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Need For Speed: Carbon - PS2
3.0 stars

Need For Speed: Carbon - PS2

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Remember the ill fated 3DO console? Released back in the early-90s, this monstrous beast offered some of the best looking – if ridiculously expensive – gaming out there on CD media. Both Sega’s Saturn and Sony’s PlayStation consoles jumped on... >>

Battlefield 2142 - PC
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Battlefield 2142 - PC

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Here’s a question for gaming geniuses out there. How many hours do you think the Battlefield series of titles have been played for? Seriously, think about it for a second. It’s a multi million seller, so even if half its users play a mere hour per... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 - Xbox 360
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Pro Evolution Soccer 6 - Xbox 360

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Much like the Sports Interactive developed Football Manager series of footie management titles, Konami’s Pro Evo games have consistently offered up the most "realistic" game of footie. No matter what those FIFA fans say, the feel of the Pro Evo out... >>

Destroy All Humans 2 - PS2
3.5 stars

Destroy All Humans 2 - PS2

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Few games these days are laugh out loud funny. And of the couple that spring to mind, none have made it that big. It’s why last year’s Destroy All Humans stood out. We lost count of the number of hilarious moments where we mere mortals bought it at... >>

Scarface  - PS2
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Scarface - PS2

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Tedious gaming experiences. Poorly created cash in sequels. Oh, and the vast majority of licensed titles. They're my bugbears. I’m thinking of the last sentence in particular as I write this review. Like the vast majority, we’re big fans of the film.... >>

Ridge Racer 2 – PSP
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Ridge Racer 2 – PSP

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The old adage of "if it aint broke, don’t fix it" has been flogged like the proverbial dead horse within the video games industry, particularly over the last few years. Identikit titles have sprung up here there and everywhere in the guise of sequels,... >>

Football Manger 2007 - PC
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Football Manger 2007 - PC

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It’s not Christmas just yet, but each annual instalment of Sports Interactive’s long running football management franchise always gives us a similar buzz. And we’re not talking any old Christmas either. Think back to when you knew you were going... >>

Taito Legends: Power Up! - PSP
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Taito Legends: Power Up! - PSP

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So many retro collections can be summed up in two words. Cash in. But Taito has such a pedigree that any "best of" series has got to be good, right? Anyone remember shoot ‘em up gem Darius Gaiden? What about arcade classic Operation Wolf? We shoved... >>

FIFA 07 - PS2
3.5 stars

FIFA 07 - PS2

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A new FIFA title has traditionally been a bit like the lead up to and immediate aftermath of your birthday. All that anticipation is replaced by a strangely empty feeling, a sense of disappointment and a ridiculously heavy hangover. Well, two out of three... >>

Gitarooman Lives - PSP
4.5 stars

Gitarooman Lives - PSP

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For those gamers who aren’t too fond of stunningly detailed models, realistic moving hair and shiny sweat dripping off muscular male athletes (Fight Night Round 3 if that’s your thing!) then the Japanese game development community has always seen... >>

The Godfather - Xbox 360
2.5 stars

The Godfather - Xbox 360

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The Corleone family exploits seem well fitted to a modern day gaming title and EA already has the PS2, Xbox and PC sales figures to prove it. But there were a few fatal problems with these versions. The driving model in particular was no fun whatsoever,... >>

LMA Manager 2007 - XBox360
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LMA Manager 2007 - XBox360

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When it comes to console football management games, there’s never been a clear leader. A bit like the current West Ham set up, we’ve never been able to tell who’s the gaffer. Was it EA’s raft of titles? Or maybe those Premier Manager Mega Drive... >>

Defcon – PC
4.5 stars

Defcon – PC

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The plight suffered by today’s modern day gaming developer is plain to see. Over the last decade we’ve seen so many independents either swallowed up by one of the big boys, or simply forced out of the business full stop. But one talented little group... >>

Tekken Dark Resurrection - PSP
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Tekken Dark Resurrection - PSP

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Everyone’s heard of Tekken whether you’ve played it or not. It’s right up there with Tomb Raider in the name recognition stakes. Despite not being as quite as good as Sega’s Virtua Fighter, Tekken’s stunning looks and hectic one on one action... >>

Test Drive Unlimited - Xbox360
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Test Drive Unlimited - Xbox360

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Mysteriously well-known despite its lack of real quality over the years, 2007 will see the twentieth birthday of the Test Drive series. Spanning 15 separate releases (22 in total if you add on the err … add ons) it’s been a series well-known for its... >>

NEC 42XR4 Silver Plasma
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NEC 42XR4 Silver Plasma

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Considering my spare time is frequently filled to the very brim with the latest gaming titles, you can safely say that high definition is right at the very forefront of my imagination. With the Xbox360 and PS3 intent on utilising the latest televisual... >>

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - Xbox 360
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Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - Xbox 360

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In video game terms, the Star Wars name hasn’t peeked its head up from the gutter that often. The PC X-Wing and Tie Fighter games were absolute classics, but there’s been little else to get our geeky juices flowing. Last year’s Lego Star Wars –... >>

Saints Row - Xbox360
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Saints Row - Xbox360

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Well, then Rockstar – the developers of that universally adored Grand Theft Auto series – must be feeling pretty bloody good about themselves right now. Not only do they have in their locker a collection... >>

Gangs of London - PSP
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Gangs of London - PSP

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We can still vividly remember those early videos of that panned PS2 title The Getaway. They seemed to promise all that Sony had hyped up the PS2 to be - something new, daring, cool and downright gorgeous. Unfortunately, all that early promise mysteriously... >>

Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins - PSP
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Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins - PSP

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Capcom’s recent output has been something pretty special. Starting with Resident Evil 4 and taking in the likes of Killer7 and Viewtiful Joe 2, they’re a special kind of game maker. Everything they touch seems to turn to pure gold. Well, not literally.... >>

Ninety Nine Nights - Xbox360
2.5 stars

Ninety Nine Nights - Xbox360

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To say Ninety Nine Nights bares something of a close comparison to the Dynasty Warriors series is like stating that John Carpenters "The Thing" is OK. Ish. Nights is Microsoft’s main way of flogging the Xbox360 to all those Asian gamers who left the... >>

Madden NFL 07 - Xbox 360
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Madden NFL 07 - Xbox 360

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EA’s long running Madden series of "American Football" titles has never made a big impact on next generation consoles. Although last year’s Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox360 certainly looked the part, even the developers themselves would be hard pressed... >>

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – PS2
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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – PS2

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Enjoying hardcore Role Playing Games is right up there with watching professional wrestling and enjoying the tunes of Diana Ross in the list of things not to admit to. Although most people think of the likes of Square’s money spinning Final Fantasy... >>

Miami Vice - PSP
2.5 stars

Miami Vice - PSP

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Yes, it’s a movie tie-in. Yes, we detest movie tie-ins. Yes, the movie is a bit on the lame side as we’ve previously suspected. But we’ll try not to let all that cloud our judgement. Movie tie-ins generally adopt whatever gaming style is in vogue... >>

Forbidden Siren 2 - PS2
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Forbidden Siren 2 - PS2

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After the relative success of Asian developed scare-a-thon Forbidden Siren earlier on in the PS2’s life, it’s little surprise to see a sequel approaching as quickly as a certain ex-footballer when he spies an aging mother of three. Unlike the majority... >>

SingStar Anthems - PS2
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SingStar Anthems - PS2

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With the game industry’s craving for different demographics surpassing even the Big Brother housemeerts’ appetite for fame, what better way to entice new punters than the drunken Friday night tradition of karaoke. The previous SingStar releases have... >>

Juiced Eliminator - PSP
2.5 stars

Juiced Eliminator - PSP

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The racing genre’s always been packed to the very brim of the metaphorical cup. There’s pure breed racers such as GTR, Forza Motorsport and the endless stream of official F1 variants, a huge variety of twists on the normal routine like Destruction... >>

Field Commander – PSP
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Field Commander – PSP

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If handheld strategy action is your bag, we feel for you. You’ve been a bit short changed in recent times. Nintendo handheld owners are well catered for with The Advance Wars series, but for PSP owners? Well, both Metal Gear Acid games are unmitigated... >>

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed - PSP
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Capcom Classics Collection Remixed - PSP

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Some people are always eager to try and convince you that the old days were better. You know, when black and white TV was all new and exciting and you could leave your back door unlocked and return to find your home in one piece. These people are wrong... >>

Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires - Xbox360
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Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires - Xbox360

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The Dynasty Warriors series has got to be the longest gaming joke ever. You see, very little has changed since the original title was released on the PS1 almost a decade ago. How can something as "retro" as this still keep selling? Set in ancient Japan,... >>

Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - Xbox360
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Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - Xbox360

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Flip over Tolkien’s trilogy and you’ll find a quote on the back. The world is divided into two, it reads. Those who’ve read the LOTR books and those who’re going to read them. You could almost say that about the game too, given the lack of decent... >>

Prey - Xbox360
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Prey - Xbox360

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Prey’s been a long time in coming. In fact when its release was first slated, Jumanji was wowing kids everywhere and Foo Fighters released their debut album. Oh how we remember 1995. During its lengthy gestation period, Prey’s been sliced and diced... >>

Chromehounds - Xbox360
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Chromehounds - Xbox360

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There’s too few Xbox360 games on the shelves. See, I said it. I know we’re in the middle of the summer lull, but the pitiful amount of games available is a joke. For those of us who splashed out on Microsoft’s next gen wonder, the lack of variety... >>

Street fighter alpha anthology - PS2
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Street fighter alpha anthology - PS2

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The Street Fighter series still holds the hearts and minds of many a beat ‘em up fan. While the likes of Tekken and Soul Calibre offer greater visual flare, ye olde 2D Street Fighter still matches them punch for punch on playability. Well makers Capcom... >>

LocoRoco - PSP
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LocoRoco - PSP

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Even the most hardened PSP nut would be hard pressed to claim that Sony’s slinky handheld has been the success they hoped it would be. The majority of titles are simply ports from other consoles – not ideal when you’ve laid out a few hundred quid.... >>

Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers  - PS2
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Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers - PS2

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There’s something about war that lends itself particularly well to video games. Maybe we’re all sick in the head and crave blood? Or it’s just that it gives us a wicked sense of excitement and fulfils our hero complex? The original Full Spectrum... >>

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PS2
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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - PS2

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GTA can only be described a major cultural phenomenon. Barely anyone even moderately up to date with modern pop culture knows about the stealing cars, murdering prostitutes, and attacking random passers-by with a conveniently placed chainsaw. But what... >>

FlatOut 2 - PS2
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FlatOut 2 - PS2

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How many of you have started playing the alleged latest, greatest, most realistic car racing title out there, and after a half hour of play, spun around 180 degrees and decided to plough head on into the fellow racer traffic? Admit it, we’ve all done... >>

New Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo DS
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New Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo DS

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Way back in the early-90s, when Nirvana were changing the music industry and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were enthralling a generation of youngsters, the most recognisable face of video games was a Ron Jeremy-a-like rotund plumber by the name of... >>

Rise of Nations - Rise of Legends - PC
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Rise of Nations - Rise of Legends - PC

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Microsoft's Real Time Strategy is back for yet another outing, but can the popular RTS bring enough new elements to warrant the spend? With long-term series like Civilization and Command and Conquer, strategy gamers have never had it so good. The first... >>

Hitman: Blood Money - PC
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Hitman: Blood Money - PC

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The Hitman series has been the ultimate way to live your blood lusting fantasies. No doubt about it, almost all of us – usually after watching one of the Bond films at Christmas – craved the spy lifestyle. Sneaking around, silently dispatching lots... >>

Half Life 2 – Episode One - PC
4.5 stars

Half Life 2 – Episode One - PC

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Valve Software is the master of the modern day first person shooter. No doubt about it. With jaw dropping titles like the original Half Life and the still awe inducing Half Life 2 in their collective lockers, they deserve all the success they can get.... >>