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A well-done port for newcomers to the game and at the same time a reminder that Resident Evil can be a great game. 0

Last year’s release of the once-3DS-exclusive Resident Evil: Revelations was one of my favourite games for the system. Looking back, 2012 wasn’t exactly the best year for the franchise in terms of quality or the games upholding the heritage of the series, with such titles as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6 and the HD release of the Chroniclesseries all coming out. Some would argue Capcom has lost their ways with Resident Evil, but ifRevelations was anything to go by, I’d a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It sure won’t be a game for everyone - it doesn't do well to introduce new players - but I feel that the gameplay speaks 0

When Ubisoft announced the ManiaPlanet platform at its E3 2010 press conference and at the same time revealed two titles that would join with TrackMania 2 in the Mania family, these being ShootMania and QuestMania, I was full of excitement. I am an avid fan of the TrackMania franchise, not only because the games’ themselves are fantastic, but also because Nadeo created a self-contained environment that allowed people full control in creating an unlimited amount of tracks and decals for TrackMani...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sacred Citadel isn’t a bad game, but it’s not particularly worthy either, it's confined to the roots of modest fun 0

I have a soft spot for the side-scrolling beat-em-up genre. It started way back on the Super Nintendo and the Sega Mega Drive with my love for – in my eyes, two of the best entries in the genre – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time and Streets of Rage 2. Modern day gaming hasn’t been kind to the genre, with most attempts to capture the nostalgia ending up being shallow and boring. The occasional quality title pops up, such as Castle Crashers, but as a whole, the genre has never flouris...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

More of the same, yeah, it sounds like a bad case of deja vu, but that is exactly what Dead Island: Riptide is. 0

In an industry that likes to shout out about making things bigger, improving mechanics to make games better or coming up with an innovative idea, it’s highly amusing that the sequel to 2011’s rather popular Dead Island seems to throw away the concept of a sequel and return with a game that is amazingly identical to the first. After playing through Dead Island: Riptide, I can see why the game was not given the number two at the end of its name, and instead, ended up being called a spin-off title ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Scoring this re-release budget as an expansion for existing players - it's only recommended for the hardcore fan 0

Last year’s Dragon’s Dogma was a huge surprise for me. I had not paid much attention to the title, but due to my inherent love of role-playing games, I simply had to check it out upon its release. Lo and behold, it ended up being one of the best games of 2012 and made it into my personal top ten of the year list. There was much to love about the game, from the feeling of adventure to the quality combat mechanics that had you battling huge mythical beasts, climbing on them – à la Shadow of the Co...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the best entry in the franchise. 0

The Monster Hunter franchise is one of the more polarising games when considering the differences in tastes of the Japanese and Western video game market. There are a multitude of reasons about why it is so popular in the East compared to the first-person shooter fuelled market of the West, but one issue that I can speak about is that fans of the series have had a painful wait for this next instalment to arrive in the UK. It didn’t help that Capcom was quiet about information to the point of bor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It’s a game for the hardcore fans that love complex and challenging strategy RPGs 0

If there is one thing that bothers me when it comes to living in the UK, it’s the late releases of RPGs. Before the 3DS arrived, I was happy to import the vast amount of DS RPGs that were released across the shore in America. The DS was region-free, so I had nothing stopping me but my bank balance to ship these titles to my home and play them. Sadly, I cannot do that now, because Nintendo decided to lock the 3DS for whatever reason, so now I am left playing the waiting game with the rest of Euro...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Anyone who is looking for a good and enjoyable platformer should give Thieves in Time a chance 0

The Sly Cooper series made its début for us UK gamers back on the PlayStation 2 in early 2003. On release, it was met with enough positive feedback about its easy and responsive controls, gameplay variety and lovely looking graphics, thanks to the cel-shaded style, to spawn two sequels on the same platform. After the arrival of the PlayStation 3, it seemed creators Sucker Punch had left poor Sly behind to create a new IP with the Infamous series. As you can see from the release of Sly Cooper: Th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

t’s hard to put Runner 2 down once you are trapped in its trance and find yourself “in the zone.” 0

Runner games have become extremely popular on mobile platforms, normally going for free but incorporating some kind of in-app purchasing as a way to get money from people addicted to the game. Looking at the PC platform, runner games aren’t exactly a thriving genre, unless you want to count the flash games you can play through your browser. I’m talking about purchasable titles, though, such as the recently-released BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which I’m just going t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The gameplay in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, with its “be told what to do” mentality, certainly wasn't for me. 0

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like being a sniper and those who despise it. Okay, so it might not be quite like that, but for fans who like using such virtual weapons in military games, there isn’t exactly a wave of games dedicated to your love of zooming down that scope and picking off someone from a distance. Two titles aim for your money when it comes to such a sub-genre: last year’s Sniper Elite V2, and this latest sequel from the development team at City Interactive...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Iron Galaxy has done no wrong with this beautifully cared for port of the two Darkstalkers games. 0

Looking at recent news from Capcom it seems that the company is embracing its huge collection of historic IPs and bringing them back as downloadable releases. This is especially important to fighting game fans, as there is a lot of love for some of Capcom’s older fighting games. For me, it was Street Fighter III: Third Strike, which received an updated port to current consoles in August of 2011 as Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. This new update brought tutorials, good training s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I was ready to expect “just another Gears game,” except I was pleasantly surprised by what I got to play. 0

If you read my God of War: Ascension review, then you will know that I mentioned the strange spectacle that seems to be plaguing upcoming sequels, and the seeming lack of hype around them. If there was one title on Microsoft’s Xbox 360, then it’s Gears of War: Judgement, the fourth instalment of the huge Gears of War franchise. The title suffers from the exact same problems as God of War: Ascension - it’s on current-generation consoles, is a prequel and doesn't do much to extend on the satisfyin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Persona 4: Golden is a must play, even for fans who have already previously completed the game. 0

When it comes to naming the greatest games, I am not at all afraid to say that the PlayStation 2 release of Persona 4 ended up as not only one of the best RPGs I had ever played, but one of my favourite games of all time. Persona 4 was the ultimate swan song for the PlayStation 2 – which had built itself up to be quite a system for fans of Japanese RPGs. Persona 4 came so late into the system’s life (we’re talking early 2009 if you lived in the UK), and yet it kicked so much butt, showing the cu...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

As a complete package, God of War Ascension has its fair shares of excitement and disappointment. 0

There is no doubt that this generation has been lengthy compared to what we have experienced in the past, but as the year moves on towards the release of the PS4 and whatever Microsoft are going to call their next Xbox, we still need games to tide us over until those arrive. This is where exclusives for consoles are coming into play, with Sony showing us that they aren’t afraid to bring us returning franchises and new IPs to close the end of the PS3’s life. Unfortunately, there seems to be an un...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It’s a different style of hunting – an experience that is based on fast speed rather than methodical strategy. 0

There is no doubt that the Monster Hunter games were the killer app for Sony’s PSP in Japan. It sold buckets upon buckets of copies, as the Japanese ate every version of the game. By the look of things the Monster Hunter series has now moved its home from Sony’s systems to Nintendo’s 3DS and Wii U consoles, so with no killer app for the Vita in Japan, what do companies do? The answer is obvious: fill in that missing market by creating a wave of Monster Hunter clones. That is what Game Arts has c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I was impressed at how fun Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army turned out to be. 0

In this day and age, nearly every zombie-based videogame slots into the “unoriginal” category. We’ve had these walking undead featured in first-person shooters, survival horror, tower defence, puzzlers, twin-stick shooters, and have even played as one in Stubbs the Zombie. So when Rebellion announced they were making a standalone title to Sniper Elite V2 but based on zombies, I was a little concerned over how it might turn out. Seems I had nothing to worry about, because if anyone is looking for...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Zombie Studios needs to rethink the future for Special Forces: Team X, because it will soon go the way of the dodo 0

In this day and age, you can just about play any type of multiplayer, first-person shooter (FPS) on the PC, ranging from popular military shooters, such as Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty titles, to games like the sci-fi-themed Crysis 3. Even the free-to-play market has brought a wave of FPS games on a grand scale. It’s a genre that is constantly flooding the market, so it’s nice to see that Zombie Studios, who actually have their own free-to-play FPS by the name ofBlacklight: Retribution, are at...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Revengeance is a stylish and exceptional top class piece of gaming. 0

Watching Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance move through its development process has been quite a ride since the game was first announcement back at E3 2009. Originally, the game began as Metal Gear Solid: Rising and was flaunted with this new mechanic of being able to cut in any direction you wanted. As time passed on from its E3 unveiling, Metal Gear Solid: Risingwas absent from events and no one knew what was going on; this was because Kojima Productions were finding it hard to design the game ar...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is not a bad attempt at a “fill in the details” follow up to Corpse Party. I just wish it was a true sequel. 0

After playing through the fantastic Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward on the 3DS, I had been looking to find more visual novel/adventure games to play. When I was told that I should check out Corpse Party on the PSP, I eagerly relented and played through its horror themed adventure. Despite not finding the experience with Corpse Party as polished as Virtue’s Last Reward, the game did manage to entertain me, while doing what I would think is impossible with a visual novel – feeling suspense and c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Cave is an amusing title that on the first time through is entertaining enough to warrant attention 0

As soon as you start up The Cave and hear a deep voice speaking at you, only then to find out that it is the cave itself that is narrating, that is when you begin to realise you are in for a strange and amusing adventure within this bizarre entity. This game signals Ron Gilbert’s return to his adventure game roots after dabbling in the action-RPG genre with theDeathSpank series. While The Cave does not seem directly like those old point-and-click games, it is still an adventure game that is fil...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Strike Suit Zero is a decent game, with a visually pleasing look and some fast combat. 0

Strike Suit Zero is another successful Kickstarter project that was funded back in November of 2012. The developers used the Kickstarter platform to tap into a field that has somewhat been forgotten on the PC: the space combat genre. We are talking years here, with Freelancer being the last game I can remember playing that I fully enjoyed. Unlike Freelancer, though, Strike Suit Zero is purely about combat, combining two things most people love about sci-fi – spaceships and giant transforming ro...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ni No Kuni, despite its slow start, is one of the best, if not the best, take on the old JRPG formula this generation. 0

There is a unique, characteristic art style with a Studio Ghibli animated film that shows it was produced by Hayao Miyazaki and his legendary motion picture studio. What is even more impressive is that this art style embraces and overpowers the viewer with beautiful and creative fantasy worlds that pull you into a wonderful adventure. Studio Ghibli is not known for jumping into the videogame world, due to Miyazaki’s grudge against the industry after a poor adaption of Nausicäa of the Valley of ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a title that gets most of the important parts right when it comes to an action game 0

From its initial reveal, DmC: Devil May Cry (DmC) was slapped in the face with a lot of negativity. Let’s be honest with each other: As gamers, we shout out for refreshing new ideas and mechanics, but some fans hate it when a different company touches “their” dear franchises and messes with the aesthetics or the formula. This was evident as soon as people saw Dante’s new redesign. Screw talking about the gameplay, all they wanted to do was stomp on Ninja Theory and hate on the game because Dante...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

There is definitely something to like with Guardians of Middle-Earth 0

Multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA for short, have become a big thing for PC gaming. A few months ago, the developers for League of Legends threw out a picture with statistics that showed it was the most-played game in the world. It’s not only League of Legends that has become popular. If you check out Steam’s stat page, then you will find that DOTA 2 – Valve’s own take on the genre – is always at the top with 200,000+ players at any given time. With the popularity of these games at an all...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

As far as LEGO games go, LOTR is one of the better titles. 0

The LEGO videogames are a collection of titles that I never thought would be as fun or as popular as they ended up being. After the success of blending the charmingly cute building blocks with the Star Wars franchise, the series has represented Indiana Jones, Harry Potter,Pirates of the Caribbean and even Batman and his DC Comic friends. Traveller’s Tales seems to be hitting a point where fans wonder what the next title is going to be based on, so with The Hobbit hitting cinemas recently, what i...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hitman Absolution is a decent stealth game, but not a fantastic Hitman game. 0

Agent 47 has been on a hiatus for the past six years. During his break, the developers of the stealth franchise have brought us a couple of third-person shooters with the Kane & Lynchtitles, and also brought us the surprisingly fun Mini Ninjas. It’s fair to say that fans were ready for a new Hitman game, especially since the last title was in-between the crossover into this generation of consoles. Fans had yet to see what IO Interactive could do with the extra power, which is exciting to see...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is a cool, if limited, way to celebrate the history of Sony’s time in videogames 0

From its first announcement, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was always going to have an uphill struggle against the waves of gamers calling it out as a Super Smash Bros. clone. Even the official PlayStation YouTube channel had put the words “Super Smash Brothers” in its tags, which I guess would mean Sony’s PR team just assumed it was a replica of Nintendo’s smash-hit fighter. The industry is full of copycat games, so I am fine with Sony trying their own take on the formula, but with some s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Anyone who is looking for some quick arcade action on the Wii U, you can’t go wrong with Nano Assault Neo. 0

When it comes to pushing the graphical capabilities on a Nintendo system, Shin’en has done wonders for the Wii and 3DS. Now with the Wii U released around the world, the German developer is looking to show off some of their technical qualities with its Nintendo eShop, twin-stick shooter launch title Nano Assault Neo, a sequel to the 3DS title Nano Assault. The question though, is this game the Super Stardust HD/Geometry Wars for the Wii U? The simple answer is no, but that should not put you off...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

looking for one of 2012’s best told stories? Then you can do no wrong with Virtue’s Last Reward 0

A couple of years ago I was surprised by a relatively unknown DS game called 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors – a visual novel, adventure game that was developed by Chunsoft and published by Aksys Games. As a videogame, 999 did not do much in terms of gameplay. It was a visual novel, after all. So what little gameplay sections featured were the typical, point-and-click adventure, puzzle segments of finding clues and items and coming to a conclusion to escape the situation the characters...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed blasts to the front of the pack with its own style and identity. 0

In early 2010, Sega surprised me with the rather good Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, a kart racer developed by Sumo Digital that was fast, great to play and full of quality fan service for Sega fans of any age. It’s also the only title that I can think of in this current console life cycle that came close to the behemoth of kart racing, Nintendo’s flagship Mario Kart series, and if you did not own the Wii, then this was your choice for THE kart racer on the market. Fast forward a couple of y...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This collection is a good investment for people who never had a chance to play these games before. 0

The Dragon Ball Z franchise has been spawning out games every year for a while now. In fact, 2012 is the first time since 2002 that a brand-new Dragon Ball Z fighting game has not hit the market. I am not including Dragon Ball Z for Kinect, since that is not a proper fighting game by any stretch. While Namco Bandai are promoting Dragon Ball Z for Kinect as one for casual fans, Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection, an HD release of the PS2 games that were rather good back in the day, is the game a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fans of LittleBigPlanet will surely enjoy LittleBigPlanet Karting, as it manages to take the essence of the series. 0

I always found it strange that Sony did not brand Modnation Racers – a kart racer that was thrown into Sony’s “Play Create Share” group of games – with LittleBigPlanet. It essentially did the same thing for the kart racing genre that LittleBigPlanet did for platform games, which was enable a player to create their own content. In Modnation Racers’ case, this was tracks, racers and funky karts to drive. It was a lot of fun, but now, rather than produce a follow-up with the same name, Sony has op...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is not what the franchise needed right now. 0

Silent Hill has been all over the place during the past five years. We have had titles ranging from the mediocre Silent Hill: Homecoming, through to the decent Silent Hill: Downpour, and the excellent Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. After the disastrous port of the HD versions of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, Konami are aiming once again to surprise us with Silent Hill: Book of Memories, a Vita title developed by WayForward (of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge fame). “Surprise?” you ask. Well, this...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

F1 Race Stars has the looks, but can’t deliver the exciting gameplay. 0

A charming and bubbly racing game isn’t something you’d expect from Codemasters, who normally go for pushing gorgeous graphics and realistic visuals for the motorsport games they publish. F1 Race Stars is a new style of racer for the company, a game that aims to bring more people to the brand of F1 that don’t enjoy the realistic gameplay of F1 2012. It’s a title that fits into the kart racing genre, bringing a mixture of inspiration from the Mario Kart series along with gameplay that implement i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition is a solid shooter that I am happy was given the chance to come across to the UK 0

Even though the Dreamcast was a failure for Sega, the system itself had its fair share of diehard fans in Japan where games were still being developed and released for the console long after the system had died off in other parts of the world. One of these games was the 2006 release of Under Defeat by G.rev, a vertical-scrolling shoot ‘em up that had players pilot a helicopter in an alternative reality based on World War II. As you can expect, it never saw the light of day outside of Japan, but ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Assassin’s Creed III is an ambitious monster of a game. 0

Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that I have not got on well with. In fact, it is more to do with me not fully giving the games a chance. My first experience with the series was with Assassin’s Creed, which came out in 2007. I was fairly hyped for the game, mainly due to the free running aspect, where you could climb pretty much anything you wanted to in the game. I got to the 9or 10 assassination and just gave up. I did not get on with the tedious and simple combat and I got seriously bored play...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

2013 is the best Football Manager game to be ever released. 0

When you have a studio dedicated to creating the same type of digital entertainment every year, you expect them to become the masters of their creation. This is what Sports Interactive have done. Over the past 20 years, these developers have crafted the art of the football management game, to the point where a review means nothing to the millions of fans that love this franchise and buy it religiously. Each year, new instalments come with improvements and more features, making Football Manager a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The execution and lack of respect makes this Bond bad. 0

The idea of a James Bond game that celebrates 50 years of the iconic British spy by allowing players to participate in some of the older films, sounds like a great idea on paper. Sadly, implementing that into 007 Legends has not done justice for the historic franchise. From the get-go, things start on the wrong side, because rather than sticking to the authenticity for Bond’s golden anniversary, Eurocom (the studio that did a rather good attempt at a Goldeneyere-visioning) have kept the stories ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Best Super Monkey Ball experience since the brilliant SMB2 0

After the brilliance of Super Monkey Ball and its fantastic sequel, it seems Sega cannot hit the right note with the series any more, especially on the handheld, where the franchise has yet to supply a good enough game worthy of the Super Monkey Ball label. The last release, which was on the 3DS, was an extremely dumbed-down version, with challenging levels completely out of the equation because of the inclusion of safety barriers. The design seemed to be implemented this way to support gyro con...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

limited game that mainly appeals to kids/the hardcore Pokémon fan 0

I was disappointed when Nintendo announced Pokémon Black Version 2 and White version 2for the original DS. I understand why they did it. Most Pokémon fans have not migrated to the 3DS yet, so why spoil the chance for huge sales by limiting it to 3DS owners. Even so, it does not soften the blow. I wanted to use my new 3DS to play a new exclusive Pokémon game, and I cannot do that yet. I guess Nintendo felt like they had to do something to promote Pokémon on the 3DS and try at least keep owners of...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.