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Dishonored quick play preview
Dishonored quick play preview By Tobias Henry

Even when you’re a veteran games journalist, made grumpy and cynical by endless clones and hyped-up mediocrities, some games are still a case of love Read more

First Look: Rage
First Look: Rage By Tobias Henry

Coming from a company often accused of recycling its unmatched heritage, Rage is a surprisingly ambitious game - arguably the most ambitious iD has produced Read more

Inversion quick play preview
Inversion quick play preview By Tobias Henry

Inversion is a game that doesn’t so much defy your expectations as - literally - turn them upside down. What looks like a straightforward third-person Read more

Resistance 3 quick play preview
Resistance 3 quick play preview By Tobias Henry

Resistance is the perennial nearly man of the blockbuster sci-fi FPS crowd. The original suffered for being a disappointing PS3 launch title, and for looking Read more

The Darkness II quick play preview
The Darkness II quick play preview By Tobias Henry

The Darkness is one of the most under-rated FPS games of this generation. Coming from StarBreeze, makers of the excellent Chronicles of Riddick games, Read more

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
3.0 stars Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D By Tobias Henry

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D should have been a cause for jubilation. Finally we have a game that shows what the 3DS can do, proving that Nintendo's Read more

Shadows of the Damned
3.5 stars Shadows of the Damned By Tobias Henry

Shadows of the Damned is - unquestionably - one of those “love it or hate it” experiences. Admittedly, the “hate it” side is holding most of the Read more

FEAR 3
4.0 stars FEAR 3 By Tobias Henry

Let’s be honest: FEAR 3 isn’t exactly 2011’s most keenly anticipated sequel. The 2005 original was an excellent FPS and a deeply creepy game, but Read more

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
4.5 stars The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D By Tobias Henry

The problem with remastered classics is that they so rarely live up to their status, or indeed your own memories. What was once revolutionary now seems Read more

Child of Eden
4.0 stars Child of Eden By Tobias Henry

Child of Eden is the sort of game that brings out the worst in reviewers. It's a stunning game - innovative, smart and genuinely beautiful, with dazzling Read more

Duke Nukem Forever
3.0 stars Duke Nukem Forever By Tobias Henry

Duke Nukem Forever almost doesn’t need a review, just a flowchart. Fourteen years of development has resulted in a scruffy, scrappy mongrel of a game Read more

Red Faction: Armageddon
3.0 stars Red Faction: Armageddon By Tobias Henry

Say what you will about Red Faction: Armageddon, but Volition's third-person shooter packs some truly fantastic toys. Sure, it has all the usual shotguns, Read more

inFamous 2
4.0 stars inFamous 2 By Tobias Henry

It might seem strange to complain that a game that sold over one million copies and has a Metacritic score of 85% never had the sales or the acclaim that Read more

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
4.0 stars The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings By Tobias Henry

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 Read more

DiRT 3
4.0 stars DiRT 3 By Tobias Henry

In the two previous iterations of DiRT, there has always been a tension between the past values of the series and the direction Codemasters wanted to take Read more

L.A. Noire
4.0 stars L.A. Noire By Tobias Henry

For once, you can believe the hype. L.A. Noire is a revolution in interactive entertainment (or video games, as us less high-falutin’ types like to call Read more

Brink
3.5 stars Brink By Tobias Henry

There’s a big weight on Brink’s shoulders, and it’s the burden of our collective expectation. From the previews, the trailers and all the pre-release Read more

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
4.5 stars Lego Pirates of the Caribbean By Tobias Henry

Ask your average hardcore gamer what their most anticipated game of the season might be, and its unlikely that Lego Pirates of the Cariibean would be on Read more

Steel Diver
2.5 stars Steel Diver By Tobias Henry

Steel Diver is an oddity. Originally developed as a tech-demo for the 3DS, it’s been fleshed out as a full-priced retail game to fit inside Nintendo’s Read more

Virtua Tennis 4
4.0 stars Virtua Tennis 4 By Tobias Henry

“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 Read more

Thor: God of Thunder
2.0 stars Thor: God of Thunder By Tobias Henry

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 Read more

Mortal Kombat
4.0 stars Mortal Kombat By Tobias Henry

Inevitably, nostalgia has become as big a force in gaming as it is in music or the movies. Just as there’s a market for the bands of the 80s and early-90s, Read more

Portal 2
4.5 stars Portal 2 By Tobias Henry

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 Read more

Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
3.5 stars Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars By Tobias Henry

What do you think of when you think of the new 3DS? In your face 3D visuals? The kind of bright, colourful graphics you might expect from the Wii? Slick Read more

Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed
4.5 stars Shift 2: Unleashed - Need for Speed By Tobias Henry

With 2009’s Need for Speed: Shift, Electronic Arts did the unthinkable; not just producing the first decent Need for Speed game in donkey’s years, Read more

Ridge Racer 3D
3.5 stars Ridge Racer 3D By Tobias Henry

If there’s any racing game series that deserves to be called ubiquitous then Ridge Racer definitely fits the bill. Sure, EA rolls out Need for Speed Read more

Motorstorm Apocalypse
4.0 stars Motorstorm Apocalypse By Tobias Henry

Motorstorm was never the most restrained or sober-minded racer. After all, the series made its name with a pile-it-all-on banquet of mud-splattered carnage, Read more

Pilot Wings Resort
3.5 stars Pilot Wings Resort By Tobias Henry

The launch line-up of the 3DS leaves its buyers in a bit of a quandary: what game or games should you actually buy with the thing? Sure, there are some Read more

Crysis 2
4.0 stars Crysis 2 By Tobias Henry

Let’s kick off with the bad news: Crysis 2 is flawed. It has been streamlined and dumbed down in its transition to consoles, and the results will inevitably Read more

Nintendo 3DS
3.5 stars Nintendo 3DS By Tobias Henry

"Try before you buy", "your mileage will vary", "wait and see”: all phrases that no serious reviewer likes to use. Sadly, they're all quite appropriate Read more

Homefront
3.0 stars Homefront By Tobias Henry

Smirk all you like about Homefront - and you probably will - but at least it’s a game with ambition. It’s a game that wants to step into the ring with Read more

Dragon Age 2
3.5 stars Dragon Age 2 By Tobias Henry

At the beginning of 2010, it was hard to imagine that Mass Effect 2 would feature quite so heavily in so many people’s Game of the Year round-ups. The Read more

Fight Night Champion
4.0 stars Fight Night Champion By Tobias Henry

Whether you’re a boxing fan or not, you have to admire what EA Sports has done with the Fight Night series. With Round 3 it created a game that helped Read more

Bulletstorm
4.5 stars Bulletstorm By Tobias Henry

We’re not sure how Bulletstorm manages it, but there’s something about this Epic/People Can Fly co-production that’s brilliantly retro and excitingly Read more

Killzone 3
4.5 stars Killzone 3 By Tobias Henry

It shows how far console shooters have come that some critics have already labelled Killzone 3 a disappointment. Judging by some of the miserable carping Read more

Test Drive Unlimited 2
3.5 stars Test Drive Unlimited 2 By Tobias Henry

Let's get the bad news over with. Given that it's been a good 5 years since the release of Test Drive Unlimited, it's hugely disappointing that the sequel Read more

Mario Sports Mix
2.5 stars Mario Sports Mix By Tobias Henry

While they’ve never troubled the likes of FIFA or Virtua Tennis for sales or reputation, Nintendo has had a pretty good run with its Mario-branded sports Read more

Dead Space 2
4.5 stars Dead Space 2 By Tobias Henry

You think you know where you are with a game when a loading screen hint suggests that you use your Kinesis power to grab the dismembered limbs from nearby Read more

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
4.0 stars Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective By Tobias Henry

With all the hoo-ha this week over the upcoming launch of the Nintendo 3DS, with its launch line-up heavy with remakes, reboots, updates and conversions, Read more

DC Universe Online
3.5 stars DC Universe Online By Tobias Henry

Here's the problem with DC Universe Online: do you score it for what it is, or for what it might have been? As a superhero MMORPG, it's a qualified triumph, Read more

LittleBigPlanet 2
4.5 stars LittleBigPlanet 2 By Tobias Henry

Is LittleBigPlanet 2 the most unassuming sequel of all time? Maybe. Arriving shortly after Christmas with surprisingly little hype and fanfare, it doesn't Read more

Tron: Evolution
3.0 stars Tron: Evolution By Tobias Henry

Personally, I blame Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Before Starbreeze's cult-classic FPS game, movie tie-ins were content to dish out a Read more

Donkey Kong Country Returns
4.0 stars Donkey Kong Country Returns By Tobias Henry

There are many things to love about Donkey Kong Returns, but one of the biggest is that it knows who its audience is, and why this series matters. This Read more

Gran Turismo 5
4.0 stars Gran Turismo 5 By Tobias Henry

You'll need three things to get the most out of Gran Turismo 5: patience, a steering wheel, and a deep, almost senseless love of cars and all things Gran Read more

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
4.5 stars Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit By Tobias Henry

All that long-term fans of arcade racers need to know is that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit looks and plays like the next-generation love child of Need for Read more

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
4.5 stars Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood By Tobias Henry

Picking up directly where the superb Assassin's Creed 2 left off, Brotherhood is a weird sort of semi-sequel. With mostly the same cast, the same technology Read more

Call of Duty: Black Ops
4.0 stars Call of Duty: Black Ops By Tobias Henry

Let's not kid ourselves. If you were gung-ho enough to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops, you've already done it by now. You've already sprinted your way through Read more

James Bond 007: Blood Stone
3.0 stars James Bond 007: Blood Stone By Tobias Henry

This is what you call a missed opportunity. A totally original Bond game, scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter, voiced by Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, Read more

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
3.0 stars Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II By Tobias Henry

Say what you will about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, but it’s far from the worst Star Wars game ever made. Is it as wretched as the licensed game Read more

Vanquish
4.0 stars Vanquish By Tobias Henry

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 Read more

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