Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends (2012, PC) – 8/10 racing game review

Buy Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends at Amazon Cast / crewAdditional Design and Head of Studio: Ian BellAdditional Design and Development Director: Andy GartonAdditional Design and Chief Operations Officer: Stephen ViljoenCreative Director: Andy TudorProducer: Suzy WallaceTechnical Director: Ged KeaveneyAudio Director and Composer: Stephen BaystedSound Designer: Greg Hill Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends (2012) 8/10 Test … Continue reading Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends (2012, PC) – 8/10 racing game review

LEGO® Lord of the Rings (2012, PSVita) – 8/10 action game review

Buy LEGO® Lord of the Rings at Amazon Cast / crew LEGO® Lord of the Rings (2012) 8/10 Successfully imbuing adorable tiny LEGO characters with the feeling of their big-screen counterparts (Gimli always raises a smile running into walls and I love the thwang of Legolas’ archery), this is a wonderfully honed jaunt through Middle-Earth. … Continue reading LEGO® Lord of the Rings (2012, PSVita) – 8/10 action game review

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012, PS3) – 6/10 open-world action racing game review

Cast / crew Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 6/10 This feels like a game made by talented, but bored, developers though the more I think about it and the more you play it, the worse the game becomes. Police chases are thrilling but awful as they incessantly spawn what feels like hundreds of police … Continue reading Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012, PS3) – 6/10 open-world action racing game review

F1 2012 (2012, PC Windows Steam) – 10/10 Formula 1 racing game review

Cast / crewExecutive Producer: Ian FlattCreative Director: Stephen HoodGame Director: Paul JealTechnical Director: David PercivalTechnical Art Director: Stephen JohnsonArt Manager: Andrew WattDesigner: Jason DarbyDesigner: Lee MatherDesigner: Mark LewisDesigner: Mark RussellNick Barber: Race EngineerDavid Croft: PresenterAnthony Davidson: Hot Lap Voice F1 2012 (2012) 10/10 This remains the best racing series of it’s generation and a number … Continue reading F1 2012 (2012, PC Windows Steam) – 10/10 Formula 1 racing game review

Forza Horizon (2012, 360-exclusive) – 8/10 open-world racing game review

Cast / crew Forza Horizon (2012) 8/10 The handling is exquisite, beyond anything yet experienced in an open-world racer, and the racing is challenging and fun (I love my Koenigsegg) but the environment graphics aren’t quite as good as they appear in screenshots. The colour scheme (all brown, unless it’s night when it’s all black, … Continue reading Forza Horizon (2012, 360-exclusive) – 8/10 open-world racing 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

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

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

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

Old PC racing games now working on Windows 8.1 with Steam custom images: CannonBall, Juiced, Le Mans 24 Hours (2002), OutRun, Sega GT and Sega Rally

Old PC racing games now working on Windows 8.1 with Steam custom images: CannonBall, Juiced, Le Mans 24 Hours (2002), OutRun, Sega GT and Sega Rally

Steam allows you to set custom images for all items in your library, including non-Steam games. It was with some surprise that I revisited some old PC games on Windows 8.1 and found them working again for the first time since Windows XP. Often you need fixed versions to remove copy protection that no longer … Continue reading Old PC racing games now working on Windows 8.1 with Steam custom images: CannonBall, Juiced, Le Mans 24 Hours (2002), OutRun, Sega GT and Sega Rally

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

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

Remember Me (2013, PS3) – 8/10 third-person science-fiction action game review

Buy Remember Me at Amazon Cast / crewArt Director: Aleksi BriclotArt Director: Michel KochTechnical Director: Jérome BanalProducer: Nicolas SimonLead Technical Designer: Gautier de SouzaLead Technical Designer: Jacques TrombiniLead Environment Artist: Sophie Van de VeldeLead Character Artist: Alexis Smadja-FellousLead Visual Effects Artist: Timothée LetourneuxLead Lighting Artist: Frédéric CrosLead Animator: Carole ChalandLead Animator: Alexandre CuingCinematic Director: Jean-Luc … Continue reading Remember Me (2013, PS3) – 8/10 third-person science-fiction action game review

Alan Wake (2006, 360-exclusive) – 9/10 action horror game review

Buy Alan Wake at Amazon Cast / crewConceptual Designer, Original Concept and Writer: Sam LakeConceptual Designer and Lead Game Designer: Mikael KasurinenArt Director and Conceptual Designer: Saku LehtinenConceptual Designer and Producer: Jyri “Jay” RankiConceptual Designer and Lead Programmer: Olli TervoConceptual Designer and Lead Technical Artist: Sami VanhataloConceptual Designer and Lead Level Design and Envrionments: Jarno … Continue reading Alan Wake (2006, 360-exclusive) – 9/10 action horror 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

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2014, PS3) – 7/10 fantasy RPG game review

Buy Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at Amazon Cast / crewDirector: Motomu ToriyamaGame Design Director: Yuji AbeMain Programmer: Naoki HamaguchiArt Director: Isamu KamikokuryoGraphics and Visual Effects Director: Shintaro TakaiMain Character Designer: Tetsuya NomuraMusic: Masashi HamauzuMusic: Naoshi MizutaMusic: Mitsuto SuzukiLead Scenario Writer: Daisuke WatanabeLevel Design Director: Takeshi IwabuchiLead Application Programmer: Daiki HoshinaLead Planner: Kazuyuki ShindoLead Planner: … Continue reading Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2014, PS3) – 7/10 fantasy RPG game review

Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) – 9/10 science fiction FPS game review

Buy Killzone: Shadow Fall at Amazon Cast / crew Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) About thirty years after the end of the Second Helghan War with Helghan rendered uninhabitable by a Vektan bomb, Vektans and Helghans have been living on Vekta; each occupying half the planet, separated by a massive wall. As tensions reach boiling point, … Continue reading Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) – 9/10 science fiction FPS game review

Wreck-It Ralph (2013) – 6/10 video-game fantasy Disney animated movie review

Buy Wreck-It Ralph at Amazon Cast / crewActor, Director and Story Writer Sour Bill and Zangief: Rich MooreProducer: Clark SpencerActor, Screenplay and Story Writer Surge Protector: Phil JohnstonStory Supervisor and Story Writer: Jim ReardonScreenplay Writer: Jennifer LeeSupervising Animator: Doug BennettSupervising Animator: Mark Alan MitchellSupervising Animator: Zach A. ParrishSupervising Animator: Tony SmeedActor and Additional Story Material … Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph (2013) – 6/10 video-game fantasy Disney animated movie 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

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

Frankenweenie (2012) – 7/10 Tim Burton stop-motion animated childrens science-fiction horror movie review

Cast / crewDirector and Producer: Tim BurtonWriter (Screenplay): John AugustWriter (Original Screenplay Adaptation): Leonard RippsWriter (Original Idea): Tim BurtonCatherine O’Hara: Mrs. Frankenstein, Weird Girl, Gym TeacherMartin Short: Mr. Frankenstein, Mr. Burgemeister, NassorMartin Landau: Mr. RzykruskiWinona Ryder: Elsa Van HelsingCharlie Tahan: Victor FrankensteinProducer: Allison Abbate Frankenweenie (2012) After Victor Frankenstein secretly brings his beloved dog Sparky … Continue reading Frankenweenie (2012) – 7/10 Tim Burton stop-motion animated childrens science-fiction horror movie 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

Doctor Who S34E02 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012) – 6/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crewMatt Smith: The DoctorKaren Gillan: Amy PondArthur Darvill: Rory WilliamsWriter: Chris ChibnallProducer: Marcus WilsonDirector: Saul MetzsteinRupert Graves: RiddellMark Williams: Brian WilliamsDavid Bradley: SolomonRiann Steele: Queen NefertitiSunetra Sarker: Indira Doctor Who S34E02 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012) The Doctor along with Queen Nefertiti of Egypt and big-game hunter John Riddell is tasked with boarding … Continue reading Doctor Who S34E02 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012) – 6/10 science fiction adventure TV 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