Archive for Chris Pickering

  • The Club - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    The Club - Xbox 360

    By 19 February 2008

    That old adage of never judging a book by its cover has never proven so wise as when attached to The Club. At first glance, The Club appears to be another of those brainless shooters with a hefty body count. But dig a little deeper and you discover that...

  • Ghost Squad – Nintendo Wii
    3.5 out of 5

    Ghost Squad – Nintendo Wii

    By 15 February 2008

    It’s a bit of a surprise that it’s taken such a huge amount of time to find a true old school light gun title on the Wii. Yes, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles was a corker, but it lacked the real immediacy that the likes of Time Crisis and Virtua...

  • Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – Xbox 360

    By 6 February 2008

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, the PC original, was a brutally exciting, if a little repetitive, action title. Its major flaws were a combination of poor design choices (shallow character progression) and lack of play testing (some shocking bugs and...

  • Burnout Paradise - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Burnout Paradise - Xbox 360

    By 4 February 2008

    For racing fans eager to obliterate their motors, the Burnout series has always been the way to go. It’s early addiction for dangerous driving being overtaken by “Takeouts”, which saw you rewarded for actively bashing your opponents off the road...

  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii
    4 out of 5

    Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii

    By 25 January 2008

    For those not in the know, Geometry Wars originally started as a mere mini-game placed in a small corner of the garage in Project Gotham Racing 2. It’s short lived, score obsessed shoot-em-up nature set in place as a brief distraction as the tedium...

  • Soldier of Fortune: Payback – Xbox 360
    2.5 out of 5

    Soldier of Fortune: Payback – Xbox 360

    By 23 January 2008

    The original Soldier of Fortune shocked all with its gruesome brand of FPS action back in 2000. While many screamed that its sheer existence acted to the detriment of a games industry still seemingly obsessed with violence by the mass media, it somehow...

  • Time Crisis 4 - PS3
    3.5 out of 5

    Time Crisis 4 - PS3

    By 22 January 2008

    The arcade light gun game is one we’ve all tried. Who can forget those Saturday afternoons at your local arcade, feeding coin after coin into huge Time Crisis or Virtua Cop cabinets? For the last few years however, this on-rails brand of shooter hasn’t...

  • Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow – PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow – PSP

    By 11 January 2008

    Stealth focused shooters have always been ten a penny on the Sony consoles. From the Tom Clancy games, to Metal Gear, and even good old Splinter Cell, there’s always been a plethora of goodness to be extracted in this particular genre. The PSP is no...

  • Wipeout Pulse – PSP
    4 out of 5

    Wipeout Pulse – PSP

    By 11 January 2008

    Nintendo have a chubby little plumber. Sega always had a spikey blue sneaker-clad hedgehog. Microsoft came hand in hand with Master Chief, until Bungie upped and scarpered. As for Sony, they didn’t bother with the traditional method of some kind of...

  • Beowulf – Xbox 360
    2.5 out of 5

    Beowulf – Xbox 360

    By 9 January 2008

    Back in the glory gaming days of the late80’s/early-90s, games based on film licenses were almost literally ten a penny. It seemed that a quick browse of the shop shelves on any given format would see you confronted with a mass of swiftly produced titles...

  • Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii
    2.5 out of 5

    Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii

    By 28 December 2007

    The big potential pitfall for the Wii has always been that development teams will merely try and port their already much loved titles from other formats. Might not sound too bad in theory, but who wants to play the same old games with the added bonus...

  • SingStar
    4.5 out of 5


    By 13 December 2007

    If Sony are to start shifting PS3s in the kind of number that they truly desire, it's getting titles like SingStar talked about. Come on, who’s mum hasn’t been mildly intrigued when she’s heard you crooning along to some classic track during the...

  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PS3
    4.5 out of 5

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PS3

    By 10 December 2007

    Would Tomb Raider have ever been so popular if it didn’t have Lara Croft’s ample bosom? Uncharted is the latest in a long line of games that’s attempted to find out. Starring an apparent descendent of that legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nathan...

  • Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles - Nintendo Wii
    4 out of 5

    Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles - Nintendo Wii

    By 8 December 2007

    After the bloody amazingness that was Resident Evil 4, a lot has been expected of Umbrella Chronicles. But rather than simply take the zombie packed series to the next level, Capcom have decided that what we all crave is a Resident Evil based light gun...

  • Guitar Hero III – Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Guitar Hero III – Xbox 360

    By 7 December 2007

    It’s hard to imagine gaming life without Guitar Hero. Wielding a small plastic guitar in front of the TV, pretending to play along to some of our all time favourite classic guitar led tracks, is as fun as gaming has ever been. Even if it might look...

  • Kane and Lynch - Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Kane and Lynch - Xbox 360

    By 26 November 2007

    From the developers of the wonderful Hitman series, Io Interactive, comes this crime-based action thriller. Dispensing the stealthy sneak ‘em up that they’re normally used to working on, Kane & Lynch is pure action all the way. Unlike most action...

  • Assassin's Creed - Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Assassin's Creed - Xbox 360

    By 22 November 2007

    Hype can sometimes be a ridiculous thing. Especially in the games industry. A few gorgeous looking mocked-up screenshots can sometimes be enough to send us salivating as though Scarlet Johannsen just appeared stark naked on your livingroom sofa. We can...

  • Crysis - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Crysis - PC

    By 19 November 2007

    The build-up of Crysis has typified what most see as the horrible world of PC gaming. Every gloriously detailed screenshot has been fawned over as if it was the epitome of absolute beauty, with all other titles compared to these dazzling early screenshots,...

  • Hellgate: London – PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Hellgate: London – PC

    By 8 November 2007

    If you offered me the choice between that gorgeous Scottish city of Edinburgh, and the cockney filled, smog polluted hell-hole of London, you’d not be too shocked to spy me strapping on my kilt, affixing my sporran, and downing more alcohol in an evening...

  • Football Manager 2008 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Football Manager 2008 - PC

    By 5 November 2007

    The old adage of "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" has never rung more true than with the Football Manager series. Year after year we’ve been handed pretty much the exact same game, but with just the right number of tweaks to push the enjoyment...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Xbox 360

    By 31 October 2007

    We don’t know what’s better. Is it the arrival of a brand spanking new version of Pro Evo each year or flattening your bitterest rivals in a tooth and nail local derby? The arrival of this year’s Pro Evo has been even more closely scrutinised. Many...

  • Folklore – PS3
    3.5 out of 5

    Folklore – PS3

    By 23 October 2007

    Every PS3 owner out there realises that they’re still a little starved of real quality titles. Yes you have your Ghost Recon 2s, the glorious Colin McRae DiRTs, and the incredibly addictive Skate, but they are all titles that those dirty little Xbox...

  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions – PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions – PSP

    By 19 October 2007

    Spin-offs might be standard fare in the TV industry, but in the gaming realm they’re a little less common. Not that that is particularly a sorry state of affairs – who really wants the gaming equivalent of "Joey" after all? The Final Fantasy Tactics...

  • Project Gotham Racing 4 - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Project Gotham Racing 4 - Xbox 360

    By 18 October 2007

    What a difference a few months make. Not so long ago we were clamouring for some new racing titles to appear on our Xbox 360’s. Now we have on our hands the forth big name to hit the console in a handful of months. Talk about buses turning up at once…...

  • MySims – Nintendo Wii
    3 out of 5

    MySims – Nintendo Wii

    By 17 October 2007

    MySims and the Wii seems an absolutely superb fit. The social interaction of The Sims series of titles from EA, combined with the "fun for all the family" addiction of the Nintendo Wii should make for a game that could easily be the first decent console-based...