Archive for Tobias Henry

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.... >>

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... >>

First Look: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
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First Look: Need for Speed: 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
3.5 stars

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
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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
5.0 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
3.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
3.0 stars

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
2.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
3.5 stars

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
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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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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
4.5 stars

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,... >>

Final Fantasy XIII - PS3
3.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
3.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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... >>