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3.88 stars 3.88/5 Stars Average score of 8 user reviews spread across 0 releases and 0 DLC

A Flawed Return To Form For The Blue Blur 0

Even the promotional material oozes nostalgia In a lot of ways, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 reminds me of Mirror's Edge. Not the most obvious comparison to draw, you might think, but after a couple of hours playing the latest iteration in the Sonic franchise, the similarities were strikingly clear to me. Both games seem to offer the promise of free-flowing, momentum-driven platforming - the latter through acrobatic parkour, and the former through sheer sense of speed. Both games deliver ...

11 out of 12 found this review helpful.

Car Porn At Its Finest, On-The-Go 0

Incidentally, Long Time Coming is my favourite Zutons song... As most of you will no doubt be aware, Gran Turismo for the PSP has been a long time coming. I remember back when the PSP launched, and Sony were touting a portable version of Polyphony Digital's driving simulator as a potential launch title. Rumours began to circulate concerning the game, which was said to be a complete port of Gran Turismo 4, featuring over 700 cars and a hefty Career mode. Somewhere along the line that plan fell th...

14 out of 16 found this review helpful.

The definition of the word "classic" 0

I’ve been playing RPGs for eight years now. Ever since I found a copy of ‘Final Fantasy VII’ in the bargain bin at my local GAME, I’ve been hooked to the series, and I own every instalment of the central series released in the UK to date. As a result of this, you may expect my review to be biased. In all honesty, it’s not. Regardless of your position as a gamer, it’s difficult not to appreciate the fourth episode in this long-running saga, released here in the UK as half of ‘Final Fantasy Anthol...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A perfect swansong for the series on PlayStation 0

As its name would suggest, Final Fantasy IX is the ninth instalment in the long-running RPG series from Squaresoft (now Square Enix) and the third game in the franchise to find its way onto Sony's PlayStation console. Its older brothers, FFVII and FFVIII, have both prided themselves on exploring new gameplay mechanics (the Materia and Junction systems respectively) and establishing the post-modern, semi-sci-fi RPG. In this respect, FFIX couldn't be further from them. Not only does it adopt the s...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Life sucks. Virtual life, on the other hand, is great 0

All too often these days, games are attempting to push the boundaries of the industry by either shocking their target audience or introducing some never-before-seen-but-actually-pretty-lame innovation. Most new releases will tend to fall into one of these two categories. Games like Grand Theft Auto and God Of War offer mutilation and other depravities in abundance, while serial updates (particularly EA sports sims) seem to find it necessary to bring in a gimmick with every annual instalment. And...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Change is good. Here's why... 0

When the PS2 launched way, way back at the turn of the century, there were certain titles that we all expected to grace the console’s launch ceremony. Gran Turismo 3, Wipeout Fusion and Metal Gear Solid 2 all made it onto the market within a year of Sony’s sophomore console’s launch. Yet, strangely, one of the PlayStation’s biggest names seemed to have been overlooked; one Miss Croft missed out on the celebrations. We had to wait almost three years for the lovely Lara to make her PS2 debut in th...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A fantastic side-story packaged as a generic game 0

It’s widely accepted that the PlayStation’s Final Fantasy VII is the best game in Square Enix’s long-running RPG series. With its memorable characters, labyrinthine plot and superb RPG gameplay, it’s a game that many fans wish would be remade for current generation consoles. While there’s no guarantee that such a remake is on the way, the Japanese developers have been keeping fans of the game happy with a series of spin-off titles. We’ve been treated to a movie sequel, subtitled Advent Children,...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A racing sim that's accessible for anyone? Surely not... 0

For years, Gran Turismo has been the seminal racing simulation; the game that all racing sims try to be like, and the game that they are all subsequently judged against. The simple formula of buy car, race car, win money, buy better car has been done to death since the original Gran Turismo hit stores in 1998, and apart from perhaps Microsoft's Forza series, nobody has yet managed to do it better. Nonetheless, as refined as the formula has become, nobody can argue against the fact that it has st...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.