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Published: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:18:50 +0000

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Review: Defiance, PS3, £29.99

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:30:38 +0100

Ambition is a huge virtue in the crowded world of mass-market console experiences.

BFI appointed to look after games tax relief

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:36:39 +0000

The UK government has appointed the British Film Institute to administer the cultural test for games tax relief.

PlayStation 4 unveiling is praised by gaming body

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:53:54 +0000

A videogame body has welcomed news that Sony is set to release the PlayStation 4 later this year.

Colonial Marines, Xbox 360, £37.99

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:25:34 +0000

More space shooting is on the horizon, as Aliens: Colonial Marines drafts you into a United States Colonial Marine squad preparing to face an Aliens assault more intense and horrific than ever before.

Scribblenauts Unlimited, Wii U, £44.99

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:28:07 +0000

Scribblenauts Unlimited sits somewhere comfortably between game and software demonstration, holding a vast vocabulary in its back-end that players can draw upon to conjure almost any object or person their brain can come up with.

Review: Dead Space 3, PS3, £39.99

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:20:05 +0000

The Dead Space duo to date has caused a massive stir in the console world, delivering an awesome intergalactic pair of adventures that thrilled and chilled in equal measure.

Review: Dead Rising 2, PS3, £14.99

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:56:26 +0000

A true console zombie-fest, Dead Rising 2: Off The Record sees Frank West, photo journalist and original hero of Dead Rising’s Willamette incident, take centre stage as gamers get a different perspective on the Fortune City outbreak.

Review: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, PS3

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:53:22 +0000

The Resident Evil series has so often sought to push the boundaries of survival horror gaming.

Review: The Avengers: Battle For Earth, Wii U

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:48:07 +0000

Fancy escaping the humdrum of regular life, in exchange for an outrageous, superhuman fighting challenge?

Greater numbers of women now work in gaming

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:08:22 +0000

More women are working in the videogame industry than ever before in the UK, a new survey has found.

Review: The Walking Dead, XBox 360

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:09:58 +0000

It’s astounding to see that this quality of video game is available for the price of a sandwich, bag of crisps and a drink at lunch time.

Review: Trials Evolution, Xbox 360, 1,200 Microsoft Points

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:11:32 +0000

The original Xbox Live edition of Trials HD set an incredible benchmark for downloadable content, with production values as high as the awesome two-wheeled stunt jumps performed in the game.

Review: Journey, PS3, £9.99

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:08:13 +0000

There are some game experiences that you will simply never forget. Journey is one of them.

Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, PC, £20

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:44:33 +0000

Strategy games have come on in leaps and bounds since 1994, when the first XCOM title was released, and there may only be a pocketful of gamers who remember the original with the fondness it deserves.

Review: Dishonored, PS3, £24

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:43:02 +0000

In a gaming world of generic shooters that have created a fog of mediocrity, Dishonored stood out this year as a simply brilliant first-person action game, which thrust you into the role of a supernatural assassin driven by a thirst for revenge.

Review: Far Cry 3, PS3, £22.49

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:42:15 +0000

The Far Cry franchise has delighted and frustrated in equal measure in its first two outings, but finally everything has come together for this third island expedition.

Wii U shows enduring evidence of the games industry’s creativity and popularity

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000

The Wii U, tablet and smartphone devices are further evidence of the games industry’s creativity and popularity, a leading gaming organisation says.

Kickstarter can "produce a flourishing creative sector"

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:28:59 +0000

The gaming industry says the number of new UK projects on Kickstarter shows that the site has the potential to improve access to finance for games developers.

Review: ZombiU, Wii U, £43.99

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:38:03 +0000

FOR a launch title, ZombiU will succeed in showcasing just what the dual-screen action of the new console can achieve, as well as scaring the living daylights out of you.

Creative industries to be boosted by 25 per cent tax relief

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:19:50 +0000

The UK games industry said today that the commitment to introduce a 25 per cent tax relief for video games development, animation and high end television production would provide a powerful boost to the creative industries.

Review: Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, PS3, £32.99

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:14:27 +0000

Magical paintbrushes at the ready, as we return to the magical world of Disney for another action-packed adventure with Mickey and friends.

Review: Lego Lord Of The Rings, Xbox 360, £34.99

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:04:19 +0000

Just as the ever-popular kids’ building bricks have elongated the gaming lifespans of the Star Wars, Batman and Harry Potter franchises

Lancashire game developers urged to fill out survey

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:07:22 +0000

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, is surveying UK games developers on the issues surrounding copyright and their attitudes to it.

Review: Stitches (18)

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:56:58 +0100

Richard Grindle is a sleazy clown working the children’s party circuit in Ireland under his stage name Stitches.

Review: 007 Legends, PS3, £37.99

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:51:20 +0100

THE console iteration of James Bond will struggle to ever release itself from the shackles of the peerless Nintendo 64 shooter GoldenEye.

Review: Doom 3: BFG Edition, Xbox 360

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:48:46 +0100

‘Genre defining’ isn’t a term you can throw around glibly in a saturated shooter market.

Review: Enemy Unknown, PS3

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:46:42 +0100

Strategy games have come on in leaps and bounds since 1994, when XCOM was first released, and there may only be a pocketful of gamers who remember the original with the fondness it deserves.

The iPad Mini will be great for games developers, says experts

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:54:48 +0100

Videogame body TIGA says it welcomes the introduction of the new iPad Mini – and says the 7.9 inch screen ensures developers will not have to worry about reconfiguring their games.

Review: Pokemon Black 2, Nintendo DS

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:10:10 +0100

The Pokemon juggernaut keeps rolling on and, two years since the last significant release, Pokemon Black 2 gives fans of the series the opportunity to explore new areas, discover gyms with new leaders and see how everything has changed in the intervening period.

Review: The Journey, Xbox 360

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:06:45 +0100

It’s probably fair to describe the Fable franchise as a bit of a Marmite experience - you either love it or hate it.

Review: Dishonoured, PS3

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:04:18 +0100

In a gaming world of generic shooters that have created a fog of mediocrity, Dishonored stands out as a simply brilliant first-person action game, which thrusts you into the role of a supernatural assassin driven by a thirst for revenge.

What's on: NBA 2K13, Xbox 360, £34.99

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:47:26 +0100

WITH more than 5million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won, NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game around.

Review: Way Of The Samurai 4, PS3, £39.99

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:46:08 +0100

THE Way Of The Samurai series has never fully sparked into life, so this fourth attempt must be seen as something of a last chance saloon.

Review: Resident Evil 6, PS3, £37.99

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:43:45 +0100

SPIN-offs aside, Resident Evil 4 represented the franchise’s finest hour and 2010’s fifth outing felt like something of a step backwards, so how does the sixth creep-fest fare?

Kickstarter welcomed in the UK by games developers

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:20:26 +0100

US crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter will launch in the UK at the end of the month.UK ‘creators’ can establish their project now on the website, and will be given the go-ahead to launch their campaigns on October 31.

TIGA defines the term 'videogame': do you agree?

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:00:00 +0100

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK videogames industry, is arguing for a precise definition of a videogame which would be useful ahead of the implementation of games tax relief.

Developers asked to fill in games cultural test survey

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 09:03:24 +0100

TIGA launches cultural test survey TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, has today published an online survey to canvas the opinion of developers and digital publishers on the cultural test aspect of Games Tax Relief.

TIGA warns against late payment in gaming industry

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:17:04 +0100

Companies operating in the videogame sector are being urged to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code in order to tackle the problem of late payment of commercial debt.

The Halo Festival of Games for Rossendale

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:55:30 +0100

A VIDEO game developer has revealed his ambition for a computer games and animation festival inspired by a rural sculpture.

Review: Killing Them Softly (18)

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:19:20 +0100

Crime does pay and the price tag is your life in Killing Them Softly, an artfully composed, slow-burning crime thriller.

Review: Tekken Tag Tournament, PS3

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:17:11 +0100

Many gamers will have made their first foray into console fighters with the Tekken franchise, and here the original tag team fighter returns, delivering a shot in the oversized forearm of the scrapping series.

Review; NHL 13, PS3

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:15:52 +0100

There are probably not many of us who’ve managed to confidently take to the ice, smash a few pucks around and feel the harsh reality of an ice-cold collision between you and an opponent desperate for a ruck.

Have your say on the cultural test for videogames, says TIGA

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:05:49 +0100

A videogame organisation is working with the Coalition Government to help determine the details of a cultural test needed to qualify for Games Tax Relief in the UK.

Review: The Sims 3 Supernatural, PC, £29.99

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:18:38 +0100

The Sims 3 probably will need no introduction to PC gamers, as numerous expansion packs have broadened the boundaries that your virtual life can extend to.

Review: Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, XBox 360, £34.99

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:43:25 +0100

Port Royale 3 challenges you to embark upon what is portrayed as an epic adventure

Review: Lego Batman 2, PC/Mac, £29.99

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:20:15 +0100

Arkham City hit the mark in 2 011, and now the Lego world has breathed new life into Gotham, while also acting as a reminder that the DC Comic characters have got plenty to offer when it comes to super hero screen appeal.

"Involve independent game developers in tax relief," says trade body boss

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:58:07 +0100

George Osborne’s tax relief scheme must benefit smaller videogame developers, according to the head of industry trade body Tiga.

Review: Krater - Collector's Edition, PC

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:49:52 +0100

Are there still more dungeons left undiscovered in the RPG world?

Review: Sleeping Dogs, Xbox 360

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:48:20 +0100

Grand Theft Auto 5 is still a dot on the gaming horizon, with only one teaser trailer so far to keep us interested

Review: Darksiders II PS3

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:45:54 +0100

How's this for a gentle intro to what will surely become one of the action classics of 2012?