Hitman: Absolution Review (X360)

Hitman absolution could very well be one of the best marketed titles of 2012. Square Enix kept a constant stream of videos, screenshots and developer diaries going for many months, and even released the Hitman: Sniper Challenge minigame to help build anticipation. One thing that Square Enix did very well in their campaign was to keep the game on people’s minds – so much so that I forgot that its predecessor (Blood Money) is more than six years old already. Now that Absolution has been released, how does it stack up against all that hype? We checked out the Xbox 360 version to find out more – read on to find out how we walked away from Agent 47’s latest outing. Continue reading “Hitman: Absolution Review (X360)”

F1 2012 Review (X360)

If you were a racing gamer in the nineties, you had two choices for Formula 1 games. The PC market was dominated by Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix games which showcased unrivalled realism, while the console market had plenty of arcade-like F1 games to offer. When Codemasters acquired the F1 license, they merged both approaches into a single and well-received experience. Today we look at F1 2012, their third entry in the series. Continue reading “F1 2012 Review (X360)”

Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)

Formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs was abandoned by Activision in 2011 for not living up to their standards for the open world genre. In a market dominated by titles like GTA, they felt there was not enough room for success with the United Front Games title that combined driving and gunplay with the hand to hand combat you would expect from an action title set in Hong Kong. Square Enix subsequently picked up the game and renamed it, and now that it’s ready for release we’re about to see who was right. Sleeping Dogs is available for X360, PS3 and PCs – we tested the X360 version. Continue reading “Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)”

Inversion Review (X360)

With new entries in the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series not coming until later this year, Inversion’s release is well-timed. The game resembles Gears of War in more ways than one, but also introduces gravity manipulation as an important gameplay element. It sounds good in theory, but is it enough to lure in the shooter fan looking for a mid-summer diversion? Continue reading “Inversion Review (X360)”

Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)

Dragon’s Dogma looks like it’s over almost as soon as you start it. Following a short tutorial, your village is attacked by a dragon who promptly rips out your heart (still beating, Temple of Doom-style) and then flies off. That would be enough to stop most would-be adventurers, but you survive and proceed on your quest for vengeance. In addition, you are now treated as a savior by “Pawns” who are willing to follow you and aid you in your quest. It’s a novel twist on the RPG genre and Capcom’s latest take on a genre that recently saw gems such as Dark Souls and Skyrim. How does Dragon’s Dogma fare among titles like that? Continue reading “Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)”