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Darksiders II Review

Darksiders II Review
With the talk of Darksiders II being a launch title for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console, we decided to look and see how the game fared on the Xbox 360/PS3. Vigil Games’ Darksiders was released in 2010 to lukewarm reviews and accusations to the game simply being a Zelda clone. However what Darksiders did best was take inspiration from other games and blend them into each other to make a truly memorable title. Darksiders’ problem was that while... 

THQ Summer Showcase

THQ Summer Showcase
THQ is a company in pretty dire straits right now, having recently reported a net loss of £155m this past fiscal year but their quarterly profit has since improved. Their prolific President Danny Bilson recently stepped down and has been replaced by Jason Rubin, who hopes to take the company out of the dark place that it has crept to over the past year. Between that and several delays and cancellations, such as the Saints Row “Enter The Dominatrix”... 

Dragon’s Dogma Review

Dragon’s Dogma Review
When Dragon’s Dogma was first unveiled at E3 a number of years ago, it looked a tad generic and not at all interesting. However as time went on, Capcom became more and more lenient about the details of this elusive game made by the creators of acclaimed series’ such as Devil May Cry, Breath of Fire and Resident Evil. The more I saw of the game, the more it grew on me and I immediately took back my first impressions of the game; this is not generic... 

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review
Final Fantasy XIII was released to wide criticism. The game was linear and the combat mechanics did not truly open up until around 30 hours in when you were finally able to have free rein over your characters and parties. Square Enix set out to fix these deep flaws in FFXIII by creating another direct sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2. Something that struck me in Final Fantasy XIII-2’s opening credits was the understated name of the director and then... 

Soul Calibur V Review

Soul Calibur V Review
The word “gratuitous” comes to mind whilst talking about the Soul Calibur series, with its gratuitous story, absurd weapons and characters. Whilst most of the game is lighthearted, fun and a great multiplayer game, there are some things I need to address before delving into the mechanics, customisation and all that. I’m not a fan of the way that Namco has marketed this game in some of their posters. For those who do not know, they are risqué... 

Tales of the Abyss 3D Review

Tales of the Abyss 3D Review
It’s lucky that we even get the opportunity to play a game from the “Tales of” series in the UK, with many titles not making it overseas due to a lack of localisation or poor sales. Tales of the Abyss was originally released on the PS2 way back in 2006 but was rid with bugs and a crippling frame rate issue that put me off playing my imported PS2 copy. Tales of the Abyss has finally seen a release in the UK as the PS2 version of the game never... 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
  I didn’t like Oblivion. Others hammered on to me about how the game was so good and I just didn’t get it. The load times were terrible and the graphics looked abysmal, but the game was utterly massive. That was back in 2006. At the Spike Video Game Awards last year it was unveiled that the new sequel in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim was in development. Having played Skyrim for around 60 hours I can say that the game is a massive improvement... 

Batman: Arkham City Review

Batman: Arkham City Review
Superhero games are usually complete trash. I’m just going to outright say this because normally they’re devoid of inspiration and are just an afterthought with no real creativity or innovation. There are a few exceptions however, with Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2 and Rocksteady’s thrilling Batman: Arkham Asylum. Now, two years on from what was possibly the best superhero game ever created Rocksteady have somehow upped the ante and taken their... 

Hitman: Absolution Impressions at MCM Expo

Hitman: Absolution Impressions at MCM Expo
Agent 47 is back in Hitman: Absolution. At MCM Expo our friends at Square Enix scheduled presentations to be shown every half an hour showing off a pre-alpha build of Agent 47‘s new outing as the “Original Assassin,” promising an entirely new cinematic experience with all the elements that made the original Hitman games so great. Hitman went off of the radar after the release of Hitman: Blood Money. The game was rumoured to have... 

Asura’s Wrath hands on at MCM Expo

Asura’s Wrath hands on at MCM Expo
Asura’s Wrath is a beat-em-up title born out of a collaboration between CyberConnnect2 and Capcom. The game has been heavily influenced by east Asian mythology much like God of War was influenced by Greek Mythology. You play as Asura, a former demigod who has had his powers and daughter taken away from him by the Seven Deities. Enraged, Asura seeks vengeance upon those who have wronged him. However, Asura found that his enraged state can be... 
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