Friday, 25 March 2011

Mission Creep

Genre: First-Person Shooter
Format: Various
PEGI: 18
Publisher: A&E

Most people will see this game as yet another Call of Duty clone. However, if you play the game, you will see that it has far less to offer.

You are Darryl Cameronian, head of a 'black ops -under the radar' type unit, who must rescue your friend Will Hagger from evil Librorians who have captured him.

Will Hagger Rescued?
The action is hectic and, sadly, generic; harking back to other games that were produced in 2003 and even in 2001.

Many people will want to buy this game, however, we at VT, cannot understand why anybody would want to.

VT Rating: 7/10

Friday, 18 March 2011


Genre: Facebook Analysis
Format: Various
Publisher: SentinelVisage

SentinelVisage's Website
Since Facebook first appeared, users have wondered who was looking at their Wall, their information, their photos - basically, who was stalking them. Facebook have always insisted on privacy for all; despite many failed attempts to circumvent this policy. Now, thanks to Dutch outfit SentinelVisage, you can find out who has been spending strange amounts of time examining your profile. 

The software is downloadable via SV's website (see link below). The basic version is free but the all singing, all dancing version will set you back £29.99. Is this worth the money? Read on...

Free Version Info Screen
SV insist that their programming does break into the Facebook code and monitor profile views of a given account. Our limited testing shows that this is indeed the case and the fact that Facebook have begun legal action against SV adds legitimacy to SV's claim.

The free version of the software gives very basic information about each of your friends ventures onto your profile. The paid for version goes into much more detail: graphs of profile viewing levels, amount of time spent on each page etc - an anti-stalking dream.

See what you think by downloading the software at: SentinelVisage.Com.

VT Rating: 7/10

Saturday, 12 March 2011


Genre: Simulation
Format: Xbox 360 (with Kinect)
PEGI: 18
Publisher: A&E

This has to be one of the strangest and most compelling uses of the bestselling Kinect device that we have seen so far. The warning on the cover of the game: 'Be Afraid', is completely justified if our experiences after reviewing this game are typical.

Game instructions state that you and up to three friends should set up a table in front of the TV, turn of the lights, place your hands palm down on the table, connect little fingers and get ready for the fright of your lives.

Some scary shit
The séance is conducted by the Xbox with a 'Medium' voice that is both eerie and hilarious in turn. You and your friends will be giggling like mad until the TV image of your little meeting shows that you have visitors from the astral plane. The sight of these entities lurking in a corner behind you or drifting across the table is quite disconcerting. 

After reviewing this 'game' we experienced some strange phenomena: doors closing by themselves, weird smells and red fluid pouring from our taps. We meet next week to discuss the need for an exorcist.

Play this game at your peril.

VT Rating: 7/10

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Jamie's Dream School

Genre: Simulation
Format: Nintendo DS
Publisher: A&E

Released on the day that Mr Oliver's new show is premiered on TV, this game puts you in the role of a number of 'celebrity' teachers who must attempt to enlighten classes full of rebellious inner city teens.

Historian, David Starkey, gets his class to re-enact
Chamberlain's 'Peace in our time' speech
A&E have outdone themselves with this surprising title. Gameplay is spot on and will hold the interest of most pre-school children. After all, who wouldn't want to play as Rolf Harris teaching art, Tinchy Stryder extolling the virtues of poetry or as Robert Winston encouraging young boys to masturbate into a test-tube?

We also like the cut-scenes where the cartoon version of Jamie Oliver has an enormous rubbery tongue. Makes you wonder whether Jamie actually sat down and played this game before he agreed to put his name to it?

VT Rating: 7/10