October2009

  • Review Academy of Champions (Wii)

    A drab 0-0 draw

    Over the years there have been some really enjoyable and innovative takes on the game of football (or soccer to our overseas chums) – Nintendo brought us the Mario Strikers series of course and Sega released the stereotype-laden but still enjoyable Sega Soccer Slam on Gamecube. Now Ubisoft are after a piece of the half-time meat...

September2009

  • Review Rayman DS (DS)

    Any port in a storm?

    For those of you who missed out on the PS1/N64 generation of the late 1990s, Rayman was actually quite a big deal. Viewed by many well recognized gaming institutions as one of the ‘Greatest games of all time’, Rayman 2: The Great Escape received many plaudits for its innovative level design and gameplay features. Though a...

July2009

  • Review Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (Wii)

    "Are you finished? Save your speeches for Hell!"

    This is the fourth in a series of stealth-based action games which have often met with mixed reviews due to control and camera issues. After watching the atmospheric sepia-toned montage of game cut-scenes scored with Japanese opera and playing the game, fans and those new to the series will find that...

  • Review Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre (Wii)

    Can a last generation port based upon a licensed property possibly be any good?

    Rebellion and 2000 A.D. are both British veterans of their respective fields: video games and comics, and like Marmite and potato crisps, both go well together. Unlike Marmite crisps, however, Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre is a winning combination in anyone's book...

April2009

  • Review Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

    Can Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword live up to the standards of previous titles?

    Set six months after the events of the original Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden, Ryu Hayabusa has rebuilt Hayabusa Village. Momiji, a resident of Hayabusa, is abducted by the Black Spider Ninja Clan. During his quest to find her, Ryu uncovers the mysteries of the Dark...

March2009

  • Review Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut (Wii)

    The Broken Sword murder mystery adventure comes to Wii, but is this the definitive version?

    It is with some fond memories that we review Broken Sword: The Director's Cut on the Wii. The original game proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable mystery adventure, with a tantalizing storyline, memorable characters and logical puzzles. This new release is more...

  • Review Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut (DS)

    Murder, mystery and… Clowns?

    It is a terrible mistake to call Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars a simple port seeing as it’s a game that has more added material than Nintendo have fanboys. Yet there is some basis to the claim; this game has been released on a handheld before. Originally brought to Nintendo through the GBA, Broken Sword was...

November2008

  • Review Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Wii)

    Wabbit, wabbit.... wabbit wabbit wabbit... Bwaaaaaaaaah!

    Rayman runs for cover as the Rabbids return for a third instalment on Wii in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (RRR TV). As the title suggests this latest game has a heavy emphasis on the world of TV and Movies, the title "story" goes something like this: Rayman is being chased through...

June2008

  • Review Protöthea (WiiWare)

    Is this worthy enough to be remembered in the shoot-em-up hall of fame?

    Protöthea originally started life as a PC game, developed by Digital Builders back in 2005. It pretty much went unnoticed at the time, so it seems like a strange choice for Ubisoft to use for its debut on the Wii as there's little here in the way of innovation other than the...

November2007

  • Review Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii)

    The Rabbids Are Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

    [screenshot=46cc118319213]Those Charming Rabbids Are Back!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...

March2007

  • Review Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii)

    Rabbits With Plungers, What Else Is There To Say?

    [screenshot=44d320f1eb8b3]Rayman Is Back... er, Just As Before!It's been a while since a Rayman title last graced any console, and never before has one been any more that a platformer. So it came as a surprise to find that the latest installment was actually a mini-game compilation. The story of...

February2007

  • Review Red Steel (Wii)

    Allow me to pose you with a question. You are armed with a Katana blade and a shotgun. Your enemy is armed with just a sword. Would you have a sword fight with him or would you blow his brains out with your shotgun? Exactly.

    I guess Ubisoft thought that sword fighting might be something a bit different – particularly in a first person shooter game...

January2006

  • Review Beyond Good & Evil (GameCube)

    Hillys, a world under constant threat from the DomZ, needs help, and this help comes in the form of the tenacious female photojournalist, Jade.

    Beyond Good and Evil will either be a game you have played (and loved) or never even heard of. Unfortunately, it seems like the latter is the common answer: this classic Ubisoft gem never received sales that...