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Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 review: PESses all over FIFA
4.5 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 review: PESses all over FIFA By Steve Hill

To the casual observer, the pending release of a new PES game is greeted in similar fashion to hearing the news that a band you liked in the 90s is still touring. There it is though, with garish pitchside billboards heralding the latest coming, replete... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review: Hits the ground running
4.0 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review: Hits the ground running By Steve Hill

The war was won by FIFA many years ago, but like an oblivious Japanese soldier, Pro Evolution Soccer - better known by its PES moniker - continues to lurk in the undergrowth, carefully biding its time.Perennially citing problems adapting to the new-gen... Read more

Thief review
3.5 stars Thief review By Steve Hill

Thief in 2014 reboots a much loved gaming franchise that was born over 15 years ago. It’s been ten long years since the last title in the series, and in the time since there are inevitably great swathes of punters who either don't know or, perhaps,... Read more

Rayman Legends review
4.0 stars Rayman Legends review By Steve Hill

Too weird. Too retro. Too French? Whatever the criticisms aimed at the Rayman series over the years, they were swatted aside by 2011’s excellent Rayman Origins, a defiantly traditional 2D platform game that saw the limbless character celebrate his 16th... Read more

Battlefield 4 review
4.0 stars Battlefield 4 review By Steve Hill

Like the annual FIFA and PES footie games war, it’s now the turn of first person shooters to fight it out, headed up by Battlefield 4. The annual atrocity exhibition this year kicks off with EA’s Battlefield 4, a title destined to bring joy to millions... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 review
3.5 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 review By Steve Hill

After years in FIFA's shadow, last season's Pro Evolution Soccer, the title better known as PES, was something of a return to form, at least critically if not commercially.So what do they do this year for PES 2014? Rip it up and start again by introducing... Read more

Puppeteer review
3.0 stars Puppeteer review By Steve Hill

The 2D platform renaissance continues apace with Sony Japan's Puppeteer - a Playstation 3 exclusive - following hot on the fast-moving heels of Rayman Legends. It's platformer season.We may have had a mild dig at the latter game's storyline, but it was... Read more

Hitman Absolution
4.0 stars Hitman Absolution By Steve Hill

“How many lives will you take to save one?” asks the back of the box. “Absolutely loads,” replies Pocket-lint. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of coppers, rednecks, truckers, miners, construction workers, security guards, strippers, sexy killer... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
4.5 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 By Steve Hill

Such has been the dominance of the FIFA behemoth in recent years, there is probably a whole generation of gamers that doesn’t even remember when PES ruled the land. Cruelly coinciding with FIFA’s long-overdue finding of form, the decline of PES seemed... Read more

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
4.0 stars Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier By Steve Hill

A staple of gaming over the years, war, whether past, present or future, has provided countless hours of gleeful entertainment for hordes of improbable soldiers. It has also provided Tom Clancy with a decent living, and he again lends his name to the... Read more

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
3.0 stars Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 By Steve Hill

Having practically been airbrushed out of his own game last year – which nevertheless went on to achieve record sales – the disgraced/redeemed/washed-up Tiger returns to front and centre this time round, sharing the cover with fellow Masters flop... Read more

Need for Speed: The Run
3.0 stars Need for Speed: The Run By Steve Hill

The Need for Speed series has been kicking around in various guises since the last millennium. Now pretty much an annual affair, coming up with original approaches must be an increasingly challenging business. However, this time round some bright spark... Read more

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
4.0 stars The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword By Steve Hill

Remember the Nintendo Wii? The console that, for better or worse, pioneered motion control and had a nation of casual gamers flapping their arms about as if swatting invisible demons. We don’t cover it much on Pocket-Lint, possibly because it looks... Read more

Saints Row: The Third
4.0 stars Saints Row: The Third By Steve Hill

There’s a TV advert doing the rounds at the moment that helpfully points out that Saints Row: The Third is available at Argos. As well as nudging you towards an impulse purchase, while treating that special person in your life to some Elizabeth Duke... Read more

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
3.5 stars Assassin’s Creed: Revelations By Steve Hill

The Assassin’s Creed games always look like they might be quite enjoyable, all backstabbing and historical intrigue, like a Dan Brown novel for the hard of thinking.In reality though, despite the lush settings, dramatic music and variety of hooded garments,... Read more

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
4.5 stars The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim By Steve Hill

How do you review a game that lasts for months? Ideally, on a generous day rate. In reality, a man on a motorbike brings it to your house, you put in it the Xbox, and a full 12 hours later you stumble into bed riddled with self loathing, having literally... Read more

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
4.0 stars Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception By Steve Hill

There’s an action sequence in the first Uncharted game where everything suddenly clicks into place, and for a fleeting moment it feels like you’re starring in a Hollywood movie. It may only last about half a minute, but it has come to define the PS3-exclusive... Read more

Batman: Arkham City
4.5 stars Batman: Arkham City By Steve Hill

Apologies for the delay. Blame Batman. Blame Arkham. Blame a massive sprawling game that sucks you into its world and keeps you there for nights on end. We've gone a little bit Batman crazy of late, to the extent that we're typing these words while watching... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
4.0 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 By Steve Hill

The nights are drawing in, tree-based debris litters the ground, and a man’s thoughts turn to one thing: anti-depressants. Alternatively, you could invest some time in deciding which pretend football game to buy in order to get through the cruel winter... Read more

Forza Motorsport 4
4.0 stars Forza Motorsport 4 By Steve Hill

"I hate Top Gear, and I hate anyone that likes it." Comedian Stewart Lee may not be elbowing his way past the petrol-heads to pick up the latest iteration of Forza, but the all-new Top Gear endorsement may well pique the interest of frightened middle-aged... Read more

Rage
4.0 stars Rage By Steve Hill

It’s no exaggeration to say that legendary Dallas-based developer id Software was instrumental in the evolution of the modern day videogame. Pioneering the first person shooter genre with such landmark PC titles as Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake back in... Read more

Resistance 3
4.0 stars Resistance 3 By Steve Hill

While another high profile trilogy recently coming to an end on the Xbox 360, over on the PS3 the fight also reached a head against a similarly rampant alien invasion. It is of course our old enemy, the Chimera, who are intent on decimating the human... Read more

Gears of War 3
4.0 stars Gears of War 3 By Steve Hill

One of the poster boys for Microsoft’s formerly new-fangled Xbox 360, the Gears of War trilogy reaches its conclusion in dramatic fashion with this third and final instalment. The occasion is given extra gravitas by the knowledge that once the end credits... Read more

Dead Island
3.0 stars Dead Island By Steve Hill

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... Read more

Bodycount
3.0 stars Bodycount By Steve Hill

A game called "Bodycount" was never going to be the subtlest of affairs. This proves to be the case from the outset as you’re tossed into the midst of an African civil war with little more than a brace of firearms and some garbled instructions from... Read more

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
4.0 stars Deus Ex: Human Revolution By Steve Hill

Released in space year 2000, the original Deus Ex is still revered by rheumy-eyed PC gamers as one of the greatest titles of all time. Arriving amidst a slew of generic first person shooters, it was a game-changing release that offered a vast array of... Read more