Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - Nintendo Wii
    3.5 out of 5

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - Nintendo Wii

    By 22 March 2007

    While there’s some great golf games around, the controls have always been, forgive the pun, a little below par. Pressing one button to initiate a golf swing and another for the power may give you a fair degree of accuracy, but it’s no substitute for...

  • Crackdown - Xbox 360
    4.5 out of 5

    Crackdown - Xbox 360

    By 21 March 2007

    Publishers can be crafty devils. They’ll do anything to make us poor downtrodden reviewers try any old game. A classic trick is to bundle potentially rubbish titles with early versions of guaranteed best sellers, so when Crackdown arrived sellotaped...

  • Supreme Commander - PC
    4 out of 5

    Supreme Commander - PC

    By 1 March 2007

    Any PC gamer worthy of the title will have no doubt lost months of their life to some kind of real time strategy game. Maybe it was Sid Meier’s Civilization with its awe inspiring task of establishing a brand new race? Or one of the early Command and...

  • Excite Truck - Nintendo Wii
    3 out of 5

    Excite Truck - Nintendo Wii

    By 27 February 2007

    Though the Wii’s initial efforts have worked like a charm with its unique control method, opening a new game always feels like a leap of faith. Can set in stone gaming styles really transfer over? We gamers are pretty set in our ways after all. So it’s...

  • Metal Slug Anthology - PSP
    4 out of 5

    Metal Slug Anthology - PSP

    By 16 February 2007

    You’re not likely to have heard much about the Metal Slug games. Not only are they fairly difficult to get a hold of, they’re also bluddy hard work to play. Then there’s the action – strictly 2D variety that us modern day three dimensional types...

  • The Sims Life Stories - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    The Sims Life Stories - PC

    By 16 February 2007

    Whether you love or loathe the Sims series, there’s absolutely no doubt it’s had EA laughing all the way to the bank. The two PC titles have sold in their millions and still make the top ten even now. When you take into account the masses of add ons...

  • Sega Mega Drive Collection - PS2
    4 out of 5

    Sega Mega Drive Collection - PS2

    By 13 February 2007

    We’ve been bombarded by collections of "classic" console and arcade games over the last few months and this one’s thanks to those Japanese gaming geniuses over at Sega. The Sega Mega Drive Collection pulls together titles from the company’s early-90s...

  • God Hand -  PS2
    3 out of 5

    God Hand - PS2

    By 6 February 2007

    Remember those days when the good old 2D beat-em-up was king? When Final Fight, Double Dragon and Streets of Rage took up all our console gaming time as we kicked millions of arses over and over and over… Well we’ve been lacking some decent fighting...

  • Okami - PS2
    4.5 out of 5

    Okami - PS2

    By 2 February 2007

    To say that Okami immediately strikes you as, well, Japanese is like stating that Scarlet Johansson is only a little bit hot. Starring the Japanese sun god Amaterasu in the guise of a gorgeously detailed white wolf, you traverse this ink and watercolour...

  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All - Nintendo DS
    3 out of 5

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All - Nintendo DS

    By 1 February 2007

    Objection! Overruled! The plantiff will answer! And so on. Sorry, we’ve been watching too much Law and Order. Legal games may not be the top of your list, but last year’s DS hit, Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney sold by the trolley load. While it was...

  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - Xbox 360 FIRST LOOK
    0 out of 5

    Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - Xbox 360 FIRST LOOK

    By 1 February 2007

    Still regarded as one of the Xbox 360’s best online titles, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter continues to be played by thousands of 360 owning online gamers every single night of the week. And now with the much craved GRAW 2 single-player demo now available...

  • Star Fox Command - Nintendo DS
    3.5 out of 5

    Star Fox Command - Nintendo DS

    By 30 January 2007

    Nintendo’s touchscreen packing DS continues to wallop Sony’s PSP on the sales front and its gaming line up is looking better than ever. Try playing New Super Mario Bros and you’ll feel that same boundless joy you experienced way way back when playing...

  • Lost Planet - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Lost Planet - Xbox 360

    By 25 January 2007

    If Capcom continue how it's been doing the last few years they’re going to clean up. We’re thinking of the likes of Dead Rising, Okami, Resident Evil 4, Killer 7, Viewtiful Joe and Devil May Cry 3. This massive Japanese corporation is steeped in gaming...

  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz - Nintendo Wii
    4 out of 5

    Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz - Nintendo Wii

    By 23 January 2007

    The original Super Monkey Ball that first adorned Nintendo’s last console, the ill fated Gamecube, remains right up there with the very best games released in recent times. Its analogue stick driven control method couldn’t help but enthral, encouraging...

  • Wario Ware Smooth Moves - Nintendo Wii
    4.5 out of 5

    Wario Ware Smooth Moves - Nintendo Wii

    By 21 January 2007

    This WarioWare series has proved strangely popular with far more people than even Nintendo could’ve hoped for. Who would have thought that a collection of incredibly short mini games packing full on Far Eastern humour would have done well here and in...

  • Final Fantasy XII - PS2
    4.5 out of 5

    Final Fantasy XII - PS2

    By 18 January 2007

    Mention the name "Final Fantasy" to a gamer and the vast majority will go all misty eyed as they fondly remember the initial train journey that pre-empted Cloud’s quest through that PS1 classic Final Fantasy VII. We do urge you to back slowly away from...

  • Madden '07 - Nintendo Wii
    4 out of 5

    Madden '07 - Nintendo Wii

    By 26 December 2006

    EA’s latest perfectly illustrates the worry we had when the Nintendo Wii’s innovative control system was first announced. Instead of brand spanking new titles being created to make the best use of the Wii’s revolutionary control system, EA’s first...

  • Rayman Raving Rabbids  – Wii
    4 out of 5

    Rayman Raving Rabbids – Wii

    By 21 December 2006

    If the Wii’s bunch of launch titles all make it to these shores in one piece, it looks like there’ll be a little something for everyone. With Wii Sports offering up short lasting but fun sporting titles, the ever incredible WarioWare all set to make...

  • Football Manager Handheld 2007 - PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Football Manager Handheld 2007 - PSP

    By 14 December 2006

    Football, football, football. It’s all that’s bloody on TV these days. Great, isn’t it? Our love of Sports Interactive’s seminal Football Manager games is easy to see from our [previous reviews](

  • Viva Pinata - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Viva Pinata - Xbox 360

    By 12 December 2006

    Viva Pinata is indeed based on a kiddies TV show. Not seen it? Well, picture a brightly coloured world filled up with Pinatas – cutesy and slightly demented looking squirrels, donkeys, hedgehogs and more. They actually do very little, but when did that...

  • Guitar Hero II - PS2
    4.5 out of 5

    Guitar Hero II - PS2

    By 5 December 2006

    When it comes to air guitar, we’re up for necking ten Barcadi Breezers and rocking out with the best of them. Deep down we all want to be Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses, but mere mortals like us just don’t have the time and Patience (geddit?) to get...

  • Cricket 2007 - PS2
    2 out of 5

    Cricket 2007 - PS2

    By 1 December 2006

    Despite the mass hype that surrounded the previous Ashes series – which saw us whip some Aussie butt at long last – frequently the sport is about as exciting as watching the Labour party conference. Your typical over consists of three defensive strokes...

  • WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2007 - PS2
    4 out of 5

    WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2007 - PS2

    By 28 November 2006

    Never mind that modern day pro wrestling isn’t quite as popular as it was back when the likes of Giant Haystacks lumbered around on our television screens, the THQ published Smackdown vs RAW series has been a huge, huge seller. For wrestling fans, it...

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Xbox 360

    By 21 November 2006

    Woo hoo, the whole Marvel gang are here for another action RPG by Raven Software. You know, they who shocked us all with a fantastic title by the name of X Men Legends a few years back. This time we’re not restricted to merely those mutant X men. There’s...

  • FEAR - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    FEAR - Xbox 360

    By 16 November 2006

    No, not a gaming version of the cracking Ian Brown track (though we’re intrigued how that’d work if some developer fancies a pop?) but a spooky first person shooter/thriller with more than a few influences culled from recent Asian horror flicks that...