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LGC 08: Why wait? Leipzig's biggest games reviewed NOW!

If you read our E3 coverage, you'll know that we like cutting straight to the chase with our coverage of new games. Not for us, the wishy-washy approach of "It's got potential, but only time will tell". No, we at GamesRadar like to go with our gut and give you instant, no nonsense appraisals of the games that will be vying for your wallet-love over the coming year.

And thus, as we did at E3, we've reviewed and rated the biggest and best from the Leipzig GC show floor. Our play-time on these babies may only have lasted between ten minutes and an hour, but we are always, always right.*

(*We are not necessarily right about this statement. These scores of course do not necessarily reflect the ratings these games will receive when we review the full, finished article.)

Bionic Commando - Xbox 360

Okay, okay, we know. We've been giving the Bionic Commando reboot a bit of a kicking for appearing to follow that tedious "Darker, gritter, bland with the pain of a thousand emos" route for quite a while. But now that we've got our hands on it and experienced its jump-grapple-swing-wheeeeeeee! joys first hand, we can honestly say that we really don't mind any more.

Forget the Spider-Man games. That computer-assisted noob-swinging was never as satisfying as this. Sprinting towards the edge of a skyscraper, swan-diving into a deadly plummet, and then pulling it all back with with a fully-controllable, precision grapple-swing around a crane is a jubilant feeling indeed, and the bionic arm's combat implimentation provides some brilliantly fresh badassery with a far more brutal sense of impact that old webby-boy could ever manage. Trust us, the online multiplayer death-match in BC could well effect some of the best super-heroic videogame combat yet.

Score: 9

Call Of Duty: World At War - Xbox 360

Treyarch really want to prove something with the new Call Of Duty, and from what we've played there's a very good chance they're going to pull it off. World War II or not, it sings with the graphic brutality of COD4.

Frantic screams fill the Pacific air as bodies fly and dirt explodes in all directions. Japanese soldiers appear out of the trees like Predators. Innocent-looking foliage can reveal imminent death at any second. Flamethrowers retaliate and scorch plant and enemy alike to crispy, flailing death. And while the COD4 engine has given the 1940s a sharp, detailed and surprisingly vibrant look, what really impresses is the level design.

While still based around the traditional Call Of Duty linearity, the branching routes afforded by the new four-player co-op mode make things more interesting as well as more tense, and the constantly-evolving, punishing set-pieces don't allow a second of relaxation. All things considered, very well done, Treyarch. Keep up the good work.

Score: 8

Crysis: Warhead - PC

Beautiful icy locations, vast open-world exploration and lots of gits to kill in a variety of amusing, super-powered ways. So far, so Crysis, but that's not necessarily a bad thing at all, as well you know.

Score: 8

Damnation - Xbox 360

Damnation is actually a much more appealing game than its early trailer gave it credit for. What looked like a fairly generic bullet-spewer, albeit one with a fantastic steampunk setting, is actually a vertigo-inducing Prince of Persia meets Tomb Raider in a John Woo shoot-out.

Multiplayer death-matches covering immensely tall and complex structures bring the promise of ceaselessly frantic, multidirectional platforming, cat-and-mouse gunplay, while the possibilities afforded by vertical capture-the-flag matches are almost too much to resist.

The only potential problems we can see right now are the less-than-imaginative weapons currently on offer and the relatively low, eight-player online limit. Unfortunately, if as detrimental as they could be, those two issues might take away a lot of Damnation's potential.

Score: 7

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39 comments

  • bron1417 - September 5, 2008 12:55 a.m.

    im really looking foward to Dead Space and Mirror's Edge they look freaking AMAZING!!!
  • 1upmario - September 3, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    Bennycow you are screwed in the head you like the looks of cod5 better than crysis.
  • londonjack - August 30, 2008 7:56 p.m.

    mirrors edge looks good
  • KingofHearts - August 29, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    !! Lol !! @ Sonic! Why cant they get it right...sigh...
  • flare149 - August 29, 2008 3:05 a.m.

    I agree, what's up with Killzone 2 getting a five? Everyone says it looks really good and it's pretty promising. heck a few months ago GamesRadar was like bowing down to it and saying it made the PS3 the most important gaming console ever...and then this? Also why does everyone say Killzone sucked? It really wasn't bad aside from minor bug issues I r confused
  • Coolbeans69 - August 29, 2008 2:30 a.m.

    Another crappy Sonic game? That's dissapointing.
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 29, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    We need some water for these flames!
  • georgeguy - August 28, 2008 11:29 p.m.

    hey bennycow they played the demo im sure there going to change like cod 5 how much u wanna bet its going to be a 9 at least when it comes out
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 28, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    http://stuff.tjwilde.com/1210882774844.jpg
  • Bennycow - August 28, 2008 10 p.m.

    YO THIS IS MY OWN RATINGS OF THESE GAMES I HAVENT PLAYED ANY OF THEM IM RATING THEM BY HOW THEY LOOK BIONIC COMMANDO 7 CALL OF DUTY 5 9 CRYSIS WARHEAD 8 DAMNATION 7 DEAD RISING 2 7 DEAD SPACE 9 FALLOUT 3 10 KILLZONE 2 3 MIRRIORS EDGE 10 MOTORSTORM 2 8 PURE 8 RESIDENT EVIL 5 10 SHAWN WHITE SNOWBOARDING 7 SKATE IT 6 SONIC UNLEASHED 8 STAR WARS CLONE WARS 4 STREET FIGHTER 4 10
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 28, 2008 8:53 p.m.

    Why? Because they said something bad about the PS3? I was also a little suprised about Killzone 2's performence. But it wasn't too suprising.
  • TheGreatHobbe - October 7, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    ha killzone and sonic for the lose, and what no fable 2, wasnt it at that convention, not sure
  • John-117 - September 10, 2008 12:44 p.m.

    @Fluxnard I'm confused because alot of other gaming news/features sites say the game is shaping up to be fantastic, even a preview posted recently on GamesRadar says something to that effect. I don't know why you want Killzone 2 to be bad it's looking pretty fun and exciting, especially the multiplayer. As many people have already said, Killzone 1 wasn't a horrible game, it was just overly hyped by people at sony and gamers as well. GG wanted to deliver a great game but they made a good one and Killzone 2 looks to be the game they intended to make but were hampered by both time constrainsts and the PS2 hardware.
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 31, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    srry dude, i got a little outta hand. :$
  • Synster - August 30, 2008 8:07 p.m.

    I find it funny that people rag on Killzone 2, yet the first one was /not/ a terrible game. It was a solid, well thought out FPS. Besides. Since when does a different planet, in a completely different solar system, with little to no oxygen, not to mention it's constantly storming. When do you expect /that/ to look like earth?
  • je@n - August 30, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    lol street fighter is gonna be awsome!
  • mfwahwah - August 30, 2008 5:36 p.m.

    "Why? Because they said something bad about the PS3?" That has absolutely nothing to do with it. Don't go spinning my unexplained opinions into some fanboy shit, I really don't appreciate that.
  • Marioninja1 - August 30, 2008 2:13 a.m.

    I actually Agree with most of these, but I wish Left 4 Dead was in this
  • Phantasmagorical - August 30, 2008 2 a.m.

    I was really hoping Sonic would be be a bit better... But at least Mirror's Edge is as good as it looked! I want to play it so badly. ><
  • TheWebSwinger - August 29, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    Killzone 2 a 5? Wtf??

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