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Jun 26
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This Week’s Games

Is it Christmas already? With the amount of new games out today you’d think so – there are 12 new Wii games alone. The big multi-format ones though are Overlord 2, Fight Night Round 4, Transformers 2 and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The Wii gets Another Code: R and the budget-priced Resident Evil Archives.

Reviews of Transformers 2 haven’t been too bad. At least the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, which have online play, haven’t been. Apparently the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions can be finished in around four hours. That’s the same length of the film, isn’t it?

Codemaster’s Overlord 2 should be worth a look – the first was very underrated. Wii and DS owners also get to order evil minions around with Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions. NGamer Magazine liked it on Wii but didn’t think much of the DS romp.

If you’re an Xbox 360 RPG fan and have finished Star Ocean already then you might like Tales of Vesperia. Superstar V8 Racing is also out – Blackbean’s racing games have always been good in the past. I’m going to give Octomania on Wii a mention too – it’s a cheapy puzzle game from Midas Interactive. Now there’s a name you can associate with quality.

Next week: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Ready, Steady, Cook: The Game, Rygar: The Battle of Argus and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010

Jun 11
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This Week’s Games

It’s a bit odd that the first game to use the Wii MotionPlus is a third party title, but then again EA and Nintendo are on very good terms at the moment. The device on it’s own will set you back £19.99, or you can get it with EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis for £44.99.

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings is out this week too, and on a bizarre array of consoles – Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP and DS. The first batch of screenshots released for it looked very ropey and a lack of reviews is worrying. Also out on Wii this week – Pirates Vs Ninjas Dodgeball. With a bit of luck they’ll do Tramps Vs French Maids Badminton next.

Protoype is the biggest game out though and it’s also one of the few games that Activision kept hold off when merging with Vivendi. Eurogamer gave it a 7, but GamesRadar liked it a whole lot more and awarded it a 9. In short: the boss battles are incredibly tough and the controls are a bit fiddly but running riot in the city is great fun.

Next week: Ghostbusters, Let’s Tap, MySims Racing and Hail to the Chimp.

Jun 04
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This Week’s Games

THQ are full of surprises – Saints Row 2 was a decent alternative to GTA IV and if the reviews are to go by then Red Faction Guerrilla can hold its weight against any other FPS you care to mention. Codemaster’s Fuel – which looks a lot like Pure – is also out and fans of Japanese RPGs are catered for too with Star Ocean: The Last Hope hitting Xbox 360 and Ar Tonelico 2: Melody of the Metafalica on PlayStation 2.

Just two games for Wii this weekJillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. The GameCube version was very underrated. Deep Silver are releasing Sacred 2: Fallen Angel on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, even though the first one never made it to consoles. Nearly every review I’ve read has given it 6/10.

If you thought Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 was a stupidly long title then get your tongue round this one – Walk With Me! Do You Know Your Walking Routine? It’s by Nintendo for the DS and comes with an “Activity Meter”. I think that’s just a fancy name for a pedometer.

If you’re thinking of buying either a DS Lite or PSP then these two new bundles might take your fancy – DS Lite: Professor Layton Pack and the PSP 3000 Go View Pack. Personally I’d hold out for a PSP Go or fork out the extra for a DSi.

Next week: Prototype, EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (with Wii MotionPlus), Superstars V8 Racing, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, Guilty Gear 2: Overture, Hail to the Chimp and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

May 29
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This Week’s Games

PlayStation 3-exclusive iNfamous, from Sly Racoon developers Sucker Punch, has been getting solid although not quite glowing reviews. GamesRadar gave it a 7, complaining that the city isn’t much fun to explore and that the last half of the game drags. They didn’t think much of Terminator Salvation either, giving it a 6 and citing the “repetitive set-pieces and on-rails sections” as downfalls. That said, a 6 isn’t bad as far as movie tie-ins go.

Boom Blox Bash Party on Wii – the box for which resembles a Mega CD game – looks like a decent sequel, adding space and underwater worlds and new modes and blocks. Guitar Hero: Metallica is also out this week on Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Reviews have been jolly good, as Metallica themselves probably wouldn’t say.

If none of those take your fancy then there’s SBK 09, which stands for Super Bike Championship and not Snowboard Kids, on PlayStation 2 (yes, PlayStation 2), PSP, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I’m guessing that Virtual Tennis 2009 is worth a look too. There has never been a bad Virtual Tennis game.

Next Week: Red Faction Guerrilla, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, ICO Soccer and Walk With Me! Do You Know Your Walking Routine? Well, do you?

May 22
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This Week’s Games

Up for a ruck? Well you’re in luck this week – Punch Out on Wii and UFC: Undisputed have both been getting good reviews, and are now out to buy. If punching virtual humans isn’t your thing and would rather harm dubious looking critters instead then there’s always Pokemon Platinum, a director’s cut of sorts of the last proper DS Pokemon game.

Ben Stiller’em up Night at the Museum 2 has been getting mixed reviews – IGN liked it, heralding it to be one of the better kid’s licensed games before giving it a solid 7.5 but NGamer Magazine on the other hand gave it a kicking and 35%. The average review score is currently 59% for the Wii version and 51% for the Xbox 360 version, going by GameRankings. Somewhere between the NGamer and IGN scores, then.

Another game getting mixed reactions is Capcom’s Bionic Commando. It seems that the bionic arm is hard to control at first, but good fun (you can throw cars!) when you get used to it. GamesRadar gave it an 8, while Retro Gamer dished out 85%. I can’t see it being as popular as Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV though.

Next week: InFamous, Boom Blox: Bash Party, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Terminator Salvation, SBK 09, Aqua Panic and Ar Tonelico 2: Melody of the Metafalica. Which is obviously an RPG.

May 07
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This Week’s Games

Dance mats went out of fashion years ago but somebody obviously forgot to tell Noridic Games. They’re releasing Dance Party: Club Hits and Dance Party: Pop Hits on PlayStation 2 and Wii this week, both available with or without a mat to boogie on.

There are more interesting things out to spend your pennies on, fortunately. On Xbox 360 there’s Left 4 Dead: Game of the Year Edition, which includes the survival pack. It’s sadly still full price though. The apparently average Velvet Assassin also makes it out on Xbox 360.

Wii and DS get point and click adventure sequel Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis, while on DS there’s something called Aqua Panic. It looks like a revamp of the well-received Downstream Panic on PSP, which Atari didn’t release over here. There’s a Wii version due out soon too it would seem.

Next week: Battlestations Pacific, Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade (pre-order for £17.99 at Play.com), Rock Revolution and Sports Island 2.

Apr 30
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Last year’s Hulk game was pretty pointless as an excellent Hulk game (The Hulk: Ultimate Destruction) had already been made. I’m wondering if the same is going to apply to X-Men Origins: Wolverine as 2003’s X-2: Wolverine’s Revenge is widely regarded by the fans to be a definitive Wolverine experience. It’s out on all formats (bar PSP) this week and with the movie out too it’ll no doubt get into the top #10.

There are also two other movie tie-ins out – Coraline, which I’m guessing is a bit rubbish due to the lack of publicity, and Hannah Montana: The Movie Game. Which I’m also guessing is rubbish.

On Wii there’s Marbles Balance Challenge, the sequel to Kororinpa, only this time you can use the balance board. Gaming’s favourite mother is back on DS with Gardening Mama, while Koch Media for some reason thought that Russell Grant’s Astrology would make a good DS game. Best stick to Rhythm Paradise, which has been popular with importers and Nintendo have promoted with funky shop displays.

Next Week: Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis, Velvet Assassin, Vertigo and Pool Hall Pro. Also: some Only Fools & Horses T-shirts. GAME, you plonker!

Mar 06
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This Week’s Games

Game have been publishing quite a few exclusives recently (as in, titles can only buy in Game) and this week another two join their growing list – lush looking 2D brawler Battle Fantasia on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Buffy on Nintendo DS. Battle Fantasia is from the team behind Guilty Gear, so you should know what to expect. Review scores have been around the 70% mark. Buffy? Presumably rubbish.

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard piques my interest – it’s a parody of shoot’em ups and videogames in general. It’s also less than full price – currently £25.96 at Amazon. On PSP there’s Patapon 2 while the Wii gets another pricey GameCube update in the form of Mario Power Tennis. Nintendo have been advertising this on TV for the past week or so already, so expect it to sell better than Pikmin has.

Ubisoft have been running TV adverts of Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.K too. It’s an aerial combat game, if you’ve missed out on the press coverage. Reviews have been mostly positive.

The unlikable Army Men franchise also rears its ugly head this week with Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune on both Wii and DS. I think the name says it all…

Next week: Resident Evil 5, Persona 4, MySims Party, Sonic and the Black Knight, Job Island: Hard Working People and a load of budget games from Activision.

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