Brave: A Warrior’s Tale (2009, 360) – 5/10 action game review

Buy Brave: A Warrior’s Tale at Amazon Cast / crew Brave: A Warrior’s Tale (2009) HD remake of Brave: The Search for the Spirit Dancer 5/10 An HD remake of a PS2 game (Brave: The Search for the Spirit Dancer) before people really took care over them, this keeps the graphics and ups the resolution … Continue reading Brave: A Warrior’s Tale (2009, 360) – 5/10 action game review

Crash Time III aka Alarm for Cobra 11: Highway Nights (2009, 360) – 7/10 open-world action racing game review

Cast / crew Crash Time III aka Alarm for Cobra 11: Highway Nights (2009) Semir and Ben investigate the bombing of police vehicles as a major international conference looms in the city. 7/10 Wrong-footing us from the get-go, the third, and best, Synetic action racing title in the Alarm for Cobra 11 series has a … Continue reading Crash Time III aka Alarm for Cobra 11: Highway Nights (2009, 360) – 7/10 open-world action racing game review

Planet 51 (2009) – 4/10 open-world action racing movie game review

Cast / crewOriginal Conception: Ignacio Pérez DolsetOriginal Conception: José Manuel García FrancoGame Director: José Manuel García FrancoProducer: Gabriel Ortas Planet 51 (2009) Teengaer Lem is happily going about his business – earning a bit of money, taking photos, racing and, erm, collecting cars and bikes and lawnmowers – when a human lands on his planet … Continue reading Planet 51 (2009) – 4/10 open-world action racing movie game review

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (2009, PS3) – 5/10 mildly satirical third-person shooter game review

Cast / crew Will Arnett: Matt Hazard Neil Patrick Harris: Wallace "Wally" Wellesley III Olivia Hack: QA / Evil QA Lead Producer: Bryan West Producer: Chris Puente Lead Game Designer: Dave Ellis Lead Level Designer: Michael Nelson Writer: Dave Ellis Lead Technical Programmer: Doug Cox Lead Gameplay Programmer: Allan Campbell Motion Capture Performer Matt Hazard … Continue reading Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (2009, PS3) – 5/10 mildly satirical third-person shooter game review

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (2009, PS3) – 6/10 movie action game review

Cast / crew Lead Game Designer: Benoit MacOn James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (2009) 6/10 This is a worthwhile video game prequel tie-in to the movie with a surprising amount to do (action and collection goals) and a combat system that offers a couple of goodies (special powers and a range of weapons all with … Continue reading James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (2009, PS3) – 6/10 movie action game review

Dragon Age: Origins (2009) – 8/10 fantasy action role-playing game review

Cast / crew Executive Producer: Dan Tudge Project Director: Dan Tudge Executive Producer: Mark Darrah Project Director: Mark Darrah Lead Designer: Brent Knowles Lead Designer: Mike Laidlaw Lead Designer: James Ohlen Art Director: Dean Andersen Lead Programmer: Ross Gardner Voice Over Producer and Director: Caroline Livingstone Producer: Derek French Producer: Vanessa Kade Producer: Kevin Loh … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins (2009) – 8/10 fantasy action role-playing game review

Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009, Games for Windows Live) – 7/10 third-person science fiction demolition shooter game review

Cast / crew Project Design Director: James Hague Project Design Architect: Luke Schneider Writer: Drew Holmes Producer: Rick White Project Technical Director: Chris Neihengen Project Technical Director: Jeff Massung Project System Architect: Dave Baranec Troy Baker: Alec Mason Kari Wahlgren: Samanya Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009) After his dog is killed by Mars police, Alec Mason … Continue reading Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009, Games for Windows Live) – 7/10 third-person science fiction demolition shooter game review

Final Fantasy XIII (2009, PS3) – 8/10 JRPG game review

Cast / crew Director: Motomu Toriyama Scenario Designer: Motomu Toriyama Main Programmer: Yoshiki Kashitani Main Character Designer: Tetsuya Nomura Writer (Scenario Concept) Stellavista: Kazushige Nojima Writer (Lead Scenario): Daisuke Watanabe Cut Scene Director: Koji Kobayashi Movie Director: Takeshi Nozue Movie Director: Eiji Fujii Sound Director: Tomohiro Yajima Producer: Yoshinori Kitase Final Fantasy XIII (2009) 8/10 … Continue reading Final Fantasy XIII (2009, PS3) – 8/10 JRPG game review

Superstars® V8 Racing (2009, 360) – 6/10 racing game review

Cast / crew Senior Producer: Fabio Paglianti Lead Game Designer: Matteo Pezzotti Game Designer: Matteo Sciutteri Game Designer: Luca Simonotti Physics Designer: Emanuele Mari Physics Designer: Irvin Zonca Superstars® V8 Racing (2009) Race in the official International and Italian Superstars® V8 racing championship. 6/10 Superstars® V8 Racing gives us the chance to race on some … Continue reading Superstars® V8 Racing (2009, 360) – 6/10 racing game review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (2009, Fantasy Action Platform Adventure, PC Games for Windows Live) – 4/10 game review

Cast / crew Producer: John Whiston Lead Designer: Chris Palu Lead Programmer: James Podesta Lead Level Designer: Peter Grogan Lead Engine Programmer: Glenn Watson Writer (Screenplay): Steven Melching Writer (Screenplay): Chris Palu Writer (Screenplay): Matt Emery Writer (Screenplay): Richard ‘Rik’ Lagarto Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano James Arnold Taylor: Obi-Wan Kenobi / … Continue reading Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (2009, Fantasy Action Platform Adventure, PC Games for Windows Live) – 4/10 game review

Shatter (2009, Block Breaker, PS3 timed exclusive) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew Original Conception: Andy Satterthwaite Executive Producer: Andy Satterthwaite Executive Producer: Mario Wynands Producer: Alan Bell Lead Programmer: Christian Schladetsch Lead Programmer: Rory McCarthy Composer: Jeramiah Ross Shatter (2009) 7/10 This is an excellent block breaker with a nice new idea (blowing and sucking the ball) and levels that do not suffer from … Continue reading Shatter (2009, Block Breaker, PS3 timed exclusive) – 7/10 game review

Halo 3: ODST (2009, Science Fiction Shooter) – 6/10 game review

  Halo 3 Halo 3: ODST (2009) 6/10 A catalogue of poor design decisions including a baffling colour scheme that makes the night-time levels impossible to play in without the special vision mode and disguises doors as walls and has finicky, or buggy if you’re being less charitable, co-op achievements including one (Audiophile) which you’ll … Continue reading Halo 3: ODST (2009, Science Fiction Shooter) – 6/10 game review

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009, PS3 exclusive) – 10/10 temporal puzzle action adventure platformer game review

Buy Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time at Amazon Cast / crew Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009) 10/10 This is Insomniac’s masterpiece. It’s very funny, paced brilliantly and boasts intrigue and action aplenty. The real stars are Clank’s temporal puzzles which are all brilliant and whose real genius lies in how … Continue reading Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (2009, PS3 exclusive) – 10/10 temporal puzzle action adventure platformer game review

White Knight Chronicles (2009, Fantasy RPG, PS3-exclusive) – 6/10 game review

Cast / crewProducer: Akihiro HinoDirector: Yoshiaki KusudaEvent Director: Hirokazu NagaiDaniel Taylor: LeonardKari Wahlgren: CisnaDannah Feinglass: YulieCharles Shaughnessy: Eldore White Knight Chronicles (2009) The Kingdom of Balandor is about to come under attack and one of it’s most secret treasures exposed: an ancient supernatural White Knight armour stored deep below the castle. Strangely, the White Knight … Continue reading White Knight Chronicles (2009, Fantasy RPG, PS3-exclusive) – 6/10 game review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009, Action Shooter, PS3) – 9/10 game review

Cast / crewDirector: Jason West Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) Single player: Take on the role of a contemporary American soldier fighting against Russian invaders on American soil and a British commando fighting some other dudes somewhere else. Ah, yes, a plot. Modern Warfare 2 has one. That explains all that. Sort of.Online … Continue reading Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009, Action Shooter, PS3) – 9/10 game review

Need for Speed: Shift (2009, Nearly Undrivable Circuit Racing Game, 360) – 3/10 game review

Cast / crew Need for Speed 13 Need for Speed: Shift (2009) Track-based circuit racing. 3/10 This is unquestionably the worst gamepad driving experience ever delivered by a major console driving game, simulation-biased or not (the demos seem to drive differently to the full game). What is truly amazing about this is that none of … Continue reading Need for Speed: Shift (2009, Nearly Undrivable Circuit Racing Game, 360) – 3/10 game review

Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009, Classic Superhero Third-Person Action, Games for Windows) – 10/10 game review

Cast / crewWriter (Characters’ Creator) Batman: Bob KaneGame Director: Sefton HillWriter: Paul DiniLead Narrative Designer: Paul CrockerLead Level Designer: Ian BallKevin Conroy: BatmanMark Hamill: Joker Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) You don’t look gift horses in the mouth and, while he considers this time a bit easier than normal, Batman has re-captured Joker and brought him … Continue reading Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009, Classic Superhero Third-Person Action, Games for Windows) – 10/10 game review

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009, Platform Puzzle Action Game, PS3) – 5/10 game review

Cast / crew Director: Jon Burton LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009) Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls gets the LEGO make-over along with a quick return to the classic trilogy. 5/10 Sadly, this is very much a case of fully diminished returns for this franchise as a number of … Continue reading LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009, Platform Puzzle Action Game, PS3) – 5/10 game review

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (2009, Off-Road Racing Game, Games for Windows) – 9/10 game review

Cast / crew Game Designer: Matthew Horsman Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (2009) 9/10 Despite a notable lack of rallying and interchangeable international locations (Baja, Morocco, China and Utah are particularly indistinguishable and there is no snow and little tarmac), DiRT 2 improves on it’s predecessor in every other way. Graphics are completely fantastic (especially on … Continue reading Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (2009, Off-Road Racing Game, Games for Windows) – 9/10 game review

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009, Driving Simulator) – 7/10 360 exclusive game review

Cast / crew Game Designer: Dan Greenawalt Forza Motorsport 3 (2009) Race online or offline against up to seven opponents in most of the world’s most desirable cars from dozens of car manufacturers on scores of tracks set in twenty-one international locations (including new to the series Amalfi Coast, Benchmark High Speed Ring, Camino Viejo … Continue reading Forza Motorsport 3 (2009, Driving Simulator) – 7/10 360 exclusive game review

Supercar Challenge (2009, Racing Simulation Game, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 review

Executive Producer: Mark Cale Consultant Car Handling & Race: Bruno Senna Tiff Needell: Game Designer: Mark Cale Game Designer: Dave Thompson Game Designer: Gareth Wright Supercar Challenge (2009) 8/10 The main problem with Supercar Challenge is clear; it’s the full-price charge for DLC-size additional content for Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli (two new tracks, three additional … Continue reading Supercar Challenge (2009, Racing Simulation Game, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 review

inFamous (2009) – 8/10 Third-Person Open-World Super-Hero / Super-Villain Action PS3 exclusive game review

Cast / crew inFamous (2009) Cole is at the epicentre of an enormous explosion when the package he is carrying goes off. Somehow he not just survives but emerges with ability to regenerate his health and fire electricity from his finger-tips. The rest of the now-quarantined Empire City hasn’t been so lucky with the city … Continue reading inFamous (2009) – 8/10 Third-Person Open-World Super-Hero / Super-Villain Action PS3 exclusive game review

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009, Racing Game, 360 exclusive) – demo review

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009) Quick thoughts on the Forza Motorsport 3 available for download today. Graphics are a big step up from the last instalment with no low-resolution liveries on the cars and pin-sharp backgrounds and textures scattered generously everywhere; it looks very nice. The sixty-frames-per-second refresh rate continues to make a huge difference to … Continue reading Forza Motorsport 3 (2009, Racing Game, 360 exclusive) – demo review

Fuel (2009, Open-World Racing Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Buy Fuel at Amazon Cast / crewStudio Director: Sebastian WlochStudio Director: David DedeineExecutive Producer: Brice DavinDesigner Vehicles: Fabrice ChalandDesigner Vehicles: Brice DavinGame Designer: David DedeineGame Designer: Pascal ‘Pako’ SaingreGame Designer: Sylvain BillaudGame Designer: Frederic Oughdentz Fuel (2009) 7/10 Dropping you in to events like Stunt Car Racer gets this open-world racer off to a great … Continue reading Fuel (2009, Open-World Racing Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Race Pro (2009, Racing Game, 360) – 8/10 review

Creative Director: Diego Sartori Game Designer: Diego Sartori Technical Director: Ola Olsson Lead Programmer: Michael Andersson Race Pro (2009) 8/10 I hate AI that isn’t affected by grass and gravel and kerbs and camber and G-forces and momentum and variable grip and their line through corners and your car being in their way and you … Continue reading Race Pro (2009, Racing Game, 360) – 8/10 review

Terminator: Salvation (2009, Third-Person Action Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Terminator: Salvation Terminator: Salvation (2009) John Connor, a resistance fighter in a future war against machines, hot-headedly goes to rescue a fellow fighter stranded inside a Skynet facility against the orders of his commanding officer and knowing it’s likely a death sentence. But he’s human, not a machine, and the odds don’t matter when a … Continue reading Terminator: Salvation (2009, Third-Person Action Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3 exclusive, 2013) – 8/10 action game review

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013) Ratchet, Clank, Kronk and Zephyr are transporting intergalactic baddie Zendra Prog to prison when her brother catches up to them and breaks her out. Ratchet and Clank wind up marooned on a nearby planet and have to catch Zendra and put her back where she belongs. However, they’re … Continue reading Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3 exclusive, 2013) – 8/10 action game review

Crash Time IV aka Alarm for Cobra 11: The Syndicate (2010, Games for Windows Live PC) – 8/10 action racing game

Cast / crew Crash Time IV aka Alarm for Cobra 11: The Syndicate (2010) A crime syndicate has sullied Ben and Semir’s patch and they’ll need to employ informants and surveillance cameras and car chases to rack up the arrests and get their city nice and clean again. 8/10 I love these games. I love … Continue reading Crash Time IV aka Alarm for Cobra 11: The Syndicate (2010, Games for Windows Live PC) – 8/10 action racing game

Dirt 3 (2011) – 8/10 multi-surface racing game review

Cast / crewExecutive Producer: Clive MoodySenior Producer: Darren CampionArt Director: Nathan FisherLead Programmer: Andrew DennisonDesign Manager: Matthew HorsmanProject Planner: Richard ToddAssociate Producer: Toby Evan-Jones DiRT 3 (2011) Multi-surface racing against the clock and other drivers. 8/10 With handling even better than Dirt 2 and class-leading graphics, saying this is better than it’s only competitor – … Continue reading Dirt 3 (2011) – 8/10 multi-surface racing game review

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (2011, PS3) – 8/10 giant insect and robot third-person co-op shooter game review

Cast / crew Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon (2011) 8/10 There was some concern that Earth Defense Force would miss the endearingly naïve atmosphere engendered by original Japanese developer Sandlot during this hiatus but Vicious Cycle have successfully not broken anything. Graphically, it is smoother and more polished but the loss of EDF2017‘s best-video-game-explosions-ever is … Continue reading Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (2011, PS3) – 8/10 giant insect and robot third-person co-op shooter game review