Excerpt: Ask a large number of PlayStation 3 owners what the console needs and an almost endless echo of “games” will come back in reply. This writer has got to admit that £425 was a lot of money to spend on a system that hasn’t exactly hit its stride as of yet. Still these are early days, and in the PS3’s first year comes Heavenly Sword, a Sony exclusive and a hopeful big hitter for the console.
Excerpt: A fellow reviewer and I have in the past discussed the merits of a head/heart rating system. It would be useful for those games where you’re split over how to score it; in your head and from a realistic critical perspective you have to be harsh, but despite any deficiencies and misgivings you are terribly fond of it, and in your heart you adore it regardless, and want to get on your soapbox and tell everyone.
Excerpt: Action games are a dime a dozen and most of them, even the great ones such as God of War, really devolve into button mashers much of the time. While entries such as Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden manage to retain the intense action without resorting to interactive cutscenes and button mashing these are few and far between. Most games can be picked up by just about anyone and be button mashed through, if not beaten using that “technique.