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  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted hands-on showcases dirty dodgem car tactics

    At Gamescom, Criterion Games showcased the diversity of Need for Speed: Most Wanted's gameplay by enrolling us in a fast-paced multiplayer session that frequently turned into an aggressive dodgem-style battle between our opponents. Criterion was quick to stress the freedom of exploring the open g...

  • Hands-on with Tomb Raider - the best looking game at GamesCom

    Survival and exploration are at the heart of the latest Tomb Raider videogame and our hands-on time with Lara Croft at GamesCom proves that she's just the right person for the job. At GamesCom, we kicked off our hands-on time with Tomb Raider, stranded on a tropical island with no weapon at ha...

  • Assassin's Creed III preview - hands-on with the open seas

    One of the most impressive additions to the Assassin's Creed franchise was the inclusion of naval battles, showcased via a live gameplay demo during E3 that captured the intensity of a fierce cat-and-mouse fight on the turbulent Caribbean seas. At GamesCom we got a chance to go hands-on to test ...

  • LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Preview

    LittleBigPlanet was a revelation when it was released on PlayStation 3 back in 2008. Developed by Guildford-based Media Molecule, it spawned the unique tagline “Play. Create. Share” emphasising that it was much more than just a platform game. The unique and colourful world of LBP, clever...

  • Hands-on with LBP Vita: Sackboy takes platforming to another level

    Having already re-invented the platformer and captivated PlayStation gamers with its addictive and infinitely playable ‘Play, Create and Share,’ gameplay, the LittleBigPlanet franchise is are about to take its next step on its Sackboy adventure with LBP Vita. The closed beta of LBP Vita...

  • Pro Evo defectors listen up, PES 2013 hands-on proves Konami has awoken

    This is the first year since EA Sports massive overhaul of the football genre in 2009 that Konami has taken its hands well and truly out of its pockets and decided it actually wants to do something about it. Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) still sells very well year after year and is championed mostly i...

  • Spec Ops: The Line impresses with great audio work and fierce gun battles

    In terms of cinematic impact, 2K Game’s Spec Ops: The Line isn’t likely to compete against the big spending shooter franchises, such as Call Of Duty and Battlefield, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeves that have impressed us so far. We’re about three hours into the campai...

  • E3 2012: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Preview

    Spin-offs to popular franchises rarely work; just ask anyone who played Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City. So, when we heard that one of PlayStation’s biggest names, Metal Gear Solid, was being turned into a hack ‘n slash game our hearts immediately sank. Following some hands-on ti...

  • E3 2012: Metro: Last Light preview

    "Are you mourning the death of first-person shooter single-player campaigns?" asks Huw Beynon, head of communications at THQ as he begins a hands-off demo walkthrough of a new 15-minute section of its survival horror shooter, Metro: Last Light. "This is our bid to combat shooter fa...

  • E3 2012: Tomb Raider might give Uncharted a run for its money

    This morning, as soon as security started letting us E3 2012 attendees shamble our way onto the show floor, I immediately headed over to the Square-Enix booth. Tomb Raider was on the top of my list—not because I was particularly interested in Lara Croft’s reboot, but because I just n...

  • FIFA Soccer 13 Preview: New features and calculated unpredictability

    FIFA 13 is arguably the most realistic sports game we have ever seen. Arriving this fall, EA’s upcoming addition to its prime soccer franchise aims to raise the bar higher than ever, and leave competitors in the dust (or in this case, in the grass). But how does EA plan to stay ahead of the co...

  • Hands-on with Borderlands 2: refining Pandora, smarter bandits, badass weapons

    There are some great games coming out later this year, but it’s going to be hard to top Borderlands 2. That’s the feeling I got after spending about 90 minutes with the game yesterday and chatting with some of the guys working on the follow-up to the hit 2009 Borderlands. It was ab...

  • Preview: Resistance: Burning Skies

    Sony created PlayStation Vita with core gamers in mind by giving developers a quality piece of hardware that, for the first time in the history of handhelds, provides a serious platform which they can harness to produce console-like gaming experiences on the small screen. On launch day, Uncharted: ...

  • Hands-on with Sorcery, the PlayStation Move wand-waving adventure

    Do you know where your PlayStation Move controller is? It took me three days to find my rude-shaped peripheral before I could play Sorcery. That really boils down to the fact that there just hasn't been many games that have excited me enough to get it out and wave it around like a glow-stick at a ra...

  • Hands-on with Lollipop Chainsaw: What the !@#$ is going on?

    If you were at PAX East last weekend, you know about Lollipop Chainsaw. There’s no way around it – you would have noticed the long lines to play the demo, the school bus, Suda 51 hanging out, and let’s not forget the brow-raising cosplay by Jessica Nigri (which actually led to he...

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