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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

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Say what you will about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, but it’s far from the worst Star Wars game ever made. Is it as wretched as the licensed game of Episode III? Not on your nelly. As rotten as The Clone Wars or Super Bombad Racing? How on Earth... >>

Vanquish
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Vanquish

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To the best of our knowledge, killer robots are not represented by any pressure group or union. This is a good thing for Platinum games, the makers of Bayonetta and now Vanquish, as the language used to describe the murderous mechs unleashed by this game... >>

Medal of Honor
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Medal of Honor

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Medal of Honor and Call of Duty have always had an interesting relationship. Activision's FPS behemoth was born from EA's FPS franchise, when the disaffected team that created Medal of Honor: Allied Assault split off to form Infinity Ward and make its... >>

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Where you stand on Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, will depend on how much things like atmosphere, characterisation, storyline and style matter in the games you play. Look at it one way, and it is merely a competent action/adventure game with stunning... >>

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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Fans of Konami’s legendary vampire slaying series have waited years for Castlevania to make a successful transition to 3D. Sure, it’s been kept alive as a 2D property on the Nintendo DS or on Xbox Live Arcade, but where its closest contemporary -... >>

Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock
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Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock

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Pity poor Guitar Hero. Ever since EA’s rival, Rock Band, first appeared critics have been prophesying its demise, and Activision’s obsession with exploring a wider range of musical genres and expanding the game’s appeal hasn’t exactly helped the... >>

Dead Rising 2
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Dead Rising 2

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For Chuck Greene, it's going to be a rough 3 days. In an America still reeling from the zombie apocalypse detailed in the first Dead Rising, this one-time motorcross champ has come with his young daughter, Katie, to the casino resort of Fortune City,... >>

Halo: Reach
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Halo: Reach

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When did you lose your faith in Halo? Maybe you haven’t, or maybe you never had it in the first place. Maybe it was as far back as the tedious early sections of Halo 2, or the less interesting passages of Halo 3. Or maybe it was last year’s Halo:... >>

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

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It's been a long time since anyone has got too excited about a Spider-Man game. For too long, the Web slinger has been ploughing the same old open-world, crime-fighting furrow, each version sinking a little further into the soil of mediocrity, and though... >>

Metroid: Other M
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Metroid: Other M

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One of the strengths of Nintendo's enviable character roster is that its heroes have always been ready for new styles and new interpretations. Mario is as comfortable in 3D as he was in 2D, and as at home in an RPG or golf game as in a straightforward... >>

Mafia II
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Mafia II

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If there's one thing we admire about Mafia II, it's that it really doesn't pussy-foot around. In fact, Mafia II would have removed the word "foot" out of that sentence and stuck in a couple of other words beginning with F for good measure. You know where... >>

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
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Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

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Were it not for one thing, Kane and Lynch: Dead Men might have been one of 2007's most original and entertaining shooters. Some of us who played it loved it for its brave, gritty storyline, its tense, violent atmosphere, and just the fact that - for once... >>

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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You'd be forgiven for not expecting much from Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. A download-only, arcade spin-off from the Tomb Raider franchise, it's one of those games that's hard to get your head around until you've actually played it.Thanks to... >>

First Look: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed II

First Look: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed II

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While the success of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed made a sequel inevitable, its storyline made it anything but. The fastest-selling Star Wars game of all time finished with its hero dead, the empire still ascendant and the seeds of the Rebellion sown;... >>

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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It's almost easier to talk about the year's biggest PC title by talking about what it isn't. It's not an attempt to redefine a genre, or even redefine a franchise. It's not a back-to-basics exercise in the vein of the last few chapters of Command and... >>

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

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It's almost traditional to start a Dragon Quest review by contrasting the enormous popularity of the series in Japan, where it's a phenomenon on the scale of Star Wars or Harry Potter; with its reception over here, where it's never found the mass appeal... >>

Limbo - Xbox 360
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Limbo - Xbox 360

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Viewed entirely in a moody black and white with the stylised look of an undiscovered 1920s German fantasy film, Limbo is the tale of a boy's progress through an unknown, nightmarish netherworld. Dodging brutal traps that threaten to crush, spike, mangle... >>

Toy Story 3: The Video Game - PS3
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Toy Story 3: The Video Game - PS3

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It's a shame that some of the best family films of all time have inspired some of the worst family games, and up 'til now that's been the case with the games of Pixar's films. Even the best have been mediocre, generic platformers, while the worst ...... >>

Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360
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Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360

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Isn't it strange how things work out? Only 1 week after the launch of APB - the slightly disappointing online action game from Crackdown creators Realtime Worlds - we get a bona-fide Crackdown sequel. And guess what - it's slightly disappointing too!... >>

APB: All Points Bulletin - PC
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APB: All Points Bulletin - PC

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Forget the hype. Forget the backlash. APB is not the Grand Theft Auto MMO that some of us dreamt of, but it's also no unqualified disaster. In bursts it is brilliant fun, yet it can also be deeply annoying, frustrating and disappointing. It's a game packed... >>

Demon's Souls - PS3
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Demon's Souls - PS3

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Demon's Souls has spent a year or so developing a fanatical cult following in the US and Japan, and while not everyone will understand why, those who do are in for a treat. This is not a game that inspires lukewarm feelings. If it grabs you, it becomes... >>

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

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First, let's start with the bad news. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series appears to have hit an impasse. In most respects, it's pretty difficult to tell this year's version from last year's effort, and while there are some major... >>

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3
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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3

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If you've enjoyed the Lego Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Batman games and you're a fan of Harry Potter, there's really no need to read the rest of this review: we can state with confidence that you'll love Lego Harry Potter too. The mix of simple, entertaining... >>

First Look: Medal of Honor

First Look: Medal of Honor

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If Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was a challenge to Modern Warfare’s domination of the military shooter genre, then the new Medal of Honor is a full-on, slap in the face attack. The series has been quiet since 2007, when Medal of Honor: Airborne made a... >>

Rage - quick play preview

Rage - quick play preview

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First announced in 2007, Rage from id, has been a long time coming, and hopefully will soon be with us. So can the creators of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein get it right yet another time around? We got hands on behind the closed doors of E3 to find out.NameRageWhat... >>

Driver San Francisco - quick play preview

Driver San Francisco - quick play preview

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Over a decade in the making, the latest iteration of Driver sees it head over to San Francisco for some driving action, but can a "shift" in gameplay refresh the franchise? We went hands on at this year's E3 games convention in Los Angeles to find out.NameDriver... >>

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - quick play preview

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - quick play preview

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Is it more a case of Assassin's Creed 2.5 than a true sequel? Will this stand-alone episode continue the storyline of the first two outings? Is Ezio still the main protagonist? So many questions, and we have some of the answers.We haven't played all of... >>

Need for Speed preview: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed preview: Hot Pursuit

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We don't think many would contest that, after the brilliant Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the classic racing series lost its way. Need for Speed: Carbon? Mediocre. ProStreet? A bad experiment. Undercover? Don't even ask. Sure, last year's Shift was actually... >>

Crysis 2 - E3 quick play preview

Crysis 2 - E3 quick play preview

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Crysis had a massive following on the PC, so can a follow up sequel - which comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles for the first time - continue to carry the torch?EA certainly hopes so, ensuring that it was shown in 3D at its E3 press conference and... >>

Green Day: Rock Band - Xbox 360
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Green Day: Rock Band - Xbox 360

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While last year's The Beatles: Rock Band wasn't the runaway success its developer, Harmonix, might have hoped for, it did succeed in setting a new benchmark for single-band editions of a music game. Rock Band: AC/DC and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith didn't offer... >>

First Look: GoldenEye 007 - Nintendo Wii

First Look: GoldenEye 007 - Nintendo Wii

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I'm sure I'm not the only one to have met the announcement of GoldenEye 007 at Nintendo's E3 conference with a mixture of fanboy enthusiasm, scepticism and confusion. On the one hand, it's a new version of the game that - before Halo - proved that first-person... >>

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo Wii
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo Wii

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In theory, there shouldn’t be a ten out of ten score sitting at the top of this review. In theory, Mario should have run out of steam long ago. Just take a look at the competition. Look there, at Sonic, the ageing hedgehog has-been, every year promising... >>

Behind the scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops

Behind the scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Since its announcement in April, there’s been almost as much secrecy, rumour and speculation surrounding the next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise as around the real-world activities it’s fictionalising.Was this to be Call of Duty’s long-awaited... >>

Split/Second: Velocity - PS3
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Split/Second: Velocity - PS3

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You’ve got to love Split/Second: Velocity. While other, more po-faced racers are influenced by real motorsports, classic marques or the hip-hop styles of underground street-racing, Split Second’s key influences are the big dumb-ass action movies of... >>

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360
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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360

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Say what you like about the last Prince of Persia - at least it was a genuine attempt to take the series somewhere new. Sadly, for every one of us who loved the gorgeous cartoon graphics, the fast-paced, frustration-free platforming, the epic set-pieces,... >>

Red Dead Redemption - PS3
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Red Dead Redemption - PS3

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There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about games as the interactive equivalent of movies or TV, and there's no question that we're getting closer to a stage where there's some substance to the claim.Uncharted 2, for instance, wasn't just... >>

Alan Wake - Xbox 360
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Alan Wake - Xbox 360

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Five years after it was first announced, and 4 years after we first saw it running at a Microsoft press conference, it's a little weird to actually play through Alan Wake. On the one hand, there's no getting past the fact that this is not the game we... >>

Lost Planet 2 - PS3
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Lost Planet 2 - PS3

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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition was a game that nearly had it all. Designed as a flagship title for the Xbox 360, Capcom's game was a conscious effort to marry the dynamics of a Western shooter with the style of a Japanese action game, meaning that on... >>

Iron Man 2 - Xbox 360
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Iron Man 2 - Xbox 360

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We can't see many people arguing that Iron Man 2 is the best superhero movie ever, but there are definitely one or two great things about it. Robert Downey Jnr is predictably great. Sam Rockwell could have done with some editing, but he's very entertaining.... >>

FIFA World Cup 2010 - PS3
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FIFA World Cup 2010 - PS3

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World Cup tie-ins - a mug's game? From the wretched World Cup Carnival in 1986 through to EA's last World Cup effort 20 years later, it's hard to think of one that has really been worth buying. In a world where even FIFA's annual releases come with a... >>

Monster Hunter Tri - Nintendo Wii
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Monster Hunter Tri - Nintendo Wii

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Monster Hunter Tri sticks out like a sore thumb on the Wii, and we mean that in a good way. It's epic in length, slow to develop, rich, exciting and - should you get into it - hopelessly addictive. It's jam-packed with complex systems, and has one of... >>

First Look: Halo Reach

First Look: Halo Reach

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Halo. It's yesterday's game, right? The teeming multitudes of online gamers have made Modern Warfare 2 the big online game of the moment, and those in the know are playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 instead. Sure, Halo has a colossal fanbase, but let's... >>

Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox 360
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Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox 360

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First things first: this isn't Splinter Cell as you know it, and if that's going to be a problem, you're better off steering clear. After the diversions of Splinter Cell: Double Agent and an initial, aborted attempt to radically reinvent the series with... >>

Red Steel 2 - Nintendo Wii
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Red Steel 2 - Nintendo Wii

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Even before we get to such dull matters as graphics and gameplay, Red Steel 2 would score high just for rarity value. How many brilliant Wii action games are there? Erm, well, it doesn't look like you're in danger or running out of fingers to count on... >>

Just Cause 2 - Xbox 360
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Just Cause 2 - Xbox 360

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If we were in the business of clinically dissecting games to reach a scientific verdict on their worth, we might end up spending the rest of this review detailing the many flaws of Just Cause 2. We might spend a few paragraphs describing the scrappy combat... >>

God of War III - PS3
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God of War III - PS3

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The short review would be: more God of War, but bigger.Normally this would be a criticism, but in this case it isn't. God of War and God of War 2 were magnificent achievements: the biggest, bloodiest blockbuster action games of a console generation, wringing... >>

Final Fantasy XIII - PS3
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Final Fantasy XIII - PS3

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With Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix can lay claim to a long list of magnificent achievements. There's no question that this is the most stunning looking example of a Japanese RPG on the market, taking the series trademark mix of high-fantasy and glossy... >>

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360

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The original Battlefield: Bad Company was one of the great near misses of the current console generation. The team at DICE did its level best to mix the wide open maps, freeform gameplay and vehicular mayhem of multiplayer Battlefield with the more structured,... >>

Aliens vs Predator - Xbox 360
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Aliens vs Predator - Xbox 360

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To be honest, giving Sega's new run at the Aliens vs Predator license a good shoeing is like blasting fish in a barrel. You'll discover nearly everything that's bad about the game within the first half hour of the Marine campaign. In style, it's a dated,... >>

Heavy Rain - PS3
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Heavy Rain - PS3

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Heavy Rain is everything Quantic Dream promised that it would be: a powerful, emotional, ground-breaking experience with stunning visuals and believable virtual actors. Gripping, moving, intelligent and visionary, it's the richest synthesis of game and... >>