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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD Review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was released earlier in the year on the Nintendo 3DS and was generally well received. Now this little nugget has been re-imaged...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was released earlier in the year on the Nintendo 3DS and was generally well received. Now this little nugget has been re-imaged in HD for home consoles, and I must admit, the final product is much better than I anticipated.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate takes place in between the events of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and the upcoming sequel Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Unlike the first Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate HD returns to its Castlevanian heritage adopting that familiar side-scrolling action game play the series has grown famous for.

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Girl Fight Review

Girl Fight has its fair share of issues to say the least. For one, calling the game Girl Fight is a telltale sign of who the target audience is going...

Girl Fight has its fair share of issues to say the least. For one, calling the game Girl Fight is a telltale sign of who the target audience is going to be and ultimately what themes we can expect from an all girl brawler.

Maybe to developers’ Kung Fu Factory it seemed like a prime concept to capture an adolescent male audience fixated on sexualised females but Girl Fight misses the mark entirely.

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Flashback Review

Resurrecting a cult classic is never an easy task, and one that is likely to be met with a series of cheers from its fans. What people tend to forget,...

Resurrecting a cult classic is never an easy task, and one that is likely to be met with a series of cheers from its fans. What people tend to forget, however, is that just because a game can be brought hurtling into the modern era with a shiny new paintjob, doesn’t always mean that it should. Case in point is Flashback; a rotoscoped adventure hailing from 1992 that, without a good deal of tinkering, would prove too frustrating and unwieldy to stand alongside the side-scrollers of today.

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Ducktales Remastered Review

It’s been two decades since the adventures of the penny-pinching Scrooge McDuck and his feathery flock came to a close. These long dormant heroes have been championed for a return...

It’s been two decades since the adventures of the penny-pinching Scrooge McDuck and his feathery flock came to a close. These long dormant heroes have been championed for a return this summer, thanks to the folks at Capcom and WayForward; a move which will leave some baffled given such an extensive timespan. As such, it’s tough to pin down exactly who the target audience is for DuckTales Remastered, a reworked version of the NES classic that undeniably made a splash in its day.

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Sacred Citadel Review

Sacred Citadel‘s entrance was a rather small blip on the release radar, edging its way to retail without too much fanfare, at least for non-Sacred fans. Sacred Citadel takes the...

Sacred Citadel‘s entrance was a rather small blip on the release radar, edging its way to retail without too much fanfare, at least for non-Sacred fans. Sacred Citadel takes the Sacred series and flips it RPG roots on its head, converting the franchise into a side-scrolling brawler. The cross-genre universe work surprisingly well as a dungeon crawler, giving bigger name titles a run for their money. There’s enough here to captivate, but falls a little short to make a mark for itself.

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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Review

Pistols, cowboy hats and tense saloon standoffs are all synonymous with the Old West, a troubled time where outlaws roamed and alliances were forged or broken. It’s a period that...

Pistols, cowboy hats and tense saloon standoffs are all synonymous with the Old West, a troubled time where outlaws roamed and alliances were forged or broken. It’s a period that Hollywood once depicted with all the glary-eyed trash talk and dramatic shootouts you might expect. It might be considered strange then, that gaming never really followed suit, barring Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption as a particularly memorable western. Before that, however, was Call of Juarez and its sequel, Bound in Blood, both of which proved to be fun yet flawed outings in their own right.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review

If you’re feeling nostalgic for some retro 80’s action movies, filled with cheesy one-liners and over-the-top action, then you’re in luck. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now available on...

If you’re feeling nostalgic for some retro 80’s action movies, filled with cheesy one-liners and over-the-top action, then you’re in luck. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now available on PC, XBLA and PSN and is the first downloadable content to the highly successful Far Cry 3. With a punchy soundtrack, futuristic weapons and mutant dragons which shoot lasers, what’s not to love?

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Resident Evil Code Veronica X HD Review

The Resident Evil series is one of the forefathers of the Survival Horror genre, spanning back to the release of the original game in 1996. For the first time many...

The Resident Evil series is one of the forefathers of the Survival Horror genre, spanning back to the release of the original game in 1996. For the first time many players were thrust into an atmosphere where ammunition was precious and save points were few and far between. These games have changed a lot over the years, most notably with the switch in play style seen in Resident Evil 4 with the over-the-shoulder precision aiming, but the franchise is still going strong with the release of Resident Evil 6 last year. Younger fans of the series may be unfamiliar with the style of the original Resident Evil games, but thanks to the HD release of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X on the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network they can now be introduced to the origins of one of the most successful horror series ever made.

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Special Forces: Team X Review

“There aren’t enough shooters” Said no one ever. Of all the gaming genres we have to choose from these days, few are as overflowing with titles as the ever-popular shooter...

“There aren’t enough shooters” Said no one ever.

Of all the gaming genres we have to choose from these days, few are as overflowing with titles as the ever-popular shooter category. Zombie Studios, the folks behind the free to play Blacklight: Retribution, have once again charged into the brimming market, this time with Special Forces: Team X for Steam and XBLA. Focusing solely on multiplayer action, this cell-shaded shooter puts a promising new spin on map-selection and throws killer dobermans around like it’s nobody’s business; yet even with all its attempts at variety, can it really differentiate itself as something special or is it just another cover-based gun game trying to find space behind an already-crowded concrete barrier?

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Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom DLC Review

The odds are good that you’ve already decided on whether or not to buy this latest addition to Trials Evolution. It’s a game that’s built up a solid fanbase through...

The odds are good that you’ve already decided on whether or not to buy this latest addition to Trials Evolution. It’s a game that’s built up a solid fanbase through devilish track design and a solid helping of tongue-in-cheek humour. Bikes have been flipped, heads have been smacked and bones have been broken, yet there’s no denying the addictive formula of caution, risk and reward that has lifted this otherwise humble arcade game to such renowned acclaim.

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