Archive for Tobias Henry

  • Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed
    4.5 out of 5

    Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed

    By 6 April 2011

    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 out of 5

    Ridge Racer 3D

    By 1 April 2011

    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 out of 5

    Motorstorm Apocalypse

    By 31 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Pilot Wings Resort

    By 25 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Crysis 2

    By 25 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Nintendo 3DS

    By 21 March 2011

    "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 out of 5

    Homefront

    By 16 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Dragon Age 2

    By 11 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Fight Night Champion

    By 4 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    Bulletstorm

    By 25 February 2011

    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 out of 5

    Killzone 3

    By 18 February 2011

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

    By 18 February 2011

    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 out of 5

    Test Drive Unlimited 2

    By 11 February 2011

    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 out of 5

    Mario Sports Mix

    By 4 February 2011

    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 out of 5

    Dead Space 2

    By 25 January 2011

    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 out of 5

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

    By 24 January 2011

    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 out of 5

    DC Universe Online

    By 19 January 2011

    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 out of 5

    LittleBigPlanet 2

    By 14 January 2011

    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 out of 5

    Tron: Evolution

    By 17 December 2010

    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 out of 5

    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    By 3 December 2010

    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 out of 5

    Gran Turismo 5

    By 26 November 2010

    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 out of 5

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

    By 23 November 2010

    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 out of 5

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

    By 18 November 2010

    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 out of 5

    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    By 12 November 2010

    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 out of 5

    James Bond 007: Blood Stone

    By 6 November 2010

    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,...


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