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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 22, 2014  |  0 comments

To say that last year's Grid 2 proved to be rather divisive is something of an understatement. For every gamer who enjoyed the arcade-style thrills offered by Codemasters' racer, there was another lamenting the move away from more serious driving simulations.

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  |  Oct 04, 2010  |  0 comments

It's almost a decade since the talented chaps at Bungie Studios completely redefined the console first-person shooter with the release of original Xbox launch title Halo: Combat Evolved. Over the past nine years the developer continued to weave its magic through a number of sequels that continued to refine the lauded gameplay template it had crafted, wowing fans and critics alike along the way.

Steve May  |  Jan 31, 2015  |  0 comments

This compilation of all things Halo will be a no-brainer for Xbox gamers who have grown up under the FPS tutelage of the Master Chief. All the original games have been remastered for inclusion (which means they still play exactly like they did originally but there’s more texture to the visuals) and there’s a planet-load of extras to explore, too. Featured are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 campaigns, with all multiplayer and DLC content including more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps. The package also includes the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. As a value proposition it’s phenomenal.

Team HCC  |  Jan 25, 2019  |  0 comments
From the recent box office blockbusters to restored cinematic classics, we reveal the past year's best Blu-ray and 4K discs...
Anton van Beek  |  Feb 25, 2010  |  0 comments

After numerous years in development, Quantic Dream founder and CEO David Cage's long-gestating and much-touted vision of the future of 'interactive drama' is finally here. The question now then is whether or not the finished game can possibly live up to our own expectations and the creative team's numerous claims. And while the answer - unsurprisingly - is no, Heavy Rain still delivers a unique gaming experience that comes close to living up to the hype.

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  |  Mar 24, 2011  |  0 comments

It's been a little over 25 years ago since writer-director John Milius first unleashed his action flick Red Dawn on filmgoers, telling the tale of a band of small-town teenagers fighting back against Soviet forces who had invaded the country.

Mark Craven  |  May 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Is this the game that PS4 owners have been crying out for? Possibly. This loose sequel to inFamous 2, developed by Sucker Punch Productions and exclusive to Sony's next-gen console, is a graphical tour de force that makes the most of the processing power on offer, painting a gorgeous, spookily-lit eye-opening open-world Seattle for gamers to gad about in.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 13, 2013  |  0 comments

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman – and he wants to kick your ass in this latest beat 'em up from the developer responsible for 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot. And, clearly buoyed by the outlandish combat opportunities provided by having players take control of a bevy of DC Comics' superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow and Flash, NeatherRealm Studios has developed what may well be the best one-on-one brawler ever crafted outside of Japan.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 12, 2015  |  0 comments

Most manga fans' idea of heaven, this beat 'em-up brings together an extensive roster of 52 characters (39 of whom are playable) from 32 different stories that have been serialised in the best-selling Weekly Shonen Jump anthology magazine in Japan. So, if you're the sort of person who lies awake at night wondering who would win in a fight between Dragon Ball's Son Goku and Fist of the North Star's Ken Shiro, then this is surely the next-gen arena brawler you've been waiting for.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 16, 2011  |  0 comments

It was hailed as a milestone in history of videogame development and a new era for interactive entertainment in the run up to its release. But now that L.A. Noire has finally arrived on shop shelves, does Rockstar Games' latest blockbuster live up to the pre-release hype? And does the game really get us any closer to the arrival of the long-fabled interactive movie?

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 28, 2012  |  0 comments

Traveller’s Tales has been churning out Lego games based on licensed characters for years now and we keep eating them up. Yet very little has changed about the basic template of the series. You (and maybe a friend) take control of a couple of cute Lego characters and set about playing through a series of levels, based around the principles of solving puzzles by building things out of Lego and collecting studs that can be spent on extra characters. And Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes does nothing to break the mould.

Steve May  |  Feb 04, 2015  |  0 comments

The most expansive adventure yet for the brick-built caped crusader and his trusty companion see them venture out of Gotham and into deep space for a romp that utilises 150 characters from the DC Universe, each with their own quirks and powers. Indeed, it’s this inspired choice of Justice League and related cast members (including Adam West!) that makes this kidult title such fun.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Following in the wake of Skylanders and Disney Infinity comes the most logical addition to the toy-to-life genre to date: LEGO Dimensions.