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Nov 25
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Reviews for Epic Mickey are starting to appear and are off to a bumpy start – the Official Nintendo Magazine gave it 85% while Eurogamer painted a 6/10 on it. I’d wait for a few more reviews before splashing the cash, especially seeing that Donkey Kong Country is out next week. Raving Rabbids Travel in Time should be approached with caution too – NGamer Magazine really didn’t like what they saw while previewing it. Pac Man Party didn’t go down too well with them either. NBA Jam is apparently good fun though. It’s only going to be sold at HMV for some reason. Worms Battle Islands is also out on Wii this week via THQ.

Red Dead: Undead Nightmare is now available in a box as a standalone game. It’s £17.99 on Amazon, making it a rather good gift idea for Christmas.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and Splatterhouse are two of the other interesting games out today. Majin has a whiff of Ico/Shadow of the Colossus about it while Splatterhouse had a huge delay and a revamp halfway through development. Reviews have been above average for both so far.

Fans of singing, dancing, keeping fit and looking like a fool are well looked after: Zumba Fitness, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Karaoke Revolution Glee, Get Fit with Mel B and Def Jam Rapstar are all out this week. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Michael Jackson: The Experience aren’t out until next year. Have you seen what they’ve done to him on the DS version? Ow indeed.

Lastly, CGI movie Megamind gets the videogame treatment in no less than three flavours – Megamind: Ultimate Showdown on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, The Blue Defender for DS and PSP and Mega Team Unite on Wii.

Next week: Donkey Kong Country Returns, The Sly Collection, Super Mario All-Stars, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Dodge Racing: Charger vs. Challenger.

Nov 19
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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has gone from being a game quietly announced with very little fanfare to being the highest rated game this winter. It currently has an average review score of 92%, which is higher than even Call of Duty: Black Ops (currently at 88%). Eurogamer gave it 10/10: “Never before have we seen a game whose open world is so densely packed with things to do while maintaining such high quality”, they said.

Another game getting glowing reviews is Burnout: Hot Pursuit, sorry, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. It’s by the Burnout boys (and girls, probably) who have never put a foot wrong. Well, apart from Airblade on PS2. That was a bit naff.

Speaking of naff, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One has been getting some awful scores including a 2/10 from IGN. “It’s really doubtful you’d want to play this for longer than an hour”, claims their review. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon on Wii hasn’t been impressing the critics either, especially Eurogamer who dished out a soggy 3/10 for this on-rails shooter.

And although Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit isn’t out on PSP, Disney have been kind enough to release Split/Second: Velocity. The “home console” versions were superb but this one doesn’t appear to be as good.

If your wallet is attracting moths then there are a few budget games out today that are worth a look. Blood Drive is a Twisted Metal-style car-with-guns affair from the developers behind Gripshift while Apache: Air Assault is by the people behind IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey and apparently pretty good. Then there’s Create from EA, which is only £14.99 on Wii and £24.99 on Xbox 360 at Play. NGamer Magazine said it kept them busy for hours and handed out a not too shabby 70%.

As mentioned briefly by us last week, there’s not one, not two, but three Harvest Moon games out today. Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands are both for DS (one is being published by Rising Star; the other Namco Bandai) while Harvest Moon: Animal Paradise is for Wii.

Next week: Gran Turismo 5, Epic Mickey, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Splatterhouse, Tron Evolution, Def Jam Rapstar, Raving Rabbids Travel in Time, Pac Man Party, Dreamworks Megamind, Karaoke Revolution Glee, Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force 5, Michael Jackson: The Experience, PDC World Championship Darts Pro Tour, Hot Wheels: Track Attack, NBA Jam, Red Dead: Undead Nightmare, Worms Battle Islands and Game Party in Motion.

Nov 04
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There’s no Bond movie this year yet there’s not one but two James Bond games out this week. If the early reviews are to go by then it’s GoldenEye 007 on Wii that’s the one to spend your golden coins on.

GoldenEye 007 scored a lofty 9 on IGN but they only gave James Bond 007: Blood Stone a 5. Eurogamer also gave Blood Stone an average score, calling it a “forgettable weekend diversion” and nothing more. A few other websites have been a little bit more generous with their scores but not by much.

For those who haven’t given up on the PSP yet there’s the pretty good, if a little predictable, God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Football Manager 2011.

The DS gets Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs while PlayStation 3 owners are being treated to the Move-enabled Time Crisis Razing Storm. Both of these are probably alright, if, again, a little predictable.

There isn’t a whole lot else out apart from kid’s games, and for the curious here they are in list form: Defendin DePenguin, Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales, Disney Channel All Star Party, Zhu Zhu Pets: Kung Zhu, Zhu Zhu Pets: Wild Bunch and Imagine Fashion Paradise.

Next week: Oh man – it’s a big one. (Breathe in) Call of Duty: Black Ops, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Motion Sports, Sonic Free Riders, Kinect Joy Ride, Dance Central, DanceEvolution, Fighters Uncaged, The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout, Crossboard 7, Sonic Colours, Cooking Mama World: Babysitting Mama, Cooking Mama World: Hobbies and Fun, Beyblade: Metal Fight, Doctor Who: Return to Earth, Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth, We Sing Robbie Williams, Dance Paradise, Cabela Big Game Hunter 2010 and HAWK 2 on Wii (Breathe out). Three games with the world ‘dance’ in the title? Ubisoft has a lot to answer for.

Oct 28
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Fable creator Peter Molyneux recently said that he “has never made a great game”. I’m not sure how Microsoft feels about him saying that seeing that Fable III is out this week. By all account though, it is pretty great, gaining a strong amount of 8/10s.

A game that may not be great is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Eurogamer only gave it 5/10 in their review, pointing out stupid design ideas like invisible walls and ceilings. It’ll sell well though, regardless. WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2011 will no doubt do well in the chart too. EA are shipping two to stores – The Sims 3 (which has been advertised on TV) and Rock Band 3. It’ll be interesting to see how Rock Band 3 does – this year’s Guitar Hero and DJ Hero 2 haven’t done very well.

Shaun White Skateboarding has been in the gaming news recently as Ubisoft sent the wrong PlayStation 3 version to be pressed. We’ve been told that this problem has been rectified for the European release. Should you bother? A 5.5/10 from IGN suggests not. Tony Hawk Shred is also out today. I’ll never understand publishers.

On DS there’s Super Scribblenauts, which appears to be more of the same, while both Wii and DS get Ivy the Kiwi? – a 2D platformer designed by the creator of Sonic. Both are certainly worth a look. The same goes for Deadly Premonition – a game which has been getting incredibly mixed reviews, including everything from 1/10 to 10/10. It would seem that the game itself is pretty average but the storyline, cut-scenes and characters are all barking mad and so make it worth playing.

And finally, there’s a new PlayStation 2 game out today – Lord Of The Rings: Aragorn’s Quest. It’s also on Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP and DS. Reviews have been mediocre, so it’s hardly a swansong for the system.

Next week: GoldenEye 007, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Time Crisis Razing Storm, Football Manager 201, God Of War: Ghost of Sparta and Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast 2.

Aug 26
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This week’s biggest release is frequently delayed Mafia II. General opinion seems to be that it looks really nice but the missions are dull – they’re same old guff we’ve seen before. Reviews so far include a 4/10 from Eurogamer and a 6/10 from EDGE. Did 2k Czech learn nothing from EA’s The Godfather II?

Continuing with the 50s theme this week is 505 Games’ Grease for Wii and DS. I’m willing to bet that it’s stinking awful. Thank goodness for Sega’s Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade – also out on Wii this week – to reassure us that not all Wii games nowadays are for fatties and 10 year old girls. Is it good? A “B” review score from 1UP would suggest so.

Also out on Wii and DS:  Konami’s Gormiti, based on those little plastic toys, and Pirates: Adventures of the Black Corsair. I can’t find any review for either but did come across some very blurry looking screenshots for Pirates. Probably best to wait for Sid Meier’s scurvy sim.

A trio of games from Ubisoft round this week off – Rayman Rabbids Trilogy and My Fitness Coach: Dance Workout on Wii and Imagine Dream Resort on DS. Three Rabbids for the price of one? Sold!

Next week: Metroid: Other M, Hawx 2, Puzzle Quest II, WordJong, Valkyria Chronicles II and Tetris Party Deluxe.

Aug 12
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I’ve been looking at the review scores for Madden NFL 11 – released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week – and have noticed a pattern. Madden 09 received an average review score of 85%, Madden 10 got an average of 86% and so far Madden NFL 11 clocks in with 87%. If this pattern continues, in 13 years time we’ll have a 100% perfect Madden game. Result!

MCV, who are usually pretty reliable, say that Family Gameshow is out on Wii this week too. However, I just looked on Amazon and they say that it has been out since November 2009. There are even a few pre-owned copies for sale. MCV list Funbox Media as down as the publisher, but the version on Amazon has Zushi, who went bust earlier this year, as the publisher…so it’s all a little confusing. Two games called Family Gameshow, perhaps?

Freddie Flintoff’s Power Play Cricket on DS looks like being the only other game to hit stores. It’s £17.99 on Play if cricket is your thing.

Next week: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Adventures To Go, We Sing Encore, Demon’s Souls and Thomas and Friends: Hero of the Rails. Choo choo!

Aug 05
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Move along PlayStation and Xbox owners – there’s nothing for you to see here. There isn’t a great deal out for owners of Nintendo’s consoles either though, so there’s no need to be jealous.

THQ’s The Last Airbender for Wii and DS is the biggest game of the week and is based on the upcoming movie that doesn’t look too bad at all. The movie itself is based on the Avatar cartoon, but I’m guessing they weren’t allowed to call the movie Avatar because of that other movie. US magazine Nintendo Power appears to be the only place to review it so far. They gave the Wii version 6/10 and the DS version 7.5/10.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on DS is another movie tie-in, based on a Disney movie that looks like shameless clone of the Harry Potter saga. Then there’s Art Academy: Painting and Drawing, which is being published by Nintendo themselves.

Chicken Blaster on Wii rounds off this week’s releases. The publisher’s website has been showing a “coming soon” page for months, so they clearly don’t want to world to see what tat they’re planning to publish.

Next week: Madden NFL 11 on PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 and Family Gameshow on Wii.

Jul 08
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Crackdown 2 has certainly taken its sweet time coming but reviews have been good. Even EDGE liked it, handing out an 8. If anything, the zombie-like enemies will do for target practice until Halo: Reach is released in a few months time.

The only other two games out this week are both on Wii and according to GameRankings nobody has reviewed them yet. PokePark Wii looks like being one for the under 10s – the Japanese trailer shows a string of rather simplistic looking mini-games. Marines: Modern Urban Combat on the other hand is a budget priced first person shooter. There’s a trailer on YouTube that’s good for a giggle – everybody appears to have wooden limbs and soiled pants.

Next week: Toy Story 3: The Video Game and Puzzle Quest II.

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