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Nintendo Wii vs Nintendo Wii U

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Nintendo Wii U vs Nintendo Wii  fight!

The first thing we noticed about Nintendo’s next console when we last got our hands on it was the length — the Wii U is Nintendo’s longest console yet. Sure, sure, there’s a tablet controller and HD graphics and yadda yadda yadda. That’s immaterial. What matters here, folks, is how the new hardware — the console itself — physically stacks up against the first Wii. As you’ll see in our gallery, length is the least of the Wii U‘s changes: in the Wii U, Nintendo added two more USB 2.0 ports up front and rounded out its hard right angles, for starters. Around back, the port layout of the Wii is nigh-on identical with that of the Wii U, albeit with the fan moved an inch (or so) to the right, making space for HDMI output. This is an HD console, after all. Wonderfully, unlike the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the Wii U includes an HDMI cable right out of the box. Not a huge deal, but it sure was a baffling move when Sony and Microsoft both skimped on such an important detail.


The only other change we spotted (outside of the power port being flipped from horizontal to vertical) is the lack of GameCube controller ports up top. Say sayonara to those old Wavebirds, as Nintendo’s moving on to its new tablet controller and its updated Pro Controller.

Video Games Info – SuperBot Entertainment Interview

Monday, November 5th, 2012

As far as the mascot based bash-em-up genre is concerned, there is really only one game worth mentioning. Super Smash Bros. brought together a host of Nintendo’s most recognisable characters and pitted them against each other in an all-in brawl. Well, Sony clearly hopes to emulate this feat with PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale. Not content with just copying the formula, developer SuperBot Entertainment is looking change it up and bring something new to the table. I spoke with Omar Kendall, director of the game to find out how different it really is.

I wanted to know how the game came about and what the idea behind it all was. Kendall was happy to fill me in. “An original studio was formed with a very high level idea of let’s make a game. Eventually they settled on the idea of PlayStation All-Stars, a game with all of these great Sony characters doing something. It was very open ended at the time, just an idea to have something like the laugh Olympics (that Hanna Barbera show where all their characters came together). The goal was simply having fun with a great cast of characters. It was about two years ago when they came up with the idea of doing a brawler, and it just came from several different prototypes. I have seen several different versions of the game and not all of them were fighters. All sorts of weird variations on the mash up were tested. We just found that getting four people together on the couch duking it out was a really fun thing and that’s how we settled on the brawler idea.”

I then dealt with the proverbial elephant in the room. I asked Kendall about the inevitable comparisons with Super Smash Bros. What separated All-Stars from Nintendo’s efforts? “Our first difference is obviously the PlayStation brand, and PlayStation characters. From a gameplay perspective, the biggest difference is the super system. In Smash Bros. you are filling up the percentages trying to knock the opposition off the edge. Our game is about building a meter towards super moves which score points. It creates a different gameplay style. While visually there are similarities, once people sit down with it they recognise the difference as soon as they play. It plays very much like its own thing.”

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Another point I was curious about was how the team determined which characters would appear in the game, especially the more obscure ones like Fat Princess and Sir Daniel. “Well you have the Drakes and the Ratchet and Clanks who are all obvious choices and in a game of this nature they have to be there. They are the no brainers. A game like this lends itself to introducing players to some new characters and franchises they may not have encountered before. Fat Princess is probably the best example of this, being from this small downloadable capture-the-flag game but we thought we could have some fun and bring her to this game. We hope this will call attention to a smaller yet important part of the PlayStation universe. Most of our choices, barring the obvious ones, came down to thinking like that,” said Kendall.

Further to my previous question, I asked Kendall how hard it was to get the non Sony characters such as Big Daddy and Dante. “When we approached the companies, they were all very open to the concept, which was very cool. We got characters like Heihachi and Big Daddy, who we know a lot about. We have played their games and know how they move and act. We got to work with their developers who were all very cool, giving us anything we need. Then we have characters like Dante and Raiden from Metal Gear Rising and those games aren’t even out yet and are still being developed. This presented a unique challenge to us because we obviously need to get our game together so we need a lot of information from the developer and a lot of times they didn’t have it. It simply hadn’t been developed yet. Obviously they are very different games, so we did have some leeway, but it certainly was an interesting experience. “

Single player is often an afterthought in games like this. I wanted to know what would be on offer for gamers out there that prefer to go it alone. His response was promising. “We have an arcade mode which is the traditional one-one fighting game style mode. You know the type. You go in, select your character, find out why he or she has been dragged in to this crazy mash up. He will then progress and come across this fantasy match up system we have woven in. This is based around fights we think the players want to see, for example if you are playing as Jak & Daxter you will come across Ratchet & Clank, there will be some dialogue and then the fantasy battle people have been waiting for. You do then eventually progress to a boss character who gives you some more insight to where this crazy universe came from and get some closure for your character. Of course you can do this for every character in the game. We also have combat trials, sort of our edutainment mode, it teaches you the combat system from the game and at the same time entertains you and encourages you to beat your scores.”

From my brief time with the beta (and my conversation with Kendall) it is clear that PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is certainly its own beast and not simply a clone. Hopefully the full game pans out to be a cracker because I am sure there are plenty of folks out there that would get a kick out of Fat Princess beating up Kratos.

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is due for release in Australia on PS3 and PSV on Thursday 22nd November 2012.

Sony PlayStation Store Global Update

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe.

** Note for other regions **

European PSN is updated on Wednesdays.

North American Update

PlayStation Plus Content

Exclusive Timed Trial

  • Need for Speed Most Wanted


  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors (40%) – PS Plus Price: $29.99
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World (80%) – PS Plus Price: $1.00
  • WWE 13 Fan Axxess (50%) – PS Plus Price: $10.00
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Complete DLC Bundle (80%) – PS Plus Price: $0.40

Last Chance (Leaving on 11/6)

  • Instant Game Collection – NFL Blitz
  • Discount – Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Discount – Hell Yeah! Pimp My Rabbit DLC
  • Discount – Hell Yeah! Virtual Rabbit Missions DLC
  • Discount – SEGA Rally Arcade
  • Discount – One Piece Pirate Warriors
  • Discount – Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Complete DLC Bundle
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Iori with the Power of Flames
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Mr. Karate
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Nests Style Kyo
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock All
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Billy Saiki (Human Form)
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Customize Colors
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Gallery
  • Discount – King of Fighters XIII: Unlock Icons


  • LittleBigPlanet Karting ($59.99)

PS3 Break Full Games

  • Assassin’s Creed III ($59.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition ($89.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition + ACIII Liberation ($119.99)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($59.99)
  • Sports Champions 2 ($39.99)
  • Twisted Metal ($39.99)
  • Toy Story Mania ($39.99)

PSN Games

  • Okami HD ($19.99)

PS Vita

  • Assassin’s Creed III Liberation ($35.99)
  • Ragnarok Odyssey ($39.99)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($39.99)
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings ($39.99)
  • Smart As… ($29.99)

Added to PS Vita Store

  • NBA 2K13
  • SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2
  • SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3

PSP Games

  • NBA 2K13 ($19.99)
  • I Am An Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Haneda ($19.99)

PS2 Classics

  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power ($9.99)

PS Vita Game Demos (Free)

  • Smart As…


  • Resistance: Retribution – $9.99
  • Infamous – $9.99
PlayStation 3 Break PS3only € 29,99

Price Change

  • NFL Sunday Ticket – PS3 App (now: $149.95 original price: $299.95)
  • Crazy Machines Elements – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Defenders of the Mystic Garden – PS Mini (now: $1.49 original price: $2.49)
  • Homefront – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Spy Hunter – PS Vita Game (now: $35.99 original price: $39.99)
  • TNT Racers – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • Warhammer 40K Space Marine – PS3 Full Game (now: $29.99 original price: $39.99)
  • WWE All Stars – PSP Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)
  • WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $39.99)


  • Catherine – PS3 Full Game (now: $19.99 original price: $39.99)
  • Closure – PSN Game (now: $4.99 original price: $14.99)
  • Knights in the Nightmare – PSP Game (now: $7.49 original price: $14.99)
  • The Cursed Crusade – PS3 Game (now: $14.99 original price: $19.99)

PS Vita Add-ons

Street Fighter X Tekken
  • SF Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99) –
  • DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($5.99)
  • TK DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • SF DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • Individual Alternate Costumes ($0.99 each)
  • Halloween Costume (Free)
New Little King’s Story
  • Monster Set ($1.99)
  • Outlaw Set ($1.99)
  • Princess Battle Outfit Set 2 ($2.99)
  • Supreme Ruler Power Electronics Set ($0.99)
Pinball Arcade
  • Pack 6: Elvira Party Monsters/No Good Gofers ($4.99)
Pure Chess
  • Halloween Treat Bundle ($7.99)

PS3 Add-ons

Assassin’s Creed III
  • Benedict Arnold (Free with every new copy of Assassin’s Creed III, $4.99 otherwise)
  • Season Pass ($29.99)
Crazy Strike Bowling
  • Advance Challenge Ball Set 1 ($2.99) – Unlock 5 bowling balls.
  • Advance Challenge Ball Set 2 ($2.99) – Unlock other 5 bowling balls.
  • Aiden Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Aiden. (These costumes can alternatively be unlocked by winning some challenges.)
  • All Costume Set ($5.99) – Unlock all costumes. Mina or Mr. Jenkins’s costumes are not available in-game unless the character for those costumes has been unlocked.
  • Basic Challenge Ball Set ($2.99) – Unlock 6 bowling balls.
  • Carnival Set ($2.99) – Unlock the Carnival costumes for every character!
  • Chloe Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Chloe. (These costumes can alternatively be unlocked by winning some challenges.)
  • Halloween Set ($2.99) – Unlock the Halloween costumes for every character, as well as a special new Halloween themed bowling stage!
  • Lance Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Lance.
  • Mina Set ($2.99) – Unlock Mina, one of the new characters, and her costumes.
  • Mr. Jenkins Set ($2.99) – Unlock Mr. Jenkins, one of the new characters, and his costumes.
  • Paris Costume Set ($2.99) – Unlock 3 costumes for Paris.
Darksiders II
  • Abyssal Forge ($9.99)
Dead or Alive 5
  • Gym Class ($4.99)
  • Special Set 2 ($4.99)
  • Uniforms ($4.99)
  • Halloween Costume (Free)
Max Payne 3
  • Hostage Negotiation Pack ($9.99)
Mugen Souls
  • Palpitation Coordination (Free)
  • Undisputed God Prudence Pack 3 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 1 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 3 (Free)
  • Jiggly Transmission and Equipment Pack 4 (Free)
  • Combat! Super Weapon Pack 4 ($1.99)
  • Devil! Super Weapon Pack 2 ($1.99)
  • Dominance! Super Weapon Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • Dragon! Super Weapon Pack 5 ($1.99)
  • Explosion! Super Weapon Pack 3 ($1.99)
  • G Up Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • G Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
  • Mugen Point Fever Pack 1 ($2.99)
  • Point Fever Pack 1 ($1.99)
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise
  • Jason Pawhees Costume ($0.99)
  • Chainsaw Massacre Set ($2.99)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Online Pass ($9.99)
  • Time Saver ($9.99)
Pinball Arcade
  • Pack 6: Elvira Party Monsters/No Good Gofers ($4.99)
Pure Chess
  • Halloween Treat Bundle ($7.99)
Resident Evil 6
  • Additional Stage – Rail Yard ($0.99) – This will add the Rail Yard stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
  • Additional Stage – High Seas Fortress ($0.99) – This will add the High Seas Fortress stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
  • Additional Stage – The Catacombs ($0.99) – This will add The Catacombs stage to The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 6.
Rock Band 3 – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing song game tracks. For music credits, visit
  • Wrong Way ($1.99) – Sublime
  • What I Got ($1.99) – Sublime
  • Santeria ($1.99) – Sublime
  • Sublime Pack 01 ($5.49) – This pack includes ‘Santeria,’ ‘What I Got,’ and ‘Wrong Way’
  • Fading Sacrifice ($0.99) – Chaotrope
  • Majesty ($1.99) – Ava Inferi
  • On Black Wings ($0.99) – Halcyon Way
  • The Monster Stroll ($1.99) – Jocko of Sha Na Na
  • Things That Make You Scream ($0.99) – Memory of a Melody
  • Afterlife ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Beast and the Harlot ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Nightmare ($2.99) – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Avenged Sevenfold Song Pack ($7.99) – This pack includes ‘Beast and the Harlot’, ‘Afterlife’, and ‘Nightmare’
Sleeping Dogs
  • Ghost Pig Pack (Free)
  • Nightmare In North Point Pack ($4.99)
Street Fighter X Tekken
  • SF/TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($17.99)
  • SF Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($12.99)
  • DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($5.99)
  • TK DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • SF DLC Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack ($3.99)
  • Individual Alternate Costumes ($0.99 each)

Game Videos (Free)


PS3 Avatars

  • DISGAEA 4: AXEL 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: DESCO 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: EMIZEL 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • DISGAEA 4: FUKA 2 AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – THE ROCK AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – TRIPLE H AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13 – UNDERTAKER AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: CM PUNK AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: JOHN CENA AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: MANKIND AVATAR — $0.49
  • WWE ’13: SHEAMUS AVATAR — $0.49

PS3 Themes

  • Casino Clubs Are Wild Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino Diamonds Are Forever Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino Smokin Aces Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Casino True Love Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Bear-Panda Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic China Jiuzhaigou Waterfall Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Crimson Vampire Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Forest Waterfall Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Galaxy Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Hunter Vampires Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Money Theme — $2.99
  • Dynamic Violet Vampire Theme — $2.99

PS3 Wallpaper


Available In-Game Only (Not on PlayStation Store)

DC Universe Online
  • Exobyte Data: Lex Luthor – ($9.99)
  • Exobyte Data: Steel – ($9.99)
Rock Band 3
  • Santeria ($0.99) – Pro Guitar (In Game Only) – Sublime
NHL 13
  • Bauer Boost Pack – ($7.99)
  • CCM RBZ Boost Pack – ($9.99)
  • Origin RBZ Boost Pack – ($7.99)
  • Reebok 20K Boost Pack – ($7.99)

Top 10 most underrated games this generation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

There have been literally thousands of videogames released since Microsoft kick-started this generation of consoles back in 2005.

And all of the middling and major titles released over the past seven years have each been put through the same brutal acid-test of critic reviews, user scores and aggregated numbers.

Some videogames, however, have had a tougher time than others – falling out of favour for whatever reason despite showing promise. So below we are celebrating the unpolished gems of this world. The rough diamonds that, for whatever reason, haven’t had the big break they deserved.

A quick clarification before we begin: when people talk about ‘underrated games’, they tend to start rattling off games such as Bayonetta or Vanquish. Those games aren’t underrated. They sold like they were N-Gage exclusives, granted, but they’re not underrated. Pretty much everyone who has played them agrees they’re great.

The benchmark is simple. We are hand-picking the best games that scored less than a 75 per cent average on Metacritic. Each one is likely lurking in a pre-owned bin somewhere, and hopefully with our advice you’ll be more tempted to give them all a deserved home and some much-deserved TV time.

Prototype 2

Click to view larger image PS3, Xbox 360, PCMetacritc score: 74

Sample critique: “The action requires little real skill to control and although gaining new powers is a strong impetuous for continuing it’s all extremely shallow and inconsequential” – Metro GameCentral – 6/10

Why it’s secretly a bit good: It’s the epic open-world superhero game that the likes of Spidey and Superman have promised in the past, but never quite delivered.

‘Shallow and inconsequential’ is a pretty good summary of Prototype 2’s action, but since when did a GTA clone have to be a Franz flippin’ Kafka novel? While the New York Zero setting is a little contrived, gliding from skyscraper to skyscraper like a murderous sugar glider is a top laugh.

Ridge Racer 6

Click to view larger image Xbox 360Metacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “Mediocre at best. If you’re trying to find a simple racer to appease someone who is confused with such daunting tasks as, say, reciting the alphabet, then Ridge Racer 6 might be what you’re looking for” – Game Over Online – 6/10

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Why it’s secretly a bit good: Namco only have themselves to blame for Ridge Racer 6’s lacklustre reviews. Like a Mini on a frozen Winter morning, it takes an absolute age to get going.

Power through the sluggish opening quarter however and your reward is a pulsating twitch racer that challenges you to steer a car sideways through the eye of a needle at screen-blistering speeds. For an additional thrill, try reciting the alphabet while you do so.

Pandora’s Tower

Click to view larger image WiiMetacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “Pandora’s Tower doesn’t offer anything appealing or unique, and is not a Wii title that will find a home with many gamers” – Gameplanet – 5/10

Why it’s secretly a bit good: It’s no surprise that Pandora’s Tower got overlooked – a Nintendo console is always going to be a tough place for a Zelda clone to make a living.

But Pandora’s Tower carved a niche for itself by adding a speedrunning twist to the ponderous Zelda format. Pandora’s dungeons might not be as fiendishly inventive as Eiji Aonuma’s twining inventions, but the stress of a constantly ticking clock makes it easy to muff up even the simplest of puzzles.

Space Giraffe

Click to view larger image Xbox 360, PCMetacritic score: 68

Sample critique: “Maybe if the gameplay were more endearing to the casual gamer, or if the visuals didn’t make half of the people who play the game foam at the mouth…just maybe Space Giraffe would have been as cool as its designers had hoped” – IGN, 47%

Why it’s secretly a bit good: Famously eccentric designer Jeff Minter out-weirded even himself when he decided to take a pile of Tempest grids and overlay them with a disorientating light synthesiser effect. “It’s almost impossible to tell what’s going on” bemoaned reviews at the time. A perfectly valid criticism, but it’s worth noting that this was exactly Minter’s intention.

To survive Space Giraffe’s visual onslaught, you have to play it by ear – using the subtle audio cues to ‘feel’ your way around the grid. If it clicks, you’ve got yourself one of the most unique and nuanced shooters around. If it doesn’t, you’ve just got a garish mess. An iffy tutorial section didn’t help sway the floating voters.

At 400MP, it’s worth a punt to see which side of the divide you fall on.

Earth Defence Force 2017

Click to view larger image Xbox 360Metacritic score: 69

Sample critique: “Earth Defence Force 2017 is the action game equivalent of potato chips: no nutritional value, but tasty nonetheless” – Hardcore Gamer Magazine – 45%

Why it’s secretly quite good: EDF 2017 is ugly and jerky, true, but it’s absolute bucketloads of fun too. Someone once described it to us as ‘Robotron in 3D’, and that nails it on the head for us.

We mean, it throws you into a fully-destructible city, with a whopping great cannon and an infinite amount of giant ants/robots/spiders to test it out on. What’s not to like? The lack of online multiplayer maybe, but come on. Don’t be like that.

Excite Truck

Click to view larger image Nintendo WiiMetacritic score: 72

Sample critique: “It might show off how well racers on the Wii will work when developers finally do it properly (yes, Ubisoft, we’re looking at you) but even so, there’s just not enough here to warrant the premium price” – Games TM – 6/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: Excite Truck was a victim of inflated expectations. For the first few years of the Wii’s existence, people expected motion control to provide a wonderful new dimension to games; the kind of next level experience that Nintendo had always promised. Ultimately, the controller’s limitations meant that the revolution was not going to happen (though Nintendo, which had sold more than 95 million of the machines, would beg to differ).

The Wii’s best games are often the early ones that kept things simple. Games such as Excite Truck, which is one of those breed of racers where the trick is to correct your positioning in mid-air so you don’t lose momentum when you land.

We’re spoiled for choice with these at the moment (MotoHeroz, Trials et al), but Excite Truck is the best 3D example of the sub-genre, and its wild handling is a perfect match for the Wiimote’s jittery nature. Terrible name, mind.

Binary Domain

Click to view larger image PS3, PC, Xbox 360Metacritic score: 72

Sample Critique: “It’s the best kind of 7/10. The gunplay is raucous, but never revolutionary. The relationships make you laugh, if not cry. Binary Domain is unpolished in all the right places” – Official PlayStation Magazine – 7/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: There’s one thing Binary Domain gets very, very right, and it’s not the box art. It’s the mechs. Most specifically, the satisfying way they fall apart at the seams (rivets?) when you shoot at them.

Mechs must have a good union, because games rarely manage to get this simple thing right. It’s okay for us humans to bleed rivers, but mechs tend to be allowed to die quietly and with dignity. Binary Domain addresses this imbalance with glorious, metal-crunching fury. Death to our mechanical oppressors!

Deadly Premonition

PS3, Xbox 360Metacritic score: 68%

Sample critique: “Awful in nearly every way. The Twin Peaks meets Resident Evil with a dash of Grand Theft Auto formula sounds pretty great, but it was well beyond the capabilities of this development team. Terrible controls. Terrible pacing. Terrible sound effects. Terrible visuals.” – IGN – 20%

Why it’s secretly quite good: Deadly Premonition holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game”, which in itself holds the record for “Most Peculiarly Specific World Record Category”. Little wonder really as it’s really quite bizarre.

Deadly Premonition is a game that defies easy classification. The closest we can come to describing it is as a budget Resident Evil with a penchant for mischief. Brutal acts of violence are accompanied by terrible one-liners. Outlandishly freakish scenes are juxtaposed by mundane segments where you trim your beard or swig coffee. It’s a surreal piece of interactive story-telling and you’ll either love it or hate it for that.

Alpha Protocol

Click to view larger image PS3, Xbox 360, PCMetacritic score: 72

Sample critique: “Alpha Protocol’s astounding intricacies are tarnished by bugs, clumsy gameplay mechanics, and rough production values” – Gamespot – 6/10

Why it’s secretly quite good: You have to dig deep to get the most from Alpha Protocol, but it’s worth the blood and tears.

Your digging will have to cut through a crust of ugly presentation and a mantle of shoddy AI. Then you’ve got to drill through the near-impenetrable outer core that is the main character’s crouching animation, which makes him look like he’s filled his pants.

Dig past all of that, and you get to sip from Alpha Protocol’s delicious gooey liquid centre; a stealth-action RPG which gives you a mind-boggling number of ways to develop your character’s skill set and approach each mission.

SSX Blur

Click to view larger image WiiMetacritic score: 74

Sample critique: “It all boils down to the controls. When you have the capability to utilize the innovative controls of the Wii, be sure to use them to the fullest extent” – Cheat Code Central – 52%

Why it’s secretly quite good: Does this sound familiar? It’s Excite Truck syndrome all over again. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see SSX Blur for what it actually is: a cracking little snowboarding game that works well within the Wiimote’s limited capabilities. Carving into the snow with the nunchuk feels great. We’ve even grown fond of the cartoon aesthetic. Time heals all wounds, right?

Hands On Nintendo Wii U

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Last weekend, the doors of Earl’s Court were opened to a horde of hungry gamers as it played host to Eurogamer Expo. We attended the event and while the R4 3ds presence appeared to be non-existent, Nintendo did bring out the big guns in the form of the portable’s big brother; the Wii U. Naturally, we headed in its direction immediately to get our mitts on the shiny new toy.

The obvious question is “how’s the gamepad?” Fortunately we can report that it’s a real nice bit of kit; while the released pictures make it look a bit flimsy, that thing is real sturdy. The gamepad somehow manages to be extremely comfortable to hold while also feeling like it could take a few knocks. Nintendo have earned a +1 to ergonomics. The screen is also great; it’s really bright and the colours look great, and it was putting out some surprisingly impressive visuals. There are big television sets that can’t put out a picture as good.

Speaking of television sets, the Wii U was putting some nice visuals up on there too: It’s definitely a step up from an XBox 360 or a PS3, but if you’re used to playing on mid-range or higher PCs then you probably won’t be too impressed. The fact that it’s putting out some pretty good visuals on two screens however shows just how powerful the Wii U is.

You probably don’t care about the technical stuff though; what you’re really interested in is the games. We managed to get out hands on the Luigi’s Ghost Mansion segment of NintendoLand, The Wonderful 101, and Pikmin 3.

Luigi’s Ghost Mansion

If Luigi’s Ghost Mansion is any indicator, NintendoLand is going to be a ton of fun. If you haven’t seen any coverage of it yet, here is the basic premise; there are five players, one of which is armed with the GamePad while the other four carry a Wii Remote each. The goal of the GamePad player is to navigate an invisible ghost through the mansion and take out the other players, all of whom are armed with torches to both fight off the ghost and revive their fallen comrades.

While it’s fun to play as part of the torch-bearing team, it’s way more exciting to creep around as the ghost hunting down the group. The game does a good job of making the ghost feel powerful with the advantage of invisibility, though you do become visible if you dash or are hit by a torch. Over on the other side, teamwork is definitely a big part of the game and coming together to outwit your foe is definitely something of a rush. Being the one to track down your foe may also illicit a somewhat smug grin from… some people…

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The Wonderful 101

The Wonderful 101 is a game based around forming a squad of superheroes who join together (often literally) to punch monsters in the face. The game was a little disappointing as the controls are definitely in need of some tuning; most of the time it didn’t really feel like the GamePad was having much effect on what the large swarm of heroes was doing. The combat in the game also seemed incredibly simple; you just hammer the attack button until you build up enough meter and then unleash your special attacks. It’s also really hard to tell which direction a swarm is facing, resulting in a few punches to the right veering wildly off to the left.

In one segment of the demo, the lead character walks into a building. That’s pretty standard, but the game veers off in two directions here; on the television set, you’re treated to an exterior view of the building where four numbers are displayed and can be altered. Meanwhile on the GamePad screen, the lead character was walking around inside and found a combination of four numbers! After matching the exterior set with the interior, the door was opened and the heroes were able to continue their journey. This was a surprisingly great use of the GamePad, one which will hopefully lead to some great gameplay moments.

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 was probably the most impressive Wii U game we were able to play. If you haven’t played a previous game, they are centred around an astronaut who commands are large group of the small vegetable people, the Pikmin. The demo was a pretty simple level in which the astronaut (who appeared to be someone other than Olimar) used his Pikmin to collect fruit and wildlife and send them back to the spaceship. A pretty familiar set up, but this time there is some new additions; The most important of which is the Wii Remote.

The Wii Remote has been used poorly a lot in games like this, but here it feels intuitive. Movement of the astronaut is obviously controlled via the analogue stick on the nunchuck while you aim with the actual remote, using it to throw or call Pikmin. Pointing at the large monsters that roam the level and then smashing them in the face with your friendly Pikmin is a ton of fun. There is also the addition of the Rock Pikmin, used for smashing walls and hitting harder enemies, but this third entry into the series is mostly just more of the same great gameplay from the rest of the series.

Unboxing of Super Slim PS3

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Sony had announced the new model of the PS3 last night at the Tokyo Game Show and today we see the first unboxing video from the United Kingdom. Check it out for yourselves here. Some things to point out of the unboxing video are that this new Super Slim PS3 has the disk loading bay on the top of the PlayStation 3 Break PS3, in which it slides to open the disk loading bay. Another note is that it is slightly louder than the other two PS3 models due to the disc bay being on the surface of the console. One of my final notes on the the new PS3 is that it looks and sounds like cheap material compared to the other two models which makes it quite vulnerable to damage.

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I would prefer the original way of loading the disk and am not quite excited about this Super Slim.

Sonic Adventure 2 & NiGHTS Now Available For Digital Download

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Following the recent release of Jet Set Radio, SEGA continue to remake some of their classic titles. This time turning their HD attention to SEGA favorites, Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS. Both titles are now available as a digital download on the Playstation Network in North America, and will be available tomorrow in Europe. Both will be available for $9.99/£6.49/€7.99 in the corresponding regions. Xbox players will have to wait until October 5th to get their hands on the latest HD releases from SEGA, priced at 800 Microsoft Points.

Sonic Adventure 2

“Both of these titles represent something special in SEGA’s history, and that made them natural choices for the SEGA Heritage Collection” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA Networks Co., Ltd. “NiGHTS offered 3D gameplay that had never been seen before on a home console, and Sonic Adventure 2 introduced rival character Shadow the Hedgehog to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. I hope players enjoy the opportunity to play these classic SEGA titles in their finest form to date.”

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As well as the remastered high definition, Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS fans will be able to enjoy full achievement and trophy support. As if that wasn’t enough incentive, players that purchase either title from the Playstation Store will receive an exclusive game related theme for their Playstation 3.

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The Next Frontier: Gaming Consoles

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Nintendo’s WiiU will be in stores for the holiday season, but what does the competition have up its sleeve? We take a look at how the gaming hardware landscape could change in the coming months.

Future PS4With the formal unveiling of the Wii U last week, the curtain is beginning to rise on the next generation of video game consoles.

Although game programmers continually eke out more and more improvements on long-running platforms through more efficient programming, innovative peripherals like the Kinect, and enhancements like downloadable content, it’s time to realize the truth: Today’s generation of consoles are a little stale. Unfortunately, that’s doubly true of the Nintendo Wii, whose low cost, fun motion controller, and family-friendly titles caused the Wii to fly off the shelves early in its life. But the Wii’s graphics always struggled to keep up with the Xbox family and the Sony PlayStation consoles.

For that matter, the Xbox 360 debuted in May 2005, and the PlayStation began shipping in Japan in November 2006. Over their long lifespans, both consoles helped introduce the concept of an online game network, tie-ins to mobile devices like the PlayStation Portable and Windows Phone, as well as their own motion controllers like the PlayStation Move and the Microsoft Kinect.

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In the meantime, however, the role of the traditional console is being attacked by all sides. The evolution of mobile hardware like the Apple iPhone Best Deal: $99.00 at Apple Store and the various Android devices and tablets has made gaming on the go essentially free or very low cost. Rovio’s “Angry Birds” franchise and other mobile game hits, plus social games by Zynga and other Facebook partners have spawned a new breed of casual gamer. And with the future promise of the Ouya, plus services like Gaikai and OnLive, the need for ultra-powerful gaming hardware is even more under threat.

Still, we know that the Big Three console companies are forging ahead with their next-gen products and we have some good clues as to what they’ll feature. Whether they’re just misleading rumors or actual facts will have to wait until the following systems and services launch, but let’s play the guessing game anyway.

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

This future console is easy to describe, because it will be the first major eighth-generation system to hit retail shelves. During a press conference last week, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the Wii U will begin shipping Nov. 18. Wii U comes in two flavors: a Basic Set, retailing for $299.99, and a Deluxe Set, which sports a few added amenities and a $349.99 price tag. Neither console will come with a remote, but the system is compatible with the Wii remotes users may already own. Nintendo says the Wii U will have a stable of 50 games by next March.



Designed by the award-winning Jawbone Jambox designer Yves Behar, the Android-powered Ouya gaming system is about the size of a Rubik’s cube. It features an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of Flash memory, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth connectivity, and an HDMI connection for the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD.

In the U.S., one console and one controller will cost $109, one console plus two controllers will be $139, and one console and four controllers will be $199. All orders include a $10 shipping charge. Ouya says its expected delivery date is April 2013.

Valve Steambox

Valve Steambox

Valve is reportedly readying a “big picture” mode of its service, instead of the actual “Steam Box” hardware that some blog sites have claimed that the company is planning. Accoording to marketing director Doug Lombardi, Valve is making its own hardware, but just for its own internal purposes. Well, for now, anyway.

Sony PlayStation 4

Sony PlayStation 4

It’s hard to say if the rumored “Orbis” console from Sony will end up looking like what this page predicts. Also rumored are the next-gen PlayStation’s use of either an AMD APU or a “POWER7 Cell Broadband Engine” for processing get-up-and-go. Support for 1080p is likely a given, as is an internal hard drive, BD support, and support for the Gaikai service that Sony picked up. Will the PS4 ship next year? Time will tell. This concept image of the PS4 was designed by Tai Chiel.

Microsoft's Next Xbox

Microsoft’s Next Xbox

Microsoft is stuffing its next-generation game console, known by the code name “Durango” and often referred to as the “Xbox 720,” with major hardware and software upgrades, and will release it ahead of the 2013 holiday season, according to a leaked document that turned up on document-sharing site Scribd. The price? $299.

The new Xbox 720 will reportedly be accompanied by “Fortaleza,” which appears to be an augmented reality project that features Wi-Fi-enabled “Fortaleza Glasses” that are being planned for an Xbox 720 tie-in in the 2014 timeframe.

Top 10 Best PlayStation 3 Exclusives

Monday, September 17th, 2012

This is one of those topics that will be debated til the end of time, is the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 better and which has the better video game lineup. Well both have third-party games a plenty, and that’s counting the huge sellers like Modern Warfare 3, Madden Football, Skyrim, Dead Space, and so on. What really gets people going is which system has the better exclusives, and that’s what I’m going to look at today in our feature article: The Top 10 Best Playstation 3 Exclusives. Obviously this is just one person’s opinion and it doesn’t count what hasn’t been released yet but for now just make sure you have at least played each and every game on this list, because they are all fantastic reasons to own a PS3.

10. Twisted Metal: There are two things that David Jaffe knows how to do: Talk. And make games. Eat Sleep Play knocked it out of the park with Twisted Metal, with an always-fun campaign mode and the best online vehicular multiplayer available on the PlayStation Network. It’s true that Twisted Metal has a few things to its advantage that other PS3 racing games do not… Like homing missiles and flamethrowers for example. But Sweet Tooth and the rest of the gang take full advantage of the combative gameplay marking a return of the chaotic brilliance to the franchise.

9. Demon’s Souls: Hardcore gamers without access to a PlayStation 3 were livid when they found out Demon’s Souls was a Sony exclusive. From Software’s Demon’s Souls redefined what it meant to be a hardcore gamer, while simultaneously redefining masochism. Not only does Demon Souls demand complete and utter perfection, but it does so while kicking your teeth in. This action-RPG thrives on the video game theory that claims gamers love to be rewarded for their efforts. Demon’s Souls isn’t for everybody, but the people who love the concept will definitely love the game.

8. The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection: For a long time, Shadow of the Colossus was everybody’s first piece of evidence in the “Are video games art?” debate. Six years later, gamers have a lot more titles to choose from, but the presence of Shadow of the Colossus in the argument is still inevitable. It is one of those games that just did everything right. The setting is gorgeous, the battles are epic, and the connection felt while playing this game are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Ico will never reach the level of acclaim granted to Shadow of the Colossus, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. The re-mastered versions of these two incredible games are packaged together on one disc making it a must-buy for any PS3 owner.

7. Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction: This series gets a lot of love, but it never gets the amount of attention that it truly deserves. Ratchet and Clank is a franchise that has perfected the 3D platforming genre and Tools of Destruction acts as Exhibit A for that argument. First of all, the graphics in this game are close to perfect. Insomniac Games nailed the tone of this game and it doesn’t take an environment artist to realize just how much polish went into the final product. Secondly, the levels are amazingly fun, rivaling the best stages of your favorite platformer. Lastly, the boss battles bring back the nostalgic feeling of how boss battles used to be. There is a rare ingenuity to these final fights that is no longer found in most recent titles. Kids growing up in this generation will talk about Tools of Destruction the same way in which kids15 years ago talked about Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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6. Resistance 2: This sequel to the PS3 launch title improved upon the original Resistance in every possible way. The word “epic” gets tossed around a lot in the video game scene, but Resistance 2 is one of the instances where the word is actually fitting. The battles are massive and the end-bosses are on a scale never previously seen in a first-person shooter. The weapon variety encourages the player to constantly update their playing style, while also putting on one hell of a show. In addition to the spectacular combat, the setting and art direction continually leaves the player in a state of awe. Resistance 2 is one of the most stunningly epic first person shooters of our time and it is also the reason why Killzone didn’t make this list.

5. God of War III: Remember when I was gushing about Resistance 2 and how great it looked and how the boss battles were so fun? God of War III is even better. In fact, God of War III is way better. Easily the most graphically impressive on this list, God of War III blends breathtaking backdrops with state-of-the-art animations. To insure the graphical superiority over every other video game ever made, the character models and special effects are all top-notch too. This makes the gigantic boss battles (they make Kratos look like an ant by comparison) that much more satisfying. I was tired of God of War’s gameplay after the first two games, but the third made me want to scream for more.

4. Little Big Planet 2: While it isn’t an amazingly successful sequel, Little Big Planet 2 still offers much more than it’s predecessor, which gets it a spot on our list. In a world where every new game coming out seems to be a FPS (or some variation on the violence of the FPS) Little Big Planet 2 is a breath of puffy, fuzzy air (but in a good way). The 40+ campaign levels are great fun, but the genius of LBP lies in the creation tools and the community levels. Media Molecule have provided gamers with game design tools that allow players to come up with their own levels and share them with the rest of the world. These level and mini-game possibilities are infinite and players are sure to find something new (and adorable) every day.

3. Heavy Rain: There is no other game like Heavy Rain and that is exactly why it gained a top-3 spot in this list. An interactive drama at heart, Heavy Rain captures the player with an intriguing story and keeps you playing as you learn that you are 100% in command of the story’s outcome. The inability to get a game-over is an inspired design choice. Since life doesn’t give you any second chances, neither does Heavy Rain. No matter how you play out a scene, this information is saved and it affects the story from that point on. Emotional gamers and cerebral gamers will have two entirely different experiences playing this game, but both will be able to find satisfaction out of it. Heavy Rain is not a perfect game, but it does mark a shift in direction for interactive media. Anybody who considers themselves a gamer will want to play this, because it will be a very important part of video game history.

2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: You either like cut scenes or you don’t. If you do, this game definitely deserves to be at the #2 spot. If you don’t, it still deserves to be on the list, but maybe not this high up. This being said, the cut scenes are not what makes the fourth Metal Gear Solid installment worth playing. The stealth gameplay is a stellar amount of fun especially with the implementation of active camouflage and customizable weaponry. The game isn’t without its problems, but at the same time, it isn’t without its executions either. Sneaking around trying to be seen as little as possible is such a fun experience, and it is done quite well in this MGS installment.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Uncharted 2 takes players to different parts of the globe, while juggling blockbuster action and fun storytelling. The wonderful thing that separates Uncharted 2 from its competitors is the game’s ability to play amazing scenes rather than watching them. Where many games would substitute a highly technical chaotic train car shoot-out level with a cut scene, Uncharted 2 makes sure that you’re able to play it. Naughty Dog knows there is a reason the player is playing a game and not watching a movie, and this awareness has allowed for some amazing level design. Uncharted 2 is a spectacle on the gaming sphere. With some of the best game design ever used, combined with stunning levels, a challenging but not punishing difficulty level, and an awesome story, there is no way somebody can play Uncharted 2 and not have fun. It is without a doubt, the best game available on the PlayStation 3.

Obviously the year of 2012 is not over yet so don’t get your panties in a wad because we didn’t include Sorcery or “Blank” – there will be another list at the end of the year that includes all of 2012, including the games we don’t even know about yet. Fear not for will be on the show floor at E3 2012 covering everything Sony can throw at us: the press conference and their massive booth.

FIFA 13 Demo Out Now For XBox 360, PS3 and PC

Friday, September 14th, 2012

After almost a day of waiting PS3 fans have finally been able to get their eager hands on the demo for this year’s edition of the behemoth FIFA footballing franchise, after Sony failed to meet the release window schedule they initially announced through EA Sports yesterday.

To celebrate the launch of the demo, EA Sports have released a brand new video showcasing exactly what players can expect from the demo, including the skill games that will help them hone their on-pitch abilities prior to heading into big matches.

Though the demo has not been updated to include the latest round of transfers from the last transfer window, including Robin Van Persie’s move to Manchester United, Alex Song’s to Barcelona and Maicon’s move to Man City, the gameplay is ridiculously good, and EA Sports’ new features have gone some considerable way to reinventing the gameplay experience and amping up the realism factor.

Never before has football gaming felt this good or this realistic, and if you’re considering downloading the demo now, stop immediately and get it done. You won’t be disappointed, unless you’re an Arsenal fan who wanted to forget about the Van Persie and Song transfer sagas…

You can follow all of our FIFA 13 coverage by heading over to our dedicated FIFA 13 hub-page, where you will find features, media, and game information.

FIFA 13 is released on 28th September.