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Nov 20
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 5 Comments

Hitman: Absolution has been a long time coming, so this week’s Tuesday release is no doubt a godsend for those who have been looking forward to it. Worth the wait? Yes… well, maybe. Like a lot of this winter’s big releases, reviews have been mixed. So far scores include 5/10 from Videogamer, 7s from both EDGE and Eurogamer and 9.0 from IGN. It’s easy to see why it has gained such mixed reviews – the Kane & Lynch team were at the helm of it. Kane & Lynch 2 scored everything from 1/10 to 9/10.

“Amidst the inevitable and deserved grumbling about its awkward checkpoint system, small levels and weird obsession with its daft story, hopefully those who persevere with it will be rewarded by enough of those moments to make the whole thing feel worthwhile,” said Eurogamer.

As well as the standard edition, there’s the Deluxe Professional version with an artbook, making of DVD, agency gun pack DLC and what appears to be a squeaky dog toy. You also get the Sniper Challenge pre-order bonus with it, which is apparently a lot of fun.

The multi-format Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and the 3DS-exclusive Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion have also received mixed reviews. The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the Wii version of the former 80% and said it’s a decent Christmas purchase for Wii owners not jumping ship to Wii U. The Xbox 360 version received 8.5 from EGM but only 2/10 from Destructoid. “It’s a gormless, chafing, unquestionably horrid little waste of time. Only the hardcore Disney obsessive need look into this one, and I don’t advice they look too deeply,” said Jim Sterling.

The 3DS version, which is a semi-sequel to Castle of Illusion on Mega Drive, gained a mediocre 5.0 from Game Informer and 60% from the Official Nintendo Magazine. It’s a good game but there’s not enough of it – Game Informer’s reviewer claimed he finished it in just over an hour and a half.

Another one getting mixed scores is PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, although we did kind of expect this one to get an varied reception as it’s very easy to be cynical about it. Curiously, the Official PlayStation Magazine handed out one of the lower scores – a 6/10. Eurogamer said that it was a sturdy brawler and gave it a 7 while TheSixthAxis gave it a 9/10, praising the amount of stuff to unlock. The PlayStation 3 version includes the PS Vita version as well – a fact that may influence your purchasing decision.

LEGO Lord of the Rings on the other hand has been getting a steady string of glowing reviews such as 9/10 from Eurogamer and 8.0 from ZTGD. It’s out on everything – Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PS Vita, 3DS and PC. No Wii U version planned though, oddly.

One game from Activision that Wii U owners should be glad they aren’t going to receive a conversion of is Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. Destructoid were first off the bat with their review and gave it a resounding 2/10: “This is everything we’ve come to know and loathe about licensed games, distilled into its purest form.”

We’ve saved Virtue’s Last Reward for last. It’s a semi-sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on DS, only this time both 3DS and PS Vita owners get to enjoy this user-friendly RPG. The PS Vita version currently has a slightly higher Metacritic score than the 3DS version – 89 over 87 – and both are available to pre-order at Tesco Direct for a not too shabby £22.50.

Next week: The Wii U, along with (breathe in) New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, Rabbids Land, Assassin’s Creed III, Batman: Arkham City – Armoured Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Disney Epic Mickey 2, Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade, FIFA 13, Game Party Champions, Just Dance 4, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Ben 10 Omniverse, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed, Funky Barn, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth, Skylanders Giants, Sports Connection, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, Transformers Prime, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (breathe out). Plus: Far Cry 3 (PS3, 360, PC), Kylie Sing & Dance (Wii), Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D (3DS), Toy Story Mania (360, PS3) and Rise of the Guardians (PS3, 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, DS).

Sep 26
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 3 Comments

Remember the days when FIFA games were more often than not rubbish? Thankfully those days are long gone. FIFA 13 is going to set tills ringing this week and all signs point to it deserving to.

It walked away with a 9/10 from Eurogamer who found much to praise, including the weekly updated team and player stats and the Skill Games mode. “The new Skill Games mode in FIFA 13 is exactly the sort of bite-size football challenge that makes smartphone treasures like Flick Kick Football so compulsive – except that it’s built on one of the best football gameplay engines around, with all the pomp and connectivity you’d expect from a modern sports game,” they said.

As per last week’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, it’s out on everything – even PlayStation 2, DS and PSP.

GAME are bundling it with the PlayStation 3 Super Slim, if you’re thinking of purchasing one. GAME are also offering a free art-book with the PlayStation 3-exclusive Mugen Souls, if you’ve got your eye on that.

The fighting game revival also continues with Dead or Alive 5. Early reviews suggest that it’s lacking in modes and innovation but it’s still a solid brawler. With boobs. “Fighting game players in search of something completely new might be better off holding out for Persona 4 Arena. But if it’s just a solid, technical fighter you’re after, Dead or Alive fits the bill,” said the Official Xbox Magazine in their 7/10 review.

A collector’s edition is also available with an art-book, soundtrack CD, poster and a set of “premium swimsuits”. We assume these are DLC.

Activision are slipping out Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. From the looks of things no review copies were sent out in advance, which suggests to us that it’s terrible. They’re also releasing Angry Birds Trilogy for Kinect, PS Move and 3DS. This made the news not just for being a bit on the expensive side (it’s £24.99 at most of the online retailers) but for having an achievement that’ll reportedly take 300 hours to gain.

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission on Xbox 360 and PC is also arriving to a lack of fanfare. Although the publisher claims that it’s an RTS, those who have played it report that it plays more like a typical shooter.

There’s a couple from Ubisoft. Rocksmith for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC may be of interest to some. Rather than use a fake plastic guitar, a la Guitar Hero, it’s compatible with any real guitar. It comes with the required cable or you can purchase it with an Epiphone Les Paul guitar. Amazon are selling the latter pack for £125. Ubisoft’s other game? Puzzler World 2012 3D for 3DS.

Finally, there’s a budget-priced DS game out. This one may be better than most though – it’s a 2D adventure game based on Thundercats, published by Namco-Bandai.

Next week: Resident Evil 6 (out Tuesday), Just Dance 4 (also out Tuesday, oddly), NBA 2K13 (PS3, 360, Wii, PSP), Way Of The Samurai 4 (PS3), Dragon Ball Z For Kinect, MYST (3DS), Boulder Dash-XL 3D (3DS), Cooking Mama World: Combo Pack – Volume 1 (DS) and Cooking Mama World: Combo Pack – Volume 2 (DS).

Feb 28
By Matt Gander In Blog 1 Comment

There’s a shop in Brighton that sells imported sweets and other sugar-filled snacks. I usually buy a can of Mountain Dew when passing by, but today they had a range of energy drinks that caught my eye.

The Street Fighter: Dragon Punch Energy Drink features Ken on the bright red can. I haven’t tasted it yet but I know I’ll be buzzing after – it contains 120mg on caffeine. I’m guessing that the Ghostbusters Ectoplasm drink is green. If not, I want a refund. Then there’s the brilliantly titled Quagmire’s Cherry Pop. Giggidy. There was also a Resident Evil T-Virus energy drink. I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that the idea of buying something with the word ‘virus’ on the can is slightly off-putting.

You can rest assured that none of these cans will end up in the recycling bin.

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