Discs and downloads

Discs and downloads

Action and horror collide in FEAR 2

Jamie Ewbank Tue, 17 Feb 2009, 12:20pm

F.E.A.R.2 Project Origin, with it’s unwieldy title and murky, j-horror stylings would almost feel like a drag to review after the glorious high def, surround sound  presentation that was Killzone 2, but where Killzone packed only half the ...

Killzone 2 - Beautiful but dull?

Jamie Ewbank Tue, 10 Feb 2009, 1:40pm

With  7.1 audio and 720p graphics, Killzone 2 is the most cinematic game ever released, but it’s also proving controversial, as reviewers who suggest that it might be all gloss and no guts are being inundated with hate mail from PS3 ...

First Play: Halo Wars

Jamie Ewbank Mon, 9 Feb 2009, 1:11pm

Set twenty years before the original Halo trilogy and with Master Chief nowhere in sight, Microsoft’s new Xbox title, Halo Wars, is already risking fanboy disapproval, but it’s not the absence of everybody’s favourite Spartan that makes things ...

GAME REVIEW: Skate 2

Jamie Ewbank Mon, 26 Jan 2009, 4:17pm

Skateboarding games have a rotten reputation. There aren’t many of them, and they’re best known for creating endless sequels without ever doing anything innovative with the gameplay. Our first look at Skate 2 convinced us that the more things ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Pineapple Express

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 21 Jan 2009, 3:42pm

Given the comedy pedigree of Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow and the directorial deftness of David Gordon Green, Pineapple Express would be an absolutely first-rate comedy if it were about anything but a pair of pot-smokers.Sadly, convincingly ...

Somers Town, Gears of War II and huge prizes on The Leisure Lab

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 16 Jan 2009, 12:45pm

It’s been a pleasantly surprising week on the Leisure Lab, where our expectations have been exceeded by both Somers Town on Blu-ray and Gears of War II. Expecting the first to be unable to live up to the excellent This Is England and the second ...

The Top 5 Games of 2008

Jamie Ewbank Mon, 22 Dec 2008, 1:22pm

It’s been a cracking year for gamers, with titles like Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid making it to their fourth instalments, new titles like LittleBigPlanet and Dead Space bringing new characters and stories into play, and a sprint finish ...

Hellboy scales new heights on Blu-ray while Star Wars plumbs new depths on the Wii...

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 12 Dec 2008, 4:13pm

After a week of gritty flamethrower-wielding war-crimes in Call of Duty: World at War it’s been quite a relief to get to grips with some light,  fantasy content in the form of Hellboy II: The Golden Army on Blu-ray and Star Wars Clone Wars: ...

Call of Duty: World at War

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 10 Dec 2008, 5:35pm

Given that we’re one of the few sites that refrained from making early predictions that Call of Duty: World at War would stink, it would be very easy to pretend that the thought had never crossed our minds and consequently look an awful lot more ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Hancock

Jamie Ewbank Mon, 1 Dec 2008, 1:33pm

After a year in which we’ve been inundated with superhero movies, all of which have been, to a greater or lesser extent, better than expected, we finally come to Hancock. On paper, it has the edge over all its rivals - it isn’t hampered by an ...