Gaming Reviews

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review

Frankly, it's a surprise it's taken them this long. The idea of a PlayStation phone hasn't been so much a persistent rumor as it has a cellular cloud hanging over both Sony and Sony Ericsson. It overshadowed the launch of the PSP Go and has been responsible for untold speculation about terse relations between the divisions. Throw in more pre-announce leaks than average, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has quite the reputation to live up to. Can the first gaming-centric Android smartphone deliver both the polished day-to-day experience we now expect, and live up to the PlayStation branding? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Nintendo 3DS Review

Nintendo 3DS Review

Nintendo has a reputation for kooky, eccentric products, and on that front the 3DS is no different. Upgrading the now-familiar clamshell console with a glasses-free 3D display, it promises a new breed of games, impromptu social gaming with StreetPass, and the instant allure of 3D photography and Augmented Reality. Still, while Nintendo has been busy getting its freak on, the mobile gaming market has become a whole lot more serious. Just about every gadget that wants a place in your pocket - your cellphone and PMP included - wants to take care of your gaming needs as well, and so the 3DS has more competition than ever before. Can the console deliver, or do its eccentricities count it out? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Infinity Blade for iPad 2 [REVIEW]

Infinity Blade for iPad 2 [REVIEW]

Let us go forth and review an app made specifically for the Apple mobile platform iOS - this particular update coming hard and downloading fully optimized for iPad 2. This is a game that, in a way, takes everything we learned from games like Final Fantasy, Virtua Fighter, and even the non-video game Dungeons and Dragons, and breaks it down to a touchscreen-based, mobile operating system … masterpiece. It's not the greatest game ever made, and I'll give you a little preview in saying I don't even think I'll play it more than a few times, but is it worth the cash you could potentially lay down on it?

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Nintendo DSi XL Review

Nintendo DSi XL Review

It's the DSi on steroids, the portable console for the poorly sighted, for your grandparents, for anyone with big hands and big pockets. On sale in Japan for several months now, the Nintendo DSi XL has only just arrived on North American shores. Not so much a replacement, then, for the DSi as its chubbier sibling; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Zune 120GB Gears of War 2 Special Edition

Zune 120GB Gears of War 2 Special Edition

Last year Microsoft launched their Halo 3 edition Zune in celebration of the release of what was one of the biggest Xbox 360 titles to date. This year they are doing it again with the release of the Zune Gears of War Special Edition Zune 120GB.

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SlashGear Review – Guitar Hero On Tour

I’ve been on the fence about Guitar Hero On Tour ever since it was first announced. I mean, just how much fun would Guitar Hero be without the guitar? Well I’ve had about a week to play with it, so I figured it was time for me to share my thoughts.

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SlashGear Review – Rock Band Wii

So I’ve had Rock Band Wii for a day or so now, and I thought I should be nice and share my thoughts with all of you, just in case you had any doubts or worries before it hits shelves next week. Hit the jump for my full review.

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SlashGear Review – House of the Dead 2 & 3

I’m truly amazed at just how much time I’ve spent playing my Wii lately. I mean, knew that I’d be into it, but it has been dominating most of my gaming time of late. I’ve picked up new game that I thought I’d share with you, thought you’ve probably experienced it elsewhere before. I’m talking about House of the Dead 2 &3.

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More fret pounding fun with Guitar Hero III

RedOctane was kind enough to send us the newest entry to their Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero III. After many hours of co-op, boss battles and blisters, I can say that Guitar Hero III fills my music infused video game fix more than Dance Dance Revolution ever could.
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SlashGear Review: Say What? electronic memory game

Generally I leave matters of gaming to my play-obsessed colleague Chris Scott Barr – seriously, the guy has control pads grafted to his fingers – but occasionally along comes a gadget that is so cool even I get caught up in it.  Being doubly fun when everyone involved has had a couple of glasses of the proverbial is a major bonus too, and so Radica Games’ Say What? comfortably takes top-spot in my own personal gaming league.

Like criminal pathology or Steve Martin films, the idea is to unravel a mixed up situation; in this case, it’s a phrase from popular culture that has been sliced up into five different segments.  Each of the coloured domes on top of the crescent-shaped game deck represents one of these segments, and it’s your job to rearrange them from their initial, muddled positions to the correct phrase.

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SlashGear Review – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

I’ve been in need of a new game to carry around with my DS, and I think I may have found the perfect one to fill those voids of time where I’m away from home and bored out of my brain. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass hit stores this past week, so being a fan of the series, I grabbed a copy.

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SlashGear Review: Khet, the laser strategy game

Sometime back in 2005 I came across a game called Deflexion. I can’t remember where I saw it, I can’t remember exactly when, but I do remember thinking “Wow, I really have to own this game!” Deflexion was all about lasers and mirrors – bouncing a beam of light around a chequers-style board using mirrored pieces, trying to plan the best pathway so as to hit your opponents king. I emailed its makers – Del Segura and Luke Hooper, together with their tutor Dr Michael Larson – to see whether it was available here in the UK, only to find that they were still looking for a distributor.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and imagine my coquettish excitement at seeing the game – now called Khet – on UK site Firebox.com. A few emails later and I had a copy of the original Deflexion game in my freshly-washed hands. Deflexion, as my sample is branded, is now Khet on both sides of the Atlantic; I’ll point out any minor differences as necessary.

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