Archive for Pat Cahill

  • Genji Dawn of the Samurai - PS2
    4 out of 5

    Genji Dawn of the Samurai - PS2

    By 25 November 2005

    Genji is an authentic Asian slash-'em-up, and an extra special one. Imagine Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as a PS2 game, and you're imagining something close to the spectacular visual experience Genji has to offer. The gameplay and structure is largely...

  • Without Warning - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    Without Warning - PS2

    By 11 November 2005

    Imagine a PS2 version of the TV show 24 and you have just imagined Without Warning. But does its novel time shifting and character changing, combined with its highly predictable ‘defeat the terrorists’ storyline combine to make an innovative new game?...

  • Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines - PS2
    1.5 out of 5

    Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines - PS2

    By 14 October 2005

    Since the release of titles such as Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid, stealth games have become a fusion of adrenaline-filled shoot ‘em ups, fast paced first-person shooters, and brain exhausting strategy games. Unfortunately, Pilot Down falls short...

  • 187 Ride or Die - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    187 Ride or Die - PS2

    By 23 September 2005

    This latest offering from Ubisoft is a typical street racing game based in the US. It’s crammed full of spectacular crashes and dangerous weapons, and is interlaced with commentary and narration in incomprehensible urban street talk. That part of the...

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction - PS2
    1.5 out of 5

    Weapons of Mass Destruction - PS2

    By 12 August 2005

    Can you imagine how ridiculous it would be for Ford to re-launch the model T tomorrow, and treat it as a serious rival to modern cars? If so, then you can also picture just how out of place Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction is in today’s gaming...

  • Moto GP 4 - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    Moto GP 4 - PS2

    By 22 July 2005

    MotoGP, the mad sport of racing on insanely fast motorbikes, has just been revitalized and rejuvenated by Namco, who bring us the latest version of the popular series. Namco have been criticized in the past for releasing updates in this series with only...

  • Altered Beast - PS2
    2 out of 5

    Altered Beast - PS2

    By 22 April 2005

    Film remakes seem to have a pattern of failing more often than succeeding- ‘Get Carter’, ‘The Stepford Wives’, ‘Psycho’, ‘Solaris’ - all box office flops and there’s much more dross than the gold of ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and...

  • UEFA Champions League 2005 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    UEFA Champions League 2005 - PC

    By 15 April 2005

    Less than six months after the release of FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts are shipping out UEFA Champions League 2005. One might presume that another game released so rapidly is a superficially polished clone with the one purpose of boosting profits. But in...

  • Shadows of Rome - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    Shadows of Rome - PS2

    By 18 February 2005

    The release of Shadow of Rome comes a few years late, you might think, in the wake of Ridley Scott’s epic film ‘Gladiator’. Now there’s been time for Gladiator fever to subside, get ready to wield your own gladius. Shadow of Rome is set in the...

  • Suikoden IV - PS2
    3 out of 5

    Suikoden IV - PS2

    By 11 February 2005

    The first two Suikoden games in the series laid the foundations for a landmark third instalment. Konami could then have built on the success of this triumph in the fourth edition. The newest game however appears to be a slight step backwards in the series,...

  • Cops 2170  The Power Of the Law - PC
    4 out of 5

    Cops 2170 The Power Of the Law - PC

    By 28 January 2005

    Point and click strategy games don’t all have to be set is a land that looks like the ‘Shire’ from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But can Cops 2170 manage do break away from the pack? We take a look and find out. The latest offering from the MIST...

  • Xploder Cheat System V5
    4.5 out of 5

    Xploder Cheat System V5

    By 7 January 2005

    Until now cheat discs have been for the lazy and for those with too much spare cash. They crashed your console and deleted your game saves. Xploder V5 however is revolutionary. It does not freeze and it does not corrupt - and more importantly the cheats...

  • EverQuest II (2) - PC
    3 out of 5

    EverQuest II (2) - PC

    By 31 December 2004

    After recent console releases such as Halo 2 and GTA: San Andreas, similar games may have been expected on PC. Instead, Everquest II is released. To some this will be great news and mean hours on the PC raising their ‘disease resistance’. To others...

  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw - PS2
    3.5 out of 5

    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw - PS2

    By 17 December 2004

    I remember the very first time I played a WWE (formerly WWF) wrestling game. It was great fun - chairs could be used as weapons, you could create your own wrestler and the fight could continue into a changing room backstage. That was on the Nintendo 64,...

  • Myst IV Revelation
    4.5 out of 5

    Myst IV Revelation

    By 26 November 2004

    The Myst series has dominated the ‘when-is-this-going-to-end-adventure’ genre for over a decade, and the fourth incarnation has just been released. However, during those eleven years, the gaming world has changed - GTA came out, then Goldeneye took...

  • WRC 04 - PS2
    4 out of 5

    WRC 04 - PS2

    By 14 November 2004

    This year has been littered with Rally games and entering into the heated race is World Rally Championship 4. Judging by its predecessor’s success, this fourth incarnation in the successful racing series should be a great game - but does it lives up...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 4 - PS2
    4.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 4 - PS2

    By 1 November 2004

    The Pro Evolution Soccer series has always been on the list of fantastic football games alongside FIFA, however never really had the goods to beat it with fans of the latter always claiming it’s more realistic, has better graphics and overall improved...

  • Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising - PC
    4 out of 5

    Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising - PC

    By 12 October 2004

    Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising is the newest in the ‘war zone first-person shooter’ genre attempting to beat the stiff competition of Battlefield Vietnam and Battlefield 1942. These are hard acts to follow. It’s hard to imagine a game capable...