Tagged "Splinter Cell"

Sep 15
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 9 Comments

Last week was an eventful one for new releases. This week? Not so much, but there’s a fair old bit of variety.

Perhaps not for PlayStation 3 owners though, as their new releases aren’t actually all that new – they’re Splinter Cell Trilogy HD and God of War Collection Volume II. Eurogamer said that the conversions of Splinter Cell aren’t that great – Ubisoft used the PlayStation 2 versions – but the games themselves still play well.

The same can also be said for God of War Collection Volume II, which contains the PSP’s Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta. “A worthwhile, if never quite spectacular, update to the Kratos canon,” said Eurogamer. They gave this an 8, while Splinter Cell Trilogy scored 7.

On Xbox 360 there’s the Kinect-only The Gunstringer. You control a cowboy puppet brought back from the dead, waving one hand to make him move and the other to aim and shoot. The demo on Xbox Live was entertaining, although hardly groundbreaking – one section simply sees you running away from a boulder, Crash Bandicoot style. Nice presentation though. The developers claim it’s the first Kinect game you can play sitting down and inside the box there’s also a code to download Kinect Fruit Ninja – which you can’t play sitting down. It’s an appealing £24.90 on Amazon.

Also out on Xbox 360 is Tropico 4, which gives you the chance to become El Presidente of a ‘banana republic’ and either turn it into a holiday island or a glorified slave camp for your citizens. 2009’s Tropico 3 was great – one of the few God-sims to work well on a console.

Elsewhere there’s cartoon license Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension on PS3, Wii and DS. Settlement Colossus on DS is another hidden image game, Mahjong 300 on DS is the sequel to Mahjong 299 (we assume) while The Crown Of Midas on Wii is a mystery/puzzle game thing. “A built-in help system will enable the player to finish the game completely,” says the Funbox website.

Next week: Gears of War 3 (360), F1 2011 (PS3, 360, PC), Supremacy MMA (PS3, 360), Barbie: Jet, Set and Style (Wii, DS) and Just Sing Vol 2 (DS).

Jun 01
By Matt Gander In Blog 4 Comments

Nintendo are very close to Ubisoft these days. So much so that they apparently received their Wii 2/Project Café development kits before anybody else. Not only this, but plans are afoot to bundle the 3DS with two different Ubisoft titles – Splinter Cell 3D and Driver: Renegade.

Although the bundles have only been announced today they aren’t due for release until 1st October. Another odd thing is, well, Splinter Cell 3D isn’t exactly a good showcase of the 3DS, is it? Even the Official Nintendo Magazine only gave it 49%. And they thought Asphalt 3D was good.

It’s nowhere near as mainstream but Ghost Recon would have been a better choice. In fact, October is so far off that by then Ubisoft will have released Cubic Ninja and James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes, both of which would be a lot more welcome.

Still, at least the 3DS isn’t being bundled with that thing with the dinosaurs.

Mar 28
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 2 Comments

With so many releases out last week it would have been a miracle if Homefront managed to hold onto the top spot. It’s now at #3, making way for Crysis 2 at #1 and the apparently better than expected LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars at #2.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is the best selling 3DS title entering the chart at #4. That’s followed by Pilotwings Resort at #6, the review-shy Rayman 3D at #9, Super Monkey Ball 3D at #14, Ridge Racer 3D at #15 and Nintendogs + Cats at #20.

Ghost Reckon: Shadow Wars goes in at #34 selling better than Splinter Cell 3D did which is in at #39. I am surprised that Ridge Racer 3D didn’t chart higher – reviews have been good and it’s a very well established brand. At least it sold better than Asphalt 3D did, which didn’t make the top 40.

The Sims 3 – which previewed badly – did make it into the 3DS single format chart though.

Apr 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

It must be really hard for publishers to predict what games will sell well on Wii. I say this because Rugby League 3, which has had next to no publicity, has managed to get to #5 in the Wii chart. When you consider Red Steel 2 is at #7, that’s quite a feat.

In the all formats top 40 there’s yet another new #1 – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction. Grand Theft Auto Episodes: Liberty City goes in at #3. Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year Edition is the only other new entry at #35.

The upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of Avatar could see it shoot back on the chart next week. Apparently certain CeX stores have been selling it early. Naughty!

Apr 15
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

This Week’s Games

PlayStation 3 owners finally get to play former Xbox 360-exclusives The Ballad Of Gay Tony and The Lost And Damned, via the less-than-full price Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. It’s £24.99 on PlayStation 3 and £14.99 on PC, because that’s the way things work these days.

Speaking of Xbox 360-exclusives, the long time coming Splinter Cell: Conviction appears to have been worth the wait with plenty of 8/10s dished out. Even the usually hard to please EDGE magazine enjoyed it.

Unless you like men with odd shaped balls, there’s nothing out for Wii owners to get excited about – Rugby League 3 is the only game to be released on Nintendo’s popular white block this week.

Next week: Dead to Rights Retribution, Monster Hunter Tri, Nier, Samurai Shodown Sen and LittleBigPlanet Game Of The Year Edition.

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