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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 02, 2013  |  0 comments

Ever since it released Super Mario Kart for the SNES back in the early '90s, Nintendo has been the king of the console kart racers. While the last two decades have seen no end of pretenders to the throne – both good (Diddy Kong Racing) and bad (Madagascar Kartz) – nothing has come close to taking Nintendo's crown.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 16, 2012  |  0 comments

While it doesn’t quite have the same kind of brand recognition as either Street Fighter or Tekken, Namco’s SoulCalibur series has still carved itself a sizeable following amongst beat ‘em up fans. Much of this can be put down to the fact that – despite being based around similar one-on-one tournaments – the games play quite differently from the competition.

Anton van Beek  |  May 23, 2014  |  0 comments

It's taken six attempts and more than 15 years, but fans of Trey Stone and Matt Parker's controversial cartoon finally have a videogame spin-off to be proud of. Despite a year-long delay and rumours of a troubled production, Obsidian Entertainment's South Park: The Stick of Truth has emerged from production as a very entertaining role-playing game that – thanks to the authentic visual style, outrageous humour and voice acting – is as close as you could ever get to a fully interactive episode of the show.

Anton van Beek  |  May 28, 2010  |  0 comments

Split/Second: Velocity is all about driving ridiculously fast and using every trick at your disposal to nobble the seven opponents sharing the track with you. But you can forget all about the usual tricks of using your car as a battering ram or firing missiles at your rivals, as this game takes as many of its cues from Michael Bay's movies as it has from previous racers like Burnout and Mario Kart. Epic destruction is the order of the day, where instead of simply firing a weapon at another car, you trigger a huge series of explosions dropping an entire building on it instead!

Mark Craven  |  May 09, 2012  |  0 comments

I must have spent half my adult life playing various Tony Hawk skateboarding simulators, so I had high hopes for Electronic Arts’ SSX, a game which threatens to ‘pit riders against both mountain and man’. Yet somewhere in the transition from baggy skater shorts to wraparound snow goggles and luminous ski wear I’ve lost in all interest in hurtling around on a plank of wood. You see, in the Tony Hawk universe it seemed perfectly natural to grind your way along a pavement or whizz around the railings of a cruise ship, but I found pulling stunts off an oil-pipe halfway down a mountain faintly ridiculous.

Anton van Beek  |  May 16, 2012  |  0 comments

The two biggest rivals in the beat ‘em up genre – Capcom’s Street Fighter and Namco’s Tekken – have put their differences aside to, ahem, beat the crap out of each other in this super-charged arcade smackdown. But can any game really live up to the kind of expectations that surround this one? Well, as far as this reviewer is concerned, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 06, 2012  |  0 comments

Released in the early 1990s, Bullfrog’s isometric squad-based shooter Syndicate is still fondly remembered by former Amiga and PC owners as one of the genuine high points of 16bit computer gaming. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the same kind of legendary status awaits this reinvention of the franchise.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2012  |  0 comments

You may not be able to watch Sony Pictures’ new Spider-Man reboot on your home cinema until later this year, but in the meantime you can always try your hand at swinging through the streets of Manhattan yourself that to this videogame.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 30, 2014  |  0 comments

If there's one thing that sets this latest Spider-Man spin-off above all the others that followed in the wake of 2004's superb Spider-Man 2, it's the way in which it gets the web-swinging mechanism spot-on. Mapping the web shooters to their corresponding shoulder buttons makes swinging through the streets of the game's virtual Big Apple an absolute joy. Sadly, the rest of the experience falls a little short.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  0 comments

Bethesda’s latest open-world role-playing game doesn’t try to redefine the genre. Indeed, the story it tells packs in pretty much every fantasy cliché you can think of (including your own character, who just happens to be the return of a line of mystical warriors long thought vanished from the realm, blah, blah, blah...). But what ...Skyrim does so well is refine the genre and deliver an awesome gaming experience.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Survival horror is undergoing something of a resurgence right now, with The Creative Assembly's relentlessly terrifying Alien: Isolation representing a new zenith for this style of game. This month's contender for the crown is The Evil Within, which is primarily notable for representing Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s long-awaited return to the genre he helped popularize almost two decades ago.

Steve May  |  May 21, 2015  |  0 comments

This steampunk actioner is the most overtly cinematic game yet released for the PS4. Set in an alternate Victorian reality, it pitches werewolves against the descendants of the Knights of the Round Table, against a backdrop of incongruous tech and Ripper lore. In many ways, The Order: 1886 is the best film Paul W.S. Anderson never made.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 20, 2015  |  0 comments

The king is dead, long live the king! It's taken five years, but with the release of this third game based onthe series of fantasy stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has lost its crown as the king of open-world action RPGs.

Anton van Beek  |  May 31, 2014  |  0 comments

It sometimes feels like the only point of innovation most game developers bring to online shooters is the variety of weapons players are given to kill each other. Where Titanfall succeeds is its focus on redefining how you move around the world on offer.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 25, 2012  |  0 comments

The latest entry in this bullets-‘n’-brains franchise sees you once again join a team of Ghosts (hard-as-nails special operatives) in a globe-trotting tale of dodgy Russians, nuclear weapons and hi-tech weaponry.