Archive for Chris Pickering

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PSP
    3.5 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - PSP

    By 14 November 2006

    In our ever so humble opinion, Vice City is still the best GTA bar none. The 80s soundtrack, the first sighting of 3D GTA bikes and glorious dialogue all adds up to a title that’ll go down in history as one of the best ever. With Rockstar’s money...

  • Need For Speed: Carbon - PS2
    3 out of 5

    Need For Speed: Carbon - PS2

    By 9 November 2006

    Remember the ill fated 3DO console? Released back in the early-90s, this monstrous beast offered some of the best looking – if ridiculously expensive – gaming out there on CD media. Both Sega’s Saturn and Sony’s PlayStation consoles jumped on...

  • Battlefield 2142 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Battlefield 2142 - PC

    By 7 November 2006

    Here’s a question for gaming geniuses out there. How many hours do you think the Battlefield series of titles have been played for? Seriously, think about it for a second. It’s a multi million seller, so even if half its users play a mere hour per...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 6 - Xbox 360
    4.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 6 - Xbox 360

    By 2 November 2006

    Much like the Sports Interactive developed Football Manager series of footie management titles, Konami’s Pro Evo games have consistently offered up the most "realistic" game of footie. No matter what those FIFA fans say, the feel of the Pro Evo out...

  • Destroy All Humans 2 - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    Destroy All Humans 2 - PS2

    By 1 November 2006

    Few games these days are laugh out loud funny. And of the couple that spring to mind, none have made it that big. It’s why last year’s Destroy All Humans stood out. We lost count of the number of hilarious moments where we mere mortals bought it at...

  • Scarface  - PS2
    3 out of 5

    Scarface - PS2

    By 26 October 2006

    Tedious gaming experiences. Poorly created cash in sequels. Oh, and the vast majority of licensed titles. They're my bugbears. I’m thinking of the last sentence in particular as I write this review. Like the vast majority, we’re big fans of the film....

  • Ridge Racer 2 – PSP
    3 out of 5

    Ridge Racer 2 – PSP

    By 26 October 2006

    The old adage of "if it aint broke, don’t fix it" has been flogged like the proverbial dead horse within the video games industry, particularly over the last few years. Identikit titles have sprung up here there and everywhere in the guise of sequels,...

  • Football Manger 2007 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Football Manger 2007 - PC

    By 24 October 2006

    It’s not Christmas just yet, but each annual instalment of Sports Interactive’s long running football management franchise always gives us a similar buzz. And we’re not talking any old Christmas either. Think back to when you knew you were going...

  • Taito Legends: Power Up! - PSP
    2.5 out of 5

    Taito Legends: Power Up! - PSP

    By 17 October 2006

    So many retro collections can be summed up in two words. Cash in. But Taito has such a pedigree that any "best of" series has got to be good, right? Anyone remember shoot ‘em up gem Darius Gaiden? What about arcade classic Operation Wolf? We shoved...

  • FIFA 07 - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    FIFA 07 - PS2

    By 12 October 2006

    A new FIFA title has traditionally been a bit like the lead up to and immediate aftermath of your birthday. All that anticipation is replaced by a strangely empty feeling, a sense of disappointment and a ridiculously heavy hangover. Well, two out of three...

  • Gitarooman Lives - PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Gitarooman Lives - PSP

    By 10 October 2006

    For those gamers who aren’t too fond of stunningly detailed models, realistic moving hair and shiny sweat dripping off muscular male athletes (Fight Night Round 3 if that’s your thing!) then the Japanese game development community has always seen...

  • The Godfather - Xbox 360
    2.5 out of 5

    The Godfather - Xbox 360

    By 5 October 2006

    The Corleone family exploits seem well fitted to a modern day gaming title and EA already has the PS2, Xbox and PC sales figures to prove it. But there were a few fatal problems with these versions. The driving model in particular was no fun whatsoever,...

  • LMA Manager 2007 - XBox360
    3 out of 5

    LMA Manager 2007 - XBox360

    By 3 October 2006

    When it comes to console football management games, there’s never been a clear leader. A bit like the current West Ham set up, we’ve never been able to tell who’s the gaffer. Was it EA’s raft of titles? Or maybe those Premier Manager Mega Drive...

  • Defcon – PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Defcon – PC

    By 28 September 2006

    The plight suffered by today’s modern day gaming developer is plain to see. Over the last decade we’ve seen so many independents either swallowed up by one of the big boys, or simply forced out of the business full stop. But one talented little group...

  • Tekken Dark Resurrection - PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Tekken Dark Resurrection - PSP

    By 21 September 2006

    Everyone’s heard of Tekken whether you’ve played it or not. It’s right up there with Tomb Raider in the name recognition stakes. Despite not being as quite as good as Sega’s Virtua Fighter, Tekken’s stunning looks and hectic one on one action...

  • Test Drive Unlimited - Xbox360
    4.5 out of 5

    Test Drive Unlimited - Xbox360

    By 19 September 2006

    Mysteriously well-known despite its lack of real quality over the years, 2007 will see the twentieth birthday of the Test Drive series. Spanning 15 separate releases (22 in total if you add on the err … add ons) it’s been a series well-known for its...

  • NEC 42XR4 Silver Plasma
    3 out of 5

    NEC 42XR4 Silver Plasma

    By 15 September 2006

    Considering my spare time is frequently filled to the very brim with the latest gaming titles, you can safely say that high definition is right at the very forefront of my imagination. With the Xbox360 and PS3 intent on utilising the latest televisual...

  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - Xbox 360
    3.5 out of 5

    Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - Xbox 360

    By 14 September 2006

    In video game terms, the Star Wars name hasn’t peeked its head up from the gutter that often. The PC X-Wing and Tie Fighter games were absolute classics, but there’s been little else to get our geeky juices flowing. Last year’s Lego Star Wars –...

  • Saints Row - Xbox360
    4 out of 5

    Saints Row - Xbox360

    By 7 September 2006

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Well, then Rockstar – the developers of that universally adored Grand Theft Auto series – must be feeling pretty bloody good about themselves right now. Not only do they have in their locker a collection...

  • Gangs of London - PSP
    1 out of 5

    Gangs of London - PSP

    By 6 September 2006

    We can still vividly remember those early videos of that panned PS2 title The Getaway. They seemed to promise all that Sony had hyped up the PS2 to be - something new, daring, cool and downright gorgeous. Unfortunately, all that early promise mysteriously...

  • Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins - PSP
    4.5 out of 5

    Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins - PSP

    By 5 September 2006

    Capcom’s recent output has been something pretty special. Starting with Resident Evil 4 and taking in the likes of Killer7 and Viewtiful Joe 2, they’re a special kind of game maker. Everything they touch seems to turn to pure gold. Well, not literally....

  • Ninety Nine Nights - Xbox360
    2.5 out of 5

    Ninety Nine Nights - Xbox360

    By 29 August 2006

    To say Ninety Nine Nights bares something of a close comparison to the Dynasty Warriors series is like stating that John Carpenters "The Thing" is OK. Ish. Nights is Microsoft’s main way of flogging the Xbox360 to all those Asian gamers who left the...

  • Madden NFL 07 - Xbox 360
    4 out of 5

    Madden NFL 07 - Xbox 360

    By 29 August 2006

    EA’s long running Madden series of "American Football" titles has never made a big impact on next generation consoles. Although last year’s Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox360 certainly looked the part, even the developers themselves would be hard pressed...

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – PS2
    4 out of 5

    Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – PS2

    By 15 August 2006

    Enjoying hardcore Role Playing Games is right up there with watching professional wrestling and enjoying the tunes of Diana Ross in the list of things not to admit to. Although most people think of the likes of Square’s money spinning Final Fantasy...

  • Miami Vice - PSP
    2.5 out of 5

    Miami Vice - PSP

    By 15 August 2006

    Yes, it’s a movie tie-in. Yes, we detest movie tie-ins. Yes, the movie is a bit on the lame side as we’ve previously suspected. But we’ll try not to let all that cloud our judgement. Movie tie-ins generally adopt whatever gaming style is in vogue...