Category Archives: Game Reviews

Enemy Front Xbox 360 review

Let me just put my cards on the table, upfront, here. Enemy Front is a pretty unpolished affair. The visuals on the Xbox 360 are a bit lacking in places- ranging from good to grotty. The movement controls take some getting used to- with a floaty skating on ice feel to them. The game’s frame-rate also likes to stutter every now and again. Continue reading Enemy Front Xbox 360 review

GRID Autosport PC review

I like racing games, but far too many of the recent efforts have left me feeling a bit empty. Attention to detail and realism is one thing, but the sad fact of the matter is that most of us would make pretty poor racing drivers.

Yes Forza and Gran Turismo, I’m talking about you.

If you are like me, your bad driving is only surpassed by your abysmal knowledge of car tuning and upgrading.

Then there’s the flip side of the coin, your Ridge Racers, your Burnouts and your Need for Speeds. All great games, but sometimes a little too fantastical.

Enter Codemasters and their Grid racing games. Continue reading GRID Autosport PC review

EA Sports UFC Review

Having picked up the Ultimate Fighting Championship licence following the collapse of THQ, EA Sports have not wasted any time in bringing us their mixed martial arts game, EA Sports UFC.

The game features a vast amount of fighters across all weight classes, including the Woman’s bantamweight. For Kiwi’s the game includes South Auckland’s own Mark Hunt, K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion, former kickboxer and now a notable heavyweight UFC fighter.

Using their new next-gen Ignite sports game engine EA have utilised the team responsible for the recent Fight Night games to bring us a bit of mixed martial arts action on Xbox One and PS4. Continue reading EA Sports UFC Review

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD Xbox 360 review

A few months ago I reviewed Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD for Considering it was just a download-only game I managed to knock out an epic article that was almost 2000 words long. I thought I’d share the review with you, again , this time on State of Play.

I can’t get enough Assassin’s Creed. I wish I had the time to go back and start the whole lot again from the beginning. As much as I enjoy them, they can be a bit much to play. Like an all you can eat buffet, as nice as it is, sometime it’s too much; a heavy plot and an environment packed full of things to do. The Assassin’s Creed games can be a bit overwhelming. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD Xbox 360 review

Thief PC review

Thief PC review
Sneaky bastard

I reviewed Thief for; their current editorial policy is for articles to be no more than 500 words. From a writers point-of-view this short length means cutting out all the crap, all the clever but superfluous bollocks that may stroke the scribe’s ego, but adds nothing for the reader.

Thief was a hard game to review. For most of my journey through the city the game sat at the limits of my engagement. Ironically for a franchise that pretty much introduced stealth gaming, so many other games have since done it much better. In the end we have a game that, once it gets going, is a lot of fun; but at the same time made me want to go back and play the far more superior Dishonoured. Continue reading Thief PC review

South Park: The Stick of Truth Xbox 360 review

South Park: The Stick of Truth Xbox 360 review
Filthy bastards

For Seventeen years the South Park animated TV show has been lampooning and abusing literally everyone, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.

The show’s trademark and sometimes puerile humour pushes the boundaries of what is considered bad taste, with characters like Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo and an appearance by Jesus Christ himself. Continue reading South Park: The Stick of Truth Xbox 360 review

Battlefield 4 PC Review

Battlefield 4 PC Review
A return to the frontline

Since 2002’s Battlefield 1942 EA Games and Swedish developer DICE have been providing gamers with a unique multi-role first-person shooter experience. With Battlefield 2 they replaced the traditional WWII FPS setting with modern combat.

The more narrative-based (and console friendly) Bad Company spin-offs kept the franchise going for the six years until Battlefield 3. Two years later and we are returning to the battlefield with Battlefield 4.

Battlefield 4 has been built with the next-gen consoles in mind. The game’s creative director, Lars Gusavsson as good as told me that when I spoke to him last month. But it is also the product of community feedback – the addition of commander mode, for instance – and a chance to refine the living battlefield environment. Continue reading Battlefield 4 PC Review

The Last of Us Playstation 3 Review

The Last of Us Review
Not bearded Nathan Drake and not Ellen Page in The Last of Us

With the world in chaos and some nefarious fungus the cause of the zombie apocalypse, Grant finds himself knee-deep in The Last Of Us. Join him in this story driven survival horror meets action-adventure game as it takes him on a captivating journey in a very broken world.

The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic America. A fungus that affects people’s minds and causes them to go into a crazed zombie-like state has wiped out most of civilization. Many of the survivors of this human-infecting fungus have taken refuge in military controlled quarantine zones where strict martial law is set on the residents. A rebel group known as the Fireflies have arisen to try and free the people from this control. Outside of these zones there are small pockets of people fighting for survival on their own. Continue reading The Last of Us Playstation 3 Review