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Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure (Wii)

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure (Wii)

Why did adventure games disappear?

Innovation is a big reason that I play games. Playing the same game rehashed over and over again bores me senseless. So when a new idea for a game comes along, like Zack & Wiki, I turn into a kid at a theme park, running to buy it. The story behind the game deals with Zack and Wiki, part of a group of Sea Monkey pirates who search for treasure. They stumble..

The Golden Compass (Wii)

The Golden Compass (Wii)

Shape-changing sprites, death-dealing polar bears and lots of snow. Shiny Entertainment attempts to transform one of this year's biggest films into a half-decent videogame. Has the company succeeded? Read on...

Where would videogame developers be without the humble Christmas Hollywood blockbuster? At the end of each year we witness a raft of kiddy-friendly cinematic hits, each fighting for the..

Need For Speed: ProStreet (Wii)

Need For Speed: ProStreet (Wii)

EA go back to basics with the latest entry in the stunningly successful NFS series - has the company done enough to bring back old fans?

Need for Speed has been with us for over a decade now. Since making its debut on the ill-fated 3DO console, EA’s premier racing franchise has gone from being a fairly inoffensive car fan’s dream to a loud and...

WWE Smackdown! vs RAW 2008 (Wii)

WWE Smackdown! vs RAW 2008 (Wii)

We're too depressed for jokes about sweaty men and spandex

We’ll admit from the start that we truly believe this is the most difficult game this reviewer ever had to rate. Ever. And unfortunately it’s a flaw that comes from the fact that the Wii has been an absolutely massive commercial hit. You see the main problem with WWE Smackdown VS. RAW 2008 (which we’ll be referring to as simply..

Smarty Pants (Wii)

Smarty Pants (Wii)

Your starter for ten: Is EA's latest franchise worth a look?

Quiz games are something of a pet peeve for me. Being a hot-blooded male I obviously loathe TV quiz shows, and the particularly cynical side of me can see straight through the numerous dial-in competitions that exist purely to generate additional revenue for TV stations. However, the recent emergence of videogame-style quiz titles has me..

EA Playground (Wii)

EA Playground (Wii)

If your memories of the school playground feature scary bullies and kiss chase, then you might want to let EA's latest kiddie-friendly title repair the damage.

There was a time when publishers were seen as the trendsetters in this industry. When Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto it tapped into the consciousness of the gaming public, triggering a flood of ‘me-too’ copycat titles and crafting an..

Link's Crossbow Training (Wii)

Link's Crossbow Training (Wii)

After Twilight Princess fades away Link is back in training and he needs your help!

Our hero Link returns to the Wii rather sooner than expected in the form of Link's Crossbow Training, a shooting game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game has been created by Nintendo to demonstrate the use of the Wii Zapper, the...

Ghost Squad (Wii)

Ghost Squad (Wii)

Can arcade light gun games really work on Wii? Ghost Squad steps up to the test.

SEGA, one of the masters of arcade shooters, are the first to bring one of their heavyweight light gun titles to the Wii, courtesy of the Wii Zapper- a gun shaped plastic housing for your Wiimote and Nunchuck. The Wii Zapper isn't required, it simply adds a little...

NBA Live 08 (Wii)

NBA Live 08 (Wii)

It may just be netball with movement, but basketball is huge with our friends across the pond. Does that result in a decent videogame though?

Reviewing American sports titles is always a difficult proposition when you’re a Brit. Sporting games rely on the player having an understanding or passion for the subject matter, and that is obviously absent when you happen to be a ‘foreigner’ to the..

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)

Probably one of the more welcomed ports of this year, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition could well be game of the year.

We know, we know. This review is a little late. I was going to make up some long winded story about how I had the review written out before a bunch of the undead stole my hard drive and took me on a wild goose chase around Raccoon City...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)

Mario & Sonic are all set to fight for the Gold Medal, but is the game worthy of an Olympic accolade?

Hell has officially frozen over; Mario and Sonic appear together for the first time ever. If this idea had been suggested 10 to 15 years ago, you'd probably have been locked up and forgotten about. Times have changed dramatically since then: we now accept that SEGA is purely a developer and..

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii)

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii)

The Rabbids Are Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

[screenshot=46cc118319213]Those Charming Rabbids Are Back![/screenshot]If I learnt one thing last Christmas, it was this; Rabbit's Wii Violence = Hilarity. Or to put it another way; I discovered the joys of Rayman Raving Rabbids. With this title Ubisoft gave the world a prime example of how to make a good, fun, energetic game. Plus, they introduced the cutely..

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (Wii)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (Wii)

Golf may consist of silly clothing and long walks, but it hasn't stopped EA from releasing yet another edition of its long-running PGA Tour series.

The first Tiger Woods game for the Wii was perfectly enjoyable representation of golf that fully embraced the possibilities of the Wiimote setup. The impact was lessened slightly by the fact that Wii...

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

The moment we've all been waiting for, Mario comes of age on the Wii.

Ah, Mario. It's been a while... believe it or not it's been five years since Mario's last personal outing; Super Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube. Our hero has returned for his first Wii outing, in the form of Super Mario Galaxy. Let's get something clear from the start: Galaxy is...

The Simpsons Game (Wii)

The Simpsons Game (Wii)

The Simpsons make their début appearance on the Wii...

Usually, we start these reviews with an introduction to the game and its history... but we don't think we need to bother this time. We all know who the Simpsons are, and we've enjoyed their humour on more than one occasion. There have been some good games (Hit N' Run), some average games (Road...

The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii)

The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii)

"Not another Sims game," Sammy screamed, "When will they ever learn?"

I think it’s pretty bloody important to state at the start of this review that I hate The Sims. I always have done and I always will do. It’s unstructured, overly pointless and just straight up dull. However I have to admit that the AI on the PC versions (at the time) was something that shouldn’t be scoffed at. The way..

Ninjabread Man (Wii)

Ninjabread Man (Wii)

Ninjabread Man brings some much needed platforming action to our Wii's, but is it any good?

With a name like Ninjabread Man, it was hard to ignore this one. Just look at our hero, its a Gingerbread man that can do Ninja stuff- you don't get much cooler than that. I was a little nervous of what Ninjabread Man would be like- after all it is from a...

FIFA 08 (Wii)

FIFA 08 (Wii)

The much-maligned FIFA franchise finally hits the Wii. Does this latest instalment do enough to step out of the shadow of the excellent Mario Strikers: Charged?

There was a time when the latest FIFA release would send most self-respecting football fans running for the hills in dismay. Although the series started brightly with a wonderful debut on the Sega Megadrive, it kind of lost its way in the..

MySims (Wii)

MySims (Wii)

EA's astonishingly successful Sims series is given a lick of 'cute' paint. The result is MySims - but is it any good?

Electronic Arts is a company that can make or break a videogames console. Although the publisher’s output isn’t always associated with quality, the popularity of its franchises can prove vital when it comes to winning the console war. When EA famously shunned the Sega Dreamcast,..

Boogie (Wii)

Boogie (Wii)

It's time to grab the mic and shake your money-maker, because EA's Boogie is about to hit the dancefloor...

Music-based games – often assigned the rather auspicious genre title of ‘rhythm action’ – are big business these days. Titles like SingStar, Dancing Stage and Guitar Hero are massive sellers, attracting thousands upon thousands of rabid fans with each new update. It’s therefore..