Reviews & hands-on

  • Gaming 5 out of 5

    Football Manager 2014 review

    By 31 October 2013

    Sports Interactive has been banging out Football Manager - nee Championship Manager - games with remarkable regularity in the last 21 years. More remarkable still is the consistency in quality. It’s hard to think of any other franchise in gaming that...

  • Gaming 5 out of 5

    Football Manager 2013 review

    By 2 November 2012

    It’s been a while since we’ve looked forward to a Football Manager (nee Championship Manager) release as much as this one. Not so much because the new feature set got us all a-tingling - although it did, to an extent - but because last year’s, as...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Football Manager Handheld 2012 review (iPad / iPhone / iPod touch / Android)

    By 10 April 2012

    There are a few things that you simply can't rely on in life: bus timetables, the freshness of mince when it's been in your fridge for a couple of days, regardless of it's use-by date, British sitcoms that last more than three series, or Jeremy Clarkson....

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Sonic Generations review

    By 8 November 2011

    There is a reason this review is slightly late. For years the blue hedgehog has been on a downward spiral of gaming drossdom. This led us to believe Sonic Generations would be like any other game in the Sonic series. As such, we weren't in a huge rush...

  • Gaming

    APP OF THE DAY: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing review (iOS)

    By 24 June 2011

    The world's most famous hedgehog turned 20 this week. No, not Espinete - the pink hedgehog giant from Barrio Sésamo, the Spanish version of Sesame Street - we're talking the former air freshener, Sonic, of course. And despite not being as good as Mario,...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Virtua Tennis 4 review

    By 4 May 2011

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be the guiding design principal for Sega’s classic Tennis series. While the graphics change and game modes come and go, Sega hasn’t really meddled much over the series four iterations (six if you...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    Thor: God of Thunder review

    By 29 April 2011

    Let’s just cut to the chase, and call this baby God of Thor. Sega’s PS3 and Xbox 360 adaptation of Kenneth Branagh’s Marvel superhero movie plays very much in the style of Sony’s epic Greek myth brawlers, with the son of Odinin the shoes of Kratos...

  • Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS: Super Monkey Ball 3D hands-on

    By 25 March 2011

    Strangely, Super Monkey Ball 3D on the Nintendo 3DS has been getting bad press, but from our short time with the title, we're impressed enough with the varied gameplay styles and colourful use of the franchise's main stars. Indeed, we're such big fans...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Football Manager 2011 review

    By 4 November 2010

    For true football fanatics, like us, there are two distinct dates every year that have us all in a froth: the start of the new league season after a long period without any matches (or worse, after another risible England display in an international tournament),...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Vanquish review

    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...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    Iron Man 2 - Xbox 360 review

    By 5 May 2010

    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....

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Football Manager Handheld 2010 for iPhone review

    By 13 April 2010

    Football Manager Handheld 2010 has landed in the iPhone and iPod touch, having previously been a regular fixture on the PSP. The important distinction to make here is that word Handheld: it doesn’t have the depth that the desktop version does and has...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    Aliens vs Predator - Xbox 360 review

    By 26 February 2010

    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,...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Bayonetta - Xbox 360 review

    By 12 January 2010

    We have a theory about how Bayonetta came about. Sure, the obvious line is that it's a game by Hideki Kamiya of Devil May Cry fame, and the natural development of his work on the much-loved action game series, but we prefer to think of it like this. Take...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Football Manager 2010 - Mac review

    By 10 November 2009

    Damn you, Sports Interactive. We’d just about managed to wean ourselves off FM09 and re-emerge into civilised society, one that doesn’t care about how well our under-18s did in the Youth Cup or whether a 4-2-3-1 formation is the way forward, when...