boom reviews - Rise of the Tomb Raider Rise of the Tomb Raider [Xbox One, Xbox 360]:
Boobies. Despite a fair mix of puzzle-solving and third-person shooting, the first outing in 1996 for heroine Lara Croft will probably be best remembered for her well-endowed chest. Her return in the (second) re-boot of the franchise, has thankfully seen the focus move away from her breasts, and concentrate on Lara's humble beginnings. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to Crystal Dynamics' 2013 title, pretty much picking up from where that story left off. For her latest adventure, Lara has got her winter outfit on as she's digging about mostly in Siberia. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - GRID Autosport GRID Autosport - 360, PS3, PC: With the arrival of the new next generation, it's easy to forget that the last gen is still tootling along doing its thang. If you're a fan of driving games and still own a 360 or PS3 that still actually works (our fat PS3 recently passed over to the other side, suffering as it did from a terminal case of YLOD), then you are in luck. If you have nothing other than a next gen console, then not so much. Codemasters, one of the oldest British game studios on planet Earth, know a thing or two about driving games. They're the studio behind the likes of the Colin McRae Rally/Dirt, TOCA/Grid and the relative new F1 franchises. This then is the follow on to last year's Grid 2. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - South Park: The Stick of Truth South Park: The Stick of Truth - PS3, 360, PC: Let's be honest, games from films and TV shows generally suck. They are usually hastily cobbled together and resemble something that Pac-Man would have vomited all over the screen. And yet, because they carry the official license of one comic character or another, they sell by the bucket load. Sure, they would be met with unanimous cries of "this is dung!" but it wouldn't prevent them from selling reasonably well, nor from the same thing happening again and again. You can understand then why it was difficult to get excited over the release of a game for a washed-up TV show. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (18) - PS3, 360, Wii U, PC, Xbox One, PS4: History. It's so last week. The only history anyone is really interested in these days is what happened in the last episode of Game of Thrones. There will no doubt come a time, probably in the not so distant future, that all history will be forgotten, just so our hard drives can maintain enough space to cope with the present. In this history-less future, there will be only two methods of learning of what's happened before; the dubious truths offered by Wikipedia, and video games with a historical bent. That's right, games like the Assassin's Creed franchise will be treated like the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In fact between them and Horrible Histories, you've got all you need to know about history right there. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - PES 14 PES 14 - 360, PS3, PC: There used to be a time when we could use the changing of the seasons to calculate the passing of time, but global warming ballsed that right up big time. Now, it's just as easy to do it by game releases. Sadly, the arrival of PES means that it won't be long until FIFA arrives. But is this annual PES update worth the wait on its own merits? That kind of depends. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - FIFA 16 FIFA 16 - Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 360,: Credit where it's due; EA Sports have managed to release essentially the same football title annually for over two decades now and see sales go through the back of the net with every single incarnation. Sure they've tinkered with it here and there, and certainly made some improvements, but the skeleton of FIFA always remains the same. And FIFA 16 is no exception. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Wii Sports Club Wii Sports Club [Wii U]: In 2006 it was difficult not to be impressed by the Wii launch title Wii Sports. It utilised this new wand-like controller to perfection, and certainly helped towards making the Wii the phenomenon it went on to become. Fast forward eight years and the title has re-surfaced for Nintendo's struggling Wii U. Once again you can grab a racket for tennis, go bowling, play golf, jab jab left hook punch your opponent in boxing and grab a bat and strike it lucky in baseball. All of these activities have been given the HD treatment, so they'll certainly look the business on a flat screen TV. And yet nothing new has been added, no special touches that will make you drool, making it all look a little on the tired side. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Forza Motorsport 5 Forza Motorsport 5 - Xbox One: Behold, it’s a new era in gaming, ushered in by the arrival of the next generation of consoles. Yes, they're here: the PS4 and the Xbox One. It's all very well having a list of specs for both machines but ultimately, it's the games that sell the systems. One of the exclusive Xbox One titles is Forza 5. Turn 10's driving franchise has been round the block once or twice now, but it has a lot to prove as it attempts to showcase Microsoft's latest games box. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Tearaway Tearaway - PS Vita: In the seventies and eighties, there was a real push to be creative, on TV at least. If you weren't encouraged to produce your own Tracey Island out of bits of loo roll and other crap, you were invited to draw something, that didn't even have to resemble anything in the slightest, and send it in to Tony Hart to appear in his picture gallery to music. These days though, creativity appears to have taken a back seat; today kids are just thrown smart phones and tablets to keep them quiet. The days of Morph are dead. There is a light of hope on the horizon however, and it goes by the name of Media Molecule. These are the guys behind the incredibly creative LittleBigPlanet franchise that introduced us to the customisable Sackboy universe. Their latest game has the same kind of arts and crafts sensibility, but offers something different in its beautifully designed 3D world. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - FIFA 15 FIFA 15 [Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC]: We were kind of spoilt for football this year: not if you were an England supporter of course, but watching the very best of the beautiful game in Brazil for the World Cup. It got us excited about playing football again. Not in real life of course, that would be stupid – who wants to chase a ball around and around on grass? After all, we're not dogs. Thank the heavens then for video games. Believe it or not, EA have now released over twenty iterations of their FIFA franchise, which dates back to 1993. Despite the annual release of, essentially, the same game, the franchise is the most successful sports video game franchise in the world. Yes, even more popular than PDC World Championship Darts. [***READ MORE***]