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  • Review Summer Stars 2012 (Xbox 360)

    Going for Gold

    In an Olympic year, there’s always an official game release – such as London 2012: The Official Videogame of The Olympic Games – and then a bunch of pretenders to the throne with publishers who are looking to make a quick buck. On a few occasions, the unofficial titles have surpassed the official attempts in terms of quality...

  • Review Rhythm Party (Xbox 360)

    Rhythm is gonna get-cha.

    More and more often when we talk about Kinect games, we’re talking about hybrids. They can be difficult to categorise, and even more difficult to judge in terms of quality. With Konami’s Rhythm Party though, that isn’t the case. You see, Rhythm Party is designed to be a dancing game – albeit one that allows...

  • Review Dragon's Lair (Xbox 360)

    Cut! Take 843. Action!

    If this were a website focusing on any other part of gaming, it would be hard to know what to write about a game that’s been released for 66 other formats since its inaugural unveiling to the public in arcade form back in 1983. But, with the addition of Kinect support to this Xbox Live Arcade version of Don Bluth’s...

  • Review Babel Rising (Xbox 360)

    Break the walls down.

    After Halfbrick successfully turned the mobile hit Fruit Ninja into the outstanding Fruit Ninja Kinect, the expectations were high for a wave of smart smartphone-to-Kinect crossovers. Doodle Jump Kinect is on the way (apparently), but that and this new edition Babel Rising seem to be the long and the short of the rush. Some...

  • Review Brave: The Video Game (Xbox 360)

    Red Head Redemption?

    Let’s dispense with pleasantries, shall we? We all know that games based on movies are usually average or downright awful, with THQ’s excellent Puss in Boots perhaps being the only notable exception of late. So, we won’t dwell on that. Or we wouldn’t dwell on that, were THQ’s latest Disney/Pixar crossover, Brave: The...

  • Review Wreckateer (Xbox 360)

    Castle Crasher

    Angry Birds has a lot to answer for, doesn’t it? Not only are we besieged by clones of the game in each operating system’s app store, but now we’re seeing the influence stretch to console gaming. Even the master itself – Rovio — is exerting its influence, confirming that Angry Birds Trilogy will be coming to Kinect for Xbox...

  • Review Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games (Xbox 360)

    The ice is wearing thin

    Games based on movies have a somewhat dodgy reputation. The publisher grabs the movie licence – generally as filming wraps up – and assigns a developer to get a game completed in time for the movie’s release. In rare cases, the development teams have struck gold. Generally though, the publisher ends up releasing a game...

  • Review London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Xbox 360)

    Go for gold, or settle for bronze?

    Even though there have been many, many attempts at putting multi-event sporting action into the next generation, only a few attempts have even come close to emulating the quality shown in the likes of Konami’s 1983 arcade hit Track and Field, Sega’s own DecAthlete (Athlete Kings) for the Saturn, or even Olympic...

  • Review Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (Xbox 360)

    Wreck warrior

    On paper, it seemed like a recipe for disaster. How could Capcom possibly take the Steel Battalion series — famed for its intimidating controller and unwavering adherence to hardcore, hard-as-nails gameplay — and condense it into a motion-controlled game on a platform that is beloved by casual players and loathed by ‘proper’...

  • Review Kinect Star Wars (Xbox 360)

    Your powers are weak, old man

    It isn’t hard to picture the glee that must have filled the offices of Microsoft Studios when the deal to produce Kinect Star Wars was inked. Kinect has always been about removing barriers thrown up by physical controllers and letting players filful their fantasties, and what better advert for the tech than the...

  • Review Diabolical Pitch (Xbox 360)

    Warning: baseball puns

    Leave it to developer Grasshopper Manufacture to take a perfectly innocuous activity like throwing a baseball and find the perfect way to twist it into a weird sci-fi horror show. As a former major league pitcher down on his luck with a bum arm, an anthropomorphic bovine in a suit grants you a souped-up bionic arm — to earn...

  • Review Country Dance All Stars (Xbox 360)

    Saddle up

    If you’ve always wanted to play Dance Central but prefer twangy guitars and cowboy hats over Lady Gaga, you'd better strap on your cowboy boots and bolo tie because Country Dance All-Stars is your game. Eschewing the top 40 pop assortment of modern hits, Country Dance All-Stars serves up a Texas-sized helping of country songs from such...

  • Review Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox 360)

    Fools rush in?

    Kinect is proving to be the ideal platform for younger gamers right now; we’ve already had the reasonably enjoyable Disneyland Adventures, and it’s highly likely that the forthcoming Kinect Star Wars will find more favour with pre-teens than thirty-something geeks. Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is another controller-free...

  • Review Puss in Boots (Xbox 360)

    Nearly purrrfect

    Any Kinect game that lets you play a swashbuckling cat should have your attention, and Puss in Boots manages to overcome its obvious handicap of being a movie tie-in to result in one of the more enjoyable action games available on Kinect. With several styles of gameplay to sample, from sword fighting and bar room brawling to...

  • Review Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)

    Don't fear the Reapers

    It’s been a long time coming, but Commander Shepard’s battle with the Reapers is at a boiling point. The entire galaxy prepares for a war that could quite easily mean the extinction of all sentient life. Do you have what it takes to take back Earth? Mass Effect 3, the final instalment in BioWare’s sci-fi trilogy, takes...

  • Review The Price is Right Decades (Xbox 360)

    Come on down!

    The Price is Right Decades celebrates over 40 years of one of the most beloved game shows of all time. As a tribute to the source material it’s a resounding success; as an actual piece of entertainment software it has a few problems that unfortunately hinder the rest of the experience. The one-player mode of Decades breaks the...

  • Review Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Xbox 360)

    C, Decent, Final Answer

    It’s very hard to capture the tension and drama of a game show in a video game when said game show focuses on one contestant rather than a competition. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s single-player mode captures very little essence of what made the show such a runaway hit, and the shoehorned multiplayer would make Regis...

  • Review Cabela's Adventure Camp (Xbox 360)

    If you go down to the woods today

    Set in a kids' summer camp with a sergeant keeping on things, the heat is on in Cabela's Adventure Camp as you compete for gold medals against three other happy campers. With six customisable characters to choose from — no Avatar support, sadly — you and three friends can take part in summer camp-themed...

  • Review My Self Defence Coach (Xbox 360)

    Poor in defence

    Why dance yourself fit when you can fight yourself fit instead? Ubisoft's My Self Defence Coach offers just that, with a workout regime that's also designed to teach you how to fend off any would-be assailants, too. After creating a profile to help chart your productivity and progress in cardio, reflex, defence process and balance,...

  • Review SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip (Xbox 360)

    SpongeBob Surfpants

    If you lived in a pineapple under the sea, you'd probably enjoy skateboarding, right? That's the basic premise of SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip, and that's all right with us. Choosing from either SpongeBob or pink pal Patrick, you pick your pants and surf or skate the night away. As you'd expect from a game based on the...

  • Review Double Fine Happy Action Theatre (Xbox 360)

    The name says it all

    It’s incredibly difficult to review Double Fine Happy Action Theater with a traditional review system. It’s hardly a game at all; there’s no challenge, no goal, no direction. Calling it a “game” is, honestly, hardly appropriate - it’s more of a toy than anything. Toys and games are both designed to be fun, though,...

  • Review Haunt (Xbox 360)

    You want Haunt

    While Kinect has had a handful of really great games over the past year, the stinkers have all had the same problems: poor controls and general lack of charm. Developer NanaOn-Sha comes along to save the day with Haunt, which controls wonderfully and drips with so much charisma it forms a very likeable puddle on the floor. Haunt, with...

  • Review Deepak Chopra's Leela (Xbox 360)

    Take a deep breath

    Kinect's incessant insistence that you get up and thrash about isn't to everyone's liking, but is a fact of motion control all the same: many developers prefer to paint with broad brush strokes, getting the general idea right rather than attempt finer detail and end up going outside the lines. Deepak Chopra's Leela uses more...

  • Review Wipeout 2 (Xbox 360)

    The worst spill in human history

    There are bad games, and then there are bad games. Even worse is Wipeout 2. Wipeout 2 is the second game for Kinect — Wipeout: In the Zone came first — based on the ABC television show that features competitors navigating wild obstacle courses designed to fling, smash and bounce them about in various painful...

  • Review Rapala for Kinect (Xbox 360)

    Lacks a-lure

    This'll surprise you: Rapala for Kinect isn't a fishing simulation in any way. Sure, you can select your lure in the hope of attracting a particular fish, but that's about as deep as it gets. This is fishing arcade-style: score as many points as you can in the time limit. Your fish is scored on size and rarity, with bonuses for grabbing...

  • Review Let's Cheer! (Xbox 360)

    Let's not

    2K Play's Let's Cheer! isn't the first cheerleading game in the world — there was We Cheer on Wii a few years back, for instance — but it is the first that doesn't need anything in your hand to get you into the game. Is that enough to make it worth a purchase, though? As you'd expect from a game based on pep, everything is bright and...

  • Review Nickelodeon Dance (Xbox 360)

    Excellenté?

    There's no end of dancing games on Kinect, but each occupies a small subsection of the genre. Nickelodeon Dance joins Just Dance Kids at the very youngest end of the spectrum, and if you've got little ones who like to get jiggy it might be worth a look. As you'd expect, Nickelodeon Dance is a collection of catchy kids' pop tunes from...

  • Review Yoostar on MTV (Xbox 360)

    Warning: this game contains Jersey Shore

    Yoostar on MTV isn’t a video game so much as it’s a toy that relies on the Kinect technology. Sure, there’s a score element, but that will never be the reason you play. The very definition of a party game, Yoostar on MTV will be a game that you bring out when you have lots of people over and the alcohol...

  • Review Kung Fu High Impact (Xbox 360)

    The fight of your life

    Okay everyone, you can stop saying that there are no hardcore games for Kinect, because Kung-Fu High Impact is as hardcore as they come. Kung-Fu High Impact, the awesomely-named video game from the equally awesomely-named developer Virtual Air Guitar Company, casts you as the hero of a comic book, pitting you against hordes of...

  • Review Victorious: Time to Shine (Xbox 360)

    No boys allowed

    Licensed games always tend to be less accessible than those based on original intellectual property. The barrier to entry is even higher when, as grown men, we must tackle games that are based on television shows designed for young girls. Still, we soldier on in the name of our craft. Victorious: Time to Shine is based on the...