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Enemy Territories: Quake Wars – PC
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Enemy Territories: Quake Wars – PC

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Online only gaming is the future. That’s been the calling from a hefty chunk of the gaming world for around about a decade now. The only problem is, outside the incredible World of Warcraft, and the addictive Halo series, there’s been no real poster... >>

World in Conflict - PC
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World in Conflict - PC

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Set in an alternate reality, where the paranoia of the Cold War spilled over into full scale Russian aggression, we’ll set our stall out right away and state quite clearly that World in Conflict is something truly special. With the Russians attacking... >>

Stranglehold – Xbox 360
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Stranglehold – Xbox 360

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I’ve absolutely no qualms with admitting that two of my most replayed titles from the last few years have been the Max Payne action based shoot-em-ups. It might lack the kind of depth and story that most gaming critics clamour for, but it made up for... >>

Two Worlds – Xbox 360
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Two Worlds – Xbox 360

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I hate to use the term "rip-off" too cheaply, but have a glance at the screenshots for Two Worlds, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d slipped 2 years back in time and you were peeking at the initial screens of the incredible Elder Scrolls IV:... >>

Medal of Honor: Airborne – Xbox 360
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Medal of Honor: Airborne – Xbox 360

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While Medal of Honor’s fellow WWII-based shooting-based series, Call of Duty, may be looking to modern conflicts for inspiration, MoH is still firmly dug in to WWII. Those brave paratroopers who plummeted deep behind enemy lines are the focus this time... >>

Moto GP 07 - Xbox 360
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Moto GP 07 - Xbox 360

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Yearly updates can be frustrating things. You shell out a huge lump of your hard earned cash on the latest and greatest release, only to find yourself splashing out all over again a year later for a barely improved version of the same game. Doesn’t... >>

Bioshock – Xbox 360
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Bioshock – Xbox 360

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Every gamer out there can’t have failed to hear all about Bioshock. Billed as an FPS set in a mysterious underground art-deco dwelling known as Rapture, the hype has been building for an incredible amount of time. But can it really be even half as good... >>

Madden NFL 08 – PS3
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Madden NFL 08 – PS3

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Safe to say that the brand of football currently on most UK sporting fans lips is the one packed with new foreign owners, slightly dodgy Swedish managers, and even a former Prime Minister of Taiwan. You don’t get that kind of excitement in cricket or... >>

Big Brain Academy – Nintnedo Wii
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Big Brain Academy – Nintnedo Wii

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With its huge success on Nintendo’s dinky little DS, it’s no surprise to find Big Brain Academy finding its way onto the Wii. Playing such a huge part in selling the handheld system to the kind of folks who’d never previously dreamed of owning a... >>

Colin McRae: DIRT - Xbox 360
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Colin McRae: DIRT - Xbox 360

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Colin McRae may not be the rallying force he once was, but his games always take pole in the sales charts. Debuting on Sony’s aging PS1, the series has always been about flinging your motor around a series of muddy bends. While other titles have added... >>

Shadowrun - PC
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Shadowrun - PC

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Few of you would put Bill Gates on your Christmas card list, but you’ve got to thank Microsoft for bringing online gaming to the masses. Latest stats show around half of all Xbox 360 owners log on to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service on a regular basis.... >>

Forza Motorsport 2 - Xbox 360
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Forza Motorsport 2 - Xbox 360

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Since the tyre shreddingly gorgeous Project Gotham Racing 3, the Xbox 360 has been sorely lacking in classy racers. Microsoft has finally decided to unleash their great racing beast onto the unsuspecting 360 owning public. We wondered what took them so... >>

Tomb Raider: Anniversary - PS2
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Tomb Raider: Anniversary - PS2

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Could it really be 10 years since we first saw Lara Croft’s ample bosom? Amazingly enough, it’s actually 11 years before her maiden voyage. That little fact making me feel quite ridiculously old. Though it makes it clearer why they dropped the "10th"... >>

Rachet and Clank - Size Matters - PSP
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Rachet and Clank - Size Matters - PSP

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When Ratchet and Clank – Size Matters was announced as a PSP exclusive, haters of the dinky handheld console had yet another clip of ammo added to their “but it’s only a handheld PS2” weaponry. The daft sods. Starting life way back in the early... >>

Spider-Man 3 - Xbox 360
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Spider-Man 3 - Xbox 360

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2004’s PS2 based Spider-Man 2 release still stands as one of gaming’s better examples of how to take the big screen action, and transfer it perfectly to a gaming format, and when you remember there’s hundreds of the buggers out there, that’s a... >>

God of War 2 - PS2
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God of War 2 - PS2

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You all remember God of War, right? Yes, the bloody, balls out, action based wanderer and brawler that stands tall as one of the best games of the last decade. If the answer to that question happens to be no, then give yourself ten lashings for missing... >>

Medal of Honor Vanguard - Nintendo Wii
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Medal of Honor Vanguard - Nintendo Wii

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Ho hum, yet another World War II first person shooter. Call of Duty rules this particular roost these days, so Vanguard has got to be something pretty special to get our pulses racing. We’re surprised by how little has been said about this game. When... >>

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl - PC
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl - PC

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Most of us would like to think of ourselves as ambitious, but our trials are nothing compared with the developers of Shadow of Chernobyl. They’ve been beavering away on this massive nuclear wasteland for over half a decade. Set in the exclusion zone... >>

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars - PC
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Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars - PC

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For all you console gamers out there, it’s worth pointing out a fact. Command & Conquer is one of the biggest PC games of all time. C&C redefined real time strategy gaming. Things haven’t been the same since the battle between the goodies of the Global... >>

Burnout Dominator - PS2
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Burnout Dominator - PS2

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You racing obsessed gamers have no doubt been playing Burnout for years now. Famed for its fast and frenetic racing action, the series has always been king for driving fans who prefer something a little different from straight racing. Packing a handy... >>

Full Auto 2 - PS3
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Full Auto 2 - PS3

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We’re used to games about humans knocking seven bells out of each other. Vehicles doing the same though? That’s much more rare. The original Full Auto – a minor hit on the Xbox 360 at launch – combined fast and furious driving with combat that... >>

The Godfather Dons Edition - PS3
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The Godfather Dons Edition - PS3

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If you read our views on EA’s last Godfather title, you’ll know just what to expect here. Making its first appearance way back in the early months of 2006, this Grand Theft Auto style free roaming driver and shooter simply didn’t cut the mustard.... >>

The Warriors - PSP
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The Warriors - PSP

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Ah, this game takes us back. The Warriors started out as a 1979 Walter Hill film about a group of misfits running riot on Coney Island. Despite its poor box office performance, the film gained cult status thanks to huge DVD sales. Ever seeking new ways... >>

SSX Blur - Nintendo Wii
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SSX Blur - Nintendo Wii

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While the SSX timeline is filled to bursting point with hastily put together sequels, the series has been constant about two things. First, it’s always been about speeding down a snowy mountainside with a thin board strapped to your feet. Second, doing... >>

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - Nintendo Wii
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - Nintendo Wii

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While there’s some great golf games around, the controls have always been, forgive the pun, a little below par. Pressing one button to initiate a golf swing and another for the power may give you a fair degree of accuracy, but it’s no substitute for... >>

Crackdown - Xbox 360
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Crackdown - Xbox 360

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Publishers can be crafty devils. They’ll do anything to make us poor downtrodden reviewers try any old game. A classic trick is to bundle potentially rubbish titles with early versions of guaranteed best sellers, so when Crackdown arrived sellotaped... >>

Supreme Commander - PC
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Supreme Commander - PC

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Any PC gamer worthy of the title will have no doubt lost months of their life to some kind of real time strategy game. Maybe it was Sid Meier’s Civilization with its awe inspiring task of establishing a brand new race? Or one of the early Command and... >>

Excite Truck - Nintendo Wii
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Excite Truck - Nintendo Wii

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Though the Wii’s initial efforts have worked like a charm with its unique control method, opening a new game always feels like a leap of faith. Can set in stone gaming styles really transfer over? We gamers are pretty set in our ways after all. So it’s... >>

Metal Slug Anthology - PSP
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Metal Slug Anthology - PSP

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You’re not likely to have heard much about the Metal Slug games. Not only are they fairly difficult to get a hold of, they’re also bluddy hard work to play. Then there’s the action – strictly 2D variety that us modern day three dimensional types... >>

The Sims Life Stories - PC
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The Sims Life Stories - PC

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Whether you love or loathe the Sims series, there’s absolutely no doubt it’s had EA laughing all the way to the bank. The two PC titles have sold in their millions and still make the top ten even now. When you take into account the masses of add ons... >>

Sega Mega Drive Collection - PS2
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Sega Mega Drive Collection - PS2

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We’ve been bombarded by collections of "classic" console and arcade games over the last few months and this one’s thanks to those Japanese gaming geniuses over at Sega. The Sega Mega Drive Collection pulls together titles from the company’s early-90s... >>

God Hand -  PS2
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God Hand - PS2

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Remember those days when the good old 2D beat-em-up was king? When Final Fight, Double Dragon and Streets of Rage took up all our console gaming time as we kicked millions of arses over and over and over… Well we’ve been lacking some decent fighting... >>

Okami - PS2
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Okami - PS2

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To say that Okami immediately strikes you as, well, Japanese is like stating that Scarlet Johansson is only a little bit hot. Starring the Japanese sun god Amaterasu in the guise of a gorgeously detailed white wolf, you traverse this ink and watercolour... >>

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All - Nintendo DS
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All - Nintendo DS

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Objection! Overruled! The plantiff will answer! And so on. Sorry, we’ve been watching too much Law and Order. Legal games may not be the top of your list, but last year’s DS hit, Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney sold by the trolley load. While it was... >>

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - Xbox 360 FIRST LOOK

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - Xbox 360 FIRST LOOK

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Still regarded as one of the Xbox 360’s best online titles, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter continues to be played by thousands of 360 owning online gamers every single night of the week. And now with the much craved GRAW 2 single-player demo now available... >>

Star Fox Command - Nintendo DS
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Star Fox Command - Nintendo DS

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Nintendo’s touchscreen packing DS continues to wallop Sony’s PSP on the sales front and its gaming line up is looking better than ever. Try playing New Super Mario Bros and you’ll feel that same boundless joy you experienced way way back when playing... >>

Lost Planet - Xbox 360
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Lost Planet - Xbox 360

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If Capcom continue how it's been doing the last few years they’re going to clean up. We’re thinking of the likes of Dead Rising, Okami, Resident Evil 4, Killer 7, Viewtiful Joe and Devil May Cry 3. This massive Japanese corporation is steeped in gaming... >>

Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz - Nintendo Wii
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Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz - Nintendo Wii

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The original Super Monkey Ball that first adorned Nintendo’s last console, the ill fated Gamecube, remains right up there with the very best games released in recent times. Its analogue stick driven control method couldn’t help but enthral, encouraging... >>

Wario Ware Smooth Moves - Nintendo Wii
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Wario Ware Smooth Moves - Nintendo Wii

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This WarioWare series has proved strangely popular with far more people than even Nintendo could’ve hoped for. Who would have thought that a collection of incredibly short mini games packing full on Far Eastern humour would have done well here and in... >>

Final Fantasy XII - PS2
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Final Fantasy XII - PS2

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Mention the name "Final Fantasy" to a gamer and the vast majority will go all misty eyed as they fondly remember the initial train journey that pre-empted Cloud’s quest through that PS1 classic Final Fantasy VII. We do urge you to back slowly away from... >>

Madden '07 - Nintendo Wii
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Madden '07 - Nintendo Wii

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EA’s latest perfectly illustrates the worry we had when the Nintendo Wii’s innovative control system was first announced. Instead of brand spanking new titles being created to make the best use of the Wii’s revolutionary control system, EA’s first... >>

Rayman Raving Rabbids  – Wii
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Rayman Raving Rabbids – Wii

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If the Wii’s bunch of launch titles all make it to these shores in one piece, it looks like there’ll be a little something for everyone. With Wii Sports offering up short lasting but fun sporting titles, the ever incredible WarioWare all set to make... >>

Football Manager Handheld 2007 - PSP
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Football Manager Handheld 2007 - PSP

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Football, football, football. It’s all that’s bloody on TV these days. Great, isn’t it? Our love of Sports Interactive’s seminal Football Manager games is easy to see from our [previous reviews]( http://www.mansized.co.uk/reviews/review.phtml/344/471)... >>

Viva Pinata - Xbox 360
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Viva Pinata - Xbox 360

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Viva Pinata is indeed based on a kiddies TV show. Not seen it? Well, picture a brightly coloured world filled up with Pinatas – cutesy and slightly demented looking squirrels, donkeys, hedgehogs and more. They actually do very little, but when did that... >>

Guitar Hero II - PS2
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Guitar Hero II - PS2

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When it comes to air guitar, we’re up for necking ten Barcadi Breezers and rocking out with the best of them. Deep down we all want to be Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses, but mere mortals like us just don’t have the time and Patience (geddit?) to get... >>

Cricket 2007 - PS2
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Cricket 2007 - PS2

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Despite the mass hype that surrounded the previous Ashes series – which saw us whip some Aussie butt at long last – frequently the sport is about as exciting as watching the Labour party conference. Your typical over consists of three defensive strokes... >>

WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2007 - PS2

WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2007 - PS2

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Never mind that modern day pro wrestling isn’t quite as popular as it was back when the likes of Giant Haystacks lumbered around on our television screens, the THQ published Smackdown vs RAW series has been a huge, huge seller. For wrestling fans, it... >>

Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Xbox 360
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Xbox 360

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Woo hoo, the whole Marvel gang are here for another action RPG by Raven Software. You know, they who shocked us all with a fantastic title by the name of X Men Legends a few years back. This time we’re not restricted to merely those mutant X men. There’s... >>

FEAR - Xbox 360
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FEAR - Xbox 360

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No, not a gaming version of the cracking Ian Brown track (though we’re intrigued how that’d work if some developer fancies a pop?) but a spooky first person shooter/thriller with more than a few influences culled from recent Asian horror flicks that... >>

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PSP
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PSP

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In our ever so humble opinion, Vice City is still the best GTA bar none. The 80s soundtrack, the first sighting of 3D GTA bikes and glorious dialogue all adds up to a title that’ll go down in history as one of the best ever. With Rockstar’s money... >>