Game Review: Skylanders Swap Force

Jonathan Szafran delivers his verdict on action-platforming sequel Skylanders Swap Force, out now on Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox360. Another year, and another Skylanders game is on store shelves – but this time developer Viscarious Visions seems to have put more care into their work, and have put out a superb product that outperforms all of its predecessors. Skylanders Swap Force is not only the best Skylanders game to date, but... Read More

Black Ops II Dev Responds Poorly To Disgruntled YouTuber – Reddit Downvotes Dev To Oblivion

Popular YouTuber Nick Bunyun was left pretty angry when he posted a video highlighting the infuriating use of hacking in Black Ops 2 – and promptly received a strike on his account in response, with the video removed following an Activision complaint. But when Treyarch dev David Vonderhaar attempted to respond to Bunyun’s grievance in an AMA session on Reddit, gamers were far from impressed with his reply. Bunyun’s question, which... Read More

Game Review: Skylanders Giants

Jonathan Szafran delivers his verdict on the colourful adventure sequel, out now for Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 (reviewed). Only a year ago Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure hit stores – and both the game and its array of character figures proceeded to sell out almost everywhere. Its combination of highly detailed figurines laden with NFC technology and a cute, Gauntlet-esque dungeon crawler proved a big hit,... Read More

Game Review – Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron

Jonathan Szafran delivers his verdict on the explosive third-person shooter, out now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (reviewed). For a while, things were not looking good for fans of Transformers. Mediocre movies based on the franchise, and lackluster video game tie-ins for those films, painted a bleak future for the beloved toy license. But then Activision and developer High Moon Studios stepped in and made the fantastic Transformers: War for... Read More

Game Review: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

Jonathan Szafran delivers his verdict on the high-definition re-release of the classic skateboarding sim, out now on Xbox Live Arcade.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good Tony Hawk game. Tony Hawk Pro Skater made its debut in 1999, and after a few sequels the series quickly did a 180º and went downhill. THPS had always seemingly defied physics and stretched the boundaries of reality when it came to what could be done on a... Read More

Mad Mack: 2012 Is The Year Gaming Changed Forever – Here’s 7 Reasons Why

Whether you like it or not, events this year are completely redefining gaming and the industry behind it – for better and for worse. Armed with his usual brand of strong language and dark humour, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey offers seven startling reasons why. The Mayans may have predicted the end of the world in 2012 – yet the sum total impact of that prediction might well be a terrible movie starring John Cusack. However, 2012... Read More

Mad Mack: Is DLC Greed Bleeding Us Dry?

Hate Day One DLC, premium passes and bonus kits? You’ve come to the right place. Armed with his usual brand of dark humour and very strong language, Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey takes aim at money-grabbing gaming giants –  and their shameless attempts to squeeze more and more from a cash-strapped public. DLC. What are we going to do about it? On the one hand (the hand you masturbate with), it is a way for developers to extend the... Read More

Opinion: Bring Back The Bandicoot!

With more than three years having passed since Crash Bandicoot’s last outing, Dan Jenko argues it’s time for the legendary marsupial to make his return – and asks why platforming heroes have been abandoned in favour of muscular action types. Pretty much every industry evolves over time, but video games have changed massively since the creation of Crash Bandicoot in 1996. Developed by Naughty Dog (the folks behind the critically... Read More

Mad Mack: Battlefield 3 Vs Modern Warfare 3 – Head-to-Head Verdict

In typically furious style, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey delivers his verdict on the fierce FPS rivals, taking an in-depth look at both titles’ strengths – and weaknesses. So which is better? And do both games actually leave something to be desired? Read on to find out… (FMV does not necessarily share Dave’s views, and accepts absolutely no responsibility for any offence his diatribes may cause) My regular... Read More

Game Review: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

Jonathan Szafran delivers his verdict on the unconventional action-platform game, out now on PC, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (reviewed). Back on the PS One the Spyro the Dragon games were considered decent platformers – at least until they kept releasing new, uninspired sequels year after year and the series just went away completely. Fast forward to 2011 and now, under the development team of Toys for Bob, Spyro has returned.... Read More

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