de Blob 2 (2011, PS3) – 8/10 action platform painting game review

Buy de Blob 2 at Amazon Cast / crew Dedicated To and Environment Artist: Russell Hughes Game Director: Nick Hagger Art Director: Terry Lane Lead Artist: Lewis Mitchell Lead Animator: Shannon Caldwell Lead Audio: John Guscott Lead Designer: Mark Morrison Lead Designer: Christian Canton Lead Level Designer: Andrew Trevillian Level Designer 2D: Bryan Duffy Lead … Continue reading de Blob 2 (2011, PS3) – 8/10 action platform painting game review

Motorstorm: Apocalypse (2011, PS3-exclusive) – 9/10 spectacle racing game review

Buy Motorstorm: Apocalypse at Amazon Cast / crew Motorstorm: Apocalypse (2011) The City is in the throes of natural disaster and the Motorstorm circus travel there to race in the most extreme environment possible. 9/10 What happened to the sound and the fury? Pacific Rift and the first Motorstorm are sonic powerhouses; demonstration-level audio experiences. … Continue reading Motorstorm: Apocalypse (2011, PS3-exclusive) – 9/10 spectacle racing game review

Beyond Good & Evil (2003, 2011 PS3) – 8/10 action adventure game review

Cast / crewDirector, Game Designer and Story Writer: Michel AncelProducer: Yves GuillemotDialogue and Story Writer: Jacques ExertierGame Designer: Sebastien MorinTechnical Manager: Christophe Beaudet Beyond Good & Evil (2003) Jade and her uncle Pey’j are looking after orphans in their lighthouse when it is attacked by the DomZ. After dealing with them, the cities’ Alpha Section … Continue reading Beyond Good & Evil (2003, 2011 PS3) – 8/10 action adventure game review

Captain America: Super Soldier (2011,360) – 7/10 superhero action game review

Cast / crew Game Director: Brandon Gill Art Director: Barret Chapman Audio Director: Alex MacFarlane Technical Director: Darwin Chau Lead Cinematic Animator: Rob Willock Lead Gameplay Animator and Designer: Jeff King Captain America: Super Soldier (2011) As Dr. Anim Zola improves his understanding of human mortality through experimenting on prisoners-of-war, Captain America resolves to go … Continue reading Captain America: Super Soldier (2011,360) – 7/10 superhero action game review

SOCOM: Special Forces (2011, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 third-person / first-person tactical squad modern military shooter game review

Cast / crewTechnical Director: Jason TartagliaGame Director: Seth LuisiProduction Director: Alan Van SlykeProducer: Thomas RigasWriter and Lead Designer: Travis SteinerArt Director: Phil KnowlesLead Programmer: Troy MasonSoftware Manager: David BurtonCreative Director and Writer: Ed ByrneWriter: Rafael ChandlerMatthew Del Negro: Ops ComNolan North: GormanGwendoline Yeo: Forty-Five SOCOM: Special Forces aka SOCOM 4: Navy Seals (2011) A NATO … Continue reading SOCOM: Special Forces (2011, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 third-person / first-person tactical squad modern military shooter game review

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2011, PlayStation Vita) – 8/10 action adventure game review

Cast / crewWriter and Director: John GarvinTechnology Director: Christopher ReeseProduction Manager: Gerald HarrisonLead Engineer: Joseph C. AdzimaLead Environment Artist: Francois GilbertStory Consultant: Amy HennigNolan North: Nathan “Nate” Drake and Jose ParrotRichard McGonagle: Victor “Sully” SullivanJason Spisak: Jason DanteChristine Lakin: Marisa Chase (only her grandfather calls her Marisa)J.B. Blanc: Roberto Guerro Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2011) Brought … Continue reading Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2011, PlayStation Vita) – 8/10 action adventure game review

Dark Souls (2011) – 10/10 fantasy action RPG game review

Buy Dark Souls at Amazon Cast / crewDirector / Producer: Hidetaka MiyazakiLead Programmer: Jun ItoLead Graphic Designer: Makoto Sato Dark Souls (2011) Not living, not dead, not capable of dying (just becoming hollowed), you’ve been banished to a remote prison. One day, a knight peers into your cell from the broken ceiling and tosses in … Continue reading Dark Souls (2011) – 10/10 fantasy action RPG 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

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

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011) – 9/10 PS3-exclusive action adventure game review

Cast / crewCo-President: Evan WellsCo-President: Christophe BalestraCreative Director: Amy HennigGame Director: Justin RichmondArt Director: Erick PangilinanArt Director: Robh RuppelLead Programmer: Pål-Kristian EngstadLead Programmer: Travis McIntoshLead Programmer: Christian GyrlingLead Texture Artist: Tate MosesianLead Audio: Bruce SwansonLead Cinematic Animator: Josh ScherrLead Cinematic Animator: Eric BaldwinLead Gameplay Animator: Jeremy Lai-YatesLead Game Designer: Richard LemarchandLead Game Designer: Jacob MinkoffLead … Continue reading Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011) – 9/10 PS3-exclusive action adventure game review

Bulletstorm (2011, PC, Games for Windows Live) – 9/10 first-person shooter game review

Cast / crewCreative Director: Adrian ChmielarzLead Producer: Tanya JessenLead Gameplay Designer: Edward KayLead Animator: Jakub KisielPrincipal FX Artist: Michael KosieradzkiLead Level Designer: Wojciech MadryLead Programmer: Lukasz MigasLead Gameplay Programmer: Grzegorz MocarskiLead Artist: Andrzej PozmanskiAudio Director: Adam SkorupaLead Environment Artist: Tomasz StrzalkowskiSteven J. Blum: Grayson HuntAndrew Kashino: Ishi SatoJennifer Hale: TrishkaChris Cox: RellAnthony DeLongis: General Sarrano … Continue reading Bulletstorm (2011, PC, Games for Windows Live) – 9/10 first-person shooter 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

L.A. Noire (2011, PC Windows) – 9/10 post-WWII 1940’s detective thriller game review

Cast / crewDirector: Brendan McNamaraWriter: Brendan McNamaraProducer: Naresh HiraniTechnical Director: Franta FulinLead Gameplay Programmer: David HeironymusLead Designer: Alex CarlyleArt Director: Chee Kin ChanLead Artist: Ben BrudenellProduction Designer: Simon WoodGraphic Designer: Andrew HamiltonGeneral Manager: Vicky LordProduction Coordinator: Lara DerhamComposer (Score): Andrew HaleComposer (Score): Simon HaleAaron Staton: Cole PhelpsMichael McGrady: Rusty GallowayAdam John Harrington: Roy EarleSean McGowan: … Continue reading L.A. Noire (2011, PC Windows) – 9/10 post-WWII 1940’s detective thriller game review

Portal 2 (2011, Steam PC, PS3) – 10/10 first-person puzzle game review

Cast / crewEllen McLain: GLaDOS, Turrets, CarolineStephen Merchant: WheatleyJ.K. Simmons: Cave Johnson Portal 2 (2011) Woken up from hibernation once more, you must escape from Aperature Laboratories with the help of Wheatley, a friendly A.I. core, and a familiar piece of technology: the portal gun. On your way out, however, you bump into a still-alive … Continue reading Portal 2 (2011, Steam PC, PS3) – 10/10 first-person puzzle game review

Batman: Arkham City (2011, PC Games for Windows Live) – 10/10 open-world action adventure game review

Cast / crewWriter (Characters’ Creator) Batman: Bob KaneGame Director: Sefton HillStudio Director: Jamie WalkerSenior Producer: Daniel BailieSenior Producer: Nathan BurlowArt Director: David HegoAudio Director: Nick ArundelTechnical Director: Ben WyattLead Animator: Zafer CobanLead Environment Artist: William SmithLead Character Artist: Pablo Hoyos IsusquizaLead Level Designer: Ian BallLead Narrative Designer: Paul CrockerLead AI Programmer: Tim HanaganLead Player Programmer: … Continue reading Batman: Arkham City (2011, PC Games for Windows Live) – 10/10 open-world action adventure game review

Rango (2011) – 8/10 third-person action movie tie-in game review

Cast / crewProducer: Lorne NudelProduction Manager: Nicholas LachapelleCreative Director: Chris FerrieraSenior Game Designer: Matthew JacksonGame Designer: Paolo PaceGame Designer: Jonathan CournoyerLead Level Designer: Sébastien BouzacTechnical Lead Level Designer: Jean-François BoulangerLead Programmer: François BédardLead Animator: Stéphane TardilJared Butler: Rango Rango (2011) When Slim is evaporated by a glowing meteorite, Rango relays the truth of the rocks … Continue reading Rango (2011) – 8/10 third-person action movie tie-in game review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011, PS3) – 9/10 contemporary military first person shooter game review

Cast / crewWriter: Paul HaggisWriter: Will Staples Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) With World War III in full swing, the baffled US and Russian presidents need to meet up with each other but Makarov is going to ensure that will never happen while he implements the next stage of his insane but successful … Continue reading Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011, PS3) – 9/10 contemporary military first person shooter game review

inFamous 2 (2011) – 9/10 superhero / supervillain open-world action adventure PS3 exclusive game review

Cast / crew inFamous 2 (2011) Just as Kessler prophesied, the Beast arrives to decimate the world and Cole is preparing to take him on. As he is about to leave for New Marais to complete preparation, Cole has to engage the Beast in battle but is defeated resulting in the annihilation of Empire City. … Continue reading inFamous 2 (2011) – 9/10 superhero / supervillain open-world action adventure PS3 exclusive game review

Pigsy’s Perfect 10 (2011 DLC for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, PS3) – 8/10 third-person action game review

Cast / crew Writer (Story): Mat Hart Writer (Story): Jon Ashley Richard Ridings: Pigsy Marc Silk: Truffles Music: Nitin Sawhney Development Director: Nina Kristensen Technical Director: Mike Ball Creative Director: Tameem Antoniades Head of Production: Mat Hart Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Pigsy’s Perfect 10 (2011) Pigsy decides to make himself a perfect companion and, … Continue reading Pigsy’s Perfect 10 (2011 DLC for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, PS3) – 8/10 third-person action 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

LEGO Jurassic World (2015, PS4) – 7/10 family action puzzle game review

LEGO Jurassic World (2015) 7/10 More of the same with the odd good gag (there’s a terrific Jaws gag in the The Lost World segment that I almost wish had been in the actual movie) but while the tinkle of collected LEGO studs and minifig animation remains as delightful as ever (the diving animation is … Continue reading LEGO Jurassic World (2015, PS4) – 7/10 family action puzzle game review

Dark Souls II (2014) – 10/10 fantasy action RPG game review

Buy Dark Souls II at Amazon Cast / crew Dark Souls II (2014) Drangleic is way past it’s glory days and, without it’s king, has transformed into a remarkably dangerous place. Bring the family; all falls included! 10/10 It took a surprising couple of hours before I died in Dark Souls II. This certainly doesn’t … Continue reading Dark Souls II (2014) – 10/10 fantasy action RPG 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

Driveclub™ (2014, PS4 exclusive) – 8/10 racing game review

Driveclub™ (2014, PS4 exclusive) – 8/10 racing game review

Buy Driveclub™ at Amazon Cast / crewGame Director: Paul Rustchynsky Driveclub™ (2014) 8/10 Serious launch errors and delayed features (replays, photo-mode and weather) have undermined Driveclub and shapeless mobile game presentation will continue to undermine it but the thrilling experience of driving on spectacular, fun, original tracks make this a racing game to relish. A … Continue reading Driveclub™ (2014, PS4 exclusive) – 8/10 racing game review

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

Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013, PS4) – 7/10 near-future military first-person shooter game review

Buy Call of Duty: Ghosts at Amazon Cast / crew Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) America gets upset when someone else on the planet wants to hold Armageddon-level super-weaponry. After using a legendary covert-ops unit called Ghosts to push unstable forces into a super-attack on America, they gleefully grab the pretext for war they engineered … Continue reading Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013, PS4) – 7/10 near-future military first-person shooter 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

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

Grid 2 (2013, Steam on Windows PC) – 7/10 racing game review

Buy Grid 2 at Amazon Cast / crewChief Game Designer: James NichollsLead Programmer: Gary BuckleyProducer: Iain Strachan SmithProducer: Toby Evan-JonesDesign Manager: Matthew Horsman Grid 2 (2013) A new racing series, World Series Racing or WSR, is looking to make it’s mark on the international stage and needs a driver to start making headlines with his … Continue reading Grid 2 (2013, Steam on Windows PC) – 7/10 racing game review

Infamous: Second Son (2014, PS4 exclusive) – 6/10 open-world superhero fantasy action game review

Buy Infamous: Second Son at Amazon Cast / crew Infamous: Second Son (2014) Seven years after the death of Cole McGrath, the problem of conduits didn’t go away but, thanks to the D.U.P. finding and imprisoning all the new conduits (now labeled bio-terrorists), things seem to be under control. One day during a D.U.P. prisoner … Continue reading Infamous: Second Son (2014, PS4 exclusive) – 6/10 open-world superhero fantasy action game review