September 2009 Archives

Professor Layton and The Curious Village was one of the surprise smash hits on the DS last year so inevitably the franchise would continue - but would it live up to the success of its predecessor?

Eleven-year-old Katie Smith tells us why it does just that...

This new game has more than 150 puzzles that you need to solve to help you progress through the game and get information.

Madden NFL 10 (PS3)

By Steve Wollaston on Sep 7, 09 09:40 PM

Review by Dan Smith

LIGHTS, action, shoulder pads, spandex... are Spinal Tap back on tour?

Nope, it's the latest in EA's long-running American football series.

It's been a long time since I've played Madden but I'm the token Yank on the Mercury staff and was, as a youth, a Houston Oilers fan (before they upped sticks and moved to Tennessee or somewhere), so I was looking forward to the first punt.

Take a moment to admire the usual sumptuous EA presentation ­before throwing yourself right into the action and, if you're me, panicking!

One of the problems Madden will always have is you really need to know the sport well.

And if you don't, you're quickly reduced to choosing any old tactic, banging buttons and hoping for the best.

This title, brought to you by 505 Games, is set in the Second World War and sees you taking to the skies for some aerial dog-fighting - OK it doesn't sound too original I know, but stick with me.

We all know WW2 games have been done to death yet still they keep coming. Some offer something new, most are fairly run-of-the-mill and some games, like Medal Of Honour, turn the genre on its head.

What we have here is neither. It is by no means ground-breaking, but at the same time it offers a lot more than being just another WW2 title.


Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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