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It must be said I had a little niggling doubt about there being any more car packs after last week’s massive Porsche expansion was released.  My fears were groundless however, as Turn10 have just announced the Meguiar’s Car Pack, which is due on June 5th for the usual 560 points, and will contain the usual ten cars.

After the break is the full… er, breakdown.  And also the full list of cars included in the Porsche pack.

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Well, I have been struggling with this review for a few days now. Firstly, it’s Star Wars and all things Star Wars get an instant thumbs up from me but it’s Kinect, and Kinect hasn’t exactly spun my wheels yet. But if all the hype, along with the delay to rework the game, is to believed then Kinect Star Wars could well be the ‘Killer App’ we have all been wanting, waiting for, hoping for on Kinect. So is it the saviour Kinect so desperately needs? As the mighty Yoda would say, “ See, you will….”.

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When I was a boy I played games on my Amiga, one of them was Carrier Command combining strategy, action, simulation and above all imagination. Many games of that era stay in our minds, but Carrier Command is something that held a special place and to see it getting this kind of revision really is exciting.Roll on September 27th!

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As somebody that was very impressed with Lord of the Rings : War in the North, I was pleasantly surprised by this announcement. Admittedly there is nothing much on the website and it is a last minute hurrah before E3 opens its doors, but even without the Snowblind team behind it if the combat is anywhere near as satisfying as WitN was…well 5 vs 5 fantasy combat has to be your bag. Press release and website after the break. Continue reading

Could this out-DiRT DiRT?  A new off-road racing game bearing the name of a famous motocross rider that doesn’t feature motorbikes seems like a strange move – especially with THQ’s recent abandonment of its MX vs ATV franchise.  Those aren’t really this title’s competition though.  Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad is coming out on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 800 points and $9.99, respectively.

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Creating a game that will also act as a supply of content for another game which I have great affection for, is a great way to get me to pay for said game. Harmonix has announced 15 tracks that will come with Rock Band Blitz, and a brief look shows some pretty solid reasons to pick up the game for the tracks alone, and given that the going rate for a song is usually 160 MS points, it’ll be exceptional value as long as it’s priced within the usual digitally-distributed price points. Continue reading

The contents of the upcoming multiplayer content pack for Mass Effect 3 has been detailed, and it looks like a good one. Two new levels, one on the Asari world of Thessia and the other in some kind of jungle area; six new class variants by way of two humans (“ex-Cerberus” Adept and Vanguard), two Quarians, (male Quarians, Engineer and Infiltrator), and two Vorchas (Vorchi? Soldier and sentinel), and three new weapons, adding to the already crowded categories of shotgun, assault and sniper rifles. The content is reported to be due on Tuesday for the 360, and Wednesday on the PS3 (probably late in the evening for us given the time difference).

I was pretty concerned that an XBLA/PSN release of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown would mean a stripped-down feature set, but this trailer has gone a long way to help me put those fears aside. The video goes out of its way to acknowledge the existence of the dynamic arenas (which I was expecting), online room matches (which I wasn’t entirely expecting), a “vast collection of customizable items” (which I… wasn’t necessarily expecting only because I’m crazy about making Akira look weird), and a tutorial mode, which looks like it might be as fully featured as the VF4 Evolution tutorial mode, and includes a frame advantage counter, which is great news if you’re wanting to learn how to play.

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Tower defense games have become pretty staple fare on the XBLA marketplace over recent times. And rightly so, the genre tends to be ideal for the smaller quick fix level based gameplay that downloaded titles should be. Luckily for Anomaly – Warzone Earth it manages to do things a little bit differently to stand out from the crowd. What does it do? Well basically it brings a tower offense game to the table.

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Remember the 80’s? Deadlight is an upcoming XBLA title and its developer, Tequila Works, promises an authentic 80’s experience. What, you didn’t hear about the great zombie apocalypse of ‘86?

Although I’d usually say no to yet another zombie game, the gameplay trailer shows more platforming and avoidance than simple run and gun. Narrative Director, Antonio Rojano, lists Another World and the original Prince of Persia as inspiration. It’s not from the 80’s but I think Shadow Complex might be a more modern example of what Deadlight could become.

Have a look at the first developer diary of Deadlight. They have words to say.

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