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Sep 15
By Matt Gander In Reviews 1 Comment

As a free download intended to promote the upcoming Michael Bay movie, the question we need to answer here is not in regards to value for money but if it’s worth wasting valuable time on. If you have a hankering for some easy achievements, then the answer is yes. Low budget and bare-boned, this is about all the Kinect-only TMNT Training Lair has to offer.

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We were hoping for something similar to Half Brick’s masterful Fruit Ninja Kinect, but instead what we have here are five extremely short score-based stages that can be beaten by frantic arm waving and little more. Wooden boards have to be broken and statues smashed while dodging the occasional shuriken and mutagen canister (oddly referred to as “bombs”). Pizzas that significantly boost your score fly across the screen at the end of each round – moving your head over these to “eat” them is critical to beating a stage’s target score. Curiously, the US version featured Pizza Hutt branded boxes – these are absent for the UK.

Each training lair places a different weapon in the hands of your on-screen augmented reality self. This doesn’t do much in favour for variety, as no new hazards or breakable objects are introduced after the first stage.

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Donatello’s staff and Leonardo’s swords have such a wide reach that it’s almost impossible not to hit every target. Raphael and Michelangelo’s on the other hand generate a couple of minor problems. Raphael’s sai can be thrown but the method so clumsy that it proves a challenge to hit the objects that fall down the far side of the screen. Mike’s constantly spinning nunchaku meanwhile have a habit of cracking open the mutagen canisters you’re meant to avoid.

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Sep 15
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Destiny has toppled previous record holder Watch_Dogs to become the UK’s most successful launch of a new IP. And quite obviously, it’s the UK’s new number one.

Sales were spilt 50/50 against PlayStation and Xbox. The breakdown goes like this – 46 per cent on PS4, 4 per cent on PS3; 36 per cent on Xbox One and 14 per cent on Xbox 360. Digital downloads are however exempt from the chart.

To make way for Destiny last week’s number one The Sims 4 drops to #2. Watch_Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts and The Last of Us Remastered round-off this week’s UK top five.

At #7 it’s a new entry for NHL 15 – with the PS4 version coming out on top – while Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution makes its mark at #10.

Then at #17 the retail release of inFamous: First Light makes an appearance.

We speculated that Destiny could help a bunch of ‘older’ next-gen games reappear off the back of people buying a console to play it on. Aside Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition making a re-entry at #37, that doesn’t appear to have happened. Hmm.

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Sep 15
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s a busy week for new releases on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops. There are two sales commencing as well, courtesy of Capcom and Bandai Namco. So let’s crack on, shall we?

Firstly, Zen Studio’s – of Zen Pinball and CastleStorm fame – are bringing the beat back. That’s to say, Kickbeat Special Edition (£8.99) launches on Wii U this Thursday alongside the PS4 version. It looks like the Xbox One version isn’t due until a later date. It combines kung-fu and rhythm-action, and is backed by a licensed soundtrack featuring Pendulum, Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie and more.

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The PS Vita original released almost a year ago and stands with a Metacritic of 67%. With a year between the two, we imagine that this Special Edition will be a marked improvement. It’s also worth bearing in mind that user reviews on Metacritic were a lot more positive. Now there’s a thing.

Keeping with the rhythm theme, Mon Premier Karaoké (£8.99) is also arriving on Wii U this Thursday. Boasting “some of the most popular children’s songs of all time” it has a whiff of public domain about it.

Then there’s the cheap as chimps, sorry, chips, Chimpuzzle Pro (£1.79). Taking inspiration from the likes of Amiga classic Sleepwalker, the idea is to place Tetris-style blocks in the path of protagonist Beebo so that he can reach his bananas. As the footage below suggests, it’s a modest small scale effort – hence why it’s less than £2.

Darts Up won’t set you back much either – it’s a mere £2.29. Improvements over the 3DS version include an online leaderboard and the ability to aim darts using the GamePad’s motion control gubbins. The 3DS original suffered from the absence of a single-player mode. If the press release is to go by, that’s also the case here. Seems you’ll have to get your friends and family round for this one.

As well as heading to retailers on Friday, Hyrule Warriors will be available on the eShop at launch. It’s £39.99, or £36.99 to those who picked up one of the recently reduced Zelda titles. Speaking of which, this week’s discount is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for £30.99.

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The 3DS’s THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy Curtain Call will also be available on the eShop come launch, priced at £29.99.

Just one more Wii U release for this week – Konami’s NES shooter Life Force (£3.49), starring the good old Vic Viper. On a related note, this week’s sole 3DS VC title is something special – Donkey Kong Original Edition (£4.49) features the long lost cement factory level, as well as a few other additional touches. An unexpected surprise.

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Sep 11
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

If you were expecting a waft of Destiny reviews to appear online on launch day, then you’re not alone. Due to the severs not going live until Monday afternoon – a move which was likely to counter piracy, people posting potential spoilers, and general ‘willy waving’ from those who got it early – we’re only just seeing the first few reviews trickle through now.

It’s mostly smaller gaming sites that have had their say on Bungie’s new sci-fi opus. So far we have 4.5/5 from Cheat Code Central, 9/10 from VG First, and another 9/10 from Gamer Headlines. Then there’s this 8/10 review from the International Business Times. “Ambitious, polished and clearly pored over by hundreds of people, Destiny is an incredible creative undertaking. It doesn’t all click, but it’s a huge achievement”, they said.

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We doubt that they will be alone in giving it 8/10 – reading a few early impression articles, people aren’t too impressed with the AI (enemies simply run around like headless chickens) and the fact that at times it feels like little more than a bunch of Halo ‘firefight’ missions stringed together. We’ve spent around four hours with it so far and admittedly, it hasn’t quite ‘clicked’ yet.

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As mentioned during last week’s round-up, very few publishers are willing to go up against Destiny, resulting in a week of random bits and pieces. EA’s NHL 15 is the only other major release, arriving on PS4, PS4, Xbox One and 360. Reviewers noted that this year’s Madden is a huge improvement, but early reviews of NHL 15 would suggest that this one isn’t quite the step forward fans were expecting.

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Canadian Gamers Online mentions missing modes and features from previous versions, as does the Financial Posts’ Post Arcade. “It’s not too hard to see what happened here. EA was so focused on making the gameplay a superlative experience that the company forgot to include a lot of the things that make the series so special,” they report. We wouldn’t let these comments put you off hitting the rink though – Canadian Gamers Online still went on to give it an 8/10, despite the shortcomings.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Rivals Edition also arrives on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week. Available for around £35, it includes an original anime story DVD and a bunch of new costumes.

Then over in the world of Nintendo, interactive reading software Nintendo Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper launches on 3DS. Three different volumes, no less. They’re around £20 each. Sure, they aren’t aimed at the likes of you and I, but there may be somebody little in your life that will benefit from them.

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Sep 09
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

If you’ve been a reader of Games Asylum since the beginning, then you have our sympathy. Those that have been with us the whole time though will know that Games Asylum’s roots go back to a Dreamcast site named DigiApe.

Glamorous it wasn’t, being a mixture of HTML coding errors and sloppy grammar and spelling but what it lacked in looks it made up for in enthusiasm – we honestly thought Sega was onto a winner with the Dreamcast.

It’s with DigiApe that myself, Adam and Jake cut our journalistic teeth, with my first ever review being Mattel’s Championship Surfer. Yeah, that old classic. Jake meanwhile made his debut as a news hound by reporting on Virtua Striker 3. He said that the players had nice looking shins. Adam? We forgot but it was probably something about monkeys.

We were keen to report all news Dreamcast related, right down to writing up the review scores from the likes of DC-UK and the Official Dreamcast Magazine. When Sega ditched the Dreamcast the site became a depressing sight – every other news story was confirmation of an anticipated release being canned – and when new releases became thin on the ground, the multi-format site you see here sprang up in its place.

It goes without saying that the Dreamcast has a special place in our collective hearts, and with today marking 15 years since the system launched in America there is no better time to share our memories of Sega’s dream machine. Except maybe for its 10th birthday, but we missed that.

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Sep 09
By Matt Gander In Reviews 1 Comment

Digital Extremes has worked on numerous sci-fi shooters in the past, varying from early Xbox 360/PS3 release Dark Sector to the slightly more recent Star Trek tie-in. They’ve contributed online multi-player components to some big-name games too, including Bioshock 2 and Homefront. The experience the studio has gained over the years is notable right from the Warframe’s outset – it’s a sturdy third-person shooter with a rich sci-fi lore. So rich, in fact, that the first hour or so isn’t so much about mastering the slightly wayward control system but getting your head around Digital Extremes’ lexicon of sci-fi terminology.

The opening hour does a brilliant job of drawing you in, even if some of Warframe’s finer points are left untouched. We’d wager this isn’t without reason – a little bit of self-discovery can go a long way, as Dark Souls once (well, twice) proved. In short: you’re bestowed control of a Tenno – an intoxicatingly rare and desirable war machine, forged from ancient technology. The recently exiled Captain Vor seeks to own a Tenno of his own, in order to use their mythical innards to restore the decaying and diseased Grineer army back to a former glory. Captain Vor’s fall comes after just a few missions, and it’s between these the workings of the spaceship hub, armoury and forge – in which new items are crafted – are explained.

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Vor’s demise is not the end; it’s just the beginning. Once defeated, the star map opens up to reveal dozens of missions spread all over the galaxy. The variety in mission objectives is admirable – everything from survival modes against countless foes to a ‘capture the base’ mode competing against the dumb but relentless enemy AI.

We can’t be quite so positive about the variety of environments however. The fact that some settings are frequently reused isn’t a major issue, given the amount of missions at hand, but their sheer size is. The Tenno can move at high speeds, so to accommodate the levels are far larger than those seen in last-gen shooters. However, memorable landmarks are seldom seen. The outdoor environments with pools of water and leafy foliage fair better – and immeasurably so – but more often than not you’re running down dull industrial corridors in what can only be described as huge sprawling mazes. This also results in one mammoth trek to the evac point once a mission has been successfully completed. Next-gen sheen simply isn’t enough to mask the dullness of its copious corridors.

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Sep 08
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Rain Games’ Teslagrad (£13.99) leads the charge on the Wii U eShop this week, and yes that is a pun – it’s a puzzle-platformer based around electromagnetism.

In this Norwegian-developed adventure you play as a small, nameless boy – a Teslamancer – who can control both electricity and magnetism. As well as boss battles against screen-filling beasts, it also boasts of hand-drawn visuals and a non-linear world. Curiously, there’s no text or dialogue present in the whole game either.

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The PC version went down well, receiving a new 9/10s and also an 8/10 from Destructoid.

Also on Wii U this week: minor GBA hit Super Mario Ball on Virtual Console (£6.29) and a demo of Wooden Sen’SeY.

On 3DS meanwhile there’s Comic Workshop (£5.39) from Collavier Corporation. As the title suggests, it lets you create your own comic books.

Nintendo Life gave it 8/10 back in July. “The quantity of creative features and usability make this one worth adding to any artist’s toolkit” they said. They did however note the lack of ability to share comics via Miiverse.

That’s being joined by the GBC’s Mega Man Xtreme 2 (£4.49) on VC. We should have seen this one coming – Capcom has been wheeling these out on a weekly basis.

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Sep 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The UK chart has been pretty stagnant lately. Not this week however – there are three new entries, including a new number one, and the top ten has seen an unexpected shuffle.

That new number one is The Sims 4, becoming EA’s fourth #1 of the year. It’s also the first PC game to take the top spot since Guild Wars 2, just over two years ago. Of course, Chart-Track doesn’t take digital PC sales into account.

At #2 it’s Watch_Dogs, all the way up from #9. The individual format chart reveals that a sales surge for the Xbox 360/PS3 versions is the reason. Presumably one of the major retailers reduced them in price last week.

Metro Redux – last week’s chart topper – falls to #3, The Last of Us Remastered drops once place to #4 and then at #5 it’s Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

The next new entry is the PS Vita’s Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair at #29. We had a feeling this one may do surprisingly well. It’s also #1 in the PS Vita chart.

Then at #34 Warriors Orcochi 3: Ultimate makes an arrival.

We could see a few ‘older’ PS4/Xbox One titles re-appear in the chart next week – Destiny is going to shift a lot of shiny new systems, we’d wager.

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