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Three Lanes to Rule them all... 0

Guardians of Middle-Earth is a game that seems at odds with itself at almost every turn. It's a MOBA - and a surprisingly competent one at that - made exclusively for consoles. Its use of the Lord of the Rings movie IP goes both too far and sometimes not enough. But perhaps most crucially and damning of all, it is an online only game that is rampant with constant networking issues. Guardians of Middle-Earth is a brave, bold move by Monolith to create an exciting ARTS experience for consoles that...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

'Amazing' by name, merely 'Good' by nature 1

Beenox have had a rough time with Spider-Man games recently - Shattered Dimensions faltered critically, and its follow up, Edge of Time, didn't do much better. However, with The Amazing Spider-Man, there comes a feeling that those games were merely test subjects, a dry run for a 'real' Spider-Man game. Developed alongside those two titles over the past 2 years, The Amazing Spider-Man represents a new direction for Beenox's Spider-Man games, more in line with the publically adored Spider-Man movi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Brick Knight Rises 0

Traveller's Tales have been cranking out a plethora of Lego games over the years, from Star Wars to Harry Potter to... more Star Wars, even Batman and Lord of the Rings, in the near future. Whilst the general broad strokes of the gameplay in these titles has never really changed from its simplistic platforming and puzzle-solving roots, each Lego game has iterated on this time-tested formula - but Lego Batman 2 goes beyond the usual iteration and adds several interesting changes that, combined an...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A worthwhile adventure that stumbles just short of amazement 0

It was a routine quest - fetching tablets from a temple for a brother of the cathedral - that had gone wrong very quickly the moment an ogre came onto the scene. With only lantern light to guide my arrows in the dark ruins, the effort seemed fruitless as the gigantic monster batted its hand towards me, sending me flying across the room and my lantern blinking out into darkness. It felt like all was lost - until my pawn shouted out 'Arisen, no!', and off in the distance, lit only by her own lante...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Letting its Wings Shine 1

Kid Icarus: Uprising had quite the reveal at Nintendo's E3 press conference 2 years ago, riding on a fan high despite the series not actually producing a new game since the Game Boy sequel 20 years ago. Pit's absence from Nintendo's catalogue for so long has given Masahiro Sakurai and his team at Sora cart blanche to create a new game in a completely different genre - and although sometimes Uprising's unwieldy controls hamper the package, its blend of shooter and action genres is nothing short o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This assassin hits her Mark 2

Hot on the heels of the last piece of Dragon Age II DLC, Legacy, Mark of the Assassin has had a lot of hype around it given its attachment to 'Geek Icon' and actress Felicia Day (who is also starring in a Live action Dragon Age Webseries, Redemption, to tie into this DLC). Day's character, an Elven rogue named Tallis, sits at the heart of Mark of the Assassin, and whilst your enjoyment for Day's usual cheery acting may ultimately impact your feelings for the character, the story she is involved ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A flawed, yet fun, Apocalypse 0

Dead Island, Techland's long awaited zombie game, finally made a big splash early this year with a CG trailer that got people enthralled - a beautiful, touching take on the tried and tested Zombie Apocalypse genre grabbed gamers attention. Whilst the final product doesn't succeed in delivering that emotional punch many expected from this initial trailer, Dead Island manages - on the whole - to overcome several buggy issues to deliver an open world RPG experience that is incredibly satisfying.   ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Legacy is a story worth Telling 0

Reviewer's Note: Some aspects of Dragon Age II's overall story (Act I's ending particularly) will be touched upon in this review, so spoilers beware! With Dragon Age II's first piece of Story DLC, Bioware set out to address some of the issues many disappointed fans had with the core game - mainly issues concerning the lack of variety in the vistas in and around the main location of the game, Kirkwall. Legacy manages to certainly hit a few of these issues and deal with them admirably, and whilst ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Worthy of the Emperor's finest 2

Whilst initial thoughts surrounding THQ's Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team's announcement seemed that the game would serve very little outside of its tie-in to the upcoming Relic Third Person Shooter Space Marine, and given little fanfare outside of its unveiling (not even for its release) it would seem like the game was just set to meekly walk under the release radar - however, THQ have delivered a surprisingly addictive and satisfying dual stick shooter in Kill Team that works incredibly well for t...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Game, Set and Match for Arcade Tennis 1

Since its debut on the Dreamcast, Virtua Tennis as a franchise has actually changed very little. Sure, there have been shakeups to the format every once in a while, but as a whole, the key structure and gameplay of the series has remained rock solid over the past 12 years - and to its testament, this is because Virtua Tennis still offers up the best example of Arcade style Tennis, and Virtua Tennis 4 is no exception.  Like any other entry in the series, Virtua Tennis 4's key areas of gameplay ar...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Critical Hit... and a lot of Critical Misses. 1

Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale is a well intended attempt by Atari and Bedlam Games to ride on the coattails of the D&D rule set's last foray into the Dungeon Crawler genre: the much beloved Dark Alliance games. However, for as many successful steps forward the game takes, there are just as many tumbles backwards, leading to an experience that doesn't really ever find its own feet.  Daggerdale - as the name so helpfully informs us - tasks heroes (You can pick from either a Human Fighter, a...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A diamond in the (very) Rough 0

Over the past few years that we've known Brink's development process, Splash Damage has brought a lot of bold claims to the table. Talk of how the SMART movement system would redefine movement in the FPS genre and that the seamless fusion of Online and Offline gaming would change the game permanently permeated every Dev diary and interview over the last two years. So after all this build up, it's a shame to see that Brink stumbles at several of the hurdles Splash Damage confidently claimed it wo...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An all-star brawler, refined 6

Last year's Dissidia Final Fantasy was a very unique take on brawlers from Square-Enix - the blend of over the top, Advent Children-esque battles with a layered and deep RPG character building system, tied with the fanservice-laden story was one of the PSP's biggest titles in a long time. Its sequel, the verbosely titled Dissida 012 [Duodecim]: Final Fantasy, offers little in terms of change from this format outside of a new campaign and several new characters to fight with, but it is a solid re...

18 out of 18 found this review helpful.

Cracking Game, Gromit! 0

Fright of the Bumblebees is the first entry in Telltale Game's Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures series of episodic games - and if this first game is a sign of what's to come, Telltale have yet another strong Adventure franchise to add to their roster.  Players take control of both Wallace and Gromit as they manage their own Honey Production business - but when Wallace attempts to get more Honey from his bees by making them bigger, they break out of Wallaby Street and invade the town. The ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.