The Mass Effect

This Week’s Games

2010 could well be the year of the greatly improved sequel – Army of Two: The 40th Day was better than the first game and Mass Effect 2 – out today on Xbox 360 and PC – has been getting a run of 10/10s. Bioshock 2 is out on 8th February too and previews suggest that it’s even better than the original.

This week isn’t just about superior sequels though – MAG (Massive Action Game) on PlayStation 3 is the first ever console title to let 256 players shoot each other at once. There hasn’t been many reviews yet, but those that have been lucky enough – just two websites so far, according to GameRankings – have given it good reviews.

The same goes for the Wii-exclusive Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars which currently has an impressive average review score of 85%. Dead Rising’s Frank West is in it, so you should probably buy it.

Next week: Mx vs ATV Reflex, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Endless Ocean 2, Dante’s Inferno and the apparently utterly rubbish Astro Boy.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • Eurogamer have just given MAG a 7. They pointed out that you can’t play 256 character battles until you reach level 8!

  • Mass Effect 2 is amaze. Except, stupidly, I didn’t keep hold of my old save file from the original game. Fortunately it’s not that big a deal, you more or less get to recreate your old character, but still… another bugger is that the PC version doesn’t support the 360 controller, so I’m sat on the sofa using a wireless keyboard and mouse to play it on a HDTV… sigh… still an utterly brilliant game though, and less of the tedious moments that the original occasionally suffered from.

  • MAG is fantastic! Teamwork in an online shooter that actually works is a big step forward. And having objective based combat, rather then just killing makes for unlimited replay. MAGnificent!

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