Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Alone in the Dark - Xbox 360
    2 out of 5

    Alone in the Dark - Xbox 360

    By 23 June 2008

    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
    5 out of 5

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - PS3

    By 13 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - PC

    By 12 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Race Driver GRID - Xbox 360

    By 11 June 2008

    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 out of 5

    Battle of the Bands - Nintendo Wii

    By 3 June 2008

    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
    2 out of 5

    Haze - PS3

    By 28 May 2008

    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 out of 5

    Rock Band

    By 19 May 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Boom Blox – Wii

    By 13 May 2008

    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
    5 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360

    By 28 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath – PC

    By 23 April 2008

    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 out of 5

    UEFA Euro 2008 - Xbox 360

    By 21 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Mario Kart

    By 14 April 2008

    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 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – Wii

    By 2 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - PS3

    By 27 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Condemned 2 - Xbox 360

    By 18 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Xbox 360

    By 18 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    God of War: Chains of Olympus – PSP

    By 17 March 2008

    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
    2 out of 5

    Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – Xbox 360

    By 17 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    Army of Two – PS3

    By 13 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    Conflict: Denied Ops - Xbox 360

    By 6 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity – Nintendo Wii

    By 4 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    Lost: The Video Game – Xbox 360

    By 3 March 2008

    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 out of 5

    FIFA Street 3 - PS3

    By 25 February 2008

    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 out of 5

    Turok – PS3

    By 22 February 2008

    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 out of 5

    No More Heroes - Nintendo Wii

    By 22 February 2008

    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...