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It’s easy to have already been turned off reading this review simply by the fact that it’s a game based off a franchise that has been in every format already. Movies, cartoons, manga, animated cartoons, toys, collectibles and videogames, and apart from Batman: Arkham Asylum when did a popular movie/toy/cartoon franchise successfully translate into a videogame? Well, this time……. there’s MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE! 😀

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You may not have heard of Black Rock Studios before but they’ve been around a while, had a name change or two and have created a handful of racing games including 2008’s quad bike blast of fun, Pure. If you still don’t recognise the name and merely know of Split/Second from the demo that released earlier in the year, you will be excused for thinking they were the guys behind the Burnout series. In fact, it’s hard to ignore the similarities. Is that a bad thing or have Black Rock Studios stumbled upon their best idea yet?

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I’ve been out of touch with new releases recently but undoubtedly you all still have plenty of titles to tide you over, and with E3 having come and gone you probably have a nice little list put aside in .txt form somewhere of all the games coming out in the next 12 months that interest you, or is that just me? Either way let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

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  • SBK X Superbike World Championship
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron
  • Warriors: Legends of Troy (possibly delayed)
  • World of Outlaws: Sprintcars

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If there was only one way to test if someone was a man or a mouse, it would have to involve Transformers. That’s just factual. So step up, check the latest trailer after the break for Transformers: War for Cybertron and tell me that every fibre of testosterone in your body ISN’T screaming for you to pick this up on day one. Continue reading

So Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake release this week. Is there even any point letting you know what else is being released this week? I guess some of you don’t own a PS3 or a 360, so let’s do this. Let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

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  • Alan Wake
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Superstars V8 Next Challenge
  • Red Dead Redemption

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Sometimes the hype for a game can lend itself to disappointment, and upon seeing the last couple of trailers for Lost Planet 2 my excitement was growing. While I never got around to playing the original I had heard of its shortcomings. But hey, it sold well enough to make Capcom think that spending millions (I assume) on creating and marketing the “Kill Big” experience of a sequel. The only problem is, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Continue reading

It’s about time someone stepped up and let you know which games you were missing out on while saving up your money for upcoming mega hits Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake. So sit back and let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet (Skate 3 do it for ya?) a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

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  • Skate 3
  • Lost Planet 2

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It isn’t easy to release a relatively unmarketed 3rd person shooter alongside a highly anticipated and over marketed 3rd person shooter like Splinter Cell: Conviction. While getting it onto shelves won’t prove to be much of a struggle, it’s getting it off those very shelves that problems start to arise. Surely, a game these days needs to have top of the line graphics, animation and sound, flawless controls and solid voice acting, right? It can’t thrive on just fun gameplay alone can it?

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It’s about time someone stepped up and let you know which games you were missing out on while saving up your money for upcoming mega hits Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake. So sit back and let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet (Monster Hunter Tri anyone?) a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

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  • Iron Man 2
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • Super Street Fighter IV
  • Samurai Shodown Sen

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The fans of the original Metroid titles were a little disheartened with its move to first person With news of Metroid: Other M moving back to a 3rd person perspective and how it was being helmed by Team Ninja people sat up in their seats and waited patiently for gameplay vids. After a few pre-rendered clips being released the world finally has something they can see and start anticipating.

The trailer shows that fans of both the original series and the Prime series will both find something they like in this trailer. SNES style controls AND Prime style FPS controls with a simple flick of the wrist. The action looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see how this feels to control. I’ve been aching for a side-scrolling Metroid since Zero Houron GameBoy Advance. Hit the break for a look at the trailer. Continue reading