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The Hunger Games District 12 Board Game Review

The Hunger Games Board Game

With Christmas hastily approaching and children to appease during the routine adult Trivial Pursuit tradition, The Hunger Games District 12 board game is a timely addition for young fans of the books and film. And, having grossed over $680 million worldwide, it won’t have escaped your attention that this franchise is exceedingly big business. It’s […]



Sleeping Dogs Review

Wei's martial art skills will be tested a lot throughout the game

Growing up I always had a fascination with Hong Kong action cinema.  The stylized action coupled with gritty narratives was something that amazed me time and time again; it was unlike anything that was coming out of Hollywood.  It showcased how fragile loyalties could be in narratives and how deception could flesh out seemingly simple […]



Inversion Review

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So, look what we have here. Another game vying for the crown of best cover shooter, in an increasingly crowded market. Inversion’s attempt to win this battle is done in two ways. First, they take their inspiration form their peers. When I say inspiration, I mean totally copy them. Inversion IS Gears of War in […]



The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360) Review

The Amazing Spider-Man Game

I love swinging. And I’m not even ashamed to say it. After eight long years of countlessly mediocre Spider-Man games, Beenox have finally nailed what it takes to make players feel like they are the Webbed Wonder. And while it’s far from perfect, it’s a rare example of the movie tie-in actually surpassing its inspiration, […]



Review – Spec Ops: The Line

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So we have another shooter blah blah, it’s set in an Middle Eastern country blah blah, and there are lots of bullets and tough gruff men blah blah. It’s a story we’ve heard far too often and one that is starting to go a bit on the stale side. With other big games like Battlefield […]



LEGO Batman 2 – DC Super Heroes Review

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If there’s one franchise that shouldn’t lend itself to Traveller’s Tales’ gleefully twee LEGO games, it’s Batman. With a movie series that prides itself on gritty, urban realness, a comic series that excels when it’s most twisted, and a rival game that’s bagged countless awards thanks to its ability to make slow-mo assault feel so […]



Review: Battlefield 3 Close Quarters

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In the second themed expansion for Battlefield 3 DICE scaled things back compared to Back to Karkand which was focused on rebuilding classic maps, vehicle warfare mixed with infantry warfare, Close Quarters is 100% infantry combat set in four smaller maps, each map has its own distinct style and size. DICE have done a lot […]



Review: Gravity Rush – Newton would be proud

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Me and gravity don’t get along too well. If I could I would do away with it, I would in a flash mainly because it would stop me dropping things, which I do more often than not. And it annoys me. I often imagined what it would be like if I could control my own personal […]



Review: DiRT Showdown

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Destruction Derby was one of my favourite games on the PS One, it had everything a next generation game needed; (compared to SNES) proper music, 3D graphics, car carnage and some laugh a minute fun when it came the bowl. So why has it taken 15 years or so for another game of its ilk […]



Review – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

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Does Ubisoft’s flagship shooter still hold up? Well, yes. It bloody well does. It’s fair to say there is an over-saturation of a particular gaming genre on the market at the moment. Which one I hear you ask? Well, namely, that of the first person shooter. You see, there are quite literally an absolute mega-frickin’-ton […]



Review: Dragon’s Dogma

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Death. The fist meets TV outcome that once had video games in its grasp. More recently of course, death hasn’t been such a big deal, no longer do gamers have to worry about three precious lives and a handful of continues. I mean in today’s age it’s all about regenerating health bars and such, making […]



Review: Max Payne 3 – Put down your glass and pick up a Gun

Choose your faction, then let the customization begin

At long last Max Payne 3 has arrived to the masses.  It has been 9 years since we have stepped into the shoes of one of gaming’s most conflicted characters, but were all the delays and aggravation worth it?  Has the Max Payne franchise stood the test of time?  Read on to find out. What […]



Review: Mortal Kombat Vita

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Having a console with touch capabilities, gyroscopic sensors and other nifty tricks seems like the perfect home for a game that was made famous thanks to it’s slice and dice gameplay and over the top bloody move sets. Neatherrealm Studios clearly thought the same and bought Mortal Kombat to Sony’s hand-held box of tricks that […]



Review: Starhawk – Keeping it Realtime

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First I would like to begin with a brief review of Warhawk. Warhawk is one of my favourite games of this generation, Why? because it was pure and it was simple. From the characature-esqu style of the game to the variety of maps. No where else could you fly over a destroyed capital city, or […]



Spec Ops:The Line demo impressions

The scale is there

2K Games released the Spec Ops: The Line demo today for Xbox Live Gold members and PSN users.  The demo features a few of the game’s early single player campaign missions showcasing what seems to be a fairly compelling narrative and for those looking to trial the game’s multiplayer will be sadly disappointed as it […]



Gaming: Trials Evolution Review

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Trials Evolution. Has it evolved? – YES, Yes it has! I for one was extremely excited about the release of Trials Evolution. After enjoying its predecessor Trials HD, its fair to say that this game didn’t disappoint me. In fact, it exceeded what I had expected from a sequel and was elated to find that […]



Firing Range 2 Review

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Last November we were graced with the delight that was the original Firing Range.  It was a twitch FPS aiming simulator that tested your thumbs’ dexterity and keep you going for those high scores.  Six months later Milkstone Studios has delivered the second iteration, Firing Range 2.  Firing Range 2 essentially picks up where the […]



Kid Icarus Uprising Review

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It has been nearly twenty years since we last saw Pit starring in his own game (the last title being Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters on the Game Boy), even though he has featured in other games (including some of the WarioWare titles and Super Smash Bros. Brawl), the star of the classic Kid […]



Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure Review

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The general gaming rule of thumb is thus: Children’s games are rubbish. Kinect games are rubbish. And considering that around 70% of the Kinect’s catalogue is aimed squarely at the clueless kid/bored middle-aged lady market, things don’t bode too well for Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure. What it does have on its side however, […]



SSX (2012) Review

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Let’s get the potentially biased history out the way first. More than any other sports game (including FIFA, ISS et al), my teenage years are full of many a memory spent brutalising my fingers into submission thanks to SSX. So when news emerged that EA were reinventing their extreme sports ‘Tony Hawk on snow’ series, […]



Street Fighter X Tekken Review

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There’s something weirdly unsettling about Street Fighter X Tekken. Mario and Sonic may have started the ‘life-long enemies-turned-incestual playbuddies’ genre, but for a generation weened on playground fights over which of the two console fighters reigned supreme, booting up the game for the first time feels like you’ve walked in on your parents watching 2 […]