Reviews

Dragoneer’s Aria

Have you noticed that there are already an abundance of obscure RPGs on the PSP? Congratulations – you’re smarter than most of the publishers out there. This one tries to stand out from the crowd by featuring dozens of super-sized lizards and, well, that’s about it really. Koei...

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams

Pillaging their back catalogue is something Sega like to do quite often, but the results haven’t exactly been positive – for every Outrun 2 or Sega Rally there’s an a rancid 3D update of Alien Syndrome or Altered Beast. NiGHTS is a funny one – sequels have been...

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

There’s a little bit of history behind this PSP exclusive. You see, Rebellion were the first studio to have a go at pitting cinema’s illustrious baddies together way back on the Atari Jaguar, but after doing four Aliens vs. Predator titles in a row the license holders decided...

Geometry Wars: Galaxies

Converting an Xbox 360 game to the somewhat more humble DS is a mammoth task in itself, but it’s nothing compared to the other challenge Kuju have had to undertake. That is, to bulk up this simplistic yet cherished shooter with enough new things to justify the £24.99...

Mass Effect

Captain’s Log. Stardate: just before breakfast. I’m Shepard. Commander John Shepard. You can call me whatever you like though. In fact, via the means of plastic surgery my face can be altered in any way you fancy. You can even turn me into a female. Sheila Shepard –...

Harvest Moon DS

You might be aware that this was originally released in Japan just a few short months after the DS itself. The lengthy delay for its Euro appearance is due to a couple of things – the publisher being one; it’s gone from being handled by Ubisoft, to upstart...

Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers

This sequel to one of the more involving war games of recent times didn’t get a dedicated news article on these hallowed pages when it was announced: instead we bundled it in with details of EA’s SSX on Tour. If we had to go back in time and...
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7

Dragon Blaze

There isn’t a polygon in sight, but that doesn’t stop Dragon Blaze from being one of the most charming 2D shooters in quite some time, with lots of colourful enemies, nicely rendered bosses and detailed backgrounds. The fantasy theme is welcome too, replacing the formulaic spaceships, robots, tanks...
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5

Micro Machines V4

Micro Machines V3 was the last Micro Machines game from Codemasters, but it wasn’t the last title to feature the tiny toys – Atari had a stab at resurrecting the overhead racer with a multiformat offering back in 2002. The V4 at the end of the title of...
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4

Disney Pixar’s Cars

Rather than being farmed out to an unheard of development studio to knock out on the cheap, THQ handed the development rights to Cars over to Rainbow Studios, best known for the publisher’s own MX Unleashed and ATV: Off Road Fury titles. This makes perfect sense to us...
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7

Homura

We may not know what Homura means, but we do know that this is another retro-styled shooter from 505 GameStreet, originally published by Taito in Japan and developed by the team behind Psyvariar. The original Psyvariar wasn’t up to much, with stupidly short levels and hackneyed bosses, but...
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6

Ultimate Fighting Championship

The first thing that will strike you in Ultimate Fighting Championship is the rather long introductory FMV sequence, which comprises of action taken from the real UFC. You will then notice that it is violent. Really violent. Not comedy grappling a la WWF – these people are punching...
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4