Archive for Tobias Henry

Dishonored quick play preview

Dishonored quick play preview

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Even when you’re a veteran games journalist, made grumpy and cynical by endless clones and hyped-up mediocrities, some games are still a case of love at first sight. You couldn’t take your first look at Uncharted, Gears of War or Bioshock without... >>

First Look: Rage

First Look: Rage

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Coming from a company often accused of recycling its unmatched heritage, Rage is a surprisingly ambitious game - arguably the most ambitious iD has produced since the glory days of Quake. From its open desert landscapes to its dingy, mutant-filled caverns,... >>

Inversion quick play preview

Inversion quick play preview

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Inversion is a game that doesn’t so much defy your expectations as - literally - turn them upside down. What looks like a straightforward third-person shooter in the Gears of War mould turns out to have a distinctive twist.Using advanced, alien technology... >>

Resistance 3 quick play preview

Resistance 3 quick play preview

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Resistance is the perennial nearly man of the blockbuster sci-fi FPS crowd. The original suffered for being a disappointing PS3 launch title, and for looking and feeling rushed. The sequel was a vast improvement, but had its thunder stolen by the more... >>

The Darkness II quick play preview

The Darkness II quick play preview

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The Darkness is one of the most under-rated FPS games of this generation. Coming from StarBreeze, makers of the excellent Chronicles of Riddick games, the comic-book adaptation was a crazed mix of violent action, Mafia saga and dark fantasy, starring... >>

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
3.0 stars

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D should have been a cause for jubilation. Finally we have a game that shows what the 3DS can do, proving that Nintendo's newest handheld can handle graphics of Resident Evil 4 calibre, if not quite Resident Evil 5. Sure,... >>

Shadows of the Damned
3.5 stars

Shadows of the Damned

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Shadows of the Damned is - unquestionably - one of those “love it or hate it” experiences. Admittedly, the “hate it” side is holding most of the ammunition. The result of a collaboration between Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, and Suda51,... >>

FEAR 3
4.0 stars

FEAR 3

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Let’s be honest: FEAR 3 isn’t exactly 2011’s most keenly anticipated sequel. The 2005 original was an excellent FPS and a deeply creepy game, but over the years it’s been largely forgotten while other franchises have stolen all the limelight.... >>

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
4.5 stars

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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The problem with remastered classics is that they so rarely live up to their status, or indeed your own memories. What was once revolutionary now seems antiquated. Visuals that once evoked awe now evoke nothing more than pity. Developers face a choice... >>

Child of Eden
4.0 stars

Child of Eden

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Child of Eden is the sort of game that brings out the worst in reviewers. It's a stunning game - innovative, smart and genuinely beautiful, with dazzling abstract graphics and screen-filling blooms of neon light and colour. Both the visuals and the gameplay... >>

Duke Nukem Forever
3.0 stars

Duke Nukem Forever

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Duke Nukem Forever almost doesn’t need a review, just a flowchart. Fourteen years of development has resulted in a scruffy, scrappy mongrel of a game which, in a lot of ways, should have been put down permanently several years ago. The graphics and... >>

Red Faction: Armageddon
3.0 stars

Red Faction: Armageddon

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Say what you will about Red Faction: Armageddon, but Volition's third-person shooter packs some truly fantastic toys. Sure, it has all the usual shotguns, assault rifles and rocket launchers, but alongside them you'll find mighty hammers that can smash... >>

inFamous 2
4.0 stars

inFamous 2

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It might seem strange to complain that a game that sold over one million copies and has a Metacritic score of 85% never had the sales or the acclaim that it deserved, but when that game is inFamous, it’s a valid point. Why? Well, if you’d played it... >>

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
4.0 stars

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

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By anyone’s standards, The Witcher 2 is the best fantasy RPG of the last few years. It is more polished than Dragon Age, more expansive than Dragon Age 2 and in a different league to Risen, Two Worlds II and Gothic 4. It has a strong story, a fascinating... >>

DiRT 3
4.0 stars

DiRT 3

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In the two previous iterations of DiRT, there has always been a tension between the past values of the series and the direction Codemasters wanted to take it for the future. The first two DiRT games bore the name and legacy of the Colin McRae Rally series... >>

L.A. Noire
4.0 stars

L.A. Noire

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For once, you can believe the hype. L.A. Noire is a revolution in interactive entertainment (or video games, as us less high-falutin’ types like to call it) and a major step forwards for games as a narrative artform. Both aesthetically and technically,... >>

Brink
3.5 stars

Brink

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There’s a big weight on Brink’s shoulders, and it’s the burden of our collective expectation. From the previews, the trailers and all the pre-release hype, we’ve come to expect a revolutionary FPS full of graceful Mirror’s Edge-style free-running... >>

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
4.5 stars

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

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Ask your average hardcore gamer what their most anticipated game of the season might be, and its unlikely that Lego Pirates of the Cariibean would be on the tip of their tongue. LA Noire? Maybe. Duke Nukem Forever? Possibly. But a Lego game based on Disney’s... >>

Steel Diver
2.5 stars

Steel Diver

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Steel Diver is an oddity. Originally developed as a tech-demo for the 3DS, it’s been fleshed out as a full-priced retail game to fit inside Nintendo’s generous launch window, where it joins the trickle of titles emerging for the 3D handheld. Up to... >>

Virtua Tennis 4
4.0 stars

Virtua Tennis 4

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be the guiding design principal for Sega’s classic Tennis series. While the graphics change and game modes come and go, Sega hasn’t really meddled much over the series four iterations (six if you... >>

Thor: God of Thunder
2.0 stars

Thor: God of Thunder

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Let’s just cut to the chase, and call this baby God of Thor. Sega’s PS3 and Xbox 360 adaptation of Kenneth Branagh’s Marvel superhero movie plays very much in the style of Sony’s epic Greek myth brawlers, with the son of Odinin the shoes of Kratos... >>

Mortal Kombat
4.0 stars

Mortal Kombat

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Inevitably, nostalgia has become as big a force in gaming as it is in music or the movies. Just as there’s a market for the bands of the 80s and early-90s, or for big screen reworkings of The A-Team, Arthur, Clash of the Titans, Tron and Robocop, so... >>

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean hands-on

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean hands-on

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Having Lego-fied the worlds of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter, the team at Traveller’s Tales is primed to do the same for a new blockbuster franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean. At an event thoughtfully staged in a rum-soaked North London... >>

Portal 2
4.5 stars

Portal 2

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In less capable hands, Portal 2 could have been a disaster. As part of Valve’s mighty Orange Box, the original felt like the sort of brilliant support act you sometimes find on a stadium tour, threatening to blow the main band - Half Life 2: Episode... >>

Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
3.5 stars

Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

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What do you think of when you think of the new 3DS? In your face 3D visuals? The kind of bright, colourful graphics you might expect from the Wii? Slick 3D updates of established favourites, with neat Wi-Fi features bundled in? Yep. Us too. So why is... >>

Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed
4.5 stars

Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed

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With 2009’s Need for Speed: Shift, Electronic Arts did the unthinkable; not just producing the first decent Need for Speed game in donkey’s years, but a sim-style racer that was a credible rival to Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. Sure, the handling... >>

Ridge Racer 3D
3.5 stars

Ridge Racer 3D

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If there’s any racing game series that deserves to be called ubiquitous then Ridge Racer definitely fits the bill. Sure, EA rolls out Need for Speed these days to just about anything with a processor and a screen, but Ridge Racer has now appeared on... >>

Motorstorm Apocalypse
4.0 stars

Motorstorm Apocalypse

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Motorstorm was never the most restrained or sober-minded racer. After all, the series made its name with a pile-it-all-on banquet of mud-splattered carnage, pitting trucks, bikes, ATVs and buggies against each other on courses hacked out of the rocks... >>

Pilot Wings Resort
3.5 stars

Pilot Wings Resort

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The launch line-up of the 3DS leaves its buyers in a bit of a quandary: what game or games should you actually buy with the thing? Sure, there are some promising options, such as Streetfighter IV 3D Edition or Ridge Racer 3D, while Nintendogs + Cats has... >>

Crysis 2
4.0 stars

Crysis 2

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Let’s kick off with the bad news: Crysis 2 is flawed. It has been streamlined and dumbed down in its transition to consoles, and the results will inevitably disappoint some fans of the PC-only original. The vast open jungles, swamps and icy wastes of... >>

Nintendo 3DS
3.5 stars

Nintendo 3DS

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"Try before you buy", "your mileage will vary", "wait and see”: all phrases that no serious reviewer likes to use. Sadly, they're all quite appropriate when the product we're talking about is Nintendo's latest little wonder, the Nintendo 3DS. It's a... >>

Homefront
3.0 stars

Homefront

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Smirk all you like about Homefront - and you probably will - but at least it’s a game with ambition. It’s a game that wants to step into the ring with Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and give them some real competition. It’s a game... >>

Dragon Age 2
3.5 stars

Dragon Age 2

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At the beginning of 2010, it was hard to imagine that Mass Effect 2 would feature quite so heavily in so many people’s Game of the Year round-ups. The first game was decent, but still a little disappointing. The sequel, however, was a masterpiece -... >>

Fight Night Champion
4.0 stars

Fight Night Champion

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Whether you’re a boxing fan or not, you have to admire what EA Sports has done with the Fight Night series. With Round 3 it created a game that helped define sports games for the current console generation, with pretty damn close to photorealistic graphics,... >>

Bulletstorm
4.5 stars

Bulletstorm

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We’re not sure how Bulletstorm manages it, but there’s something about this Epic/People Can Fly co-production that’s brilliantly retro and excitingly fresh at the same time. For all its headline-grabbing Skillshots and ultra-violent spectacle, Bulletstorm... >>

Killzone 3
4.5 stars

Killzone 3

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It shows how far console shooters have come that some critics have already labelled Killzone 3 a disappointment. Judging by some of the miserable carping going on, it appears that it’s no longer enough to be a visually stunning, technically accomplished,... >>

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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Prepare to be confused, baffled and totally bewildered. Even if you’re not given to pondering why the Incredible Hulk might want to lay the smackdown on Streetfighter’s Ryu in a Resident Evil laboratory, or why Wolverine might pick a fight with Devil... >>

Test Drive Unlimited 2
3.5 stars

Test Drive Unlimited 2

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Let's get the bad news over with. Given that it's been a good 5 years since the release of Test Drive Unlimited, it's hugely disappointing that the sequel arrives feeling so unpolished in key areas, so dated in others, and with the major issue that so... >>

Mario Sports Mix
2.5 stars

Mario Sports Mix

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While they’ve never troubled the likes of FIFA or Virtua Tennis for sales or reputation, Nintendo has had a pretty good run with its Mario-branded sports titles. The formula has always been simple; take a popular sport (e.g., Footie or Tennis), throw... >>

Dead Space 2
4.5 stars

Dead Space 2

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You think you know where you are with a game when a loading screen hint suggests that you use your Kinesis power to grab the dismembered limbs from nearby necromorphs and hurl them at their mates. First, that you're in that world of seriously scary sci-fi... >>

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
4.0 stars

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

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With all the hoo-ha this week over the upcoming launch of the Nintendo 3DS, with its launch line-up heavy with remakes, reboots, updates and conversions, it strikes us that the games we'll remember from the DS era aren't the usual big name franchises... >>

DC Universe Online
3.5 stars

DC Universe Online

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Here's the problem with DC Universe Online: do you score it for what it is, or for what it might have been? As a superhero MMORPG, it's a qualified triumph, taking the crown from the dated City of Heroes/Villains duo and effortlessly outclassing Champions... >>

LittleBigPlanet 2
4.5 stars

LittleBigPlanet 2

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Is LittleBigPlanet 2 the most unassuming sequel of all time? Maybe. Arriving shortly after Christmas with surprisingly little hype and fanfare, it doesn't claim, like the original, to revolutionise gaming as we know it. In fact, it seems happy to feel... >>

Tron: Evolution
3.0 stars

Tron: Evolution

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Personally, I blame Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Before Starbreeze's cult-classic FPS game, movie tie-ins were content to dish out a stream of levels which roughly replicated the plot of the film. You knew going in what you were going... >>

Donkey Kong Country Returns
4.0 stars

Donkey Kong Country Returns

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There are many things to love about Donkey Kong Returns, but one of the biggest is that it knows who its audience is, and why this series matters. This isn't an attempt to reboot the DK franchise or make it work in full 3D or rebuild the whole game for... >>

Gran Turismo 5
4.0 stars

Gran Turismo 5

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You'll need three things to get the most out of Gran Turismo 5: patience, a steering wheel, and a deep, almost senseless love of cars and all things Gran Turismo. Of the three, only the steering wheel is optional.Of course, patience won't be a problem... >>

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
4.5 stars

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

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All that long-term fans of arcade racers need to know is that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit looks and plays like the next-generation love child of Need for Speed 3 (also subtitled Hot Pursuit) and Burnout Revenge. In other words, it's phenomenal, and arguably... >>

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
4.5 stars

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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Picking up directly where the superb Assassin's Creed 2 left off, Brotherhood is a weird sort of semi-sequel. With mostly the same cast, the same technology and the same period setting, it is not quite different enough to be the third episode in the series,... >>

Call of Duty: Black Ops
4.0 stars

Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Let's not kid ourselves. If you were gung-ho enough to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops, you've already done it by now. You've already sprinted your way through the single-player campaign, had a quick run at the revamped Zombies mode, and you're probably only... >>

James Bond 007: Blood Stone
3.0 stars

James Bond 007: Blood Stone

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This is what you call a missed opportunity. A totally original Bond game, scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter, voiced by Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, starring a digitised Joss Stone and developed by the team behind The Club and Project Gotham Racing,... >>