Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Enemy Territories: Quake Wars – PC
    4 out of 5

    Enemy Territories: Quake Wars – PC

    By 8 October 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    World in Conflict - PC

    By 4 October 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

    Stranglehold – Xbox 360

    By 26 September 2007

    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
    2 out of 5

    Two Worlds – Xbox 360

    By 20 September 2007

    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
    3 out of 5

    Medal of Honor: Airborne – Xbox 360

    By 12 September 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

    Moto GP 07 - Xbox 360

    By 30 August 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Bioshock – Xbox 360

    By 21 August 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

    Madden NFL 08 – PS3

    By 14 August 2007

    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
    3 out of 5

    Big Brain Academy – Nintnedo Wii

    By 9 August 2007

    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...

  • Scarface: The World is Yours - Nintendo Wii
    3.5 out of 5

    Scarface: The World is Yours - Nintendo Wii

    By 29 July 2007

    Nintendo seem determined to dispel this myth that their consoles are just for the kiddies. Not only do they unleash the brutal Resident Evil 4 on an unsuspecting public, but tempt us to take control of Tony Montana

  • Colin McRae: DIRT - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Colin McRae: DIRT - Xbox 360

    By 2 July 2007

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Shadowrun - PC

    By 15 June 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Forza Motorsport 2 - Xbox 360

    By 13 June 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

    Tomb Raider: Anniversary - PS2

    By 6 June 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Rachet and Clank - Size Matters - PSP

    By 30 May 2007

    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
    3 out of 5

    Spider-Man 3 - Xbox 360

    By 17 May 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    God of War 2 - PS2

    By 5 May 2007

    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
    2 out of 5

    Medal of Honor Vanguard - Nintendo Wii

    By 18 April 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

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

    By 11 April 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars - PC

    By 10 April 2007

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Burnout Dominator - PS2

    By 9 April 2007

    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
    3 out of 5

    Full Auto 2 - PS3

    By 30 March 2007

    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
    2.5 out of 5

    The Godfather Dons Edition - PS3

    By 29 March 2007

    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
    4 out of 5

    The Warriors - PSP

    By 27 March 2007

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    SSX Blur - Nintendo Wii

    By 24 March 2007

    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...