Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GAMES REVIEWS; in Association with CODE WORKS CONNECT Supporting Digital Industry Games

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GAMES REVIEWS; in Association with CODE WORKS CONNECT Supporting Digital Industry Games

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Byline: ROSS WILKINSON

SUPER-SLICK racing from the creators of DiRT powers onto PS3 this week in Race Driver, GRID.

Elsewhere, the competition around the snooker table hots up on Wii in WSC Real, 2008 World Snooker Championship, and Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is an intriguing 19th Century adventure on PC.

GAME OF THE WEEK: ON-TRACK STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

Title: Race Driver: GRID

Platform: PS3

Genre: Racing

Price: pounds 49.99

Star rating: ****

Fans of racing games are often disappointed if a game proves to be either too arcade-y or too much of a plodding simulation.

Race Drive, GRID does a fantastic job of juggling both balls, offering over-the-top thrills and spills for the casual racer, coupled with an intense on-track experience that looks as good as anything on the market right now. It may be jostling for space with the likes of Gran Turismo, Burnout and Project Gotham, but this baby qualifies pretty high up the grid, even if the car count feels a little on the low side.

WILL YOU BE SNOOKERED BY ANOTHER WII ATTACHMENT?

Title: WSC Real: 2008 World Snooker Championship

Platform: Wii

Genre: Snooker

Price: pounds 34.99

Star rating: ***

The simulated sports keep on coming on Wii - this time the world of snooker gets the motion-sensing treatment.

With 32 of the world's greatest players on offer, you can grab a Wii Cue extension and start doing impressions of Rocket Ronnie and er... Steve Davis on your dining room table. It handles pretty well and does give a good feeling of the real sport.

Graphics handle well in 3D as you'd expect on a next-gen console, but there's nothing really out of the ordinary here beyond the initial novelty of having another piece of plastic stuck to the Wii controller.

ELEMENTARY? IT'S A BIT TRICKIER THAN THAT. …

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