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I write stories to say what I think about games, for me it's the only way I can really communicate what I feel about them. Do you ever have a response to something that's hard to put into words? I find that sometimes I have something to express that can't be communicated by trying to explain how I feel, directly.

Often when we criticise games, films or stories we focus on technical areas: control, visuals, atmosphere, pacing and characters. I find that my personal responses aren't always defined by the sum of a games parts and I don't believe yours are, either.

Read more about me.

Tomb Raider and a new adventure for Lara... read now

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Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 improve over the predecessor in seemingly every way, creating a good that looks - at first glance - like a retread of the same ground, but instead provides a far more compulsive journey... read now

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Rise of the Guardians on 3DS at first seems like a perfect partner to the 3D film, with animated characters cheerful seasonal design. So why is it so awful?.. read now

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Okami HD is a beautiful and necessary update. My own journey with this gem is fragmented and has a checkered history going all the way back to the PS2 and Wii versions... read now

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Rising Board is a fun, addictive arcade-surfing game, almost perfecting the concept of bite-sized play. There's just a couple of flies in the ointment which keep this from being a great time, every time... read now

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Tekken 3D Prime Edition puts a massive amount of characters, moves and locations onto the handheld. Unfortunately all this does is reinforce the old adage: less is more... read now

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Inazuma Eleven 2 takes the term Fantasy Football very seriously, picking up where the first game left off with more moves, more characters and an alien invasion that needs to be thwarted with a kickabout... read now

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Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia twins the match-three puzzle genre with an empire-building sideline. It also tweaks the genre itself to provide new challenges. The question is, are the changes a strong foundation or a cul-de-sac?.. read now

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Mickey is persuaded out of retirement for one last game. With Epic Mickey 2 on the horizon Chris Jarvis's telling radio play about the game offers some insight into its pitfalls... watch now

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Aliens: Infestation is a loving homage to Aliens and Metroid Fusion. It's good but a little too blinkered to the shortcomings of these two inspirations... read now

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