by Kendrick - Feb 04 2011 in Game Reviews
The Playstation Portable is like a family sedan with delusions of race car glory. People should really be using it for little short bursts of activity, but we keep being encouraged to take it for long and grueling professional outings. It wants to be much more than the portable system good for a quick go with Lumines, but...
by Kendrick - Jan 23 2011 in Game Reviews
There are generally two types of people who play racing games, those who love cars and those who love driving. While there's some overlap, you can usually pick one side or another based on the games you play. I fall pretty squarely into the latter camp, as I prefer the immediate action of competition between equals.
by Kendrick - Jan 19 2011 in Game Reviews
There's a stereotype that the majority of video games are space combat simulations. It's a misconception that frightens parents and confuses journalists, and it is based on an outdated but certain kernel of truth. From the incessant rhythmic pressure of Space Invaders, to the clean lines and unending labor of Asteroids,...
by NFG - Sep 07 2010 in Game Reviews
A few years back I was writing for Official Nintendo Magazine (UK), and my task was to write whatever they told me to. This meant I wrote some long and short reviews for games that were usually quite awful. The following five reviews were one-column quickies for the back of the magazine. All five are for the GBA, and...
by NFG - Oct 24 2009 in Game Reviews
Hudson, by way of Backbone Entertainment, has re-re-re-released the venerable but totally awesome Nectaris for the Xbox 360. Despite sucking at it, I have a definite soft spot for this hex strategy game. I've mentioned it before: here,...
by NFG - Nov 04 2008 in Game Reviews
Over on insertcredit a forum member named FortNinety has given his capsule review of Thunder Force VI. It isn't exactly loaded with praise, but it's not entirely damning either. I gotta say, considering there's no domain for it (the official site is thunderforce.sega.jp),...
by NFG - Sep 28 2008 in Game Reviews
It's no secret I'm an old-school gamer. I like games that have simple rules and a difficulty ramp. I'm not interested in games with a billion rules, massive guidebooks divided into volumes, and a game world so rich it took 900 men a decade to flesh it out. That's right, I hate your Final Fantasies, your WoWs and your...
by NFG - May 17 2008 in Game Reviews
I didn't like the first Unreal Tournament. I liked Quake 2, and I couldn't bring myself to like that other game. Years later I tried the demo of Unreal Tournament 2003, after it received rave reviews, and I was totally hooked: It was fast, gorgeous, and even in Japan there were lots of low-ping servers to play...
by NFG - Apr 27 2008 in Game Reviews
So I bought another Xbox 360, to replace the one that died on me a week after receiving it for xmas 2006. I'd always had it in my mind to get another system, since I still owned Gears of War and a Live headset, but I couldn't bring myself to pick up another system since they were so prone to failure and so expensive in...