Discs and downloads

Discs and downloads

GAME REVIEW: Dead Space

Jamie Ewbank Thu, 27 Nov 2008, 1:35pm

It’s long been the dream of game developers to create a game that feels like a playable movie, and in Dead Space, EA has succeeded. Albeit, it’s the sort of movie that involves an awful lot of trudging backwards and forwards doing menial labour ...

DVD REVIEW: The Dark Knight

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 19 Nov 2008, 4:16pm

If Batman Begins was a surprisingly dark and serious take on the Batman mythos, then its all-conquering sequel, The Dark Knight, sees director Christopher Nolan heading into even grimmer territory to produce an excellent and unpredictable ...

Our Top 5 Most Cinematic Games

Jamie Ewbank Sat, 15 Nov 2008, 4:52pm

The average age of gamers is rising, and as we grow up, we're demanding grown-up games. We want rounded characters, meaningful themes, inventive cinematography and incredible surround sound. In these days of HD equipped, Blu-ray capable consoles, ...

DVD REVIEW: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 7 Nov 2008, 1:11pm

Age may have caught up with Harrison Ford, but in this fourth Indiana Jones movie he turns his advancing years into a virtue. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who direct and produce this rather disappointing ...

GAME REVIEW: Quantum of Solace

Jamie Ewbank Tue, 4 Nov 2008, 12:35pm

Quantum of Solace is the latest Bond tie-in game to try and step out of the shadow of the N64 classic Goldeneye, and the first that has a chance of succeeding. Using the superb Call of Duty 4 engine, Quantum of Solace has a solid foundation upon ...

From the sublime to the ridiculous: LittleBigPlanet and The Happening reviews

Jamie Ewbank Thu, 30 Oct 2008, 12:48pm

It's been a week of extremes on The Leisure Lab, where we’ve discovered that a lossless 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack isn’t enough to save the The Happening, a film where the scariest noise is that of Mark Wahlberg staring down the camera and explaining ...

GAME REVIEW: Pro Evolution Soccer 2009

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 24 Oct 2008, 4:08pm

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 maintains its status as the football sim for the hardened gamer, having finally found the right balance between complexity and playability.PES 2009 challenges you with a clever AI that quickly counters the repetitive ...

DVD REVIEW: Wanted

Jamie Ewbank Thu, 23 Oct 2008, 12:43pm

Wanted puts a twist on the standard zero-to-hero plotline by having white collar Wesley Gibson inducted into a fraternity of assassins who can’t honestly claim that their actions are justified by anything more concrete than fate.It's an ...

GAME REVIEW: Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 22 Oct 2008, 11:59am

The Brothers In Arms series is best known for taking the tired old WWII first-person shooter and reinvigorating it by adding squad tactics. Sure, it slowed the games down to a glacial pace, but having to sneak, suppress and flank your opponents ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Iron Man

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 17 Oct 2008, 12:13pm

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that blockbuster movies just don’t grab you the way they used to, then Iron Man is the film to restore your faith in the genre. For starters, the special effects are genuinely special. The titular armour is all ...