Alan Palmer

Reviews By Alan Palmer

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 Review (Wii)

By Alan Palmer () - 7.7 out of 10

In this exciting fighting game for the Wii, even people who are not fans of wrestling will find many things to love. The jumping, running, hitting, slamming, flexing actions are what the Wii remote and nunchuk were made to do. The action is as big and loud as a professional wrestler and equally entertaining in a popcorn and cotton candy kind of way. Read More.

Supreme Ruler 2020 Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 6.9 out of 10

Supreme Ruler 2020 is the latest in the Supreme Ruler series by the Battle Goat Studios makers of another world-spanning strategy game; Europa Universalis. The basic premise of the game is that the player becomes the leader of any nation on Earth, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, and makes decisions that will lead the nation through a global economic crisis. Read More.

Perimeter: Emperor's Testament Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 4.9 out of 10

Gamers who have been around for a few years have seen some Russian games ported over to us English-speaking users. Games like Cossacks and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. are of particular note due to their widespread popularity and the unique concepts injected into their respective genres. Read More.

Viva Pinata Review (X360)

By Alan Palmer () - 8.6 out of 10

Let me tell you about this amazing little island just south of Mexico. Spend just a few hours in the gardens of Pinata Island and you'll always want to come back. Beautiful trees, flowers, ponds, and lush green grass stretch as far as the eye can see. The place is crawling with these crazy little paper animals, filled with candy; pure sweet candy. Read More.

Battlefield 2142 Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 8.3 out of 10

In the year 2142 the glaciers of the next ice age will slowly begin to creep across the northern hemisphere, causing a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions. As the European Union evacuates its population ever further south the Pan-Asian Coalition seizes the opportunity created by the crisis to launch an all out invasion to seize prime real estate for their own shivering masses. Read More.

CivCity: Rome Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 5.5 out of 10

This is really just a standard city building game. It's set in the ancient Roman Empire, and there is a technology tree (The "Civ" part I guess.)

Build homes, farms, workshops, shops, entertainment, temples, barracks and lay down roads. That's pretty much the game. Read More.

Civilization IV: Warlords Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 8.7 out of 10

Warlords is the must-have expansion for Friaxis' wildly fun and addictive Civilization IV. Once you have played just one game with the expansions new units, leaders, and building you will never want to go back to playing the game without them. While the changes are mostly minor the game has been tweaked to make an already great game even better. Read More.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 7.9 out of 10

Though a shining example of a real-time strategy game, Big Huge Games' Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends feels less than perfect in the end. Full of promise and interesting ideas it has a few nagging issues that keep it from being a true classic. Read More.

Auto Assault Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 6.0 out of 10

The latest in NCsoft's lineup, this interesting foray into the massively multiplayer genre has several things going for it at first. For one, there are no elves, orcs, or wizards to be seen. Second, you drive a tricked out car that doubles as a weapons platform across a post-apocalyptic Earth. Read More.

Cuban Missile Crisis: The Aftermath Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 4.0 out of 10

Despite the game's title, this is not a game about the Cuban Missile Crisis. G5 Software has managed to take what could have been a solid turn based game and made it into an awful real time strategy game. There are no Cubans and there are no missiles. The only crisis is the one that the gameplay is in. Read More.

Vietcong 2 Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 6.8 out of 10

Vietcong 2 is a game put together by 2K Games and Pteradon Studios after what I can assume was months of painstaking research and programming, and is an interesting beast. On one hand, it absolutely drips Vietnam all over your monitor. You can smell the lush jungles and blasted cities. Read More.

Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 6.8 out of 10

You are a young English boatman who has been hired to ferry ten guests to a mysterious rainy island. After you arrive though, your boat is wrecked. How will you ever go home to your dinner of fish and chips? Later that night a recorded message left for the guests by their absent host accuses each of crimes most foul. Read More.

Shattered Union Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 5.5 out of 10

The President is dead. Washington has been destroyed by a nuclear explosion. The country is divided. Are you a bad enough dude to lead your people to victory? Read More.

Devastation Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 6.0 out of 10

Devastation could have been a great game, but it is deeply flawed in fundamental ways and is instead just another first-person shooter thrown into the pile of mediocrity. There are some really interesting elements of this game that make it worth mentioning. Read More.

SWAT 4 Review (PC)

By Alan Palmer () - 8.5 out of 10

They move as silent as night, and are more deadly than an angry mafia member. SWAT, the Special Weapons and Tactics unit, are some of the most highly trained officers in the world. Developed by Irrational Games and published by Vivendi Universal, SWAT 4 is the latest entry into the longstanding franchise, and it surely doesn't disappoint. Read More.