Jack Ford

Jack Ford is from Somerset, where there's nothing to do except play video games and write. His works has appeared on Battle Royale With Cheese, Gender and the City, Flickside and SnookerHQ among others.

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Saints Row IV – magnificent moments of madness

Though now five games strong, the Saints Row series has struggled to stand out. It wasn’t until its fourth entry when it finally made a name for itself.

Why you should try and play Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

Blue Tongue’s Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is a stand-out entry amongst many other attempts to bring the feel of the original film to consoles.

Looking Back to 2007 and Thrillville: Off the Rails

In amongst of Thrillville: Off the Rails the mess is a SOLID theme park sim that gets a lot right. 

Looking back to the endlessly entertaining Sleeping Dogs

Technically impressive and endlessly entertaining, Sleeping Dogs was a game that deserved more.

Looking back to 2007 and the gaming magic of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a flawed game but in amongst its problems is a solid, atmospheric and enjoyable open-world game that meets and sometimes exceeds expectations

Looking back to 2012 and the lightsaber madness of Kinect Star Wars

Kinect Star Wars is certainly an odd game but while it may be too irreverent for die-hards and too simplistic for serious players, it is possible to have some fun with it if approached with the right frame of mind.

Looking back to 2011 and the magic of Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Picture the scene: it’s November 2011, you’re the parent of young children (or the partner of someone with low expectations) and are being nagged constantly about a holiday to Disneyland. You balk at the price tag, distance to travel and the general sense of unease in filling the pockets of one of the world’s most amoral and ultra-capitalist conglomerates. Fortunately, there is a cheap, easy and guilt-free alternative to visiting any Disney property. One that recreated the experience to such a degree that, for the most part, it still holds up a decade later. It is the game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

What Avatar’s Past Can Tell Us Of Pandora’s Future

It was the surprise announcement of E3 2021: that Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment will be taking gamers into the world of the number one film of all time in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. What was most surprising about it was actually how out of left-field this came.

Looking back to the timeless NHL 12

Despite now being ten years old, NHL 12 is the ice hockey game that gets everything so right it has become a timeless example of its genre. From mechanics to presentation it remains endlessly playable even a decade after it was first released, it remains a definitive hockey game and should be remembered as such.

Looking back to 2011 and Kinect’s Rise of Nightmares

First released in September 2011, SEGA’s Rise of Nightmares was made especially for Kinect on Xbox 360. Among the range of games available for the peripheral, it is the least likely title ever made for the Kinect - there’s no dancing, no pets, no sports. (Though by its end, hacking through hordes of re-animated corpses here starts to feel like a sport.) 

Looking back to 2011 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Before viewers who raved about The Witcher Netflix series could be called posers by those who have played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, gamers who raved about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be called posers by those who already played The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Looking back to 2011 and the arrival of Homefront

Back in March 2011, the first-person action shooter Homefront arrived on the Xbox 360 from THQ, along with a storm of publicity which included a really cool live-action trailer

Looking back to 2010 and the Glowing Tron: Evolution

Not every video game has to be perfect or original to be a winner; some can succeed simply by being well-made and straightforwardly enjoyable. Tron: Evolution is one such game.

Looking back to 2010 and the web-slinging Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

As soon as it dropped in 2018, Marvel’s Spider-Man became an instant classic. Rightly so; it was probably the most realistic recreation of the beloved superhero yet seen, but that’s not to say it was his definitive video game. Another notable outing, released for the Xbox 360 back in 2010, was Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

Looking back to 2005 and the Caped Crusades of Batman Begins

Though The Dark Knight gets the most attention, coming three years sooner it was Batman Begins that changed the superhero film as we know it. Christopher Nolan’s original interpretation of the character was one that was rooted in reality and was, crucially, believable. It was the first time it felt that characters like this could exist in the real world. It’s only fitting, then, that such a film’s tie-in video game would also be one that goes against the grain.

Looking back to 2010 and the stealthy shooting of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction

On release in 2010, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction on Xbox 360 and PC saw good reviews and sales – more than one million overall - but it won over few new fans.

Taking a look back at Alice: Madness Returns

In 2011, McGee brought his interpretation of Wonderland back, this time for the Xbox 360, in Alice: Madness Returns.

Are video games art? Looking back at… Child of Eden

“Are video games art?” This is a perennial argument, one with staunch advocates on both sides who are hard to sway. Naysayers, though, can be shown examples of art in video games that are hard to deny – such as the visuals of the sadly overlooked Child of Eden, released for Kinect in 2011.

5 of the best Call of Duty Modern Warfare missions

After a lot of speculation, the latest instalment in the long-running blockbuster Call of Duty franchise was recently revealed – and it’s a reboot of the groundbreaking Modern Warfare series. However, the makers of the new game say it will be set in a new timeline, and the events of the original Modern Warfare trilogy will be re-written. So as to never forget the revolutionary series that paved the way for Call of Duty to become the best-selling shooter franchise of all time, this list charts five of the best missions - not individual moments, but complete missions – from the Modern Warfare series.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – Film Review

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is definitely a better movie than the original non-Energon Transformers saga, but also a less exciting one.

Embrace the car culture of The Crew Motorfest

It's about going all-in and embracing the car culture of The Crew Motorfest. Start your engines - this is going to be a wild ride. 

Embraced by Autumn Review

The intro promises some future dramatic, potentially even salacious turns, but not one of the four different stories delivers. It’s all too tentative. In the end, Embraced by Autumn could have done with just a little more confidence and sass.

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 24 – Spring

The hot season has appeared in Mexico and the world of Forza Horizon 5. Are you ready to bring the virtual heat to the streets of Mexico, with a whole new bunch of events with the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges for Series 24 Spring. 

Call of the Wild: The Angler Review

When all the aspects of Call of the Wild: The Angler come together, the resulting mix is actually a pleasant place to spend a few hours.

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Childish Energy Review – the cool kids on the energy drinks block

Childish Energy must impress to get the likes of Sneak Energy and G Fuel turning their heads. Read on for our thoughts on the latest guests to the energy drinks party.

Mirrored Souls Review

Mirrored Souls does get frustrating at times and it will test your patience with every turn, but there is a lot to love here.

Urbek City Builder Review

In a genre that is dominated by Cities: Skylines, it’s good to see something new pop up. Especially when it is perhaps a more friendly, simple sim experience like that found here in Urbek City Builder.

Mondealy Review

Mondealy comes in at a perfect price point, especially when you consider the six hour or so adventure you’ll have.

Tenebris Pictura Review

The setup and strange magical story are to be loved in Tenebris Pictura.