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The Reticule’s Guide To Soul Calibur V

The Reticule’s Guide To Soul Calibur V

Soul Calibur V releases in Europe today, having been available in North America and Japan for most of this week. It came away with a headshot in Tuesday’s Soul Calibur V review, and if you’re thinking of joining the fight you’ll need to do some catching up to the rest of the world, especially as my main criticism was of how the game doesn’t do quite enough to get you up to speed on its new systems and massive move…

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Soul Calibur V – The Verdict

Soul Calibur V – The Verdict

Don’t let the dashing, hooded Italian on Soul Calibur V‘s boxart fool you. Namco and their rivals aren’t in the business of trying to squeeze a big release out every single year. They understand the value of leaving land fallow. It has been nearly three years since the last Tekken, dead on three years since we entered the fourth Street Fighter era. And Soul Calibur IV? Nearly four years old. The Soul series’ sixth instalment arrives this week, and it’s…

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – The Verdict

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – The Verdict

Well, something had to be left off the list: there were simply too many games. From August onwards we were buried under a huge pile of games that were not just hugely exciting, but typically expansive and demanding in review terms. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was as exciting a prospect as the rest, but it slipped through the net anyway. But then, in this generation of scant exclusives, Uncharted is the single well established bragging point for Playstation owners: the…

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Sonic Generations – The Verdict

Sonic Generations – The Verdict

For a video-game character so obsessed with travelling blindly forwards, Sonic the Hedgehog sure spends a lot of time looking over his shoulder. Between the upcoming re-release of Sonic CD, the ongoing Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and the sidescrolling elements of modern titles like Sonic Colours, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Sonic Generations is slightly redundant. Nevertheless, it’s here and pulling no punches about being a celebration of twenty years of Sonic history: even the minimalistic story begins with…

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The Great Thief 4 Storyboard Caper

The Great Thief 4 Storyboard Caper

With Deus Ex Human Revolution out of the door and the team behind it presumably enjoying a little rest in between lighter DLC work, all eyes should rightly be on Eidos Montreal’s second team and their big project: Thief 4. Doing the rounds in the last couple of days have been 12 storyboard illustrations apparently from the game, posted on the portfolio of Vancouver-based artist Marlon Deane.

Soul Calibur V Has More Characters Than You Can Spam A Stick At

Soul Calibur V Has More Characters Than You Can Spam A Stick At

For all of their convoluted relationships, quests and all the arbitrary specifics of their canonical stories, the only thing that puzzles me about Namco’s fighting game mythologies is how some people actually manage to care about them. But they do, and Soul Calibur‘s habit of dropping in guest characters has long been a source of acute pain for those who can wrap their heads around the game’s tale of two swords better than I can.

Retrospective: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Retrospective: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The ridiculous thing about this retrospective is that I bothered to play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at all. I love the damned thing of course, but I’ve reached the point where playing it is entirely redundant. It’s not like I expected to find anything new. In fact, I’m all but certain that there isn’t anything new to see. I’ve stumbled across every single route, bust open every box and collected every ring. I may as well sit beneath a bodhi…

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Sonic Generations Launch Trailer

Sonic Generations Launch Trailer

SEGA have sent through the official launch trailer for Sonic Generations, bucking the recent trend in ‘launch’ trailers by being released somewhat close to the actual release date (Uncharted 3 we’re looking at you. Well, actually, we’ve been looking at you for two weeks and waiting for you to get to it, but whatever).

Uncharted 3 is a Game that is Coming Out Soon

Uncharted 3 is a Game that is Coming Out Soon

With apologies to Sony and the fine folks at the ever talented Naughty Dog, we’ve just realised that the upcoming Uncharted 3 hasn’t been mentioned on the site for something like four months. Let it not be said that Uncharted 3 is a game that is not coming out soon. In fact, the truth is quite the contrary: Uncharted 3 is very much a game that is coming out soon. In under a fortnight to be precise.

Sonic Generations – Demo Impressions

Sonic Generations – Demo Impressions

One wonders how many Sonic fans and detractors were made twenty years ago when the original Green Hill Zone blast-processed its way onto their screens. Sonic the Hedgehog was certainly a game that flashed its knickers in its opening moments: showcasing the speed of its engine, its gameplay and the potential beauty of its levels. In fact, whilst the subsequent levels offered a far more thoughtful platforming experience, they had nothing like the same visual flair. The Green Hill Zone…

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Sonic Generations PC Confirmed (and Screenshots)

Sonic Generations PC Confirmed (and Screenshots)

Sonic Generations is a game it seems that everyone wants to love, but nobody seems entirely sure whether they can really trust it. By its very nature it’s a two faced attempt to have and eat a whole lot of cake: are you in it for pudgy Sonic, or his radicalised elongated son? Is it really going to work having levels from the three main eras (which can surely only be described as ‘Classic’, ‘Meh…’ and ‘Oh dear’)? Are we looking…

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