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Martin Robinson

Features and Reviews Editor

Martin is Eurogamer's features and reviews editor. He has a Gradius 2 arcade board and likes to play racing games with special boots and gloves on.

Games can make dreams a reality, whether your own particular fantasy is saving the universe, rescuing the princess or sticking a chainsaw up an overgrown lizard's arse. Throughout my pre-teen twilight years in the early nineties, my own dream was simple enough: to become a grand prix driver, or at the very least to drive cars fast for a living.

FeatureProject Draco

Dragoon on.

A cherry-red dragon swoops low in a green-topped canyon, its wings skimming against still blue waters as formations of flying insects attack, all disposed of with a sweeping lock-on. Despite the familiarities, this isn't Panzer Dragoon - but the download-only Project Draco flies as close as is possible to Sega's much-loved on-rails series.

New Vita AR details

Captures your WAAR face.

Sony has detailed some of the PlayStation Vita's new AR capabilities, including markerless AR and a new Wide Area Augmented Reality feature, charmingly dubbed WAAR.

Valve announces new CS: GO modes

New spins on Gun Game.

Valve has announced a brace of new modes for its online shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with Arsenal: Demolition and Arsenal: Arms Race coming to the popular game.

Minecraft 1.9 introduces Snow Golems

Friendly mobs help against Endermen.

Following on from the release of version 1.8 of Minecraft, Mojang's Notch has detailed one of version 1.9's big new features: friendly Snow Golems.

Space Channel 5 Pt 2 Dated for XBLA

Bass Fishing coming to download too.

SEGA has dated two new downloads culled from its Dreamcast back catalogue, with Space Channel 5 Part 2 and SEGA Bass Fishing both coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in early October.

FeatureVita Launch Line-up

The best - and more interesting - of Sony's day one releases.

Nintendo may have done its best to spoil Sony's party by announcing that Monster Hunter would be coming to the 3DS, but the air of celebration continues around the Vita. 31 games for the handheld made an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show, and - Monster Hunter aside - it was the biggest pull of the event.

F1 2011

Test of Vettel.

Take away the sponsors' liveries, they say, and it'd be hard for the untrained eye to tell two F1 cars apart. So precise is the science behind the sport, and so rigid the rule set, that beneath the colour schemes the lines and sweeps are largely the same, designs dictated by wind tunnels, doing away with the wonderful eccentricity witnessed on the grids of yesteryear.

Ninja Gaiden 3 adds consequences

Victims beg for mercy as Ryu is 'unmasked'.

Ninja Gaiden 3 will reveal the emotional side of its hero Ryu Hayabusa as Team Ninja introduces the concept of "consequences" to the series.

Guardian Heroes 2 planned

Dependent on remake's success.

Treasure is planning a sequel to its classic scrolling action game Guardian Heroes, with the fate of a second full-blown game in the series dependent on the success of the forthcoming remake of the Saturn original.

Dead or Alive 5 unveiled

Team Ninja shooting for 2012 release.

Dead or Alive 5 will be released in 2012 for box 360 and PlayStation 3, Team Ninja has announced at a Tokyo presentation.

Monster Hunter 4 announced

All-new Capcom game coming to 3DS.

Capcom is preparing an all-new Monster Hunter game for the 3DS, following swiftly on from the announcement of Monster Hunter Tri G for Nintendo's handheld.

New batch of 3DS games announced

Fire Emblem! Bravery Default Flying Fairy!

Nintendo announced a slew of new 3DS titles at its pre-TGS conference, with a new Fire Emblem game the pick of an eclectic crop.

New Skyward Sword details at TGS

Watch out, Beedle's about.

Nintendo revealed a slew of new details about Skyward Sword, the new Zelda game that's launching later this year, at it's pre-TGS conference.

FeatureSaturday Soapbox: The Arcade Fire Dies

Martin laments the decline of the UK arcade.

The death of the arcade - like the infuriating and thankfully now mute line about the death of the PC - is one of those statements that have become worn down, over-repeated and often exaggerated. But these days it's impossible to deny the stark truth within.

FeatureF1 2011

Spin DRS.

Blanchimont is a small, unassuming and often unsung stretch of tarmac tucked away in Belgium's Ardennes forest. As part of the make-up of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, it's Eau Rouge, the famed uphill kink that dares drivers to take it flat, and Pouhoun, a violently fast double-apex left hander, that take the plaudits. Blanchimont, on the other hand, is a mere footnote, a simple bend on the back straight that barely registers in most other driving games.

Eurogamer.net Podcast #81

Halo 4! And maybe some more Deus Ex.

Four men lock themselves in a room and talk about games; sound like an ideal way to while away an hour? Then you're quite welcome to the 81st episode of the Eurogamer.net podcast. You can almost smell the excitement.

Driver: San Francisco

Tanner the best.

Games are full of excuses, whether they're telling you that a terrorist strike has closed off half the city you're exploring or that swimming is a bad idea when you have electricity coursing through your veins. As excuses go though, Driver: San Francisco throws up one of the more outrageous.

Yakuza unlikely on Xbox 360

But new games could take a different direction.

Yakuza, SEGA's long-running open world series, is unlikely to ever be ported across to Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Sonic 4 Episode 2 release date for 2012

"It was always the plan," says Sonic Team.

The second episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 won't be launching until 2012 - well over a year after the first installment of SEGA's episodic series launched in 2010.

FeatureTorchlight 2

Relight my fire.

Max Schaefer's tasted success, and he's got the scars to prove it. The CEO of Runic Games, a man with an engagingly gentle demeanour, placed a bet with his colleagues that the studio's first game wouldn't break a million units. If it did, he'd get a tattoo - and so too would the rest of his team.

Steel Battalion was more famed for its controller than it was for its detailed, if dry, take on mech combat. Its 40-button, three-part centrepiece came in at three times the size of the Xbox console itself; its heft and intricacy pushed the price of the game beyond the reach of many, ensuring its status as a coveted curio and the stuff of legend.

FeatureWRC 2

Rallying on.

Last year, Milestone's World Rally Championship ended a long hiatus from video games for one of motorsport's top-tier series. It wasn't the only one, of course - but while Codemasters' F1 2010 came with all the swagger and polish that's befitting of the world's noisiest circus, then WRC was perhaps a reflection of rallying's more diminutive following.

Codemasters announces new F1 game

Free-to-play game coming early next year.

Codemasters has announced a new F1 game, a free-to-play title that blends team management with driving action that's scheduled for release early next year.

FeatureBehind the Wheel of Driver: San Francisco

How Reflections is steering the series back on course.

Driver: San Francisco is a game that has its chief character in a coma for much of its duration, his consciousness flitting across The City by the Bay as he shifts from car to car. If it's a little disingenuous to draw a parallel and suggest that Driver has been a series on life support these past few years, it's definitely been drifting out in the ether for some time; by the time Driver: San Francisco is released, it'll be nearly five years since the brand was last seen on a home console.