After five years of hype, speculation and delay, Ubisoft’s Haze breaks cover - and despite being developed by Free Radical, the team behind the excellent TimeSplitters 2 on PS2 - it fails to better UT3, Resistance and CoD4. Haze looks poor, lacks set-pieces and feels like a novel idea that missed its window of opportunity, frayed by the requests of nervous Brand Managers and cruel demands of next-gen development.
Aug 28, 2007
Four years in the making at Sonys Cambridge studios, Heavenly Sword is unashamedly the bi-product of Ninja Theorys obsession/adoration for the chop-socky, swordplay-filled flicks of yesteryear. Part Shaw Brothers flick, part Red Sonja with a peppering of Wushu, the developer even went as far as hiring the same sound masters who provided the battle sound effects on Ang Lees Oscar-nabbing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to supply the noise of steel clashing with steel in one-to-one
Typically, we here at GamesRadar want to root for those
underdog budget games that manage to make it to retail with all the other big
boys in the industry. So you have to believe us when we say that we take
absolutely no pleasure in tearing apart games like Heavy Fire: Afghanistan...
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Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a quirky and irreverent downloadable platformer that sets you in the depth of the Netherworld as you shred through enemy upon enemy. Is it a hell of a fun time? Our review will reveal all...
Sony can’t be faulted for a lack of ingenuity with this game. They’ve looked at the Sixaxis pad and realised that, by holding it sideways in one hand and spreading your fingers across the shoulder and Triangle buttons, it can be transformed into a bowling ball. Before you know it, they’ve made one of the most realistic bowling games available and one that beats Wii Sports hands down - well, the quarter of it that’s made
Agent 47's first game in years is brilliant in execution, and absolutely wonderful. Take a look to see why Hitman Absolution is one of the best games of the year...
Realism is the bunker of next-gen gaming. Easy to hit, but restrictive and slightly depressing - so it’s refreshing to come across a title that bucks the trend. While MotorStorm and GTA IV digitally recreate real-world visuals - with pin-sharp crisp packets and grimly accurate mud physics - Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds raises a smile with beautiful cartoon characters in a saccharine-sweet universe. There’s a highly addictive game
Hyperdimension Neptunia is a prime example of an interesting game concept that fumbles in its execution. It’s a Japanese RPG that’s essentially a combination parody/metaphor for the videogame industry, replete with allegories to actual companies and events going on in the crazy battle for market supremacy we find ourselves ensconced in. While the gaming biz is absolutely ripe for a satirical spin, Neptunia is the one thing a parody shouldn’t be – boring...
Hyperdimension Neptunia was a PS3-exclusive JRPG that took the premise "what if we could make the console wars into a video game?" and ran, full-speed ahead, with it. Its sequel, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, advances past that stage of the console wars. It's a niche game, for sure. But even if you fit into that niche, is it the game for you?