Reviews & hands-on

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    Xi3 'Steambox' modular computer pictures and hands-on

    By 13 January 2013

    Xi3 has gained major backing from both Kickstarter and Valve for its modular computer concept. While Valve was more difficult to get hold of at CES, Xi3 had a big booth showing off its modular computer in all different colours. Valve's Steambox version...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Portal 2 review

    By 20 April 2011

    In less capable hands, Portal 2 could have been a disaster. As part of Valve’s mighty Orange Box, the original felt like the sort of brilliant support act you sometimes find on a stadium tour, threatening to blow the main band - Half Life 2: Episode...

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    Portal 2 hands-on

    By 8 April 2011

    The original Portal was almost an afterthought, a bonus game for those who bought The Orange Box mainly for Half-Life 2 and its episodic extensions. However, the first-person puzzler was so addictive and ingeniously paced that it ended up overshadowing...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox 360 review

    By 18 December 2009

    The zombies are back, and you are tasked once again with eradicating the undead from the face of the earth as you try to escape to safety. But is Left 4 Dead 2 just more of the same, or has it changed for the second outing? We grabbed a shotgun to find...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360 review

    By 2 December 2008

    The world being overrun with zombies isn’t exactly a brand new premise. It’s been touched upon in film, literature, TV, and gaming numerous times before, often to obscenely high levels of polish and brilliance. Left 4 Dead does pack a snazzy new twist...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    The Orange Box - Xbox 360 review

    By 19 October 2007

    Half-Life is back once again, but rather than just offer Episode Two on its own, Valve and EA have decided to bundle it with four other games. Does this show a weakness, or one fantastic offering? We don a hazard suit to find out. Nothing to do with mobile...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Half Life 2 – Episode One - PC review

    By 9 June 2006

    Valve Software is the master of the modern day first person shooter. No doubt about it. With jaw dropping titles like the original Half Life and the still awe inducing Half Life 2 in their collective lockers, they deserve all the success they can get....