E3: the interesting stuff

There were a lot of war games on show at E3 – it isn’t humanly possible to even start listing them. Plenty of cartoon and movie licenses, tedious-looking first person shooters and complex-looking racing games too. But it’s not all bad, as this round up of mild innovation proves. THQ have a Nintendo-exclusive in the …

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“My sash says Ultraman”

Watch this video of EA’s The Simpsons Game and you’ll see a handful of videogame parodies, from Frogger to We Love Katamari. Yeah, it’s amusing, but not laugh out loud funny. Watch it through to the end though, paying special attention to the formats it’s being released on… Last week Matt Groening gave the ending …

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New PSP: the same but smaller

Its official: Sony have a new model PSP on the way, due worldwide in September. And no, it doesn’t feature two screens. You can connect it up to a TV to play games and watch UMD movies on a somewhat bigger screen though. The new model – which as you can see looks exactly the …

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A Tingle to the Past

Like a school boy who has a girl’s pencil case, it’s all too easy to take the piss out of Nintendo Europe’s Stars catalogue. But we shouldn’t. Not just because bullying is bad, but because it isn’t a total farce. Recently – well, a few months ago – 1,000 people got free copies of Spectrobes …

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Zap a zombie

Nintendo showed a Wii Zapper light-gun accessory back when the wonderful white box itself was first properly unveiled. They’ve since decided to evolve it a bit and give it a dust off, the result being an elongated unit which the nunchuk can click into at the rear. It reminds me of the Dreamcast light-gun, which …

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Won’t somebody think of the E-numbers?

Good news! Viva Pinata: Party Animals has been announced at E3. Bad news! It’s a collection of colourful mini-games. Odd news! It’s not being developed by Rare, but rather Ty the Tazmanian Tiger creators Krome. We know that Rare are working on Banjo-Kazooie, but it seems strange that Microsoft have taken their franchise away from …

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The future is grey

Almost two years on from the famous ‘artist’s impression’ CGI Killzone 2 video, Sony have finally decided to show the world what the real deal will look like. What’s surprising it that it doesn’t look that much different, with several sequences – jamming guns, the troopers on fire and a drop ship blowing up before …

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Tempted yet?

So Sony have finally cut the price of the PlayStation 3 in North America, and a similar announcement for Europe is widely expected on Thursday from E3. Yes, it’s E3. No, we didn’t realise either. The 60GB model is down $100 to $499, and the original price of $599 will now buy the new 80GB …

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Acting’s Nicole Kidman

Adverts starring acting’s Nicole Kidman have doubtless contributed to the positive movement of the second dose of DS Brain Training, which is up three to #2. It’s still Potter at #1 though, and Shrek retains #3. It’s a way down the chart before you happen upon the sole new entry, that being Ninja Gaiden: Sigma …

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SBK-07 Superbike World Championship

It’s tough to decide between MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship. Best motorsport series in the world? It’s close between them. Most entertaining rider? Rossi and Haga both have their charms. Best commentators? Jack Burnicle and James Whitham are excellent, but Randy Mamola – with Toby Moody and Julian Ryder on Eurosport – probably pushes …

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Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind

It’s official: publishers are idiots. Last week was rammed with new releases, so much so that you would have been forgiven for thinking that Christmas was around the corner, but this week there are just five titles out. And one of those is Lucinda Green’s Equestrian Challenge. The super tough Ninja Gaiden Sigma is well …

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All that Jazz

A pattern has started to form: of all the big movie license tie-ins released this year – Shrek the Third, TMNT and Pirates of the Caribbean specifically – the DS versions have scored the highest overall, according to the ever helpful Game Rankings. Transformers: The Game doesn’t break this trend: the DS version – available …

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PaRappa the Rapper

Even the most casual of gamers are more than aware that the PSP is awash with PlayStation 2 conversions, but when it comes to ports of PSone titles the only one we can think of is Medieval. Sony went out of their way to improve it for the PSP though, with a graphical makeover and …

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Obscure II

In our eyes it would be a good idea for publishers Playlogic to drop the ‘II’ at the end of the title of this survival horror romp, and go for one of those trendy nonsensical subtitles instead. Not only because the first Obscure was relatively unknown, but because it was never released on GameCube, whereas …

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Hogwarts and all

Last week was full of new releases, so it’s no surprise that there’s a load of new entries in the chart. Actually, some of them are surprises – the license-free Overlord at #13, Hour of Victory at #23 and the utter rubbish Tenchu Z at #31. Cowboy thing Call of Juarez at #26 startles me …

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