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Jun 24
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Despite the cute exterior, 505 Games’ Naughty Bear has been compared to Manhunt and has a 16+ age rating. Why all the violence, you ask? It’s because Naughty Bear wasn’t invited to another bear’s birthday party. It’s by the developers behind sleeper hit WET, so it might be worth a look despite the fact it hasn’t been reviewed yet.

Without a movie to tie-in into, Activision’s Transformers: War For Cybertron has turned out somewhat better than the last two Transformers games. Reviews suggest that it pays a great amount of fan-service and that the banter between robots is brilliant. However, it’s also quite short and the AI is dumber than Metal Mickey. I played the online beta for a bit, which plays a bit like Call of Duty with kill streaks, XP and the like. It’s much easier to get a kill though. While we’re on the subject of licensed games, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is out this week too.

It also looks like Activision are slipping Singularity into stores. This was quite hyped up at one point; I guess the end product isn’t as good as anticipated. Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 3 is certainly good though – it shifted way more copies than expected in the US, no doubt helped by the string of 10/10 review scores it gained.

Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of Osbourne House on DS could be a strong seller – the last one did very well for Ubisoft. Sadly I can’t see Metal Slug XX on PSP selling well – despite a cult following, Metal Slug games tend to drop in price very quickly and then end up in the bargain bin.

Next week: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Tournament of Legends, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Pro Cycling Tour Manager: Tour De France 2010, Dragon Ball Z: Origins 2 and APB on PC.

Jun 10
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Dust off your Wii – although some might say it’s an unnecessary sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is reportedly Nintendo at their finest. I haven’t heard a bad word about it, with review scores including a 10/10 from EDGE. If you run quickly to the high street you might be able to bag the metal tin edition. Once you’ve taken the game out of the tin, it can then be used as a money box. Classy.

Great Party Games
is also out this week on Wii. I bet it isn’t great. And if you haven’t grown bored of strumming on a plastic guitar yet then Green Day: Rock Band should be of interest. It’s out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

I’m not sure why, but semi-historic war sims tend to be slow but steady sellers that hold their price. 505 Games must have cottoned onto this – after the success of IL2 Sturmovik, they’re this week releasing Naval Assault: The Killing Tide on Xbox 360.

THQ are pushing out two new DS games too – Beat City and Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries. Beat City is a rhythm action platformer; US reviews were good, and it’s only £11.99 on Play. You don’t really want to know stuff about Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries, right? Good!

Next week: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Project Runway, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge, Shrek: Forever After, Big Beach Sports 2, U-Sing: Girls Night, Free Running and International Cricket 2010.

May 27
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“You should cut down on your pork pies, mate. Get some exercise!” sang Blur back in 1994. Well, it wasn’t actually Blur that sung that line – it was that chap from Eastenders. Sitting in front of the TV playing Actvision’s new racer Blur certainly won’t give you any exercise but it should put a smile on your face – reviews have been good, including an 8 from Eurogamer. Also: one of the tracks is based on Brighton seafront.

There are two new Wii games out though that might strengthen those limp wrists of yours – No More Heroes 2 and Samurai Warriors 3. I hope No More Heroes 2 sells well, but after seeing the poor sale figures for Sin & Punishment 2 I doubt that it will.

Three new sports games are also arriving in stores this week – Pure Football, Backbreaker and UFC Undisputed 2010. I would approach both Pure Football and Backbreaker with caution – the former hasn’t been reviewed by anybody yet, while the average review score for Backbreaker currently stands at 50%. UFC Undisputed 2010, if you haven’t read our review, is pleasingly brutal and realistic but the career mode is dull and the controls take a while to learn.

Sega’s Alpha Protocol finally sneaks into stores. Again, there are currently no reviews. There was a little bit of hype behind it when it was first announced, and it’s also developed by Obsidian Entertainment who did Star Wars: KoTOR II, but in the last few months Sega has been oddly quiet about it.

And would you believe it? GameRankings show no reviews for the belated movie tie-in Clash Of The Titans either. Amazon are selling it for £23.30, which probably says it all.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed II: Complete Edition, Rooms: The Main Building, SBK X, Dark Star One: Broken Alliance and a load of PSP re-releases.

May 13
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This week’s biggest game is a toss up between Capcom’s Lost Planet 2 – which was actually released on Tuesday – and the long awaited Alan Wake.

Reviews for Remedy’s Xbox 360 thriller have been mostly 7s and 8s; Lost Planet 2 has been getting a few 6s and some 7s. Certainly give Alan Wake a go if you’re a fan of Silent Hill – there’s a limited edition version available or if you get it from Zavvi you get a free copy of Too Human.

3D Dot Game Heroes should be of interest to PlayStation 3 owners looking for something a little different. Even more so if you’re a PlayStation 3 owner that enjoyed LittleBigPlanet. Skate 3 speaks for itself – and reviews have been good – while Miniclips’ Sushi Go Round on Wii and DS is based on a free Flash game. As this YouTube video shows, it doesn’t exactly push the Wii’s hardware.

Next week: Split/Second: Velocity, Red Dead Redemption, Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, All Star Karate, ModNation Racers, Jam with the Band and the budget priced Xbox 360 shooter MorphX.

May 06
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If it wasn’t for Sin & Punishment 2 on Wii, this week would be duller than a wet weekend in Weymouth. I was lucky enough to own the original Sin & Punishment – while on holiday in Tokyo a few years ago I found a new copy in a junk shop for about £8, stacked underneath a pile of dusty N64 games. After digging out my N64 and giving it a go it ended up on eBay where it didn’t sell for anywhere near I thought it would. I actually wish I had kept hold of it now. But never mind- Sin & Punishment 2 is reportedly very good, and Nintendo have been kind enough to include a reversible cover featuring Japanese artwork. Chart prediction? Somewhere between #30 and #40. Sadly.

There’s another five games out this week, all for DS – All Star 5-A-Side Football, The Treasures of Montezuma, Classic Games, Runaway: Twist of Fate and Petz Fantasy. We keep being sent press releases for Runaway: Twist of Fate – it’s a cartoon styled adventure game not unlike Broken Sword and looks alright – while The Treasures of Montezuma appears to be some sort of Bejeweled clone. The publisher’s website is full of DS games I’ve never heard of before. Armin van Buuren – In the Mix? Quality.

Next week: Lost Planet 2 (out Tuesday; reviews middling), Alan Wake, Skate 3, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Miniclips’ Sushi Go Round and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3

Apr 29
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This week sees one of the first, of no doubt many, movie tie-ins of 2010 – Iron Man 2. There isn’t a single review in for it yet, but this could be because Sega hasn’t sent out review copies yet in fear for spoiling the plot. I’d wager that it’s a vast improvement over the dull original though. Out on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PSP.

2010 FIFA World Cup is pretty much the same game as FIFA 2010 so therefore good. It’s out on all of the above too, but not Nintendo DS it would seem.

Then there’s the less than full price Super Street Fighter IV featuring new characters (T. Hawk, DeeJay, Guy, Cody, Adon and Juri) plus a battle mode and the return of the car crushing bonus stage. The PlayStation 3 exclusive The God of War Collection is also budget priced, available for as little as £17.99 from some online retailers.

Next week: Sin and Punishment 2: Successor of the Skies, What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2, The Treasures Of Montezuma and Runaway: Twist Of Fate.

Apr 15
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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.

Apr 08
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2010 is supposedly going to be a golden year for gaming. This week, however, is a bit pump. Sega’s Sakura Wars: So Long My Love for Wii is of niche appeal although reviews have been mostly positive. It’s a slightly daft RPG set in a steampunk version of New York in the 1920s and was first released in Japan way back in 2005. It’s the first Sakura Wars game to be released in Europe, despite the number of games in the series running into double figures.

Then there’s the catchily named Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned and Mad Moxxis Underdome Riot Add-On Pack. It’s £11.99 at Gameplay if you fancy more Borderlands blasting.

Also, sublime 2D brawler BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is out now to buy. We missed it from last week’s new round-up because nobody had it down on their release radars.

Next week: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, Dead to Rights Retribution, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Rugby League 3 and Samurai Shodown Sen.

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