Matt Gander

Another bug hunt

Good news, everybody: D3 will be publishing the Xbox 360 big monster shooter Earth Defense Force X in the US next spring. Well, it’s good news if you live in the US. Keep an eye on Play-Asia to see if the Japanese version is region free. Looks like...

An hour of Wii Sports burns 330kcal

There’s a little bit of confusion over what games are being released with the Wii today. Obviously Zelda, Monkey Ball, Rayman and Red Steel, but it appears that Splinter Cell, Gottlieb Pinball Classics, Fruitfall and a few others aren’t due until next week. Various dates are also flying...

Starry eyed surprise

Nintendo’s European Stars Catalogue has always been a bit of a farce when compared to the regularly updated Japanese equivalent. There you’ll find proper gifts to cherish, such as Nintendo playing cards, whereas Nintendo of Europe seem to think that downloadable t-shirt transfers are what all the cool...

RoboBlitz

The latest edition to the growing Xbox Live Arcade is RoboBlitz. It’s also the first downloadable title to be powered by the much mooted Unreal 3 engine. Amazingly though, it isn’t a first person robot-based shooter – which is what we expected it to be – but rather...

Gitaroo Man Lives!

Despite Parappa the Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy performing well in the UK, Gitaroo Man flopped when it debuted on PlayStation 2 back in 2002. Which is a shame, really, as it took the rhythm action genre to a whole new level, with nifty analogue control and bizarre...

The Sims 2: Pets

You can’t blame EA for knocking out this spin-off in super quick time to rake in a bit of festive cash. There’s no Harry Potter movie this year, the next Medal of Honor isn’t due until 2007, and James Bond has leaped over to Activision, leaving only their...

Elite Beat Agents

We were a bit surprised to find the Touch Generations logo on the front of Elite Beat Agents. There’s no mistaking that it’s a simplified title, but a slightly camp cheerleading game starring blokes in sharp suits is a far cry from the other Touch Generation games. Still,...

Viva Viva Pinata

Did you remember to open the first door on your advent calendar today? We only remembered when typing this article’s title. Behind the door we found a small square of brown plastic, which we think is meant to be chocolate. That’ll teach us for not buying a proper...

Lumines II

Admit it. You were worried when Bueua Vista Games (i.e. Disney) announced that they were going to be publishing the sequel to sublime puzzler Lumines. And you were probably even more worried when you heard that they were going to be including a licensed soundtrack featuring the likes...

NHL 2K7

Living in olde England and all, we know little more than the basics when it comes to ice hockey. We certainly don’t mind giving the latest efforts from EA or 2K a go when they plop through our letterbox though – you can always count on the fighting...

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded

We like a good retro compilation, with the Taito Legends duo, Sonic Mega Collection and the first two Midway Arcade Treasures collections being the very definition of good. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed – released on PSP only a few months ago – didn’t make that list, as it...

Gears of War

Microsoft once famously claimed that Halo 3 would launch on the same day as the PlayStation 3 in the US. Obviously that hasn’t happened, but instead we’ve been presented with Gears of War, which not only looks better than Halo 3 – judging by the shots printed in...