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    APP OF THE DAY: Dragon's Lair review (Android & iOS)

    By 8 December 2011

    One of the oldest games in the business is now available to play on just about all of the world’s smartphones. At 28 years of age and counting this, at the time, ground-breaking animated role-play adventure has still just about got it and at the least...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    Dead Island review

    By 12 September 2011

    With the best part of a million views on YouTube, the trailer for Dead Island has whipped zombie enthusiasts into a minor frenzy of expectation. That anticipation is piqued further by the game’s intro, a thinly veiled tribute to The Prodigy’s Smack...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings review

    By 27 May 2011

    By anyone’s standards, The Witcher 2 is the best fantasy RPG of the last few years. It is more polished than Dragon Age, more expansive than Dragon Age 2 and in a different league to Risen, Two Worlds II and Gothic 4. It has a strong story, a fascinating...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Torchlight (XBLA) review

    By 23 March 2011

    It’s House Party time on the Xbox 360 and everyone’s invited - well, anyone with an Xbox and subscription to the Live service, that is. Fortunately, it’s the kind of party where you don’t actually have to speak to anyone and can just sit down...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Fallout: New Vegas review

    By 19 October 2010

    Following in the footsteps of any successful game can be a tricky task, especially one as much-loved as Fallout 3. However, that is the task that developers Obsidian and publishers Bethesda have given themselves. Much hyped, much anticipated - we get...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies review

    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...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Demon's Souls - PS3 review

    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...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 review

    By 10 March 2010

    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...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Mass Effect 2 - Xbox 360 review

    By 3 February 2010

    Mass Effect was a triumph on so many levels that it's almost churlish to point at the few areas where it fell short. Bioware took a major risk in trying to fuse its classic RPG style with a more action-oriented experience, yet for the most part the gamble...

  • Gaming 2.5 out of 5

    The Last Remnant - Xbox 360 review

    By 4 December 2008

    What is it with these Japanese RPG’s and their strangely unsuitable names? Look back towards what most consider the ultimate JRPG series, the Final Fantasy games, and ponder just why Square decided to call them FINAL Fantasy. Final? Considering the...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - DS review

    By 18 November 2008

    Sonic the hedgehog returns to the DS for more hero action, but should you drop everything and get ready to save the day? We getting tapping the stylus to find out. Knuckles has been kidnapped, you're holiday has been cut short, shock horror -what's a...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Fable II - Xbox 360 review

    By 24 October 2008

    Peter Molyneux is back, this time with a follow up to the 2004 hit, Fable. But can a new version, aptly named Fable II, capture our gaming hearts once again? We get playing to find out. Claimed as a sequel to the original game, Fable II is about as much...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    Space Siege - PC review

    By 26 August 2008

    All PC gamers should be aware of a title by the name of Dungeon Siege. A traditional dungeon crawling RPG at heart, it managed to build on its simplistic point and click style of hack and slash gameplay and be one of the most thoroughly addictive titles...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Too Human - Xbox 360 review

    By 19 August 2008

    Too Human is an RPG that mixes Norse mythology with a sci-fi take, but can the all action game from Silicon Knights be the blockbuster it’s hoping it will be? We get battling the forces of evil to find out. The storyline goes something like this: set...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – Xbox 360 review

    By 6 February 2008

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, the PC original, was a brutally exciting, if a little repetitive, action title. Its major flaws were a combination of poor design choices (shallow character progression) and lack of play testing (some shocking bugs and...