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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Remembering Medal of Honor: Rising Sun – starts off great but soon loses momentum

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is a prime example of a video game which starts off great but soon loses its momentum.

Remembering Crash Nitro Kart!

What is Crash Nitro Kart? When Universal and Vicarious Visions started production it was known as Crash Team Racing 2 before the eventual name change.

Looking back to 2008 and the clashing of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe

At first glance Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe looks like either a novelty side-step for Mortal Kombat or a precursor to Injustice.

Call of Duty: Ghosts – still full of memorable moments

Call of Duty: Ghosts is one of the most maligned entries in the first-person shooter series.

Looking back to Black Flag – Assassin’s Creed at its peak

Black Flag is Assassin’s Creed at its peak

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.

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Looking Back to 2012 and the super sexy combos of Devil May Cry HD Collection

For those of you who have been living under a rock or deep in the jungle for the last ten years, the Devil May Cry games feature a protagonist called Dante. And this is Dante when he was just effortlessly cool...

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 32 – Autumn

Storm Season is rolling into Forza Horizon 5, and with it dawns a whole new week’s worth of Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges in Series 32 Autumn, mainly focusing on the racing

Goons: Legends & Mayhem takes on Mario Strikers!

Announced back in the early months of 2023, Goons: Legends & Mayhem has got something about it. Mostly a bit of Mario Strikers and a bit of Windjammers! Them's good things though, yeah?

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 25 – Spring

Taking a look at the best cars and tunes needed to complete the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges on Xbox, Game Pass and PC

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For the Warp Review

There’s a Hall of Fame when it comes to deckbuilding roguelikes, and For the Warp visits the hall rather than cements its place.

Botany Manor Review

While it’s a smaller variety of plant, Botany Manor is inordinately pretty and comforting.

Let’s! Revolution! Review

Let's! Revolution! feels like a breath of fresh air.

Orion Haste Review

There are worse shooters out there than Orion Haste, but there are also many that are a lot better. Including Contra: Operation Galuga…

the World According to Girl Review

the World According to Girl has an interesting premise, but rather fittingly fails to execute the grand plan and falls short of being the great game it could be.