Reviews & hands-on

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    F1 2011 review

    By 30 September 2011

    Last year's F1 2010 achieved something that few Formula One games had ever managed: coming very close to a perfect balance between simulation, arcade-style gaming and outright speed. It resulted in one of the most rewarding and enjoyable racers of this...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    DiRT 3 review

    By 24 May 2011

    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...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - Xbox 360 review

    By 20 October 2009

    War. Every gaming platform does it and each year a new pretender steps up to try to take the crown. Operation Flashpoint – the PC original – left fond memories of a true sandbox combat sim, with freedoms that aren't always found in other combat games,...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360 review

    By 14 August 2009

    Since the Ashes victory back in 2005, cricket has been well and truly on the minds of the English public like never before. Suddenly, with the likes of "Freddie" Flintoff smashing sixes, knocking down stumps and downing copious amounts of lager, cricket...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Fuel - Xbox 360 review

    By 15 June 2009

    Once racing titles were populated by finely crafted courses, designed with such a degree of brilliance that they stick firm in the mind of gamers decades later. Fuel, however, has meandered down the recently well trodden route of giving us a huge world...

  • Gaming 2.5 out of 5

    Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360 review

    By 10 February 2009

    Everyone’s played one of the Dynasty Warriors games before. We’ve all come home from work one day and been eager to go for some brainless hack and slash goodness and watch the body counts spiral up into the thousands. Unfortunately, half an hour’s...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    You’re in the Movies - Xbox 360 review

    By 2 January 2009

    With wide advertising and a big dollop of publicity at the launch of the New Xbox Experience, You’re in the Movies was given quite a billing. But is the latest console-cam game fit for the Oscars? We’ve seen several iterations of the console camera...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Race Driver GRID - Xbox 360 review

    By 11 June 2008

    As a start out racer, the career mode provides the real meat to get stuck into. As a driver for hire, you can travel the world and win races across numerous driving types. It’s all me me me, with your racing reputation your main concern. Winning competitions...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Emergency Mayhem – Wii review

    By 23 April 2008

    Emergency Mayhem strikes an amazing resemblance to Sega's Crazy Taxi in the arcades and then on the Dreamcast and PlayStation, so is Codemaster's offering a poor man's alternative or does it build on the game? We get playing to find out. Replacing taxi...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – Xbox 360 review

    By 17 March 2008

    With wartime shooters ten a penny over the last decade or so, a decent twist on the genre can be enough to get a game noticed. And with Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, that’s exactly the hope. The idea is that without Winston Churchill proclaiming that...

  • Gaming 0 out of 5

    Clive Barker’s Jericho – First Look review

    By 17 July 2007

    The promise of Jericho begins in its title ... Clive Barker’s Jericho. The very name brings with it a chill that guarantees that Codemasters’ new horror FPS will be something special. Not only is Britain’s premier horror writer at the creative helm...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Colin McRae: DIRT - Xbox 360 review

    By 2 July 2007

    Colin McRae may not be the rallying force he once was, but his games always take pole in the sales charts. Debuting on Sony’s aging PS1, the series has always been about flinging your motor around a series of muddy bends. While other titles have added...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    LMA Manager 2007 - XBox360 review

    By 3 October 2006

    When it comes to console football management games, there’s never been a clear leader. A bit like the current West Ham set up, we’ve never been able to tell who’s the gaffer. Was it EA’s raft of titles? Or maybe those Premier Manager Mega Drive...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Micro Machines V4 - PSP review

    By 7 July 2006

    Remember the advert with a little car on the tip of a finger and the phrase "Micro Machines come in collections of five" well the toys might have faded, but that hasn't stopped Codemasters bringing a fourth version of the game to the PSP, PS2 and PC....

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Sensible Soccer 2006 - PS2 review

    By 16 June 2006

    Enjoying the football? Thought so, so what better timing then for Codemasters to release a revamped, remade version of its classic footie game: Sensible Soccer. Rather than going down the realism route of EA's Fifa World Cup or Konami's Pro Evolution...