Genre: Open-World Action Adventure | Developer: Ubisoft | Publisher: Ubisoft Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii U/PC | Players: 1 Local/8 Online Rating: ESRB: M (Mature) / PEGI: 18 Recently, the Assassin’s Creed formula, tried and tested as it is, has begun to wear thin, beaten into the ground with an iterative yearly formula that many feel has become stale. Is a new location and a new time-span enough to reinvigorate the [...]

Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game | Developer: BioWare Publisher: Electronic Arts/LucasArts | Platform: PC | Players: BAJILLION | Rating: T (Teen) I’ve had a mostly enjoyable ride from 1-50. It’s been filled with lightsabers and force-projected rocks and my sage doing some of the most un-sage-like things imaginable. Informing your troop-mate’s family that he was killed via a spin-kick to the face by a healer has to suck. That [...]

Genre: Action/Adventure | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Publisher: Ubisoft Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC | Players: 1 Local/16 Online | Rating: M (Mature) Ubisoft Montreal is listed as the developer on most official literature for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, though the game in truth was developed by a much larger crew, with Ubisoft Annecy, Massive, Quebec, Singapore and Bucharest all credited with having contributed to the game – meaning a hell of [...]

Genre: Puzzle | Developer: Eiconic Games Ltd. | Publisher: UTV Ignition Entertainment Platform: XBLA / PSN | Players: 1 | Rating: 3 (PEGI) Most of us are already familiar with the periodic table of elements, but it’s not exactly something you expect to see in a video game, is it? But here it is. Every single element, cleverly disguised as a level select screen for the latest title in the [...]

Genre: Racing | Developer: Turn 10 | Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform: Xbox 360 | Players: 1-2 (16 Online) | Rating: E (Everyone)/PEGI 3 Every time I saw Forza Motorsport 4 at a pre-launch event the messaging from the Microsoft and Turn 10 staff was clear: This is all for the love of cars. From the plethora of tuning options and support options for less skilled players to the new ridiculous [...]

Genre: Shooter | Developer: id Software | Publisher: Bethesda Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC | Players: 1-2 | Rating: M (Mature) After a great many years in the making, Rage has quite a bit to prove. The team at id software have been quietly working away to make this massive title – so large it spans multiple discs on Xbox 360 – and it shows in the size of the world [...]

Genre: Hack-and-Slash Action | Developer: SCE Japan Studio Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment/NIS America Platform: PlayStation 3 | Players: 1 | Rating: T (Teen) For a time, it was considered an unwritten requirement that all videogame adaptations of popular anime would be fighting games. Considering how the majority of series feature characters with superhuman abilities usually based on martial arts or other mystical techniques, this genre-labeling worked well, but created a [...]

Genre: Third-Person Shooter | Developer: Epic Games | Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform: Xbox 360 | Players: 1-4 Co-Op/Up to 10 Online | Rating: M (Mature) / PEGI 18 Gears of War 3 has a hell of a job to do. Poised and positioned as Microsoft’s sole hardcore offering this year to shooter fans, it and Forza 4 have the unenviable job of proving to gamers that they alone are great [...]

Genre: Hack & Slash | Developer: Omega Force | Publisher: Tecmo Koei Platform: Xbox 360/Playstation 3 | Players: 1-2 | Rating: T (Teen), PEGI 16 Tecmo Koei’s ‘Warriors’ series of games has always been something of a guilty pleasure of mine. I know they’re not necessarily the greatest games in the universe in terms of how original they are, or the technology on show, but there’s something about them that’s [...]

Genre: Action Puzzler | Developer: Hothead Games | Publisher: Ignition Entertainment Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 | Players: 1 | Rating: E | Release: Out Now Swarm made me realize something I’d never thought about before. In video games, the old adage of safety in numbers just doesn’t always add up. Pikmin survive, but many are slaughtered carrying out Captain Olimar’s orders, while Lemmings – well, we all know how things [...]