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Soulful gaming is found in a myriad of places. Games that tell a meaningful story with believable characters. Games that tackle issues larger than the latest run and gun technology. And for me in particular, games that connect me to an inspiring story often quietly overlooked by other players.

I'll be taking a look at Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS lite and PSP games in a deeper, more meaningful way. Read more about me.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a surprising stab of adrenaline to the soul as the Wii stumbles anaemically towards the end of its life cycle for core gamers. A parable about Man versus Machine, it delivers drama, story and a unique world to journey in... read now

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Dirt 3 sets out its stall for the future. However, it's the sense that this game knows what's important and where it has come from that gives it a real sense of soul... read now

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Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a DS adventure that is as odd as it is intruiging. Although the amount of work it expects isn't totally compensated for by the unfolding story, there was enough of a soul to these proceedings to keep me coming back for more... read now

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Shira Oka PC not only injects elements that keep the game fresh but it also breathes with innocent atmosphere and an obvious affection for Japan. With a dearth of role-playing statistics and dialogue paths it's a soulful dating game that I enjoyed immensely... read now

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Venetica keeps its emphasis firmly on blade-swinging over deeper role-play mechanics, but struggles to rise above various technical deficiencies and delivers a broken, if inoffensive experience... read now

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God of War: Ghost of Sparta matches the previous games for bravado and gore but after so many outings, starts to feel a little tired. Just when the story gets going, it is submerged under the usual array of brash combat and platforming... read now

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Vanquish is a fast and frenetic ride, unapologetic for barely drawing breath. But beneath the power-sliding acrobatics and bullet-time action there's a back-story, with hints of Voltaire's Candide, about good intentions gone bad... read now

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The Last Guardian manages to carry the expectation placed on it with ease. Intriguing and mature, but still very much a videogame if there is an eternal soul to our hobby Ueda has its pulse... read now

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Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom's lop sided partnership is as interesting as it is deadly. As much a study in friendship as a videogame, it slowly grew into a meaningful experience for me... read now

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Dead Rising 2 wades through the gore with unexpectedly touching social commentary. Like a good zombie film, the violence is there because of what it represents just as much as its shock value... read now

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