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published Friday, Jan 22nd

Uncharted 2 DLC Coming Soon

Naughty Dog have certainly been pushing the multiplayer feature in their epic adventure Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Already they’ve offered a multitude of double xp events, a number of holiday specific skins and even a new map but now they’ve got another surprise up their sleeves although this time you’ll have to pay.


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published Thursday, Jan 21st

Games Of The Decade – 10-1

We’re here, we’ve counted down from 50-31 and 30-11 and now we’ve reached the best 10 games of the last decade. Whatever your opinion on the final standings there is no doubting these titles are some of the best to grace consoles, ever.

Here’s to the next ten years.

Little Big Planet

Little Big Planet

10 – LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet can safely put itself up there with the elite titles – those that not only stand out amongst the crowd, but also change the games that follow it. LittleBigPlanet changes things not via its satisfying platforming, but by also using its heavy emphasis on customisation – not just in the small scale of character looks but also in the capacity to create levels from scratch to build the game how you see fit. Placing the creativity in gamer’s hands was massively innovative and although it may not has been the first to offer the ability to create custom gaming experiences, it certainly made it far more accessible than ever before.

Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Media Molecule Year: 2008

 

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero

9 – Guitar Hero

Almost single handedly reinventing the rhythm game genre and the first in line in the series, Guitar Hero was a sleeper hit. With over 1.5 million sales on release the arguably small genre hit big in the living room. Pioneering with an actual guitar controller, it paved the way to 13 other titles in the franchise to date, and inspired many others to follow suit. It also made everyone feel like they could play guitar. Almost.

Platform: PlayStation 2 Developer: Harmonix Music System Year: 2006

 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

8 – Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

The top selling game of 2007, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a shooter that included a well written and intense storyline with realistic graphics and an incredible online experience. This game saw Infinity Ward turn the series from World War 2 based to a more modern, gritty gaming experience which gave us a realistic look at the brutality of modern war. Add to that a well crafted multiplayer and you

have one of the best first person shooters ever.

Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward  Year: 2007

 

Halo 3

Halo 3

7 – Halo 3

Finish the Fight. In what may have been the most hyped game – and some might say over hyped – to ever grace a console, in the final instalment of the Master Chief’s fight against the Covenant and the flood, you finally get to the end of an emotional roller-coaster ride to the climax. Along with its single player campaign, Halo 3 also greatly expanded upon the popular – and still played today – Halo 2 multiplayer. With brand new maps, weapons and tweaks in the dynamics Halo 3 definitely improved upon its predecessor, and has been the most played game on Xbox Live of 2007, 2008 and even 2009. So, Call of Duty? Eat your heart out.

Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Bungie Year: 2007

 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2

6 – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 could be the most anticipated game of all time. It has certainly lived up to the hype. Infinity Ward took everything that made the first Modern Warfare so great and stepped it up a notch. It provides the player with an over the top, explosion heavy, gun blazing single player. Surpassing that though is it’s fast pace, challenging and more importantly rewarding multiplayer, which is almost perfect.

Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward Year: 2009

 

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

5 – Half-Life 2

Half Life 2 saw the return of Gordon Freeman, a scientist from City 17 fighting for his life to survive. Building upon its predecessor, this game gave the fans everything they wanted, from cutting edge graphics to an incredibly engaging single player campaign. The detail and perfection found in every aspect of this game ensures that it will become a timeless title.

Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2004

 

Gears of War

Gears of War

4 – Gears Of War

While Gears Of War certianly didn’t bring anything new to the table it did refine already existing aspects to create one of the perfecylt crafted titles of the last decade. It’s cover system was without fault, it’s shooting system had the realistic feel that is often lacked and it’s story provide the hook that brought it all together. If you could forgive the clunky-ness it’s multiplayer also provided hours of gory fun. A special mention should also go to the chainsaw. Best weapon ever.

Platform: Xbox 360 and PC Developer: Epic Games Year: 2006

 

Portal

Portal

3 – Portal

“Welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center.” Are the first words you’ll hear when you first play this game – bar some cheesy yet catchy music out of a radio. Portal is a First Person Puzzle game in which you have a gun called the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or “Portal Gun.” This gun has the ability to shoot two portals – an entrance and an exit Portal – that you need to use in order to traverse the various levels of the game. And did I mention you have a slightly psychotic AI guiding you called GLaDOS? Portal is an immensely fun game and most definitely worth a play for all game lovers out there. Oh and by the way… the cake is NOT a lie.

Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2007

 

Bioshock

Bioshock

2 – Bioshock

One of the most beautiful games created last decade, Bioshock, spiritual successor to 1994’s System Shock, mixed lush Art Deco-inspired surroundings with a strong sense of unease and discomfort to devastating effect. The sub-aquatic dystopia of Rapture is both absorbing and agitating, since any one of the city’s monstrous inhabitants could jump out at you at any time. Hugely post-modern, Bioshock contains some of the most memorable characters in videogame history, alongside perhaps the most shockingly brilliant plot twist ever to be found in any form of media. The thinking person’s shooter, Bioshock thoroughly deserves its place near the top of the list.

Platform: Multi Developer: Irrational Games Year: 2007

 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

1 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been the winner of numerous Game of the Year Awards in 2009, including our very own, and has become widely regarded as having the best graphics to come out of a console so far. In the main protagonist’s second outing, you follow Nathan drake on his quest to find the ancient city of Shambhala in his quest for the Cintamani stone. Going from a war-torn Nepal to the heights of the Himalayas you jump, climb and fight your way to find out the dark secrets contained within the ancient city. If that wasn’t enough, Uncharted 2 offers 5v5 multiplayer action and a 3 player co-op objective style game play. All in all, Uncharted 2 is a masterpiece and technical marvel of what the PS3 can do. With a story worthy of those multi-million dollar Hollywood films – along with the cheesy jokes to go with it – this game definitely deserved every single bit of praise it received.

Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Naughty Dog Year: 2009


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published Wednesday, Jan 13th

Gamebrit Game Of The Year Awards 2009

It’s a brand new year so just like last year it’s time to look back over the past twelve months and celebrate the best of the best in gaming.

The Gamebrit Awards, now in their second year, crown the greatest gaming achievements, in addition to honoring the best talent from here in the UK. We revealed our nominations last month and ever since then the Gamebrit staff and readers have been making their final choices. The winning titles in addition to the runners up for 2009 can be found below:

Gamebrit Awards 2009 – Winners:

iPhone Game Of The Year

Winner – Flight Control

Firemint’s popular 2009 release Flight Control debuted an all-new style of play, creating with it a new genre which has since spawned many ‘line-game’ alternatives.

With a simple goal of guiding & landing plane Flight Control offers great presentation, a nice selection of maps, multiplayer modes & addictive gameplay. At just 59p, this is our iPhone game of the year.

Runners Up: Peggle & Canabalt

Nintendo DS Game Of The Year

Winner – Professor Layton & Pandora’s Box

Level-5’s Layton series has been a huge success, starting with the immensly popular ‘Curious Village’. Thankfully the release of this second game is no different, offering more superb puzzles and a new mystery to solve.

With over 150 new brainteasers this sequel offers plenty of bang for your buck, and is our Nintendo DS game of the year.

Runners Up: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story & Scribblenauts

PlayStation Portable Game Of The Year

Winner – LittleBigPlanet

Media Molecule’s massive PlayStation 3 hit arrived on Sony’s little handheld this year, and thankfully the creative experience offered by Sackboy’s adventures carried over really well.

Managing to retain the sharp graphics, accessible gameplay and even the comprehensive create mode, LittleBigPlanet on the PSP offers a unique, superb handheld experience.

Runners Up: Gran Turismo & Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

PC Game Of The Year

Winner – Plants Vs. Zombies

The king of casual games returns. PopCap’s PC release Plants Vs. Zombies adds an unusual mix to the tower-defense genre, pairing off your typical garden-plant with a horde of zombies.

Offering a surprisingly deep level of strategy with plenty of cutesy variety, Plants Vs. Zombies is this year’s PC game of the year.

Runners Up: The Sims 3 & Empire Total War

PS3 Game Of The Year

Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Truly pushing Sony’s PlayStation 3 to it’s limits, Naughty Dog have created one of the most cinematic and engaging games in recent years. Not only boasting gorgeous visuals, a compelling story, an enjoyable multiplayer & rich gameplay.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is complete success on every level and is Gamebrit’s PS3 game of the year for just that reason.

Runners Up: Killzone 2 & Batman: Arkham Asylum

Wii Game Of The Year

Winner – New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Despite still following that age old ‘kidnapped princess’ storyline, Nintendo’s latest Mario offering brings a surprising amount of fun to the table.

Offering plenty of co-op fun for up-to four players & plenty of levels to play through, this 2.5D title is bundles of Wii fun. A good sized campaign with additional multiplayer options make this our pick for Wii game of the year.

Runners Up: Dead Space: Extraction & MadWorld

Xbox 360 Game Of The Year

Winner – Batman Arkham Asylum

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was without doubt the surprise hit of the year, offering a Batman game people actually care about.

Based in the atmospheric locale of Arkham Asylum, the mix of characters with pristine voice acting, creates a deep story to explore. A stand-out gaming experience that gets crowned our Xbox 360 game of the year.

Runners Up: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & Left 4 Dead 2

Multiplayer Experience Of The Year

Winner – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated sequel to Modern Warfare was the biggest release of 2009, and despite the mixed views on the games single player, it’s multiplayer has received universal praise.

Through adding a lot of unlockables and always offering players something to progress towards, Modern Warfare 2 offers a superb, engaging multiplayer that will keep people playing for months.

Runners Up: Left 4 Dead 2 & Borderlands

Downloadable Game Of The Year

Winner – Flower

Available exclusively on the PlayStation Network, Flower was originally revealed way back in 2007. Upon release in 2009 the game offered PS3 gamers a portal to be “embraced by nature” as players dance in the wind as a petal.

ThatGameCompany’s created an interesting concept, offering something truly different which has been beautifully executed.

Runners Up: The Ballad Of Gay Tony, Fat Princess & Battlefield 1943

British Developer Of The Year

Winner – Rocksteady Studios

London based Rocksteady Studios have had a great breakout year, as not only have they released Batman: Arkham Asylum but they are already busy on a sequel.

The British developer has won numerous awards already for their Batman effort, and we are happy to add one more to that growing line-up, as we name Rocksteady Studios our British developer of the year.

Runners Up: Rockstar North & Rockstar Leeds

Readers Choice Award

Winner – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

We opened up the voting to you our readers, and you voted loud and clear, naming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 your favourite game of 2009.

Offering a great, yet somewhat controversial single player, in addition to superb multiplayer elements. Infinity Ward grab this years Readers Choice Award.

Runners Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum & Uncharted 2: Among Theives

Gamebrit Game Of The Year

Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan Drake returns in Naughty Dog’s sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Since release the sequel has received universal acclaim for it’s superb writing and quality voice acting.

Now crowned Gamebrit’s finest game of the year, it is without doubt one of the PlayStation 3’s greatest moments.

Runners Up: Batman Arkham Asylum & Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

That makes up this years winners, congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to let us know what you think about this years choices on the forum. Until next year, keep gaming!


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published Monday, Nov 23rd

Top 5 Christmas Games 2010 – PlayStation 3

Christmas time. On one hand it’s a gamer’s paradise with most AAA titles hitting the shelves between the end of September up until the beginning of December. But for most of us it gives us a few hard decisions over which of those games to get. Do you feel like going for what is guaranteed to be an awesome game, or do you feel like giving a new IP a chance? So, without further adieu lets have a look at some of the best games to grace the PlayStation 3 this winter and what Old Saint Nick will be playing before heading off to deliver those wonderful presents to us.

5. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In TimeThe newest title in the Ratchet and clank series, a Crack in Time picks off from Quest for Booty, with Ratchet searching for Clank in a desperate rescue attempt. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the latest installment, with the game mechanics staying largely the same, with the usual dose of comical genius that the series usually supplies. This time around, Ratchet has a new ally – General Azimuth – who joins him in his quest, as they are the last two Lombax’s around, and of course Captain Qwark returns to be his useless – but funny – self. Featuring a few new weapons, including a Sonic Eruptor (basically a frog that stuns enemies) and a few new gadgets with the Hoverboots being the most useful, the latest installment is set to please the hardcore fans and newcomers alike. Now I wonder if Father Christmas will give me a pair of Hoverboots…

4. Borderlands

Borderlands

Boasting Cell-Shaded graphics and what can only be described as the baby of a First Person Shooter and a Role Playing Game, Gearbox Software’s newest title – and a fresh IP from all the sequels out this Christmas – it became an overnight hit with great reviews resulting from the effective use of the Cell-Shaded graphics resulting in stunning visuals, and solid gameplay, Borderlands is the game that just keeps giving. Set on the world of Pandora, where ‘The Vault’ is discovered puts you on a journey to re-open it 200 years after those that first discovered it were wiped out. With its four player drop-in drop-out co-op, and more guns than Santa’s little helpers can make in time for Christmas, Borderlands is an enjoyable and addictive game that will keep you coming back for more.

3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog’s second outing on the PS3, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves really shows what the PS3 is actually capable of in the hands of a competent developer, with stunning graphics and environments ranging from a Turkish museum to a war-torn Nepal. The game play will be familiar to fans of the first with a cover system and a nice variety of guns to use against the hordes of enemies standing between Nathan Drake and the chintamani stone. Among Thieves features a compelling storyline which draws you in until you cant wait for the next cut scene – which looks like something out of a movie in the cinematic way it was done. Overall Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will keep you coming back for more, and with the inclusion of Multiplayer this time around, Drake and Co. are going to be kept busy for a while to come. Plus I hear Uncharted 3 is going to involve Drake preventing Scrooge from stealing Santa’s hat.

2. Assassin’s Creed 2

Assassin's Creed 2

Another title which looks to be a strong contender for Game of the Year, Ubisoft’s sequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed will also be high on many gamers Christmas lists. This time you’re in Italy during the Renaissance, with Ezio as the main protagonist this time around. With the game boasting stunning graphics, another intriguing storyline through the use of the Animus machine, and according to Ubisoft, the repetitive gameplay that we were used to in the first game being a thing of the past, with new techniques for your protagonist, like the vile of poison, a single shot pistol, and the dual-wrist blade. Old Saint Nick better watch out, someone who had a lump of coal in his stocking last year may be looking for revenge, and Ezio definitely has enough new tricks up his sleeve to pull anything off.

1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Now this game will most likely be on everyone’s Christmas list this year – whether they’ve been good or bad. Let’s face it, there hasn’t been a game with this much hype surrounding it since the dark ages before Halo 3 came out and we all ‘Finished the Fight’. With what looks to be stunning graphics and a pretty awesome storyline – Who doesn’t want to fight in the Whitehouse? – to a Multiplayer that’s been revamped from the successful first game. This title looks to be a strong contender for the Game of the Year award, and will definitely make the Elves sweat to make sure they have enough copies.


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published Wednesday, Oct 28th

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review

For most PlayStation 3 owners Uncharted 2: Among Thieves needs no introduction. However, for the uninitiated here’s a little history lesson. The original game appeared seemingly from nowhere in 2007 and managed to combine an engaging story, puzzle solving and environment traversal previously attributed to the Tomb Raider series as well as duck and cover shooting reminiscent of Gears of War. This amalgamation of gameplay styles worked fantastically, but sadly the game wasn’t without flaws. The melee combat felt weak, the aiming was inconsistent, and enemies soaked up bullets far too easily. Though the potential was clearly there, so when a sequel was announced expectations were certainly set very high. So is Uncharted 2 able to improve on these flaws and deliver on this potential?