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8:43 PM on 03.21.2010

Conviction does not imply reason: Thoughts on the Splinter Cell Demo

The idea of a spy turning on the agency that created him is nothing new. Itís a staple of film, TV and video games that goes waaaay back. In the case of Splinter Cell itís going to draw comparisons to Bourne, especially since...   read

10:12 PM on 02.11.2010

Endure Any1?

ďEndure Any1?Ē reads the motto of my Xbox Live buddy Sabr3 as his avatar peers out from under the gold tint visor of the Recon helmet. You have got to be kidding me, right? I went out this evening to socialise, fuelled by the...   read

4:47 PM on 01.18.2010

Dark Void Demo is Null and

There is a school of thought, and one to which I subscribe, that states: do not name your video game after something that can mean something else. Be it a double entendre, a backhanded compliment, or an unwitting acronym, thi...   read

1:22 PM on 01.10.2010

Peter Molyneux Hates Demos

Foreword: I wrote this piece back in November last year to accompany a job application I made to a well known video game magazine and I'm posting it now verbatim, which is why it's a little out of date. I was going to expand ...   read

8:21 AM on 12.07.2009

Cut yourself on Angels' Hair - Bayonetta Xbox Demo

There are two kinds of demos that I review: those for games I have never heard of and are invariably rubbish, and those for games that I want to play so badly that Iím prepared to partway spoil my future enjoyment of them by ...   read

8:44 AM on 12.01.2009

Mail 4 Order: or Why Tesco Upset a Lot of People last Weekend

I am in the grip of some kind of zombipocalypse fervour. This all came about when I read on that Tesco Entertainment, which is the media mail order arm of Britainís largest supermarket, were offering Left 4 De...   read

6:32 PM on 11.23.2009

Life is Short, Wear a Tropico Shirt

A lot of games have dropped in the past few weeks that have enjoyed the kind of pre-release hysteria that persuades publishers of lesser titles to consider foregoing the holiday season sales rush and launch their own offering...   read

8:11 AM on 11.05.2009

Left 4 Demo 2

It was a cool reminder for me to hear the Valve splash motif when the demo starts up. Itís been a while since The Orange Box and this is irrevocably linked in my mind with Half Life 2, so when I hear it Iím already expectin...   read

7:45 PM on 10.21.2009

New Wave of Brutal Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)

Brutal Legend has been a long time coming. Iíve spent quite a bit of my life playing games that were created by Tim Schafer and I can still give you step-by-step instructions on how to complete Monkey Island 2, even after s...   read

8:42 AM on 10.03.2009

Forza Love of the Game...

Firing up the Forza Motorsport 3 demo for the first time is an unnerving affair. I never played Forza 1 or 2, preferring to get my racing game kicks by drifting around Super Mario Kart. I have only recently assuaged my drivin...   read

8:18 AM on 08.31.2009

Some people walk in the rain, others just get Wet

It's been a while since I reviewed a demo from Xbox Live, so I've taken a look at Wet, which is described as a ďhighly stylized third person shooter that seamlessly blends gun play, sword kills and over-the-top acrobatics to ...   read

9:57 PM on 05.22.2009

God of Frak, or Why Battlestar Galactica can Jog On

Iíve just done watching the third season of Battlestar Galactica on DVD. Itís not the best TV show Iíve ever watched, but I havenít got a job at the moment, my 360 is largely bereft of decent games, and Iíve already watched a...   read

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