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Crysis 2

Crysis 2

Review Where Crysis shifted the paradigm of photorealism for a lucky monster-rig owning few – while power slamming the nail into the coffin of my creaking 9800 Pro – Crysis 2 is a far more forgiving beast. Crysis 2 Rocket salad The near-identical performance of the PC and console versions might not please PC gamers, but the shift …
Andrew Bailey, 30 Mar 2011
Nintendo 3DS games

Nintendo 3DS launch games

Review Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition RH Numbers A faithful port of the Xbox 360/PS3 original, SSF IV is the most comprehensive 3DS launch title. It's also one of the best looking. All the console features are retained, from Arcade and Challenge Mode to Internet Match and the fully-customisable Training Mode. And the full …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Mar 2011
Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

Review “You have to see it for yourself.” As the 3DS' unofficial marketing catchphrase, that's as good as it gets: an enticement at the most personal level. As the opening gambit to a product review, it's far less auspicious. But that's the reality of Nintendo's new wunderkind. Seeing is the only way of believing. Nintendo 3DS …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Mar 2011
iStunt 2

iStunt 2 on the iPhone 4

iGamer That's it, hands, you deserve a break. You've worked tirelessly these past few weeks and proved your mettle. Dead Space and Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard were enjoyable iOS games, but playing them back-to-back was far too much like hard work. These fingers are done playing digit-Twister for a while. Time for a holiday. Time to …
Andrew Bailey, 23 Mar 2011
Motorstorm Apocalypse

Motorstorm Apocalypse

Review Motorstorm Apocalypse's unabashed and riotous disregard for realism is the antithesis of most modern racing games – and it makes perfect sense. Who cares about traction control, sports intake manifolds and torque splits when you're taking a high-octane tour through the picture-postcard backdrops of the apocalypse? Motorstorm …
Andrew Bailey, 22 Mar 2011
Killzone 3

Killzone 3

Review Killzone 3's Infiltrators are a class apart. Camouflaging themselves, they mimic their opponents' identity to move unmolested through hostile territory. Then, when the pivotal moment presents itself, they break cover and wreak havoc on an unsuspecting enemy. Killzone 3 Smoke on the war ground, fire in his eyes Infiltrators …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Feb 2011
Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Review The decision to resurrect the Marvel vs Capcom series is a logical choice for Capcom. After the success of Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, it makes sense to capitalise on a general appetite for comic book movies by exhuming the ten-year-old crossover franchise. Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Americaa... thud, yeah! But …
Andrew Bailey, 18 Feb 2011
Nail'd

Nail'd

Review There's something obvious missing from Nail'd. For grammarians, it will be the title's unnecessary contraction of a perfectly acceptable transitive verb. For Newtonians, it will be the game's flagrant disuse of the laws of motion. For everyone else, it will surely just be the total lack of challenge on offer in developer …
Andrew Bailey, 11 Feb 2011
Real Racing

Real Racing 2 for iOS

Review Firemint's Real Racing set the early benchmark for iOS graphics and, along with a handful of other games, confirmed these Apple iDevices' potential as serious handheld gaming platforms. A scalable career mode and blend of simulation and arcade driving styles attracted casual and hardcore gamers alike. And excellent tilt-controls …
Andrew Bailey, 08 Feb 2011
Mindjack

Mindjack

Review 'Do you wish to continue?' It's a question games have always asked after death – a challenge to players to overcome defeat and try, try, and try again. But when that same question is posed upon completion of every stage, as in MindJack, what initially comes across as over-politeness quickly begins to feel just plain apologetic. …
Andrew Bailey, 04 Feb 2011
Ten Fitness Gadgets

Ten... fitness gadgets

Product Round-up OK, so it's that time of year again, and every newspaper, website, daytime television show and franchised gymnasium is bombarding you with Xmas-excess guilt. But if you have decided to get fit in 2011, you might find some of these gadgets useful in your quest to attract the opposite sex... er, sorry... improve your health. …
Andrew Bailey, 25 Jan 2011
NOVA 2

NOVA 2 for iOS

Review Supersoldier required for highly autonomous role in planetary defence organisation. Duties include relentless futuristic combat, security door hacking and driving through superfluous vehicle sections. Must be highly competent with a variety of human and alien weaponry, and must wear own advanced battle armour. Will be …
Andrew Bailey, 24 Jan 2011
DC Universe

DC Universe Online

Review The backstory to DC Universe Online reads like that of so many of Metropolis and Gotham City's superheroes and supervillains. Lift the cape and pull back the mask and DCUO reveals itself as a regular-Joe action-brawler that gained special powers after falling into a vat of MMORPG mutagen. DC Universe Pick on someone your own …
Andrew Bailey, 20 Jan 2011
2011 Games Preview

2011 Games Preview

Despite continuing 2009's sales dip, 2010 was still a great year for videogames. While the trend showed gaming wasn't impervious to global recession, the sales figures also proved it is firmly established as the world's leading entertainment medium. So how to improve upon a year that saw Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2 and …
Andrew Bailey, 11 Jan 2011
Games of the Year

Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

Head-to-Head The online functionality of games consoles has come a long way. Unrecognisable from the 14.4Kb/s modem sideshow curios on the SNES and Megadrive, and a quantum leap over Sega's iconoclastic Dreamcast, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's online services can alone inform purchasing decisions. So if you're contemplating buying either …
Andrew Bailey, 16 Dec 2010
Games of the Year

The year's best... console games

2010: It's a Wrap 2010: it's a wrap How was your gaming in 2010? Which console games will you remember most when you're through overindulging and it's time to carelessly box up the tangle of Christmas lights and decorations? Which stand-out moments will you recount as you drunkenly belt out Auld Lang Syne and resolve to make these New Year's …
Andrew Bailey, 08 Dec 2010
Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5

Review After spending six years on the waiting list for Gran Turismo 5, new owners might be surprised to find that the pristine Bugatti Veyron 16.4 they thought they had ordered has rolled off the forecourt more like a cut 'n' shut. Gran Turismo 5 Straight into the lead For those unfamiliar with the term, a cut 'n' shut is the …
Andrew Bailey, 03 Dec 2010
Tron Evolution

Tron Evolution

Review The original movie Tron was something of an irony. Considered by many as a landmark in computer animated cinema, the movie actually owed more to traditional animation techniques than CGI. Tron Evolution I'll punch your lights out As the technology to mix computer animation and live action didn't exist in the early 1980s, …
Andrew Bailey, 30 Nov 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Review Pigs, gavvers, filth, babylon, bizzies. The sheer wealth of familiar pejoratives suggests few people admire the police. Even fewer, I suspect, admire traffic cops. But despite an incongruous contempt for those who uphold the law, I'm sure many people share my fantasy of a night spent behind the wheel of a lumbering Volvo Estate …
Andrew Bailey, 26 Nov 2010
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Review It seems odd to complain of a sense of déjà vu when playing a sequel, especially when the game in question is the third in a highly successful series. But when that déjà vu pervades through twenty hours of gameplay, as it does in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, it's difficult to ignore an overriding sensation that comes to define …
Andrew Bailey, 23 Nov 2010
Xbox Kinect

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Launch Games

Review Kinect Adventures RH Numbers Bundled with the hardware, Kinect Adventures is a compilation of minigames intended to introduce players to Kinect's distinct brand of motion-controlled gaming. It's a title developed with the whole family in mind, where children and parents can compete against each other on a level playing …
Andrew Bailey, 10 Nov 2010
Xbox Kinect

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect

Review Every Christmas it seems a must-have toy or gadget splits people into the haves and have-nots. Only this year things are slightly different. Little Johnny might be overjoyed to find Santa has left a shiny new Xbox 360 Kinect under the tree, but imagine his heartache when he realises his living room isn't large enough for his …
Andrew Bailey, 10 Nov 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Review The 1960s: the decade of peace, love and rock'n'roll. The decade of LSD and flower power, colour television and manned space exploration. Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Knife to meet you; to meet you, knife' Only that's not how Captain Alex Mason remembers them. Under interrogation and drugged up to his eyeballs with sodium …
Andrew Bailey, 09 Nov 2010
007 Blood Stone

007 Blood Stone

Review According to Matt Damon, there's very little to admire about James Bond, whom he once described as “an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling Martinis and killing people". 007 Blood Stone It's rude to point Of course, were James Bond real and able to reply, he'd probably do so by …
Andrew Bailey, 05 Nov 2010
Star Wars: Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Review There's something magical about Star Wars, but it's not what you might think. It's not the simple yarn of good versus evil spun against a backdrop of galactic war. Nor is it the juxtaposition of blasters and hyperspace with, to quote Han Solo, “hokey religions and ancient weapons". Star Wars: Force Unleashed II Careful not …
Andrew Bailey, 02 Nov 2010