Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360
    2.5 out of 5

    Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360

    By 21 January 2009

    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 out of 5

    Samsung NC10 notebook

    By 21 January 2009

    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 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto IV - PC

    By 5 January 2009

    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 out of 5

    Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - Nintendo Wii

    By 24 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Xbox 360

    By 24 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Need For Speed: Undercover - PS3

    By 17 December 2008

    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 out of 5


    By 16 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Prince of Persia - Xbox 360

    By 15 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Microsoft SideWinder X5 mouse

    By 8 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Xbox 360

    By 8 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Microsoft SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard

    By 5 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    The Last Remnant - Xbox 360

    By 4 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Sonic Unleashed - Xbox 360

    By 3 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360

    By 2 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Tomb Raider: Underworld - Xbox 360

    By 1 December 2008

    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 out of 5

    Resistance 2 - PS3

    By 28 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Alone In The Dark: Inferno - PS3

    By 26 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    SingStar Volume 3 - PS3

    By 21 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Guitar Hero: World Tour - Xbox 360

    By 18 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    FIFA Manager 09 - PC

    By 17 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360

    By 14 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Dead Space - Xbox 360

    By 10 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Fallout 3 - Xbox 360

    By 6 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360

    By 5 November 2008

    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 out of 5

    Midnight Club: Los Angeles - PS3

    By 30 October 2008

    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...