Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (2008, Game, PS3) – 6/10 review

Creative Director: Paul Hollywood Director: Nigel Kershaw Technical Director: Mark Lomas Development Manager: Simon Benson Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (2008) 6/10 The problem for Evolution Studios was that the handling and sense of weight and inertia in the first Motorstorm was perfect. They’ve tweaked the handling considerably for this pretty sequel and… broken it. None of … Continue reading Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (2008, Game, PS3) – 6/10 review

Alone in the Dark (2008, Game, 360) – 4/10 review

Director: David Nadal Lead Game Designer: Hervé Sliwa Alone in the Dark (2008) A man comes to in an apartment building in New York City but has not idea who he is and why the building appears to be eating people and crumbling to pieces around him. 4/10 How come no-one at any point during … Continue reading Alone in the Dark (2008, Game, 360) – 4/10 review

Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10 review

Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (2008) Ratchet tries to find Clank but the nefarious Rusty Pete and assorted bits of assorted pirates keep making things difficult. 8/10 More of the same and plenty of fun. While it does feel like it’s not quite finished (voices don’t always play at the correct volume, have long … Continue reading Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10 review

Fable II (2008, Game, 360) – 9/10 review despite bugs

Creative Director: Peter Molyneux Executive Producer: Louise Copley Ron Glass: Garth Julia Sawalha: Hammer Oliver Cotton: Lucien Stephen Fry: Reaver Gemma Boyle: Rose Zoë Wanamaker: Theresa Nolan North: Male Hero Salli Safiotti: Female Hero Manager Senior Team: Dene Carter Manager Senior Team: Simon Carter Manager Senior Team: Richard Ham Manager Senior Team: Simon Jacques Manager … Continue reading Fable II (2008, Game, 360) – 9/10 review despite bugs

Mirror’s Edge (2008, Game, PS3) – 7/10 review

Senior Producer: Owen O’Brien Senior Development Director: Senta Jakobsen Producer: Tom Farrer Lead Designer: Thomas Andersson Art Director: Johannes Söderqvist Technical Director: Per-Olof Romell Technical Director Art: Torbjörn Malmer Sound Director: Magnus Walterstad Mirror’s Edge (2008) Faith is a runner – a pedestrian courier that surreptitiously uses the rooftops as her pathways – but, given … Continue reading Mirror’s Edge (2008, Game, PS3) – 7/10 review

Kung Fu Panda (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Creative Director: Joby Otero Kung Fu Panda (2008) 7/10 Genuinely good fun movie game which successfully generates the atmosphere and reproduces the look of the better-than-expected movie. Jack Black’s voice work is critical (I actually laughed during the game, most unusual) but the gameplay is strong enough and keeps irritation and repetition to a minimum. … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Spiderwick Chronicles, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The (2008) Three children unexpectedly find themselves locked in a battle for survival over the fate of a book written by their grandfather. Making things rather more challenging, the battle is against creatures that no-one thought existed and no-one can see unless they are looking through a small magic stone … Continue reading The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10 review

President System 3 Software: Mark Cale Executive Producer: Mark Cale Technical Consultant Car Handling and Race Consultation: Bruno Senna Instructor Race: Tiff Needell Game Designer: Mark Cale Game Designer: Dave Thompson Game Designer: Gareth Wright Lead Programmer: Craig McHugh Manager Programming: Andrew Perella Manager Technology: Mark McClumpha Manager Creative: Mark Barton Designer: Gareth Wright Designer: … Continue reading Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10 review

Midnight Club: Los Angeles (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Midnight Club: Los Angeles (2008) 7/10 Good-natured open-world arcade racing game with almost no swearing (you wonder if Rockstar are proud of themselves for sneaking an F-word into an all ages games), no violence and only fun trash-talking. Handling initially feels excellent but is revealed to be a bit of a façade and, sadly, makes … Continue reading Midnight Club: Los Angeles (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Score International: Baja 1000 World Championship Offroad Racing (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10

Score International: Baja 1000 World Championship Offroad Racing (2008) Race dirt bikes, ATVs, TomCars and all classes of Baja off-road vehicle across the dusty, sandy, muddy, jumpy labyrinthine courses set in the style of the SCORE International Baja 1000. 6/10 Despite the name and official license, this region-free budget game is not aiming for the … Continue reading Score International: Baja 1000 World Championship Offroad Racing (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Cast / crew Director: Jon Burton Head of Production: Paul Flanagan Producer: Steve Wakeman Head Of Art: James Cunliffe Head of Animation: Jeremy Pardon Head Of Programming LEGO: John Hodskinson Vice President Technology: Dave Dootson Lead Programmer Game: Glyn Scragg LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008) Tackle the original trilogy adventures of Indiana Jones … Continue reading LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008, Game, PS3) – 7/10 review

Project Lead: Haden Blackman Lead Producer: Isa Anne Stamos Art Director: Matt Omerick Lead Programmer: Cedric Collomb Sam Witwer: Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, The Emperor Star Wars: Force Unleashed, The (2008) The Apprentice was rescued as a boy by Darth Vader but it’s not exactly a touching story; Vader had just killed his father. Now … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008, Game, PS3) – 7/10 review

Lost: The Video Game aka Lost: Via Domus (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Lost Lost: The Video Game aka Lost: Via Domus (2008) Flight 815 from Australia to Los Angeles: after surviving the catastrophic failure of the aircraft you come to in a jungle with no memory of who you are, no idea where you are and what must be a ghost of a beautiful woman standing in … Continue reading Lost: The Video Game aka Lost: Via Domus (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Metal Gear Solid Tactical Espionage Action 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10

Game Designer: Hideo Kojima Writer: Hideo Kojima Writer: Shuyo Murata Lead Programmer: Yuji Korekado Producer: Kenichiro Imaizumi Producer: Hideo Kojima Director: Hideo Kojima David Hayter: Old Snake Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) The world’s balance of power teeters precariously after giving Private Military Corporations (PMC) UN-sanctioned power to be employed by … Continue reading Metal Gear Solid Tactical Espionage Action 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008, Game, PS3) – 8/10