Archive for Tobias Henry

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
    3 out of 5

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

    By 29 October 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Vanquish

    By 22 October 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Medal of Honor

    By 14 October 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

    By 8 October 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    By 5 October 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock

    By 30 September 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Dead Rising 2

    By 24 September 2010

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Halo: Reach

    By 22 September 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

    By 10 September 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Metroid: Other M

    By 2 September 2010

    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
    3 out of 5

    Mafia II

    By 27 August 2010

    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
    3 out of 5

    Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

    By 20 August 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

    By 17 August 2010

    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
    0 out of 5

    First Look: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed II

    By 13 August 2010

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

    By 30 July 2010

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

    By 26 July 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Limbo - Xbox 360

    By 22 July 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Toy Story 3: The Video Game - PS3

    By 16 July 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360

    By 9 July 2010

    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
    3 out of 5

    APB: All Points Bulletin - PC

    By 8 July 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Demon's Souls - PS3

    By 6 July 2010

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

    By 3 July 2010

    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
    4 out of 5

    Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3

    By 28 June 2010

    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
    0 out of 5

    First Look: Medal of Honor

    By 25 June 2010

    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

    By 21 June 2010

    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....