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Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3
2.5 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

A new football game instigates yet another opening paragraph proclaiming the state of sporting video game nation. With FIFA 10 being so damn brilliant, Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

After Infinity Ward’s sublime Call of Duty: Modern Warfare astounded all with its representation of up-to-date combat, expectations have continuously Read more

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3
4.5 stars Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

While most gamers have pinned all their Holiday gaming hopes on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, despite the mass hype, had slipped a touch Read more

FIFA 10 - PS3
4.5 stars FIFA 10 - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

After FIFA 09 did such an incredible job at astounding football gamers worldwide with its brilliance, the arrival of this year's iteration appeared with Read more

Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
4.5 stars Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

In hindsight, Halo 2 wasn't quite what we'd expected. After the original Halo single handedly made the Xbox a legitimate rival to Sony's PlayStation 2 Read more

Championship Manager 2010 - PC
3.0 stars Championship Manager 2010 - PC By Christopher Pickering

The story of the split of Football Manager developers Sports Interactive, and publishers Eidos has been told more times than Top Gear gets repeated on Read more

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
4.5 stars Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Over the last few years, thanks to a selection of fantastic films, Batman is once again at the forefront of our imagination. Yet in the gaming world, the Read more

Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

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 Read more

Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo Wii By Christopher Pickering

While the Wii console continues to be phenomenally popular, it's still that token bundled title, Wii Sports, that proves the only real constantly fun game. Read more

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

It’s only a few years ago that EA were seen as all that’s wrong with the modern gaming publisher. Rather than offer fresh ideas and new experiences, Read more

Fight Night Round 4 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Fight Night Round 4 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

While pummeling another human being utilising only your fists might seem completely abhorrent to a healthy number of the common folk, the sport of boxing Read more

Grand Slam Tennis - Nintendo Wii
3.5 stars Grand Slam Tennis - Nintendo Wii By Christopher Pickering

The Wii's phenomenal success with its intuitive control system has given traditional game developers a brand new avenue of gaming to explore. With gamer Read more

Fuel - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Fuel - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

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 Read more

Prototype - Xbox 360
3.0 stars Prototype - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

As far as blockbuster opening sections go, the first 10 minutes of Prototype are right up there with the best of the best. Finding yourself in control Read more

Virtua Tennis 2009 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Virtua Tennis 2009 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Infectiously appealing, the Virtua Tennis series has been a big hit with gamers for almost a decade. Originally appearing in the arcades before a pair Read more

Plants vs. Zombies - PC
4.5 stars Plants vs. Zombies - PC By Christopher Pickering

As far as gaming reputations go, PopCap Games are right at the pinnacle of all things great and good. With titles like the huge worldwide smash Peggle, Read more

InFamous - PS3
4.0 stars InFamous - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

Sony’s big PS3 hope for the summer months, infamous, stars one of those twisted super hero types that always seem incredibly popular. As Cole McGrath, Read more

Bionic Commando - Xbox 360
3.5 stars Bionic Commando - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Fans of old school gaming will no doubt remember both the original Bionic Commando, as well as the impressive remake released as a digital download last Read more

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Xbox 360
3.0 stars X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

This years first major summer blockbuster may only just have made it onto the big screen, but it’s not taken too long for the gaming world to have its Read more

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Chances are you’re well aware of the Riddick universe. If not from the classic Xbox title Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, then the films Read more

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller Premiere Edition - PS3
4.5 stars Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller Premiere Edition - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

The world of gaming peripherals has taken a quite wild turn in the last decade. Previously it was all about quite dodgy third-party controllers that seemed Read more

Ninja Blade - Xbox 360
3.5 stars Ninja Blade - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

As far the downright coolest professions go, taking the streets as a ninja must be in the top few. Probably alongside footballer, Formula 1 driver, and Read more

Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Xbox 360
2.5 stars Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Set not long after the close of the Wanted film, Wanted: Weapons of Fate has all the hallmarks of a video game based on a film license. It’s short, packed Read more

The Godfather II - Xbox 360
2.0 stars The Godfather II - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

EA’s previous attempt at bringing The Godfather films to consoles culminated in a solid if unspectacular effort. A number of decent ideas clashed with Read more

The Wheelman - Xbox 360
3.5 stars The Wheelman - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

At first glance, The Wheelman seems to be attempting to travel down the murky old route of copying Grand Theft Auto IV. And doing it quite badly. You’ve Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Nintendo Wii By Christopher Pickering

The Pro Evolution Soccer series on the Wii bares little relation to its fellow console-based siblings. While they are crammed with arcade style footballing Read more

Legends of Wrestlemania - Xbox 360
3.0 stars Legends of Wrestlemania - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

With THQ’s Smackdown vs. RAW series starting to feel as old as … a very old thing, it’s about time they took a twist on the genre. Hence this time, Read more

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Directors Cut - Wii
4.0 stars Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Directors Cut - Wii By Christopher Pickering

It’s part of the unwritten law of the games reviewers (just between adoring the Dynasty Warriors games, and having an unnatural love for all things Sega) Read more

SingStar Queen - PS3
4.0 stars SingStar Queen - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

The SingStar phenomenon still doesn’t yet show any hints of slowing down. And with SingStar Queen packing so many iconic tracks that millions will no Read more

MadWorld - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars MadWorld - Nintendo Wii By Christopher Pickering

It’s something of a cliché to announce, that despite the Wii’s obscene popularity, it seems to be lacking in entirely adult video games. Yet with Read more

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS
4.5 stars Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Nintendo DS By Christopher Pickering

With MadWorld, House of the Dead: Overkill, and now Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Nintendo seem intent on shaking off that "kids and families" image Read more

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails - Xbox 360
1.0 stars Shellshock 2: Blood Trails - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Horrifically poor FPS titles have never been in short supply. Since it seems to be one of those genres which constantly makes lengthy appearances at the Read more

Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

After the sheer brilliance that was Resident Evil 4, what on earth could Capcom do to top one of gaming’s true classics? Well, if Resident Evil 5 is Read more

Empire: Total War - PC
4.5 stars Empire: Total War - PC By Christopher Pickering

The ultimate dream for strategy gamers has always been that blend of Civilization-esque micromanagement and complete overview, and Age of Empires-a-like Read more

Tom Clancy’s HAWX - Xbox 360
3.5 stars Tom Clancy’s HAWX - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

The Tom Clancy branch of video games takes yet another unusual turn, now encompassing the much underutilised - console wise - flight sim genre. Well, calling Read more

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii
2.5 stars Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii By Christopher Pickering

Released way back in 2006 on the Xbox 360, Dead Rising was an enjoyable zombie-packed romp. It packed potentially hundreds of zombies on screen at any Read more

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360
4.5 stars Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Packs of classic titles may not be new, but none have seemed as jam-packed as this one courtesy of Sega. Including 40 of their most fondly loved Mega Drive Read more

Halo Wars - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Halo Wars - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

The RTS genre has never truly found a home in the console world. While the Command & Conquer titles have always been a brief distraction, and End War attempted Read more

Killzone 2 - PS3
4.0 stars Killzone 2 - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

As far as major PS3 exclusives go, Killzone 2 is undoubtedly the biggest for Sony so far. Guerrilla, developers of the relatively lukewarm-received earlier Read more

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - PS3
3.5 stars 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

In these modern gaming days when every stage of development is obsessively covered by the press, discovering a title to be semi-decent only on release Read more

Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
4.5 stars Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

Ask just about anyone under the age of 30, and they know what Street Fighter is all about. Whether they owned a Mega Drive or a SNES, had an older sibling Read more

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Xbox 360
4.0 stars Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

While the idea of PC based add-ons for your favourite games may be as old as the hills, extra content for console titles is still in its infancy. It’s Read more

House of the Dead: Overkill - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars House of the Dead: Overkill - Nintendo Wii By Christopher Pickering

Once upon a time, the light gun genre was popular enough to flog a console all on its own. The likes of Sega’s sublime Virtua Cop series, and Sony’s Read more

Skate 2 - PS3
4.5 stars Skate 2 - PS3 By Christopher Pickering

After years of genre domination, the Tony Hawks series of skateboarding titles was finally overtaken by EA’s Skate. Featuring a finger bending new control Read more

FEAR 2: Project Origin - Xbox 360
4.0 stars FEAR 2: Project Origin - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

The original FEAR gained a deserved following thanks to Monolith’s brilliant combination of fantastic FPS play, a well implemented bullet time esque Read more

Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360
2.5 stars Rise of the Argonauts - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

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 Read more

Killzone 2 - PS3 - First Look
Killzone 2 - PS3 - First Look By Christopher Pickering

As far as major PS3 exclusives go, Killzone 2 is the one that Sony have pinned their hopes on the heaviest so far. Guerrilla, developers of the relatively Read more

Football Manager Live - PC
4.5 stars Football Manager Live - PC By Christopher Pickering

As astoundingly addictive as Sports Interactive’s football management sims have consistently been, they’ve never lent well to online play. With so Read more

Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360
2.5 stars Lord of the Rings Conquest - Xbox 360 By Christopher Pickering

As far as brand names go, The Lord of the Rings is one of the biggest and most iconic. Quite why the gaming world has had to suffer without a decent LotR Read more

Samsung NC10 notebook
4.5 stars Samsung NC10 notebook By Christopher Pickering

Initially perceived as a bit of a fad, the netbook phenomenon is definitely here to stay. With shelves cluttered up with well over two dozen representatives Read more

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