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Cargo Commander [Preview] – Crate stuff

Cargo Commander is Moon in videogame form, with Sam Rockwell’s role taken by a bearded, blue-collar chap who owns a “fuck you!” button, and Kevin Spacey replaced by a sound system that only knows one song.

By Peter Parrish | 22 Oct 2012 | Comments Off

Far Cry 3 [Preview] – Holiday from hell

The premise of Far Cry 3 is not all that dissimilar to a teen horror movie; a high-adventure vacation in a tropical paradise goes horribly wrong when the group of sexy gals and guys are kidnapped for ransom by a bloodthirsty gang of land-lubbering pirates.

By John Robertson | 10 Oct 2012 | 1

Hitman: Absolution [Preview] – The glory of the kill

Playing through the opening few missions of Hitman: Absolution one thing is clear, this is a game best played by those ready and eager to celebrate the glory that comes from a precise, perfect kill.

By John Robertson | 6 Oct 2012 | 1

A Game of Dwarves [Preview] – Dweorgen Keeper

If I were to describe an isometric strategy game where you mine out resources from underground caverns, provide living arrangements and food sources for your denizens, ensure the happiness of your charges, build traps, and train military units to tackle foes, there’s a fair chance that anyone who played PC games in the late 90s would respond “hey, that sounds like Dungeon Keeper 2”.

By Peter Parrish | 24 Sep 2012 | Comments Off

F1 2012 [Preview] – Vettel to the metal

Formula 1 is a complex sport and, for some more than others, Codemasters’ F1 output is a complex videogame franchise.

By John Robertson | 31 Aug 2012 | Comments Off

High in Hockenheim: F1 Race Stars [Preview]

It’s 10am and I’m sitting in a room so small it would have made Anne Frank feel claustrophobic.

By John Robertson | 22 Aug 2012 | 4

One Week with Ghost Recon Online [Preview] – The field report

Hmm.
It’s not something that happens often, but I suspect there’s a very definite risk in creating a major free-to-play entry in an established series.

By Tim McDonald | 15 Aug 2012 | 4

PES 2013 [Preview] – Return of the King?

Every year PES promises the Earth. Major improvements to gameplay, physics, visuals and volume of content.

By John Robertson | 8 Aug 2012 | 5

War of the Human Tanks [Preview] – Candy Commandos

War of the Human Tanks is a game in which you are actively encouraged to use young, anime-style girls as suicide bombers.

By Peter Parrish | 3 Aug 2012 | Comments Off

Darksiders 2 is looking better than expected [Preview]

I’ve now played Darksiders 2 on a number of occasions, the most recent being last week.

By John Robertson | 25 Jul 2012 | 3

Company of Heroes 2 [Preview] – Surviving General Winter

Relic Games and publisher THQ are clearly worried about confusing us about their intent with Company of Heroes 2.

By John Robertson | 24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

Borderlands 2 [Preview] – The Assassin and the teenage sadist

If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that this is a big game.

By John Robertson | 14 Jul 2012 | 2

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions [Preview] – Looking (card)sharp

Are there any genres that the Might & Magic series hasn’t delved into yet?

By Tim McDonald | 12 Jul 2012 | Comments Off

20 hours with The Secret World – A pre-review [Feature]

I should be straight up with this: split across both the closed beta and the early access period (I’m writing this right before the game officially launches) I’ve played Funcom’s modern-day fantasy-horror MMO, The Secret World, for quite a lot longer than 20 hours.

By Tim McDonald | 3 Jul 2012 | 1,140

Endless Space [Preview] – Streamlined Strategy

Have you ever fallen in love with a game’s user interface?

By Peter Parrish | 26 Jun 2012 | 3

The Secret World [Preview] – Conspiracy Theories

Every now and then, there’s a game that you feel might be made for you.

By Tim McDonald | 15 Jun 2012 | 1

ShootMania Storm [Preview] – Lightning reactions

Nadeo is establishing themselves as a developer with a winning formula; create a fun, innovative spin on a well-worn genre and then hand the instruments of construction over to the players.

By Peter Parrish | 14 Jun 2012 | 1

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 [Preview]

Hm.
I’ve been kinda looking forward to Resident Evil 6. I have a soft spot for the series in general: I like the cheesy B-movie vibe of the earlier entries, I like Resi 4‘s well-paced and well-executed action, I like the (genuinely scary) Gamecube remake of the first title.

By Tim McDonald | 9 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

E3 2012: Tomb Raider [Preview]

Tomb Raider is going to live or die for me based on one thing, and that thing is how realistically Lara evolves.

By Tim McDonald | 8 Jun 2012 | 8

E3 2012: Watch Dogs [Preview]

For many, Watch Dogs is the big surprise of E3 2012.

By John Robertson | 8 Jun 2012 | 6

E3 2012: Dishonored [Preview]

No matter how jaded the annual E3 event might leave you feeling, a game or two that seem tailor-made to your tastes will almost always emerge. 

By Peter Parrish | 7 Jun 2012 | 8

E3 2012: Splinter Cell: Blacklist [Preview]

The older Sam Fisher gets, the more active he gets – or at least that’s how it’s seemed lately.

By Tim McDonald | 7 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

E3 2012: The Elder Scrolls Online [Preview]

From the moment it was confirmed in May, the major fear about The Elder Scrolls Online has been how Zenimax Online Studios will transfer a resolutely single player series to an MMO structure in a way that pleases fans of the series and prospective MMO players alike.

By Peter Parrish | 6 Jun 2012 | 15

E3 2012: Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [Preview]

The block-based Batman returns this month (19 June to be precise), and he’s bringing even more heroic friends and dastardly villains with him than ever before.

By Peter Parrish | 6 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

E3 2012: Need For Speed: Most Wanted [Preview]

It may share exactly the same name, but don’t expect Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012 edition) to share everything in common with its 2005 counterpart.

By Peter Parrish | 6 Jun 2012 | 10

E3 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops [Preview]

Look, I know what you’re going to say: Call of Duty is the same every year.

By Tim McDonald | 6 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

E3 2012: Dead Space 3 [Preview]

Dead Space 3, like its omnipresent Necromorph monsters, is changing and evolving.

By Tim McDonald | 6 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

E3 2012: Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [Preview]

The block-based Batman returns this month (19 June to be precise), and he’s bringing even more heroic friends and dastardly villains with him than ever before.

By Peter Parrish | 6 Jun 2012 | Comments Off

Company of Heroes 2 [Preview] – The war in Russia

Seeing as how our Company of Heroes 2 presentation spent over 50 per cent of its duration focused on the history and politics of World War II’s Eastern Front, it’s clear that perspective and narrative accuracy are of paramount importance.

By John Robertson | 30 May 2012 | Comments Off

Hitman Absolution [Preview] – 47 ways to die

It’s been more than four months since we last laid eyes on Hitman: Absolution, the long-awaited return of the bald headed, red tie wearing assassin-extraordinaire Agent 47.

By Paul Younger | 29 May 2012 | Comments Off