Reviews

WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009

There aren’t many fighting games for the DS (Ultimate Mortal Kombat is about as good as it gets at the moment) and although this effort isn’t awful, it’s too middling to recommend to anybody but WWE fans. Which makes this review kind of pointless – if I’ve learned...

Scene It? Box Office Smash!

I love a quiz game. I’ve played most of the Buzz games and I can’t enter a pub without having a go on it’s Itbox, so I was really looking forward to Scene It. Was I disappointed? Well, yes and no. First, the good. The presentation is –...

WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009

When approaching any wrestling video game, my biggest fear is always the typically unresponsive controls. This wasn’t always the way though – I had a WWF game for the original Game Boy that played perfectly well using just two buttons. And it had The Mountie in it. With...

R-Type Tactics

Remember R-Type Final? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t really the final attempt by the Bydo Empire to wipe out mankind, as the existence of this PSP-exclusive proves. Rather than being a 2D shooter though – which would suit the PSP’s elongated screen rather nicely – it’s...

Dementium: The Ward

Now this is a turn up for the books – a gory first person shooter for the DS, which is not only impressive to look at, but doesn’t play too badly either, with valid comparisons to Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Manhunt. The US version was let down...

Unsophisticated ears at the ready

With the London Games Festival under way, and the Video Games Live concerts taking place at the Royal Festival Hall today, I’ve been listening to the first Video Games Live CD release. Game music attracts a particularly fanatical fan, if you’ll excuse the phraseology. I am not such...

Bakushow

Just to be completely unclear, I don’t know whether this is a review of Bakushow. In fact, I’m not convinced that you can really review Bakushow. The internet thinks you can, of course, but the wide range of scores suggests that even if it can be reviewed in...

Facebreaker

Predictably poor licensed pap aside (hello WALL-E, Iron Man and Lost!) there haven’t been many truly awful Xbox 360 games released this year. That was until EA’s Facebreaker came along; a game that’s akin to a five year old child telling you the same joke over and over...

Growlanser: Heritage of War

In Growlanser every character seems to be an orphan; quiet types, who say things like “…” and “umm”. You see, most of the characters’ parents where killed in the war, because war is bad. The characters are out to stop war, because war is bad. Did I mention...

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09

EA’s latest version of ball-o-stick-o can be compared to the much underrated Xbox 360 shooter Shadowrun. No, Shadowrun doesn’t feature a hidden golf mini-game (although Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise does – try knocking sweets into holes with the spade). But like Shadowrun, if you don’t have your...

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

The bad news is that Trouble in Paradise feels more like a special edition of the first Viva Piñata than a fully fledged sequel. The good news is that it’s still as addictive as ever, and the new refinements make for a better game. It’s a lot harder...

Ecolis: Save the Forest

Imagine if every time you wanted to boil the kettle you had to push six or seven buttons, set a timer and then choose a temperature instead of just flicking a switch to set the water boiling. That would be pretty annoying, right? This quirky Pikmin-alike RTS also...