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Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2013  |  0 comments

2012's previous Lego game DC Super Heroes (reviewed here) left us feeling quite positive but hoping for 'something a little more innovative next time'. But, although Traveller's Tales has added some new wrinkles to the gameplay this time out– such as item crafting –  at the end of the day it's just more of the same, now wrapped up in cute Lego versions of characters from The Lord of the Rings.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 15, 2013  |  0 comments

The Burnout franchise might have been left cooling its tyres since 2008, but developer Criterion Games still has what it takes to nab pole position, if its take on the perennial Need for Speed series is anything to go by.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 09, 2013  |  0 comments

The Hitman franchise is a curious thing. Strip away the glossy hi-def graphics and dollops of ultra-violence and you're left with a glorified puzzle game. And this fifth addition to the series is no different.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Dunwall is a city ridden with corruption. While its debauched upper classes scheme and plot against one another, its downtrodden citizens are afflicted by a terrible plague that has turned some into crazed savages and left whole areas boarded up and deserted.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 31, 2012  |  0 comments

This next-gen reboot of the turn-based strategy game that made a name for itself on the PC back in 1994 has emerged as a strong contender for the title of the best videogame release of 2012. Not only does XCOM: Enemy Unknown transform a rather niche genre into something that can appeal to all gamers (including those who ordinarily would never touch a strategy game – such as Team HCC), it also succeeds in mapping the complex PC control scheme perfectly to a console gamepad – arguably a first for any developer.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 29, 2012  |  0 comments

When the world is threatened by a solar flare, our only hope again lies with Desmond Miles – or more specifically, the buried memories of yet another of his ancestors who happened to make a living bumping people off, albeit this time during the American Revolution.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 26, 2012  |  0 comments

It's been five years since Halo 3 left Master Chief drifting through space with the war against the Covenant finally finished. Although franchise creators Bungie are no longer involved, under the reins of 343 Industries this new Halo sequel feels like a seamless transition.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments

As much as we've enjoyed the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, the first …Black Ops left us pretty cold. Thankfully, those responsible have clearly learnt from their mistakes last time around and have won us over with this sensational sequel.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 15, 2012  |  0 comments

It's been a couple of years since the last Medal of Honor title hit the shelves. You might think this would have given the development team ample time to create a new game that could challenge Call of Duty for the first-person shooter crown.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 06, 2012  |  0 comments

Long gone are the days when Resident Evil games were all about sneaking around dark mansions and avoiding shambling zombies. This latest instalment seems to have more in common with Paul W.S. Anderson's action-packed movie adaptations, with the first 10 minutes of play finding you dodging cars thrown into the air by a massive explosion, and then battling the undead onboard a helicopter that is about to crash into a speeding train.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 28, 2012  |  0 comments

Arcade racers are ten a penny on consoles, but it's a very different matter when it comes to genuine driving simulations. Like flight sims, these have primarily been the preserve of the PC gamer. That said, there are a couple of notable exceptions, the most obvious of which is Codemasters' official Foruma One series. Ever since it took over the license, starting with the excellent F1 2010, the develeper has been tailoring its games for hardcore racing fans. In the process it has created a one of the most authentic feeling racing experiences ever to grace a games console.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 19, 2012  |  0 comments

Ever since some enterprising young programmers at MIT first cooked up the game Spacewar! on a PD-1 mini computer in the early '60s, shooting things has played an integral part in the history of videogames. Gearbox Software's gun-obsessed Borderlands 2 is the natural culmination of this trend.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 13, 2012  |  0 comments

The past few years have seen the world's two largest football franchises undergoing something of a transformation. While Konami's PES series has been in something of a Liverpool-like freefall recently, EA Sports' FIFA brand has become the football game equivalent of Manchester City, delivering a level of tactical player and ability that nobody would have predicted several years ago.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 10, 2012  |  0 comments

Wisely ignoring the recent movies, this latest Transformers game is a direct sequel to developer High Moon Studios' 2010 hit War for Cybertron. Featuring appearances by old 'Generation One' characters as diverse as Grimlock, Shockwave, Warpath and the gigantic Metroplex, the game serves as an enormous burst of nostalgia for anyone who grew up with the original toys and cartoon back in the 1980s.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 17, 2012  |  0 comments

This GTA clone started life as a reboot of the lacklustre True Crime… franchise, only to be dumped by publisher Activision due to spiralling budgets and countless delays. So it was fairly surprising when Square Enix stepped in to save the project. But not half as surprising as the game itself.

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