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Alone in the Dark - Xbox 360
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Alone in the Dark - Xbox 360

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When a game hits the shelves without a multitude of reviews already hovering, it’s usually safe to say that the game itself is pretty shockingly bad. Especially when its one just like Alone in the Dark which has been consistently "previewed" but very... >>

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - PS3
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - PS3

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After the big hoo-hah surrounding early MGS4 reviews, with Konami stopping reviewers chatting about the game in its full, a few slightly poorer scores have dampened the excitement levels a touch. The critics have still been full of praise, but there have... >>

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - PC
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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - PC

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Developers Funcom definitely required a particularly strong back story to pick at if it was to take on the might of World of Warcraft in the MMO world. And taking the Conan fantasy setting of Robert E. Howard, they certainly got their hands on a classic.... >>

Race Driver GRID - Xbox 360
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Race Driver GRID - Xbox 360

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As a start out racer, the career mode provides the real meat to get stuck into. As a driver for hire, you can travel the world and win races across numerous driving types. It’s all me me me, with your racing reputation your main concern. Winning competitions... >>

Battle of the Bands - Nintendo Wii
2.5 stars

Battle of the Bands - Nintendo Wii

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At first glance Battle of the Bands might seem like a cheap rip-off of Guitar Hero. And in essence, it is. You get tunes to "play" along to (though across a multitude of genres here) and the better you do, the further you’ll progress. As the title hints,... >>

Haze - PS3
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Haze - PS3

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Huge amounts of early hype in the gaming world usually surmounts to a pretty rubbish game. And Haze is no different. Unless you’re particularly dull, you’ll be immediately disappointed as soon as you start up the game. The initial bout of dialogue... >>

Rock Band
4.5 stars

Rock Band

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So how do you better Guitar Hero? With the much loved axe wielding series helping millions of gamers worldwide turn into fully fledged rock gods, there was only one way things were going to go. Bigger.Rock Band is exactly as it says on the tin. Instead... >>

Boom Blox – Wii
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Boom Blox – Wii

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When EA announced that they were working with legendary movie director Steven Spielberg, most of the gaming world were expecting an epic in keeping with the film maker’s long and successful history. But with his early admission that he desired to "create... >>

Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360
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Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360

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How on earth can Grand Theft Auto IV live up to the hype? With the series so adored by gamers all around the world, Niko’s trip to Liberty City has been high up on every gamer’s radar since, well, since Rockstar announced its arrival on the next-gen... >>

Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath – PC
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Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath – PC

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It’s fairly safe to say that Command & Conquer 3 was well received by almost all fans of the long running RTS series. It’s brand of real-time strategy proving to continue to be a real hit with PC owners worldwide. Even with the genre including glorious... >>

UEFA Euro 2008 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

UEFA Euro 2008 - Xbox 360

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It’s difficult to start a football gaming review without mentioning the battle between EA’s FIFA series and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer titles. While the latter gained notoriety over the last decade as the "better" game, it sadly failed to claim... >>

Mario Kart
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Mario Kart

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It has been a long time coming, but finally the Wii has some Mario (and friends) karting action on the Nintendo Wii. Initially expected as one to hit shortly after the Wii finally reached our shelves, it’s been a long 18 months for fans of the series... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – Wii
4.0 stars

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – Wii

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Looking back to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 last year, it’s understandable that they were so poorly received. Single player was disastrously packed with bugs, and online multiplayer was absolutely crippled with lag. The... >>

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - PS3
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Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - PS3

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The Gran Turismo series has always been blooming brilliant. Perhaps a bit geeky with its car obsessive nature, and the lack of vehicle damage has always been a source of irritation, but it’s always been a cracking drive. With the full fifth instalment... >>

Condemned 2 - Xbox 360
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Condemned 2 - Xbox 360

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As one of the Xbox 360s launch titles, Condemned was the game of choice for the more mature gamer. With its dark brooding atmosphere, grizzly visuals, and horrifically primeval combat, it was a real treat for those eager to not only see what HD gaming... >>

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Xbox 360
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Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Xbox 360

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Tom Clancy must be really blooming rich by now. He’s sold millions of books, "advised" on a multitude of films, and the various games with his attached name are almost as popular as Santa. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (and breathe) is the least... >>

God of War: Chains of Olympus – PSP
4.5 stars

God of War: Chains of Olympus – PSP

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The appearance of Kratos, the star of the God of War series, on the PSP isn’t at all surprising. In fact, he’s just the latest in a long line of staunch Sony loving characters that have made the jump to the handheld world to try and help the PSP catch... >>

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – Xbox 360
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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – Xbox 360

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With wartime shooters ten a penny over the last decade or so, a decent twist on the genre can be enough to get a game noticed. And with Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, that’s exactly the hope. The idea is that without Winston Churchill proclaiming that... >>

Army of Two – PS3
3.5 stars

Army of Two – PS3

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Essentially built around co-operative play, Army of Two is one for those that long for the days when co-op titles were ten a penny across all formats. In this modern online age, such titles have the ability to be adored worldwide, even by gamers who don’t... >>

Conflict: Denied Ops - Xbox 360
1.5 stars

Conflict: Denied Ops - Xbox 360

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The Conflict series has been a steady little earner over the years. Its tactical nature starring a team of four has been taken all over the world, and enthralled many a gamer eager for a little strategic gaming to go with the hectic blasting action. So... >>

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity – Nintendo Wii
2.5 stars

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity – Nintendo Wii

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Sonic has made an appearance in just about every major gaming genre ever created. Apart from the obvious speedy platforming that he’s so famed for, he has appeared in beat-em ups (Sonic X-treme), RPGs (Sonic The Hedgehog), pinball (Sonic Spinball),... >>

Lost: The Video Game – Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Lost: The Video Game – Xbox 360

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Even those who have refused to watch the show will know doubt be well aware of the basic setup for the ever popular Lost TV show. Its tale of survivors of a plane crash somewhere in the Pacific Ocean has proved to be astonishingly popular, despite some... >>

FIFA Street 3 - PS3
4.0 stars

FIFA Street 3 - PS3

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Almost all football fans adore to see some stunning tricky skill out on the pitch. So it’s no surprise that the 5-a-side FIFA Street series has been so popular over the last few years. While the main full FIFA title has been gradually getting more realistic,... >>

Turok – PS3
3.0 stars

Turok – PS3

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Bringing an old classic bang up to date isn’t anything new in the game world. Blimey, barely a week goes by without some aging classic being transformed into some gaudy modern day title to extract a quick buck from us types that remember the gaming... >>

No More Heroes - Nintendo Wii
4.5 stars

No More Heroes - Nintendo Wii

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Hopefully, quite a few of you might just remember a particularly stylish Gamecube and PS2 title by the name of Killer 7. It’s freakishly odd story, and gameplay that swung freely between joyous and disturbing, only helped create a title that ultimately... >>

The Club - Xbox 360
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The Club - Xbox 360

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That old adage of never judging a book by its cover has never proven so wise as when attached to The Club. At first glance, The Club appears to be another of those brainless shooters with a hefty body count. But dig a little deeper and you discover that... >>

Ghost Squad – Nintendo Wii
3.5 stars

Ghost Squad – Nintendo Wii

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It’s a bit of a surprise that it’s taken such a huge amount of time to find a true old school light gun title on the Wii. Yes, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles was a corker, but it lacked the real immediacy that the likes of Time Crisis and Virtua... >>

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – Xbox 360

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, the PC original, was a brutally exciting, if a little repetitive, action title. Its major flaws were a combination of poor design choices (shallow character progression) and lack of play testing (some shocking bugs and... >>

Burnout Paradise - Xbox 360
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Burnout Paradise - Xbox 360

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For racing fans eager to obliterate their motors, the Burnout series has always been the way to go. It’s early addiction for dangerous driving being overtaken by “Takeouts”, which saw you rewarded for actively bashing your opponents off the road... >>

Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii
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Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii

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For those not in the know, Geometry Wars originally started as a mere mini-game placed in a small corner of the garage in Project Gotham Racing 2. It’s short lived, score obsessed shoot-em-up nature set in place as a brief distraction as the tedium... >>

Soldier of Fortune: Payback – Xbox 360
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Soldier of Fortune: Payback – Xbox 360

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The original Soldier of Fortune shocked all with its gruesome brand of FPS action back in 2000. While many screamed that its sheer existence acted to the detriment of a games industry still seemingly obsessed with violence by the mass media, it somehow... >>

Time Crisis 4 - PS3
3.5 stars

Time Crisis 4 - PS3

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The arcade light gun game is one we’ve all tried. Who can forget those Saturday afternoons at your local arcade, feeding coin after coin into huge Time Crisis or Virtua Cop cabinets? For the last few years however, this on-rails brand of shooter hasn’t... >>

Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow – PSP
4.5 stars

Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow – PSP

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Stealth focused shooters have always been ten a penny on the Sony consoles. From the Tom Clancy games, to Metal Gear, and even good old Splinter Cell, there’s always been a plethora of goodness to be extracted in this particular genre. The PSP is no... >>

Wipeout Pulse – PSP
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Wipeout Pulse – PSP

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Nintendo have a chubby little plumber. Sega always had a spikey blue sneaker-clad hedgehog. Microsoft came hand in hand with Master Chief, until Bungie upped and scarpered. As for Sony, they didn’t bother with the traditional method of some kind of... >>

Beowulf – Xbox 360
2.5 stars

Beowulf – Xbox 360

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Back in the glory gaming days of the late80’s/early-90s, games based on film licenses were almost literally ten a penny. It seemed that a quick browse of the shop shelves on any given format would see you confronted with a mass of swiftly produced titles... >>

Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii
2.5 stars

Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii

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The big potential pitfall for the Wii has always been that development teams will merely try and port their already much loved titles from other formats. Might not sound too bad in theory, but who wants to play the same old games with the added bonus... >>

SingStar
4.5 stars

SingStar

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If Sony are to start shifting PS3s in the kind of number that they truly desire, it's getting titles like SingStar talked about. Come on, who’s mum hasn’t been mildly intrigued when she’s heard you crooning along to some classic track during the... >>

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PS3
4.5 stars

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PS3

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Would Tomb Raider have ever been so popular if it didn’t have Lara Croft’s ample bosom? Uncharted is the latest in a long line of games that’s attempted to find out. Starring an apparent descendent of that legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nathan... >>

Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles - Nintendo Wii
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Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles - Nintendo Wii

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After the bloody amazingness that was Resident Evil 4, a lot has been expected of Umbrella Chronicles. But rather than simply take the zombie packed series to the next level, Capcom have decided that what we all crave is a Resident Evil based light gun... >>

Guitar Hero III – Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Guitar Hero III – Xbox 360

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It’s hard to imagine gaming life without Guitar Hero. Wielding a small plastic guitar in front of the TV, pretending to play along to some of our all time favourite classic guitar led tracks, is as fun as gaming has ever been. Even if it might look... >>

Kane and Lynch - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Kane and Lynch - Xbox 360

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From the developers of the wonderful Hitman series, Io Interactive, comes this crime-based action thriller. Dispensing the stealthy sneak ‘em up that they’re normally used to working on, Kane & Lynch is pure action all the way. Unlike most action... >>

Assassin's Creed - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Assassin's Creed - Xbox 360

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Hype can sometimes be a ridiculous thing. Especially in the games industry. A few gorgeous looking mocked-up screenshots can sometimes be enough to send us salivating as though Scarlet Johannsen just appeared stark naked on your livingroom sofa. We can... >>

Crysis - PC
4.5 stars

Crysis - PC

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The build-up of Crysis has typified what most see as the horrible world of PC gaming. Every gloriously detailed screenshot has been fawned over as if it was the epitome of absolute beauty, with all other titles compared to these dazzling early screenshots,... >>

Hellgate: London – PC
3.5 stars

Hellgate: London – PC

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If you offered me the choice between that gorgeous Scottish city of Edinburgh, and the cockney filled, smog polluted hell-hole of London, you’d not be too shocked to spy me strapping on my kilt, affixing my sporran, and downing more alcohol in an evening... >>

Football Manager 2008 - PC
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Football Manager 2008 - PC

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The old adage of "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" has never rung more true than with the Football Manager series. Year after year we’ve been handed pretty much the exact same game, but with just the right number of tweaks to push the enjoyment... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Xbox 360

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We don’t know what’s better. Is it the arrival of a brand spanking new version of Pro Evo each year or flattening your bitterest rivals in a tooth and nail local derby? The arrival of this year’s Pro Evo has been even more closely scrutinised. Many... >>

Folklore – PS3
3.5 stars

Folklore – PS3

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Every PS3 owner out there realises that they’re still a little starved of real quality titles. Yes you have your Ghost Recon 2s, the glorious Colin McRae DiRTs, and the incredibly addictive Skate, but they are all titles that those dirty little Xbox... >>

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions – PSP
4.5 stars

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions – PSP

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Spin-offs might be standard fare in the TV industry, but in the gaming realm they’re a little less common. Not that that is particularly a sorry state of affairs – who really wants the gaming equivalent of "Joey" after all? The Final Fantasy Tactics... >>

Project Gotham Racing 4 - Xbox 360
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Project Gotham Racing 4 - Xbox 360

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What a difference a few months make. Not so long ago we were clamouring for some new racing titles to appear on our Xbox 360’s. Now we have on our hands the forth big name to hit the console in a handful of months. Talk about buses turning up at once…... >>

MySims – Nintendo Wii
3.0 stars

MySims – Nintendo Wii

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MySims and the Wii seems an absolutely superb fit. The social interaction of The Sims series of titles from EA, combined with the "fun for all the family" addiction of the Nintendo Wii should make for a game that could easily be the first decent console-based... >>