Archive for Steve Hill

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review: Hits the ground running
    4 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review: Hits the ground running

    By 13 November 2014

    The war was won by FIFA many years ago, but like an oblivious Japanese soldier, Pro Evolution Soccer - better known by its PES moniker - continues to lurk in the undergrowth, carefully biding its time. Perennially citing problems adapting to the new-gen...

  • Thief review
    3.5 out of 5

    Thief review

    By 28 February 2014

    Thief in 2014 reboots a much loved gaming franchise that was born over 15 years ago. It’s been ten long years since the last title in the series, and in the time since there are inevitably great swathes of punters who either don't know or, perhaps,...

  • Rayman Legends review
    4 out of 5

    Rayman Legends review

    By 21 February 2014

    Too weird. Too retro. Too French? Whatever the criticisms aimed at the Rayman series over the years, they were swatted aside by 2011’s excellent Rayman Origins, a defiantly traditional 2D platform game that saw the limbless character celebrate his 16th...

  • Battlefield 4 review
    4 out of 5

    Battlefield 4 review

    By 1 November 2013

    Like the annual FIFA and PES footie games war, it’s now the turn of first person shooters to fight it out, headed up by Battlefield 4. The annual atrocity exhibition this year kicks off with EA’s Battlefield 4, a title destined to bring joy to millions...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 review

    By 18 September 2013

    After years in FIFA's shadow, last season's Pro Evolution Soccer, the title better known as PES, was something of a return to form, at least critically if not commercially. So what do they do this year for PES 2014? Rip it up and start again by introducing...

  • Puppeteer review
    3 out of 5

    Puppeteer review

    By 11 September 2013

    The 2D platform renaissance continues apace with Sony Japan's Puppeteer - a Playstation 3 exclusive - following hot on the fast-moving heels of Rayman Legends. It's platformer season. We may have had a mild dig at the latter game's storyline, but it was...

  • Hitman Absolution
    4 out of 5

    Hitman Absolution

    By 23 November 2012

    “How many lives will you take to save one?” asks the back of the box. “Absolutely loads,” replies Pocket-lint. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of coppers, rednecks, truckers, miners, construction workers, security guards, strippers, sexy killer...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
    4.5 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

    By 21 September 2012

    Such has been the dominance of the FIFA behemoth in recent years, there is probably a whole generation of gamers that doesn’t even remember when PES ruled the land. Cruelly coinciding with FIFA’s long-overdue finding of form, the decline of PES seemed...

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
    4 out of 5

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

    By 24 May 2012

    A staple of gaming over the years, war, whether past, present or future, has provided countless hours of gleeful entertainment for hordes of improbable soldiers. It has also provided Tom Clancy with a decent living, and he again lends his name to the...

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
    3 out of 5

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

    By 17 April 2012

    Having practically been airbrushed out of his own game last year – which nevertheless went on to achieve record sales – the disgraced/redeemed/washed-up Tiger returns to front and centre this time round, sharing the cover with fellow Masters flop...

  • Need for Speed: The Run
    3 out of 5

    Need for Speed: The Run

    By 7 December 2011

    The Need for Speed series has been kicking around in various guises since the last millennium. Now pretty much an annual affair, coming up with original approaches must be an increasingly challenging business. However, this time round some bright spark...

  • The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    4 out of 5

    The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    By 5 December 2011

    Remember the Nintendo Wii? The console that, for better or worse, pioneered motion control and had a nation of casual gamers flapping their arms about as if swatting invisible demons. We don’t cover it much on Pocket-Lint, possibly because it looks...

  • Saints Row: The Third
    4 out of 5

    Saints Row: The Third

    By 25 November 2011

    There’s a TV advert doing the rounds at the moment that helpfully points out that Saints Row: The Third is available at Argos. As well as nudging you towards an impulse purchase, while treating that special person in your life to some Elizabeth Duke...

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
    3.5 out of 5

    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

    By 22 November 2011

    The Assassin’s Creed games always look like they might be quite enjoyable, all backstabbing and historical intrigue, like a Dan Brown novel for the hard of thinking. In reality though, despite the lush settings, dramatic music and variety of hooded...

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    4.5 out of 5

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    By 16 November 2011

    How do you review a game that lasts for months? Ideally, on a generous day rate. In reality, a man on a motorbike brings it to your house, you put in it the Xbox, and a full 12 hours later you stumble into bed riddled with self loathing, having literally...

  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    4 out of 5

    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    By 7 November 2011

    There’s an action sequence in the first Uncharted game where everything suddenly clicks into place, and for a fleeting moment it feels like you’re starring in a Hollywood movie. It may only last about half a minute, but it has come to define the PS3-exclusive...

  • Batman: Arkham City
    4.5 out of 5

    Batman: Arkham City

    By 31 October 2011

    Apologies for the delay. Blame Batman. Blame Arkham. Blame a massive sprawling game that sucks you into its world and keeps you there for nights on end. We've gone a little bit Batman crazy of late, to the extent that we're typing these words while watching...

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
    4 out of 5

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

    By 14 October 2011

    The nights are drawing in, tree-based debris litters the ground, and a man’s thoughts turn to one thing: anti-depressants. Alternatively, you could invest some time in deciding which pretend football game to buy in order to get through the cruel winter...

  • Forza Motorsport 4
    4 out of 5

    Forza Motorsport 4

    By 6 October 2011

    "I hate Top Gear, and I hate anyone that likes it." Comedian Stewart Lee may not be elbowing his way past the petrol-heads to pick up the latest iteration of Forza, but the all-new Top Gear endorsement may well pique the interest of frightened middle-aged...

  • Rage
    4 out of 5

    Rage

    By 4 October 2011

    It’s no exaggeration to say that legendary Dallas-based developer id Software was instrumental in the evolution of the modern day videogame. Pioneering the first person shooter genre with such landmark PC titles as Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake back in...

  • Resistance 3
    4 out of 5

    Resistance 3

    By 23 September 2011

    While another high profile trilogy recently coming to an end on the Xbox 360, over on the PS3 the fight also reached a head against a similarly rampant alien invasion. It is of course our old enemy, the Chimera, who are intent on decimating the human...

  • Gears of War 3
    4 out of 5

    Gears of War 3

    By 15 September 2011

    One of the poster boys for Microsoft’s formerly new-fangled Xbox 360, the Gears of War trilogy reaches its conclusion in dramatic fashion with this third and final instalment. The occasion is given extra gravitas by the knowledge that once the end credits...

  • Dead Island
    3 out of 5

    Dead Island

    By 12 September 2011

    With the best part of a million views on YouTube, the trailer for Dead Island has whipped zombie enthusiasts into a minor frenzy of expectation. That anticipation is piqued further by the game’s intro, a thinly veiled tribute to The Prodigy’s Smack...

  • Bodycount
    3 out of 5

    Bodycount

    By 5 September 2011

    A game called "Bodycount" was never going to be the subtlest of affairs. This proves to be the case from the outset as you’re tossed into the midst of an African civil war with little more than a brace of firearms and some garbled instructions from...

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    4 out of 5

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    By 26 August 2011

    Released in space year 2000, the original Deus Ex is still revered by rheumy-eyed PC gamers as one of the greatest titles of all time. Arriving amidst a slew of generic first person shooters, it was a game-changing release that offered a vast array of...