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- A fresh take on one of the 360's most established genre's, bringing cover shooters, conversely, out into the open.
- It mat be reminiscent of other games, but they are among the best of the last five years. Beautiful, thrilling, epic and with the depth to reward repeat plays, Castlevania is one of the year's best.
- Epic beyond what we'd expect from a Halo game, typically well-polished and boasting impeccable shooter design. This is going to cast a long shadow that 343 industries will have to work in.
- A videogame that, though potentially excellent, doesn't have much reason to exist, and scuppers itself time and again through silly design decisions. Still valuable, but a shame.
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 feels closer to a good footballing videogame than the series has for a few years now, but crucially still isn't one.
- Improved in some areas, diminished in others, FIFA is still this year's toast but could be dethroned with committed effort from the competition.
- It delivers an enjoyable premise together with a solid gameplaying experience, but Shattered Dimensions doesn't offer much originality. As pure fan service, it hits all the right notes.
- Quantum Theory is a truly rubbish shooter that lies deep in Gear's shadow, pillaging it for set pieces, designs and mechanics with zero subtlety.
- Rewarding players through the sim modes may put off casual gamers, but fans of racing or Formula 1 games will be nothing short of impressed.
- Far too narrow in scope to challenge the upcoming Rock Band 3, and the so-so set list won't satisfy the audience it's going for. A step back for Neversoft.
- Foibles aside, Enslaved is an engaging fusion of genres with a flair for characterisation. Whichever genre flicks your switch, it's hard to put down.
Classic Awards in bold, Legend Awards in Italic bold.
|Castlevania: Lords of Shadow||Konami||9|
|Dead Rising 2||Capcom||7|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2011||Konami||6|
|FIFA 11||Electronic Arts||9|
|Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions||Activision||7|
|Quantum Theory||Tecmo Koei||3|
|Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock||Activision||7|
|Enslaved: Odyssey to the West||Namco Bandai||8|
|Plants vs Zombies||PopCap Games||9|
Crackdown 2: Toy Box - Buy
Rock Band 2: Snoop Dogg Pack 01 - Avoid
Game Room: Pack 009 - Avoid
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Q&A
Hot Seat: Peter Molyneux - Fable III