Matt Gander

Relax – we’ve found it

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, then. It’s Capcom’s second 360-exclusive and apparently a solid – if predictible – shooter. If you’ve still got some extra cash left after the festive season then you might want to get the limited edition version. It comes in a metal case with an...

Fare play

One of our predictions for 2007 has become a reality already: the PSP will receive some games that people actually want to play. Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars is a remix of the arcade/Dreamcast original and the ever-so-lacking sequel. The graphics have had a buff and polish, you can...

Proper education

One moment people – Boris Johnson, specifically – are claiming that videogames are turning children into “blinking, twitching lizards”, the next they’re receiving backing from the Department for Education and Skills. Well, one game is – Buzz: The Schools Quiz. It’s being developed by Brighton-based Relentless Software and...

Bully for you (Rockstar)

There’s a small shake up in the top 5 this week, the most noteworthy going on being Canis Canem Edit moving up from #8 to #5. In mid-December it was right down at #23, so it’s good to see it spring back into the top 5. Of course,...

Dreamcast – A New Hope

Although the last PAL Dreamcast titles were released in mid-2002, over in Japan the system keeps on going. In fact, nearly nine years after it was launched in Japan, the start of 2007 will see no less than three new titles reach the hands of hardened Sega fans....

The name game

Eidos have picked up Spike’s Wii survival romp Necro-Nesia for a western release. They won’t be calling it that over here though. Nope, we get treated to the teeth-grindingly awful Escape from Bug Island. Necro-Nesia might not have meant anything, but at least it didn’t make the game...

Sega Genesis Collection

Whereas Midway Arcade Treasures 3 stuck to racing games and Taito Legends 2 brought us plenty of previously import-only curios, this thirty-strong collection from Sega is pleasingly wide-ranging. Content spans from 1988’s Super Thunder Blade right up to 1996’s 2D version of Virtua Fighter II. That wasn’t the...

Hamsterz

It may have a hateful ‘z’ in the title, but this wasn’t originally anything to do with Ubisoft’s dire Catz and Dogz games. Love Love Hamster is the name it went by in Japan, and it has simply been rebranded to fit into the French publisher’s pet pampering...

Halo and goodbye

A few years back there were rumours of Halo appearing on Game Boy Advance. Certain websites laughed at the idea, but not us: an isometric shooter set in the Halo universe would have worked just fine on the handheld. Plus, when the rumours emerged, Mircosoft were readying a...

Two to touch

Despite being reviewed months ago, Micro Machines V4 has finally managed to make it out onto Nintendo DS this week. Our best guess for the delay is that Codemasters thought all the lucky people who received a DS for Christmas will go out and buy it. The only...

Power Stone Collection

By the time Sega were ready to release the Dreamcast in Europe and the US, a decent launch line-up had amassed. Sonic Adventure wasn’t the first 3D Sonic game, but it’s still arguably the greatest, Virtua Fighter 3 was almost arcade perfect, Toy Commander put a neat twist...

NBA 2K7

Although we didn’t review them, we are well aware that EA managed to balls up – no pun intended – this year’s NBA Live updates. One reviewer even reckoned that it was “literally” impossible to stop opponents from scoring. Wait just a second. Do you hear that? That’s...