Monthly Archives: August 2009

Pop art

For no real reason, a Californian grocery store worker stacked up a load of fizzy drink boxes to make a display featuring 8-bit Mario. It’s quite impressive, and you can see it over at Kotaku. UK supermarket workers never do things like...
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Art Attack

If you see yourself as an inspirational artist then you might be interested to know that there’s a competition running to design a t-shirt for Travis to wear in No More Heroes 2. Producer Suda 51 will pick his favourite, which will...
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Ashes to Ashes

UK Charts England won the Ashes yesterday, but Codemaster’s Ashes Cricket 2009 in no longer #1 having been shoved back to #3 by Wolfenstien – which enters at #2 – and Wii Sports Resort, which goes back to the top of the...
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Sticky wickets

UK Charts Codemaster’s Ashes Cricket 2009 remains #1 for the second week running. There’s something comforting about seeing a Codemaster’s game at #1. It’s like 1985 all over again. There’s just one new entry in the top 10 – Madden NFL 10...
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Sometimes it’s a good idea to let somebody else give their perspective on something. The first Transformers game was by Traveller’s Tales and ending up being the gaming equivalent of a rusty old banger. For this globe-trotting sequel Activision have let Luxoflux have a stab at the Transformers license, which makes perfect sense considering that they developed the car-combat series Vigilante 8 and also the admittedly quite good Kung Fu Panda tie-in.

The good news is that it’s a better game than the first. Not greatly so, but there’s a definite improvement. Combat has a lot more depth with each robot having their own skill (helicopter Grindor can drop automated gun turrets; Bumblebee can emit an EMP blast to stun foes, etc) and each kill is scored depending on style. Missions objectives are generally more interesting – there’s a couple of escort and protect missions, a battle against the colossal Devastator and some against the clock checkpoint races. There are still a few too many mindless “go and find some Decepticons and bash ‘em up” missions though. Each mission has bonus objectives too, like having to kill 10 enemies in a certain way. Completing these will give you bonus points to upgrade weapons and the like and also unlock full cartoons from the 80s TV series.

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