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Mark Craven  |  Sep 15, 2011  |  0 comments

There's certainly no shortage of racing games around these days, nor any shortage of sub-par games based on existing movie properties. Which is why I was initially rather wary of trying out this latest offering from Disney Interactive. Given the rather lacklustre nature of the film it was based on (easily Pixar's worst to date) and the stiff competition from other console racers vying for gamers' attention I figured the best I could hope for would be something to could recommend to undemanding children. How wrong I was...

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 11, 2010  |  0 comments

The history of videogaming is littered with officially licensed titles that promised to give players the chance to feel like a comic book superhero, but ultimately failed to deliver the goods. Only Spider-Man 2's web-swinging action and Batman: Arkham Asylum have got anywhere close to making gamers feel like they are in control of a real superhero.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 19, 2011  |  0 comments

Away from the multiplayer arena, fans of first-person shooters have had a pretty tough time of it recently. The short-lived campaign modes served up by high profile releases like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Homefront have failed to live up to expectations and felt more like developers going through the motions rather than pushing the genre in either exciting or interesting new directions. Thanks heavens then for games developer Crytek, which has delivered the shot-in-the-arm this withering genre so desperately needed with its latest offering Crysis 2.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2013  |  0 comments

If nothing else, 2013 looks set to be the year when the bow became the weapon of choice for games developers. Crysis 3's bow makes its debut pretty early on and while the game doesn't stop serving up weapons of mass destruction for you to annihilate your foes with, you'll find yourself coming back to it time and again.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 13, 2012  |  0 comments

Ever since Nintendo first unleashed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the N64 in 1998, other publishers have struggled to match up to that epic action-adventure game. And while Darksiders II doesn't quite achieve that lofty goal, it's still a blast to play.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 23, 2011  |  0 comments

Despite having been in production for half a decade, the first time most people were made aware of Polish game developer Techland's first-person survival horror title was earlier this year when a dazzling trailer exploded across the internet. Entirely pre-rendered and featuring no in-game footage whatsoever, the trailer was a superb mini-movie that hooked gamers around the world and ended up generating a bit of controversy (about both the lack of in-game footage and the dramatisation of the death of a child) before nabbing an advertising award at this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 21, 2013  |  0 comments

There appear to be two basic points of view when it comes to making a sequel to a popular videogame. The first is to use it as an opportunity to address the strengths and weaknesses of the original game in order to build on its success and provide gamers with an even richer and more engrossing experience. The second is to use it as an excuse to simply give gamers more of the same. Take a peek at the rating at the bottom of this review and see if you can guess which of these two approaches Polish developer Techland has taken with Dead Island: Riptide…

John Archer  |  Mar 22, 2014  |  0 comments

From TV hit The Walking Dead to Brad Pitt's blockbuster smash World War Z, modern culture has been treating zombies way too seriously lately. So it’s brilliantly refreshing to see Dead Rising 3 gleefully treating them as nothing more than fodder for the most outrageous range of weapons ever found in a game.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 04, 2013  |  0 comments

Released in late 2008, the original Dead Space was a chilling reminder of how terrifying the survival horror genre could be in the right hands. Easily on a par with the most spooky entries in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series, Dead Space gave gamers something to be frightened of. But, like any good horror film, sequels were inevitable, and over the course of two more games and two animated movies, the Dead Space franchise has transformed like one of its monstrous Necromorphs to the point where it only occasionally resembles its original form.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Make no mistake about it, Destiny is a beautiful-looking game – Halo creator Bungie has clearly worked hard to dazzle gamers with the graphical prowess of this ambitious 'persistent' online first-person shooter. But how does it actually play?

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 23, 2011  |  0 comments

Dystopian, Blade Runner-esque futures are ten-a-penny in videogames. So it's hard not to feel a little jaded when yet another title turns up promising to take you into a perpetually overcast near-future version of our world, populated by sinister big-business types and shadowy conspiracies. But it's worth remembering that the original Deus Ex set the benchmark for the action-role-playing-game genre when it hit the PC at the turn of the Millennium. And, remarkably, this third entry in the series manages to match, if not top that lofty achievement.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 14, 2011  |  0 comments

The high-speed thrills provided by motor sports have been a popular subject for videogame designers since the birth of the industry, with games like Namco's Pole Position and Micromega's 3D Death Chase showcasing what could be achieved on even the most basic hardware. The technological grunt of today's consoles ensures that driving games are more exciting and realistic than ever before, and they don't come much better than Codemasters' DiRT3.

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  |  Mar 23, 2011  |  0 comments

There aren't many videogames that cast you in the role of a refugee seeking asylum in a hostile land. But that's exactly where you find yourself at the start of this eagerly anticipated follow-up to BioWare's 2009 fantasy RPG smash.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2015  |  0 comments

With franchises like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect under its belt, role-playing game specialist Bioware has long been a favourite with fans of the genre. This third instalment in the Dragon Age series will do nothing to tarnish that reputation, delivering the most expansive and enjoyable fantasy RPG experience this side of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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