Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (2010, PS3) – 8/10 fantasy action game review

Buy Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom at Amazon Cast / crewDirector: Yoshiki Okamoto Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (2010) At the urging of the forest animals, a thief makes his way into the castle in Q’umarkaj with the aim of finding out what’s causing the darkness that is devastating their habitat. Inside he finds a … Continue reading Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (2010, PS3) – 8/10 fantasy action game review

Vanquish (2010) – 9/10 awesome third-person shooter game review

Buy Vanquish at Amazon Cast / crewDirector: Shinji MikamiProducer: Atsushi InabaArt Director: Naoki KatakaiConceptual Designer: Shinji UsuiCharacter Designer: Makoto TsuchibayashiStory Writer: Hiroki Kato Vanquish (2010) After wild over-population brings Earth to it’s knees, the US and Russia are at loggerheads. The tide is turned when a US Space Laser is hijacked by robot Russian forces … Continue reading Vanquish (2010) – 9/10 awesome third-person shooter 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

Darksiders (2010, Windows PC) – 8/10 platforming action game review

Cast / crewLiam O’Brien: WarCreative Director: Joe MadureiraLead Designer: Haydn DaltonLead Developer: David Adams Darksiders (2010) After hearing a ruckus on Earth, Horseman of the Apocalypse War wades in and starts doing his thing only to find out that this isn’t the time for Armageddon at all and something has gone terribly wrong. 8/10 This … Continue reading Darksiders (2010, Windows PC) – 8/10 platforming action game review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010, PS3) – 8/10 fantasy action game review

Cast / crewDirector: Enric ÁlvarezWriter (Story): Enric ÁlvarezWriter (Story): Luis Miguel QuijadaWriter: Enric ÁlvarezWriter: Dave CoxWriter: Eddie DeightonWriter: Jon SloanTechnical Lead: Carlos RodríguezTechnical Lead: Jose GonzálezGame Programming Lead: Darío HalleLead Level Designer: Daniel AlcázarMusic Producer and Composer: Óscar AraujoPatrick Stewart: ZobekNatascha McElhone: MarieRobert Carlyle: GabrielJason Isaacs: Satan Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010) Gabriel Belmont, a … Continue reading Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010, PS3) – 8/10 fantasy action game review

007: Blood Stone (2010) – 6/10 third-person / driving action James Bond game review

Cast / crewDaniel Craig: James Bond 007Writer (Characters’ Creator): Ian FlemingJoss Stone: Nicole HunterJudi Dench: MStunt Coordinator: Benjamin CookeMusic: Richard JacquesWriter: Bruce Feirstein 007: Blood Stone (2010) Bond is assigned to rescue missing professor Malcolm Tedworth 6/10 This is a good-looking, generally smooth-playing action and driving game but, as with most Bond games (and the … Continue reading 007: Blood Stone (2010) – 6/10 third-person / driving action James Bond game review

Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010, PC) – 7/10 third-person science fiction action game review

Cast / crew Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010) On their home planet of Cybertron, the Autobots and Decepticons battle to control Dark Energon. 7/10 This is a stylish sci-fi shooter but it suffers from the inherited bland characterisations of the Transformers themselves, especially the Autobots. The robots are essentially indistinguishable from each other but the … Continue reading Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010, PC) – 7/10 third-person science fiction action game review

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game sequel DLC review

Cast / crewProducer: Fernando MeloLead Designer: Ferret BaudoinProject Manager: Adriana LopezLead Programmer: Owen BorstadQuality Assurance Lead: Jason LeongGreg Ellis: AndersAdam Leadbeater: JusticeSimon Chadwick: Nathaniel HoweSteven J. Blum: OghrenNatalia Cigliuti: SigrunJamie Glover: The ArchitectDee Dee Rescher: The MotherRobin Sachs: VarelGrey Delisle: Velanna Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings (2010) With the Blight over and the Archdemon slain, it … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game sequel DLC review

Dragon Age: Origins – Witch Hunt (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Cast / crew Lead Designer: Ferret Baudoin Technical Designer: Mark Barazzuol Technical Designer: Jason Hill Technical Designer: Kaelin Lavallee Technical Designer: David Sims Cinematic Designer: Ryan Ebenger Cinematic Designer: Michelle Pettit-Mee Writer: Sheryl Chee Writer: David Gaider Writer: Jennifer Brandes Hepler Lead Producer: Fernando Melo Producer: Heather Rabatich Dragon Age: Origins Witch Hunt (2010) Morrigan … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – Witch Hunt (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Dragon Age: Origins – The Golems of Amgarrak (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Cast / crew Lead Designer: Ferret Baudoin Technical Designer: Mark Barazzuol Technical Designer: Craig Graff Technical Designer: David Sitar Cinematic Designer: Jonathan Epp Writer: Sheryl Chee John Ullyatt: Brogan Adam Howden: Darion Brian Bloom: Jerrik Dragon Age: Origins Golems of Amgarrak, The (2010) The Warden comes to the assistance of Jerrik Dace and helps him … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – The Golems of Amgarrak (2010) – fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song (2010) – 7/10 fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Cast / crew Cinematic Designer: Ryan Ebenger Cinematic Designer: Jonathan Epp Cinematic Designer: Michelle Pettit-Mee Technical Designer: Cori May Technical Designer: Keith Warner Writer: Lukas Kristjanson Lead Producer: Fernando Melo Producer: Rob Bartel Producer: Dan Lazin Corinne Kempa: Leliana Kath Soucie: Marjolaine Adam Howden: Silas John Ullyatt: Sketch Mark Meer: Tug Dragon Age: Origins Leliana’s … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song (2010) – 7/10 fantasy action role-playing game DLC review

Dragon Age: Origins – The Darkspawn Chronicles (2010) – 8/10 fantasy action role-playing game alternate history DLC review

Cast / crew Lead Designer: Rob Bartel Lead Writer: Rob Bartel Technical Designer: Mark Barazzuol Technical Designer: David Sitar Technical Designer: Josh Stiksma Cinematic Designer: Jonathan Epp Lead Audio Designer: Matt Besler Audio Designer: Terry Fairfield Lead Producer: Fernando Melo Producer: Dan Lazin Dragon Age: Origins Darkspawn Chronicles, The (2010) Alternate history DLC. One Grey … Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – The Darkspawn Chronicles (2010) – 8/10 fantasy action role-playing game alternate history DLC review

Limbo (2010) – 9/10 puzzle platform game review

Cast / crew Creator and Director: Arnt Jensen Producer: Mads Wibroe Programmer Boy: Thomas Krog Animator Boy: Thomas Krog Lead Game Designer: Jeppe Carlsen Lead Level Designer: Jeppe Carlsen Limbo (2010) A boy must travel from left to right and overcome the ingenious obstacles in his path. 9/10 Brilliantly designed puzzle game which has clearly … Continue reading Limbo (2010) – 9/10 puzzle platform game review

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (2010, PS3) – 8/10 third-person action game review

Cast / crewWriter: Alex GarlandWriter: Tameem AntoniadesAndy Serkis: MonkeyLindsey Shaw: TripRichard Ridings: PigsyMusic: Nitin SawhneyDramatic Director: Andy SerkisDramatic Director: Tameem AntoniadesDevelopment Director: Nina KristensenTechnical Director: Mike BallCreative Director: Tameem Antoniades Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (2010) A lucky break sees Monkey escape his captor’s bonds only to find himself plummeting to earth aboard a falling … Continue reading Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (2010, PS3) – 8/10 third-person action game review

F1 2010 (2010, Games for Windows Live) – 8/10 Formula 1 racing game review

Cast / crew Senior Producer: Ian Flatt Senior Producer: Paul Jeal Game Designer: Stephen Hood Technical Director: David Percival Lead Programmer: Mike Stimpson Lead Programmer: Neil Topham Lead Programmer: Ryan Sammartino F1 2010 (2010) Formula 1 racing based on the 2010 season. Work your way up from the bottom over three, five or seven years … Continue reading F1 2010 (2010, Games for Windows Live) – 8/10 Formula 1 racing game review

MotoGP 09/10 (2010, PS3) – 8/10 motorcycle racing game review

Cast / crew Design Director: Luke Smith Art Director: Gylan Hunter Senior Producer: Greg Bryant Lead Software Engineer: Ian Sweeny Lead Artist: Harvey Parker Lead Designer: Tom Goodchild MotoGP 09/10 (2010) 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP motorcycle racing based on the 2009 and 2010 seasons of MotoGP. 8/10 Successfully allowing the player to get into a … Continue reading MotoGP 09/10 (2010, PS3) – 8/10 motorcycle racing game review

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 5 (2010, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 driving game review

Cast / crewProducer: Kazunori YamauchiDirector: Kazunori Yamauchi Gran Turismo 5 aka GT5 (2010) 8/10 It’s so easy to say nothing’s changed but the B-spec mode and in-built track designer are unique for the sim genre, it probably has more cars than every other current driving game combined and the car models are, by some distance, … Continue reading Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 5 (2010, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 driving game review

Mass Effect 2 (2010, PC Windows) – 9/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

Cast / crewJennifer Hale: Female ShephardMark Meer: Male ShephardProject Director: Casey Hudson Mass Effect 2 (2010) Commander Shepherd is killed when the Normandy is obliterated by a giant ship of unknown origin. Pro-human organisation Cerberus goes to tremendous expense to obtain her body and resurrect her, certain that only such an icon of human heroism … Continue reading Mass Effect 2 (2010, PC Windows) – 9/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

Alpha Protocol (2010, Espionage Action RPG, Windows PC) – 6/10 game review

Cast / crew Project Director: Chris Parker Senior Producer: Ryan Rucinski Lead Designer: Chris Avellone Lead Designer: Raymond Holmes Writing and Narrative Designer: Chris Avellone Writing and Narrative Designer: Travis Stout Writing and Narrative Designer: Matt MacLean Writing and Narrative Designer: Brian Mitsoda Josh Gilman: Michael Thorton Fred Tatasciore: Henry Leland, Shaheed, Terrorists Adrienne Wilkinson: … Continue reading Alpha Protocol (2010, Espionage Action RPG, Windows PC) – 6/10 game review

Halo: Reach (2010, Science Fiction Shooter) – 8/10 game review

Cast / crew Creative Director: Marcus Lehto Halo: Reach (2010) Mankind’s worst enemy, the Covenant, have set their sights on planet Reach. As part of Noble team, you meet them head-on but it quickly becomes clear that this will become a race to a valuable piece of tech that may hold the key to avoiding … Continue reading Halo: Reach (2010, Science Fiction Shooter) – 8/10 game review

Split/Second (2010, Action Racing Game) – 9/10 game review

Cast / crew Director: Nick Baynes Senior Producer: Alice Guy Director of Production: Alice Guy Design Director: Paul Glancey Technical Director: David Jefferies Split/Second (2010) 9/10 Two things hurt this game: a title change from straight-forwardly cool Split Second to the teeth-grindingly unnecessary Split/Second: Velocity and the words ‘reality show.’ A demo that did nothing … Continue reading Split/Second (2010, Action Racing Game) – 9/10 game review

Sherlock 1.03 The Great Game (2010, Crime Detective Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crewBenedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock HolmesMartin Freeman: Dr. John WatsonWriter: Mark GatissCo-Creator: Steven MoffatWriter (Original Works): Arthur Conan DoyleProducer: Sue VertueDirector: Paul McGuiganActor (uncredited) Mycroft Holmes: Mark GatissExecutive Producer: Mark GatissExecutive Producer: Steven Moffat Sherlock 1.03 Great Game, The (2010) A bored Sherlock is bemoaning the lack of crime but the spark soon comes back … Continue reading Sherlock 1.03 The Great Game (2010, Crime Detective Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Heavy Rain (2010, Serial Killer Mystery Adventure, PS3 exclusive) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew Writer: David Cage Director: David Cage Producer: Charles Coutier Pascal Langdale: Ethan Mars Jacqui Ainsley: Madison Paige Judi Beecher: Madison Paige Sam Douglas: Scott Shelby Leon Ockenden: Norman Jayden Heavy Rain (2010) Ethan Mars is put to the test by a serial killer who abducts his son, Shaun, and then offers him … Continue reading Heavy Rain (2010, Serial Killer Mystery Adventure, PS3 exclusive) – 7/10 game 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

Tomb Raider (2013, PS3, PC, Steam) – 9/10 brutally violent action adventure game review

Buy Tomb Raider at Amazon Cast / crewDirector: Noah HughesDirector: Daniel ChayerDirector: Daniel NeuburgerProducer: Kyle PeschelProducer: Alexander W. OffermannProgrammer: Scott KrotzArtist: Brian HortonWriter: Rhianna PratchettWriter: Susan O’ConnorLara Croft: Camilla Luddington Tomb Raider (2013) Lara Croft is the archaeological brains on a TV documentary but their expedition aboard the Endeavour goes horribly wrong when the ship … Continue reading Tomb Raider (2013, PS3, PC, Steam) – 9/10 brutally violent action adventure game review

Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 (2013, PS3 exclusive) – 9/10 driving game review

Buy Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 aka GT6 at Amazon Cast / crewDirector and Producer: Kazunori Yamauchi Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 aka GT6 (2013) 9/10 Whether coaxing an unwanted Prius into 1st, manhandling a Stratos, marveling at the grip on a Mazda Roadster Touring Car or experiencing cornering speeds that … Continue reading Gran Turismo: The Real Driving Simulator 6 (2013, PS3 exclusive) – 9/10 driving game review

Mass Effect 3 (2012, PC Windows) – 10/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

Cast / crewProject Director: Casey HudsonLead Designer: Preston WatamaniukLead Writer: Mac WaltersArt Director: Derek WattsLead Programmer: David FalknerProducer: Jesse HoustonDevelopment Director: Corey AndrukoJennifer Hale: Commander ShepardMark Meer: Commander Shepard Mass Effect 3 (2012) When the Reapers attack Earth, Shepard is pulled out of enforced retirement (thanks to her association with Cerberus) and reassured that she … Continue reading Mass Effect 3 (2012, PC Windows) – 10/10 role-playing science-fiction action adventure game review

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

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

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – 7/10 period crime adventure movie review

Cast / crewDirector: Guy RitchieWriter: Michele MulroneyWriter: Kieran MulroneyProducer: Joel SilverProducer: Lionel WigramProducer: Susan DowneyProducer: Dan Lin Writer (Characters’ Creator): Arthur Conan DoyleRobert Downey, Jr.: Sherlock HolmesJude Law: Dr. John WatsonNoomi Rapace: Madam Simza HeronJared Harris: Professor James MoriartyEddie Marsan: Inspector LestradeKelly Reilly: Mary WatsonStephen Fry: Mycroft HolmesRachel McAdams: Irene Adler Sherlock Holmes: Game of … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – 7/10 period crime adventure movie review