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Feb 04
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This Weeks Games

Typical – you spend ages waiting for a decent Wii game and then two come at once. Deep sea diving sim Endless Ocean 2 and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers are two very different games though. Both got good reviews in NGamer Magazine, and are available on Game’s website for £24.99 each.

Now forget all about fish and gender confused characters – Dante’s Inferno is this week’s big release. Even though it’s from the team behind Dead Space, reviews have been mixed – Eurogamer gave it a 6; GamesRadar a 7. EA have kindly put out a PSP version of it too.

Two other multi-format games are also hitting shelves today – movie tie-in Astro Boy: The Videogame and Mx vs ATV Reflex. Reviews of Astro Boy have been very poor (the Wii version is apparently a conversion of the PSP version, of all things) and the DS iteration in particular has been given a right mauling. THQ’s Mx vs ATV Reflex has fared a lot better – the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions have scored highly, although the PSP and DS version aren’t really worth investigating.

There is something worth a look on PSP though: RPG Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. The first Disgaea has a very strong cult following, plus this sequel is available for a nice £17.99 on Play.com.

Next week: Bioshock 2, Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, Star Ocean: The Last Hope – International, Phantasy Star 0, Karaoke Revolution, Half-Minute Hero and Reel Fishing: Angler’s Dream.

Jan 21
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This Week’s Games

Slim pickings this week chums. Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero on Wii is a mere conversion of the ancient GameCube scare-a-thon. Capcom recently claimed that RE: Darkside Chronicles has only shifted a mere 16,000 copies so far so Lord knows what the sales figures for this will be like. If you’re interested though it’s only £12.99 at Zavvi.

The stupidly named Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 4 on PSP is this week’s only other offering. Is Yu-Gi-Oh still down with ‘da kidz’? I thought they’d moved onto other stuff. Like smoking weed and happy slapping.

Next week is a whole lot more interesting with all three of the big formats receiving an exclusive – Mass Effect 2 on Xbox 360, MAG on PlayStation 3 and Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars on Wii. The last is a very pleasing £17.95 to pre-order, again from Zavvi.

Jan 14
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This Week’s Games

Not many reviews of Capcom’s Dark Void are up on the internet yet, so the review scores on GameRankings are incredibly sporadic – the PlayStation 3 version is currently at 80%, the Xbox 360 version at 62.5% and the PC version at 53%. If you’re thinking of buying it, it would probably be best to wait until a few more reviews roll in.

After appearing on DS the budget priced Love Is In Bloom: The Flower Shop Garden is out on Wii this week. When the one of the special features is “Unique Wii Remote controls with gameplay specifically designed to take advantage of the extra level of control,” you know that you’re looking at one turd of a game.

Activision’s Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament and Sega’s Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame Of The Olympic Winter Games go head to head this week too. I can’t find any reviews of either but you should know what to expect – plenty of button bashing and analogue stick waggling.

Next week: It looks like there’s just one game out – Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero on Wii

Jan 07
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This Week’s Games

EA’s The Saboteur features tits and guns and hasn’t sold very well. Sega’s Bayonetta also features tits and guns, but with 10/10 reviews from just about everybody it’s bound to do well in the chart next week. If you haven’t read any reviews yet, it’s a bit like Devil May Cry only with a far superior combat system and an excellent musical score.

If you like a bit more adventuring in your third person action games then THQ’s Darksiders might be the one to go for instead. Reviews have also been strong, including an 8 from Eurogamer and a 9 from 360 Gamer magazine. The press have described as a mixture of Zelda and God of War, which seems like a fair comparison.

Next week: Army Of Two: The 40th Day, Dark Void, Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament and the stupidly elongated Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame Of The Olympic Winter Games.

Dec 17
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This Week’s Games


A lot of people will be doing their Christmas shopping this weekend, so releasing a new game the week before Christmas isn’t an entirely mad thing to do. Only Nintendo and Sony are brave enough to do this though, with just two new releases out this week – Buzz! Quiz World on PSP and Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection on DS. They’re both probably alright, if quizzes and crosswords “float” your “boat”.

If not, then you should get out into town and try to bag yourself a bargain – Game and GameStation have pre-owned stuff for as little as 98p (I picked up NASCAR 08 on PlayStation 3 for a friend) while Blockbusters, PC World and Currys.digital have started their sales too. If you can’t stand the crowds – and I don’t blame you, people can be twats at Christmas – then there’s some good stuff to be had online such as Brutal Legend at Play.com for £17.99 while Zavvi has Borderlands and Operation Flashpoint 2 for £17.95 a pop.

Next week: Nothing, because it’s Christmas Day, but 8th January sees Bayonetta, the apparently very Zelda-like Darksiders and Winter Games 2010 hitting shelves.

Dec 10
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This Week’s Games

It has been a middling year for DS releases but at least The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks helps it go out with a bang. “Spirit Tracks must be the happiest, most heart-warming Zelda to date,” claims Eurogamer who awarded it a 9.

I’ve just had a look at GameRankings to see what the review scores for Tekken 6 on PSP have been like, only to discover that it has scored higher than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. It’s currently at 83%, compared to 80% for the other two. Not a massive difference but slightly interesting nonetheless.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is the only other game out, no doubt destined to be purchased by easily mislead children and clueless parents this Christmas. I can’t find a single review, which is never a good sign.

Next week: Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection and Buzz! Quiz World look like being the last releases of 2009, unless you count PSP UMD movie releases.

Dec 04
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This Week’s Games, in 2D

There was a time when Pandemic could do no wrong, churning out Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans and Mercenaries in quick succession. That was before being taken over by EA, where their output suddenly dropped – their Dark Knight game was canned, Mercenaries 2 wasn’t as good as the first and LoTR: Conquest was an insult to the license. EA has now closed the studio down and their final release – The Saboteur – is out today. There’s been next to no marketing and reviews have been barely above average. What a sad way for a once talented developer to go.

Reviews of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game have been appearing on the ‘net this week, including a mediocre 5 from Eurogamer and a more positive 7 from GamesRadar. A quote from the Eurogamer review: “Did it really take him 10 years to come up with a blue horse?” The Wii version is different from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions and received a not too bad 67% from NGamer Magazine. The PSP version isn’t out until next week, according to online retailers.

The multiformat Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! seems to be the only other game worth mentioning. The previous games in the series, which were Xbox 360 exclusives, were pretty good and because it’s less than full price (£24.99 at Play) I’d say it would make a nice Christmas present for any movie buffs you may know. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than a handful of cheap DVDs from Tesco, but nobody likes a cheapskate.

Next week: Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (ho ho!) and Tekken 6 on PSP.

Nov 26
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Where This Week’s Game Are

It’s the Wii that has the most interesting games out this week – the lovely 2D adventure game Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, which is apparently a lot better than the first one. You can also get it in a pack with a Wii Zapper for an extra tenner. Or you could go down to Poundland and get a third-party gun holster for a quid. Then there’s futuristic racer Wheelspin from legendary developer Archer Maclean. Despite lots of potential, US reviews weren’t very good.

On Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC there’s Rogue Warrior, which has nothing to do with 2000 AD’s blue chap. There are no reviews on Gamerankings yet, which tells you everything you need to know. Also: some online retailers are selling it for under £20 already.

This week’s movie tie-in is Where The Wild Things Are: The Videogame, featuring plenty of horrible looking trolls. It looks like your standard movie tie-in stuff, with reviews being around the 5/10 mark. Next week’s Avatar game is looking much better.

Next Week: James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, Tony Hawk: Ride, Summon Night: Twin Age and The Saboteur (RIP Pandemic).

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