Project Zero 2 Wii Edition

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is a remake of Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly, first released in 2003 on the PS2 and regarded by some as being one of the scariest video games of all time. It is the second title in the series of games known as “Fatal Frame” in the North America. Why this cult title warrants a re-release as the sun sets on the aged Wii is a question that may never be satisfactorily answered, but in any case it presents an appealing opportunity to dust off that old console one last chance before the relay baton is passed over to its successor.

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ECONOMICS

Buttonmasher Podcast #190, wherein Wugga explains insider trading.

Also, video games.

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Heroes of Ruin is an ambitious title which takes on a challenge few have attempted and even fewer have had any significant success at – taking a Nintendo console online for a compelling multi-player experience. While this action RPG can be played offline (important for a handheld console of course), there is very firm encouragement for players to join the online component, with the game defaulting to this mode from the very beginning. It is admirable that developer n-Space has attempted to bring Nintendo gamers a decent online gaming experience, being the first (hopefully of many) 3DS game to incorporate in-game voice chat – a feature which has been sorely lacking from the huge library of DS and Wii titles. 

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Following another zombification epidemic Deadlight takes us along for the ride with Randall Wayne, a tortured survivor seeking out his lost family. The narrative picks up as he is separated from a small group of survivors and the actual mission of the game is spent reuniting with them. Taking account of its roots the game fondly brings to mind such classics as Flashback or Prince of Persia, a flick screen platform driven game where you navigate pretty much from left to right or occasionally up and down.

Deadlight is a beautiful game there is no way around that, the animation is fluid and the environments reek of atmosphere.

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The Buttonmashers had a LAN at the weekend.  We tell the tale.  Paul and I have been playing Day Z, with mixed results.  Wugga’s played some Battlefield 3, and James’s favourite band is Green Day.  Paul, as it turns out, has had a go at Slender.  We go on to discuss scariness in video games.  uPlay breaks, free Max Payne DLC, gamer dating, Apple’s new Dualshock, and Zynga’s insider training (or not).