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Jun 30
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Solatorobo: Red Hunter is the type of game that Nintendo fans would kick up a stink about if it had been denied a European release. But behold – here it is on our shores, without signs of any begging or pleading. If anything it proves that Nintendo are still confident in the DS market. This twee anime-style adventure features characters from Tail Concerto on PlayStation but is neither a sequel nor a prequel. NGamer magazine dished out 81% saying it’s not deep or original but both handsome and confident.

NGamer also reviewed Max and the Magic Marker which is out this week on Wii. They said it’s all right but it only costs £7 to download on WiiWare while this retail version costs a whopping £25. The DS version got a mauling (32%) due to poor collision detection and other niggles. Stick with Super Scribblenauts, eh?

Capcom caused a bit of trouble this week by announcing that if you buy Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D pre-owned you won’t be able to delete the previous player’s save data. HMV have since announced that they won’t be taking any pre-owned copies in. Unsurprisingly, GameStation and Game said they’re fine with it. It’s not a fully fledged Resident Evil but rather a score-based affair that’s worth a look if you enjoyed Resident Evil 4’s mercenaries mode.

Then we have Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, which you’re bound to love or hate with a passion either way, and UFC Personal Trainer which has Kinect and PlayStation Move support. The Wii version seems to be a tenner cheaper than the other versions online.

Next week: Hidden Mysteries: Vampire Secrets on DS and the 3D TV compatible Air Conflicts – Secret Wars on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Jun 23
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Wowsers – there’s a lot to get through this week. EA’s Shadows of the Damned and Warner Bros. F.E.A.R 3 are the two big hitters. General opinion on Shadows of the Damned is that it’s good but slightly lacking polish, with scores including a 7 from Eurogamer and an 8 from 360 Gamer magazine.

F.E.A.R 3 was delayed for extra pizzazz; that time seems to have paid off with the co-op mode getting praise. The average Metacritic score currently stands at a decent 78%.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another lacking polish. This was released in the US last week; those that have finished it claim it only takes around 5 hours and feels rushed out. There are no reviews in yet for the Wii, DS or 3DS versions; the last few Wii Transformers games were terrible but the DS ones were actually alright. The DS versions for this year’s tie-in come with a free toy but 3DS owners have to make do with without.

Two other 3DS titles are out to tempt you away from Zelda too – trippy but apparently mediocre shooter Dream Trigger 3D and Cubic Ninja, which NGamer Magazine quite liked.

The PlayStation Move compatible Ape Escape has a cheap price tag, available for £17.91 on Amazon or £17.99 on Play. As much as we like the Ape Escape series, the lack of reviews is off putting. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition also costs slightly less than a full price release but don’t get too excited – it’s just Super Street Fighter IV with the extra DLC thrown in.

There’s also Wii Play: Motion which Nintendo believes will set Wii Remote sales skyrocketing. The mini-games on this don’t sound too shabby, coming from a variety of outside studios. That said, anything has to be better than that stupid Pose Mii mini-game from the original Wii Play.

The rest of the week’s releases are a real odd bunch. There’s Tour De France 2011 (PS3, Xbox 360), Let’s Dance With Mel B (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii), National Geographic Challenge (PS3 and Wii) and three DS titles: Bandz Mania, Jewel Legends: Tree of Life and survival horror romp Theresia. That last one doesn’t sound too bad – IGN dished out a 7.1 review score and it’s not like mature DS titles are in abundance these days.

Next week: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, Solatorobo: The Red Hunter, UFC Personal Trainer, Max and the Magic Marker, Arcana Heart 3, Air Conflicts – Secret Wars and the presumibly rubbish Street Cleaning Simulator on PC.

Jun 16
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It’s scary to think that those who were born when Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was released will now be 13 years old. As such, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people buying it on 3DS this weekend will have never played it before. Probably not the majority, but I’d wager more than most expect. Reviews suggest that time has been incredibly kind to it, no pun intended, with a few 10/10s popping up on the ‘net. And if you have played it before then worry not – it also contains the much tougher Master Quest.

Not only does the 3DS get its first essential purchase this week, but the Kinect too in the form of Child of Eden. Trying to explain what it entails will cause brain leakage via the earlobes, so let’s just say if you liked Rez you’ll like this.

Reviews of EA’s Alice: Madness Returns have been mixed but general opinion seems to be that it’s good but not very original. One to possibly avoid though is Square-Enix’s Dungeon Siege III which is being slipped into stores on the sly. Somebody on our Twitter feed posted their first impressions about it, most of which were vulgar swear words.

Flippin’ ‘eck – there’s also a new pinball game out this week. Williams Pinball Classics features 10 tables and is available on Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP. There’s also 3DS version due out in the not too distant future. Zavvi looks like the best place to bag some balls of steel – £17.85 for the console versions and £12.85 on PSP. The PSP version sounds like it has had some love put into it with a vertical screen mode and game sharing.

Next week: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Shadows of the Damned, FEAR 3, Ape Escape, Cubic Ninja, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Wii Play: Motion, Tour De France 2011, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, National Geographic Challenge and Squinkies.

Jun 09
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Giving away inFAMOUS for free wasn’t just a way for Sony to say sorry for the PSN fiasco, but also a way to get a few more people interested in the franchise before the sequel comes out. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy inFAMOUS 2 though, as with the majority of Sony’s PlayStation 3-exclusives it’s very slick and polished.

Another game matching that description is Red Faction: Armageddon. The demo had one of the smoothest frame-rates imaginable – it moves like greased lightening and looks good while doing it. Unlike the last Red Faction, which was an open world affair, this one goes back to the roots of the PlayStation 2 original.

And how’s this for an epic event? Duke Nukem Forever is finally being released this week. Not many people seem to realise though that to play the PC version you need to re-install Windows 98. Obviously, that’s a joke but it has been in development for so long that Windows 98 was the newest OS at the time. Gearbox has been busy finishing it off after 3D Realms closed in 2009. There are no reviews on Metacritic yet but those that have played it suggest it’s short but sweet. As well as the standard version there’s a Balls of Steel collector’s edition with a bust, hard back book, poker chips and loads of other useless stuff.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is another that hasn’t been reviewed yet. I can’t imagine it being completely terrible – Warner Bros. were showing it off at the recent comic expo in London. User reviews on Metacritic are encouraging but one gamer mentioned that he managed to finish it in one night. That said, you can beat a lot of games in one sitting if you have enough coffee on stand by.

Rounding the week off is THQ’s Kung Fu Panda 2. The Xbox 360 version has Kinect support. I’m surprised Microsoft didn’t boast about that during their E3 conference.

Next week: Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Child of Eden, Williams Pinball Classics, Dungeon Siege III, Alice: Madness Returns and Naruto: Shippuden 3D – The New Era.

May 12
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The last LEGO game was released less than two months ago but we’re already on the receiving end of another – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. This was called in at the last minute to replace the canned Armada of the Damned tie-in – in which you could choose to be good or evil, à la Fable – but reviews suggest that this LEGO stud kleptomaniac sim has turned out pretty good. It’s a little bit cheaper than you may expect too – the DS version is £16.99 at The Game Collection, the PSP version is £17.91 on Amazon while the Wii version is £22.91.

Even though the PSN network is still down Bethesda are releasing the multi-player focused Brink on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this week regardless. Obviously PSN being down doesn’t effect the Xbox 360 and PC versions, but the PlayStation 3 iteration is sadly likely to take a big hit in terms of sale figures. The game itself has much in common with Valve’s Team Fortress 2, only here there’s a grittier vibe and a bigger emphasis on character customization. With a 9 from 360 Gamer magazine and an 8 from Eurogamer it would appear to be well worth considering if you’re a fan of online shooters with teamwork involved. And remember – although there’s no ‘i’ in team, there is a ‘me’ if you look closely enough.

Not one but two bike-based games out this week too – SBK World Championship 2011 from Black Bean and MX vs ATV Alive from THQ. There’s no reason not to assume that they’re both pretty good – these are two franchises that have been around for years and always gain solid scores. Indeed, by all accounts MX vs ATV Alive “rocks like a mother” according to one Metacritic user.

Finishing the week off is Pucca Power Up on DS, which NGamer Magazine thought was all right. It’s £13.99 on Amazon if you’re looking for a cheap way to keep the kids quiet this weekend.

Next week: L.A. Noire, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie, PlayMobil Agents and the purse-pleasing Nintendo Selects range (Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football and Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City)

Jan 20
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If there’s one game that has been making reviewers smile recently it’s LittleBigPlanet 2. This time round you’re not limited to just making levels to explore but full arcade-like games. All well and good, but there’s a chance Sony might yank your creations if they’re too close to the arcade originals – somebody made a clone of Mario Bros. for the first LBP and it was pulled very swiftly. Don’t let that stop you from buying it though.

A game which certainly didn’t make IGN smile is Square-Enix’s Mindjack, which was given a lowly 4/10. To quote: “The story makes little sense, the dialogue is awful, the menus are ugly, (and) you can’t pause the game”. Nice one. Check out the US boxart compared to European boxart. Maybe Square-Enix thought us Europeans are still massively into Avatar?

You can colour me surprised about the review scores for Disney Tangled – the Wii version currently has an average of 74%, which isn’t bad at all for a movie tie-in. There’s also something called 4 Elements out on DS this week which appears to be another Zoo Keeper / Bejeweled style puzzler. I think that’s enough of these now, thanks.

Finally, Mass Effect 2 hits PlayStation 3 one year after appearing on Xbox 360. It’s a ruddy brilliant game – one of the best this generation – although Eurogamer points out that the Xbox 360 version is still the best.

Next week: Dead Space 2, Yogi Bear and Alpha and Omega.

Jan 13
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The first games of 2011 are here and they’re something of an odd bunch. Capcom’s Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on DS is the highlight thanks to a string of strong review scores. The cheapest price seems to be £23.47 on Amazon unless anybody knows different.

There’s also Kingdom Hearts Re:coded on DS, which is an upgraded version of a mobile phone game. Going by Metacritic’s scores it’s the worst Kingdom Hearts game yet with a 66% average. “Despite the new gameplay types, Re:coded’s mostly recycled content feels too stale to recommend to anyone outside of the most diehard fans,” said GameInformer.

Sony’s DC Universe Online has been in development for years so it’s a little bizarre that it has been released without any real fanfare and that there isn’t a single review online yet. As such I’m guessing that it’s more Aquaman than Superman.

Lastly there’s Family Quiz on Wii. I think the boxart tells us everything we need to know about this one.

Next week: LittleBigPlanet 2, Mass Effect 2, Mindjack, Disney Tangled, Adventures To Go and something called 4 Elements on DS.

Dec 02
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This Week’s Games

For those that are willing to brave the snow, or have a postman willing to work during all weather conditions, there are a few quality titles out this week. Donkey Kong Country Returns is Nintendo’s big Christmas Wii game and everybody who plays it seemingly loves it. If you missed the news story going around yesterday, the first 20 people who take a bunch of bananas to either GAME in London’s Oxford Street or GameStation in Hull’s Prospect Centre will get it for free. Great PR work, Nintendo.

Super Mario All-Stars is also out and, well, it’s a bit of a lazy collection. It is literally just Super Mario All-Stars on a Wii disk (the menus haven’t even been changed) while the music CD apparently only contains a stingy single music track from each game.

PlayStation 3 owners should not feel jealous of these two new Wii platformers – The Sly Collection is out today, with the general verdict being that it’s pretty good.

There isn’t a whole lot more else out. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is a brilliantly animated and loving crafted 2D brawler. The first one was only released earlier this year.

There’s also Just Sing, which is apparently the DS’s first singing game. It’s pretty obvious to me as to why nobody has made one before and I also think Ubisoft should put their foot down. The game’s name could mislead people into thinking it’s part of Ubisoft’s Just Dance series. Which it isn’t.

Next week: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Sniper Elite and Dodge Racing: Charger vs. Challenger.

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