Tagged "This Week’s Games"

Apr 01
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This Week’s Game(s)

It’s usually during the summer months that new game releases become scarce, but by the looks of things there’s either one game out this week or nothing at all.

Game and Gameplay’s release radars are empty while Play just has Rune Factory: Frontier on Wii listed. They’re only charging £24.99 for it, which doesn’t seem too bad. It’s a spin-off from the Harvest Moon series, only with RPG elements like dungeons.

Next week sees the release of one of the elongated game names for a long time – Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned & Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot Add-On Pack. Also: Sakura Wars: So Long My Love and Rugby League 3 on Wii.

Mar 25
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A fan of Lost? Then you might be interested in Just Cause 2 (if you weren’t already) – apparently there’s an island that pays homage to the Lost island, complete with a hatch and a smoke monster. I haven’t seen any 9s dished out for it yet, but there has been plenty of 8s. The same goes for Red Steel 2 – it’s a vast improvement over of the original, with a new graphic style and setting and better controls. NGamer Magazine said that the cut-scenes were very dated though. You can get it for a nice £29.73 from Amazon with the Motion Plus add-on.

Infinite Space should please those looking for a new DS game with a bit of depth and complexity behind it. The same probably can’t be said for SpongeBob Boating Bash (out on Wii and DS today) and movie tie-in How to Train Your Dragon. Another licensed game hitting stores this week is Prison Break: The Conspiracy. I’m almost done writing our review. In short: it’s solidly put together, but not very original. It also contains loads of stealth sections that require patience, so it might not be everybody’s cup of tea.

Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver should do well in the charts, and people can’t moan that there’s nothing new in this installment of Nintendo’s cash miltank (see what I did there?) as it comes with a Pokewalker LCD handheld so you can take your ‘mon on the move.

Sega’s Resonance of Fate and Tecmo Koei’s Last Rebellion both sound like the type of thing that are bound for curiosity. They’re both RPGs of the angst ridden teenager kind – Resonance of Fate is out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 while Last Rebellion is a PlayStation 3-exclusive.

Next week: BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Dead or Alive: Paradise, Lips: I love the 80s and Supreme Commander 2.

Mar 18
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This Week’s Games

The chart should be interesting next week – both God of War III and Metro 2033 are out from tomorrow. THQ’s FPS has been getting decent reviews, including an 8 from Eurogamer and a 9 from GamesRadar. Eurogamer gave Kratos’ new adventure a 9 – “it includes the absolute best dog-kicking puzzle you’ll ever see”, they said.

Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight should be of interest to PC owners. Well, in theory anyway – it doesn’t appear to be a brilliant comeback for the series. The average review score at the moment is 69%. Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening (also out on consoles) seems like a safer bet. Capcom’s MotoGP 09/10 has apparently had a lot more effort put into it than the last iteration, so that might be worth a look too.

A trio of Wii games for your perusal – Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, It’s My Circus and Scene It? Twilight. Fragile Dreams is the only one worth talking about, for the obvious reason. It’s a Wii-exclusive postapocalyptic RPG developed by Eternal Sonata team tri-Crescendo. IGN thought it was alright, scoring it 6.7

Next week: Just Cause 2, Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Prison Break: The Conspiracy, Red Steel 2, Resonance of Fate, Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, How to Train your Dragon, Infinite Space and Last Rebellion

Mar 11
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DS carts – tiny in size, but they can hold a lot of information. So why then does Sonic Classic Collection (currently £17.99 on Gameplay) only feature four Sonic games? They could have stuck Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on there as well I reckon.

Hmm. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition is an odd one – both Play and Amazon are seemingly unaware of its existence. Both Gameplay and Game say it’s out this week though. It’s £24.99 and features some extra missions (Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape and The Mercenaries Reunion), a versus mode and four extra costumes. Sounds worth it to me.

PlayStation 3-exclusive Yakuza 3 is worth a look too. GamesRadar gave it an 8 – “It’s GTA Japan, with added golf, suplexes and kung-fu kicks,” they said.

Just one multiformat release this week – BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE Vilgax Attacks, which was actually released in the US late last year. Reviews on GameRankings are around the 70% mark for all four versions, meaning it’s a hell of a lot better than the recent Astro Boy game.

Next week: God of War 3, Metro 2033, Combat of Giants: Mutant Insect, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Moto GP 09/10 and Fireburst.

Mar 04
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Expect a load of DS titles to re-enter the chart next week due to the super-sized Nintendo DSi XL hitting stores tomorrow. There are only two new DS games released this week to coincide with it though – the apparently better than you might expect Alice in Wonderland (also out on Wii) and Ubisoft’s Imagine: Journalist, as mocked on UK Resistance.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the only thing arriving on consoles. GameRankings is currently showing an 89% average review score, so yeah, it’s good. I’d imagine that the single player isn’t as good as Call of Duty: MW2 but the multi-player mode has a lot more stuff to get stuck into.

Finally, get your phoenix downs ready for Tuesday 9th as that’s when Final Fantasy XIII is out. The usually reliable PSM3 Magazine only gave it 70% while GamesMaster magazine scored it 76%. These aren’t the kind of scores I was expecting, to be honest.

Next week: Moto GP 09/10, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Sonic Classic Collection and Yakuza 3.

Feb 25
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I don’t know if Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing features any music – remixes or original – from Sonic R, but it bloody well should. Even if it doesn’t it’s still worth considering as reviews have been solid including an 8/10 from GamesRadar and 78% from NGamer Magazine. Both said that the track design is decent but the commentary soon gets annoying. It’s out on Wii, DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and, funnily enough, PC, this week. Why no PSP version, Sega?

PSP owners shouldn’t feel too bad though – both Dante’s Inferno and perplexing puzzler Echoshift are out to buy from tomorrow. The curious Heavy Rain, which is rather aptly named given the weather at the moment, is this week’s big PlayStation 3 release. I have no idea if it’ll sell well though. The Wii meanwhile gets the very good Ace Combat-alike Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces and the presumably rubbish Safar’Wii.

Over in the world of Xbox 360 there are two new racers – budget priced Crash Time 3 (£17.99 at Gameplay) and Superstars V8 Racing: The Next Challenge. The first Superstars V8 didn’t review too well. Maybe this will be an improvement?

Another less than full-price title hitting shelves is Way of the Samurai 3 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It sounds like there’s some nice ideas behind it – there’s 15 different endings and you can talk your way out of fights. The first Way of the Samuari game has something of a cult following too.

Another else left? Only a little gem of a game called Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes on DS. This got rave reviews (which is a phrase I haven’t used in a long time, incidentally) around Christmas time but was put back until now to avoid getting lost in the Xmas rush. Imagine a mixture of Advance Wars and Final Fantasy Tactics and you should get the gist.

Next week: Final Fantasy XIII, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Sonic Classic Collection, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Infinite Space, Dementium II and the Nintendo DSi XL.

Feb 18
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Aliens vs Predator, then. Reviews have been incredibly mixed – everything from a 5.5/10 from Gamespot to a 9/10 from the Official Australian PlayStation Magazine. People have been reporting that the face hugger that comes with the deluxe edition has arrived broken too, although Sega have promptly set up a website where people can ask for a replacement.

If AvP doesn’t take your fancy this week then unfortunately there isn’t much else out – just Guitar Hero: Van Halen on the three major formats, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Karaoke Revolution on Wii.

The handhelds have some interesting stuff though – Half Minute Hero on PSP is an RPG split into thirty second chunks of gameplay while Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigates on DS is a spin-off from Phoenix Wright. Bizarrely, Ubisoft seems to think releasing a Hello Kitty game (Hello Kitty Puzzle Party) on PSP is a good idea to make some money. I beg to differ. Releasing a game like SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3 – which is also out today – is probably a safer bet.

Next week: Heavy Rain, Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, Lips: Party Classics, SafarWii, Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, Undead Knights and White Knight Chronicles.

Feb 12
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The biggest game out this week has been available for a good three days now already – stunning sea-quel Bioshock 2 was released worldwide on Tuesday. Reviews have been glowing – a 10 from GamesRadar, an 8 from Eurogamer and a 9 from 360 Gamer magazine. If you didn’t like the first one though, then you won’t like this.

There’s defiantly a Japanese twist to this week’s releases – no less than five originate from the land of sushi. Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll on Wii uses the balance board, so it’s probably worth getting if you want to loose a few pounds. Phantasy Star Zero on DS features a WiFi mode; if you’re a fan of the Dreamcast version then you’ve almost certainly pre-ordered this already. Also on DS: Animal Kororo and Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. Then there’s Square-Enix RPG Star Ocean: The Last Hope International on PlayStation 3, which should keep you busy until Final Fantasy XIII is released next month.

So, what can western publishers offer us to entice money out of our wallets? Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, Sled Shred: Featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team and Disney’s Jonas. Ah well, at least we have Bioshock 2.

Next week: Alien vs Predator, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3, Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth Investigates, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, Think: Train Your Brain, Dragonology, Half Minute Hero and the apparently rubbish Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

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