Archive for Chris Pickering

Alone in the Dark - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

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
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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
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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
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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... >>