Amazon.com dropped the ball a bit by letting everyone see this trailer before it was officially released by Sony; particularly as the title itself hasn’t even been announced. From the contents of the trailer, it looks to be a prequel, perhaps a little bit like Reach was for Halo. Only more depressing, because at the end, instead of making the ultimate sacrifice so the heroes can escape, you end up being enslaved by your saviour, who will eventually betray due to your torment, and things get worse from there.

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F1 3 As the only ‘sim like’ racer available at launch I had high hopes for F1 2011. Producers Codemasters have handed the development of the game to Sumo Digital. They developed F1 2009 on the PSP so their back ground in Formula 1 games is decent. Being a portable game it’s safe to assume it’ll have limited capabilities compared to the full console versions. Which is true, but it’s not that limited.

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I have fond memories of the original Twisted Metal on PSone. It was a smack talking couch combat regular with friends. The game play was basic but fast paced and exciting. Purely named ‘Twisted Metal’ is the first iteration for the series on current generation consoles. Having not played Twisted Metal on PS2 or PSP I was eager to get my hands on the new title. First impressions? I’m way out of practice.

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If ever there’s a game to make a reviewer sound like a hippy (or a hippy-hater, if it’s a negative review), ThatGameCompany has been developing them; Flow, the Flash game gone PSN Sixaxis downloadable, then Flower, the game with a pretty unsubtle environmentalist tone to it, and now Journey, a game with the lofty ambitions of provoking wonder and emotions from the humble position of a PSN downloadable title. Continue reading

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Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a followup game to Grand Slam Tennis (a Nintendo Wii exclusive title), but cannot really be considered a sequel. The game is entirely different from that of the Wii, and has been released for the Xbox 360 as well as PS3 (but not on Wii). It is the first EA Sports tennis title to grace an HD console, and comes up against the tennis sim Top Spin, as well as Virtua Tennis, featuring an arcade tennis style.

As the name suggests gameplay is based around the four Tennis Grand Slam Tournaments, having secured the license to all four Slams including exclusively featuring Wimbledon. The career mode should be the major highlight for the game, but sadly the game serves up a series of disappointing double faults and unforced errors.

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Before Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan there was another duo in town; Jak and Daxter. Naughty Dog’s last series of games took place on the PlayStation 2.

And I was smitten. I played all three games as well as the spinoff Jax X: Combat Racing. Which wasn’t such a bad game guys. Really.

Instead of treating this as a new release (it clearly isn’t) I will briefly go over each of the games and discuss some pointers about the HD release.

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Wipeout is a showcase franchise, particularly for the Sony handhelds now. With the release of the PS Vita showing a new Wipeout game to wow spectators with seizurific colours, challenging tracks, blinding speed and thumping electronic soundtrack. So, the formula for Wipeout hasn’t changed drastically; even if you haven’t played a Wipeout game since the original, flying through a track with all the crazy arcs and turns that it entails, and then piling into a wall and going from first to last in the blink of an eye will feel familiar. Continue reading

Tecmo-Koei released a video recently for Dead Or Alive 5 that starts off innocently enough with Kasumi and Ayane, predictably having a big old catfight. Where it goes from there, though, was a little unexpected. Akira Yuki, of Virtua Fighter, shows up and dukes it out with Kasumi. With Street Fighter crossing over with everyone and anyone, MK crossing over with DC, Tekken crossing with SF, and Soul Calibur featuring anyone who “might be hot right now”, this smells a little like the only two left on the dance floor without partners (though DOA featured a Halo Spartan in DOA4). Though I’m not huge on cameos, my unique experience with these franchises puts me in a position to appreciate this very, very much.

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