Disappointingly the new title announced by Insomniac Games is not Girl with a Stick but rather a follow on from Tools of Destruction, I suppose the disappointment is primarily mine, maybe Wugga’s as well?


A Crack in time will be a late 2009 release which one would hope will explain a lot of the unanswered questions that were posed in Tools of Destruction. Who are the Zony, where the hell did Clank go (or when?) and what is the deal with those bloody smoke monsters in Lost.

Insomniac have promised a teaser trailer will debut on GTTV soon.

During his keynote speech at GDC in San Fran, Satoru Iwata announced a new Zelda title is in development for the DS. The game will be called The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and will feature a graphical style similar to The Phantom Hourglass.

No specific date was given but a release window of 2009 was mentioned.

Kicking ass, I do it all the time, but at least on the weekends, unless I’m working or need to spend some time with the kids and never when it’s raining, that would be careless. Honestly, the frequency with which ass is kicked by me is very rare indeed, but Rag Doll Kung Foo: Fists of Plastic or RDKF does it almost every time it is turned on, all except for it’s inaugural game play in fact.


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At GDC two new contenders have thrown their hats in the ring and signalled their intentions on running with the big boys, at it’s base the method is similar but they promise very different distinct experiences.


The first and probably more likely to ever eventuate at a real contender is called OnLive. The product is the brainchild of Rearden Studios who developed a unique motion capture system that was used in Benjamin Button. The new “console” is intended to allow users to plug it in to their existing PC and then play the most current games without needing the hardware to run the game on your own computer. The service/device named OnLive is a device that transmits input data from the end user and receives the picture that is displayed on your display. The computing and game information is all processed remotely by the provider of the service.

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Liberty City sees more action in this DS title that was announced last year. The city is the same (and some of the gangs) but there is a new protagonist, new crime bosses and a new story. This isn’t the first time the franchise has landed on a portable platform but it is a first for the DS, and while I had concerns about how it would handle I quickly realised that my biggest concern needn’t be if it would be good, but rather how the hell am I going to put the bloody thing down.


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Sometimes adding exclamation marks adds emphasis to a point, in the case of Punch-Out it adds importance to smacking someone in the face, really hard. So hard it makes their brain to move through the cerebrospinal fluid sharply to make contact with the skull causing an impairment in neurotransmission and often an ionic imbalance in favour of a positively charged polarization. So the brain requires greater amounts of Glucose to function normally in this state of hypermetabolism. This is why you need lots of exclamation marks, it’s serious bloody business!!!!!!


Nintendo has obviously done their homework with this one and are looking to make the highest impact fighter to date (on the Wii). Honestly, I can’t wait to see how it pans out.

Trailer is past the break.

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GaR’s been up late at night drinking Rum, I’ve been sipping some Chinotto and Wugga is just high on life. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars gets a good thrashing as does Rag Doll Kung Foo: Fists of Plastic, as well as a few snippets of news and other gametory discussion.


As an added bonus the ButtonMasher podcast is now presented in Stereo for full audio pleasure.


Peggle is the latest XBLA port from Popcap, the masters of casual gaming. Popcap have revolutionised offices around the world, shifting desk workers from the “so last century” Windows Minesweeper and Solitaire games, to more modern forms of procrastination like Bejewled and Zuma.

The winning and addictive formula for most Popcap games contains equal parts of skill, luck, simplicity, relaxed gameplay, balance of luck and skill, rewards for combos and “style”, and of course fun. Peggle is no different, and it has already made its way into multiple “Top 10” lists of most addictive computer games.

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Street Fighter 4 is a bad game because I’m bad at it. Or maybe it’s the closest thing to the only fighting game I ever really liked (Street Fighter 2) so it’s incredible. Maybe I don’t know anything about fighting games, but I don’t want to anger the popular crowd, so I’ll declare it to be the best fighting game ever made. In reality, none of these are true of course, but it’s important to consider the biases that reviewers bring to the table, and never more so than when it’s a fighting game going up for critique, because the small, niche crowd that cares these days can quickly find themselves polarised for or against, usually because they have preconceived notions of what a fighting game should be.


Street Fighter 4 naturally brings with it a lot of baggage (most lesser reviewers would probably use kinder words like ‘pedigree’ or ‘lineage’) that comes with being the longest running fighting game franchise. Unsurprisingly, your appreciation of SF4 will heavily depend on the baggage you’ll find yourself sorting through.

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Sony has sent through a press release to explain some of the functionality that users can unlock if they own both Resistance Retribution on the PSP and Resistance 2 on the PS3. The first and probably most accessible feature is the ability to use the Dual Shock 3 PS3 controller to play the game, this will allow you to use the dual analogue sticks (something that the PSP doesn’t feature) to control the player and shoot chimera more efficiently.


The second benefit which you will need to own Resistance 2 to unlock is an alternate gameplay experience. You can “infect” your PSP which causes a change to the story in Resistance Retribution, changed abilities, new weapons and new military intelligence.

The downloadable version of the game is available now from the PSP Store and will be in stores from the 26th.