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Steve Polak

You can change your pass selection quickly as you spot receivers

Having recently finished watching the final episode of that great football drama series Friday Night Lights I have a new found love for all things NFL. Over the years I have enjoyed the Madden games very much, but this year I'm even more attuned to the game because of the exploits of the Dillon Panthers and the Lions. So it was with great enthusiasm that I fired Madden 13 up and prepared to do battle. The game was released at the end of August for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintedo Wii (with a Wii U version in the offing) and Xbox 360. Our review is of the 360 version of the game.  Read More

Sleeping Dogs looks the goods and features an adult story

Sleeping Dogs features a slick narrative, plenty of colorful characters and thrilling improvisational combat. The game was almost killed off by Activision, but thankfully publisher Square Enix took over the project, releasing it last week. The game feels fresh, is easy to pick up and play and blends a number of entertaining elements into an engaging cocktail.  Read More

Precision and timing are everything

If you can’t be bothered to head to London, but still want some Olympic excitement, London 2012, the official game of the event (one of them, anyway) has come to Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and OnLive. Gizmag raced the Xbox 360 version once around the track: read on to see if wins a gold medal.  Read More

Intense fire fights in a sand-swamped Dubai

If you were to listen to the critics of modern action shooters one of the most regular, and valid, criticisms of the genre is that these games have no moral compass. When you think of how some games become little more than glorified shooting galleries you might be inclined to agree. For example check our review of Max Payne 3 last month and you’ll see where we are coming from. Spec Ops: The Line takes this criticism to heart and makes sure you account for the impact you are having on those around you.  Read More

Honda's new continuously variable transmission is coming to mid-sized cars Honda has long championed the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and while this has in the past been largely a technology suited to small cars and even scooters, the Japanese car giant is now thinking bigger.  Read More

Precision hits in urban environments will keep you on your toes

When it comes to real world action shooters, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series has stood head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. Tense tactical squad based combat where your demise is one ricochet away, is what this series has always been about. Following its release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has landed on PC and the third person tactical shooter hits the bulls eye more often than not.  Read More

The Nexus Q is Google's latest bit of hardware aimed at the living room

With Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player and Vizio's Co-Star, this week has been a big one for Android-based media streamers. Not to be outdone, Google has announced its Nexus Q media-streaming device at its I/O conference. The device, which is powered by an OMAP4460 processor, is something Google hopes will change the way people share their entertainment in the home. Nexus Q will stream HD movies, YouTube clips, music and Google TV content from the cloud.  Read More

Clean lines, simple design. John Deere's new E5 The options continue to expand for those of us who'd rather sit on a garden lounge than tackle the task of cutting copious tracts of lawn. Earlier this week we looked at Bosch's foray into the robo-mower market, now it's time for a closer look at John Deere's autonomous offering - the all-weather TANGO E5.  Read More

Ken Block's ferocious Fiesta returns in Dirt Showdown

The Codemasters crew have long been known for some great gravel grinding off-road racers, but Dirt Showdown marks a move in a fresh direction for the company. The new game is still based on off-road racing and features the stunning looking Ford Fiesta piloted by American legend Ken Block as the centerpiece. However this time around the game eschews a more serious professional rallying approach and instead aims to deliver easier to access and often more spectacular arcade thrills.  Read More

Big bald and angry. Max has not aged gracefully

Max Payne, the eponymous gravel voiced "anti-hero" has returned after a hiatus of nearly a decade. Developed by Rockstar Studios, the latest game features a change of location, a new story and a number of fresh elements. So does Max still have the skills to pay the bills?  Read More

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