainly aren’t anything new. Every branch of this phenomena known as entertainment has been jam packed with pieces knocked up with almost the sole intention to scare you... >>

Fallout 3 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Fallout 3 - Xbox 360

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When it was announced that developers of the stunning RPG Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion were working on the latest in the Fallout series, interests with immediately piqued. Though quite dated (visually at least) isometric RPGs, the first two Fallout titles... >>

Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360

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Ever since Gears of War hit the Xbox 360, there’s always been one trying question that was desperate to be answered. Just how could it get any better? The answer, simply, is turn everything right up to 11. From the graphics, the visceral combat, and... >>

Midnight Club: Los Angeles - PS3
4.0 stars

Midnight Club: Los Angeles - PS3

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If the likes of Burnout Paradise, and now Midnight Club: Los Angeles are to be the future, it seems traditional racing titles are out. And in their place are the kind of freeform titles that once upon a time were almost the sole home of the action/adventure... >>

Far Cry 2 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Far Cry 2 - Xbox 360

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The mercenary lifestyle has been regularly explored during the last few years. Most notably in the likes of the Mercenaries series, and stunning PC shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The sequel to the ever impressive PC based Far Cry has been ushered down this now... >>

NBA Live 09 - PS3
3.0 stars

NBA Live 09 - PS3

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As far as big American sports go, basketball is the one that’s suffered most when it comes to the gaming world. Outside a few classic titles back in the early-90s, it’s tricky to think of a basketball leaning “must-have” from the last decade.... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Xbox 360

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As a former Pro Evolution Soccer obsessive, this is a little tough to say: Pro Evo 2009 can’t even scrape being called staunchly average. Though the official Champions League license has been nabbed, we’ve lost the majority of the Spanish sides. For... >>

G1 Jockey Wii 2008 - Wii
3.0 stars

G1 Jockey Wii 2008 - Wii

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As far as sporting gaming titles go, it’s little surprise that horse racing has been down at the bottom of the "to do" list. Yet thanks to some fantastic customer support in the Far East, the G1 Jockey series has managed to go from strength to strength,... >>

Crysis: Warhead - PC
4.5 stars

Crysis: Warhead - PC

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All that talk of Crysis literally destroying sub-standard machines trying to run the fantastic shooter proved to be ever-so-slightly over the top. Yes, there still remains to be a base unit built that can run it with all visual options ramped right up... >>

FIFA 09 - PS3
4.5 stars

FIFA 09 - PS3

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If you were worried about seeing little more than the latest kits and a few new haircuts, then wipe that damp brow. This year’s FIFA is vastly bigger and better than ever and leaves the previous iterations in the dust. The big draw for many - the real... >>

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway - Xbox 360

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The Brothers In Arms series was the perfect accompaniment to the WWII based Call of Duty titles. While the latter was straight action, BIA handed you total control of the chaps on the battlefield. So as well as worrying about your own behind, you had... >>

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Xbox 360

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You simply can’t avoid the Star Wars phenomenon in modern culture. Even if you’ve managed to shun all the films, you’re well aware of the basic story thanks to a mass of references in various TV shows. And of course the oh-so-hilarious quips from... >>

TNA Impact! - PS3
3.0 stars

TNA Impact! - PS3

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For the uninitiated, the world of professional wrestling has changed quite dramatically over the last decade. Of the big three pro wrestling promotions, the "extreme" ECW came to an unfortunate end, as did WCW, leaving only the WWE (originally named the... >>

NHL 09 – Xbox 360
4.5 stars

NHL 09 – Xbox 360

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As far as EA’s American sporting titles go, the NHL series has always sat firmly in the middle. While the Madden titles have always been mysteriously popular on the consoles, the NBA series is usually the one left firmly on the shelves. Leaving NHL... >>

FaceBreaker - PS3
1.5 stars

FaceBreaker - PS3

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Cartoon style boxing titles aren’t anything new. Punch Out, released way back in the 80s was a major hit for Nintendo’s NES console, and I’m sure most of you will fondly remember the Ready 2 Rumble titles of the late-90s/early-00s. After the success... >>

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Xbox 360

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As gaming concepts go, none seem quite as fun as the idea behind Mercenaries. Namely offering you a huge world to wander around, allowing you to blow whatever you like to smithereens, and get paid a tonne for the privilege. Sweet. As you might have noticed... >>

Spore – PC
4.5 stars

Spore – PC

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So you’re the creator of The Sims. Your games are selling by the truck load, but still you can’t help shaking that feeling that you wanted to do more. You didn’t want to just allow gamers to shape a human avatar. You wanted to give them true god... >>

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky – PC
3.5 stars

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky – PC

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Last year’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R was one of the biggest surprises in PC gaming’s recent history. A heavily delayed title, it suddenly sprung onto shelves and proved that the aftermath of Chernobyl could be a fantastic setting for a gaming title. Playing... >>

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 – Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 – Xbox 360

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Let’s be blunt right from the start: EA haven’t screwed up Tiger Woods 09.Right from the off it’s plainly clear that this is vastly improved over last year’s version. Not just in the addition of a handful of brand new features, but by tweaking... >>

Space Siege - PC
2.0 stars

Space Siege - PC

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All PC gamers should be aware of a title by the name of Dungeon Siege. A traditional dungeon crawling RPG at heart, it managed to build on its simplistic point and click style of hack and slash gameplay and be one of the most thoroughly addictive titles... >>

Madden NFL 09 – Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Madden NFL 09 – Xbox 360

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As gaming series go, none are quite as successful as the Madden NFL titles. Now in their twentieth year, the series has been not only a big seller in the US, but incredibly popular in Europe, despite the somewhat lukewarm reception the sport gets over... >>

Bangai-O Spirits – DS
4.0 stars

Bangai-O Spirits – DS

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If you’re from the true hardcore gaming fraternity, the name "Bangai-O" is enough to make this one a true must-buy all on its own. For those of you who failed to either import the N64 original, or the Western release on Sega’s sublime Dreamcast, Bangai-O... >>

Soul Calibur IV – Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Soul Calibur IV – Xbox 360

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Let’s clear one thing up right from the off. If you want to play as Yoda and Darth Vadar, you DON’T need to buy both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Soul Calibur IV. Nope, it transpires that each character is available for download as a piece of... >>

Beijing 2008 - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

Beijing 2008 - Xbox 360

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Everyone has a few fond memories from some of these button bashing sporting titles over the years. From that sub-8 second time in the 100 metre sprint, through to a horrifically long 120 metre thrown in the javelin, these incredible feats of button prodding... >>

Guitar Hero: On Tour - DS
3.5 stars

Guitar Hero: On Tour - DS

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As concepts go, it’s little wonder quite how Guitar Hero: On Tour managed to get past the concept stage. Considering it’s part of the series where the real fun comes from feeling just like your favourite axe wielding star, it’s a bit surprising... >>

Guitar Hero Aerosmith - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Guitar Hero Aerosmith - Xbox 360

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It is little shock to discover a Guitar Hero title based entirely on one particular band. Ever since the first game strode proudly into view, gaming forums have been jam packed with claims of everyone’s favourite bands being the perfect recipient of... >>

Top Spin 3 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Top Spin 3 - Xbox 360

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While Sega’s Virtua Tennis series brought lawn tennis back to the gaming masses with its somewhat arcadey representation of the sport, the Top Spin titles have consistently offered much more meat to tuck in to. The only problem is that unlike other... >>

Battlefield: Bad Company - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Battlefield: Bad Company - Xbox 360

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Like Call of Duty 4, Bad Company is bang up to date. With the trend of WWII-based shooters seemingly on the back burner, Bad Company packs all the firepower you’d expect of a modern soldier. The weaponry here is a hefty chunk more powerful than in most... >>

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - PS3
4.0 stars

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - PS3

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Nope, the name isn’t some kind of late April fools joke. The long running strategic epic that is the Civilization series is indeed attempting to make its home on the latest batch of consoles. For the uninitiated, the Civilization series can claim the... >>