Matt Gander

Cover version

During a recent radio interview, John Madden let slip that Vince Young is going to be on the cover of Madden 08. Not that interesting you might think, but apparently American football fans in the US place bets as to who the next cover star will be. Not...

M.A.C.H.

Codemasters’ Heatseeker has been dubbed ‘Burnout in the sky’ because of its fancy motion blur and impact cam, but this airborne racer is more deserving of that label. Not only because it is a racing game – whereas Heatseeker is an arcade-style combat game – but because boost...

Boom Boom Rocket

Due to the firework detonation connection, EA’s first Xbox Live Arcade title has been receiving comparisons with Fantavision – one of the few PlayStation 2 launch titles that was worth having. It’s not entirely fair to call it a clone though – Fantavision had you twisting the analogue...

Mighty morphin’ Pokemon rangers

Friday 13th – pretty unlucky for gamers that don’t own a DS, as that’s the only format on the receiving end of significant new games this week. Pokemon Ranger is likely to chart the highest. It isn’t a proper Pokemon game but has something to do with capturing...

Rent a Ghost

A Namco retro collection for the DS doesn’t sound like something to be excited about – they turf out their back catalogue about once a year on whatever formats are doing the rounds. So why is Namco Museum DS shaping up to be a must have? Clue: Pac-Man...

Guinness is good for you

A few years back the videogame section of The Guinness Book of Records was removed and a mild uproar ensued. The publishers have now done some research to discover that, yes, the videogame section is “very popular” with its readers. We can now expect a whole annual filled...

We’re about ready to rock steady

The £69.99 price tag for Guitar Hero II hasn’t stopped 360 owners opening their wallets, helping it to clock in at #5. Command & Conquer 3 holds on to the top spot, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles up four places to #2. Brian Lara is on the move...

“I can’t believe we just met Mr. Bean!”

Press releases – no matter what the game in question is, be it a budget priced bowling game or a tech-heavy PC FPS – always focus on how ‘mind blowing’ the physics are or how ‘photo realistic’ the visuals will be. The press release for Blast Entertainment’s upcoming...

Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Yes, this is the same ‘life of a pirate’ sim that was released on Xbox and PC back in 2005. The belated conversion is likely down to the developers changing hands – Atari did the publishing honours first time round, but now Firaxis is part of the Take...

An early summer game drought

It’s Easter, so you would think that there would be plenty of new games out for the plucky youngsters who receive cold hard cash instead of chocolate eggs this weekend. Not so – you can count the games out this week on one hand. Guitar Hero II on...

Earth Defence Force 2017

The little known Monster Attack on PlayStation 2 is probably the biggest hidden gem for the system. Released just before Big Ben Interactive popped their cogs, only a limited number of copies were made and review copies never reached the press. The idea was simple – run around...

Giant crabs don’t sell

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars has managed to knock Resistance off the top spot, while the disappointingly bland Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has risen from #18 up to #6. The similarly average Medal of Honor: Vanguard is the only new entry in the top 10, marching in...