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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

By 2010 standards, visually, nothing in this game will impress you. The story is silly. The length of 5 hours or less is a rip off and worse when you realise that 1/4 of the game is taken up by 3-4 boss battles that just drag on for far too long. Only the combat in TFU2 is rewarding.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

This game did have potential. They could have done something good; the cel-shaded graphics are decent, the button-mashing third-person combat and web-swinging is fun, but it comes off just feeling like a video game for under 20 year olds. This game could have been so much more if Beenox took the time to create a proper story, instead of throwing you into random boss encounters. It's a game for people that only care about gameplay - about hitting combos, about completing meaningless challenges.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Right so overall, Sniper: Ghost Warrior had me pretty entertained for 4-5 hours. Yes, it's short, but it's a short blast. I can't deny it's a fun game. Visually, it's by far CI's best release. The fact that they've removed all previous shooters from their website and advertise Sniper as their earliest action game release does suggest they know they've turned over a new leaf and finally released something that is actually worth paying for. I just hope they can maintain this level of dedication.

Singularity

Singularity

I really enjoy Raven's games. They still make them with an old school flavour - tight, linear layouts, interesting weapons, unique enemy and monster design. Thus, I loved Singularity. But it does fall a bit short in some areas, and it may not suit everyones style. It's a mix of Bioshock, Wolfenstein and Doom 3. With a tiny bit of Half-Life 2 puzzle-solving. Great designs, fun combat.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Ultimate Sith Ed)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Ultimate Sith Ed)

It's all good enough for 2009. In fact 2009 is marking a year where even average games still look good. Surprisingly, I was not disappointed with the game. Not at all. It has it's issues which the majority have PC reviews all get right; that being the port to PC. But overall it's really quite a fun game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Overall, the gameplay of COP was much better, but only a year in development since the last game has resulted in visuals and levels that aren't quite as interesting as the previous games. A dull story and steep learning curve still make COP a game that only some gamers will love. I'm not one of them, but I did like it a lot more than I was expecting. It is the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in the trilogy.

Section 8

Section 8

For a single player review, this game doesn't really need a full review. It's obviously a multiplayer game with a short, sub-three hour single player campaign slapped on it. When I read something is single player, I hope for a bit of effort put into it. But this game was a bit of a waste of money.

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

Overall you won't spend much more than five hours on this game. The story is okay, the visuals decent enough. The gameplay and combat is simple shooter mechanics. Fine for me, and I'd probably play it again one day! It doesn't start off too well, but the game does get better as you go.

Secret Service

Secret Service

This game is created by Cauldron HQ, based in Slovakia. They first came to recognition with the 2003 shooter Chaser, built on their own engine, which was a good, underrated effort. However their History Channel games have received negative reviews and the third Soldier of Fortune (Payback) was a messy flop. Secret Service is no different, in fact worse, than Payback. Cauldron have since given up on PC games to focus on consoles. Not a big surprise, and they won't be missed with the sloppy efforts they've put out after Chaser.

Saints Row 2

Saints Row 2

Overall, SR2 is a decent game. The story is interesting, I loved being able to customise my character. There's tonnes to do, but most of the activities are sadly not that fun and too inconsistent. Forcing me to do them to proceed with the many main missions was a bit of a chore. But school kids with all afternoon and evening to play games might not mind so much. The city was massive, but nothing much to marvel over it's beauty. It looks a few years older than 2008. So, it's JUST a decent game.

SAS: Secure Tomorrow

SAS: Secure Tomorrow

So overall, below average design and extremely short length, but it's generally kind of fun. If you can find it for under $10 and have absolutely nothing else to play, then it's perhaps worth a few hours of your time.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

I was left disappointed with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. I strugged to give it a 7/10 with it's shortcomings and tediousness. But, I figured a second playthrough I'd probably enjoy much more as I'd know what it's problems are. So a sequel (or prequel to be more exact), I should be able to enjoy. Sadly, not so.

Soldier of Fortune: Payback

Soldier of Fortune: Payback

Overall okay visuals for 2007 but the levels are small, extremely linear with clipping all around you. The screenshots make the game look better than it actually is. Then again, it's hard to judge any games' visuals as that great after you play Crysis.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

It's a game that I'm not really surprised a lot of people love, but for me, personally, my patience wore thin and I found it a little tedious, if not boring, after a while. I'd probably enjoy it much more on a second playthrough as I'd know what to expect and what to focus on, and to get better weapons! But it's been 15 years since a game was released that I played more than once all the way through (yes, it was Quake). There's too many great games out there to bother playing a barely average game through again hoping to enjoy it more.

Serious Sam II

Serious Sam II

Serious Sam II is very good game, particularly if you don't take gaming too seriously (Halo & RTS gamers may not like this). Croteam are very tight-lipped on Serious Sam III, but I'm definitely going to be on the lookout. The Serious Engine III is said to be at least as good as Unreal Engine 3.

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Star Wars: Republic Commando

If a mod was created that removed most of the replicators and gave us much improved weapons and perhaps tweaked some of the monsters, then STRC would become a great game. As it is, it's just a good game; thumbs up but little re-playability. But since I was expecting much worse, I'm fairly satisfied.

Star Trek Voyager Elite Force Demo

Star Trek Voyager Elite Force Demo

Most of the Star Trek games so far have been fairly disappointing, so I was not looking forward to this new Star Trek game as much as some of the upcoming shooters like KISS or FAKK2. But after playing this demo, I can't wait for the game to arrive!

Soldier of Fortune

Soldier of Fortune

Soldier of Fortune is one of the best first person shooters to date. It has fantastic design and very fun gameplay, a place where many FPS' fall. And in the Half-Life vs SOF war, I think SOF has won.

Soldier of Fortune Demo

Soldier of Fortune Demo

I really enjoyed the Soldier of Fortune demo and can't wait for the full game now. Maybe the design isn't as spectacular as in games like Unreal and Wheel of Time, but it looked good enough and the gameplay was great so it may just be a winner!