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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 of Episode III? Not on your nelly. As rotten as The Clone Wars or Super Bombad Racing? How on Earth... 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 Bayonetta and now Vanquish, as the language used to describe the murderous mechs unleashed by this game... Read more

Medal of Honor
3.5 stars

Medal of Honor

By Tobias Henry

Medal of Honor and Call of Duty have always had an interesting relationship. Activision's FPS behemoth was born from EA's FPS franchise, when the disaffected team that created Medal of Honor: Allied Assault split off to form Infinity Ward and make its... Read more

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
4.0 stars

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

By Tobias Henry

Where you stand on Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, will depend on how much things like atmosphere, characterisation, storyline and style matter in the games you play. Look at it one way, and it is merely a competent action/adventure game with stunning... Read more

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
4.0 stars

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

By Tobias Henry

Fans of Konami’s legendary vampire slaying series have waited years for Castlevania to make a successful transition to 3D. Sure, it’s been kept alive as a 2D property on the Nintendo DS or on Xbox Live Arcade, but where its closest contemporary -... Read more

Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock
4.0 stars

Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock

By Tobias Henry

Pity poor Guitar Hero. Ever since EA’s rival, Rock Band, first appeared critics have been prophesying its demise, and Activision’s obsession with exploring a wider range of musical genres and expanding the game’s appeal hasn’t exactly helped the... Read more

Dead Rising 2
3.5 stars

Dead Rising 2

By Tobias Henry

For Chuck Greene, it's going to be a rough 3 days. In an America still reeling from the zombie apocalypse detailed in the first Dead Rising, this one-time motorcross champ has come with his young daughter, Katie, to the casino resort of Fortune City,... Read more

Halo: Reach
4.5 stars

Halo: Reach

By Tobias Henry

When did you lose your faith in Halo? Maybe you haven’t, or maybe you never had it in the first place. Maybe it was as far back as the tedious early sections of Halo 2, or the less interesting passages of Halo 3. Or maybe it was last year’s Halo:... Read more

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
3.5 stars

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

By Tobias Henry

It's been a long time since anyone has got too excited about a Spider-Man game. For too long, the Web slinger has been ploughing the same old open-world, crime-fighting furrow, each version sinking a little further into the soil of mediocrity, and though... Read more

Metroid: Other M
3.5 stars

Metroid: Other M

By Tobias Henry

One of the strengths of Nintendo's enviable character roster is that its heroes have always been ready for new styles and new interpretations. Mario is as comfortable in 3D as he was in 2D, and as at home in an RPG or golf game as in a straightforward... Read more

Mafia II
3.0 stars

Mafia II

By Tobias Henry

If there's one thing we admire about Mafia II, it's that it really doesn't pussy-foot around. In fact, Mafia II would have removed the word "foot" out of that sentence and stuck in a couple of other words beginning with F for good measure. You know where... Read more

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
3.0 stars

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

By Tobias Henry

Were it not for one thing, Kane and Lynch: Dead Men might have been one of 2007's most original and entertaining shooters. Some of us who played it loved it for its brave, gritty storyline, its tense, violent atmosphere, and just the fact that - for once... Read more

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
4.0 stars

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

By Tobias Henry

You'd be forgiven for not expecting much from Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. A download-only, arcade spin-off from the Tomb Raider franchise, it's one of those games that's hard to get your head around until you've actually played it.Thanks to... Read more

First Look: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed II

First Look: Star Wars - The Force Unleashed II

By Tobias Henry

While the success of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed made a sequel inevitable, its storyline made it anything but. The fastest-selling Star Wars game of all time finished with its hero dead, the empire still ascendant and the seeds of the Rebellion sown;... Read more

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
4.5 stars

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

By Tobias Henry

It's almost easier to talk about the year's biggest PC title by talking about what it isn't. It's not an attempt to redefine a genre, or even redefine a franchise. It's not a back-to-basics exercise in the vein of the last few chapters of Command and... Read more

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
4.5 stars

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

By Tobias Henry

It's almost traditional to start a Dragon Quest review by contrasting the enormous popularity of the series in Japan, where it's a phenomenon on the scale of Star Wars or Harry Potter; with its reception over here, where it's never found the mass appeal... Read more

Limbo - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Limbo - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

Viewed entirely in a moody black and white with the stylised look of an undiscovered 1920s German fantasy film, Limbo is the tale of a boy's progress through an unknown, nightmarish netherworld. Dodging brutal traps that threaten to crush, spike, mangle... Read more

Toy Story 3: The Video Game - PS3
4.0 stars

Toy Story 3: The Video Game - PS3

By Tobias Henry

It's a shame that some of the best family films of all time have inspired some of the worst family games, and up 'til now that's been the case with the games of Pixar's films. Even the best have been mediocre, generic platformers, while the worst ...... Read more

Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

Isn't it strange how things work out? Only 1 week after the launch of APB - the slightly disappointing online action game from Crackdown creators Realtime Worlds - we get a bona-fide Crackdown sequel. And guess what - it's slightly disappointing too!... Read more

APB: All Points Bulletin - PC
3.0 stars

APB: All Points Bulletin - PC

By Tobias Henry

Forget the hype. Forget the backlash. APB is not the Grand Theft Auto MMO that some of us dreamt of, but it's also no unqualified disaster. In bursts it is brilliant fun, yet it can also be deeply annoying, frustrating and disappointing. It's a game packed... Read more

Demon's Souls - PS3
4.0 stars

Demon's Souls - PS3

By Tobias Henry

Demon's Souls has spent a year or so developing a fanatical cult following in the US and Japan, and while not everyone will understand why, those who do are in for a treat. This is not a game that inspires lukewarm feelings. If it grabs you, it becomes... Read more

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
3.5 stars

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

By Tobias Henry

First, let's start with the bad news. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series appears to have hit an impasse. In most respects, it's pretty difficult to tell this year's version from last year's effort, and while there are some major... Read more

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3
4.0 stars

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3

By Tobias Henry

If you've enjoyed the Lego Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Batman games and you're a fan of Harry Potter, there's really no need to read the rest of this review: we can state with confidence that you'll love Lego Harry Potter too. The mix of simple, entertaining... Read more

First Look: Medal of Honor

First Look: Medal of Honor

By Tobias Henry

If Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was a challenge to Modern Warfare’s domination of the military shooter genre, then the new Medal of Honor is a full-on, slap in the face attack. The series has been quiet since 2007, when Medal of Honor: Airborne made a... Read more

Rage - quick play preview

Rage - quick play preview

By Tobias Henry

First announced in 2007, Rage from id, has been a long time coming, and hopefully will soon be with us. So can the creators of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein get it right yet another time around? We got hands on behind the closed doors of E3 to find out.NameRageWhat... Read more

Driver San Francisco - quick play preview

Driver San Francisco - quick play preview

By Tobias Henry

Over a decade in the making, the latest iteration of Driver sees it head over to San Francisco for some driving action, but can a "shift" in gameplay refresh the franchise? We went hands on at this year's E3 games convention in Los Angeles to find out.NameDriver... Read more

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - quick play preview

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - quick play preview

By Tobias Henry

Is it more a case of Assassin's Creed 2.5 than a true sequel? Will this stand-alone episode continue the storyline of the first two outings? Is Ezio still the main protagonist? So many questions, and we have some of the answers.We haven't played all of... Read more

Need for Speed preview: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed preview: Hot Pursuit

By Tobias Henry

We don't think many would contest that, after the brilliant Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the classic racing series lost its way. Need for Speed: Carbon? Mediocre. ProStreet? A bad experiment. Undercover? Don't even ask. Sure, last year's Shift was actually... Read more

Crysis 2 - E3 quick play preview

Crysis 2 - E3 quick play preview

By Tobias Henry

Crysis had a massive following on the PC, so can a follow up sequel - which comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles for the first time - continue to carry the torch?EA certainly hopes so, ensuring that it was shown in 3D at its E3 press conference and... Read more

Green Day: Rock Band - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Green Day: Rock Band - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

While last year's The Beatles: Rock Band wasn't the runaway success its developer, Harmonix, might have hoped for, it did succeed in setting a new benchmark for single-band editions of a music game. Rock Band: AC/DC and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith didn't offer... Read more

First Look: GoldenEye 007 - Nintendo Wii

First Look: GoldenEye 007 - Nintendo Wii

By Tobias Henry

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have met the announcement of GoldenEye 007 at Nintendo's E3 conference with a mixture of fanboy enthusiasm, scepticism and confusion. On the one hand, it's a new version of the game that - before Halo - proved that first-person... Read more

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo Wii
5.0 stars

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo Wii

By Tobias Henry

In theory, there shouldn’t be a ten out of ten score sitting at the top of this review. In theory, Mario should have run out of steam long ago. Just take a look at the competition. Look there, at Sonic, the ageing hedgehog has-been, every year promising... Read more

Behind the scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops

Behind the scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops

By Tobias Henry

Since its announcement in April, there’s been almost as much secrecy, rumour and speculation surrounding the next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise as around the real-world activities it’s fictionalising.Was this to be Call of Duty’s long-awaited... Read more

Split/Second: Velocity - PS3
4.5 stars

Split/Second: Velocity - PS3

By Tobias Henry

You’ve got to love Split/Second: Velocity. While other, more po-faced racers are influenced by real motorsports, classic marques or the hip-hop styles of underground street-racing, Split Second’s key influences are the big dumb-ass action movies of... Read more

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360
3.5 stars

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

Say what you like about the last Prince of Persia - at least it was a genuine attempt to take the series somewhere new. Sadly, for every one of us who loved the gorgeous cartoon graphics, the fast-paced, frustration-free platforming, the epic set-pieces,... Read more

Red Dead Redemption - PS3
4.5 stars

Red Dead Redemption - PS3

By Tobias Henry

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about games as the interactive equivalent of movies or TV, and there's no question that we're getting closer to a stage where there's some substance to the claim.Uncharted 2, for instance, wasn't just... Read more

Alan Wake - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Alan Wake - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

Five years after it was first announced, and 4 years after we first saw it running at a Microsoft press conference, it's a little weird to actually play through Alan Wake. On the one hand, there's no getting past the fact that this is not the game we... Read more

Lost Planet 2 - PS3
3.0 stars

Lost Planet 2 - PS3

By Tobias Henry

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition was a game that nearly had it all. Designed as a flagship title for the Xbox 360, Capcom's game was a conscious effort to marry the dynamics of a Western shooter with the style of a Japanese action game, meaning that on... Read more

Iron Man 2 - Xbox 360
2.0 stars

Iron Man 2 - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

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.... Read more

FIFA World Cup 2010 - PS3
4.0 stars

FIFA World Cup 2010 - PS3

By Tobias Henry

World Cup tie-ins - a mug's game? From the wretched World Cup Carnival in 1986 through to EA's last World Cup effort 20 years later, it's hard to think of one that has really been worth buying. In a world where even FIFA's annual releases come with a... Read more

Monster Hunter Tri - Nintendo Wii
3.5 stars

Monster Hunter Tri - Nintendo Wii

By Tobias Henry

Monster Hunter Tri sticks out like a sore thumb on the Wii, and we mean that in a good way. It's epic in length, slow to develop, rich, exciting and - should you get into it - hopelessly addictive. It's jam-packed with complex systems, and has one of... Read more

First Look: Halo Reach

First Look: Halo Reach

By Tobias Henry

Halo. It's yesterday's game, right? The teeming multitudes of online gamers have made Modern Warfare 2 the big online game of the moment, and those in the know are playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 instead. Sure, Halo has a colossal fanbase, but let's... Read more

Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

First things first: this isn't Splinter Cell as you know it, and if that's going to be a problem, you're better off steering clear. After the diversions of Splinter Cell: Double Agent and an initial, aborted attempt to radically reinvent the series with... Read more

Red Steel 2 - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars

Red Steel 2 - Nintendo Wii

By Tobias Henry

Even before we get to such dull matters as graphics and gameplay, Red Steel 2 would score high just for rarity value. How many brilliant Wii action games are there? Erm, well, it doesn't look like you're in danger or running out of fingers to count on... Read more

Just Cause 2 - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Just Cause 2 - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

If we were in the business of clinically dissecting games to reach a scientific verdict on their worth, we might end up spending the rest of this review detailing the many flaws of Just Cause 2. We might spend a few paragraphs describing the scrappy combat... Read more

God of War III - PS3
4.5 stars

God of War III - PS3

By Tobias Henry

The short review would be: more God of War, but bigger.Normally this would be a criticism, but in this case it isn't. God of War and God of War 2 were magnificent achievements: the biggest, bloodiest blockbuster action games of a console generation, wringing... Read more

Final Fantasy XIII - PS3
3.5 stars

Final Fantasy XIII - PS3

By Tobias Henry

With Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix can lay claim to a long list of magnificent achievements. There's no question that this is the most stunning looking example of a Japanese RPG on the market, taking the series trademark mix of high-fantasy and glossy... Read more

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360
4.5 stars

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

The original Battlefield: Bad Company was one of the great near misses of the current console generation. The team at DICE did its level best to mix the wide open maps, freeform gameplay and vehicular mayhem of multiplayer Battlefield with the more structured,... Read more

Aliens vs Predator - Xbox 360
3.0 stars

Aliens vs Predator - Xbox 360

By Tobias Henry

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,... Read more

Heavy Rain - PS3
4.0 stars

Heavy Rain - PS3

By Tobias Henry

Heavy Rain is everything Quantic Dream promised that it would be: a powerful, emotional, ground-breaking experience with stunning visuals and believable virtual actors. Gripping, moving, intelligent and visionary, it's the richest synthesis of game and... Read more