Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Game Reviews

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Game Reviews

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Byline: ROSS WILKINSON

AS the summer weather arrives, it appears that the top new releases are drying up a little. Why not wrestle with a not-so-old classic - Gears of War - on Xbox 360?

Re-released for under pounds 20, there's no way you should turn your nose up at this.

GAME OF THE WEEK:

CHEAP SHOT HITS THE MARK

Title: Gears of War: Classics

Platform: Xbox 360

Genre: Action

Price: pounds 19.99

One of the all-time greatest shooters at under pounds 20? What more justification do you need for a game of the week?

Released under the budget - or classics - label, Gears of War set the benchmark for all others to aspire to on Xbox 360. It's a truly beautiful third-person shooter that brings a whole new feel and meaning to the shooter genre. Let's not beat about the bush here - breathtaking graphics, an incredible Unreal game engine, and a revolutionary tactical combat cover system make this unlike anything you've ever played before. After 10 hours of gameplay, you'll be hankering for more, but every minute that is gone before will be additional justification - if you needed it - for being so excited about this for the last 12 months!

Star rating: *****

NEW YORK ADVENTURE LACKS THRILLS AND SPILLS

Title: Art of Murder: FBI Confidential

Platform: PC

Genre: Adventure

Price: pounds 9.99

ASIN: B0018A0GPU

Star rating: ***

Another bargain basement title, and a significant difference in quality, means adventure fans may want to do a little research before deciding whether to invest in this game.

Collecting clues, analysing samples and interviewing various characters is all part and parcel of a game that never really feels like you're free to explore. It's an open and shut case really - as long as you clear all the rooms you find yourself in, the solution awaits. It's no Grim Fandango, and your key character Agent Bonnet must surely have had better days. …

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